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The guardian of the parliamentary budget of Canada says the liberal government paid the "label price" when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $ 4.4 million.

Parliamentary budget prosecutor Yves Giroux estimates that the Trans Mountain pipeline and the planned expansion project cost between 3,600 and 4,600 million dollars.

This means that the purchase price of the government of $ 4.4 million was at the high end of the total calculated value of the project.

"If it were a car, we would say that they paid the price of the sticker, they did not negotiate much, they did not get many deals or sales from manufacturers, quite the opposite," said Giroux on Thursday morning.

Expansion of the capacity of the pipeline will reach an estimated cost of $ 9,300 million if the project ends on December 31, 2021, estimates of PBO.

But if the project found delays in costs or cost increases, Giroux says: "then it is quite clear to us that the government would pay" for the pipeline.

An existing gas pipeline connects the Alberta grid to the northeast of Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C. and its owner, Kinder Morgan, tried to expand for years to increase the amount of oil it could carry. The federal government bought the Kinder Morgan pipeline in August after the political opposition to the expansion of the gas pipeline between Alberta and BC. The shore gave the company and its investors cold feet. (Announces the $ 4,500 million purchase price, but Giroux reported that after the final adjustments, the net payment to Kinder Morgan was $ 4.4 trillion).

PBO's analysis noted that the project could have positive impacts on the country's economy and on oil prices if full expansion in time and in the budget. But the fact that government is the only buyer is a warning sign.

"It is a very risky project that bought something that nobody from the private sector wanted to acquire. There is a lot of retirement or pension plans that wants to buy infrastructure of such a nature that generates income streams," said Giroux.

Ottawa is now consulting with indigenous groups and the board has reviewed the maritime effects.

The board will have to prepare its report until February 22.


January 31, 2019 / 7:16 | History:

The air safety authorities say that the track configuration at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto is a serious risk of failure.

The transport security board says there were 27 runways between June 2012 and November 2017.

Incursions occur when an aircraft is on the wrong landing strip.

The board says that the raids involved all aircraft that landed on an outdoor track but ended up on an adjacent inner court.

The incidents occurred in spite of the instructions of the air traffic control to stop before entering the second track of landing.

The report cites design problems with the field of aviation and busy flight crews lack several clues.

"The 27 raids examined involved flight crews who understood that they needed to stop and that they approached an active landing runway," said Kathy Fox, chairman of the board in a statement.

"Despite all visual indications, including lights, signs and painting frames, professional crews did not stop in time as needed, thus risking the collision with another plane on the other track."

The report of the board makes four recommendations, including better instructions for flight crew and changes in track design.

January 31, 2019/7: 02 am | History:

UPDATE 7:03 a.m.

The Supreme Court of Canada claims that the administrator of an Alberta energy company that is not bankrupt can not simply move away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean it.

The 5-2 court decision of the Supreme Court annulled a ruling of the Court of Appeal of Alberta that confirmed a 2016 ruling in the Alberch Court of Queen's Bench which effectively allowed a bankruptcy company to cut its bankruptcy Connection with unprofessional and unclaimed wells when the assets of the company were sold lenders.

The Supreme Court has ruled today that bankruptcy administrator, Grant Thornton Ltd., can not move away from its end-of-life obligations so that they can abandon ecological wells.

The ruling resolved the conflict between the federal bankruptcy law and the provincial jurisdiction over the environment and the energy sector.

The provincial energy regulator of Alberta ordered the trustee of Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with the end of life requirements so that the abandoned properties are safe for the environment.

The trustee of the company did not comply, and presented its own counterclaim that included a challenge to the action of the regulator, citing the paragraph of the federal bankruptcy law.

Given that the case came to the court, it was estimated that 1,800 wells accounted for more than $ 100 million in liabilities.

ORIGINAL 5:25 a.m.

The Supreme Court of Canada is determined to rule today on whether energy companies can move away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.

The 2016 ruling in the Court of Alberta of Queen's bank allowed a bankrupt energy company to cut off its connection to unprofessional and unclaimed wells when their assets were sold to creditors.

The Court of Appeal of Alberta has confirmed the sentence.

Given that the case came to the court, it was estimated that 1,800 wells accounted for more than $ 100 million in liabilities.

The provincial energy regulator of Alberta ordered the trustee of Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with the end of life requirements so that the abandoned properties are safe for the environment.

The trustee of the company did not comply and presented its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the action of the regulator.

The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, a group financed by the industry that cleans wells that were not claimed, appealed the ruling to the higher court.

A group with the support of thousands of peasants also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.

The Action Surface Rights Association intervened in the case because it believes that the rights of the owners were ignored in the case.


January 31, 2019 / 6:57 am | History:

The conservative, liberal and green federal parties, all boasted as a result of an election year, but the new Democrats continued to fight to raise money.

According to the financial statements presented in the Canadian elections, conservatives pledged $ 7.4 million in the last three months of 2018, the best result of the fourth quarter that the party has already registered. In this way, the total of last year amounted to $ 24.3 million, being the best year of the match in a non-electoral year.

The liberal rulers were very close, throwing 6.4 million dollars in the last three months of 2017, their best result of the fourth quarter in a non-electoral year. Last year, the party took 16.6 million dollars.

Even the Greens could make their own collection of funds. They have brought almost 1.5 million dollars in the last three months of the year for a total annual profit of 3.1 million dollars, which represents the best quarter quarter of the match and the best results of the non-electoral year in general.

By contrast, the NDP dropped 1.97 million dollars in the last three months of 2018, the lowest result of the fourth quarter in eight years. The party took just under 5.2 million dollars year-round, just a little better than wasting $ 4.9 million that the NDP increased in 2017, which represented its worst annual result since 2011.

The results are far from 2015, an election year in which the NDP was thought to be a true candidate for power. The party devastated $ 18.6 million that year.

January 31, 2019 / 5:35 a.m. | History:

After a career defending issues of social justice, Nova Scotia's main justice retreats on Thursday with a challenge for the judges of Canada: to make more contacts with marginalized communities.

The Chief Judge Michael MacDonald acknowledged that the judiciary has traditionally been "quite insular" and said that he felt the responsibility of "being part of the solution instead of being part of the problem."

In an outgoing interview with The Canadian Press, he said that courts need to better understand the communities they serve.

"It's really all about education. It's about humility, I think, too … Of course, I have the vision of the world of a white man below, but I do not have the vision of the world of those who came from marginalized communities and communities. challenges I've never had, "MacDonald said.

"I think that we, as an institution, must be humble enough to recognize that not everything works perfectly and we would all benefit and would be a richer and richer judicial power as judges if we learn more about the society within which we judge. as simple as that ".

MacDonald, 64, became the 22 Chief Justice of Nova Scotia and Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nova Scotia in 2004.

He spent most of his 40-year legal career presiding over court cases and encouraging his colleagues to participate and learn from marginalized communities.

Last June, MacDonald worked with the leaders of the indigenous and African communities in Nova Scotia to host a two-day meeting at the Black Cultural Center of Cherry Brook, N.S., where 40 judges listened to first-hand the unique challenges facing communities.

At the end of that meeting, MacDonald pledged to institutionalize this type of judicial scope, which led to the creation of the Nova Scotia Justice Access Judicial Committee.

He also initiated a diversity review in the banesto of 2016 that led to the development of a tutoring program for Scotia's Indigenous and Scottish lawyers.

"It's easy for the judiciary to say so that's not our problem. It's the problem of society. Well, they are all our problems and I am very worried when I know statistics where there is significant over-representation of blacks and Indians in our prisons, when the victims of sexual assault are in serious insufficient report, "he said, sitting at his desk in an office now more unknown than dominating a port of Halifax.

"Public trust in the judicial system is fundamental and, therefore, anything we can do can increase public confidence in the judiciary, it would be important."

MacDonald said that judges are gaining new insights by engaging with marginalized communities.

January 31, 2019 / 5:30 a | History:

After three days of heart-wrenching impact decline, former NHL player Chris Joseph and his wife Andrea sought consolation in one place that would approach their Jaxon child – the site of the accident north of Tisdale, Sask., Where he and 15 others have lost their lives.

The memorial at the scene of the accident has grown in the last nine months. There are sixteen wooden crosses with the first name of each victim.

A great metal crusade with the words "HumboldtStrong" towers on the collection of Humboldt hockey t-shirts, hockey sticks, player images and plastic flowers.

A plate partially buried in deep snow reads "Humboldt Broncos – the hockey team of God."

"These last days were extremely hard and we know that if we are going to be so close we have to come and see the site," Joseph told The Canadian Press on Wednesday as he and his wife walked thinking of what was lost.

"It makes us reflect and make us think of who can get here to visit, who could be standing.

"Give us a chance to feel like we are with kids a little and Dayna."

It was the third visit from the couple to the site. During a trip in what would be the 21st anniversary of Jaxon, they took some balloons.

Also in the memorial was Myles Shumlanski, whose son Nick survived the accident on April 6. For him, the site serves as a constant and painful reminder. It is less than a kilometer from the family home.

"Over the next 100 years it will be here. It will not disappear. The community will live with it. We are part of this accident like everyone else," he said.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 30, was found guilty of 29 dangerous driving counts for causing the accident last April that he was also injured by 13 others.

Court heard that Sidhu went through a stop sign at a rural intersection and the driver had no chance to avoid a collision.

