Return to home2001 Jan 1, In
Canada new cigarette warning labels became effective. 16 rotating
labels included such warnings as "Cigarettes cause mouth disease"
with a photograph of blackened, bleeding gums.
(SFC, 1/3/01, p.A9)
2001 Jan 1, In Canada a new
federal gun control measure went into effect. It called for the
licensing and registration of all shotguns and hunting rifles.
(SFC, 1/5/01, p.A16)
2001 Jan 1, In St. Anne de
Beaupre, Quebec, the new Ice Hotel opened. It was scheduled to close
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.T10)
2001 Feb 5, Pres. Bush met with
Canadian PM Jean Chretien at the White House for a get-acquainted
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A8)
2001 Feb 5, Engineering
students from the Univ. of British Columbia dangled the body of an
old VW from a railing of the Golden Gate Bridge. It hung for 4 hours
before officials cut and let it fall into the water.
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 13, About this time
Canadian police arrested at least 2 people in the Toronto area in a
scheme to distribute $25 billion in counterfeit US bearer bonds.
(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.R12)
2001 Feb, Canada established
the 8,500 square-mile Sirmilik National Park on the northern tip of
Baffin Island, 450 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It included
most of Bylot Island.
2001 Mar 10, The Nuu-chah-nulth
Tribal Council of British Columbia signed a treaty with the federal
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.D2)
2001 Apr 19, Thousands of
protesters gathered in Quebec City to oppose the Summit of the
Americas and plans for a hemispheric free trade zone.
(SFC, 4/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Apr 20, President Bush
attended his first international summit as leaders of the Western
Hemisphere's 34 democracies met in Quebec to advance plans to create
the world's largest free-trade zone; police in riot gear clashed
with protesters. Protestors pushed to interrupt the Summit of the
Americas and held that the free trade efforts put corporate
interests ahead of workers, human rights and the environment.
(SFC, 4/21/01, p.A1)(AP, 4/20/02)
2001 Apr 21, Western hemisphere
leaders meeting in Quebec ratified a plan barring undemocratic
nations from a massive free trade zone they hoped would expand
prosperity across their 34 nations. For a second day, protesters
clashed with nightstick-wielding police who fired water cannons and
2001 Apr 22, In Quebec City 34
Western leaders affirmed the creation of a free trade zone by 2005
and agreed that only democratic nations could join.
(SFC, 4/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 27, Four students from
Newton, Mass., were killed near Sussex, New Brunswick, when their
bus crashed while enroute to a music festival in Halifax. At least
37 others were injured.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A10)
2001 Jul 3, Mordecai Richler,
Canadian social critic and novelist, died at age 70. His work
included the novel "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (1959).
(SFC, 7/5/01, p.D3)
2001 Jul 28, Samir Ait Mohamed
(32) was detained in Vancouver on immigration charges. On Nov 15 he
was arrested on US charges for plotting to bomb the Los Angeles
airport during millennium festivities. He was held in Canadian
prisons until he was deported to Algeria on January 11, 2006.
2001 Jul 30, In Canada
medicinal use of marijuana became legal. The government grew the
drug in an abandoned salt mine in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and sold it
to authorized users at C$5 ($4.40) a gram.
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.A6)(Reuters, 11/13/06)
2001 Dec 7, Statistics Canada
reported a jobless increase to 7.5%, the highest level since
(SSFC, 12/9/01, p.A16)
2001 Dec 18, Canada passed the
Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
2001 Dec 29, In Quebec, Canada,
Magloire Poissant killed his former wife, Colette Harnois, her two
sons Michael MacDonald, 15, and Mathieu MacDonald, 18, and their
friend Francis Mongrain, 17, at Harnois' home in Lavaltrie. In 2004
Poissant was sentenced to life in prison.
2001 Ryan Hreljac (b.1991) of
Ontario, Canada, founded a charity, Ryan’s Well Foundation, to
provide drinking water in developing countries. At the age of six,
began raising money for those affected by the global water crisis,
and has since raised millions for water and sanitation projects in
2001 In Canada the website
AshleyMadison.com was launched with the slogan, “Life is short. Have
(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.A6)
2001 A fish epidemic struck
Atlantic salmon farms. The 2-year epizootic killed most of the young
fish in 36 farms. Canadian scientists developed a vaccine, Apex-IHN,
that protected the fish and in July, 2005, Canada licensed the
product for sale.
(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.B1)
2001-2003 Canadian citizens Abdullah Almalki,
Muayyed Nureddin and Ahmad El Maati were labeled as terrorists and
arrested on separate visits to Syria where they were imprisoned and
tortured and then released without charge. In 2008 a federal inquiry
said Canadian officials indirectly contributed to their torture by
wrongly sharing intelligence information with Syria. The men later
sued the Canadian government demanding apologies, compensation and
the removal of their names from any watch lists.
(SFC, 10/22/08, p.A2)
2002 Jan 5, Canada reported
plans to send 900 troops to assist with peacekeeping in Afghanistan.
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A9)
2002 Jan 7, Canada announced
plans to send 750 soldiers to join US combat operations in
(SFC, 1/8/02, p.A11)
2002 Feb 5, In Canada a police
raid on the farmstead of Robert and David Pickton in Port Coquitlan,
BC, turned up evidence of 2 missing women. Since 1984 at least 50
prostitutes had vanished from the streets of Vancouver. Robert
Pickton was arrested Feb 22. In 2003 the murder charges against
Pickton rose to 22. Pickton’s trial began Jan 22, 2007, with
prosecutors saying the he had confessed to killing 49 women.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A9)(SFC, 12/16/03, p.A14)(WSJ,
2002 Feb 7, The Cree tribe of
northern Quebec under Ted Moses ratified an October deal that
ensured 15,000 Crees of receiving no less than $3.5 billion over the
next 50 years and a share in benefits derived from their lands.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A9)
2002 Feb 24, The XIX Winter
Olympics in Salt Lake City came to a close. In one of the last
events Canada beat the US hockey team 5-2 for the gold.
(SFC, 2/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 20, Steven Harper
(b.1959), an evangelical Christian, was chosen as head of Canada’s
conservative Alliance Party.
2002 Apr 18, A US fighter jet
accidentally dropped a laser-guided bomb on Canadian forces near
Kandahar, Afghanistan, and 4 soldiers were killed. On Sep 12 two
U.S. F-16 fighter pilots were charged with manslaughter and assault
in the "friendly fire" bombing of Canadian troops that killed four
soldiers and injured eight. In 2004 USAF pilot Maj. Harry Schmidt
was found guilty of dereliction of duty. He received a reprimand and
was docked a month’s pay.
(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A10)(SFC, 6/19/02,
p.A8)(Reuters, 9/13/02)(SFC, 7/7/04, p.A6)
2002 Apr, The Dr. Peter Centre
in Vancouver, Canada, began running a safe-injection site for
drug-addicted patients with HIV and AIDS. The city estimated 12,000
intravenous drug users among 1.3 million in the greater area.
(WSJ, 4/1/03, p.D8)
2002 May 2, The US Int’l. Trade
Commission upheld a 27% tariff against imported Canadian softwood.
(SFC, 5/3/02, p.B1)
2002 Jun 11, In Canada Inco
Ltd. said on Tuesday it had reached a $1.9 billion, 30-year deal to
develop the huge Voisey's Bay nickel deposit in northern Labrador.
2002 Jun 13, In Whistler,
British Columbia, G-8 foreign ministers of the world's leading
nations backed a Middle East peace conference, vowed to keep up
pressure on India and Pakistan to step back from the brink over
Kashmir, and maintained a united front against terrorism as they
wrapped up a two-day.
2002 cJun 21, Timothy Findley
(d.2002), Canadian writer, died in France. His novels included "The
Wars" (1977), and "Pilgrim" (1999).
(SFC, 6/22/02, p.A18)
2002 Jun 23, In Canada an
amphibious tour boat sank in Ottawa killing four people. It had also
sunk a year ago.
2002 Jun 25, In Vancouver,
Canada, it was reported that investigators had found the remains of
four more women at a pig farm linked to what is feared to be one of
North America's largest serial killing cases.
2002 Jun 26, The 2-day G-8
Summit opened at Kananaskis, Alberta. The leaders of the world's
richest countries begin a two-day summit on a peace plan for the
Middle East, the fight against terrorism and aid for Africa. They
announced that Russia would be made a full-fledged member of the
(Reuters, 6/26/02)(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.C2)(AP,
2002 Jun 26, In Toronto,
Canada, city workers went on strike at midday as last-ditch
negotiations with Toronto officials failed to come up with a new
labor contract to resolve the dispute over wages and job security.
Upcoming events included a Gay Pride parade, next week's Molson Indy
car race and a visit by the Pope.
(Reuters, 6/27/02)(Reuters, 6/28/02)
2002 Jun 27, In Canada G-8
leaders signed an agreement with African leaders to support
development. It was pointed out that US farm subsidies contradicted
African exports. World leaders broadly backed a controversial plan
by George W. Bush to end the Middle East crisis, although they
mostly stopped short of endorsing his insistence that Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat quit. They agreed to spend $20 billion over the
next 10 years to decommission weapons from the former Soviet
(Reuters, 6/27/02)(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A11)
2002 Jul 1, A Canadian climber
who had scaled Alaska's Mount McKinley alone died after he fell
about 1,000 feet (300 meters) while descending from the peak's upper
2002 Jul 11, Lawmakers in
Ontario passed back-to-work legislation to end a two-week strike by
Toronto garbage collectors that covered the country's biggest city
in mounds of rotting waste.
2002 Jul 12, In Canada an
Ontario court ruled that refusing legal recognition to gay and
lesbian marriages is unconstitutional.
(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 18, A Canadian Forces
helicopter crashed in a remote region of Labrador, killing two
pilots and injuring two other helicopter personnel.
2002 Jul 23, A frail Pope John
Paul II walked down the steps of his plane instead of using a lift
after arriving in Canada to join thousands of young Catholic
pilgrims for World Youth Day. Tens of thousands of exuberant young
Catholics massed in Toronto to greet the Pope.
(AP, 7/23/02)(Reuters, 7/23/02)
2002 Jul 25, In Canada Pope
John Paul made his first appearance at a Catholic youth festival
before as many as 200,000 young faithful eager to welcome the aging
Pontiff with prayer and song.
2002 Jul 28, In Canada Pope
John Paul ended the celebrations of World Youth Day for 800,000
people in Toronto's massive Downsview Park. Speaking publicly on the
church abuse scandal for the first time, Pope John Paul II told
young Catholics that sexual abuse of children by priests "fills us
all with a deep sense of sadness and shame."
(Reuters, 7/29/02)(AP, 7/28/03)
2002 Jul 29, In Canada at least
23 young Cubans from a group who traveled to see Pope John Paul II
decided not to return to the communist-ruled island.
2002 Aug 7, Ford Motor Co. and
Canadian fuel cell developer Ballard Power Systems Inc. jointly
unveiled a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine-driven
generator they said could help pave the way toward the
commercialization of fuel cell technology.
2002 Aug 21, In Canada Pres.
Chretien, amid growing rifts within his Liberal Party, said he will
not seek a 4th term and will resign in Feb 2004.
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 23, Canada confirmed
prairie farmers' worst fears in a report that slashed crop
production forecasts after one of worst growing seasons since the
dust bowl of the 1930s.
2002 Aug 28, Canadian police
arrested a man in the rape and killing of an 11-year-old aboriginal
boy who was found in a basement storage room in Winnipeg.
2002 Sep 5, The Canadian
government said it will spend C$105 million ($66.9 million) in the
first stage of a plan to connect the country's rural residents to
high-speed Internet service by 2005.
2002 Sep 26, US immigration
officials seized Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, after his name
popped up on a watch list at JFK. US officials refused to allow
legal council or a phone call. The CIA questioned him and then
handed him over to Syrian intelligence where he was held and
tortured for 10 months before being released. The case came to be
called an instance of "torture by proxy." In 2006 a Canadian
government report said the US "very likely" sent the software
engineer to Syria, where he was tortured, based on the false
accusation by Canadian authorities that he was suspected of links to
(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.D1)(AP, 9/19/06)
2002 Oct 3, Canada said it
planned to create 10 huge new national parks and five marine
conservation areas over the next five years to protect unique
landscapes and animals.
2002 Oct 15, In Canada a man
facing workplace discipline shot and killed two co-workers at a
provincial office in Kamloops, British Columbia, before taking his
2002 Oct 22, Canadian writer
Yann Martel won the Booker Prize for "Life of Pi," his quirky fable
about a boy's survival after a shipwreck.
2002 Nov 5, Barbados-born
author Austin Clarke won the 2002 Giller Prize, Canada's most
lucrative and glamorous fiction award, for his novel, "The Polished
2002 Nov 5, Canadian Prime
Minister Jean Chretien suffered an embarrassing defeat when many
disgruntled legislators from his Liberal Party voted with opposition
members to strip him of the right to appoint the heads of
2002 Nov 19, It was reported
that Ken Thomson, billionaire media baron and Canada's richest man,
will donate his C$300 million ($190 million) art collection to the
Art Gallery of Ontario.
2002 Nov 20, Francoise Ducros,
aide to PM Chretien of Canada, called Pres. Bush a moron during a
private conversation in Prague. She resigned Nov 26.
(SFC, 11/23/02, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/02)
2002 Nov 22, An epidemic of
tree-killing pine beetles was reported to be spreading through the
forests of British Columbia, Canada's largest lumber exporting
province. The deadly insects had also entered northern Alberta and
were now found in an area nearly three-quarters the size of Sweden.
By 2008 the mountain pine beetle had infested and killed over half
the lodgepole pine forest in the center of BC and made inroads into
11 western American states.
(Reuters, 11/22/02)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.47)
2002 Dec 16, Canada ratified
the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty on reducing greenhouse gas
2002 Dec 20, Canada's Supreme
Court ruled that the book "One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads"
and others with gay themes cannot be banned from kindergarten
classrooms of a Canadian school on religious grounds.
2002 Dec 20, Climbing energy
prices pushed Canadian inflation to an 11-year high last month, well
above the central bank's target range, but analysts said the steep
inflation rate would not yet trigger higher interest rates.
2002 Canada’s Research in
Motion (RIM) lost a patent infringement suit to NTP, a company
comprised of little more than lawyers and the patents of Thomas
Campana (d.2004), the holder of over 50 patents on wireless-data
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.76)
2002 The World RPS Society,
promoters of the rock-paper-scissors game, held its 1st int’l.
tournament in Toronto, Canada. Pete Lovering of Toronto won the
(WSJ, 3/3/06, p.A1)
2003 Jan 1, In Canada a new gun
law came into effect that required the registration of all rifles
2003 Jan 20, In Canada 7
members of a ski party were killed in an avalanche near Durrand
Glacier outside of Banff National Park.
(WSJ, 1/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 1, In western Canada 7
people were killed in the 2nd fatal avalanche to strike in less than
2003 Mar 4, The Bank of
Canada raised its key overnight interest rate to 3 percent from 2.75
percent, as it fretted about a steeper inflation rate.
2003 Mar 17, Pen Hadow, 41,
began a 478-mile trek from Ward Hunt Island in northern Canada to
the geographic North Pole. He reached the Pole unsupported on May
19, but a plane has been unable to retrieve him because of broken
ice and thick clouds.
2003 Apr 1, Air Canada filed
for bankruptcy protection.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R9)
2003 Apr 12, Canada reported 3
more deaths from the deadly SARS virus, lifting the national toll to
13. 274 probable or suspect cases have been reported across Canada,
up from 266. Canadian scientists reported that they had broken the
genetic code of the SARS virus.
(AP, 4/13/03)(SFC, 4/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 13, Mike Weir became
the first Canadian to win the Masters after the first sudden-death
playoff in 13 years.
2003 Apr 15, US and Canadian
officials announced the disruption of a major methamphetamine supply
system. An 18-month investigation netted 67 arrests.
(WSJ, 4/16/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 23, The WHO added
Toronto to its list of places to avoid due to SARS.
(SFC, 4/24/03, A1)
2003 Apr 29, The World Health
Organization ended its warning that travelers avoid Toronto, Canada.
2003 Apr, Jean Charest and his
provincial Liberals won elections in Quebec on promises to cut
taxes, improve the services, and eliminate the budget deficit.
(Econ, 2/14/04, p.36)
2003 May 2, A US official
warned that the US is ready to sacrifice the free flow of trade with
Canada if necessary to respond to a planned Canadian
decriminalization of marijuana.
2003 May 11, Anson Carter
scored at 13:49 of overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over Sweden
and win its first world ice hockey championship since 1997.
2003 May 12, In Toronto,
Canada, Holly Jones (10) disappeared after she walked a friend home
in broad daylight. Less than 24 hours later, a man found some
of the girl's remains in a gym bag off Ward's Island in Lake
Ontario. More body parts were found some distance away on the
mainland. Michael Briere (35) was arrested for the murder on Jun 20.
2003 May 20, Canadian
agriculture officials said that it took 15 weeks -- from Jan. 31 to
May 16 -- before a battery of tests ordered on a sickly, underweight
cow that had been deemed unfit for human consumption proved it had
mad cow disease. In 2004 investigators identified 68 British cattle
as the probable source of Canada's mad cow cases.
(AP, 5/20/03)(WSJ, 3/22/04, p.A1)
2003 May 23, Another travel
alert for Toronto, Canada, was issued following the report of 20
possible new cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
2003 May 24, Ontario health
officials said they were monitoring 33 people for the deadly SARS
virus with another 500 in quarantine and warned that the number of
suspected cases could grow in coming days.
2003 May 25, Canada health
officials reported that SARS had killed three more people in
2003 May 26, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said it would put Canada's business capital
Toronto back on the list of areas where SARS is spreading.
2003 May 28, In Canada SARS
killed two more people in Toronto and concern about the deadly virus
shut down a Toronto-area high school.
2003 May 31, Toronto reported
more cases of SARS and said the disease may have caused the deaths
of four people at a hospital on the edge of the city.
2003 Jun 8, Toronto reported
two more SARS deaths, raising the Canadian toll from the deadly
respiratory illness to 33.
2003 Jun 10, Toronto, Canada,
issued North America's 1st full marriage licenses to same sex
couples after a judge knocked down Canada's legal definition of
marriage, the union of a man and a woman, as a violation of the
country's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
(SFC, 6/11/03, p.A7)
2003 Jun 11, The Canadian
government said that gay marriages performed in the central province
of Ontario over the last two days were legal for now but refused to
rule out taking measures later to invalidate them.
2003 Jun 23, In Iran Zahra
Kazemi (54), a Montreal-based journalist, was detained after taking
pictures of Tehran's notorious Evin prison. She died Jul 11 of brain
hemorrhage from inflicted blows. Iran later admitted that she was
murdered while under police custody. Her family sought $14 million
in damages, but a 1985 Canadian law held that foreign states are
immune from the jurisdiction of Canadian courts.
(AP, 7/13/03)(SFC, 7/17/03, p.A7)(WSJ, 7/31/03,
p.A1)(SSFC, 12/6/09, p.A26)
2003 Jun 26, The 24th annual
Montreal Jazz Festival opened. By Jul 6 it had drawn some 1.7
(WSJ, 7/10/03, p.D8)
2003 Jun 26, Canada's health
ministry approved a "safe injection site" for illegal drug users in
Vancouver. After 5 years it was found that only about 500 of the
city’s 8,000 addicts used the Insite program on a daily basis and
that there was no decrease in HIV cases.
(SFC, 6/27/03, p.D1)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.37)
2003 Jul 2, Vancouver, Canada,
was awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics.
2003 Jul 2, The WHO said
Toronto was no longer SARS infected, leaving Taiwan as the only
place in the world where the disease was not yet fully under
2003 Jul 9, Canada became the
1st country in the world to start selling marijuana to several
hundred seriously ill people but said the pot project could be
halted at any time.
2003 Jul 11, The Canadian
government gave Air Canada the right to operate scheduled passenger
flights to Cuba.
2003 Jul 11, In Iran Zahra
Kazemi (54), a Montreal-based journalist, died of brain hemorrhage
from inflicted blows. [see Jun 23] Iran later admitted that she was
murdered while under police custody. In 2004 a closed trial was held
for a secret agent charged with the murder. Mohammad Reza Aghdam
Ahmadi pleaded innocent on July 17 and the trial was abruptly ended
the next day. The Tehran court acquitted Ahmadi.
(AP, 7/13/03)(SFC, 7/17/03, p.A7)(WSJ, 7/31/03,
p.A1)(SFC, 7/19/04, p.A8)(AP, 7/25/04)
2003 Jul 16, Carol Shields
(68), the Pulitzer-prize winning author who wrote "The Stone
Diaries" (1995) and more than 20 other books, died at her home in
Victoria, British Columbia.
(AP, 7/17/03)(SFC, 7/18/03, p.A29)
2003 Aug 2, Canadian military
personnel joined nearly 2,000 civilian firefighters battling the
three fires -- in Kamloops, Barriere and Falkland, British Columbia.
An estimated 8,500 people had already been evacuated as 16,500 acres
2003 Aug 13, Ontario health
officials reported that a family doctor had become the 44th person
to die from SARS in Toronto.
2003 Aug 14, A massive power
blackout hit 8 northeastern US states and southern Canada. It shut
down 10 major airports and 9 nuclear power stations. The problem
began in the FirstEnergy plant near Cleveland at 2pm. Cleveland lost
power at 4:09pm.
(AP, 8/15/03)(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/03,
p.A1)(WSJ, 8/18/03, p.A6)
2003 Aug 19, Royal Bank of
Canada said it would get $195 million plus interest from Enron Corp.
and others in a settlement agreement related to the sale of 11.5
million common shares of EOG Resources.
2003 Aug 19, In Baghdad a car
bomb exploded in front of the hotel housing the UN headquarters,
collapsing the front of the building. UN Special Representative
Sergio Vieira de Mello (55) of Brazil and 22 other people were
killed. UNICEF said that its program co-coordinator for Iraq,
Canadian Christopher Klein-Beekman, was among the dead. In 2008
Samantha Power authored “Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello
and the Fight to Save the World."
(SFC, 8/20/03, p.A12)(AP, 8/21/03)(SSFC, 2/10/08,
2003 Aug 22, In Canada a
wildfire has forced up to 10,000 people from their homes in Kelowna,
2003 Aug 25, Canada's Premier
Chretien signed an agreement in the Northwest Territories bestowing
self-government and mineral wealth on the 4,000 Dogrib Indians
(Tlicho First Nation).
(Econ, 8/30/03, p.26)
2003 Sep 3, The Bank of Canada
cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent on because of
lower-than-expected inflation as well as sagging growth.
2003 Sep 5, Statistics Canada
said the nation's unemployment rate rose to 8.0% in August, an
2003 Sep 7, Goran Markovic's
"The Cordon", a film from Serbia and Montenegro about the behavior
of policemen during the demonstrations against president Slobodan
Milosevic in 1997, won the top prize at the Montreal film festival.
2003 Sep 11, In Canada 10
people were killed in two separate plane crashes in Northern
Ontario, police said on Friday.
2003 Sep 14, Japanese filmmaker
Takeshi Kitano's "Zatoichi," the story of a mythical blind
swordsman, and Denys Arcand's "The Barbarian Invasions" took top
awards at the Toronto International Film Festival.
2003 Sep 29, Irshad Manji (34),
Canadian author of the recently published: "The Trouble With Islam:
A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith," was reported saying: "I
leave my fellow Muslims with a very basic question here: Will we
remain spiritually adolescent, caving to cultural pressures to
conform or will we finally mature to the full fledged citizens that
we are allowed to be in this part of the world?"
(AP, 9/29/03)(WSJ, 1/27/04, p.D8)
2003 Oct 2, Two Canadian
peacekeepers were killed and three were injured in a land-mine blast
in the Afghan capital Kabul.
2003 Oct 7, Israel "Izzy" Asper
(71), the colorful, controversial, jazz-loving founder of Canada's
largest newspaper publisher, died. He created CanWest Capital,
Western Canada's 1st merchant bank and founded television station
CKND. He bought out Toronto-based Global TV and turned it into a
national network, CanWest Global Comm.
(AP, 10/8/03)(SFC, 10/11/03, p.A19)
2003 Oct 8, Jarome Iginla of
the Calgary Flames was tabbed to become the first black captain in
2003 Oct 16, Canada's 2
conservative parties agreed to unite to give the governing Liberal
Party a competitive race in 2004 national elections.
(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 14, Ben Metcalfe, the
1st chairman of the Greenpeace Foundation (1970), died in BC,
(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A31)
2003 Oct 19, Afghan movie
"Osama" by director Siddiq Barmak won the top prize at Montreal's
New Movie and New Media Festival, one of the first features produced
in Afghanistan and nominated since the fall of the Taliban.
2003 Oct 20, Kirk Jones (40)
from Canton, Michigan, survived a 150-foot plunge over the
fast-flowing Canadian side Niagara Falls, only to face charges of
mischief and unlawfully performing a stunt. Jones said he was driven
by depression, not a desire to become a daredevil. A 7-year-old boy
who went over in 1960, unlike Jones, was wearing a lifejacket. Since
1901, 15 daredevils have taken the plunge in barrels or other
devices, including a kayak and a personal watercraft. Ten survived,
2003 Oct 20, Flood waters in
southwestern British Columbia left at least two people dead.
2003 Oct 26, Canadian Rob
Krueger defeated 320 competitors who played at the World Rock,
Paper, Scissors Championships at a downtown Toronto nightclub. He
netted $3,825. The World RPS Society sponsored the 2nd int’l.
tournament in Toronto, Canada.
2003 Nov 4, Kenyan-born former
physicist M.G. Vassanji was awarded this year's Giller Prize,
Canada's most glamorous and lucrative literary award. He took home
C$25,000 prize for his novel, "The In-Between World of Vikram Lall."
2003 Nov 11, Toronto's Roy
Halladay won the American League Cy Young Award.
2003 Nov 14, Paul Martin
completed his 13-year ascent to the top of Canadian politics,
claiming the leadership of the governing Liberal Party to guarantee
he will succeed Jean Chretien, who is retiring as prime minister.
