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  1. Montréal perd un éminent chercheur Mise à jour le lundi 4 mai 2009 à 19 h 32 Un chercheur réputé de l'Université de Montréal annonce qu'il poursuivra sa carrière aux États-Unis. Le Dr Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, qui est bien connu au pays pour ses travaux sur le sida, se dit mécontent des récentes compressions du gouvernement Harper dans la recherche scientifique au Canada. M. Sékaly a accepté le poste de directeur scientifique d'un institut de recherche de Floride, le Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. Il amènera avec lui une partie de son équipe de recherche, soit une vingtaine de chercheurs. Le Dr Sékaly maintiendra toutefois certaines activités de laboratoire à l'Université de Montréal. L'occasion d'une vie Outre son insatisfaction en matière de financement au Canada, Rafick-Pierre Sékaly affirme que ce déménagement aux États-Unis constitue pour lui et son équipe une occasion unique. Il a déclaré au quotidien Globe & Mail que sa décision a en partie été motivée par les nouvelles possibilités offertes aux jeunes chercheurs de talent de son équipe. « Ils commencent leur carrière et sont inquiets de leur avenir ici », a expliqué M. Sékaly. Selon lui, les jeunes scientifiques auront de meilleures perspectives d'avenir aux États-Unis, où le président Barack Obama a prévu dans son plan de relance économique une somme de 10 milliards de dollars pour la recherche médicale. Avec son nouveau poste en Floride, le chercheur s'attend d'ailleurs à doubler son budget de recherche actuel. Dans le budget fédéral de janvier, des coupes de 147,9 millions de dollars en trois ans ont été annoncées pour les trois agences qui répartissent les fonds de recherche pour les universités. En mars, un groupe de scientifiques a signé une lettre au premier ministre Harper pour protester contre ces coupes. Malgré le contexte actuel, le chercheur qui a quitté le Liban pour le Canada en 1986 dit que le pays lui a donné beaucoup. « Je ne serais pas où je suis aujourd'hui sans le soutien du Canada », a-t-il déclaré au Globe & Mail.
  2. L’Alaska donne son appui à TransCanada Dominique Lemoine, Lesaffaires.com 10:30 TransCanada se prépare à la construction de son pipeline reliant l'Alaska aux autres états américains. TransCanada a obtenu l’appui de l’Assemblée législative de l’Alaska pour l’obtention d’un permis qui lui permettra de lancer son projet de pipeline reliant l’Alaska et les autres états américains, en passant par l’Alberta, dont l’exploitation est prévue pour 2018. «Ce projet pipelinier de gaz naturel permettra de raccorder les réserves de gaz naturel américaines isolées et de les transporter jusqu'aux consommateurs de l'Alaska et des 48 états inférieurs», soutient le président et chef de la direction de TransCanada, Hal Kvisle. La ratification du permis en vertu de l'Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) facilitera la poursuite des négociations avec les expéditeurs possibles, précise Hal Kvisle. Il ajoute que cette ratification améliorera la possibilité d'un appel de soumissions réussi. La conclusion d'un premier appel de soumissions est prévue vers juillet 2010. Si des contrats fermes suffisants sont négociés, TransCanada commencera les travaux après l'obtention des autorisations et le pipeline sera en exploitation vers septembre 2018. Selon le Globe & Mail, le projet de 26 milliards de dollars ne sera pas mis en route tant qu’Exxon Mobil n’aura pas signé de contrat d’utilisation du pipeline. Le projet de TransCanada est en compétition avec ceux de BP PLC et ConocoPhillips. «Rien ne va de l’avant sans qu’Exxon soit d’accord», a précisé Hal Kvisle au Globe and Mail. Exxon Mobil, qui a le contrôle sur les plus grandes quantités de gaz en Alaska, n’aurait jusqu’à maintenant appuyé aucun des trois projets, soutient le Globe & Mail. Le pipeline de TransCanada s'étendrait sur 2760 km, à partir d'une usine de traitement de gaz naturel de Prudhoe Bay jusqu'en Alberta. La section de l'Alaska aurait une longueur d'environ 1200 km. La section canadienne vers l'Alberta aurait environ 1550 km. L'intégration du pipeline au réseau de l'Alberta de TransCanada assurerait l'accès aux marchés des 48 états inférieurs, à l'échelle des États-Unis, précise TransCanada. TransCanada dit que son projet satisfait les exigences de l'AGIA, dont la protection des intérêts de l'Alaska au moyen de conditions commerciales raisonnables, la capacité de fournir des livraisons de gaz dans l'état et des occasions d'emploi pour l'Alaska.
  3. La direction du quotidien annonce la suppression de 80 à 90 postes, soit environ 10% de ses effectifs. Pour en lire plus...
