Canada Pm Urges Egypt To Free Canadian Hunger Strikers

The legislation, introduced shortly after the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, allows U.S. authorities to seize and review data without a warrant and without informing the owner of the data. Recreation of boundless information global heat map of data collection from its snapshot. The color scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (most surveillance). [Image and caption from Wikipedia] A majority of traffic travelling east to west across the country must transit to U.S. exchange points located in places like New York or Chicago before reaching its destination, Holland says. Even a significant amount of regional traffic, sent within the same city, may end up routing through the U.S. without a local IXP to guide it. I could be sending you an e-mail from downtown Ottawa to another point in Ottawa, and theres a 40 per cent change that will go through the U.S., he says. IXPs will significantly reduce the chance of that happening. Bill Reid is a co-founder of the Manitoba Exchange Point. The former member of CIRAs board of directors, Reid started talking about the idea of an IXP with two local Internet service providers three years ago. MBIX is actually the first IXP that CIRA chose to support, and it has provided it with funding to buy the Cisco switch and connect it to the grid. He says the major benefit of not routing traffic through the U.S. is reduced latency, not avoiding security concerns.Reid not concerned about security of traffic going to the U.S.


John Greyson is a Toronto filmmaker and university professor, while Tarek Loubani is an emergency room doctor from London, Ontario. The men were detained in mid-August soon after trying to enter Gaza, where Greyson was scouting for a documentary and Loubani planned to help train local doctors. They were turned back at the Gaza border and later arrested after a protest in Cairo. They began their hunger strike on September 15, according to Greyson’s sister, Cecilia. “In the absence of charges, Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson should be released immediately,” the Canadian prime minister’s office said in an email to AFP. The statement comes after Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird pressed his Egyptian counterpart last week to release the pair. Conditions at Tora prison in Cairo are “ridiculous,” Loubani and Greyson said in an open letter smuggled out of prison and released over the weekend. The pair described “sleeping like sardines on concrete with the cockroaches (and) sharing a single tap of earthy Nile water.” They said they only meant to transit overnight through Egypt to get to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, but after the Rafah border closed, they decided to check out protests at Cairo’s Ramses Square five blocks from their hotel. “The protest was just starting -??? peaceful chanting, the faint odor of tear gas, a helicopter lazily circling overhead ???- when suddenly calls of ‘doctor,'” they wrote in the letter. Tarek “snapped into doctor mode” to treat a young man with a bullet wound being carried by others, while Greyson started filming “the carnage” that would soon follow.

Canada To Launch Billion-Dollar Marijuana Free Market This Week

The Canadian dollar rose 0.1 percent to C$1.0295 per U.S. dollar at 12:53 p.m. in Toronto. Investors are pricing in less than a 50 percent chance of a rate increase by the end of next year, according to trading in overnight swaps. Accelerating Growth The central bank forecast in July that growth will accelerate to a 3.8 percent annualized pace in the third quarter after slowing to 1.7 percent in the second quarter. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg this month forecast a 2.1 percent rate from July to September. Canada has averaged annualized quarterly growth rates of 1.3 percent since the start of 2012, down from 3 percent in 2010 and 2011. The bigger story here is that underlying growth is still just quietly grinding along at a modest pace, Doug Porter , chief economist at Bank of Montreals capital markets unit in Toronto, said in a note to investors. The central bank has kept its key lending rate at 1 percent since September 2010, the longest pause since the 1950s, to encourage investment and spending. The nations output in July was 1.4 percent higher from a year ago, up from a revised 1.1 percent annual increase in June. Grinding Along Construction led gains in July, with the industry posting a 1.9 percent increase in output during the month as it recovered from a June strike in Quebec.

Canada’s Economy Rebounds in July as Construction Resumes

“The logic behind this project is simply overwhelming,” the prime minister said. Harper said politics has cast doubt on whether the pipeline will be approved but said he’s optimistic it will be approved. “Ultimately, over time, bad politics make bad policy,” he said. “The president has always assured me that he will a make decision that’s in what he believes is in the best interests of the United States based on the facts. I think the facts are clear.” The Obama administration is considering whether to approve the pipeline, which would carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta across six U.S. states to the Texas Gulf Coast. A decision late this year or early next year. Republicans, and business and labor groups, have urged the Obama administration to approve the pipeline as a source of much-needed jobs and a step toward North American energy independence. Environmental groups have been pressuring President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline, saying it would carry “dirty oil” that contributes to global warming. They also worry about a spill. Obama’s initial rejection of the pipeline last year went over badly in Canada, which relies on the U.S.

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Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images A new free market for medical marijuana in Canada will replace small growers with large-scale indoor farms. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images Canada is ushering in what it projects to be a $1.3 billion medical marijuana free market this week, as it replaces small and homegrown pot production with quality-controlled marijuana produced by large farms. The market could eventually serve up to 450,000 Canadians, according to government estimates. As Toronto’s Globe and Mail explains, a transition phase began Monday that will allow more price fluctuation and phase out home and small-scale production. “In its place, large indoor marijuana farms certified by the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and health inspectors will produce, package and distribute a range of standardized weed, all of it sold for whatever price the market will bear,” the newspaper reports. “The first sales are expected in the next few weeks, delivered directly by secure courier.” Large-scale growers have begun applying for licenses to produce marijuana; one Ontario company hopes to grow cannabis in an old Hershey chocolate plant, Reuters reported last week. At least two large growers have already received their licenses. The free market will likely establish a price of around $7.60 per gram of dried marijuana bud, according to “Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” posted by Canada’s health department. (And if you’re wondering about that spelling, it follows a precedent set in Canada’s controlled substances law.) The health agency projects that the legal marijuana supply industry “could grow to more than $1.3 billion per year in annual sales” within 10 years. Officials say the illegal cannabis market “represents a multibillion dollar per year industry.” The Canadian government says the new plan will also reduce its own costs, on a website explaining some of the changes. “The current program costs Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars each year because the $5/gram charged to program participants who choose to purchase from Health Canada is heavily subsidized,” Health Canada says.