2003 Nov 19, In Canada Justice
Minister Martin Cauchon has ordered fugitive banker Rakesh Saxena to
surrender to Thailand to face allegations that he looted a Bangkok
2003 Nov 19, A US-Canadian
investigation found that the Aug. 14 blackout should have been
contained by operators at Ohio's FirstEnergy Corporation.
Investigators also faulted Midwest regional monitors.
2003 Nov 20, In Canada Conrad
Black, newspaper magnate, stepped down as CEO of Hollinger Int'l.
following reports that he other top officials received unauthorized
payments of some $32.2 million.
(WSJ, 11/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 1, In Canada a
coalition of energy and forest companies and Indian tribes and
environmental groups announced a framework for forest and wetland
conservation to conserve at least 50% of Canada's sub-Arctic boreal
(SFC, 12/1/03, p.A7)
2003 Dec 11, In Quebec, Canada,
labor protests left hundreds of buses idle at the beginning of a day
of province wide protests against Premier Jean Charest's government.
2003 Dec 12, Paul Martin was
sworn in as Canada's 21st prime minister with a vow to make drastic
changes in the way the country is run.
2003 Dec 13, In Canada Paul
Martin, in one of his first acts as prime minister, cancelled the
scandal-plagued federal advertising sponsorship program. It had
begun in 1996 under PM Chretien to promote federalism in Quebec, but
turned into a slush fund for the Liberal Party.
(AP, 12/13/03)(Econ, 11/5/05, p.42)
2003 Dec 16, In Canada Robert
Lorne Stanfield (89), former leader of the federal Tories, died.
Stanfield led the Progressive Conservatives from 1967 to 1976.
2003 Dec 19, An Ontario court
ruled that the Canadian government discriminated against same-sex
couples by denying pension benefits to survivors whose partners died
before 1998. Benefits were made retro-active to April 17, 1985.
(SSFC, 12/21/03, p.A14)
2003 Dec 23, Canada's Supreme
Court ruled that marijuana possession would remain a criminal
offense even as PM Paul Martin pressed to eliminate jail sentences
for people caught with small amounts.
(SFC, 12/24/03, p.A3)
2003 Dec 23, A cow, slaughtered
in Washington state on Dec 9, was reported to have tested positive
for mad cow disease. The $2.6 billion beef export industry was hit
as 7 nations quickly suspended imports of U.S. beef: Japan, South
Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and Australia. The
Holstein infected with mad cow disease was imported into the United
States from Canada about two years ago.
(AP, 12/24/03)(SFC, 12/24/03, p.A1)(AP, 12/27/03)
2003 Judy Sgro, Canada minister
of immigration, issued permits to some 552 Romanian women to fill a
shortage of labor in the exotic dancing business.
(Econ, 1/22/05, p.37)
2003 Oil insiders began to
consider that some 180 billion barrels of oil, trapped in the tar
sands of Alberta, Canada, were economically viable.
(Econ, 6/28/03, p.75)
2003 Paul Hebert of the Univ.
of Guelph, invented DNA barcoding in Ontario, Canada. His idea was
to generate a unique identification tag for each species. He
proposed using part of a gene called cytochrome c oxidase as a
reliable marker and the idea worked.
(Econ, 9/22/07, p.98)
2003 Jamie King, a robotics
doctoral student at Memorial Univ. in Newfoundland, co-founded
Verafin to sift bank data for patterns that could indicate fraud,
drug trafficking or terrorist financing. By 2011 over 700 banks used
(SFC, 6/27/11, p.D2)
2003 The Public Health Agency
of Canada (PHAC) developed a vaccine against Ebola and took out
associated patent. The experimental Vesicular Stomatitis Virus-Ebola
Virus vaccine — known as VSV-EBOV —was developed by scientists at
the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada. In 2015
clinical trials for rvsv-ZEBOV looked promising.
2004 Jan 7, Canadian police in
Barrie, Ontario, raided a former Molson plant that was producing 4
crops of hydroponically grown marijuana valued at $102 million.
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.40)
2004 Jan 13, Canada's PM Paul
Martin met U.S. President George W. Bush officially for the 1st
time. Bush announced that Canada will be allowed into a second round
of bidding for contracts to rebuild Iraq.
2004 Jan 14, In Canada a
freight train traveling over a bridge east of Toronto derailed
sending massive containers plummeting onto the road, killing two
women in a van who were driving by.
2004 Jan 16, A Canadian
regulator ruled that a song lauding the joys of an "enormous penis"
is not obscene because the object of the lyric's affection isn't
2004 Jan 17, A Cessna 208
regional plane carrying hunters went down in Lake Erie about one
mile west of Pelee Island, Canada. All 9 aboard were killed.
(AP, 1/18/04)(WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 18, London billionaire
twins Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay (69) announced their plan
to buy a controlling interest in Hollinger Inc., the Toronto-based
parent of publisher Hollinger Intl. led by Conrad Black
(ADN, 1/20/04, p.F2)
2004 Feb 19, In Canada bird flu
was detected at a chicken producer in the Fraser Valley near
Vancouver. By the end of April some 19 million birds were culled,
But the disease continued to spread.
(ST, 4/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 26, In Canada about
400 police officers cracked down on the Hells Angels and their
affiliates in the Montreal area, targeting more than 60 people
authorities believe were involved in gangsterism and
2004 Mar 11, Canadian officials
said a "very sophisticated criminal scheme" bilked the Defense
Department of tens of millions of dollars in computer contracts over
10 years. Public Works Minister Stephen Owen said the government is
going after computer giant Hewlett Packard, the prime contractor in
$160-million worth of military computer hardware and support
2004 Mar 15, Canadian National
Railway reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers
union that could end a 3½-week-old strike by 5,000 employees.
2004 Mar 19, Harrison McCain
(76), a New Brunswick farm boy who became a world-scale
industrialist and the king of the frozen french fry, died in a
Boston hospital after a long period of failing health. McCain Foods
(f.1956) is the world's undisputed french fry king. The company,
which is still based in Florenceville, NB, produces one-third of the
planet's frozen french fries.
2004 Apr 1, In Canada the
largest strike in Newfoundland history began as thousands of upbeat
workers took to picket lines while the premier said he has no plans
to end the walkout with legislation.
2004 Apr 5, A US-Canadian task
force investigating the massive power blackout of Aug 14, 2003,
called for urgent approval of mandatory reliability rules to govern
the electric transmission industry.
2004 May 9, Canada rallied to
beat Sweden for the second straight year in the gold-medal game at
the world hockey championships, 5-3.
2004 Jun 7, In Hockey’s Stanley
Cup Tampa Bay defeated the Calgary Flames in game 7.
(WSJ, 6/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 28, In Canada the
Liberal Party suffered heavy losses forcing PM Paul Martin to
establish the 1st minority government since 1979.
(WSJ, 6/29/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/04, p.A7)
2004 Jul 14, Canada pulled its
ambassador from Iran, which refused to admit observers to the trial
of a policeman over a Canadian journalist’s fatal beating.
(WSJ, 7/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 22, Adolph Coors and
Molson confirmed that they planned to merge their family-controlled
(SFC, 7/23/04, p.C2)
2004 Aug 31, A report was filed
with the SEC that said Conrad Black and associates systematically
looted Hollinger Int’l. of more than $400 million from 1997-2003. In
2007 Black (62) was convicted in Illinois U.S. District Court. He
was sentenced to serve 78 months in federal prison, pay Hollinger
$6.1 million and a fine of $125,000. Black was guilty of diverting
funds for personal benefit from money due Hollinger International
when the company sold certain publishing assets and he obstructed
justice by taking possession of documents to which he was not
entitled. Black's three co-defendants, former Hollinger
International vice presidents John Boultbee (64) of Vancouver and
Peter Y. Atkinson (60) of Toronto and attorney Mark Kipnis (59) of
Chicago were all found guilty of three counts of mail fraud.
(SFC, 9/1/04, p.C3)(WSJ, 9/1/04,
2004 Sep 10, Canada said it was
donating one million dollars (770,000 US) to United Nations efforts
to pacify strife-torn Darfur in western Sudan.
2004 Sep 24, Nova Scotia became
the sixth Canadian province or territory to allow gay marriages when
the provincial Supreme Court ruled that banning such unions was
2004 Oct 2, In Ontario, Canada,
a record 1,446 pound pumpkin was unveiled.
(SFC, 10/12/04, p.B1)
2004 Oct 5, The Canadian
submarine HMCS Chicoutimi went adrift in the Atlantic off the
northwestern coast of Ireland since a blaze onboard caused a loss of
power. Lieutenant Chris Saunders, one of nine crew members hurt in
the fire, died after a British helicopter flew him to a hospital in
2004 Oct 10, PM Paul Martin of
Canada arrived in Russia for two days of talks with Russian leaders.
2004 Oct 12, In Canada tens of
thousands of public servants were on strike across the country as
negotiators for the federal government and their union continued
2004 Oct 13, The Canadian
federal government confirmed that its tax intake massively
outweighed spending in the past fiscal year - producing a budget
surplus of $9.1 billion.
2004 Oct 14, A Boeing 747-200
cargo jet owned by British-based MK Airlines crashed upon take off
at the Halifax International Airport. The Ghanaian-registered
Boeing, which was taking off for Spain with a cargo of seafood,
crashed and burned killing all seven crew on board.
2004 Oct 15, Canada’s
Bombardier Transportation and two joint-venture partners won a
$424-million order to supply 20 high-speed trains to China's
Ministry of Railways.
2004 Oct 19, Canada raised its
interest rates .025% from 2.25 to 2.50%.
(WSJ, 10/20/04, p.A15)
2004 Oct 25, Alberta’s Premier
Ralph Klein called for a provincial election on Nov 22. His
Conservative government held 73 of 83 legislature seats. Oil income
stood to make it Canada’s 1st debt-free province.
(Econ, 10/30/04, p.46)
2004 Nov 5, In Canada
Saskatchewan became the country’s 7th jurisdiction to allow
homosexuals to wed.
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 24, Canada’s PM Paul
Martin visited Burkina Faso. Canada is investing about $20 million
in a Basic Education Plan to pump $140 million into building schools
across the country.
2004 Nov 30, US Pres. George W.
Bush flew to Ottawa, Canada, for a whirlwind visit designed to begin
mending international fences in the wake of the Iraq war.
2004 Dec 1, US President George
W. Bush arrived in Halifax to thank Atlantic Canadians for helping
thousands of stranded Americans three years ago and to deliver a
speech expected to outline his foreign policy goals for the next
2004 Dec 1, Andrea Labbe (26),
a Toronto woman, stabbed her husband and three-year-old daughter to
death before fatally cutting her own throat in one of the most
terrible tragedies ever encountered by the city's emergency workers.
2004 Dec 9, Canada's highest
court said the government can redefine marriage to include same-sex
couples, but it added that religious officials cannot be forced to
perform unions against their beliefs.
2004 Dec 19, Canada’s PM Paul
Martin met Moammar Gadhafi, the latest in a string of world leaders
to visit Tripoli following the Libyan strongman's renunciation of
terrorism. Martin said Canadian construction company SNC-Lavalin has
won a $1 billion contract to help build a major water distribution
system in Libya.
(AP, 12/19/04)(Reuters, 12/19/04)
2004 Dec 30, Officials said
Canada has found what may be a second case of mad cow disease, just
a day after the US said it planned to reopen its border to Canadian
2004 Dec 30, King Mohammed VI
of Morocco met with Canadian PM Paul Martin and ambassador Carmen
Sylvain for talks about cooperation between their two countries.
2004 Canadian filmmakers Mark
Achbar, Joel Bakan, and Jennifer Abbot produced the documentary film
“The Corporation," which asked the question: If the corporation is
treated as a person under law, what kind of person is it?
Conclusions indicated a psychopath.
(Econ, 5/8/04, p.64)
2004 Canada’s mint produced
nearly 30 million poppy quarters commemorating 117,000 war dead. The
"poppy coin" was so unfamiliar to suspicious US Army contractors
traveling in Canada that they filed confidential espionage accounts
2004-2005 In Canada Mike Lazaridis, co-founder of
Research In Motion (RIM), founded the Institute for Quantum
Computing (IQC) at Ontario’s Univ. of Waterloo. He linked the
institute to the university’s nanotechnology program and provided
donations totaling C$50 million.
(Econ, 3/19/05, p.68)(Econ, 9/23/06, TQ p.36)
2005 Jan 1, Canada was forecast
for 2.9% annual GDP growth with a population at 32.2 million and GDP
per head at $31,780.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.92)
2005 Jan 2, Canada confirmed
that a 2nd case of mad cow disease has been discovered, just days
after the United States said it planned to reopen its border to
2005 Jan 10, Canada and Nigeria
agreed to terms under which the Canadian International Development
Agency is to provide 24.9 million Canadian dollars (20.4 million US)
for health projects in the west African country.
2005 Jan 11, Canadian officials
found a 3rd case of mad cow disease. They said the 7-year-old beef
cow was probably infected from use of banned contaminated feed.
(SFC, 1/12/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 14, Judy Sgro,
minister of immigration, was fired following damaging allegations.
(Econ, 1/22/05, p.37)
2005 Jan 19, In Canada 2 houses
in Vancouver, BC, were completely destroyed and at least three
people were missing after a mudslide caused by heavy rains swept
down a hillside.
2005 Jan 23, Travel was slowed
to a crawl at best across wide areas of the Northeast US and Canada
as a huge snowstorm whipped up blizzard conditions with wind gusting
to 60 mph, making highways treacherous, canceling hundreds of
airline flights and slowing trains.
(AP, 1/23/05)(WSJ, 1/24/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 31, Canada announced
steps to maintain a year-round human presence on Sable Island, Nova
Scotia. In 2005 Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle authored “Sable
Island: The Strange Origins and Curious History of a Dune Adrift in
(www.greenhorsesociety.com/)(NH, 3/05, p.66)
2005 Feb 1, The Canadian
government introduced its contentious same-sex marriage bill in
Parliament, seeking to legalize gay marriage nationwide over the
objections of the Roman Catholic Church and other conservative
2005 Feb 9, Wal-Mart said it
planned to close its store in Jonquiere, Quebec, where workers were
seeking to become the 1st ever to win a union contract with
Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart began operations in Canada in 1994 and currently
operated 254 stores there. Doors were shut May 6.
(WSJ, 2/10/05, p.A2)(SFC, 4/15/05, p.A12)
2005 Feb 10, Vancouver, Canada,
began a trial program giving addicts free heroin on condition that
they accept treatment.
(Econ, 2/12/05, p.36)
2005 Feb 10, California sued
Canadian energy firm Powerex Corp. a 2nd time for overcharges during
the electricity crises of 2000-2001.
(SFC, 2/11/05, p.C1)
2005 Feb 14, Newfoundland
Premier Danny Williams and Canada’s PM Paul Martin presided over the
signing of a multibillion-dollar deal that sets out new
revenue-sharing rules for the province's offshore energy industry.
2005 Feb 16, The Kyoto global
warming pact went into force, 7 years after it was negotiated,
imposing limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases
scientists blame for increasing world temperatures, melting glaciers
and rising oceans. Canada’s pledge to cut emissions 6% below its
1990 level by 2012 faced the problem of an average annual increase
(AP, 2/16/05)(WSJ, 2/15/05, p.A16)
2005 Feb 24, PM Paul Martin
said that Canada would not join the contentious US ballistic missile
defense (BMD) program.
(AP, 2/24/05)(Econ, 3/5/05, p.38)
2005 Mar 3, In western Canada 4
Mounties were killed while they were investigating an illegal
marijuana farm. Suspect James Roszko (46) killed himself after
shooting the officers.
2005 Mar 11, Canada’s Jetsgo
announced in the dead of night that it was going out of business and
grounding all flights immediately as thousands of passengers
prepared to jet away for March break, one of the busiest travel
periods of the year.
2005 Mar 23, Pres. Bush, Pres.
Fox, and PM Paul Martin at a one-day summit in Texas signed a deal
that provides for sweeping co-operation between Canada, Mexico and
the US on security, economic and health issues. There was no sign of
progress on touchy trade disputes. They agreed to boost border
security and forge common approaches on everything from cargo
inspection to maritime and aviation safety.
2005 Mar 24, Canada denied a US
deserter’s bid for asylum.
(WSJ, 3/25/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 30, In Toronto,
Canada, a massive blaze ravaged a plastics factory in the city's
west-end, closing a section of a major highway and keeping
firefighters on the scene for hours as they struggled to contain the
2005 Mar 31, Alberta repaid the
last of its debt and became Canada’s only borrowing-free province.
2005 Apr 4, In Canada Edward
Bronfman, Canadian businessman, died. Bronfman and his brother,
Peter, built Edper Investments Ltd. into a business with interests
ranging from forestry and mining to banking, beer and hockey to form
the core of what is today Brascan Corp.
(SFC, 4/6/05, p.B7)(http://tinyurl.com/6jsag)
2005 Apr 5, Peter Jennings
(b.1938), Canada-born ABC News anchorman revealed, he had lung
cancer. He died in August 2005.
2005 Apr 14, Canada cut its
economic growth forecast as the Canadian dollar’s strength put a
drag on exports. Canadian currency had risen 25% against the US
dollar since 2003.
(WSJ, 4/15/05, p.A8)
2005 Apr 19, Canada released a
federal policy statement that said it will use more soldiers, more
foreign aid and more diplomats to carve its own niche in a
2005 Apr 19, Britain's GW
Pharmaceuticals announced its multiple sclerosis (MS) pain relief
drug Sativex, the world's first containing cannabis, has been
approved for use in Canada.
2005 Apr 21, Canada’s PM Paul
Martin apologized to the nation for a corruption scandal that has
shaken his Liberal Party, delivering a rare televised address aimed
at rescuing his minority government.
2005 Apr 29, In Canada oil
companies stopped all engineering work on a natural gas pipeline
from the Arctic ocean to the oil sands of Alberta, due to high
compensation demands by the Deh Cho First Nation native Indian tribe
in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. The Deh Cho also sought a
new autonomous government and complete ownership of subsurface
rights within their 81,000 square mile claim, an area about the size
(SFC, 5/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr, Canada, backed by
Minnesota and other states, provinces, environmental groups and
Indian leaders, asked for a year-long expedited review by the
International Joint Commission on a $25 million plan by North Dakota
to take water from land-locked Devils Lake to the nearby Sheyenne
River with the goal of stabilizing the lake at current levels. The
water would ultimately drain into Manitoba's Lake Winnipeg, the
world's 10th largest freshwater lake.
2005 May 7, Canadian Press
reported that Canada will send up to 150 military personnel to Sudan
to help the African Union and a UN mission keep the peace.
2005 May 8, Canada’s new C$136
million War Museum opened at LeBreton Flats, upriver from Ottawa’s
(Econ, 5/14/05, p.42)
2005 May 13, Canada said it
would go ahead with plans to send military advisors to Sudan's
Darfur region despite Khartoum's insistence that it did not want the
troops to enter the country.
2005 May 17, In Canada British
Columbians re-elected Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberal government,
but voters resoundingly signaled they wanted to end the government's
free ride, electing more than 30 New Democrats.
2005 May 19, The Canada House
of Commons split 152-152 on a confidence motion and it took a vote
by the parliament speaker to give Martin's minority government its
2005 May 20, A bus crash north
of Edmonton killed 6 people. RCMP later charged truck driver
Inderjit Singh Virk (32), of Brampton, Ontario, with dangerous
2005 May 30, Miss Canada,
Natalie Glebova, was crowned Miss Universe in the 54th annual
pageant held in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
2005 May, In Edmonton, Canada,
the body of Ellie May Meyer, a 33-year-old brunette, was found by a
farmer plowing his field northeast of the city. Over 16 years, 12
prostitutes have been found dead around Edmonton. No one has been
2005 Jun 4, In Canada Bernard
Landry resigned as leader of the Parti Quebecois.
2005 Jun 9, Canada’s high court
struck down a Quebec ban on private health insurance that pays for
(WSJ, 6/10/05, p.A6)
2005 Jun 15, Canada's minority
government survived a series of confidence votes, boosting Prime
Minister Paul Martin and greatly reducing the risk his
scandal-battered Liberal Party government could fall.
2005 Jun 18, Calgary, Canada,
declared an unprecedented state of emergency as flood fears prompted
by heavy rain forced 2,000 residents to be ordered out of their
2005 Jun 24, Statistics Canada
said that if you divided the national net worth by the population
each Canadian would have a share equal to $134,400.
2005 Jun 26, Toronto, Canada,
celebrated its 25th annual Pride Parade, one of the world's largest
gay and lesbian festivals under a blistering sun. NYC and SF also
hosted large parades as did other cities around the world.
2005 Jun 28, Canada's
House of Commons passed legislation, drafted by PM Paul Martin, to
legalize gay marriage in spite of fierce opposition from
Conservatives and religious leaders. It would become only the third
country in the world to legalize gay marriage.
2005 Jun 28, Canada’s Supreme
Court said there is well-founded evidence that Rwandan exile Leon
Mugesera helped to incite the massacre of ethnic rivals in his
homeland and should be kicked out of Canada.
2005 Jul 1, Canadians
celebrated Canada Day, the 60th anniversary of V-E Day and Canada's
role in liberating the Netherlands, as well as the 100th anniversary
of Alberta and Saskatchewan joining Confederation were all marked
with music and tributes.
2005 Jul 1, In North Dakota a
14-mile, $28 million drainage channel, from Devil’s Lake to the
Sheyenne River, was scheduled to open, but it was held up by heavy
rains. Canada protested that polluted water would end up in Lake
(Econ, 7/16/05, p.34)
2005 Jul 6, Canada asked
Washington to persuade a US court to dismiss a lawsuit against
Talisman Energy Inc. that alleges the Calgary-based oil company
aided genocide in southern Sudan. The suit was filed in a New York
district court in 2001 by the Presbyterian Church of Sudan. Talisman
sold its 25% interest in Sudan's main oil project for $771 million
2005 Jul 10, In Canada 2 small
biplanes simulating a World War I dogfight collided at an air show
in Saskatchewan, killing both pilots instantly.
2005 Jul 11, The Deh Cho First
Nations of the Northwest Territories agreed to a deal with the
Canadian government to get meaningful participation in the
environmental assessment and regulatory review of the $5.7 billion
Mackenzie Valley Pipeline for gas project.
(WSJ, 7/12/05, p.A15)
2005 Jul 14, A US appeals court
overturned the 2003 “mad cow" ban on beef imports from Canada. The
USDA said it would lift restrictions within days.
(WSJ, 7/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 20, Canada legalized
gay marriage, becoming the world's 4th nation to grant full legal
rights to same-sex couples.
2005 Jul 21, US and Canadian
authorities reported the shutdown of a newly completed 100-yard
border crossing tunnel outside Lynden, Wa., intended for smuggling
(SFC, 7/22/05, p.A3)
2005 Jul 28, The main body of
Canadian soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan has begun arriving
in the treacherous Kandahar region. They're part of what will be a
250-strong provincial reconstruction team, the first such team
Canada has sent to Afghanistan.
2005 Aug 2, An Air France jet
skidded off a Toronto runway and burst into flames, prompting 309
passengers and crew to slide down escape chutes. In Dec, 2009, a
Canadian judge approved a C$12 million ($11.4 million) class-action
settlement with 184 passengers of the Air France jet.
(AP, 8/3/05)(Reuters, 12/31/09)
2005 Aug 3, In Canada 43 of 140
train cars left the tracks at Wabamun, Alberta. Some of the cars
contained bunker fuel oil, used in liquid asphalt and to power
barges and ships. 15 of those cars, as well as a car full of
lubricating oil, began to leak into Wabamun lake.
2005 Aug 5, A CN Rail freight
trail derailed about 30 kilometers north of Squamish, BC, sending 9
cars plunging into the Cheakamus River canyon and causing a toxic
spill. One of the derailed cars was loaded with about 51,000 liters
of sodium hydroxide, a highly corrosive liquid.
2005 Aug 7, Peter Jennings
(67), Canadian-born ABC broadcaster, died of cancer. He had
delivered the news to Americans each night in five separate decades.
2005 Aug 10, Canada won a
ruling against the US under NAFTA ordering the US to drop
punitive duties on Canadian softwood and refund $4 billion already
collected. The US refused to comply and won support from the WTO.
2005 Aug 13, A chunk of ice
bigger than the area of Manhattan broke from the Ayles Ice Shelf at
Ellesmere Island in Canada's far north. Scientists later said that
it could wreak havoc if it starts to float westward toward
oil-drilling regions and shipping lanes in 2007.
2005 Aug 15, Canada’s CBC
locked out 5,300 of its 9,000 employees following 15 months of
unsuccessful talks with the Canadian Media Guild, a merger of 3
(Econ, 10/1/05, p.37)
2005 Aug 15, In Egypt’s the
Sinai Peninsula a crude roadside bomb blasted a vehicle belonging to
international peacekeepers, lightly wounding two Canadians.
2005 Aug 29, Ontario became the
1st province in Canada to ban the pit bull dog. The pit bull was
already banned in several cities across Canada. In the US it was
already banned in Denver, Miami and Cincinnati.
(SFC, 8/30/05, p.A2)
2005 Sep 8, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Canada for his first state visit, celebrating
35 years of diplomatic ties and rapidly expanding trade and energy
agreements with Canada.
2005 Sep 10, Chinese President
Hu Jintao urged Canada to expand its investment in the Asian giant
and pledged to improve living standards in the world's most populous
2005 Sep 19, The World Wildlife
Federation said severely depleted cod stocks in the Grand Banks off
Canada's east coast face being totally wiped out by illegal fishing.
2005 Sep 20, Canada’s Federal
Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan said Canada is trying to build
international momentum to combat overfishing.
2005 Sep 21, A court convicted
Rev. Denis Vadeboncoeur (65), a Canadian priest, of raping a teenage
member of his Normandy parish and sentenced him to 12 years in
prison, the second conviction for the clergyman who went to jail for
similar crimes in Quebec.