  4. 1:40 Campaign – What happens now? AIR CANADA COMPONENT A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear members, Last Thursday, on May 22nd, we met with officials with Transport Canada to present our objections and arguments against their proposed regulatory change (NPA – to consult it click HERE http://gallery.mailchimp.com/f6750312d5/files/5a08042b-48e8-48a2-88e3-4536caa1f04a.pdf), which will allow airlines in Canada to flip-flop between the 1:40 ratio and the 1:50 ratio at will, per aircraft type. It is fair to say that we took Transport Canada by surprise last Thursday – a sizable crowd participated in this meeting from across Canada, including over 125 CUPE flight attendants, members of the news media, members of Parliament, and allies representing different groups. We expressed our views forcefully and eloquently, and clearly demonstrated that passenger safety would be compromised if this regulation were approved. During our presentation, we had hoped to screen our newly recorded video testimonial of a survivor of the Air France 358 accident, which supports our position, but Transport Canada prevented us from doing so. If you would like to see this video, please click HERE Furthermore, if you would like to see a recently rediscovered short documentary produced by CUPE in the 1980's that presents a clear case for maintaining the 1:40 ratio, click HERE You will be amazed at the timeliness of the content, and at the undeniable truths that come from the mouths of Canadian flight attendants who survived airplane accidents. Another video is currently circulating which features a photomontage of graphic visual examples of why the 1:40 ratio should be maintained. You can see this video HERE We would encourage you to share the above videos using your own personal networks and social media. The May 22nd session was a learning experience for all of us. It was evident that Transport Canada is determined to give our airlines an unprecedented luxury, which no other country on the planet has. With the flip flop regulation, airlines will be allowed to pick whichever FA ratio leads to the fewest FAs per aircraft type, and then change the ratio whenever it suits the airline’s configuration or financial priorities, with only 60 days notice. TC was also extremely disrespectful to the two NDP MPs who took the time to attend ("the Minister will answer your question") and was unresponsive to many of us who highlighted the negative impact of the proposal on our work and safety ("noted" or some other equally evasive response like "trust us"). We were very successful in obtaining wide news coverage, and had the opportunity to engage the media in print, radio and live television. The quote from TC Cabin Safety inspector Christopher Dann was priceless, and found its way in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, amongst others: The safety level afforded by 1 in 50 "can't be equivalent" to the 1 in 40. With this quote, we have put TC on the defensive. Here are a few great examples of some of the media we received: TELEVISION - RADIO Globe and Mail video report CTV National News TVA nouvelles en direct CBC Radio WRITTEN PRESS CTV News Vancouver Sun Globe and Mail Toronto Star CBC News Here is our plan going forward, and this is where we need your continued help: We will be submitting a comprehensive dissent to the NPA, emphasizing that it is less than what we have today, is unprecedented in the world and has not be proven to be workable or enforceable by Transport Canada, among other such general arguments. Where there are good "mitigating factors", we will endorse them and urge them to be put in place regardless of the FA ratio. Where the "mitigating factors" are ineffective, we will say so and describe the changes that are needed. In addition, we will be re-working our PowerPoint presentation as a separate written submission on what the NPA does not address in the real world of flight attendant work, emergencies and evacuations. Transport Canada will be receiving comments regarding the proposed regulatory change up until June 23, 2014. Please send them your thoughts and opinions. Comments can be sent to: [email protected] and please also send a copy to CUPE Researcher Janet Dassinger: [email protected] to allow us to keep track of them. All of your comments are valuable and should be on the record. There should be emphasis on how the NPA will negatively impact passenger and our safety, particularly on narrow body aircraft but also on wide body aircraft if the airlines are successful in blocking the minimum floor level coverage provision for 1 in 40 operations. Please also request that Transport Canada hold another meeting to allow for further discussion on this important matter. For all submitters, please conclude your submission with the following statement: "I request a written response to my questions and comments before pre-publication of any such regulation in Canada Gazette Part I by return e-mail". Encourage others you may know to make submissions as well on the problems with this NPA. Feel free to have others sign on to your comments so it is coming from more than you alone. Finally, please use your written comments to seek out a meeting with your MP if you have not already done so. State your concerns and stress that what is being proposed in the NPA is less safe than what we have today (as admitted by TC's own Christopher Dann); it is a unique rule that does not meet the international standard despite what Minister Raitt has said; there are no real "mitigating factors" that can compensate for a missing FA; and all of this Transport Canada rule-making must be subjected to a Parliamentary Inquiry. Together we will make a difference. In Solidarity, Michel Cournoyer President Air Canada Component of CUPE Forward to Friend Copyright © 2014 Air Canada Component of CUPE, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you have subscribed. Our mailing address is: Air Canada Component of CUPE 25 Belfield Rd. Etobicoke, On M9W 1E8 Canada Add us to your address book unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences
  5. Stage is set for Montreal to grow as a technology startup hub BERTRAND MAROTTE MONTREAL — The Globe and Mail Burgeoning tech companies are on the rise in Canada, attracting funding and IPO buzz in hubs across the country. Our occasional series explores how each locale nurtures its entrepreneurs, the challenges they face and the rising stars we’re watching. Montreal provides an ideal setting for the early care and feeding of tech startups. The city boasts a lively cultural milieu, a party-hearty mindset, cheap rents and a bargain-priced talent pool. ALSO ON THE GLOBE AND MAIL MULTIMEDIAStartup city: The high-tech fever reshaping Kitchener-Waterloo What it doesn’t have, though, is sufficient critical mass to propel promising tech companies forward in their later stages. Case in point: VarageSale Inc., the mobile app and listings marketplace that serial entrepreneur Carl Mercier co-founded with his wife Tami Zuckerman three years ago. Mr. Mercier and Ms. Zuckerman were quite content in the early going with the Montreal zeitgeist and support from the city’s tightly knit startup community as they nurtured their baby, a combination virtual garage sale, swap meet and social meeting place. But as VarageSale took off, the burgeoning company was no longer able to feed its growth relying only on Montreal resources. Mr. Mercier eventually opened an office in Toronto to tap into the wider and deeper software-developer talent pool in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor and he ultimately decided to move the head office to the Queen City. “We were growing extremely fast. We were hiring like gangbusters in Montreal but we needed to hire even faster, so we decided we needed two talent pools, but Toronto ended up growing faster than Montreal,” Mr. Mercier explains. “Occasionally, we will hire people in Montreal. “There’s a vibrant startup scene [in Montreal]. It’s not a big startup scene but it’s a vibrant one,” he adds. “There is lots of activity, a lot of events, a lot of early-stage capital. Startups can get off the ground cheaply and quickly.” It’s the later stages that present problems, according to successful local entrepreneur and angel investor Daniel Robichaud, whose password-management firm PasswordBox Inc. was bought last year by U.S. chip giant Intel. “Montreal is a terrific place to build a product but it’s not where the action is. It’s not a place to raise funding,” Mr. Robichaud said in a recent industry conference presentation. Montreal startup founders often find themselves having no choice but to move to bigger playgrounds because of a still-embryonic domestic investor scene, says Université de Montréal artificial intelligence researcher Joshua Bengio. The startup sphere in Montreal is “quite active, but the investors are too faint-hearted and short-term oriented, and so the developers often go elsewhere, particularly California and New York,” he said. In true Quebec Inc. fashion, the provincial government and labour funds have stepped in to fill the gap of funding homegrown companies. A key player is Teralys Capital, a fund manager that finances private venture capital funds that is backed by a score of provincial players – including the mighty pension fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the labour fund Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Investissement Québec – said Chris Arseneault, co-founder of Montreal-based early-stage venture capital firm iNovia Capital. “They’ve been the most creative groups to try and put money at work,” he says about Teralys and its backers. Startup directory BuiltinMtl, has about 520 Montreal startups listed (excluding biotechs, film-and-tv-production houses or video-game developers). The actual number is probably closer to a “few thousand” if very early-stage startups still under the radar are included, according to Andrew Popliger, senior manager in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Assurance practice. Data from the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association indicate venture capital firms invested $295-million in Quebec last year – just 15 per cent of the Canadian total – compared with $932-million in Ontario and $554-million in B.C. Most insiders and observers agree that what works in the Montreal tech “ecosystem” is a strong sense of community. There is a spirit of collaboration and collective vision. Notman House, a repurposed mansion adjacent to Sherbrooke Street’s famous Golden Square Mile, which sits at the crossroads of the city’s tech startup scene, rents office and workstation space, stages events, and acts as an incubator and networking locale and launch pad for budding companies seeking their big break. It represents everything that makes Montreal distinct in the North American startup sphere, says Noah Redler, the venue’s campus director. “We’re not just an incubator. We’re a community centre. We bring people together and collaborate. People are supported and surrounded by [successful] entrepreneurs,” he said. “There are more startups in the Waterloo area but there is more of a community feeling in Montreal,” says Katherine Barr, the Canadian-born co-chair of C100, a Silicon Valley expat group that helps connect Canadian entrepreneurs with U.S. investors. “They’ve built a real community here. Like Silicon Valley, its co-opetition, both competing and helping each other,” Ms. Barr said during a break at AccelerateMTL, an annual conference that brings together “founders and funders.” There may not be as great a number of head offices as in Toronto but the potential for big breakthroughs in Montreal is impressive, says John Ruffolo, chief executive officer of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. “For Montreal, it’s only a matter of time. They’re going to have their Shopify,” he says in reference to the Ottawa-based e-commerce platform that has become a stock market star. For now though, Montreal may have to settle for being a relatively small player and modest incubator of talent and ideas on the North American startup scene, even compared with Vancouver and Toronto.
