Vicente Fox Warns Justin Trudeau Not To Be ‘Judas’ On NAFTA

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox is warning Canada not to turn its back on Mexico.

MEXICO CITY — A former president of Mexico has a warning for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Don’t abandon our country in NAFTA talks like some modern-day ”Judas.”

Vicente Fox warns that would be a mistake.

The former Mexican president told CTV News that it wouldn’t do any good if Canada ditched Mexico in pursuit of a one-on-one trade deal with the U.S., in the misguided belief President Donald Trump would go easier on Canada.

Fox made his case using a biblical metaphor — urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to behave like the apostle who sold out Jesus Christ.

I warn Trudeau, and I warn Canada, you will not make it (better without Mexico).Vicente Fox

”He might, like Judas, give us a strike and go with the United States and leave us aside,” Fox told the network, in an interview airing Sunday night.

”I warn Trudeau, and I warn Canada, you will not make it (better without Mexico).”

The Canadian government has repeatedly said it’s committed to working trilaterally to renew NAFTA as a three-country agreement. However, the Canadians have also raised eyebrows in Mexico by occasionally making more ambiguous comments: some Canadian officials have at times suggested they’re open to both bilateral or trilateral deals.

Trump says he could do one or the other.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper, in a memo earlier this year to associates obtained by The Canadian Press, appeared to favour the one-on-one approach. Harper suggested Trump had few trade complaints about Canada, and he said some Americans found it mystifying that the Canadian government remains so attached to a trilateral deal with Mexico.

Proponents of the three-country approach say it makes sense for several reasons: the continent has integrated supply chains for products like autos, some of the strongest defenders of trade in U.S. politics are from southern Mexican border states, and, they say, …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada

Photos: Ceremony honors German prisoners buried at Fort Douglas

James Burton, honorary consul for Germany, left, U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. A.C. Roper Jr., retired Utah National Guard Maj. Gen. Brian l. Tarbet and German Consul General Hans Jörg Neumann salute a wreath during a ceremony marking Volkstrauertag, the German National Day of Remembrance, at the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery in Salt Lake City on Sunday. Volkstrauertag is a German national holiday similar to Memorial Day. Events are held throughout the world to commemorate those that have served in the armed forces, including the 41 German POWs from World Wars I and II who are buried at Fort Douglas. The event has been held in Utah each year since 1977.

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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Victoria boy courts star power to get new word in dictionary

VICTORIA — The former captain of the starship USS Enterprise is using his star power to back a Victoria boy’s bid to get a new word added to the dictionary.

Canadian actor William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk in the Star Trek series, has asked Oxford Dictionaries to add the word “levidrome.”

The word was coined by six-year-old Levi Budd, a Grade 2 student at St. Michaels University School. A lover of palindromes, Levi discovered there was no word in the dictionary to describe a word that forms another when spelled backward, like pool and loop, or spit and tips. (Emordnilap — palindrome backward — has also been suggested, but it doesn’t appear in the Oxford or Merriam-Webster dictionaries.)

Levi’s answer: levidrome.

Father Robert (Lucky) Budd, an oral historian who has appeared on CBC Radio and worked with artist Roy Henry Vickers, proposed the word to dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster, only to be told words need to be in regular usage to be considered.

So the family created a video explaining the word and its origin. As of Saturday night, it had almost 9,800 views on YouTube.

Then Shatner stepped in, posting a message on Twitter targeting another publisher of dictionaries: “Dearest @OxfordWords I just sent you an email about #Levidromes — a word that when spelled backwards, turns into a different yet valid English word for addition to your dictionary … Bill.”

Budd said it’s helpful to have people with “huge social networks” spreading the word.

There’s even a push underway to attract the attention of Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds, who has 8.51 million followers on Twitter.

Retired Olympic triathlon champion Simon Whitfield tweeted “@VancityReynolds #deadPOOL Loop is pool, pool is loop backward, that’s a #Levidrome — check out this video of the six-year-old trying to get his word into the dictionary.”

Levidrome has already …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Program to help snuff out woodsmoke pollution falls short of target

The tangy smell of woodsmoke may evoke a nostalgic sense of warmth, but the emissions are a source of health-harming pollution that the province is trying to reduce — though a key weapon in its campaign is falling far short of its goals.

Since 2008, the Ministry of Environment has run a wood-stove exchange program, with a rebate to encourage switching-out older, smoke-belching wood stoves for cleaner options that started with the goal of exchanging 50,000 older-generation appliances.

After 10 years, however, only something more than 7,000 wood stoves have been exchanged under the rebate program — for modern, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified, wood-burning fixtures or cleaner options such as gas fireplaces or electric heat pumps.

Getting there might require stronger measures, according to the report from a 2015 evaluation of the program, which suggested making a bigger investment than the $2 million spent up to the end of 2014 and stricter regulations on the use of older wood stoves.

“(It) is unlikely a voluntary incentive program will accomplish the provincial goal to remove all uncertified wood stoves by 2020,” according to the report, with a recommendation requiring the removal of all old wood stoves by a specified date.

The report also found low participation rates in the exchange program among First Nations, where rates of wood burning for heat tend to be higher, and recommended creating specific pilot programs with Indigenous communities to boost compliance.

The province, however, still marks the exchange program as a success, even if it hasn’t hit its target for changing out wood stoves, because of the awareness it has helped raise around woodsmoke pollution.

“Clearly, 7,000 does not equal 50,000, but that 7,000 stoves is not the whole picture,” said Markus Kellerhals, an air-quality science officer with the Ministry of Environment.

Kellerhals said that surveys …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun