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Canadian Minister Meets Indigenous Representatives On Rail Blockade

TORONTO, Feb 16 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Canadian Indigenous Services Minister, Marc Miller, met with representatives of the Mohawk First Nation, in eastern Ontario, on the 10th day of a blockade that caused the shutdown of all rail lines across Canada.

Canadian cargo and passenger rail operators announced the suspension of all railway service on Thursday, due to the blockade.

Canadian minister meets Indigenous representatives on rail blockade

TORONTO, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller on Saturday met with representatives of the Mohawk First Nation in eastern Ontario on the 10th day of a blockade that has caused the shutdown of all rail lines across Canada.

Canadian cargo and passenger rail operators announced the suspension of all railway service on Thursday due to the blockade.

Covid-19 could mean US$5 billion in airline losses: UN agency

MONTREAL, Feb 14 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The new coronavirus outbreak could mean a reduction of US$4-5 billion in worldwide airline revenue, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said.

The UN agency reported that 70 airlines have cancelled all international flights in and out of China and 50 others have reduced their operations.

Preliminary estimates show this has meant a reduction of nearly 20 million passengers compared to expectations for the first quarter of 2020.

Canadian jet forced back to airport after passenger falsely claims he has coronavirus

OTTAWA, Feb 5 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A Canadian man on a flight from Toronto to Jamaica falsely announced to passengers that he had the coronavirus, forcing the plane to return to the airport where he was arrested.

The incident occurred on Monday during a WestJet Airlines flight from Toronto to Montego Bay.

“A male was causing a disturbance on the flight, saying he had been to China and had the coronavirus,” said Sarah Patten, a spokeswoman for police in the town of Peel, close to Toronto’s Pearson international airport.

Trade confidence amongst Canadian exporters falls to eight-year low

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Trade confidence among Canadian exporters fell to its lowest level in nearly a decade, Canada’s export credit agency said on Tuesday, as businesses wrestle with protectionist policies and fret about the global economy.

In its biannual survey of 1,000 Canadian exporters, Export Development Canada (EDC) said its trade confidence index fell to 69.3% - the lowest level since 2012 and 6% below the survey’s historical average.

Canada’s TSB says Iran has invited it to examine black boxes

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said Thursday it has been invited by Iran to participate in the download and analysis of the flight recorders from the downing of a Ukraine International Airlines jet “whenever and wherever” that takes place.

Iran has acknowledged that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at the jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran’s main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. Fifty-seven Canadians died and 138 of the passengers were headed to Canada.

Extradition hearing begins for top Huawei exec in Canada

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei started in a Vancouver courtroom Monday, a case that has infuriated Beijing, caused a diplomatic uproar between China and Canada and complicated high-stakes trade talks between China and the United States.

Canada’s arrest of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, in late 2018 at America’s request enraged Beijing to the point it detained two Canadians in apparent retaliation.

Extradition hearing for Huawei executive begins in Canada

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei begins Monday in a Vancouver courtroom, a case that has infuriated Beijing, set off a diplomatic furor and raised fears of a brewing tech war between China and the United States.

Canada’s arrest of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s legendary founder, in late 2018 at America’s request shocked Beijing.

Canada to give $25,000 to 57 families of plane victims

18 Jan 2019; MEMO: Canada will give $25,000 to each of the families of the 57 victims of Flight PS752 that was shot down inadvertently by Iran, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a press conference Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

As he spoke, Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif were in a face-to-face meeting in Muscat, Oman.

Canada says black boxes from Iran crash should be sent to France

OTTAWA, Jan 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Iran to send the flight and cockpit data recorders from a crashed jet to France for analysis and said the first remains of victims should soon arrive back in Canada.

Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa that France was one of the few countries with the ability to read the plane’s so-called black boxes, which he said were badly damaged.

Iran says it shot down the Ukrainian airliner last week by accident. A total of 176 people died in the disaster, of which 57 were Canadian.

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