  6. Via The Boston Globe : Montreal’s Little Burgundy, Mile Ex are getting hip artfully By Christopher Muther | GLOBE STAFF OCTOBER 18, 2014 CHRISTOPHER MUTHER/GLOBE STAFF Canned vegetables were seen at Dinnette Triple Crown. Life was taking place behind glowing windows on this preternaturally balmy October night. On a walk in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighborhood, the streets were quiet but inside restaurants were buzzing and the city’s jeunesse dorée were shoulder-to-stylish-shoulder at gallery openings. If it sounds like I’m romanticizing the scene, I am. I had struck travel pay dirt: a hot new neighborhood laid at my feet, and I had a night to aimlessly explore this turf called Little Burgundy. In my usual know-it-all fashion, I thought I had thoroughly chewed and digested the hot neighborhoods of Montreal years ago. As usual, I was wrong. I knew that the Mile End neighborhood was chockablock with the cool kids (genus Hipster). I was also aware that Old Montreal, the part of the city that was once jammed with tatty gift shops, is now very chic and grown-up. Not so long ago I came to Old Montreal with the intention of writing a story about how Old Montreal is the new Montreal. I was too lazy to write the story — please don’t tell my editor — but my theory was correct. The area is now known for its celebrity chef restaurants and art galleries. Which brings us back to this balmy October night in Little Burgundy. Until a few weeks ago, I thought Little Burgundy was an inexpensive red wine. Nope. It was once a working class neighborhood that has blossomed into a hamlet dotted with incredible restaurants and boutiques. For the sake of ease, I’m going to group Little Burgundy with the Saint-Henri and Griffintown neighborhoods. All are in the southwest part of the city and have a rough-around-the-edges, blue-collar history. The neighborhood volte-face began with the cleanup of the Lachine Canal. Artists scrambled for inexpensive studio space. This inevitably brought in the beginnings of gentrification and a rush of 20- and 30-somethings on the hunt for affordable housing. The scene is anchored by Atwater Market in Saint-Henri. Atwater, a mega farmer's market, is housed in a beautiful Art Deco tower. Set aside an hour or two to wander the aisles and check out the produce, much of it from farms around Quebec. I passed rows of passionate red raspberries and strawberries, but opted for locally made chocolates. We all know a man needs a little sugar to keep up his strength. When I began my Little Burgundy evening excursion, I started with restaurants from the pioneering chefs who rode covered wagons into this new frontier and set up shop. Joe Beef opened in 2005 and received a considerable boost when celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dropped in. The English pub Burgundy Lion sits across the street. It’s part sports bar and part restaurant. I stayed long enough for a drink, but failed miserably when it came to discussing sports. I wanted to chat about the prosecco-scented soap I purchased earlier in the day at a boutique called Beige. The gent on the bar stool next to me wanted to talk about Canadian football. “Who do you think is going to take it?” he asked. “The Alouettes or the Redblacks?” The Alouettes sounded like an effete, all-male a cappella act, so I said the Redblacks. Naturally the Alouettes won. I needed a place where I felt slightly more comfortable discussing my prosecco-scented soap. The trouble was choosing. I passed Tuck Shop, Bitoque, Evvo, and the Drinkerie. All looked pretty wonderful. I stopped in at Code Ambiance, but felt woefully underdressed — and blasted my slovenly American ways! I walked a few doors down to a steak house called Grinder. Like a latter-day Goldilocks, I declared, “This one is just right!” I settled at the bar to start on an amazing meal. Not long after, an animated couple appeared at my side, eager to talk. I love talking to new people, particularly locals, when I’m on the road. But this conversation was making me nervous. It starting getting a bit salty for my liking (I’m not talking about the food), peppered with questions that left me blushing. One of the few French phrases I know, ménage à trois, felt like it was about to be introduced into the conversation. I came up with a hasty excuse to leave, paid the check, and rushed back to my hotel. I guess prosecco-scented soap is a bit of an aphrodisiac. You’ve been warned, people. Sufficiently frightened to go back to Little Burgundy, I met up with my friends Alexis and Julien at a Russian-themed cocktail bar called Kabinet (it’s connected to another Russian-themed bar called Datcha) the next night in Mile End. The conversation focused on Mile Ex, another of Montreal’s hottest new neighborhoods. Like Little Burgundy, I had never heard of Mile Ex. But Julien and Alexis said this once rough-hewn ’hood, which is less than a square mile squeezed between Little Italy and a highway, is also going through a resurgence. More condominiums are going in, and more restaurants are following suit. After cocktails and bowling at the charmingly divey Notre-Dame-des-Quilles (known as NDQ by locals), I drafted a Mile Ex plan for the next day. Mile Ex is very easy to walk (or bike), so I started exploring by going to Marché Jean-Talon on the edge of Little Italy and Mile Ex. Like Atwater Market, the place is mammoth and filled with incredible produce. Again, I skipped anything remotely healthy and jumped to the poutine booth. Bubu Restaurant