There were 90 statements of impact of the victim presented at the hearing. The arguments of final sentences are scheduled for Thursday.

At this point, forgiveness is not on the table for the Shumlanski family.

"My son and his 12 other survivors have a long way to face them. When my son says he will forgive him, I will think about it, until then I can not forgive him because he should not happen." Shumlanski said as a steady flow of semi-trailers amazed by the road behind him.

"I will be happy (when) what will be done, and then when things go down. There are many families injured."

He expects Sidhu to have a tough sentence.

January 31, 2019 / 5:29 a.m. | History:

While Ottawa cleans the finish line of its snowier January in the registry, cherries bloom in the legislature on the Victoria coast, B.C.

Millions of Canadians hid this week under extreme cold warnings that extended by the map, although some cities on the east coast enjoyed moderate temperatures.

According to experts, these coexisting ends were predicted for some time and probably were here.

"This is the kind of thing that people have been predicting for years," said Konrad Gajewski, professor of geography and environment at the University of Ottawa.

"This type of pattern of more alternation, more extreme, both in terms of warm and cold conditions is what we are waiting for the future."

The central Canadian cold attack comes from the swinging highs of the speed jet, pushing cold air north with the polar vortex.

At the same time, the great "waves" in the wind patterns push a warm air to the north, explaining comparatively warm temperatures on the shores.

The exact role that climate change plays in pattern changes is a continuous debate in the scientific community, but a common belief says it is the result of an Arctic warming.

"It is thought that as the Arctic is heated because the ice is melting, we will have more than one situation where you have what we call" waves "in the polar vortex," Gajewski said.

This "ripple" in the standard of the upper wind could be clinging more cold and more to the south to the south and center of Canada, and pushing the warmer air further north along the coast.

Atmospheric physics professor Kent Moore of the University of Toronto says that astonishing weather patterns show that the global climate system is intimately coupled and that changes in the colder and warmer regions can be seen in major Canadian cities.

As an example, Moore pointed to the theory that waves in higher wind patterns move more slowly, with larger amplitudes as a possible result of warming in the Arctic.

"The biggest changes in climate are happening in the Arctic and some would say:" Who cares? I live in middle latitudes, why do I worry? "Said Moore.

"The Earth is a small place and so things that happen in the Arctic do not stay in the Arctic."

This interconnection of the global climate system also explains the impacts of El Niño systems in Canada, Moore said.

David Atkinson, climate professor at the University of Victoria, said that speeding behavior could also make the storms increasingly frequent and intense on the east coast gain even more strength.

"If the air moves separately, it allows surface air to rise more easily," Atkinson said. "This helps a storm to work, the storms depend on the increase in air."

Gajewski said that the arrival of predictive weather patterns means that it is time that all levels of government seriously plan the changes that are already reaching in Canada in the form of mild heat waves in the summer and register cold in winter.

This could mean more thinning of snow and responding to the flood at the municipal level and mitigation efforts of global warming across the board.

January 31, 2019 / 5:12 | History:

The head of NATO is asking China to treat two Canadians detained in the country "in a fair and due process".

In his first public comments on the case, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today he was following his case "with concern."

He called Beijing to address the concerns of the Canadian government, which wants the duo to be "immediately released."

Diplomatic Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been detained in China since December for allegedly jeopardizing national security.

Their arrests arrived shortly after the Canadian authorities in Vancouver arrested Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive of the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies, who is wanted by the United States for fraud charges.

Another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, received a death sentence for a previous drug smuggling condemnation, a shorter penalty than the 15 years in prison he has already received.

January 30, 2019 / 3:32 pm | History:

The parents of a Humboldt Bronco hockey player badly identified after a deadly accident on a Saskatchewan road say they were not convinced that the battered body he had at the funeral home was actually his son.

Paul and Tanya LaBelle of Saskatoon first described their confusion and anguish in court on Wednesday asking her that her boy should be dead, planning her funeral and then receiving a phone call that had been a terrible mistake.

Xavier LaBelle was alive and in the hospital.

"The joy emerged from our regret in an exponential way," said Paul LaBelle. "We came to her bed with kisses and hugs very, very soft."

But the couple said they also felt pain for parents who thought that Xavier was his son and who comforted him and that he had his hands for almost three days at the hospital. Parker Tobin of Stony Plain, High. It was really among those who died and was his body at the funeral home.

"We know they took care of him as a child and we are always grateful," said Tanya LaBelle. "We were feeling with them when they reached an agreement with the understanding that their amazing son had not survived.

"We were devastated by them and by their family".

The LaBelles shared their story in a statement of impact on the victim in a conviction hearing for the truck driver who went through a stop sign and on the way to the youth hockey team bus last April.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu from Calgary pleaded guilty to 29 dangerous driving charges.

