Dec 16

Canada’s defence industry increasingly selling abroad: report

Canada’s defence industry is increasingly selling its wares abroad, according to a new joint report from the economic development ministry and a defence industry association.

The “State of Canada’s Defence Industry 2014” report found that Canada’s defence industry sold about $5.95 billion of weapons, equipment and services outside of Canada – representing about 60 per cent of industry sales. That amount grew by 20 per cent since 2011.

Here are some more things to note about Canada’s defence industry.

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    1. They mostly sell to NATO or NATO-affiliated countries.

    According to Philippe Richer from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, approximately 70 per cent of Canadian defence exports went to the US in 2014. Another 20 to 25 per cent went to Europe.

    But, it’s hard to check these figures: country-based statistics weren’t part of this report because many companies didn’t fill out that part of the survey. Because the data was so full of holes, said Richer, they couldn’t release it.

    2. But not always – Saudi Arabia was the top customer in 2013.

    Luckily, there is a different, if less complete survey to look at for clues.

    Once you take the U.S. out of the equation, Saudi Arabia was Canada’s top customer in 2013, according to data from Global Affairs Canada. U.S. figures are not generally reported by the department because the statistics are based on permits, and many permits aren’t required for U.S. exports. So, we don’t know how much was exported to the U.S.

    (NOTE ON GRAPHIC: Does not include exports to the U.S., which were likely substantial.)

    Obviously, the countries Canada sells to can change year by year, depending on what contracts get signed and delivered.

    Again, not counting the U.S., the top countries that Canada exported to in 2013 were:

      Saudi Arabia – $153 millionUnited Kingdom – $106 millionAustria – $85 millionItaly – $50 millionGermany – $47 million

    3. The industry contributed about $6.7 billion to GDP in 2014.

    That’s about the same as the beverage and tobacco manufacturing industry and the postal and courier industry. The report also estimates that the industry employs about 63,000 people across Canada. They’re generally higher-wage jobs than the average manufacturing job too, according to the report.

    4. Different provinces produce different things

    Ontario and Quebec specialize in combat vehicles, Atlantic Canada focuses on military aircraft and ship maintenance, and Western and Northern Canada focus on aircraft maintenance and repair and shipbuilding.

    5. Canada mostly makes and repairs aircraft and vehicles.

    Overall, Canada’s top-selling defence industry activity is combat vehicle construction, repair and “other defence” representing about $2.8 billion. Yes, this is one large, strange category.

    Aircraft maintenance and repair accounted for about $2 billion, and aircraft fabrication and components were worth $1 billion.

Dec 16

Your Saskatchewan – Regina: May 2016

Every day on Global Regina at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

Submit your photo with a description and location via Facebook, 桑拿会所 or by email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Photos should be added to the email as an attachment, in jpeg format and at least 920 pixels wide.

May 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken of Regina by Shelley Zerr.

May 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken of the Joanne Goulet Golf Course by Linda Laurin.

May 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was captured by Anne Doerksen.

May 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Margaret Flack.

May 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Regina by Joshua Zorn.

May 9:This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Beechy, Saskatchewan by Natalie Braun.

May 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Conquest, SK by Aaron Spence.

May 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Anglin Lake, SK by Marnie Mulessa.

May 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Darcy Conn.

May 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Colin Alberts near Balgonie, Sask.

May 16: This ‪Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Todd Mintz.

May 17: This Your Saskatchewan phot was taken by Stu Cram.

May 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Lake Diefenbaker by Gerry Lo.

May 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at the Sand Dune Trail by Laine Slowski.

May 20: This ‪Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Diane Mursell.

May 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Sarah Leguee.

May 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken of the lighthouse at Cochin, SK by Marissa Alarcon.

May 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Chris Ratzlaff.

May 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Annette McCann.

May 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Lana Henry in Pelican Narrows.

Lana Henry

May 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jill Apshkrum.

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Dec 16

11 States sue Obama administration over transgender bathroom directive

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

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The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. It asks a North Texas federal court to declare the directive unlawful in what ranks among the most co-ordinated and visible legal challenges by states over the socially divisive issue of bathroom rights for transgender persons.

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The Obama administration has “conspired to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,” the lawsuit reads.

Many of the conservative states involved had previously vowed defiance, calling the guidance a threat to safety while being accused of discrimination by supporters of transgender rights. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has previously said “there is no room in our schools for discrimination.”

The White House had no comment on the lawsuit. The Justice Department said it would review the complaint and did not comment further.

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Texas’ lieutenant governor has previously said the state is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply. The directive from the U.S. Justice and Education Departments represents an escalation in the fast-moving dispute over what is becoming the civil rights issue of the day.

Pressed about whether he knew of any instances in which a child’s safety had been threatened because of transgender bathroom rights, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said “there’s not a lot of research” during a news conference about the lawsuit. He said he his office has heard from concerned parents, but didn’t say how many, and said he did not meet with any parents of transgender students before drafting the lawsuit.

