China blocked canola shipments from a second Canada-based producer on Tuesday over alleged contamination issues, a move that has prompted Ottawa to consider dispatching a delegation to the Asian country.
A statement on China’s General Administration of Customs website said officials detected several hazardous organisms in canola shipments from Regina-based Viterra Inc.
OTTAWA — Moody’s Investors Services says three of Canada’s biggest universities would face a cash crunch if Canada’s diplomatic row with China results in the world’s most populous nation pulling its students from Canadian schools.
Tuition for international students is much higher than that charged to Canadians and has become a “crucial” source of income for schools, Moody’s says.
OTTAWA — Chinese telecom giant Huawei isn’t the only company that can build Canada’s next-generation wireless networks, the Trudeau government said Monday as China muted its threat to retaliate if Canada bans the company.
Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains offered a sharp retort to China’s ambassador to Canada, who warned last week of repercussions if the federal government bars Huawei from supplying equipment for faster, more resilient communications systems than cellphone users have now.
Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson is tempting fate yet again by re-attempting to escape from a speeding bullet coaster train.
Gunnarson is currently in China, where on Wednesday he’ll try to leap out of the way of the 135 km/h-train as it approaches him on the tracks. Gunnarson will be handcuffed, chained, and padlocked around his arms and neck, and then chained to the tracks.
The last time he tried this very stunt, Gunnarson was badly injured after breaking his foot and receiving internal bleeding.
“If I told I wasn’t nervous while being chained down to those roller coaster tracks I would be lying,” Gunnarson said in an e-mail. “It is absolutely terrifying how fast this coaster launches off. It is like a fighter jet taking off from an aircraft carrier and I am in its path!”
If Gunnarson is successful, he will receive the award of “Best Escape Artist 2012” from the International Magicians Society.
Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee and Premier Greg Selinger laid wreaths to honour Manitobans who fought to defend the British Colony of Hong Kong during the Second World War on Thursday. While in Hong Kong, the two took part in a ceremony at Sai Wan War Cemetery.
“Despite being sent to the other side of the world unprepared for what they would encounter, the Winnipeg Grenadiers fought valiantly in defence of the freedoms all Canadians enjoy today,” Selinger said in a statement.
“Standing on the ground where so many brave Manitobans made the ultimate sacrifice is a truly humbling experience. To all the Hong Kong war veterans who are still with us today, and to the families of all those who fought and died, thank you on behalf of all Manitobans. We will never forget.”
Lt.-Gov. Lee was born in Hong Kong in May 1944, shortly before the end of the war.
Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger departed on a ten-day trade mission to China on Sunday, where they will be joined by Manitoba business leaders and premiers from eight other provinces and territories.
“Manitoba’s exports to China have grown elevenfold in the last decade, from $79 million a decade ago to nearly a billion dollars today,” Selinger said in a release.
The mission will include stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and representation at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin.
Manitoba’s business delegation includes representatives from CanEquip Consulting, the Composites Innovation Centre, HyLife, the Keystone Potato Producers Association, Myers Norris Penny, OmniTRAX Canada and the Churchill Gateway Development Corporation, Palliser Furniture, Parker Hannifin and Risun Connexions. Also represented on the mission will be CentrePort Canada, the country’s first foreign trade zone.