2005 Sep 29, Canada’s Supreme
Court cleared the way for the government of British Columbia to sue
cigarette companies for the cost of treating smoking-related
illnesses and to seek damages dating back 50 years as well as costs
for future smoking-related maladies.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep, In Canada Dalton
McGuinty, premier of Ontario, decided to prohibit all settlement of
family matters based on religious principles under the 1991
(Econ, 2/16/08, p.66)
2005 Oct 1, It was reported
that Louis Michaud, a Canadian engineer, had developed an
“atmospheric vortex engine" to harness energy from an artificial
(Econ, 10/1/05, p.76)
2005 Oct 4-2005 Oct 5, In
Canada Toronto's chief medical officer said 4 more residents of a
nursing home for the elderly have died of an unknown respiratory
illness, bringing the number fatally infected by the disease to 10.
Officials said Legionnaires’ disease was the likely cause as the
deaths rose to 16.
(AP, 10/5/05)(SFC, 10/7/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 5, Daniel Alfredsson
scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation and once during
the first shootout in NHL history, leading Ottawa to a 3-2 win over
2005 Oct 19, Canadian police
arrested a Rwandan man who is living in Toronto, charging him with
crimes against humanity during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
2005 Oct 25, A Canadian court
approved a $4.2 billion takeover of PetroKazakhstan by China's
largest oil company, China National Petroleum Corp., clearing the
final potential obstacle to China's biggest foreign acquisition yet.
2005 Nov 9, In Canada Vancouver
Mayor Philip Owen added his name to the list of those who believe
that marijuana should be decriminalized.
2005 Nov 15, Andre Boisclair
(39) defeated Pauline Marois, the former Quebec deputy premier, to
lead Parti Quebecois 54% to 31%.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.42)
2005 Nov 18, US officials said
that US and Canadian police have arrested 291 people in a major drug
bust that was given unprecedented cooperation by Vietnamese agents.
The 2-year operation covered ecstasy, which was shipped into Canada
in powder form, turned into pills and then smuggled across the
border along with massive amounts of marijuana.
2005 Nov 18, In Canada
officials said a strain of H5 bird flu was found in a duck on a
commercial farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley. Tests soon
confirmed that the strain was nonlethal.
(AP, 11/19/05)(WSJ, 11/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 22, The US Commerce
Dept. said it will comply with a Nafta panel’s order to drastically
cut US duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. In December
the Commerce Dept. Said it will cut import duties in half to 10.81%.
Canada continued to press for duties to be dropped entirely.
(WSJ, 11/23/05, p.A14)(WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A16)
2005 Nov 24, In Canada
opposition parties introduced a no-confidence motion that is
expected to topple PM Paul Martin's government and force a
parliamentary election campaign during the Christmas holidays.
2005 Nov 25, Canada pledged
$4.3 billion in a landmark deal with Indian and northern Inuit
communities to help lift them from the poverty and disease that has
plagued their neglected reserves for more than a century.
2005 Nov 28, In Canada
opposition parties seized upon a corruption scandal to bring down
the minority government of PM Paul Martin in a vote of no
confidence. The Conservative Party teamed up with the New Democratic
and Bloc Quebecois parties to bring down the government, claiming
the ruling Liberal Party had lost its moral authority.
2005 Nov 28, Thousands of
environmentalists and government officials from around the world
gathered in Montreal for a UN conference to brainstorm on how to
slow the effects of greenhouses gases and global warming. The US
defended its decision not to sign the Kyoto Protocol, saying during
the opening of a global summit on climate change that it is doing
more than most countries to protect the earth's atmosphere.
2005 Dec 3, In Canada tens of
thousands of people demonstrated in Montreal, host of the UN Climate
Change Conference, to demand that governments worldwide take
concrete measures against global warming.
2005 Dec 6, Canada’s central
bank raised interest rates for the 3rd time in a row by a quarter
point to 3.25%, its highest point in nearly 2½ years.
(WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A16)
2005 Dec 7, The EU and host
Canada piled pressure on the US to join an international pact to
curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit the predicted chaos from
2005 Dec 8, Scientists said as
wetlands disappear and shorelines are degraded, the Great Lakes are
losing their ability to cope with environmental stress and ward off
a catastrophic breakdown.
2005 Dec 9, Former US Pres.
Clinton called Bush’s global warming stance “flat wrong" while
speaking at the climate conference in Montreal.
(WSJ, 12/10/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 10, In Canada more
than 150 nations agreed to launch formal talks on mandatory
post-2012 reductions in greenhouse gases, talks that will exclude an
unwilling US. The agenda item on “Reducing emissions from
deforestation in developing countries and approaches to stimulate
action" was first introduced into the Conference of the
Parties (COP) agenda at its eleventh session in Montreal. The
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plan
became known as REDD.
(AP, 12/10/05)(Econ, 12/17/05,
9/25/10, SR p.6)
2005 Dec 14, In Canada at least
one shot fired through a door at police responding to a routine call
in Laval, Quebec, left Valerie Gignac, a 25-year-old woman officer,
dead and led to an eight-hour armed standoff that ended with the
arrest of a paroled convict.
2005 Dec 20, A Canadian police
officer serving as a UN peacekeeper in Haiti was shot to death near
a volatile slum on the outskirts of the capital.
2005 Dec 21, The Supreme Court
of Canada lifted a ban on swingers' clubs, ruling that group sex
among consenting adults is neither prostitution nor a threat to
2005 Dec 26, In Canada gunfire
erupted on a busy Toronto street filled with holiday shoppers,
killing a young woman (15) and wounding six other people. There have
been 78 murders in Toronto this year, including a record 52 by
gunfire, twice as many as last year. On June 13, 2006, 8 people were
arrested in connection with the shootings.
(AP, 12/27/05)(Reuters, 6/13/06)
2005 Dec 28, Australian
investment bank Macquarie Bank Ltd. said it had bought an 81 percent
interest in two Canadian healthcare projects, nine months after
acquiring a Canadian aged care housing provider.
2006 Jan 1, Toronto wrapped up
2005 with 78 homicides, 52 of them gun-related.
2006 Jan 11, Samir Ait Mohamed,
an Algerian-born man accused of helping in the plot to bomb the Los
Angeles airport on the millennium, was quietly deported from Canada
to an unknown destination after years fighting for refugee status
(AP, 1/13/06)(WSJ, 1/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb hit a Canadian military convoy,
killing three civilians, including a Canadian diplomat.
2006 Jan 23, Canadians began
voting on whether to send their Liberal Party packing after 13
years. Conservatives won and Stephen Harper pledged to quickly carry
out his campaign promises to cut taxes, get tough on crime and
repair strained ties with Washington.
2006 Jan 23, Canadian officials
said a cow from Alberta had tested positive for mad cow disease.
(SFC, 1/24/06, p.A5)
2006 Jan 30, Fairmont Hotels
& Resorts announced that a group of investors including Saudi
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has agreed to buy the luxury hotel chain
for about $3.3 billion in cash and some $600 million in assumed
debt. A new Canadian company will take over outstanding shares from
the Toronto-based sellers.
(SFC, 1/31/06, p.E3)
2006 Jan, In Alberta, Canada,
Premier Ralph Klein disbursed prosperity checks of C$400 to every
adult in his province.
2006 Feb 6, In Canada Stephen
Harper, dismissed less than two years ago as unelectable, was sworn
in as the country's 22nd PM.
2006 Feb 7, Officials in Canada
announced an agreement to close 5 million acres in British
Columbia’s Great Bear Rain Forest to logging. Loggers will be
guaranteed a right to selectively cut in 10 million acres of the
(SFC, 2/7/06, p.A6)
2006 Feb 11, Nova Scotia's
Conservative party chose Cape Bretoner Rodney MacDonald, a
professional fiddler and former gym teacher, as their leader and the
province's new premier following a dramatic convention in Halifax.
2006 Feb 17, William Cowsill
(58), lead singer of the family band The Cowsills, died in Calgary,
Alberta. The pop family band was the inspiration for “The Partridge
Family" TV series (1970-1974).
(SFC, 2/21/06, p.B4)(AP, 2/17/07)
2006 Feb 21, In Cancun, Mexico,
Domenico Ianiero, 59, and his wife, Annunziata, 55, of Woodbridge,
Ont., were found in their hotel rooms at the all-inclusive five-star
resort on the Mayan Riviera in the early morning. Their throats had
been slashed. The crime apparently took place after a rehearsal
dinner ahead of a wedding in which the Lily, one of the Ianieros'
twin girls, was to be married at the resort. Prosecutors in Cancun
said two Canadian women were suspected in the killing and had fled
2006 Feb 24, Rodney MacDonald
(34), Canada's youngest premier, was sworn into office in Nova
2006 Feb 24, In Afghanistan
Canadian troops officially took over the fight on the front lines of
Kandahar province from their American allies.
2006 Feb 25, Canada's Clara
Hughes celebrated her Olympic Games 5000m speedskating gold medal by
revealing that she was going to donate every penny she has in her
bank account to charity. Hughes will donate 10,000 dollars to the
Right to Play organization which aims to encourage disadvantaged
youngsters to improve themselves through sport.
2006 Feb 26, In Canada, 19
Catholic priests singed an open letter in Montreal’s La Presse
newspaper denouncing Vatican opposition to gay marriage and having
homosexuals into the priesthood.
2006 Mar 17, Statistics Canada
reported that the nation's net worth hit $4.5 trillion, or $137,000
a head, at the end of 2005.
2006 Mar 21, Royal Dutch Shell
said it paid $465 million Canadian dollars for the rights to explore
219,000 acres in Alberta’s oil sands.
(WSJ, 3/22/06, p.A14)
2006 Mar 22, In Canada a BC
Ferries sank in the middle of the night after hitting Gil Island
near the village of Hartley Bay, on its scheduled route down the
rugged British Columbia coast. 99 passengers and crew made it to
lifeboats, but 2 passengers failed to escape.
2006 Mar 23, Stephane Lambiel
of Switzerland won his second straight World Figure Skating
Championships title, in Calgary, Alberta.
2006 Mar 24, The $24 million
musical production of "Lord of the Rings" at Toronto's Princess of
Wales Theatre met mixed reviews as critics applauded its leaping
orcs and menacing dark riders, but got lost in the tangled plots of
2006 Mar 24, Wendy’s Int’l.
spun off Tim Hortons, a coffee-and-doughnut chain dominant in
Canada. It was co-founded in 1964 by hockey player Tim Horton.
Wendy’s, which acquired it in 1995, retained an 82.7% stake.
(Econ, 4/1/06, p.56)
2006 Mar 25, Canadian hunters
started shooting and clubbing harp seal pups at the start of an
annual hunt that is the focus of a tech-savvy protest by animal
2006 Mar 30, Pres. Bush arrived
in Cancun, Mexico, for 2 days of North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA) talks with Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Mexico’s Pres.
(Reuters, 3/30/06)(WSJ, 3/30/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 31, President Bush,
closing a three-nation NAFTA summit, defended requiring secure
documents from border-crossing Canadians and pushed Mexico to
prevent more of its people from illegally entering America.
2006 Apr 3, Constellation
Brands and Vincor Int’l., Canada’s largest wine company announced
plans for a $1.3 billion merger.
(SFC, 4/6/06, p.F2)
2006 Apr 4, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper delivered his “throne speech" to the new session of
parliament and concentrated on the same 5 promises upon which he had
campaigned. These included an anti-sleaze law, a cut in sales tax, a
reduction in waiting times for health care, cash for child care and
tougher sentences for gun crime.
(Econ, 4/8/06, p.38)
2006 Apr 4, Venezuelan
authorities found the bullet-ridden bodies of three Canadian boys
who had been kidnapped more than a month ago. John Faddoul (17),
along with his brothers Kevin (13) and Jason (12) were abducted Feb.
23 when unidentified men dressed as police stopped their car at a
checkpoint in Caracas as the boys were on their way to school.
2006 Apr 7, The US Court of
International Law ruled that US Customs violated a provision of the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in applying a law known
as the Byrd amendment to antidumping and countervailing duties on
goods from Canada and Mexico.
2006 Apr 8, In Canada 8 men
were found dead inside abandoned vehicles in a remote wooded area of
a farmer's property. All were all from greater Toronto and all knew
2006 Apr 10, In Canada 5 men
were charged in the slayings of 8 people who were found on an
isolated farm in Ontario in what police called an "internal
cleansing" of a motorcycle gang. Most of the victims were either
full or associate members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
2006 Apr 12, Officials said
Canadian and US police have broken up a criminal ring that smuggled
dozens of Indian and Pakistani nationals into the US at a cost of up
to $35,000 each.
2006 Apr 12, The final leg of
Canada's contentious seal hunt moved to the ice floes off
northeastern Newfoundland and Labrador, with sealers expected to
harvest another 234,000 harp seal pups.
2006 Apr 16, Stephen Marshall,
a Canadian man suspected of murdering two registered sex offenders
in their Maine homes, took his own life with a gun on a crowded bus
2006 Apr 16, Canada confirmed a
new case of mad cow disease. Canadian cattle ranchers were still
recovering from a two-year ban on their beef in the US.
2006 Apr 20, China denied it is
engaged in industrial espionage in Canada, calling accusations by
Ottawa's foreign minister baseless and irresponsible.
2006 Apr 21, Canada said 2 RCMP
members are heading to Sudan to assist the UN mission there in
training and supporting Sudanese police and, where possible,
advising them on policing methods.
2006 Apr 22, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb exploded as a Canadian armored vehicle drove by,
killing four soldiers.
2006 Apr 23, In Canada the
bodies of Marc Richardson (42), his wife Debra (48), and son Jacob
(8) were discovered stabbed to death in their family home in
Medicine Hat, Alberta. Their daughter Jasmine (12) and her boyfriend
Jeremy Steinke (23) were arrested the next day in Saskatchewan. With
them were a bag of bloodstained clothing, knives and a purse
belonging to the preteen's mother. In 2007 a jury found Jasmine
guilty of first-degree murder for helping her adult boyfriend stab
her parents and little brother to death. Jasmine was sentenced to
serve four years in custody and another 4-1/2 years under community
2006 Apr 25, Canada’s central
bank raised its overnight interest rate a 6th straight time, a
quarter point to 4%.
(WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A8)
2006 Apr 25, Jane Jacobs (89),
American-born Canadian writer and activist, died. Her books included
“The Death and Life of Great American Cities" (1961).
(WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 26, Negotiators in
Canada reached an agreement to compensate some 80,000 Canadian
Indians who attended government-financed schools where many suffered
physical and sexual abuse. Nearly $2 billion would be paid out as
damages to survivors of the schools.
(SFC, 4/27/06, p.A12)
2006 Apr 27, The Bush
administration announced that it had reached a tentative agreement
with Canada to settle the long-running trade battle over softwood
2006 Apr 27, Canadian and US
scientists reported success with an experimental vaccine against the
Marburg virus in monkeys, even if the shot is given after infection.
(SFC, 4/27/06, p.A7)
2006 Apr 28, Canadian currency
topped out at C$1.1162 to the US dollar, or 89.59 US cents, its
highest level since June 1978, rising for the sixth straight
2006 Apr 29, John Kenneth
Galbraith (97), an influential liberal Canadian-born economist and
author, died in Massachusetts. His more than 40 works included
“American Capitalism" (1952), "The Affluent Society" (1958), in
which he argued that the US had become rich in consumer goods but
poor in social services and “The New Industrial State" (1967).
(Reuters, 4/30/06)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.86)
2006 May 2, Canada's new
government released its first federal budget, offering broad tax
cuts and pledging to shore up the country's security with spending
increases for the military, border security and policing.
2006 May 2, The Canadian dollar
cracked 90 US cents, setting a new 28-year high and helping
Canadians to realize cheaper US imports of everything from
vegetables and clothing to computers.
2006 May 5, In Windsor, Canada,
Const. John Atkinson (37) was shot to death as he approached two men
involved in a drug transaction in a parking lot outside a
convenience store. Nikkolas Brennan and Cody Defausses, both 18,
were charged with first-degree murder. Atkinson, a father of two,
was the first officer slain in the force's history of more than 120
2006 May 9, The Canadian dollar
hit a 28-year high against the US dollar, as the greenback came
under broad selling pressure.
2006 May 17, In Canada 4 people
were reported killed at a mine being decommissioned in the British
Columbia. One of the victims may have gone undiscovered for two
days. Kimberley area media said the victims may have been overcome
by hydrogen sulfide gas, a highly toxic and explosive gas that is
slightly heavier than air and tends to concentrate at the bottom of
poorly ventilated areas.
2006 May 18, More than 600
Toronto police officers swooped down in coordinated pre-dawn raids
across the city, arresting more than 78 people and seizing guns,
drugs and large amounts of cash.
2006 May 18, A Canadian citizen
and two US navy sailors were handed lengthy prison sentences for
attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into Australia stashed in the
radar dome of a visiting warship.
2006 May 18, Australian PM John
Howard, during his first official visit to Ottawa, urged Canada to
work with his country on climate change, much to the horror of
environmentalists. Australia did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
2006 May 18, In western
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber rammed into two vehicles carrying
foreigners, killing an American working on a counter-narcotics
project and wounding two other people. More than 100 people, most of
them Taliban, were killed in one of the bloodiest days since the
fall of the Taliban. A female Canadian soldier, army Captain Nichola
Goddard, was killed in Kandahar.
(AP, 5/18/06)(AFP, 5/19/06)(WSJ, 5/19/06, p.A1)
2006 May 24, The Bank of Canada
raised its key overnight interest rate by a quarter percentage point
to 4.25 percent, as expected, and signaled that it would not hike
rates further at least for now.
2006 May 26, In Naples, Italy,
the body of a man was found in a manhole with a knife in his
abdomen. He was soon identified as Lewis Brooks Miskell (49), a
Canadian diplomat missing since March.
2006 May 29, In Canada hundreds
of thousands of frustrated commuters were forced to find alternate
ways to work as subway stations across Toronto were shut down and
buses and streetcars halted due to a labor dispute. Toronto transit
workers were ordered back to work, ending a wildcat strike that
stranded some 700,000 commuters and filled the streets of Canada's
biggest city with extra cars, bicycles and pedestrians as commuters
scrambled to get to work.
(AP, 5/29/06)(Reuters, 5/29/06)
2006 May 29, In Afghanistan 5
Canadian soldiers were hurt and up to six militants killed in a
gunbattle west of Kandahar, while US-led coalition aircraft bombed
Taliban militants meeting in remote Helmand province, reportedly
2006 May 31, Smokers were
required to light up outside across much of eastern Canada, as one
of North America's most restrictive bans went into effect.
2006 May 31, The Canadian
dollar hit its strongest level in 28 years against the dollar,
piercing through a key chart level.
2006 Jun 2, In Toronto, Canada,
17 people were arrested on "terrorism-related" charges including
plotting attacks with fertilizer bombs on Canadian targets. The
adult suspects from Toronto were Chand, alias Abdul Shakur, 25;
Fahim Ahmad, 21; Jahmaal James, 23; and Asin Mohamed Durrani, 19.
Those from Mississauga are Ghany; Shareef Abdelhaleen; Zakaria
Amara, 20; Asad Ansari, 21; Saad Khalid, 19; and Qayyum Abdul Jamal,
43. Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, were from
Kingston. 14 men and 4 youths, dubbed the “Toronto 18," were
originally charged. In 2009 Saad Khalid pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 14 years in prison. On Jan 18, 2010, Saad Gaya (22),
one of the "Toronto 18" group, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Zakaria Amara, the acknowledged ringleader, was sentenced to life in
prison. In 2010 a Canadian jury convicted Asad Ansari and Steven
Chand, the final two members of the "Toronto 18" extremist group,
for their role in the bomb plot to blow up Toronto landmarks. On
March 4, 2011, Abdelhaleen was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 6/4/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A1)(Reuters,
5/7/09)(Reuters, 9/3/09)(Reuters, 1/18/10)(SFC, 1/19/10,
p.A2)(Reuters, 6/23/10)(SFC, 3/5/11, p.A2)
2006 Jun 2, Teck Cominco Ltd.,
a Canadian mining company, agreed to pay millions to assess whether
pollution it dumped into the Columbia River damaged wildlife and
public health in Washington state.
(SFC, 6/3/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 5, Brookfield
Properties Corp. said it will acquire Trizec Properties and its
Canadian arm for $4.8 billion. The deal would create one of North
America’s largest landlords.
(SFC, 6/6/06, p.C3)
2006 Jun 12, Ken Thomson (82),
Canadian newspaper tycoon, died. He helped transform his father's
print empire into one of the world's biggest electronic publishers.
2006 Jun 14, Husky Energy,
Cnooc’s Canadian partner, announced a large gas discovery under the
South China Sea. In 2009 Husky confirmed the discovery saying the
Liwan field could ultimately produce over 150 million cubic feet per
2006 Jun 16, Canada said it has
detected a case of H5 avian flu in the eastern province of Prince
Edward Island and plans further testing over the weekend to
determine whether it is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. On June
21 officials said it was not the pathogenic H5N1.
(Reuters, 6/17/06)(Reuters, 6/21/06)
2006 Jun 17, The Edmonton
Oilers shut out the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 to take the Stanley Cup
finals to a seventh and deciding game.
2006 Jun 17, In Haiti
kidnappers seized Ed Hughes, a Canadian missionary, from his
residence and demanded $45,000 in ransom. After 5 days the ransom
was lowered to $10,000. Hughes lost an arm in December 2005 trying
to stop the abduction of Haitian-American missionary Daniel
Phelusmar. Hughes was shot and badly wounded in the arm. Phelusmar
was held hostage for four days.
2006 Jun 19, In Raleigh, NC,
the Carolina Hurricanes blunted an historic comeback bid by the
Edmonton Oilers with a 3-1 Game Seven win to lift their first
2006 Jun 26, Phelps Dodge Corp.
said it would acquire Canada's Inco Ltd. and Falconbridge Ltd. for
about $40 billion in a blockbuster deal to create the world's
largest nickel miner and second-largest copper producer.
2006 Jun 28, Canadian
scientists said they have created the first device able to re-grow
teeth and bones. Researchers at the University of Alberta in
Edmonton filed patents earlier this month in the US for the tool
based on low-intensity pulsed ultrasound technology after testing it
on a dozen dental patients in Canada.
2006 Jun 29, Canadian and US
authorities said they have cracked a smuggling network that used
aircraft and delivery spots in remote western parks to ship tons of
drugs over the border.
2006 Jun 29, The new UN Human
Rights Council overrode Canadian and Russian objections and passed a
declaration to protect the rights of indigenous peoples around the
world. The declaration asserted that indigenous peoples may have a
right to restitution of land and resources taken from them. The
Council also unanimously approved an international treaty that would
ban states from abducting perceived enemies and hiding them in
secret prisons or killing them.
(AP, 6/29/06)(Reuters, 6/30/06)
2006 Jul 7, In Canada 2
Mounties were wounded near the Saskatchewan community of Spiritwood
as they investigated what appeared to be a family dispute.
Constables Robin Cameron (29) and Marc Bourdages (26) died from
their wounds on July 15 and 16.
2006 Jul 11, The Bank of Canada
held its key overnight interest rate steady, as expected, and gave
no sign it was considering further hikes.
2006 Jul 13, Three Canadian
military personnel were killed and four others injured on after
their helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a search and
rescue training exercise off Canada's east coast.
2006 Jul 13, Canada confirmed
its second case of mad cow disease in as many weeks, and the 7th
2006 Jul 16, Seven Canadians
from the same Montreal family, including four young children, were
killed in Lebanon when Israeli aircraft bombed a house in the
southern village of Aitaroun. 4 other relatives died soon thereafter
from wounds in the same attack.
(AP, 7/17/06)(Reuters, 7/18/06)
2006 Jul 19, In Canada
teamsters railway workers said they initiated a strike against
Canadian National Railway in an effort to resolve a long-standing
2006 Jul 25, Canada said it
planned to pay a total of C$1.1 billion ($965 million) to around
5,500 people who had contracted hepatitis C from transfusions.
2006 Jul 26, An unhappy China
said that Canada's decision to bestow honorary citizenship on the
Dalai Lama could hurt commercial relations between the two
2006 Jul 27, Canadian police
said they had busted two cross-country drug smuggling schemes,
seizing 110 kilograms (243 pounds) of cocaine worth C$8.8 million
($7.8 million) and charging six people.
2006 Jul 31, The Canadian Food
Inspection Agency said two separate anthrax outbreaks in the
Canadian Prairies have killed about 500 animals on an estimated 100
2006 Jul 31, A lesbian couple
lost a legal battle to have their Canadian marriage legally
recognized in Britain.
2006 Jul, Canada’s Montreal
Exchange announced plans to start trading credits for carbon-dioxide
emissions, a scheme modeled on the Amsterdam-based European Climate
Exchange set up in 2005.
(Econ, 7/22/06, p.39)
2006 Aug 3, More than 230,000
customers in Ontario and Quebec were without power following a
series of violent thunderstorms over the past couple of days.
2006 Aug 3, Afghanistan's
government ordered around 1,500 South Korean Christians who came to
the Islamic republic for a "peace festival" to leave the country. In
southern Afghanistan a suicide car bomb in a crowded market killed
21 civilians and two roadside bombs in the same province killed a
Canadian soldier and wounded four others.
(AP, 8/3/06)(AFP, 8/3/06)
2006 Aug 6, Cambodian customs
over the weekend seized 12 luxury vehicles stolen in Canada,
including a Hummer and a Cadillac popular with hip-hop music stars,
giving an intriguing insight into the world of international car
2006 Aug 13, The 16th
International AIDS conference opened in Toronto with some 24,000
people in attendance.
(SSFC, 8/13/06, p.A15)(Econ, 8/19/06, p.65)
2006 Aug 18, Raymond Payne, a
former HSBC Bank USA vice president, pleaded guilty in Manhattan
federal court to a conspiracy charge over his role in a $30 million
telemarketing fraud targeting low-income people with poor credit
histories. Prosecutors said First Choice, run by Canadian
co-defendants Stephen Clark and Leslie Pinsky, extracted $30 million
from people, and transferred the money to the HSBC account. In 2007
Clark was sentenced just over 11 years in prison.
(Reuters, 8/18/06)(Reuters, 6/15/07)
2006 Aug 18, In Canada the 16th
International AIDS Conference ended in a firestorm with vitriol
hurled at G8 countries and South Africa over lapses in the battle
against the disease that has claimed 25 million lives.