Gringer One of the first restaurants to open in Mile Ex was Dinette Triple Crown, which didn’t arrive intending to be a forebear of great things to come; the owners say it was pure coincidence and good timing. It’s an unpretentious place where you can order Southern comfort food. Contrast that with Mile Ex’s latest eatery, le Ballpark, which specializes in meatballs. Yes, meatballs. For such a tiny area, there are some fantastic places here. My favorite (not that you asked) was Manitoba, which also opened this summer. “We wanted a taste of the forest in our plates, a taste of nature in our glasses,” reads the restaurant’s website. Much of the food was local and the look of the space was chic and rustic. Braver souls can sample deer heart and veal tongue. I played it safe with duck. I encountered more friendly Montrealers at Manitoba — thank you again prosecco-scented soap — who invited me to a very illegal party at an abandoned warehouse. Generally when I hear the words “illegal” and “party,” I don’t hesitate. It was one of those glorious nights where DJs ironically played music from 1990 to 2000 while revelers danced in a crumbling space that looked like a set from “The Walking Dead.” If you’ve never experienced Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam” in an abandoned Canadian warehouse, you don’t know what you’re missing. Even as I write these words I’m feeling guilty. I want to tell people about Little Burgundy and Mile Ex, but I don’t want to ruin these places by turning them into tourist destinations. I want to greedily keep them to myself. If the masses begin descending, will there be enough meatballs left for me at le Ballpark, poutine at Marche Jean Talon, warehouse dance parties, and swingers on the prowl at Grinder? OK, I’ll make a deal: You take the swingers, I’ll keep the poutine. PATRICK GARVIN/ GLOBE STAFF Christopher Muther can be reached at [email protected]
  7. D'après The Globe and Mail, les banques remettent en cause les ententes signées avec Teachers pour l'achat du géant canadien des télécommunications. Pour en lire plus...
  8. L'imprimeur montréalais imprimera jusqu'en 2028, dans la plupart des régions du pays, le quotidien Globe and Mail. Pour en lire plus...
  9. Un financier suisse accusé aux États-Unis d'avoir mis à l'abri de l'impôt plusieurs fortunes de gens riches a orchestré des opérations du genre pour des Canadiens en leur ouvrant des havres fiscaux à l'étranger, selon ce qu'écrit le Globe and Mail à la une, vendredi. Pour en lire plus...
  10. Le géant canadien des télécoms BCE Inc réclame au fonds d'investissment Teachers une indemnité record de 1,2 milliard de dollars en cas d'échec de son projet de rachat, rapporte samedi le quotidien The Globe and Mail. Pour en lire plus...
  11. Le Groupe d'experts sur la réglementation des valeurs mobilières recommande la création d'une seule commission des marchés boursiers au Canada, selon le Globe and Mail. Pour en lire plus...
  12. The Toronto Board of Trade's Scorecard on Prosperity ranks 24 cities based on economy and labour attractiveness #20 Montreal (Courtesy of The Globe and Mail)
  13. Le New York Times va-t-il fermer le Boston Globe ? Publié le 04 mai 2009 à 12h36 | Mis à jour à 12h43 Agence France-Presse Le groupe de presse américain New York Times (NYT) va notifier aux autorités fédérales son plan de fermer le quotidien Boston Globe, devant le refus des syndicats du journal d'accepter un plan d'économies, selon le Washington Post de lundi. Le New York Times a menacé de fermer le quotidien historique de la ville de Boston, qui risque de perdre 85 millions de dollars cette année, si les syndicats du Boston Globe n'acceptent pas des baisses de salaires et autres mesures d'économies d'un total de 20 millions de dollars. Le dépôt officiel de ce préavis légal de 60 jours avant fermeture renforce la possibilité que le Globe disparaisse dans les semaines à venir. En 1993, le groupe New York Times avait racheté le Boston Globe, créé il y a 137 ans, pour 1,1 milliard de dollars. Mais il pourrait s'agir d'une tactique pour forcer les syndicats à accepter des concessions, puisque cette notification n'oblige pas le New York Times à mettre à exécution son projet de fermeture au bout des 60 jours, fait valoir le Washington Post. Le Boston Globe rapporte lundi que les négociations ont été interrompues, après que le plus important syndicat du quotidien, le Boston Newspaper Guild, qui représente quelque 600 travailleurs, et la direction du groupe de presse ont échoué dans leurs négociations marathon. La direction du New York Times a rejeté la dernière proposition du syndicat, qui proposait une réduction de coûts de quelque 10 millions de dollars, indique le quotidien. Selon le Boston Newspaper Guild, cette proposition comportait notamment des réductions salariales de 3,5% pour la plupart des employés, des congés sans solde, une augmentation de l'âge requis pour pouvoir bénéficier d'une retraite anticipée et une diminution des contributions aux retraites. «Ils ont rejeté notre proposition», a affirmé le président du syndicat, Daniel Totten au Globe. «Il s'agit des mêmes tactiques d'intimidation et de pression», a-t-il ajouté, précisant que les négociateurs étaient épuisés et allaient effectuer une pause. «Les négociations sont terminées pour aujourd'hui (...) nous allons nous réunir à nouveau sous peu», a-t-il indiqué. D'autres syndicats, plus petits, ont conclu au cours de la nuit passée un accord provisoire avec la direction, précise par ailleurs le quotidien de Boston.