The states claim that the directive demands “seismic changes” in schools across the U.S. and forces them to let students choose a bathroom “that match their chosen ‘gender identity’ on any given day.”

Two school districts joined the states in the lawsuit: one is the tiny Harrold school district in North Texas, which has roughly 100 students and passed a policy this week requiring students to use the bathroom based on the gender on their birth certificate. Superintendent David Thweatt said his schools have no transgender students to his knowledge but defended the district taking on the federal government.

“It’s not moot because it was thrusted upon us by the federal government,” Thweatt said, “or we were going to risk losing our federal funding.”

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The question of whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people has not been definitively answered by the courts and may ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. But schools that refuse to comply could be hit with civil rights lawsuits from the government and could face a cutoff of federal aid to education.

The guidance was issued after the Justice Department and North Carolina sued each other overs a state law that requires transgender people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. The law applies to schools and many other places.

Supporters say such measures are needed to protect women and children from sexual predators, while the Justice Department and others argue the threat is practically nonexistent and the law discriminatory.

Education officials in Arizona said campuses already had policies to protect students from bullying and discrimination “regardless of their gender identity.” A small Arizona school district also joined in the lawsuit.

“The fact that the federal government has yet again decided that it knows what is best for every one of our local communities is insulting and, quite frankly, intolerable,” Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said.

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Dec 16

Tiny male seal pup named Timbit rescued and in the care of Vancouver Aquarium

A tiny male seal pup, only a few days old, is the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre’s newest resident.

Aquarium staff named him Timbit and said the tiny seal weighs just over eight kilograms, is covered in the soft fur of a preemie pup and still has remnants of the umbilical cord attached.

The pup, which was underweight and dehydrated, was found by a person in Bella Bella, B.C. and flown to Vancouver for care.

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Along with getting hands-on attention from the aquarium’s mammal rescue centre, Timbit is also being fed a nutrient-rich formula five times a day.

“This is the start of pupping season along B.C.’s coast,” said Lindsaye Akhurst, manager of Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

“At this time of year, you’ll sometimes see newborn pups left to rest while their mothers forage for food. The mother will often come back, although unfortunately, not always. We ask those who find a seal pup not to touch it and to keep their pets away. Call us, and we’ll assess the animal.”

The aquarium rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 100 animals a year, and last year the team rescued 145 animals.

Although it is tempting to touch a stranded or injured animal, the rescue centre advises to not approach it, keep pets away and call the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre at 604-258-7325 for immediate assistance.

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Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

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Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

Vancouver Aquarium

Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

Vancouver Aquarium

Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

Vancouver Aquarium

Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

Vancouver Aquarium

Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

Vancouver Aquarium

Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

Vancouver Aquarium

Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

Vancouver Aquarium

Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit

Vancouver Aquarium

Up close with the tiny seal pup named Timbit. He was rescued in Bella Bella and is recovering at the Vancouver Aquarium Mammal Rescue Centre.

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Dec 16

Celebration plans for Canada’s 150th anniversary announced in Saskatoon

A national physical activity advocate will receive $5.4 million from the Canadian government to help mark the country’s 150th anniversary next year, according to an announcement made in Saskatoon Wednesday morning.

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    The Toronto-based non-profit ParticipACTION will undertake a “150 Play List” project to mark the number of years since Canada became a country. The group will ask the public to help come up with a list of 150 uniquely Canadian activities and challenge citizens to complete as many as possible in 2017.

    “As a country we’re just not as physically active as we should be,” said ParticipACTION President and CEO Elio Antunes to reporters after Wednesday’s announcement.

    “We thought this was a good opportunity as part of the 150th celebrations to really put a spotlight on this issue.”

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    The funds will go towards creating an online platform and conducting more than 100 community events across Canada, to promote the project, according to Antunes.

    “It’s a national program that goes to coast-to-coast-to-coast and so we want to be relevant in every community and touch every Canadian.”

    The Canadian media company Corus Entertainment will also help champion the project through “everything from PSA’s, commercial inventory, to on the news or radio mentions,” according to Gary Maavara, its executive vice president. Corus owns numbers television and radio stations, including Global.

    “Our creative folks are going to be working on a lot of different things to really entice Canadians to start telling us about what is that quintessential Canadian thing that we do that is going to help people get fit,” said Maavara.

    “Watching television is important to us, but it’s only part of the day and it doesn’t do us any good at all to have kids in front of the set all the time.”

    Engaging the youth is one of the government’s main themes in its vision for next year’s anniversary, according to Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. At Wednesday’s announcement she said activity can bring Canadians together.

    “There’s different sports that are linked to our past history, our common history,” said Joly. She and the other dignities took part in a canoe launch at the announcement, demonstrating one potential activity that could mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.