Cop Cars Burned, 40 Arrested At Canada Fracking Protest

Canada PM Heads to Brussels to Conclude EU Deal

She was 47. Tennis Canada said she died Thursday in Chicago after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Simpson made her first Grand Slam appearance at the 1989 Australian Open. She reached a career-high ranking of No. 70 that year and advanced to the third round at the French Open. In doubles, she was ranked as high as No. 32, won three titles and was a U.S. Open quarterfinalist. She won three singles tournaments and four doubles titles on the lower-tier ITF circuit. Simpson was a regular on Canada’s Fed Cup team in the 1990s and was captain from 2001 to ’09. Private memorial services will be held in Chicago and Toronto. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Cop cars burned, 40 arrested at Canada fracking protest Michael Winter, USA TODAY 6:36 p.m. EDT October 17, 2013 Clash occurs as police move to end blockade near tribal land in New Brunswick. First Nations protesters in New Brunswick, Canada, have protested plans to drilling for shale gas using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves injecting high-pressure mixtures of water and chemicals into underground formations. (Photo: Bloomberg) SHARE 9 CONNECT 5 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Several police cars were torched and at least 40 people arrested Thursday during an anti-fracking protest near native land in Maritime Canada. The violence erupted after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved in to arrest demonstrators and remove a blockade that members of the Elsipogtog First Nation erected two weeks to stop a shale gas project in Rexton, New Brunswick. The Elsipogtog claim hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as fracking, could irreparably damage their land and the surrounding area. Witnesses estimated that at least 100 police faced off against several hundred demonstrators, according to news reports. Protesters were arrested for firearms offenses, threats, intimidation, mischief and not abiding a court injunction forbidding the blockade of an SWN Resources Canada compound. Elsipogtog Chief James Arren Sock was among those arrested, CBC News reported . The RCMP said some protesters threw Molotov cocktails, and at least five police cruisers were destroyed.

Canada hopes to become less reliant on the U.S., the country’s largest trading partner. Canada’s finance minister has said despite Europe’s struggles, Canada remains very interested because the EU is still the largest market in the world in terms of the size of its middle class. The Canada-EU deal would make it easier for Canadian companies to invest in, and sell to, the 17-member EU with its 500 million consumers. In 2012, Canada was the EU’s 12th most important trading partner, accounting for 1.8 percent of the EU’s external trade. The EU was Canada’s second biggest partner with about 9.5 percent of external trade. The value of the bilateral trade in goods between the EU and Canada was $84 billion in 2012, according to the EU. The EU says machinery, transport equipment and chemicals dominate the bloc’s exports to Canada. The trade agreement, on which talks were first launched in 2009, seeks to lower or erase tariffs and facilitate mutual market access for trade in goods, services and investment. It aims at making it easier for companies to bid for government contracts in the other economy. EU trade negotiations with the U.S., in turn, are still in an early stage and suffered a minor setback last week when the U.S. side had to cancel a long-planned negotiation round in Brussels because of the government shutdown. About 100 officials were set to travel to Belgium for the talks.