  14. Video (Courtesy of The Globe and Mail) Luxury homes in Montreal is up 300% Luxury Starter Home for Montreal estimated to be at $1.5 million.
  15. Les deux partenaires signent un contrat de 1,7 G$ visant l'impression du journal jusqu'en 2028 dans la plupart de ses principaux marchés au Canada. Pour en lire plus...
  16. La SCHL aurait ignoré des mises en garde d'Ottawa Mise à jour le jeudi 18 décembre 2008 à 11 h 30 La décision du gouvernement Harper d'autoriser, en 2006, l'arrivée d'entreprises américaines sur le marché canadien de l'assurance hypothécaire aurait conduit la Société canadienne d'hypothèques et de logement (SCHL) à prendre des risques. Selon ce qu'explique le Globe and Mail, jeudi, les gestionnaires de la SCHL auraient sciemment ignoré, ces deux dernières années, les mises en garde du gouvernement fédéral quant à leur décision d'assurer des prêts hypothécaires à haut risque. Des sources anonymes proches du dossier ont affirmé que la SCHL serait en désaccord avec Ottawa sur le risque posé par les hypothèques amorties sur 40 ans et celles accordées sans une mise de fonds minimale. En fait, la SCHL, selon un responsable du gouvernement fédéral, serait même l'assureuse de près des deux tiers des prêts hypothécaires amortis sur 40 ans qui ont été accordés au pays lors des six premiers mois de l'année. Et si la SCHL ne semblait guère prendre au sérieux les mises en garde quant à la dangerosité potentielle de tels produits, en juillet dernier, le ministre canadien des Finances Jim Flaherty a décidé de prendre le taureau par les cornes et a mis fin, en octobre dernier, aux garanties de prêts sur 40 ans. Selon ce qu'a appris le quotidien torontois, il semblerait que la SCHL, une société de la Couronne créée en 1954, a commencé à adopter le style des assureurs américains lorsque ces derniers ont été autorisés, en 2006, à entrer sur le marché canadien. Les gestionnaires de la SCHL étaient d'autant plus inquiets, toujours selon des sources citées par le Globe, qu'une étude gouvernementale interne qui circulait à l'époque faisait état de la possible privatisation de plusieurs agences fédérales, dont la SCHL. Et c'est la crainte d'être privatisée qui, selon des observateurs anonymes proches de la SCHL, a convaincu l'agence qu'elle se devait d'être perçue somme tout aussi efficace que la compétition.
  17. Un accord est intervenu entre le syndicat des Travailleurs canadiens de l'automobile et General Motors relativement à la fermeture annoncée de l'usine de camionnettes, selon le Globe and Mail. Pour en lire plus...
  18. Calgary population surge shows signs of slowing DAWN WALTON From Tuesday's Globe and Mail July 22, 2008 at 4:17 AM EDT CALGARY — Calgary's stunning population growth continues, according to the city's latest census, but boomtown is starting to show signs of a slowdown. Fewer people are pulling up stakes to move to the country's oil and gas capital, and the city's housing frenzy, which saw unprecedented bidding wars and zero vacancy rates, is a thing of the past, according to figures released yesterday. But with the addition of 22,950 new residents in the 12 months preceding April of 2008, bringing the city's population to 1,042,892, it's too early to say the boom is going bust. "Calgary still remains the trendsetter in the nation in terms of not only population growth, but those who are moving to our city," Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier told reporters yesterday. Affordable housing is finally easier to find in Calgary, as supply starts to catch up with demand. Chris Bolin for The Globe and Mail Enlarge Image Affordable housing is finally easier to find in Calgary, as supply starts to catch up with demand. (Chris Bolin for The Globe and Mail) The Globe and Mail The 2.3-per-cent population increase was fuelled by the birth of about 27 babies each day and about 34 people moving here daily. The pace is still slightly higher than the 10-year average, but 2007-08 marked the second consecutive year population growth did not amount to what the mayor called a "phenomenal" year in 2005-06, when the city added 35,681 new residents. In 2006, the city surpassed one million residents, two years earlier than projected. But as more and more people were lured to Calgary amid an acute labour shortage, newcomers arrived to find apartments converted to condominiums and home prices out of reach for many first-time buyers. Calgary's latest census figures show that affordable housing is finally easier to find. "[The market] couldn't maintain the frantic and hectic pace through 2008," said Gerry Baxter, executive director of the Calgary Apartment Association. "The whole housing industry had gone crazy." According to the census, the city's vacancy rate increased to more than 2.2 per cent in April, 2008, up from almost 1.5 per cent 12 months earlier. Meanwhile, the number of housing units - both existing residences and those under construction - jumped to 432,997 from 420,311. "After such a record growth in the last few years, you're finally starting to see supply catch up with demand," Mr. Bronconnier said. Still, Calgary's population growth continues at the fringes of the city where new suburbs are being built. The city faces about $7.5-billion to keep up with infrastructure demands over the next decade. "I think growth is a good thing in a lot of ways as opposed to a bad thing," said David Watson, the city's general manager for planning, assessment and development, "The challenge is of course the farther out you go there's more and more requirements for infrastructure." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080722.wcalgary22/BNStory/National/home