2006 Aug 20, In India a
Canadian was arrested with illegal drugs worth five million dollars
in New Delhi in what was billed as a major effort to stop narcotics
being shipped to the West. About 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of
ephedrine, hashish and other illegal drugs were seized overnight
from Girdish Singh Toor while he was leading a convoy of vehicles.
2006 Aug 23, The Canadian Food
Inspection Agency confirmed that a mature beef cow in the Prairie
province Alberta tested positive for mad cow case. It was the 8th
case since 2003.
2006 Aug 30, Canadian miner
Uranium One said it had approved Australia's fourth uranium mine,
the Honeymoon project in the South Australian outback.
2006 Aug 30, Iran released
Ramin Jahanbegloo, a Canadian-Iranian writer, who was accused of
working with the US to overthrow the government.
2006 Sep 3, NATO and Afghan
forces hit the Taliban with air strikes and artillery in Operation
Medusa in southern Afghanistan. Four NATO soldiers, including 3
Canadians, and more than 200 insurgents were killed in the first two
days of a major anti-Taliban operation under way in the Panjwayi
district, about 10 miles from the city of Kandahar.
2006 Sep 8, The Toronto
International Film Festival got off to a multi-cultural start night
with the premiere of "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," a drama about
Canada's Inuit people being stripped of their traditions by
2006 Sep 12, Canada and the
United States formally signed an agreement to end a protracted
dispute over Canadian softwood lumber.
2006 Sep 13, A man in a black
trench coat opened fire at a downtown Montreal college, slaying a
young woman, Anastasia De Sousa (18), a student at Dawson College,
and wounding at least 19 other people before police shot and killed
him. Officials soon identified the killer as Kimveer Gill (25),
resident of a Montreal suburb.
(AP, 9/13/06)(Reuters, 9/14/06)
2006 Sep 14, The hedge fund
Amaranth Advisors, led by Nick Maounis, announced a loss of some
$560 million. The name was taken from the Greek word for “unfading."
Brian Hunter (32), a Canadian energy trader, got caught on the wrong
side of falling natural gas futures.
(WSJ, 9/23/06, p.B5)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.83)
2006 Sep 15, The US joined with
the EU and Canada charging that China has erected illegal barriers
to the sale of U.S. and other foreign-made auto parts there.
2006 Sep 18, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed four Canadian
troops handing out candy to children and wounded 27 civilians.
2006 Sep 20, In Australia
arrested 5 Canadian men after cocaine worth A$35 million ($26
million) was found hidden inside computer monitors. This was
believed to be Australia's fifth-largest illegal drugs seizure.
2006 Sep 24, Inco, one of
Canada’s two largest mining companies, agreed to be acquired by
Companhia Vale do Rio Doce of Brazil for $17.8 billion and absorbing
Inco's debt of $1.2 billion. The deal was closed in October.
2006 Sep 29, The Nature
Conservancy of Canada announced that Roberta Langtry (1916-2005), a
Canadian teacher who lived a frugal life but gave large, anonymous
donations to people in need, has left a C$4.3 million ($3.8 million)
fortune to the environmental charity.
2006 Sep 30, In Canada at least
five people were crushed to death in their cars after the collapse
of an overpass near Montreal.
2006 Oct 3, The X Prize
Foundation, founded by aerospace entrepreneur Paul Diamandis, said
it would team with Canadian geologist Stewart Blussom to offer $10
million to any team that can completely decode the genes of 100
people in 10 days.
(WSJ, 10/4/06, p.B1)
2006 Oct 19, A court struck
down sections of a Canadian anti-terrorism law, in a ruling that
threw out warrants used to search the home of a reporter covering
U.S. efforts to secretly send a Canadian terror suspect to Syria for
2006 Oct 24, Mohammed Momin
Khawaja (27), the first person charged under Canada's anti-terrorism
act won a partial victory when a judge struck down a key portion of
the law, ruling that the clause dealing with the definition of the
law violates the country's bill of rights.
2006 Oct 26, An American sex
offender who was sentenced by a US judge to three years "exile" in
Canada was arrested by Canadian border guards and faces deportation.
A New York state judge allowed former teacher Malcolm Watson,
convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl, to live in Canada
on probation rather than spending time in a US jail.
2006 Oct 31, In Canada Finance
Minister Jim Flaherty shocked markets when he announced plans to tax
income trusts. Flaherty signaled concern that the flow of
conversions to income trusts could become an uncontrollable torrent
that would damage the economy and erode government revenues. Income
trusts were first set up in the mid-1980s by property and energy
companies who chose to pass profits to investors and thus avoid
corporate income tax.
(AP, 10/31/06)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.86)
2006 Oct 31, In St. Thomas,
Canada, a man (34) who was sexually abusing a young girl in his home
was arrested after he transmitted images of the assault via the
Internet to an undercover detective.
2006 Nov 3, US and Canadian
researchers reported that the world's fish and seafood could
disappear by 2048 as overfishing and pollution destroy ocean
ecosystems at an accelerating pace.
2006 Nov 5, In Canada Damon
Crooks (28) of Jacksonville, Fla., was stabbed in the early morning
outside a downtown club in Halifax after a fight that began inside
spilled onto the street. The American sailor killed during the bar
brawl was a "Good Samaritan" trying to break up a fight he wasn't
even involved in.
2006 Nov 6, Canada’s Heritage
Oil reported an oil find on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert.
(Econ, 8/25/07, p.45)(http://tinyurl.com/36dnbm)
2006 Nov 8, Canada's homicide
rate rose for the second straight year in 2005, fueled in part by an
increase in gang-related violence, according to new government
2006 Nov 16, Canada said it had
arrested a foreign man who it branded a threat to national security
and who one national newspaper identified as a possible Russian spy.
On Nov 21 the government released a document saying: "The Canadian
Security Intelligence Service has reasonable grounds to believe that
the foreign national alleging to be Paul William Hampel is a member
of the Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki (SVR), the foreign intelligence
service of the Russian intelligence services."
(AP, 11/16/06)(Reuters, 11/21/06)
2006 Nov 22, Canadian police
arrested 90 people in a series of raids targeting what officials
said was traditional Italian organized crime in the Montreal area.
The raids stemmed from an investigation dubbed Project Colisee that
began in 2004.
2006 Nov 23, Canada's
opposition Liberal party announced support for Conservative PM
Stephen Harper's motion recognizing French-speaking Quebec as a
nation within Canada, adding political weight to an attempt to
pre-empt similar efforts by Quebec separatists.
2006 Nov 24, Canadian police
found 22 apartments in a 13-story Toronto building rigged up to grow
marijuana with a value of $5 million.
(WSJ, 11/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 28, Canada’s
Parliament formally recognized the French-speaking people of Quebec
as a nation within Canada, a seemingly symbolic gesture that has led
to a Cabinet resignation and ignited concerns over a renewed push
for the province's sovereignty.
2006 Dec 2, Stephane Dion (51),
a former environment minister who criticized PM Harper for modeling
himself after President Bush, won leadership of Canada's Liberal
2006 Dec 3, Members of
Alberta's ruling Conservative party picked Ed Stelmach (55), a
moderate farmer, as premier of the western Canadian province.
2006 Dec 26, Canada deported a
man who posed as a Canadian for years, describing him as a Russian
spy who used a fake birth certificate to create a false identity and
accumulate three Canadian passports. The man, who acquired passports
in the name of Paul William Hampel, left Canada for Russia.
2006 Dec, America’s first tidal
project became operational after 2 underwater turbines were
installed in New York’s East River by Verdant Power, a
Canadian-American company. 14 other countries already operated tidal
or wave-power stations, but most were tiny, experimental and
(Econ, 4/28/07, p.71)
2006 Bobby Jack F Fowler died
of lung cancer in an Oregon prison. In 2012 the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police said that partly based on improved DNA testing, it is
certain that he murdered 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen in 1974. US
authorities linked him to the slayings of four other teenage girls.
2006 In Swaziland Canadian
entrepreneur Volker Wagner bought the entire town of Bulembu, five
years after it was abandoned, and entrusted it to a Canadian
evangelical ministry to run the place as an orphanage for children
whose parents have often died of AIDS.
2007 Jan 11, The US government
said Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden
inside were found planted on US contractors with classified security
clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005
and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada.
2007 Jan 12, Canada unveiled
plans to spend more than $368 million over the next five years to
protect its border from terrorist, economic and environmental
2007 Jan 13, In Canada
groundbreaking took place in Calgary on the 58-story Encana tower,
The Bow. In Dec 2008 construction was halted due to falling oil
2007 Jan 16, Canadian Trade
Minister David Emerson signed a technology deal with China, on a
visit aimed at reinvigorating relations with the Asian superpower
that have been dented by Canada's blunt talk on human rights.
2007 Jan 19, Denny Doherty
(66), one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the
Papas, died at his home in Ontario, Canada. The group was known for
their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin’" (1966) and
2007 Jan 21, Canada announced
it will spend $25 million to protect, the Great Bear Rainforest, a
16-million-acre preserve that stretches 250 miles along British
Columbia's rugged Pacific coastline, one of the largest intact
temperate rainforests left in the world.
2007 Jan 26, Canada apologized
to software engineer Maher Arar, who was deported to Syria by US
agents after Canadian police mistakenly labeled him an Islamic
extremist, and paid him C$10.5 million ($8.9 million) in
2007 Jan 31, Canada's former
Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific region David Kilgour and
human rights lawyer David Matas released a report saying China's
military is harvesting organs from prison inmates, mostly Falungong
practitioners, for large scale transplants including for foreign
2007 Jan 31, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Cameroon to begin his second African tour to
boost ties with a continent that has many of the oil and commodity
reserves the Asian giant needs for its ballooning economy.
2007 Feb 7, Canada’s Nortel
Networks Corp. said it will slash 2,900 jobs, or 8.5 percent of its
workforce, over the next two years and shift another 1,000 employees
to lower-cost locations like China, India and Mexico as North
America's biggest maker of telephone equipment struggles to shore up
2007 Feb 10, Canadian National
Railway Co. said that 2,800 of its conductors and yard-service
workers at its operations in Canada began a strike, a work stoppage
that could affect the country's key shipments of grain, timber and
2007 Feb 13, In Canada D-Wave
Systems, based in Burnaby near Vancouver, announced the existence of
the world’s first practical quantum computer.
(Econ, 2/17/07, p.81)
2007 Feb 14, German-US auto
giant DaimlerChrysler said it planned to axe 13,000 jobs at its
loss-making Chrysler subsidiary as part of a broad restructuring
plan aimed at returning the US unit to profitability by 2009. The
bulk of the job losses will affect union workers, with 9,000 hourly
jobs eliminated in the United States and 2,000 in Canada.
2007 Feb 19, Canada
unexpectedly granted permanent resident status to Amir Kazemian
(41), an Iranian, man who spent nearly three years in sanctuary in a
Vancouver church before being arrested over the weekend. The
Citizenship and Immigration officials granted him residency on
humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
2007 Feb 20, The Canadian
government and Bill Gates announced an initiative to establish a
research institute to develop an AIDS vaccine, committing a total of
$119 million to the project.
2007 Feb 20, Three men from
Canada, Taiwan and the United States completed a 4,000 mile run
across the Sahara Desert over 111 days to draw attention to the lack
of access to water in many countries they crossed.
2007 Feb 21, Ottawa took the
first step to end a strike by Canadian National Railway workers that
has spurred demands for government intervention by a chorus of
shippers as well as an internecine union battle.
2007 Feb 23, Canada's Supreme
Court struck down the government's right to detain foreign terrorism
suspects indefinitely and without trial, ruling that the system
violates the country's bill of rights.
2007 Feb 24, A tentative deal
was reached to end a two-week-old strike by about 2,800 Canadian
National Railway Co. employees that had provoked a threat of
2007 Feb 26, In Bolivia police
said the body of Simon Matthew Boily (23), a Canadian cyclist, has
been found in a mountain ravine more than a month after he set out
on the "Highway of Death" from the La Paz on Jan 21.
2007 Feb 27, The Canadian
parliament voted to end two anti-terror measures adopted in the wake
of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, one that allowed for preventive
arrests and another that permitted forced testimony.
2007 Feb 28, An Egyptian with
Canadian citizenship on trial for spying for Israel shouted from his
courtroom cage that a confession had been extracted under torture.
2007 Mar 13, Canada said it had
the highest population growth rate among G-8 industrialized nations
between 2001 and 2006, thanks to the arrival of 1.2 million
2007 Mar 19, Jim Flaherty,
Canada’s finance minister, announced the 10th successive annual
(Econ, 3/24/07, p.44)
2007 Apr 1, In Canada the
Trade, Investment and Labor Mobility Agreement went into effect
between British Columbia and Alberta.
(Econ, 3/10/07, p.35)
2007 Mar 21, The World Trade
Organization (WTO) said Canada should dismantle "significant" trade
barriers it uses to protect its wheat, dairy and other agricultural
2007 Mar 29, Fisheries Minister
Loyola Hearn said Canada will cut back the number of harp seals that
hunters can kill this year to 270,000 from 335,000 in 2006 because
of bad ice conditions off its East Coast.
2007 Mar 30, In Canada Menu
Foods Income Fund, maker of the tainted pet foods at the center of
this month's massive recall, said it is no longer using a Chinese
supplier of wheat gluten after US officials found the chemical
melamine in some of the recalled products.
2007 Apr 1, In Canada Nelly
Furtado stole the show at the Junos, playing the roles of both host
and big winner at the 2007 edition of the nation's top music awards.
2007 Apr 2, Canada's
controversial annual seal hunt opened in the southern Gulf of St.
Lawrence, where the worst ice conditions in more than two decades
have nearly wiped out the herd there.
2007 Apr 8, A purported
spokesman for the Taliban said the kidnapped translator for an
Italian journalist was killed in southern Afghanistan. In the
eastern Paktika province, two Afghan guards were killed and five
wounded during a four-hour firefight with Taliban militants. In
eastern Khost province, a gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle
opened fire on Afghans working for NATO's International Security
Assistance Force, killing two of the men and wounding another. In
eastern Nangarhar province, a suicide car bomber blew himself up
next to a US-led coalition convoy. 2 roadside bombs in southern
Afghanistan left seven NATO soldiers dead. 6 Canadians died in one
of the 2 blasts.
(AP, 4/8/07)(AP, 4/9/07)
2007 Apr 11, Canadian National
Railway faced picket lines, but the union said it does not plan this
new job action to be as disruptive as the strike that hamstrung
Canada's largest railway in February.
2007 Apr 11, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy, wounding
seven civilians, while a US-led coalition airstrike killed 13
suspected militants. Another bomb blast in the south killed two
Canadian soldiers and wounded three others.
(AP, 4/11/07)(AP, 4/12/07)
2007 Apr 14, June Callwood
(82), often described as Canada's social conscience, died.
2007 Apr 17, Canada’s
Parliament passed a law that will force striking workers at Canadian
National Railway to return to the job.
2007 Apr 19, China jailed
Huseyin Celil (37), a Uighur-Canadian, for life for separatism and
terrorism and warned Canada not to get involved even as Ottawa
announced it would send its foreign minister to discuss the case.
Celil was detained in Uzbekistan in March 2006 when he was visiting
relatives and sent to China last June.
2007 Apr 21, In Cairo an
Egyptian-Canadian man was convicted of spying for Israel and
sentenced to 15 years in prison by a special security court.
2007 Apr 22, The annual Goldman
Environmental Prizes were announced on Earth Day. The winners
included Julio Cusurichi of Peru for his work to fight illegal
logging; Willie Corduff of Ireland for his work to halt an energy
project that disregarded local and environmental concerns; Sophia
Rabliauskas of Canada for her work to help protect the boreal forest
in Manitoba; Orri Vigfussen of Iceland for his work on the North
Atlantic Salmon Fund; Ts. Munkhbayar for his work against
unregulated mining in Mongolia; and Hammerskjoeld Simwinga for his
work in organizing microloan programs in Zambia.
(SSFC, 4/22/07, p.E1)
2007 Apr 24, The US military
formally charged Omar Khadr (20), a young Canadian prisoner, with
murder and other crimes, clearing the way for his trial before the
war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay naval base. Khadr was
captured during a gunfight at an alleged al Qaeda compound in
Afghanistan when he was 15 and sent to Guantanamo shortly after
turning 16. Khadr's family was close to Osama bin Laden and his
Egyptian-born father, Ahmed Said Khadr, was an alleged al Qaeda
financier killed in a battle with Pakistani soldiers in 2003. His
family had lived in Pakistan but returned to Canada after the elder
2007 Apr 26, Canada promised
curbs on air pollution and a new approach to greenhouse gas
emissions in a plan the government says will slow, then reverse the
rise in output of pollutants blamed for global warming.
2007 May 2, The Canadian Food
Inspection Agency said another case of bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, has been confirmed in a mature
dairy cow in the province of British Columbia.
2007 May 3, Seven of Canada's
biggest investment dealers said they plan to launch a new
Alternative Trading System in 2008 to boost the efficiency of equity
trading and make Canada more globally competitive. The Royal
Canadian Mint unveiled a monster gold coin with a face value of C$1
million (455,000 pounds) that it says is the world's biggest, purest
and highest denomination coin.
2007 May 4, Reuters Group PLC
said that it had received a preliminary takeover approach. The
bidder was identified as Thomson Corp., a financial data and
information provider based in Stamford, Conn., owned by the Thomson
family of Canada.
2007 May 7, Alcoa, the world's
largest aluminum company, said it would make a hostile bid for
Canada's Alcan Inc., estimated at $27 billion, after talks between
the rivals failed to lead to a deal.
2007 May 8, News and
information company Reuters Group PLC and financial data provider
Thomson Corp. confirmed that they are discussing a combination of
their businesses that values Reuters at more than $17 billion.
2007 May 13, Canada won
hockey's world championship with a 4-2 victory over Finland.
2007 May 15, Reuters agreed to
a $17.2 billion takeover by the Thomson family of Canada that would
vault the combined entity ahead of Bloomberg to become the world's
largest financial data and news provider.
2007 May 16, In Canada some
3,200 track workers at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. began a
national strike over failed talks on wages and other issues.
2007 May 17, Greyhound Canada
suspended passenger and parcel service in Western Canada because of
a labor disruption.
2007 May 25, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier from Canada was killed and two other NATO
soldiers were wounded in overnight attacks by Taliban fighters.
2007 May 30, Ontario and
California leaders said they will work together to develop new stem
cell therapies to help conquer cancer, and will cooperate on curbing
greenhouse gas emission.
2007 Jun 11, Cuba's largest
foreign investor, Canada’s Sherritt International Corp., saw
business running smoothly under acting President Raul Castro and
will push ahead with a $1.2 billion expansion in nickel mining, and
oil and electricity production.
2007 Jun 12, Shahid Jamil
Qureshi, Pakistan’s minister of state for communications, resigned
after police named him as a suspect in the death of Kafila Siddiqui,
a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, at their shared home in
2007 Jun 13, Canadian police
arrested more than 60 suspected members of a criminal gang in a
series of dawn raids in and around Toronto, in a crackdown on
smuggling drugs and illegal firearms.
2007 Jun 14, Canada said it had
approved the idea of burying nuclear waste from its power plants
deep in the ground at a single location, a proposal that green
activists immediately condemned as too risky.
2007 Jun 15, In Quebec, Canada,
Premier Jean Charest said his province plans to ban firearms in
educational institutions and on public transport as part of a
clampdown in the wake of a college shooting last year.
2007 Jun 18, Canada introduced
a no-fly list to ground potential air passengers "who may pose an
immediate threat to aviation security" and tried to play down
concerns that the list could be abused.
2007 Jun 19, In Dubai a
Canadian UN official, who advised the Afghan government on
eradicating opium poppy crops, was sentenced to four years in prison
for smuggling and drug possession. Bert Tatham (35) of Vancouver,
British Columbia, was arrested April 23 during a one-hour stopover
at the Dubai International Airport, after being caught with a half a
gram of hashish, and two poppy bulbs.
2007 Jun 25, Chris Benoit (40),
a professional wrestling superstar, was found dead alongside the
bodies of his wife and retarded son (7) in Fayetteville, Georgia.
Police treated the case as a possible murder-suicide. Anabolic
steroids thought to be a contributing factor. The Canadian-born
wrestler won the world heavyweight championship in 2004. Doctors
later reported that Chris Benoit had injected steroids not long
before he died.
(Reuters, 6/26/07)(SFC, 6/28/07, p.A4)(Reuters,
2007 Jun 27, Canada’s
government said it will ban all smoking in federal prisons next year
to improve the health of prisoners, staff and visitors.
2007 Jun 28, In Toronto the CN
Tower, the world's tallest free-standing structure, showed off its
high-efficiency LED lighting, giving a brief preview of some of the
millions of color combinations that will flow up and down the
553-meter (1,815-foot) tower during holidays and special events.
2007 Jun 29, Police closed a
stretch of Canada's busiest highway and officials closed the
country's main east-west rail line on fears that a native day of
action could turn violent and disruptive.
2007 Jun 30, BCE Inc, Canada's
largest telecommunications group, agreed to a C$51.7 billion ($48.5
billion) offer from a group including the Ontario Teachers Pension
Plan, in what the purchasers said was the largest buyout in Canadian
2007 Jul 2, Researchers said
the first test-tube baby created from an egg matured in the
laboratory and then frozen has been born in Canada, in a
breakthrough offering hope to women with cancer and others unsuited
to normal IVF treatment.
2007 Jul 4, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a NATO vehicle, killing six Canadian
soldiers and their Afghan interpreter.
2007 Jul 6, Canada named a
former government security adviser to head the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, the first time a civilian has held the post.
2007 Jul 9, Canada announced
plans to increase its Arctic military presence in an effort to
assert sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, a potentially
oil-rich region the United States claims is international territory.
2007 Jul 10, The Bank of Canada
raised its key interest rate, by one-quarter point to 4.50%, for the
first time in over a year and kept the door open to further hikes,
saying inflation has been persistently higher than it expected.
2007 Jul 10, Activists said
that a recent UN report showing Canadians use more marijuana than
people in any other industrialized country is more evidence that the
drug should be legalized. The 2007 World Drug Report found that
16.8% of Canadians between 15 and 64 used marijuana, at least once
in the past year.
2007 Jul 11, In Canada "Honest
Ed" Mirvish (92), a colorful Toronto character who restored
theaters, produced musicals, and ran a brash and cavernous discount
2007 Jul 12, Anglo-Australian
miner Rio Tinto launched a 38.1-billion-dollar offer for Canada's
Alcan, trumping US rival Alcoa in a mammoth bid to create the
world's largest aluminium company.
2007 Jul 12, A coalition of US
and Canadian cities along the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River,
including Toronto and Chicago, vowed to cut water consumption 15% by
2007 Jul 16, The Canadian
government agreed to disburse C$1.4 billion ($1.3 billion) in aid
over 20 years to Quebec's 15,000 Cree to improve health, security
and other services for the native Indians.
2007 Jul 20, The WTO said
Rwanda plans to import a generic HIV/AIDS medicine made in Canada,
making it the first country to test a World Trade Organization
waiver on drug patents.
2007 Jul 23, Foreign Minister
Peter MacKay said Canada will give the new Palestinian government
C$8 million ($7.6 million) in direct aid and more could follow now
that Hamas is no longer in the government.
2007 Jul 23, John Gilman (65),
developer of FieldTurf, an artificial grass that replaced AstroTurf,
died at his home in Montreal. The FieldTurf technology was based on
patents filed by golfer Freddie Haas Jr.
(WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A6)
2007 Jul 24, In Canada a
pipeline in a Vancouver suburb was ruptured, sending a geyser of oil
shooting 12 meters (40 feet) into the air, coating neighborhood
streets and spilling crude into an ocean inlet.
2007 Jul 26, Canada nixed a
decade-old policy that required prospective Sikh immigrants to
change their last names to avoid confusion with other Sikhs.
2007 Jul 31, In Canada John
Felderhof, the lone remaining key figure in the multibillion-dollar
Bre-X gold fraud, was found not guilty. It took almost seven years
to reach the not guilty verdict in the trial of the only person to
be prosecuted in the massive Bre-X gold fraud, leading Canadians to
ask once again if the country isn't too soft on corporate crime.
2007 Aug 2, Canada dismissed
Russia's claim to a large chunk of the resource-rich Arctic, saying
the tactic was more suited to the 15th century than the real world.
2007 Aug 7, Britain's GW
Pharmaceuticals Plc said that Health Canada had approved its
cannabis-based medicine Sativex for treatment of cancer patients.
2007 Aug 9, Newly declassified
documents said Canadian intelligence officials suspected that Maher
Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen detained by the US in 2002 as a
terror suspect and deported, had been sent to a third country for
torture as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program. Arar
was detained in September 2002 by US authorities during a flight
stopover in New York while returning home to Canada from a vacation
2007 Aug 9, In Canada 2 people
were killed and six people wounded in an early-morning shooting in a
2007 Aug 10, Canada's prime
minister announced plans for an army training center and a deepwater
port on the third day of an Arctic trip meant to assert sovereignty
over a region.
2007 Aug 12, A Canadian woman
(35) gave birth to rare identical quadruplets. Karen Jepp of
Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by
Caesarian section at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana.
2007 Aug 17, The Criminal
Intelligence Service Canada annual report estimated that there are
950 organized crime groups operating in the country.
2007 Aug 19, In southern
Afghanistan, dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked an Afghan army
compound, and the ensuing gunbattle left 10 suspected militants dead
and 4 others wounded. A Canadian soldier was killed when his vehicle
struck a roadside bomb near Kandahar.
(AP, 8/19/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007 Aug 20, In Canada Mexican
President Felipe Calderon, Canadian PM Stephen Harper and President
Bush worked to craft a plan to secure their borders in the event of
a terrorist strike or other emergency without creating traffic
tie-ups that slowed commerce at crossings after the Sept. 11
attacks. Protesters and riot police clashed outside the posh
Canadian resort where the leaders were meeting.