For three days, the families of the dead and injured people turned reading dozens of heartfelt statements in an improvised courtroom in Melfort.

January 30, 2019 / 1:38 pm | History:

The transfer of up to six wolves from an island in northern Ontario where they starved to the United States is underway after a delay of a few weeks caused by the federal government's halt to the south of the border.

The small package, including the male and female alpha, will be transferred from Michipicoten Island to the Isle Royale National Park, on the United States side of Lake Superior, where US authorities expect wolves to help keep the population alive under control.

"We need to get these wolves out of the island, otherwise they will die," said Aaron Bumstead, land director and economic development with Michipicoten First Nation, who coordinates the movement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in the province.

Last year, the province and the First Nation used several helicopters to move a total of 15 cariboues – a species threatened in Ontario – outside the island of Michipicoten. Nine of the animals were transferred to the Slate Islands and the other six to the Caribou Island.

They were the last remaining caribou in a prosperous herd in Michipicoten Island that began with only eight cariboues in 1982 and grew to more than 700 in 2013, when four wolves came to the island after doing the 15-kilometer walk on an ice bridge that formed in the lake .

There they found a caribou reward to celebrate. But as the small package grew to more than a dozen wolves in the following years, its power supply -caribou-, but disappeared. Now the wolves are in danger, said Bumstead.

"We were asking (the ministry) a plan to eliminate the wolves of the island since last year," said Bumstead. "And there is still no plan to eliminate those who do not move to Isle Royale."

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Natural Resources said that he would not comment on the transfer of the wolves until the animals were captured and transferred to the United States.

Bumstead said the efforts to capture the wolves in Michipicoten Island did not succeed on Wednesday. The two wolves they saw would not go out of the front, he said, so they'll try again Thursday.

US officials and investigators with Isle Royale are eager to receive Canadian wolves because they will help save the park's current package, which dropped this fall to only one non-daughter's parents this fall.

There is an overabundance of moor on the Royale Island and, without enough wolves to keep their population under surveillance, their numbers will continue to grow, said Rolf Peterson, a research professor at Michigan Technological University who studied wolves and moose on the island for the last 48 years

The moorings of the island, with a population of about 1,600 inhabitants, have decimated the balm spruce on the island.

January 30, 2019 / 13:20 | History:

A driver of the transit bus that died at the end of a night shift could have responded differently to a passenger who refused to get off the bus, but that did not justify stabbing them, the prosecutor's office said on Thursday.

Crown lawyer Keith Eyrikson said driver Irvine Jubal Fraser, who was 58 years old, asked the passenger more than two dozen times to leave the bus before eliminating him physically.

Brian Kyle Thomas, 24, declared himself not guilty of second degree murder.

"What Mr Fraser did … did not justify in any way form or form (his death)," said Eyrikson in his closing presentation.

He told him he was expelled from a bus that should not generate "killer anger."

Fraser's death caused calls to increase security measures on Winnipeg buses, including security shields for drivers, and many viewers at Winnipeg Transit opened the meeting on Thursday.

The defense did not present any evidence during the trial and its closure arguments were expected later.

Lots of what happened in the unstable winter night almost two years ago were captured in security cameras at the Fraser bus. They show the driver take a passenger and push him out of the bus.

The passenger begins to throw blows at Fraser from outside the door. Eyrikson said the passenger was making fun of the driver, spitting him and calling him names, and tried to get him out of the bus to fight.

"Mr. Fraser understandably can not take it," said Eyrikson.

Although Fraser was much taller, Thomas was looking for a conflict, Eyrikson said.

"I was not afraid of a bigger boy because he had a great advantage – he had a knife."

The video played for the jury shows the driver who leaves the bus after the passenger. The security images of other nearby urban buses and witness testimonies during the trial described the driver and the passengers who deal with each other in the bus stop.

In a matter of seconds, Eyrikson said the driver was stabbed several times.

January 30, 2019 / 9:40 a.m. | History:

Canada is being forced to face most of the costs of developing F-35 combat aircraft, although it does not decide if it really will buy any.

Canada is one of the nine partner countries in the F-35 project, all of which are necessary to cover a part of the development costs of sneaky fire to stay at the table.

Each country pays based on the number of F-35 that it is waiting to buy, and Canada has launched more than half a billion dollars in the last 20 years, including 54 million dollars last year.

But that amount was based on Stephen Harper's government plan to buy 65 new combat aircraft to replace the CF-18 growers of Canada, which the Trudeau government officially increased to 88.

Although Canada did not commit that these 88 airplanes will be F-35, the Defense Department authorities say the change means that you will have to pay more to continue being a partner, including about $ 72 million this year.

The government said it plans to keep Canada in the development effort of the F-35 until a CF-18 replacement is selected, which will not last for another two or three years.

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