  19. Contrat fédéral de 600 M$ à CAE Le mandat serait confié à CAE dès le mois prochain. Photo: Bloomberg La montréalaise CAE est sur le point de décrocher un contrat de 600 millions de dollars du gouvernement fédéral pour la formation de pilotes d'avions et d'hélicoptères de la Défense nationale. En 2006, le gouvernement s'apprêtait à confier la formation à deux entreprises américaines, Lockheed-Martin et Boeing. Cependant, tôt en 2007, Ottawa annonçait que le contrat de formation dans le cadre de l'achat pour 10 milliards $ de nouveaux appareils pour la Défense ne serait octroyé qu'à une seule entreprise, rapporte le Globe and Mail. Le mandat serait confié à CAE dès le mois prochain, d'écrire le journal, afin d'enseigner aux pilotes des nouveaux avions Hercules et des nouveaux hélicoptères Chinook. CAE, qui célèbre son 60e anniversaire cette année, est connue pour son travail dans le domaine des technologies de simulation et de modélisation et dans celui des solutions intégrées de formation destinées à l'aviation civile et aux forces de défense. Environ 6000 personnes travaillent dins ses 75 installations réparties dans 20 pays. L'an dernier, une porte-parole de CAE, Nathalie Bourque, avait nié que l'entreprise avait appliqué un intense lobby afin que le contrat de formation ne soit accordé qu'à une seule entreprise plutôt qu'à deux. Toutefois, le Globe and Mail dit avoir obtenu des documents en vertu de la Loi d'accès à l'information qui démontreraient que CAE a soumis par écrit au gouvernement, en deuxième moitié d'année 2006, une propositio~ en ce sens. La multinationale montréalaise aurait promis qu'un regroupement de la formation serait plus efficace et moins dispendieux. CAE prétendait aussi que les militaires canadiens seraient ainsi formés au Canada par des Canadiens et que l'expertise de formation acquise par l'entreprise pourrait ultérieurement être exportée. http://www.lesaffaires.com/article/0/aeronautique-et-aerospatial/2008-04-09/475602/contrat-federal-de-600-mdollars-a-cae.fr.html
  20. Un autre article faisant l'éloge de la gastronomie montréalaise Hungering for beauty and the bistros The Boston Globe La tire, maple syrup frozen on a stick, for sale at Marche Atwater. (Jonathan Levitt for the Boston Globe) By Jonathan Levitt Globe Correspondent / May 4, 2008 Interstate 89 north of Burlington, Vt., is as big, remote, and windswept as the Western plains. I cross the Canadian border at Highgate and drive through the flatness, past miles of tidy dairy farms - pert suburban-type houses with barns and cows in back - and keep going over the Saint Lawrence River, looking down to spot Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" and her gypsy cabin, but she's long gone. Then there it is, the island of Montreal, and at the base of Mount Royal, the skyscrapers, just a few, but tall, and huddled together. Like most big cities in Canada, Montreal feels like one last great human place before the bleakness of the northern wilderness. At Hotel St-Paul in Old Montreal, I stare at the manicured cedar bushes and the 1900 Beaux Arts façade, then walk into the lobby, past the Spanish alabaster fireplace to the front desk. Everyone who works here looks younger than 30. With the key I go upstairs and into my room with the low-slung bed, faux fur throw, ebony-stained wood floors, and view of another Beaux Arts building across the street with a giant perfectly accurate clock. I take off my shoes, turn on the flat-screen television, and watch "The Age of Innocence" dubbed into French, and I nap. When I wake up it is still light out. The streets of Old Montreal are hushed and narrow. It's the oldest part of the city, along the river, and near the original French settlement of 1642. In the twilight it's easy to imagine fur traders and Iroquois attacks. I wander through Chinatown and across rue Sainte-Catherine with its grime and strip clubs, and accidentally make eye contact with some "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" punks. They are begging and drumming, exotic with tattooed faces, dreadlocks, and big handsome dogs. The last time I walked around Montreal it was January and so cold that inside my coat pockets I wore socks on my hands. But now it's April and sunny and 60 degrees, and at the outdoor cafes it looks as if everyone pretty shoved off early from work to eat and smoke and drink cold beer. On Duluth Street in the middle