(AP, 8/20/07)(Reuters, 8/21/07)
2007 Aug 22, Western US states
and Canadian provinces agreed to cut greenhouse emissions 15% by
2020 in the latest regional pact to regulate the gases, an approach
opposed by US President George W. Bush.
2007 Aug 22, Taliban militants
wearing Afghan army uniforms attacked a remote NATO base in eastern
Afghanistan, killing two Afghan soldiers and wounding 11 alliance
soldiers. In southern Afghanistan 2 Canadian soldiers and an
interpreter were killed and two journalists injured during an
(AP, 8/22/07)(Reuters, 8/22/07)
2007 Aug 23, The Montreal World
Film Festival, which endured a near-death experience two years ago
when key government subsidies were suspended, kicked off its 31st
edition with a new lease on life.
2007 Aug 24, In Canada 11
people were hurt and two killed after a hot air balloon caught fire
as it left for a sunset flight in British Columbia. A pickup truck
driven by an elderly man struck a pre-wedding party near Vancouver,
killing six people and injuring 17.
2007 Aug 30, Canadian police
arrested Adel Arnaout (37), with three home-made bombs in the trunk
of his car. The arrest was connected to an investigation into letter
bombs delivered recently to three homes in and around Toronto.
2007 Sep 4, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper suspended Parliament and reconvened a new session on October
16, setting up a vote of confidence in his minority Conservative
government that could trigger an election.
2007 Sep 5, Canada’s ambassador
to Zimbabwe said the number of people facing serious food shortages
there is expected to grow to 4.1 million over the first quarter of
2007 Sep 10, Canada's top
election official stuck to his controversial ruling allowing Muslim
women to stay veiled when voting, despite protests from Prime
Minister Stephen Harper.
2007 Sep 12, Canada’s defense
minister said Canada will give a one-time payment of $19,200 to
people who say their health was harmed by US military Agent Orange
spray programs at a base in eastern Canada 40 years ago. The US
military tested Agent Orange, Agent Purple and several other
powerful defoliants on a small section of the base in Gagetown, New
Brunswick, over seven days in 1966 and 1967. Roughly 4,500 people
were expected to be eligible for the payment, at a total cost of $92
2007 Sep 12, The US SEC said it
had filed civil fraud charges against Douglas Hamilton, Craig
Johnson, James Kinney and Kenneth Taylor, the former vice presidents
of finance for Toronto-based Nortel's optical, wireline, wireless
and enterprise business units.
2007 Sep 17, A new report said
voracious beetles, that have ravaged more than 9 million hectares
(35,000 square miles) of British Columbia's forests, have wiped out
about 40 percent of the infested region's marketable pine trees.
2007 Sep 20, The Canadian
dollar rose above parity with the US dollar for the first time in 31
years. The Canadian currency's commodity-fueled rise was helped by a
sharply falling dollar.
2007 Sep 21, In Canada,
delegates from almost 200 countries agreed to eliminate
ozone-depleting substances faster than originally planned. The
agreement was reached at a conference in Montreal to mark the 20th
anniversary of the Montreal protocol, which was designed to cut
chemicals found to harm the ozone layer.
2007 Sep 24, In western
Afghanistan Italian special forces rescued two captive Italian
intelligence agents from a militant convoy, killing at least eight
kidnappers. Both kidnapped Italians were wounded in the raid, but
one died from his wounds in Rome on Oct 4. In southern Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and four were wounded during a military
(AP, 9/24/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)(AP, 10/4/07)
2007 Sep 26, Canadian police
charged the two co-founders of now-defunct Portus Alternative Asset
Management Inc with 12 counts of fraud, money laundering, and
possession of property obtained by crime, the result of a lengthy
2007 Sep 28, Japan suspended
poultry imports from Canada after the H7N3 strain of avian influenza
was found on a Saskatchewan chicken farm.
2007 Oct 1, A Canadian judge
acquitted three doctors, a New Jersey company and a former Red Cross
official of criminal charges in a tainted-blood scandal that
infected thousands of Canadians with HIV or hepatitis and resulted
in more than 3,000 deaths.
2007 Oct 2, Canada’s Justice
Minister Rob Nicholson said the government plans to criminalize
identity theft to give police the ability to stop such activity
before any fraud has actually been carried out.
2007 Oct 4, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper vowed to crack down on illegal drugs, saying the Conservative
government would propose mandatory prison time for serious drug
2007 Oct 4, Health Canada said
that it has stopped the sale of Novartis Pharmaceuticals
anti-inflammatory drug Prexige and will cancel its market
authorization due to the risk for serious liver-related effects
2007 Oct 4, Canada became the
first country to notify the World Trade Organization that it has
agreed to allow a Canadian company to make generic medicines for
export to Rwanda.
2007 Oct 9, Brewers SABMiller
and Molson Coors Brewing said they have agreed to combine their US
operations to create a business that will have annual sales of $6.6
billion and be the second-biggest market player behind
2007 Oct 9, In Canada the
Conservatives swept to an easy victory in Newfoundland and Labrador,
with voters giving a thumbs up to the province-first policies of
populist Premier Danny Williams.
2007 Oct 10, Ontario's Liberal
Party won a second term heading Canada's most populous province.
2007 Oct 11, The Canadian
dollar hit a three-decade high versus the US dollar as the greenback
remained under broad selling pressure due to expectations of more
Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
2007 Oct 14, Robert Dziekanski
(b.1967) died after being tasered five times by the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at Vancouver International
Airport hours after he had arrived in Canada from Poland as a new
immigrant. In 2010 the RCMP apologized as part of an out-of-court
settlement with the mother of Dziekanski.
2007 Oct 18, US lawmakers
offered apologies to Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, who was
deported in 2002 by US counterterrorism officials to Syria, where he
says he was imprisoned and tortured.
2007 Oct 19,
A twin-engine plane crashed into the ninth floor of a suburban
Vancouver apartment building, killing the pilot and injuring at
least two people in the building. Six people were found dead in what
police described as a graphic murder scene in an apartment building
in a Vancouver suburb. Police later said the killings, which took
place on the 15th floor of a suburban Vancouver apartment building,
were related to gang activity. They said that two of the dead were
murdered because they chanced upon the crime scene.
(AP, 10/20/07)(Reuters, 10/20/07)(Reuters,
2007 Oct 19, Christopher Paul
Neil (32), a Canadian schoolteacher suspected of sexually abusing
boys, was arrested in rural Thailand and charged after a 3-year
international manhunt that relied on digitally unscrambled photos
and tips from the public. Neil later pleaded guilty to sexually
abusing a 13-year-old boy and was sentenced to three years and three
months in jail; he faces other charges involving the victim's
(AP, 10/19/07)(AP, 10/19/08)
2007 Oct 23,
The Canadian dollar roared to a 33-year high against the US
dollar after domestic retail sales data for August beat
2007 Oct 23,
Police broke up an Italian-Canadian mafia clan that ran drug
trafficking and money laundering operations, arresting 12 people and
seizing millions of dollars in assets. The clan was led from Canada
by Nick and Vito Rizzuto, a father and son, who were jailed for
previous crimes respectively in 2006 and 2005.
2007 Oct 24, Anglo-Australian
mining giant Rio Tinto said all conditions on its $38.1 billion
takeover of Alcan Inc had been satisfied and most shareholders had
accepted its offer.
2007 Oct 25, The Canadian
dollar shot to a 33-year high against a broadly weaker US dollar, as
oil and gold prices firmed, giving the commodities-based currency a
2007 Oct 29,
Canada’s PM Harper received Tibet's exiled spiritual leader in
his office in Parliament. He presented the 1989 Nobel laureate with
a maple-leaf scarf. The next day China condemned Harper for
"disgusting conduct" for playing host to the Dalai Lama.
2007 Oct 30,
Canada's Conservative government vowed to slash corporate and
personal taxes and still pay down C$10 billion in debt this year.
2007 Nov 3, Je Yell Kim, a
Canadian Christian aid worker who provided dental care for North
Koreans in the northeast part of the country, was taken into custody
by authorities on charges of violating national security. Kim was
released in late Jan 2008.
2007 Nov 7, A novel by a former
radio broadcaster in Canada's north won the 2007 Scotiabank Giller
Prize, Canada's most lucrative and prestigious prize for fiction.
Elizabeth Hay's "Late Nights on Air" details the loves and rivalries
of a cast of eccentric characters at a small radio station in
Yellowknife, near Canada's Arctic.
2007 Nov 7, The US dollar fell
sharply after a Chinese parliamentarian called for his country to
diversify its reserves out of weak currencies. The Canadian dollar
hitched a ride on surging commodities prices to rise against a
beleaguered US dollar, passing US$1.10.
(Reuters, 11/7/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.93)
2007 Nov 13, In a letter to the
UN Security Council, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon nominated
Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare to lead the UN investigation
into the 2005 killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik al-Hariri.
2007 Nov 15, Two Americans who
deserted the US Army to protest against the war in Iraq lost their
bid for refugee status in Canada, and the Canadian government made
it clear they were no longer welcome.
2007 Nov 21, Canada’s
government set aside 25 million acres of wilderness in the Northwest
Territories for conservation.
(SFC, 11/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 22, The Explorer, a
Canadian cruise ship, struck ice late at night off Antarctica and
began taking on water. All 154 passengers and crew took to lifeboats
and were rescued safely the following morning by the Nordnorge, a
passing Norwegian liner.
2007 Nov 24, Robert
Knipstrom (36) of British Columbia man died four days after police
used a Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting
erratically in a store. He was the third person to die in recent
weeks in Canada after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.
2007 Nov 27, Jane Rule,
American-born Canadian writer, died at her home on Galiano Island in
British Columbia. Her 1964 novel, “Desert of the Heart," is
considered a landmark work of lesbian fiction.
(SFC, 12/10/07, p.C5)
2007 Nov 28, In Minnesota a
fire at a pipeline from Canada that feeds oil to the US killed 2
people. The pipeline that leaked and four others were shut down,
though it wasn't clear for how long, sending oil prices up the next
2007 Dec 4, New census data
said one in five people in Canada last year was born in another
country, the highest proportion since the 1930s. The Bank of Canada
cut its key overnight interest rate by one-quarter point to 4.25
percent, saying it expects US subprime mortgage woes and financial
market fallout to last longer than anticipated.
2007 Dec 7, Canada's TV
watchdog blessed the launch of Vanessa, a national pay TV porn
2007 Dec 9, A Canadian jury in
British Columbia convicted Robert 'Willie' Pickton (58), a pig
farmer, of murdering six women, handing him an automatic life
sentence but finding that the killings were not planned. Pickton
still faced 20 more murder charges for the deaths of women, most of
them prostitutes and drug addicts from a seedy Vancouver
neighborhood. On Dec 11 Pickton was sentenced to life in prison with
no hope of parole for 25 years. Canadian authorities spent more than
C$100 million ($98 million) to catch and convict Pickton.
(AP, 12/9/07)(Reuters, 12/12/07)(Reuters,
2007 Dec 10, Petro-Canada,
Canada's third largest oil and gas company, signed a $7 billion deal
with Libya's state-run National Oil Corp. to invest in exploration
in the North African nation.
2007 Dec 10, A US judge
sentenced former media mogul Conrad Black (63) to 6-1/2 years in
prison for obstructing justice and defrauding shareholders in
one-time newspaper publishing empire Hollinger International Inc.,
and ordered him to report to prison in 12 weeks. The Canadian-born
member of Britain's House of Lords was found guilty in July of one
count of obstructing justice and three counts of fraud.
Co-defendants Jack Boultbee (64), former Hollinger chief financial
officer, got 27 months and former vice president and general counsel
Peter Atkinson (60) got 2 years for fraud.
2007 Dec 10, In Mississauga,
Canada, Aqsa Parvez (16), who was said to have clashed with her
father about whether she should wear a traditional Muslim head
scarf, died of injuries, and her father told police he had killed
2007 Dec 13, Former Canadian PM
Brian Mulroney apologized publicly for accepting hundreds of
thousands of dollars in cash from a German arms dealer, but he
bluntly rejected suggestions he had taken kickbacks.
2007 Dec 14, Canada's national
police force, criticized for excessive use of Tasers, said that,
from now on, officers would only fire the electric stun guns at
suspects who are combative or resisting arrest.
2007 Dec 17, US trade officials
said the US has reached a deal with the EU, Japan and Canada to keep
its Internet gambling market closed to foreign companies, but is
continuing talks with India, Antigua and Barbuda, Macau and Costa
2007 Dec 17, The World Trade
Organization (WTO) launched an investigation into Washington's
multi-billion-dollar farm subsidies that Brazil and Canada say break
international trading rules.
2007 Dec 17, Much of eastern
and central Canada was digging out after a massive storm dumped up
to 50 cm (20 inches) of snow in places, shocking Canadians who had
become accustomed to milder winters.
2007 Dec 17, Dubai ruling
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pardoned 377 inmates of Dubai
prisons this week on the eve of Eid al-Adha, an important Islamic
holiday. The pardon included Bert Tatham, a Canadian UN official who
advised the Afghan government on eradicating opium poppy crops.
Tatham (35) was granted amnesty, six months after being sentenced to
four years in prison on a drug smuggling conviction. Tatham was
arrested April 23 during a one-hour stopover at the Dubai
International Airport, after being caught with a half a gram of
hashish, and two poppy bulbs.
2007 Dec 18, Canada confirmed a
new case of mad cow disease, the 11th since 2003, and said the
animal in question was a 13-year-old beef cow from Alberta.
2007 Dec 21, Ian Thow, a former
mutual fund salesman in British Columbia, was fined C$6 million
($6.1 million) and banned from working in the West Coast province's
capital markets for life. In October a commission panel found that
Thow defrauded hundreds of clients between January 2003 and May
2005, convincing some to sell their mutual funds and mortgage their
homes to raise money to invest in non-existing construction loans
and Jamaican bank.
2007 Dec 23, Oscar Peterson
(b.1925), jazz pianist, died at his home in Mississauga, Canada. His
flying fingers, hard-driving swing and melodic improvisations made
him one of the world's most famous and influential jazz pianists in
a career that spanned seven decades.
2007 Dec 24, In Montreal,
Canada, Gurpeet Gaur (29) the wife of Harinder Singh Cheema, was
beaten and strangled to death. On July 2, 2015, Cheema was arrested
in Fremont, Ca., following a fingerprint match on a US immigration
(SFC, 7/10/15, p.D3)
2007 Dec 31, Canada’s PM
Stephen Harper said a one percentage-point cut to the country's
consumption tax will be effective January 1, 2008.
2007 In Canada the towers of
the Toronto Dominion Center incorporated hydrothermal cooling using
cold water from Lake Ontario.
(Econ, 6/9/07, TQ p.4)
2007 In Canada the $8.4 billion
hydroelectric project on Labrador’s Churchill River was expected to
begin power production.
(WSJ, 3/10/98, p.A19)
2007 In Canada Bombardier
Recreational Products developed the Can-Am Spyder Roadster. The
3-wheeled vehicle was planned to sell for $15,000.
(Econ, 3/10/07, TQ p.12)
2008 Jan 11, Canada confirmed
it would hold a formal inquiry into why former PM Brian Mulroney
accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from a business
2008 Jan 15, The Canadian
government fired the country's top nuclear watchdog, criticizing her
for how she handled the closure of a key reactor which makes medical
2008 Jan 18, Mohammed Mansour
Jabarah (25), a Canadian citizen of Iraqi descent, who admitted
plotting to bomb US embassies in Singapore and the Philippines in
2002 was sentenced to life in prison after telling the court he had
been "brainwashed" by al Qaeda.
2008 Jan 22, The Bank of Canada
held back in the face of an aggressive interest rate cut by the US
Federal Reserve, shaving just a quarter-point off its own key rate,
but it signaled more cuts to come as US recession worries spiral.
2008 Jan 23, Canada bowed out
of the 2009 UN conference on racism in Durban, South Africa, saying
it would likely "degenerate into ... expressions of intolerance and
2008 Jan 23, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and two others were injured when a
military convoy struck an improvised mine near the southern city of
2008 Jan 28, Data Privacy Day
began in the United States and Canada, as an extension of the Data
Protection Day celebration that started in Europe in 2007. In the
United States, the House and Senate passed Resolutions recognizing
January 28, 2009 as National Data Privacy Day, and the Senate also
recognized National Data Privacy Day in 2010 and 2011.
2008 Feb 7, NATO defense
ministers held talks on Afghanistan in Lithuania. France agreed to
help Canada in fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
2008 Feb 8, Canada said it
planned to keep its 2,500-strong military mission in Afghanistan
until some time in 2011, two years longer than initially scheduled.
2008 Feb 12, In Canada at least
22 people, including a minor, have been charged in what police said
was one of Central Canada's biggest investigations of Internet child
2008 Feb 15, A group of
Canadian sex trade workers hoping to set up a legal "co-op" brothel
in time for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver said they have won
approval to incorporate themselves.
2008 Feb 9, It was reported
that drug trade in British Columbia, Canada, generated an estimated
$7 billion a year. Undermanned police were only able to monitor
fewer than a third of some 129 gangs in the province.
(Econ, 2/9/08, p.41)
2008 Feb 19, Canada’s province
of British Columbia announced its intention to implement a carbon
tax of $10 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions
(2.41 cents per liter on gasoline) beginning July 1, 2008, making BC
the first North American jurisdiction to implement such a tax.
2008 Feb 20, Quebec provincial
police conducted raids, breaking up a hacking ring that police said
was responsible for an estimated CDN$45 million (US$44.3 million) in
damage to computer systems.
2008 Feb 22, Canadian Foreign
Minister Maxime Bernier pledged $555 million in fresh aid to Haiti,
as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the impoverished Caribbean
2008 Feb 26, Canada confirmed a
new case of mad cow disease, the 12th since 2003, and said the
animal in question was a six-year-old dairy cow from Alberta that
had most probably eaten infected feed.
2008 Mar 2, Blind jazz
guitarist Jeff Healey (41), known for his blues-based rock and his
distinctive playing style, died in a Toronto hospital after a
life-long battle with cancer.
2008 Mar 3, The film "Away from
Her" was the big winner at Canada's Genie Awards, winning seven
statuettes, including best picture, best actor, best actress and
best director for first-time filmmaker Sarah Polley.
2008 Mar 4, The Bank of Canada
slashed its overnight interest rate by 50 basis points for the first
time since November 2001, lowering it to 3.5% and signaling further
cuts to shield the economy from the damaging effects of the US
2008 Mar 10, Canada’s
government said hunters will be allowed to kill 275,000 young harp
seals on the ice floes off eastern Canada this year, a number that
animal rights activists said was totally unsustainable.
2008 Mar 11, The US space
shuttle Endeavour blasted off from a seaside Florida launch pad to
deliver part of a long-awaited Japanese space laboratory and a
Canadian-built robotic system to the International Space Station.
2008 Mar 13, Canada’s
Parliament voted to extend its mission in Afghanistan to 2011,
provided NATO supplies more troops and equipment to back up its
forces in the volatile south.
2008 Mar 18, Canada formally
recognized the breakaway republic of Kosovo, a decision Serbia said
was a major mistake that could encourage separatists in the province
2008 Mar 26, Trinidad’s RBTT,
the largest regionally owned bank, agreed to accept a takeover by
the Royal Bank of Canada.
(Econ, 3/29/08, p.50)
2008 Mar 29, Three seal hunters
died after a fishing vessel capsized in the icy waters of the Gulf
of St. Lawrence, marking the first accident of Canada's 2008 seal
2008 Apr 6, In Merritt, British
Columbia, a girl and two boys aged 10, 8 and 5, were found dead by
their mother in her trailer home. Allan Schoenborn (40), their
father, was arrested April 16 in connection with the murders after
local residents discovered him hiding in rugged bush.
2008 Apr 12, A unit of Canada’s
national police boarded and seized the Farley Mowat, a Dutch
registered yacht belonging to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
The ship was used to protest Canada’s annual seal hunt.
(Econ, 4/19/08, p.48)
2008 Apr 12, Jerry Zucker (58),
Israeli-born American businessman and chief executive of Hudson's
Bay Co., died of cancer. Zucker's wife Anita Zucker became governor
of HBC, Canada’s largest retailer, making her the first woman to
hold that position in the company's 338-year history.
(Reuters, 4/13/08)(WSJ, 4/19/08, p.A9)
2008 Apr 18, The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police arrested Benoit Corbeil, a former senior Liberal
official, on fraud charges in connection with an advertising scandal
that helped topple the Liberal government in 2006.
2008 Apr 22, The Bank of Canada
cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point to 3
percent, as expected, but suggested it might pause a little before
cutting rates again.
2008 Apr 22, In New Orleans
Pres. Bush ended a 2-day meeting with PM Harper of Canada and Pres.
Calderon of Mexico as all three defended NAFTA. Bush denied the US
is in recession calling the current economic situation a slowdown.
(SFC, 4/23/08, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 24, Canada’s British
Columbia province shut the door on exploring for radioactive
minerals, saying companies cannot claim rights to them even if the
discovery is by accident.
2008 Apr 26, In Canada transit
workers in Toronto went on strike after rejecting a tentative
contract deal, shutting down bus, streetcar and subway service in
Canada's most populous city.
2008 Apr 30, Canada pledged an
extra C$50 million ($49.5 million) for international food aid and
said it would also allow its money to be used to buy food abroad and
not tie it to purchases of Canadian produce.
2008 Apr 30, Syncrude Canada's
operations were under investigation by environmental regulators
after as many as 500 birds landed in the waste water in the oil
sands region of northern Alberta.
2008 May 1, A speeding tourist
bus carrying dozens of Europeans and Canadians overturned, rolled
off an embankment and burst into flames on a desert highway in
Egypt's Sinai peninsula. At least nine passengers were killed and
about 30 wounded.
2008 May 3, Thousands of
marijuana enthusiasts marched in downtown Toronto, many openly
smoking the drug as part of a globally coordinated rally meant to
celebrate cannabis culture and push for the drug's legalization.
2008 May 5, Canada banned all
smoking in federal prisons because a partial ban was largely
ignored. The full effect of the ban would not be felt until hidden
stockpiles of cigarettes are depleted.
2008 May 6, Canadian
researchers reported that suicide victims who were abused as
children have clear genetic changes in their brains in a finding
they said shows neglect can cause biological effects.
2008 May 6, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and another was wounded in a gun battle
with insurgents near Kandahar city.
2008 May 12, The Canadian
Federal Court said that Pakistan appears to have received a $500,000
bounty from the United States for the capture of Abdullah Khadr, a
Canadian wanted on charges of working with al Qaeda against US
forces in Afghanistan. Khadr was arrested in Pakistan in 2004 and
sent back to Canada in 2005.
2008 May 13, In Canada a
helicopter with three people on board appeared to hover as if
looking for a landing spot before it crashed onto a street and burst
into flames in Cranbrook, British Columbia. A pedestrian Kenyan
exchange student, was killed along with the 3 in the helicopter.
2008 May 16, In Canada Nancy
Michaud (37), a political aide in Quebec, was disappeared from her
home in Riviere-Ouelle. Her body was found the next day in an
abandoned home. Francis Proulx was charged with her murder.
(www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/427352)(SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A4)
2008 May 22, In Canada a
shoe-clad foot was discovered on a small uninhabited island south of
Vancouver in the Strait of Georgia, and is the fourth discovered in
the region in the past 10 months. Police did not know where they are
2008 May 22, Several companies
agreed to pay a combined $24 million to pet owners to resolve
lawsuits over contaminated pet food linked to the illness and death
of animals. The settlement involving Canada-based Menu Foods Income
Fund and other pet food manufacturers and suppliers was outlined in
documents filed in the US District Court in New Jersey.
2008 May 26, Canadian Foreign
Minister Maxime Bernier resigned after it emerged he had left
classified documents in the apartment of a former girlfriend who was
once linked to organized crime figures.
2008 May 28, In Canada police
found the dead bodies of five adults and children in a suburban
Calgary home. Media outlets reported they were Joshua Lall (34) an
intern at an architectural firm, his wife Alison Lall (35), and
daughters Kristen (5), Rochelle (3) and a tenant reported to be
Amber Bowerman, who worked for a college newspaper. Police later
said Joshua Lall committed the murders sparing only his one-year-old
(AP, 5/30/08)(Reuters, 5/31/08)
2008 May 29, In Prince Albert,
Saskatchewan, Canada, Chief Albert Mercredi spoke at the “national
day of action" and denounced the premiers of the 4 western provinces
for allowing mining development to pollute aboriginal air, land and
(Econ, 6/14/08, p.50)
2008 Jun 3, General Motors said
it is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and
Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller
2008 Jun 3, In Afghanistan US
General David McKiernan took over the 52,000-strong International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at a ceremony in Kabul attended by
President Hamid Karzai and a host of dignitaries. 2 Afghan security
guards were killed when militants ambushed their convoy in the
southern province of Zabul. In eastern Khost province unknown gunmen
shot dead a district intelligence chief. A suicide car bomber
targeting Canadian troops in Kandahar province killed one Afghan
child. A Canadian officer was killed in Kandahar province when his
foot patrol came under enemy fire. In southern Afghanistan US-led
coalition forces killed more than a dozen insurgents.
(AFP, 6/3/08)(Reuters, 6/4/08)(AP, 6/4/08)
2008 Jun 4, In Canada angry
autoworkers blockaded the entrance to General Motors of Canada
headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario, one day after GM said it would shut
its Oshawa truck plant as well as 2 plants in the US and one in
2008 Jun 7, Canada said it had
wrapped up free trade negotiations with Colombia and reached
agreement on related labor and environmental issues.
2008 Jun 7, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier died after tumbling down a well while on night
patrol. Capt. Jonathan Sutherland Snyder (26) was the 85th Canadian
soldier, the third in a month, to die in Afghanistan since 2002.
2008 Jun 11, Canada, addressing
one of the darkest chapters in its history, formally apologized for
forcing 150,000 aboriginal children into grim residential schools,
where many said they were sexually and physically abused.
2008 Jun 16, The Canadian
government added the World Tamil Movement to its list of terrorist
groups, describing it as a front organization that raised funds for
the rebel Tamil Tigers fighting against the government in Sri Lanka.