of the flat, graffiti-clad Plateau neighborhood I stop for dinner at Au Pied de Cochon. P.D.C., as it is known, is a former wood-fired brick-oven pizza place converted into a temple of excess and neo-Quebecois peasant food by celebrity chef Martin Picard. I order venison steak frites. On the walls are jars of preserved summer tomatoes, and in the bathroom, a showerhead for a sink faucet, and a bucket of beer on ice by the toilet. It's early but crowded. Word has gotten out because the food press seems to write about the place every few weeks. But it still feels like a chummy club, and every portion could serve two or more. Picard is giant, hairy, balding, and looks like Shrek. The fries come fried in duck fat with a side of good mayonnaise; the venison steak is smothered in a rich jus with mushrooms and caramelized onions. On the plate is a cartoon of Picard, wearing a tall chef's hat, riding a pig or a shrimp, depending on the plate. After dinner I walk and walk, then wander into the bistro next to the hotel. It's called Restaurant Holder, and the music sounds like the soundtrack to a video game. They've stopped serving real food, so I order the Quebec cheese plate and eat lots of baguette. Benedictine monks make one of the cheeses, and it tastes like cleaning out the chicken coop, but in a good way. For breakfast I walk down St-Paul Street to the bakery Olive + Gourmando where, once again, everyone is beautiful. They are carrying yoga mats and ordering coffee and pastries like almond croissants and apple tarts that look too good to be real, and so I order the same. By now I am certain that the food here is better than back home, better than the over-hyped poutine, those french fries soaked in gravy and studded with cheese curds for which Quebec is known. So I think only of food and have lunch at L'Express, a bistro that has been in the same place on rue St-Denis for almost 30 years. I order duck confit on greens and frites with mustardy mayonnaise. The waitress brings a crunchy baguette and a jar of even crunchier cornichons to grab with worn wooden tongs. There is white paper on top of the marble tabletop. The duck skin stays crispy and is the prettiest golden brown. L'Express is as reserved as Au Pied de Cochon is boisterous. The bill comes on a tin plate. It seems like a good bistro can be like a diner, like a place to go every day, a kitchen away from home. And so I go to another bistro, the restaurant Leméac, at the base of the mountain, and this one is much more posh. I get the veal a la Lyonnaise, which is just a fancy way of saying liver and onions. Now it's late, and I'm tired, but I poke my head into Garde Manger, a new place people are raving about, but all I see are rich kids with their cocktails and lobster poutine, so I go back to the hotel and fall asleep in front of the TV. In the next morning's cold rain, la tire, maple syrup frozen on a stick at Marché Atwater, makes for a smoky sugar high of a breakfast. Marché Atwater is the smaller and more expensive of the city's two public markets. Afterward, I wander around the cleaned up and condo-fied, but still gritty, St-Henri neighborhood until it's dinnertime and time to go to Restaurant Joe Beef. The place is named for Charles McKiernan (1835-89), the inn and tavern keeper nicknamed Joe Beef because of his knack for rounding up meat and provisions for hungry fellow soldiers during the Crimean War. The legend goes that McKiernan kept wild animals - black bears, monkeys, wildcats, a porcupine, and an alligator - in the basement of the tavern and brought them up for entertainment and to restore order at the bar. When he died the animals were in his funeral procession. Joe Beef preserves the innkeeper's outlaw attitude and supposedly his bathroom door. At the bar, John Bil from Prince Edward Island shucks oysters. He is a Canadian shucking champion and an elite marathon runner. He feeds me oysters and bourbon until chef-owner Frédéric Morin brings out the deep-fried white bait with tartar sauce, and the whole king crab, and more bourbon. Then we go next door to Liverpool House, a quirky sort of Italian/French/Quebecois place that Morin also owns, and we eat black pudding with foie gras and ribs braised in Dr. Pepper. Morin makes rum punch and brings out a cheese plate with warm green grapes. The restaurant closes and I follow the cooks to their favorite dive bar, and after it closes, I go along to their favorite diner where just before dawn I have a plate of poutine, soggy and wonderful. Jonathan Levitt, a freelance writer in Maine, can be reached at [email protected]
  21. The dream I am speaking about is, Canada becoming a country with about 100 million people. There is an article from the Globe and Mail, saying how we could reach 100 million people by 2100. I honestly don't know how I would feel about having 100 million people. Economically it would probably help us, but who really knows. More and more foreigners moving here, but will not change their customs. Anyway, that is my two-cents on the matter.