2008 Jun 16, The Canadian Auto
Workers union ended its blockade of General Motors of Canada's
headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario, allowing about 900 employees to
return to work after nearly 13 days of protest, but it vowed to
2008 Jun 19, Canada's national
police laid criminal charges against former Nortel Networks Corp
chief executive Frank Dunn and other onetime executives, claiming
the men fraudulently misstated the telecom equipment maker's
2008 Jun 23, Canada confirmed a
new case of mad cow disease, its 13th since 2003, but said the case
in British Columbia did not pose a health threat.
2008 Jun 27, Canada's highest
court allowed a native Indian-only fisheries on a key Pacific coast
salmon river, rejecting a complaint the policy fostered racial
2008 Jul 7, In China Diana
O'Brien (22), a Canadian model, was found murdered in her Shanghai
apartment. On Jul 11 police arrested Chen Jun (18), who confessed to
killing the woman during a robbery.
2008 Jul 8, Boeing announced a
deal with SkyHook Int’l., a private Canadian firm, to develop a
heavy lift rotorcraft capable of carrying 4o tons.
(Econ, 7/12/08, p.76)
2008 Jul 15, Robin Long (25), a
US Army deserter who had fled to Canada in 2005, was deported from
British Columbia back to the US.
(SFC, 7/16/08, p.A9)
2008 Jul 30, In Canada Tim
McLean (22), sleeping on a Greyhound bus was killed and decapitated
by his seatmate, Vince Weiguang Li (40), as the bus rolled across
the Canadian Prairies in Manitoba. On march 5, 2009, a judge ruled
that Li would not be judged criminally responsible due to mental
(Reuters, 7/31/08)(AP, 8/1/08)(AP, 3/5/09)
2008 Jul, Fifty-five thousand
jobs were lost in Canada this month, the biggest number since
February 1991, principally the result of a struggling private sector
in the country's central provinces.
2008 Aug 2, Geoff Ballard
(b.1932), founder of Ballard Power and advocate for fuel cells, died
in Vancouver, Canada. In 1999 he had started General Hydrogen to
explore ways to manufacture and market hydrogen as a fuel. Plug
Power bought General Hydrogen in 2007 for $10 million.
(SFC, 8/12/08, p.B5)
2008 Aug 3, In Canada a small
plane crashed on Vancouver Island. Two survivors were pulled from
the wreckage but five other people on the aircraft died.
2008 Aug 7, It was reported
that two subsidiaries of government-owned Dubai World have acquired
a 20% stake in Canada’s circus operator Cirque du Soleil. In May the
circus had agreed to perform on Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island,
for 15 years starting in 2011.
(SFC, 8/7/08, p.C2)
2008 Aug 8, Joseph
Bennett (43) of Canada tried to drive 58 bags containing 275,000
Ecstasy pills, estimated at $6.5 million in street value, into Port
Huron, Michigan. In 2009 a federal judge in Detroit sentenced him to
7½ years in prison.
(SFC, 6/25/09, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/koa934)
2008 Aug 10, In Canada
explosions at a propane facility in Toronto forced thousands to
evacuate. One firefighter died at the scene. A riot broke out and an
officer was shot in the leg in a north Montreal neighborhood where a
Honduran teenager (18) was shot and killed by police a day earlier.
(SFC, 8/11/08, p.A3)(AP, 8/11/08)(SFC, 8/12/08,
2008 Aug 15, In Canada
employees at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. outlet won an arbitrator-imposed
contract, becoming the giant retailer's only location in North
America with a collective agreement in place.
2008 Aug 16, Carol Huynh, whose
parents fled communist Vietnam in the 1970s, won Canada's first gold
of the Olympics in the women's 48 kg freestyle wrestling. Usain Bolt
of Jamaica was crowned the world's fastest man when he raced to
victory in the Olympic men's 100 meters final in a world record time
of 9.69 sec.
(AP, 8/16/08)(AFP, 8/16/08)
2008 Aug 22, Canadian health
officials said 3 people in Ontario have died in a food poisoning
outbreak that may be linked to listeria bacteria in sandwich meat
from one of the country's largest meat processors.
2008 Aug 23, Public health
officials in Canada said they have linked a deadly bacterial
outbreak to recalled meat products from Maple Leaf Foods. At least
12 people died out of 26 confirmed cases of food poisoning.
(AP, 8/24/08)(Reuters, 8/25/08)
2008 Aug 23, In Somalia 2
Western reporters were kidnapped near Mogadishu. The next day the
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) named them as Amanda
Lindhout, a Canadian reporter based in Baghdad but freelancing for
French television and Canada's Global National News, and Nigel
Brennan, a freelance Australian photojournalist. Both were released
after 15 months and arrived in Kenya on Nov 25, 2009. Brennan’s
family mortgaged their house to raise his ransom.
(Reuters, 8/24/08)(AP, 11/26/09)(Econ, 3/16/13,
2008 Sep 1, Thomas Bata (93),
the Czech-born industrialist who headed the global shoe empire
bearing his family's name from the 1940s to the 1980s, died in
Toronto. The company's headquarters were moved to Toronto under
Bata's leadership when the family's Czech factories were
nationalized by the communists. The company returned to the Czech
Republic in 1989 after the end of communist rule.
2008 Sep 5, Canada joined the
US and EU in imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe's authoritarian regime
headed by President Robert Mugabe.
2008 Sep 7, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper called an election for October 14 in a bid to strengthen his
grip on power after 2-1/2 years in charge of a minority Conservative
2008 Sep 7, In Afghanistan 2
suicide attackers detonated bombs inside the police headquarters in
Kandahar city, killing six policemen. In southern Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and seven wounded when their armored
vehicle struck an explosive device while on patrol.
(AP, 9/7/08)(Reuters, 9/8/08)
2008 Sep 17, Philip Morris
International said that it succeeded in its tender offer to acquire
Canada's No. 2 cigarette maker Rothmans Inc.
2008 Oct 7, The Toronto stock
exchange fell 401 points making a cumulative drop of 3942 points
since Sep 1. As PM Harper spoke to reassure business people,
Canadian autoworkers held a funeral march to mark the loss of some
67,000 jobs over the past year.
(Econ, 10/11/08, p.51)
2008 Oct 8, Six central banks
jolted markets by cutting interest rates together in an attempt to
shore up confidence in the world's crisis-stricken financial system.
The US Fed reduced its key rate from 2% to 1.5%. The Bank of England
unexpectedly slashed its key lending rate by a half-point to 4.5%.
The Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points to
2.5%. China also cut its key interest rates for a second time in
less than one month to 6.9%. The European Central Bank sliced its
rate by half a point to 3.75%. Sweden, and Switzerland also cut
rates. Earlier in a day Japan's Nikkei showed its biggest drop since
the October, 1987 stock market crash. The IMF said the world economy
is entering a major downturn.
(AP, 10/8/08)(AFP, 10/8/08)(Econ, 10/11/08,
2008 Oct 10, Canada’s Finance
Minister Jim Flaherty said Canada plans to buy up to C$25 billion in
insured mortgages to help cushion banks from the global financial
crisis and address a "scarcity" of private-sector lending.
2008 Oct 12, In Afghanistan 62
militants, part of a group of 150 that had been seen massing outside
of Lashkar Gah for several days, were killed overnight in NATO
air strikes that stopped them from entering the Helmand provincial
capital. Taliban commander Mullah Qadratullah was among the dead.
The US-led coalition killed five Taliban rebels in Ghazni. Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reporter Mellissa Fung (35) was
kidnapped in Kabul. She was freed on Nov 8.
(AP, 10/12/08)(AFP, 10/13/08)(SFC, 10/13/08,
2008 Oct 14, Canadians voted in
an election. Conservative PM Stephen Harper, the first Western
leader to face the electorate since the start of the international
economic meltdown, won reelection with a bolstered minority
government. Some 59.1% of eligible Canadian voters went to the
polls, breaking the previous record low turnout of just under 61% in
2004. The Liberal share of the popular vote fell to 26%.
(AP, 10/14/08)(Reuters, 10/15/08)(Econ, 10/18/08,
2008 Oct 16, Canadian police
said a bomb damaged a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia,
describing the overnight attack as the second of its kind in the
same area in a week.
2008 Oct 17, Some 30 leaders of
French-speaking nations attended a 3-day summit of French-speaking
nations in Quebec City, Canada. The focus was dominated by the
world's financial woes.
2008 Oct 19, Taliban militants
stopped a bus traveling on Afghanistan's main highway in the Maiwand
district of Kandahar province, captured some 50 people on board and
killed 26 of them with at least 6 beheaded. International and Afghan
forces killed 34 Taliban fighters south of the Helmand provincial
capital of Lashkar Gah. In early 2009 Canadian military police
charged Captain Robert Semrau of shooting and killing a man,
described by the military police, as a "presumed insurgent," on or
about October 19, 2008.
(AP, 10/19/08)(AP, 10/20/08)(AP,
2008 Oct 21, The Bank of Canada
cut its key interest rate by a quarter point, less than expected, to
2.25 percent but said it would likely have to ease further to combat
the effects of the global financial crisis.
2008 Oct 22, The Canadian
dollar tumbled to its lowest level versus the US dollar in more than
three years as lower oil prices and a stronger greenback combined to
knock the currency below 80 US cents.
2008 Oct 23, Canada’s Finance
Minister Jim Flaherty said the government would guarantee borrowing
by the nation's banks to ease a lending crunch and keep them on
equal footing with foreign competitors. The Bank of Canada said the
global financial crisis, a US recession and falling commodity prices
will bring Canada to the brink of a recession in late 2008 and early
2008 Oct 29, Software engineer
Momin Khawaja, a Canadian man who was the first to be charged under
a tough new anti-terror law, was found guilty in a trial linked to a
plot to carry out bomb attacks in Britain. On march 12, 2009,
Khawaja was sentenced to 10-1/2 years in jail for his involvement in
plans to bomb nightclubs, trains and a shopping center in Britain.
(Reuters, 10/29/08)(AP, 3/12/09)
2008 Oct 31, In Canada an
explosion damaged a natural gas wellhead in the same area of
northeast British Columbia where two pipelines have been bombed this
2008 Nov 10, In Japan a
California-based computer scientist, a Canadian philosophy professor
and a Canadian molecular biologist each received US$500,000 at an
awards ceremony for this year's Kyoto Prizes for achievement in the
arts and sciences.
2008 Nov 12, The Canadian
government announced a series of steps to improve the
availability of long-term credit including the purchase of C$50
billion ($40 billion) more in insured mortgages from banks.
2008 Nov 13, China signed an
agreement in Geneva to loosen controls on financial news providers
in an out-of-court settlement of a dispute with the US, the EU and
2008 Nov 16, On Canada's
Pacific coast 7 people were killed and one was injured when the
charter plane they were flying in crashed on Thormanby Island.
2008 Nov 20, A meteor streaked
across the sky of the Canadian Prairies producing a fire ball that
shone brightly enough to be seen over an area 700 km (435 miles)
wide. Searchers soon found the remains of the 10-ton meteor.
2008 Nov 21, Canada and
Colombia signed a free trade agreement, hoping to boost investment
and trade flows at a time of global economic instability.
2008 Nov 30, In Canada
three opposition parties reached a tentative deal to defeat the
minority Conservative government and then put together a coalition.
2008 Dec 1, A 12-day UN climate
conference opened in Poznan, Poland. During the conference Chief
Bill Erasmus of the Dene nation in northern Canada brought a stark
warning about the climate crisis: The once abundant herds of caribou
are dwindling, rivers are running lower and the ice is too thin to
2008 Dec 2, Canadian
governor-general Michaelle Jean, the acting head of state, said she
would cut short a foreign trip to help resolve one of the worst
political crises in Canada's history.
2008 Dec 2, Ted Rogers (75),
founder of Rogers Communications, died in Toronto. He transformed a
single FM radio station into a North American broadcasting,
publishing and wireless telecommunications conglomerate.
2008 Dec 4, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper won a rare suspension of Parliament, managing to avoid being
ousted by opposition parties angry over the minority Conservative
government's economic plans and an attempt to cut off party
2008 Dec 5, In Afghanistan 3
Canadian soldiers were killed by a massive bomb, bringing to 100 the
number who have lost their lives since the country's military
mission there started in 2002.
2008 Dec 8, Quebec's ruling
Liberals strengthened their grip on power in a provincial election,
winning a parliamentary majority and defeating separatists who want
independence for the predominantly French-speaking Canadian
2008 Dec 9, The Bank of Canada
unexpectedly cut its key interest rate by three-quarters of a
percentage point to a 50-year low of 1.50 percent and declared the
Canadian economy to be in a recession.
2008 Dec 9, The European Union
and Canada reached a deal to open their aviation markets to each
other by removing restrictions on direct flights and foreign
ownership in airlines.
2008 Dec 13, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he spoke to
troops battling the Taliban and held talks with President Hamid
Karzai. 3 Canadian soldiers were killed and one wounded in southern
Afghanistan when an explosive device detonated near the armored car
in which they were riding.
(AFP, 12/13/08)(Reuters, 12/14/08)
2008 Dec 14, On the Niger-Mali
border Tuareg rebels of the Front for the Forces of Redress (FFR)
kidnapped Robert Fowler, a Canadian UN special envoy, and Louis
Guay, a Canadian diplomat, along with their local driver. Days later
the FFR made contradictory statements both claiming and condemning
responsibility. On March, 2009, rebels released the driver. The
Canadian diplomats were released in April, 2009.
2008 Dec 18, Canada’s PM Harper
said Canada will break a 12-year string of budget surpluses and run
a deficit of as much as $30 billion next year to kick-start the
2008 Dec 20, The Canadian and
Ontario governments announced they would follow the US in providing
C$4 billion ($3.3 billion) in emergency loans to the Canadian arms
of Detroit's ailing automakers to keep them operating while they
restructure their businesses.
2008 Dec 28, In Canada eight
snowmobilers were killed as they were hit by a pair of avalanches in
southeast British Columbia. 3 men survived.
(AP, 12/30/08)(AP, 12/31/08)
2008 Canada raised its
heterosexual age of consent from 14 to 16.
(Econ, 11/15/14, p.62)
2008 In Alberta, Canada, the
opposition Wildrose Party was founded by disaffected Conservatives
who wanted the government to rein in spending and taxes.
(Econ., 5/2/15, p.30)
2008 The first Massive Open
Online Course (MOOC) began in Canada as an online computing course.
By 2012 MOOCS were offering college students lectures for a fraction
of the cost of attending a university.
(Econ, 6/28/14, p.21)
2009 Jan 5, The Vatican said
that Bishop Allen H. Vigneron will replace Cardinal Adam Joseph
Maida at the head of the Detroit archdiocese. The pope also named
the auxiliary bishop of Halifax, Claude Champagne, as the new bishop
of Edmundston in Canada. Benedict appointed the Rev. Cirilo Flores
as new auxiliary bishop of Orange, California.
2009 Jan 10, Australian police
said a Canadian man has been charged with trying to smuggle more
than two million dollars (1.4 million US) worth of cocaine inside
forklift battery cells into Australia from Mexico.
2009 Jan 14, Canada’s Nortel
Networks Corp, North America's biggest telephone equipment maker,
filed for bankruptcy, hoping to save a once high-flying business
whose decade-long decline has accelerated with the global economic
2009 Jan 20, The Bank of Canada
cut its key interest rate by a half-point to a fresh 50-year low of
1 percent, as expected, and predicted a period of falling prices
this year as an economic recession takes hold.
2009 Jan 21, President Barack
Obama's first public act in office was to institute new limits on
lobbyists in his White House and to freeze the salaries of high-paid
aides, in a nod to the country's economic turmoil. A judge quickly
granted President Barack Obama's request to suspend the war crimes
trial at Guantanamo of a young Canadian in what may be the beginning
of the end for the Bush administration's system of trying alleged
terrorists. Obama took the oath of office again with Chief Justice
John Roberts to correct the previous day’s initial flub in wording.
2009 Jan 27, Canada's
Conservative government unveiled a two-year C$40 billion ($32
billion) stimulus package to help pull the economy out of recession,
laying out plans for a budget deficit for the first time after 11
straight years of surplus.
2009 Feb 6, It was reported
that Canada has granted Lai Changxing a work permit. Chinese
authorities have accused Lai Changxing of masterminding a network
that smuggled as much as $10 billion of goods with the protection of
corrupt government officials. Before fleeing to Canada in 1999, Lai
lived a life of luxury in China complete with a mansion and a
2009 Feb 9, In Montreal,
Canada, researchers said that an Indevus Pharmaceuticals gel
formulated to protect women from the virus that causes AIDS appeared
to protect about a third of them from infection, the first time a
so-called microbicide has been shown to work.
2009 Feb 12, Canada said its
federal police will no longer use stun guns against suspects merely
resisting arrest or refusing to cooperate because the guns can cause
death. At least 20 Canadians have died after being zapped by stun
(SFC, 2/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 12, In Canada Timothy
Scott (22), a US Marine wanted for abandoning his unit, shot himself
to death outside his mother’s home in Nova Scotia after police tried
to talk him out of firing a gun. Scott had already served 2 terms in
(SSFC, 2/15/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 19, Barack Obama made
his first foreign trip as president to Canada where he sought to
quell Canadian concerns about US protectionism.
2009 Feb 20, The Canadian units
of General Motors Corp and Chrysler sought as much as C$10 billion
($8 billion) in aid from the Canadian and Ontario governments as
they fought to survive an industry wide crisis.
2009 Feb 25, Attorney General
Eric Holder said US and Mexican authorities have arrested 750 people
over 21 months in an anti-drug sweep that included 52 members of
Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel. The crackdown culminated 50 overnight
raids. It investigated crimes in the United States, Mexico and
Canada, netted some 59 million dollars in cash, 12,000 kilos (12
tons) of cocaine, 544 kilos (1,200 pounds) of methamphetamine and
1.3 million Ecstasy pills.
(AFP, 2/25/09)(WSJ, 2/26/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 26, In Canada PM
Harper announced a new law to crack down on a wave of gang-related
murders in Vancouver, which was preparing to host the 2010 Winter
(SFC, 2/27/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 3, Canadian banks cut
their prime lending rates after the Bank of Canada, the country's
central bank, cut its key interest rate by a half-point to a record
low of 0.5 percent.
2009 Mar 3, In southern
Afghanistan 3 Canadian soldiers were killed and two wounded in a
bomb blast in Arghandab, northwest of Kandahar.
2009 Mar 12, In Canada 17
people died in the frigid waters off Canada's Atlantic coast after a
Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed while ferrying workers to an
offshore oil platform. It went down about 47 nautical miles
southeast of the Newfoundland and Labrador capital of St. John's.
One person was rescued.
(Reuters, 3/12/09)(Reuters, 3/13/09)
2009 Mar 16, In northern Mexico
a tractor-trailer slammed into a bus carrying Canadian and US
tourists, killing 11. The bus was carrying a group of Texas retirees
from McAllen, Texas, to the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas when
a drunken driver lost control of his tractor-trailer outside the
city of Saltillo.
(AP, 3/17/09)(WSJ, 3/18/09, p.A10)
2009 Mar 17, In Canada more
than 100 protesters chanted "war criminal" and flung shoes in
Calgary, angry that former US President George W. Bush was in the
city to give his first speech since leaving the White House.
2009 Mar 18, Natasha Richardson
(45). British actress, died in NYC from a severe brain injury in a
skiing accident in Canada earlier this week.
2009 Mar 20, Afghanistan's top
Muslim clerics urged President Hamid Karzai to push ahead with a
proposal for talks with the Taliban that would be mediated by Saudi
Arabia's King Abdullah. In northern Afghanistan 9 policemen and a
district chief were killed in heavy fighting with Taliban
insurgents. 4 Canadian troops and a local interpreter were killed in
two separate explosions. Another NATO soldier was killed in a
"hostile incident" in the south.
(AP, 3/20/09)(AFP, 3/20/09)(Reuters, 3/21/09)
2009 Mar 23, Canadian officials
declared the nation’s annual seal hunt open, despite a potential EU
ban on the import of seal products.
(SFC, 3/24/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 23, Suncor Energy Inc,
Canada's No.2 oil company, agreed to buy rival Petro-Canada for
about C$18.43 billion ($14.86 billion) to expand its oil sand
reserves and create the country's biggest energy group.
2009 Mar 25, Garth Drabinsky
and Myron Gottlieb, Canadian theater impresarios from a company
called Livent, were convicted of fraud. They had been indicted in
the US in 1999 and fled to Canada, where they were charged in 2002.
Six former Livent accountants testified in the trial, saying they
were ordered to inflate income and profit documentation.
2009 Mar 29, Canadian
researchers said a shadowy cyber-espionage network based mostly in
China has infiltrated secret government and private computers around
the world, including those of the Dalai Lama. They said the network,
known as GhostNet, had infected 1,295 computers in 103 countries and
penetrated systems containing sensitive information in top
political, economic and media offices.
2009 Apr 2, The annual Canadian
harp seal hunt opened. Up to 280,000 baby seals were expected to be
slaughtered in Quebec and Newfoundland.
2009 Apr 4, In Sudan armed men
in the Darfur kidnapped two aid workers Claire Dubois of France and
Canadian Stephanie Jodoin, of Aid Medicale International (AMI). They
were seized from their compound in the south Darfur settlement of Ed
el Fursan. Both women were released on April 29.
(AFP, 4/5/09)(Reuters, 4/12/09)(AP, 4/30/09)
2009 Apr 8, In Canada Tori
Stafford (8) was kidnapped outside her school in Woodstock, Ontario.
In 2012 Terri-Lynne McClintic admitted she had kidnapped Tori and
delivered her to her boyfriend Michael Rafferty, who raped the
child. McClintic said she then battered the girl to death with a
claw hammer. On May 11, 2012, a jury in London, Ontario, found
Rafferty (31) guilty of first degree murder, kidnapping and sexual
assault, dismissing his girlfriend's testimony that she alone was
responsible for killing Tori Stafford.
2009 Apr 16, In northern
Nigeria a Canadian woman was seized in the city of Kaduna where she
had been attending an international conference. Julie Mulligan (45)
was freed unharmed in the northern city of Kaduna on April 29.
(AP, 4/18/09)(Reuters, 4/30/09)
2009 Apr 17, Canadian police,
acting on a tip-off from the United States, charged a Toronto man
with trying to illegally export nuclear technology to Iran. The
Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Mahmoud Yadegari had attempted to
obtain pressure transducers, devices that are used to make enriched
uranium but can also have military applications.
2009 Apr 21, The Bank of Canada
cut its benchmark interest rate to an historic low of 0.25% and made
no explicit commitment on taking nonconventional measures to spur
the economy even as it predicted a deeper-than-expected recession.
2009 Apr 24, The Canadian Auto
Workers union and Chrysler Canada reached a tentative concession
deal that would cut about C$19 ($15.70) an hour from labor costs in
a bid to keep the struggling automaker from bankruptcy.
2009 Apr 25, It was reported
the Behrad Khamesee and colleagues at the Univ. of Waterloo in
Ontario, Canada, have built a micro-robot with gripper arms that
(Econ, 4/25/09, p.85)
2009 Apr 26, Canada reported
its first confirmed cases of swine flu at opposite ends of the
country, with two cases in the western province of British Columbia
and four in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia.
2009 Apr 27, America, Canada,
Europe and Japan promised to cooperate on validating alternatives to
using animals in medical research. An estimated 50-100 million
animals were used in research annually around the world.
(Econ, 5/9/09, p.18)
2009 Apr 30, Chrysler filed for
bankruptcy protection after overnight talks broke down with a small
group of the company's creditors. Canada's government said it will
take an ownership stake in Chrysler in exchange for more than $2
billion in loans, under a sweeping North American rescue plan.
Ottawa and Washington demanded the Detroit company partner with Fiat
as a condition for funding.
(AP, 4/30/09)(Reuters, 5/1/09)
2009 May 2, Canadian health
officials said a traveler has carried the new H1N1 virus from Mexico
to Canada, infecting his family and a herd of swine.
2009 May 2, It was reported
that an estimated 250,000 Roma lived in the Czech Rep. A rising
number of the gypsies were applying for visas to Canada. Of 861
applications in 2008, 84 were accepted.
(Econ, 5/2/09, p.54)
2009 May 5, The European
Parliament voted to ban imports of seal products, including fur
coats and even omega-3 pills, trying to force Canada to end the
annual seal hunt that animal rights groups call barbaric.
2009 May 6, Canada and the EU
signed an "open skies" pact under which airlines from the two
trading partners will be able to fly freely between any airport in
the 27-country EU and any in Canada.
2009 May 8, In Canada a
provincial medical official said a woman from Alberta has died from
the H1N1 flu virus, making her the first Canadian to die from the
2009 May 22, A Canadian court
found Desire Munyaneza (42), a Rwandan man, guilty of genocide,
crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the 1994
Rwanda genocide, making him the first person convicted under
Canada's war crimes act. Munyaneza arrived in Canada in 1997 and
unsuccessfully tried to claim refugee status. Police subsequently
launched an investigation and arrested him in 2005. On Oct 29
Munyaneza was sentenced to 25 years in prison before becoming
eligible for parole.
(Reuters, 5/22/09)(Reuters, 10/29/09)
2009 May 22, A Toronto-area man
(21) convicted of belonging to a group plotting al Qaeda-inspired
attacks on Canadian landmarks was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in jail,
the first sentence handed out in the so-called "Toronto 18" case. He
has already spent two years in custody and will likely be released
soon due to credit for time already served.
2009 May 27, Alice Munro (77),
Canadian short writer, won the Man Booker international prize.
(Econ, 5/30/09, p.86)
2009 May 30, It was reported
that some 135 gangs in Vancouver, Canada, were believed to fighting
over drug business estimated at US$6.2 billion a year.
(Econ, 5/30/09, p.38)
2009 May 30, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel said General Motors Corp. will sell its Opel unit and
other European assets to Canada's Magna International Inc. in a deal
that would protect the assets from GM's likely bankruptcy.
2009 Jun 1, Effective today
border crossings to US entry points from Canada required passports
or other approved identification to be shown.
(Econ, 5/30/09, p.37)
2009 Jun 1, General Motors
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of the Obama
administration's plan to shrink the automaker to a sustainable size
and give a majority ownership stake to the federal government. GM
assets were valued at $82.2 billion with liabilities at $172
billion. The US government planned to receive 60.8% of GM stock,
Canada’s government 11.7%, the UAW’s trust 17.5% and bondholders
10%. GM said it will permanently close nine more plants and idle
three others to trim production and labor costs under bankruptcy
protection. GM was expected to lose 14 factories, 29,000 workers and
(AP, 6/1/09)(Econ, 6/6/09, p.9,60, 62)
2009 Jun 13, Algeria's national
oil company Sonatrach announced it had awarded a 79.3-billion-dinar
(1.11-billion-dollar, 793-million-euro) contract to the Canadian
engineering firm SNC-Lavalin to build natural gas processing
2009 Jun 18, Canadian officials
said about 70,000 harbor seals were killed in this year’s hunt out
of a commercial quota of 273,000 animals. The 7-month hunt had ended
earlier this week.
(SFC, 6/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 22, In Toronto,
Canada, garbage collectors, daycare workers and other municipal
employees went on strike in a contract dispute that could lead to a
prolonged shutdown of important services.
2009 Jun 26, Canadian citizen
Abousfian Abdelrazik, accused by the UN of being linked to al Qaeda,
flew out of Sudan after a court order ended his six-year exile in
Khartoum. Abdelrazik was born in Sudan and gained Canadian
citizenship in 1995 after entering the country as a refugee. He
returned to Sudan in 2003 to visit his sick mother and was arrested
and held by Sudanese authorities on two occasions.
2009 Jun 28, It was reported
that bark beetles were killing millions of pine trees from Colorado
to Canada. Over 7 million acres of forest in the US have been
declared all but dead. 22 million more acres were expected to die
over the next 15 years.
(SSFC, 6/28/09, p.A16)
2009 Jul 2, Canada said it has
forgiven C$2.3 million in debt owed by Haiti as part of a plan that
aims to relieve the world's poorest countries of C$1.3 billion in
2009 Jul 4, In Canada an
explosion damaged a natural gas pipeline in northeast British
Columbia, the sixth attack on an energy facility in that area in
recent months. In a letter to a local newspaper the bomber gave
EnCana until mid-October to cease operations in the area, or face
(Reuters, 7/4/09)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.32)
2009 Jul 7, Canadian officials
said they had identified yet another new flu virus, this one a
mixture of human and swine influenzas, in two farm workers in
2009 Jul 11, In Brazil the body
of Arturo Gatti (37), former Canadian boxing champion, was found in
a hotel room at the northeastern Porto de Galinhas resort. He was
apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at
the scene with blood stains. His wife, Amanda Rodrigues (23), was
soon taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation. A
police inquiry later concluded that he committed suicide using the
strap of a rucksack on a staircase in the early hours of the
(AP, 7/12/09)(Reuters, 7/31/09)
2009 Jul 15, The EU urged
Canada to restore visa-free travel for Czech visitors, removed by
Ottawa after hundreds of Roma from the central European country
2009 Jul 17, Russia said it
would lift a ban on live pigs and raw pork imports from the US state
of Wisconsin and Canada's Ontario province from July 18 due to what
it said was a "stabilization" of the situation of the H1N1 virus in
2009 Jul 18, In Canada wind and
dry conditions fueled large blazes that broke out in the rugged
hills along Okanagan Lake west of the city of Kelowna, British
Columbia, where housing subdivisions have encroached on the
surrounding forest in recent years.
2009 Jul 21, In Delaware
creditors charged in a court filing that racetrack operator Magna
Entertainment Corp fraudulently transferred more than $125 million
to companies controlled by Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach
before filing for bankruptcy.
2009 Jul 21, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants attacked three government buildings in Gardez and
a US base near Jalalabad and in near-simultaneous attacks, a
signature of major Taliban assaults. Eight insurgents and six Afghan
security forces died. Canadian troops were involved in two shooting
incidents in southern Afghanistan, killing a girl and wounding three
(AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 7/23/09)
2009 Jul 24, Via Rail, Canada's
national passenger rail service, said it was shutting down service
after mediated talks with the Teamsters union failed to resolve a
contract dispute, and locomotive engineers walked off the job.
2009 Jul 25, Swedish wireless
equipment maker LM Ericsson said it had penned a deal to buy a
majority of Nortel Networks' North American wireless business for
2009 Jul 27, In Canada union
officials in Toronto said they had reached a tentative deal to
settle a civic workers strike that had halted garbage collection and
many other city services for more than a month.
2009 Jul 27, European Union
nations gave their final approval to a ban on imports of seal
products in an effort to force Canada to end its annual seal hunt.
2009 Jul 27, In Ethiopia Bashir
Ahmed Makhtal (36), an Ethiopian-born Canadian citizen, was found
guilty of being a member of a rebel group fighting for autonomy for
an ethnically Somali part of the country. Bashir was convicted of
membership in the ONLF and supporting terrorism in Ogaden, and could
face the death penalty. His grandfather was a founder of the ONLF.
On August 3 he was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related
(Reuters, 7/27/09)(AP, 8/3/09)
2009 Jul 30, A Libyan officials
said Libya and Canada have signed a memorandum of intent on nuclear
power. Since July 2007, Libya has signed three similar agreements
with France, Russia and Ukraine.
2009 Aug 1, In Canada a fierce
thunderstorm caused an outdoor stage to collapse at the Big Valley
Jamboree in Camrose, a country music festival in central Alberta.
One person was killed and up to 40 others injured.
2009 Aug 3, Karlheinz Schreiber
(75), a German-Canadian arms dealer and key figure in a political
party financing scandal involving former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, was
extradited to Germany from Canada to face criminal charges after
losing a decade-long court battle. He was key figure in a
funding scandal which badly damaged Chancellor Angela Merkel's
conservatives a decade ago. Schreiber was arrested in Canada about
10 years ago, and is wanted by prosecutors in Augsburg for tax
evasion, fraud and bribery.
(AP, 8/3/09)(Reuters, 8/3/09)
2009 Aug 10, Canada’s Nortel
Networks said its chief executive would step down immediately and
its board would shrink from nine directors to just three as the
bankrupt telecom equipment maker sheds its major assets.
2009 Aug 11, Canada signed a
free trade deal with Panama and said it wanted to conclude more such
agreements, given that talks to open up the global trading system
were going nowhere.
2009 Aug 13, It was reported
that millions of sockeye salmon have disappeared mysteriously from
the Fraser river on Canada's Pacific Coast. It was once known as the
world's most fertile spawning ground for sockeye. Up to 10.6 million
bright-red sockeye salmon were expected to return to spawn this
summer. The latest estimates say fewer than 1 million have returned.
The Canadian government has closed the river to commercial and
recreational sockeye fishing for the third straight year, hitting
the livelihood of nearby Indian reserves.
2009 Aug 15, Canada said it
will pay some farmers to stop raising hogs and offer loans to help
others restructure, assistance that drew praise from Canadian hog
farmers and concerns from a top US farmer group.
2009 Aug 15, In southern
California the body of Jasmine Fiore (28), a swimsuit model, was
found stuffed in a suitcase and dumped into a trash bin in Orange
County. Her husband Ryan Alexander Jenkins (32), a reality TV show
contestant and CEO of Skyhomes in Calgary, Canada, reported her
missing the same day. On Aug 20 Jenkins was charged with murder and
believed to be hiding in Canada. On Aug 23 Jenkins was found dead of
apparent suicide in a motel in Hope, British Columbia.
(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A5)(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A9)(Reuters,
2009 Sep 10, Guy Laliberte, the
Canadian billionaire founder of the Cirque du Soleil, said that he
aims to read a statement to the world about the planet's water
problems after taking a Russian rocket to the space station.
Laliberte and two others will blast off Sep 30 from the Russian
space program's Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. He said his
reading from space will be part of several shows in 14 cities around
the world beginning Oct 9.
2009 Sep 10, GM announced that
it agreed to the sale of 55% of Ruesselsheim-based Adam Opel and
Vauxhall unit to Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc.
and Russian lender Sberbank. Detroit-based GM will keep a 35% stake
and continue to work with Opel on developing vehicles, sharing
technology and engineering resources.
2009 Sep 17, Ugandan cricket
authorities said Six Ugandan cricketers are missing in Canada after
playing in a qualifying tournament for next year's World Cup.
2009 Sep 18, Canada-based oil
producer Verenex Energy Inc. agreed to be sold to the Libyan
Investment Authority for about $314.1 million Canadian ($293.7
million) in cash, after a better deal with a Chinese firm fell
2009 Sep 21, Coca Cola chose
the hip-hop song “Wavin’ Flag" by Somali-born singer K’naan (31) as
the anthem for the coming World Cup in South Africa. Born Keynaan
Warsame in Somalia’s seaside capital, Mogadishu, he is now a citizen
2009 Sep 23, In Canada the
Globe and Mail said Ford Motor Co's Canadian subsidiary faces a $1.8
billion shortfall in its pension plan, citing a company letter to
employees and retirees.
2009 Sep 28, Canada’s train
maker Bombardier Transportation says its Chinese joint venture has
been awarded a $4 billion contract to build 80 high-speed trains for
China's railway ministry.
2009 Sep 28, In Mexico 2
Canadian men were shot to death in execution-style slayings outside
an apartment building in the Mexican resort of Puerto Vallarta.
Gordon Douglas Kendall and Jeffrey Ronald Ivans were believed to be
involved in the drug trade. In Michoacan state police arrested three
federal agents for allegedly passing information to organized crime.
(AP, 9/28/09)(SFC, 9/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 30, In Kazakhstan
Canadian circus billionaire Guy Laliberte blasted off in a Russian
Soyuz spaceship to become the world's seventh space tourist.
2009 Oct 1, In Canada Said
Nomad (36), a Moroccan citizen living in Quebec since 2003, was
convicted in Montreal of plotting attacks in Germany and Austria to
get NATO nations to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
(SFC, 10/2/09, p.A2)
2009 Oct 2, In Canada "Toronto
18" member Mohamed Dirie was sentenced to seven years in jail for
his role in a plot to bomb Toronto landmarks in 2006, the second
member of the group to be given jail time.
2009 Oct 6, Mongolia signed a
long-awaited deal with partners Rio Tinto and Canada’s Ivanhoe Mines
to develop a $4 billion Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine after a
heated national debate over how to exploit the country's mineral
wealth. In September 2011 members of parliament signed a petition
asking the government to reopen negotiations on the investment
agreement that set the $10 billion project in motion.
10/29/09)(www.ivanhoemines.com/s/Home.asp)(Econ, 10/8/11, p.79)
2009 Oct 8, In Canada Zakaria
Amara (23), described by prosecutors as the leader of a group that
planned al Qaeda-style bombings of Toronto landmarks in 2006,
pleaded guilty to bomb charges, the fifth member of the so-called
"Toronto 18" group to have admitted guilt or to have been found
2009 Oct 9, Japanese officials
said they have obtained rights to develop platinum mines in South
Africa and Botswana in a bid to ensure a stable supply of the metal.
The government-backed Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp.
(JOGMEC) said it has signed a contract with Discovery Metals in
Australia to jointly develop nickel and platinum mines in northeast
Botswana. It has also inked another deal with Canadian firm Platinum
Group Metals to explore for platinum in South Africa.
2009 Oct 11, The Russian Soyuz
capsule carrying Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and two
other space travelers landed safely in Kazakhstan, ending the
entertainment tycoon's mirthful space odyssey.
2009 Oct 13, Activists from
Congo, Rene Ngongo (48), and New Zealand, Alyn Ware (47), and an
Ethiopia-based doctor from Australia, Catherine Hamlin (85), won the
Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel," for
work to protect rain forests, improve women's health and rid the
world of nuclear weapons. The honorary part of the award, without
prize money, went to Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki (73) for
raising awareness of climate change. Each will receive euro50,000
2009 Oct 16, Canada detained
the rusting merchant vessel named Ocean Lady, believed to be trying
to smuggle 76 migrants from Sri Lanka onto its Pacific coast at
2009 Oct 23, In Canada a judge
in Winnipeg acquitted Kyle Unger (38) of the 1990 murder of Brigitte
Grenier (16). DNA tests in 2005 showed that hair on the victim came
from somebody else. Unger had spent 13 years in jail before he was
granted bail in 2005.
(SFC, 10/24/09, p.A2)
2009 Oct 27, Stanko Grmovsek
(40) a Canadian man, pleaded guilty to US and Canadian criminal
charges stemming from a 14-year insider trading scheme, a day after
his alleged accomplice, Bay Street lawyer Gil Cornblum, apparently
2009 Oct 27, In Canada 2
coyotes attacked and killed Taylor Mitchell (19), a
singer-songwriter from Toronto, as she hiked alone in Cape Breton
Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia.
(SFC, 10/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Oct 29, Mongolia's
parliament confirmed Batbold Sukhbaatar, one of the country's
wealthiest men as the new prime minister. The former foreign
minister pledged to continue the pro-business policies of his
predecessor Bayar Sanjaa, who stepped down as prime minister this
week after seeking treatment for liver problems. Batbold made his
fortune between 1992 and 2000 as head of the trading company Altai
Trading Co. Ltd., which formed a gold mining joint venture with
Canadian Centerra Gold Inc.
2009 Oct 30, In Canada an
Ontario judge approved the transfer of Canwest Global's flagship
National Post newspaper into a new holding company, a move that will
allow the money-losing daily to keep operating.
2009 Oct 30, In Canada a
section of the mine about 500 meters (1,600 feet) below the surface
flooded at the Bachelor Lake gold mine of Metanor Resources Inc. in
northwestern Quebec. The bodies of all three missing miners were
recovered after 3 days.
2009 Oct 31, In Canada 2 men
sought by the FBI and linked to a Detroit Muslim leader killed by US
authorities were arrested in Windsor, Ontario. Mohammad Al-Sahli
(33) and Yassir Ali Kahn (30) were wanted by the FBI for conspiracy
to commit federal crimes.
2009 Nov 4, In Canada senior
health officials in Alberta said they had fired an unidentified
worker for giving National Hockey League players preferential access
to the H1N1 flu vaccine.
2009 Nov 6, Toronto, Canada,
was awarded the 2015 Pan American Games by beating Bogota, Colombia
and Lima, Peru on the first ballot in a vote in Guadalajara, Mexico.
2009 Nov 9, General Motors said
that it would invest C$90 million ($85.1 million) to expand a joint
venture plant in Canada where it builds the Chevrolet Equinox and
GMC Terrain crossovers.
2009 Nov 15, British officials
said PM Gordon Brown will apologize to thousands of British children
who were shipped to new lives overseas, where many say they suffered
neglect and abuse. Thousands of poor British children were sent to
Australia, Canada and other former colonies under the Child Migrants
Program, which ended in the 1960s. Many ended up in institutions or
as farm laborers. The British government has estimated that a total
of 150,000 British children may have been shipped abroad between
1618 — when a group was sent to the Virginia Colony — and 1967, most
of them from the late 19th century onwards.
2009 Nov 20, Canada’s TD Bank
was hit with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit calling it the "financial
epicenter" of an alleged Ponzi scheme run by disgraced Florida
lawyer Scott Rothstein.
2009 Nov 23, The US Consumer
Product Safety Commission recalled of 2.1 million cribs following
links to 4 infant suffocations. The drop-side cribs were made by
Stork Craft Manufacturing of Canada.
2009 Nov 25, The Canadian
dollar rose to a one-week high against the US dollar after the
Russian central bank said it was preparing to invest some of its
foreign exchange reserves in the Canadian currency.
2009 Nov 28, In Canada
locomotive engineers of the country’s largest railroad walked off
the job after talks broke down. Canadian National Railway said it
was using management and non-union staff to provide "the best
possible service under the circumstances."
2009 Dec 2, Canadian PM Stephen
Harper arrived in Beijing for what Chinese experts are touting as a
fence-mending trip to repair ties damaged by Ottawa.
2009 Dec 2, Canadian National
Railway said it had reached an agreement with striking locomotive
engineers to end their walkout, as the government prepared to step
in with back-to-work legislation.
2009 Dec 11, The Canadian
government said that it has approved a request from Egyptian-backed
telecom Globalive Wireless Management Corp. to launch its mobile
phone service in Canada.
2009 Dec 17, Canada put its
Candu nuclear division up for sale, saying the operation needed
outside investors to boost its chances for growth at a time of
expanding nuclear power generation and also help cut the cost to
2009 Dec 22, A US federal
appeals court ordered Microsoft Corp. to stop selling its Word
program in January and pay a Canadian software company $290 million
for violating a patent, upholding the judgment of a lower court.
Toronto-based i4i Inc. sued Microsoft in 2007, saying it owned the
technology behind a tool in the popular word processing program.
2009 Dec 30, Canada’s spokesman
for PM Stephen Harper announced that Parliament would remain closed
until March 3, instead of returning in the last week of January. The
prorogation meant that all committees in both houses are disbanded
and all bills become dead.
(Econ, 1/9/10, p.39)
2009 Dec 30, In Afghanistan
bombings killed 14 people, including 8 Americans and an Afghan in a
suicide attack at a CIA base at the edge of Khost city, and 4
Canadian soldiers and a journalist by a roadside bomb in the
southern Kandahar province. Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi (32), a
physician from Jordan, was an Al-Qaida triple agent. 7 CIA employees
and a Jordanian intelligence officer were among the victims. An
airstrike by international forces in Helmand province killed 7
civilians, 2 Taliban and wounded another civilian. The attack took
place after an international patrol came under fire from insurgents
and called for air support. Suspected Taliban militants kidnapped 2
French journalists working for France's public television and 3
Afghan companions in Kapisa province.
(AP, 12/31/09)(AFP, 12/31/09)(AP, 1/1/10)(AP,
2009 In Canada Jacques
Mungwarere was arrested in Windsor, Ontario, and accused of
participating in the 1994 massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda. In 2013 he
was acquitted of charges.
(SFC, 7/6/13, p.A2)
2009 CongoDRC nationalized
First Quantum, a Canada based company. A third of the company’s
profits had come its Congo mine.
(Econ, 9/20/14, p.60)
2010 Jan 4, A new report by
Canada's Alzheimer Society said Canadians are developing dementia at
such a rapid rate that dealing with the problem will cost a total of
more than C$870 billion ($835 billion) over the next 30 years unless
preventive measures are taken.
2010 Jan 8, In Canada Wiebo
Ludvig (68), an anti-energy-industry activist was arrested in Grande
Prairie, Alberta, in connection with the investigation into a series
of pipeline bombings in northeastern British Columbia. Ludwig had
been convicted a decade ago of bombing oil and gas wells. The next
day Ludwig was released without charges.
(SFC, 1/9/10, p.A2)(Reuters, 1/10/10)
2010 Jan 13, Major Inuit
organizations said Canada's Inuit people have filed a lawsuit
against the European Union in a bid to overturn an EU ban on imports
of seal products. The EU ban was imposed in July after decades of
protests from animal activists, who said the annual seal hunt was
cruel and inhumane. The ban will go into effect in time for the 2010
2010 Jan 18, Kate McGarrigle
(63), Canadian folk singer, died of cancer at her home in Montreal.
She performed with her sister Anna as the McGarrigle Sisters. Their
songs included “Heart Like a Wheel."
(SFC, 1/20/10, p.C7)
2010 Jan 25, In New York 2
Canadian men who pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy anti-aircraft
missiles and other equipment for the Tamil Tigers rebel group in Sri
Lanka were sentenced to 25 years in a US prison. Thiruthanikan
Thanigasalam (41) and Sahilal Sabaratnam (30) were among four men
arrested in Long Island, New York, in 2006 in an FBI sting operation
as they tried to buy surface-to-air missiles, missile launchers and
hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles to be used against Sri Lankan
2010 Feb 5, Canada and the US
said they have reached a tentative deal with to end a dispute over
"Buy American" provisions in US legislation that had strained
2010 Feb 6, G7 finance leaders
met for a 2nd day in Iqaluit’s legislative building of Canada's
Arctic territory of Nunavut. A senior official said Europe was
determined to solve its problems without the International Monetary
Fund. G7 countries told earthquake-ravaged Haiti that any debts it
owes them needn't be repaid and international lenders should do the
2010 Feb 7, In Canada Air Force
Col. Russell Williams (46) was arrested in Ottawa and charged with
first degree murder in the deaths of 2 women. He was also charged in
the sexual assaults of 2 other women. In late April Williams was
also charged with 82 counts of burglary. On Oct 18 Williams pleaded
guilty to more than 80 crimes over more than two years, including
murder, sexual assault and burglary.
(SFC, 2/9/10, p.A2)(SFC, 4/30/10, p.A2)(Reuters,
2010 Feb 9, Honda Motor Co.
added 378,000 US vehicles and 41,000 in Canada to its 15-month-old
global recall for faulty air bags in the latest quality problem to
hit a Japanese automaker. The next day 17,000 cars in Japan were
added to the list.
2010 Feb 12, The XXI Olympic
Winter Games began in Vancouver, British Columbia, with the
Olympics' first-ever indoor opening ceremony. A Georgian luger died
in a horrific crash on a training run, casting a shadow as Vancouver
opened the Winter Olympic Games with a daredevil snowboarder, an
aboriginal welcome, and Wayne Gretzky lighting the cauldron.
(AP, 2/12/10)(Reuters, 2/13/10)
2010 Feb 13, In Canada on the
opening day of Olympic competition Vancouver police in riot gear
confronted more than 200 masked protesters who hurled newspaper
boxes through display windows of a popular department store selling
Olympic souvenirs. Guillame Joseph-Marc Beaulieu (27) led a group of
about 100 black-masked anarchists who spray-painted vehicles and
smashed storefront windows as they marched. On Feb 16 police
reported his arrest. Beaulieu, charged with mischief, had also led a
group that blocked a street and forced organizers to re-route a
relay transporting the Olympic flame to the opening ceremonies.
(AP, 2/13/10)(Reuters, 2/16/10)
2010 Feb 14, In Canada
Alexandre Bilodeau, skiing under huge pressure, finally won Canada's
first Olympic gold on Cypress Mountain when he snatched victory in a
thrilling finale to the men's freestyle moguls.
2010 Feb 15, Canada PM Harper
began a 2-day visit to Haiti and said his country will build the
Haitian government a temporary base.
2010 Feb 15, A Montreal
financial adviser convicted of running a Ponzi scheme, like the one
that landed Bernard Madoff in jail for life, was sentenced to 11
years in prison. Bertram Earl Jones was accused of swindling
investors out of as much as C$50 million ($46.7 million).
2010 Feb 16, In Canada Maelle
Ricker thrilled a rowdy hometown crowd and easily won the women's
Olympic snowboard cross title, bagging the first gold for a Canadian
woman on home soil.
2010 Feb 18, Speed skater
Christine Nesbitt of Canada mounted a gutsy charge to the finish
line to claim gold in the women's 1,000 meters at the Richmond
2010 Feb 19, A Canadian sailing
ship, the three-masted SV Concordia, filled with high school and
college students sank off the coast of Brazil in strong winds, but
all 64 aboard were rescued. The students spent up to 16 hours on
life boats before they were rescued by three passing cargo ships.
2010 Feb 19, Pope Benedict XVI
approved sainthood for Mother Mary MacKillop (1842-1909), making the
woman known for her work among the needy Australia's first saint.
Sainthood was also approved for Stanislaw Soltys, a 15th-century
Polish priest; Italian nuns Giulia Salzano and Battista Varano;
Spanish nun Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola and a
Canadian brother, Andre Bessette (d.1937). The formal canonization
will take place Oct. 17 in Rome.
2010 Feb 21, In Canada US skier
Bode Miller snatched his first Olympic gold medal and US ice hockey
goalkeeper Ryan Miller stopped Canada in a heartbreaking loss for
the hockey-crazed host nation.
2010 Feb 25, In Canada Kim
Yu-Na (19) of South Korea, achieved her country's first Olympic
figure skating title with a resounding victory in the Pacific
2010 Feb 25, Canada's ice
hockey women celebrated a gold medal win by taking to the ice
afterwards drinking beer and smoking cigars.
2010 Feb 25, In Canada police
found the body actor Andrew Koenig (41) in a wooded area in
Vancouver. He had played Boner in the 1980’s TV sitcom “Growing
(SFC, 2/26/10, p.A13)
2010 Feb 26, Canada won the
Olympic men's short track 5,000 meters relay with Charles Hamelin
picking up his second gold of the day.
2010 Feb 27, Canada bagged
another three gold medals on the penultimate day of the Winter
Olympics to ensure they will finish top of the medal standings,
triggering wild celebrations across the country.
2010 Feb 28, Canada beat the
USA in an extraordinary men's ice hockey final to capture a record
14th gold medal and end the Vancouver Winter Olympics on top of the
world. The victory at a single Winter Games surpassed the previous
mark of 13 jointly held by the Soviet Union (Innsbruck, 1976) and
Norway (Salt Lake City, 2002). The USA also set a record for the
most overall medals at a single Winter Olympics with 37, one more
than Germany in 2002.
2010 Mar 5, Canada’s Tim
Hortons Inc unveiled a fresh strategy to take on Starbucks and
Dunkin Donuts in the US market, saying it would open hundreds of new
American cafes that break the mold of Tim's iconic Canadian coffee
2010 Mar 13, In Canada 2 people
were killed and 30 hurt by an avalanche near Revelstoke, British
Columbia, when the slide hit a snowmobile rally.
2010 Mar 20 In Canada a 3rd
deadly avalanche in a week killed 2 French skiers in British
(SFC, 3/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 24, Canada’s province
of Quebec passed legislation stipulating that Muslim women will need
to uncover their faces when dealing with Quebec government services.
(SFC, 3/25/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 24, More than 1
million baby slings made by Infantino were recalled in the US after
claims linking them to three infant deaths. Another 15,000 were
recalled in Canada.
2010 Mar 29, In Canada a 2-day
G-8 meeting opened in the Quebec town of Gatineau. Canada said it
would press the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations to
tighten UN sanctions on Iran.
2010 Mar 30, Canada’s PM
Stephen Harper told US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton that its
military mission in Afghanistan will end in 2011.
(SFC, 3/31/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 30, In Quebec, Canada,
the world's leading industrial nations (G8) called for stronger
action against Iran over its nuclear program and the United States
said it was confident China would agree on the need for sanctions.
2010 Apr 6, The Canadian dollar
rose to one-for-one footing with the US currency, hitting its
strongest level since July 2008, boosted by rising commodity prices
and expectations for higher domestic interest rates.
2010 Apr 6, A group of Canadian
researchers released a report saying a cyber-espionage group based
in southwest China stole documents from the Indian Defense Ministry
and emails from the Dalai Lama's office.
2010 Apr 6, China said it had
executed a Japanese man for drug smuggling, the first execution of a
Japanese citizen since the countries established relations in 1972.
Mitsunobu Akano (65) was convicted in 2008 of attempting to smuggle
2.5 kg (4.8 pounds) of drugs from China to Japan in 2006. He was
executed in Liaoning province.
2010 Apr 12, Canadian PM
Stephen Harper said Canada will return spent nuclear fuel to its
supplier, the United States, as part of a global drive to secure
2010 Apr 15, In Canada the city
of Vancouver released documents indicating it spent more than C$554
million ($554 million) as host of this year's Winter Olympics, much
of it related to building the athletes village. The federal
government and the province of British Columbia also paid the C$585
million cost to build and refurbish competition venues in Vancouver,
and at the nearby mountain resort of Whistler.
2010 Apr 26, Canada signaled a
split with allies, ahead of a G8 aid ministers' meeting, by saying
it would not help groups that fund abortions as part of a push to
boost maternal health in the world's poorest nations.
2010 Apr, In Canada some 100
dogs appeared to have been "slaughtered" inhumanely, shortly after
the end of the Winter Games. The incident became public after an
employee of Outdoor Adventures Whistler filed a compensation claim
with the province, saying he was suffering from stress after being
forced to shoot the animals and bury them.
2010 May 5, CBC News reported
that the Bank of Montreal is suing lawyers, brokers and some of its
own employees for an alleged C$140 million ($136 million) mortgage
scam that may have involved hundreds of people.
2010 May 18, Most of Canada's
largest forestry companies announced a groundbreaking deal with
environmental groups that will restrict logging in the country's
vast northern forests.
2010 May 26, Canada announced
that it will spend nearly $1 billion on security for next months G8
and G20 summits.
(SFC, 5/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 1, The Bank of Canada
raised its key interest rate from emergency low levels, but said the
European debt crisis made its next move highly unpredictable. The
rate hike, to 0.5 percent from 0.25 percent, made Canada the first
of the G7 major industrialized countries to begin hiking interest
rates after the global financial crisis.
2010 Jun 12, In Switzerland a
bus carrying 48 Canadian tourists crashed in the canton of Valais,
killing two people and injuring at least 15 others, five of them
2010 Jun 23, In Canada 7 people
were killed when a small plane crashed near Jean-Lesage
International Airport in Quebec City in Eastern Canada.
2010 Jun 24, Chinese President
Hu Jintao called for a new start and a firming of Sino-Canadian
ties, despite new irritants, during a state visit to Canada ahead of
G8 and G20 summits in the Toronto area.
2010 Jun 25, In Canada G8
leaders gathered for an opening day of talks during which the group
failed to resolve a dispute over the proper mix of government
spending and deficit reductions needed to keep the global economy on
track. Canada’s PM Harper announced that the G8 leaders had pledged
to contribute $5 billion over the next five years to an initiative
to support health care for mothers and children in poor countries.
2010 Jun 26, In Canada G8 world
leaders turned their attention to thorny foreign policy problems.
The United States and Japan pushed for a strong condemnation of
North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship. The G20
meeting in the evening with a dinner at the Royal York, one of
Toronto's oldest hotels. Police made more than 400 arrests after
black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful
protesters at the global economic summit and went on a rampage in
downtown Toronto that lasted into the early morning hours.
(AP, 6/26/10)(AP, 6/27/10)
2010 Jun 27, In Canada G20
leaders agreed on a deal to cut national deficits in half within
three years and to stabilize the ratio of public debt to gross
domestic product by 2016.
(AFP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 5, In Ottawa the
operator of a dormant Canadian nuclear reactor that once supplied a
third of the world's medical isotopes formally applied to restart
the plant, saying it was safe again after lengthy repairs. Atomic
Energy of Canada Ltd shut down the aging Chalk River facility in
eastern Ontario in May 2009 after discovering a leak of heavy water,
used as a moderator and coolant in the reaction process.
2010 Jul 5, In Canada a fire at
a Toronto transformer station knocked out power to much of the city,
snarling traffic in the midst of a blistering heatwave. The outage
hit around 4:45 p.m. on the hottest day of the year so far in
2010 Jul 6, A Toronto man was
convicted of attempting to illegally export nuclear-related
technology to Iran, in the first Canadian criminal case resulting
from UN sanctions against the Middle East nation. An Ontario judge
found Mahmoud Yadegari guilty of attempting to export pressure
transducers, which can be used in the building of both nuclear
plants and weapons.
2010 Jul 8, Canada named David
Johnston (69), president of the University of Waterloo, to become
the country's next acting head of state, who will have the final say
in settling constitutional disputes.
2010 Jul 12, A Canada Steamship
Lines vessel ran aground near the Cote Sainte-Catherine canal lock
south of Montreal. The Montreal Gazette newspaper said the accident
punctured the ship's fuel tank, leaking between 50 and 200 tons of
oil into the surrounding waters.
2010 Jul 14, In Canada Violet
(78) and Allen Large (75), who live in a modest home in Lower Turo,
Nova Scotia, scooped the Lotto 649 jackpot winning $11.2 million.
They proceeded to give most of the money away to charity.
2010 Jul 16, Canada’s Defense
Minister Peter MacKay said Canada will buy 65 new fighter jets from
Lockheed Martin Corp for C$9 billion ($8.6 billion), one of the
biggest arms deals in the nation's history.
2010 Jul 20, The Bank of Canada
raised its key interest rate, as expected, but warned the domestic
and global recovery will be slower than it had previously forecast,
suggesting any further hikes may be gradual. Borrowing costs rose 25
basis points to 0.75%.
2010 Jul 26, In Michigan an oil
pipeline, owned by Canada-based Enbridge Inc., leaked over 800,000
gallons into Talmadge Creek and flowed to the Kalamazoo River
coating fish and birds in Battle Creek and Emmet Township. The US
government estimated the leak at over 1 million gallons.
Enbridge later estimated cleanup costs at about $1.2 billion. In
2014 a settlement between the company and residents and landowners
was said to be $6.25 million. On May 13, 2015, officials said
Enbridge Energy and its affiliates will pay $75 million to settle
(SFC, 7/28/10, p.A4)(SFC, 7/30/10, p.A7)(SFC,
12/25/14, p.A10)(Reuters, 5/13/15)
2010 Jul 27, Canadian actor
Maury Chaykin (b.1949) died at a Toronto hospital. Chaykin had roles
in "Dances With Wolves," "The Postman," "Owning Mahoney," "Mystery,
Alaska," "A Life Less Ordinary," and "The Adjuster."
2010 Jul 28, In Canada the
Vancouver, BC, Superior Court sentenced Kenneth Klassen to 11 years
in prison for committing sex tourism with children in Cambodia and
Colombia and for importing pornography.
(SFC, 7/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 31, A Canadian
waterbombing plane with 2 crew members crashed while fighting the
blaze in British Columbia. 318 forest fires were burning across
British Columbia, with the largest covering 25 square km (10 square
2010 Aug 3, British oil giant
BP said it will sell its Colombian business for a total of 1.9
billion dollars (1.4 billion euros) to national oil company
Ecopetrol and Talisman of Canada.
2010 Aug 11, Canada said a
cargo ship that may be carrying as many 500 migrants from Sri Lanka
was nearing its Pacific coast. The M.V. Sun Sea entered an economic
zone within 200 miles of Vancouver Island and was being tracked by a
Canadian navy warship.
2010 Aug 13, In western Canada
at least 450 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, on board the MV Sun Sea
cargo ship, arrived at a naval base escorted by a naval frigate and
(Reuters, 8/13/10)(AP, 8/14/10)
2010 Aug 17, Canadian officials
said a nuclear reactor responsible for production of about a third
of the world's medical isotopes has resumed operation after more
than a year-long shutdown. Atomic Energy of Canada said that after
low-power testing on the Chalk River reactor in Ontario proved
successful, the 53-year-old facility returned to full power for the
first time since a heavy water leak forced it offline in May 2009.
2010 Aug 18, Anglo-Australian
mining giant BHP Billiton launched an enormous hostile takeover bid
for Canada's Potash Corp which values the world's largest fertilizer
producer at 40 billion dollars.
2010 Aug 20, The European
Union's high court temporarily exempted Inuit hunters in Canada and
Greenland from the bloc's new trade ban on seal products, while
asking European Parliament and EU governments to justify the ban.
2010 Aug 20, BHP Billiton Group
announced commencement of all cash-offer to acquire Potash Corp. for
$130 per share. On Nov 3 Canada blocked the Anglo-Australian mining
giant’s $39 billion bid. The deal would have cost Saskatchewan an
estimated C$200m a year in tax revenues.
(Reuters, 8/20/10)(Reuters, 11/3/10)(Econ,
2010 Aug 24, British Columbia
signed an agreement that will see Canada's westernmost province
share tax revenue from the mining industry with aboriginal groups,
the first such deal in the mineral-rich region.
2010 Aug 25, Canadian police
arrested Hiva Alizadeh and Misbahuddin Ahmed in Ottowa in relation
to what they called "terrorist offenses" and said they expect to
make further arrests. A 3rd person, Khurram Syed Sher, was arrested
the next day in London, Ontario. Police said the Canadians were
plotting bomb attacks and had connections to a group fighting
coalition forces in Afghanistan.
(Reuters, 8/25/10)(Reuters, 8/26/10)(SFC,
2010 Aug 26, Canada-based
Research in Motion said it was willing to work with India to support
the country's needs to lawfully access encrypted services on the
company's Blackberry smartphone.
2010 Sep 4, Hurricane Earl
brushed past the Northeast US and dumped heavy, wind-driven rain on
Cape Cod cottages and fishing villages, but caused little damage. It
continued north and made landfall near Western Head, Nova Scotia.
Earl lost its tropical storm status over Canada, but the storm still
left one person dead and nearly one million people without power in
(AP, 9/4/10)(AFP, 9/5/10)
2010 Sep 8, The Bank of Canada
raised its benchmark interest rate for a third consecutive time,
nudging the rate up 25 basis points to 1 percent, but said a weak US
economy would hamper Canada's recovery.
2010 Sep 13, A Canadian police
study said human trafficking groups have exploited Canada's visa
rules to bring victims from Europe and Asia to work in the illegal
2010 Sep 14, Lehman Brothers
Holdings Inc, which filed for bankruptcy exactly two years ago, sued
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and dozens of other defendants to
recover more than $3 billion of which it said it was deprived due to
the bankruptcy filing.
2010 Sep 19, In Canada "The
King's Speech" won the top award at the Toronto International Film
Festival, giving the Tom Hooper-directed film some early momentum
heading into Oscar awards season.
2010 Sep 20, Libya's daily Oea
newspaper reported that Douglas O'Reilly, a Canadian man, was
detained after meeting a US diplomat suspected of being a CIA agent.
He was detained on suspicion of spying on a planned BP offshore
drilling project. O'Reilly claimed to be an archaeologist seeking to
warn of the BP project's potential impact on archaeological sites.
O'Reilly was given freedom to leave Libya on Sep 22.
(AP, 9/21/10)(AP, 9/22/10)
2010 Sep 21, Hurricane Igor hit
Newfoundland, Canada. Provincial Premier Danny Williams said it
caused tens of millions in damages and was the worst in recent
(SFC, 9/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 28, In Canada an
Ontario court tossed out key provisions of Canada's
anti-prostitution laws, saying they did more harm than good,
following a constitutional challenge by three sex-trade workers. The
ruling allowed sex workers to solicit customers openly.
(Reuters, 9/28/10)(SSFC, 10/3/10, p.A4)
2010 Oct 1, Medicago, a
Canadian company, broke ground at Durham, NC, on its first American
facility. The company genetically manipulates tobacco plants to
produce proteins used in making flu vaccines.
(Econ, 10/23/10, p.36)
2010 Oct 6, In Canada Quebec
presented legislation to award Bombardier Inc a contract worth more
than C$1 billion ($980 million) to build nearly 500 subway cars for
Montreal, short-circuiting a bidding process that has dragged on for
2010 Oct 7, In Canada mercury
was discharged during a reconfiguration of pipes at the Teck
Resources Ltd. lead smelter waste-treatment plant in Trail, British
Columbia. The work has since been completed and the leak stopped.
2010 Oct 10, Norwegian oil firm
Statoil is expanding further its shale gas operations in the United
States, saying it has created a joint venture with Canada's Talisman
to acquire acreage on the Eagle Ford prospect in Texas for $1.325
2010 Oct 11, Officials said
Canadian troops are being forced to pull out of a military base in
the United Arab Emirates that supports their mission in Afghanistan
amid an ongoing dispute over airline landing rights.
2010 Oct 13, Canada declared
that bisphenol A is a toxic chemical, prompting calls for
far-reaching curbs on the industrial chemical that is used in
everything from the linings of aluminum cans to coatings on
electronic till receipts.
2010 Oct 17, Pope Benedict XVI
proclaimed Australia's first saint, canonizing Mary MacKillop
(1842-1909), a 19th-century nun. The Vatican also declared five
other saints in an open-air Mass attended by tens of thousands.
Brother Andre (1845-1937), a Canadian, Italian nuns Giulia Salzano
and Battista Camilla da Varano, and Spanish nun Candida Maria de
Jesus Cipitria y Barriola were also canonized.
2010 Oct 21, In central Mexico
Canadian industrial giant Bombardier and Mexican President Felipe
Calderon opened a new 250-million-dollar plant where it will produce
components for the Learjet 85 business aircraft.
2010 Oct 22, In Canada Alberta
Provincial Court Judge Ken Tjosvold found Syncrude, one of Canada's
largest oil sands producers, guilty in the deaths of the 1,600 ducks
in a toxic waste pond last June. Syncrude accepted the C$3 million
2010 Oct 25, Toronto voters
elected conservative Rob Ford as mayor of Canada's biggest city,
tilting away from their recent liberal leanings and opting for his
platform of small government, fewer taxes and big spending cuts.
2010 Oct 25, Omar Khadr, a
Canadian prisoner at Guantanamo accused of killing an American
soldier, pleaded to five charges including murder in a plea
agreement with military authorities. Khadr had been facing a
possible life sentence if convicted at a trial that was scheduled to
start today. He was 15 at the time of his capture.
2010 Oct 31, A US military
judge, under a plea bargain, sentencing Omar Khadr (24) to eight
more years in custody for war crimes. The young Canadian had
admitted to five war crimes charges, including killing a US soldier
in Afghanistan. The sentence called for him to stay at the
Guantanamo prison another year before he can ask Canada's government
to allow him to return to his homeland to serve out his sentence or
seek early release on parole.
2010 Oct 31, Mexican police
found the missing rental car of Canadian businessman Daniel Dion
just north of the state capital of Chilpancingo. It was found
completely burned with a corpse in the trunk. Dion was last seen
about a week ago in Acapulco.
2010 Nov 5, The British
government said it has sold the right to run the rail line from
London to the Channel Tunnel to a Canadian consortium for 2.1
2010 Nov 9, The United Arab
Emirates said it will force Canadians to get a visa to travel to the
Persian Gulf federation as of Jan 2, as ties soured between the
once-close countries. Emirati officials have ratcheted up the
pressure on Ottawa after failing to secure additional landing rights
for their growing government-backed airlines.
2010 Nov 10, In Canada alleged
Mafia patriarch Nicolo Rizzuto (b.1924) was gunned down at his home
2010 Nov 12, Canada and India
launched talks on a free trade deal they said could boost gross
domestic product in each nation by C$6 billion ($5.9 billion) a year
and increase existing trade flows by 50 percent.
2010 Nov 14, In Mexico a
powerful explosion killed five Canadian tourists and two Mexican
workers at the 4-year-old Grand Riviera Princess hotel on the posh
Riviera Maya. A build up of swamp gas under the foundation was first
suspected. Evidence later pointed to a gas line leak.
(AP, 11/15/10)(SFC, 11/17/10, p.A2)(AP, 12/15/10)
2010 Nov 28, Canadian comic
actor Leslie Nielsen (84) died in Florida of complications from
pneumonia. He was a star in a string of madcap spoof movies
including "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun."
2010 Dec 9, A report in the
medical journal Lancet criticized Canada for exporting chrysotile,
or white asbestos, while it virtually bans the product at home, who
fibers can lead to respiratory diseases and cancers.
(SFC, 12/9/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 16, China’s General
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
said in a statement that it has banned poultry and poultry product
imports from Manitoba, Canada, after an outbreak of low-pathogenic
H5N2 bird flu there.
2010 Dec 21, Toronto-Dominion
Bank said it will buy Chrysler Financial from private equity firm
Cerberus Capital Management for $6.3 billion, joining the throng of
Canadian institutions expanding foreign operations.
2010 Dec 29, The UAE embassy in
Ottawa said on its website that Canadians would be charged $250 for
a 30-day single entry visa while a six-month multiple entry visa
would cost $1000, with a maximum stay of 14 days during each visit.
Tensions have risen between the two countries since Canada denied
expanded landing rights for UAE airlines flying to Canada. That
triggered a UAE government decision to end access to a military base
used by the Canadian military to support troops in Afghanistan.
2010 Dec 29, Canada said it no
longer recognized the Ivory Coast ambassador to Ottawa appointed by
president Laurent Gbagbo, and that it would welcome new diplomatic
representation from the West African nation.
2010 Canadian first-time
novelist Johanna Skibsrud, author of "The Sentimentalists," was a
surprise winner of the C$50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Nova
Scotia-based specialty publisher Gaspereau Press could produce only
1,000 copies a week of the finely bound book, using an old-fashioned
2010 Canada’s population was
estimated at around 34,108,800 as of July 1 this year.
(SSFC, 10/3/10, p.A4)
2011 Jan 10, Canada-based
Research In Motion said it will filter pornographic internet content
for its Blackberry smartphone users in Indonesia, following
government pressure to stop access to porn sites or face its
browsing service being shut down.
2011 Jan 13, Canada’s
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said it has given India the
means to access its Messenger service and reiterated that no changes
could be made to allow monitoring of secure corporate emails.
2011 Jan 17, Canada-based
Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, promised
Indonesia it will meet the country's request to filter out
pornographic content on its smartphones in the next four days.
2011 Jan 19, Canadian officials
said police have arrested Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, a man accused of
helping stage suicide bomb attacks in Iraq, including one that
killed five US soldiers in Mosul in april 2009. He was also accused
of helping with an attack on an Iraqi police station in March 2009
that killed seven people.
2011 Jan 31, India rejected
Canada-based Research In Motion's (RIM) offer to allow it only
partial access to its BlackBerry data services, while neighboring
Pakistan reversed its earlier decision to restrict the popular
2011 Feb 1, According to the
"Keystone XL Assessment," a new study commissioned by the US
Department of Energy, a proposed pipeline from Canada's oil sands to
refineries along the Gulf of Mexico would help "essentially
eliminate" US oil imports from the Middle East in a decade or two.
2011 Feb 4, President Barack
Obama and Canadian PM Stephen Harper agreed to a new approach to US
and Canadian security that they said would help boost trade by
reducing logjams at the border.
2011 Feb 9, The London Stock
Exchange agreed to buy Canada's stock market operator TMX, while
Germany's Deutsche Boerse was in talks to buy NYSE Euronext,
signaling that exchanges globally are looking to consolidate.
2011 Feb 10, PetroChina said it
is purchasing half of a prolific shale gas project from Canada's
Encana Corp for C$5.4 billion ($5.4 billion), marking the largest
Chinese investment yet in a foreign natural gas asset.
2011 Feb 10, Panamanian
lawmakers repealed a law preventing foreign government investment in
mining, clearing the way for Canada's Inmet Mining to build the
largest copper mine in Central America.
2011 Feb 11, Canada asked the
World Trade Organization to set up a panel to resolve its dispute
with the European Union over the EU's ban on trade in seal products.
2011 Feb 17, A top Canadian
cabinet minister said a cyber attack on key economic ministries last
month was serious but will not affect the timing of next month's
federal budget. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp said hackers using
China-based servers had broken into computer systems at the Finance
Department and Treasury Board.
2011 Feb 24, The Canadian
province of Ontario said it has approved 40 new large-scale
renewable power projects that will create 7,000 jobs and attract C$3
billion ($3.06 billion) in private sector investment.
2011 Feb 26, In Canada the
governing Liberal Party of British Columbia elected Christy Clark as
their new leader, setting the stage for her to become premier of the
resource-rich province on the Pacific coast.
2011 Mar 18, Canada announced
it was deploying CF-18 fighter jets to help enforce a no-fly zone
over Libya and said the deployment would go ahead despite the
ceasefire declared by Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi.
2011 Mar 18, The US Federal
Reserve and Bank of Canada confirmed that they had intervened to
cool the soaring yen, in concert with other G7 central banks.
2011 Mar 25, Canadian
opposition parties toppled PM Harper on the grounds that his
government was tainted by sleaze, had managed the economy poorly and
was in contempt of Parliament. Canada's 40th Parliament ended with
cheers from opposition legislators as politicians voted along party
lines to drive the Conservatives out of office.
2011 Mar 25, Canadian Defense
Minister Peter MacKay said that Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard has been
designated to lead the NATO alliance's military campaign in Libya.
Bouchard will be in charge of both the air campaign and the naval
task force implementing the arms embargo.
(AP, 3/25/11)(AP, 3/26/11)
2011 Mar 31, Canadian Lt. Gen.
Charles Bouchard, the new commander of international military
operations in Libya, warned that anyone attacking civilians would be
"ill-advised" to continue, and said he would look into a report by a
Vatican envoy that air strikes had killed 40 innocent people.
2011 Mar, Inflation in Canada
soared this month, stunning markets, and when combined with signs of
frothy first-quarter growth raised the likelihood the central bank
will soon resume interest rate hikes.
2011 Apr 15, In Toronto,
Canada, Liu Qian (23) was found raped and dead a few hours after her
former boyfriend in China watched via webcam as she tried to fend
off an attacker who appeared at her door. On April 7, 2014, Brian
Dickson (32) was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in
2011 May 2, Canadians voted in
one of their most unpredictable parliamentary elections ever. The
Conservatives stormed to a decisive victory, winning 54 percent of
the seats in Parliament and securing a stable four-year term in
power after vowing to focus on the economy. Green Party Leader
Elizabeth May was elected to Parliament, marking the first time a
member of the environmental party has won a federal election in
(Reuters, 5/2/11)(Reuters, 5/3/11)
2011 May 4, The Vatican
condemned former Canadian Bishop Raymond Lahey after he pleaded
guilty to possession of child pornography and said it planned to
take disciplinary action against him.
2011 May 9, In Canada the
provincial government of Manitoba said breaking dikes on the flooded
Assiniboine River on May 11 at a spot west of Winnipeg will unleash
a torrent of water that will swamp 225 square km of land. Manitoba
pushed back the timing of the planned break to May 12 afternoon as
residents scrambled to protect themselves from a deliberate flood of
a vast area of farmland.
(Reuters, 5/10/11)(Reuters, 5/12/11)
2011 May 10, In Canada Marshall
Zhang, an 11th-grade student at Richmond Hill's Bayview Secondary
School, received first place in the 2011 Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent
Challenge. The Toronto area student used a supercomputer system to
find a new drug combination that shows potential in treating the
genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.
2011 May 11, Canadian
researchers reported an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a
staph "superbug." Scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria
in bedbugs from three hospital patients from St. Paul's Hospital
located in a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood.
2011 May 14, Canada’s Manitoba
province opened its dike on the swollen Assiniboine River, starting
a slow creep of water across rich farmland to avert a potentially
catastrophic, unplanned breach.
2011 May 16, In Canada
wildfires whipped by high winds destroyed more than a third of a
sizable town in northern Alberta and forced oil companies in
Canada's largest energy-producing province to shut off tens of
thousands of barrels of output.
2011 May 17, Canada announced
it has decided to expel five Libyan diplomats for actions it called
2011 May 20, Canadian PM
Stephen Harper toured the town of Slave Lake, Alberta, where
hundreds of homes, businesses and public buildings had gone up in
flames. 56 fires continued to burn across the north of Canada's
biggest energy producing province. Ten of the fires were out of
2011 Jun 3, In Canada picket
lines went at Canada Post mail processing plant in Winnipeg as part
of a limited rotating strike around the country.
2011 Jun 4, Italy-based Fiat
offered $125 million to buy the Canadian government's stake in
Chrysler Group LLC as it moved swiftly to strengthen its control of
the US automaker.
2011 Jun 14, Canada Post locked
out all its employees, saying more than a week of rotating strikes
by unionized letter carriers and other postal workers had cost it
too much money.
(Reuters, 6/15/11)(Econ, 7/2/11, p.30)
2011 Jun 15, In Vancouver,
Canada, the Boston Bruins shocked the favored Vancouver Canucks,
winning game seven of the Stanley Cup championship finals 4-0, to
take the series 4 games to 3. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the
first time in 39 years; goaltender Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn
Smythe trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the playoffs. Riot
police fired tear gas to control a mob that burned cars and looted
shops in downtown Vancouver after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup
final to the Boston Bruins.
(Boston Globe, 6/15/11)(Reuters, 6/16/11)
2011 Jun 17, Air Canada Inc and
striking customer service workers reached a tentative contract
agreement, settling on a compromise on the biggest obstacle to a
deal: the issue of pension benefits and who should pay for them.
2011 Jun 26, Canada’s Senate
endorsed back-to-work legislation ending the labor dispute that shut
down the postal service.
2011 Jun 27, South Korea said
it will resume imports of Canadian beef suspended in 2003 after an
outbreak of mad cow disease, agreeing to allow meat from cows
younger than 30 months old.
2011 Jul 7, Canada formally
ended its combat mission in Afghanistan after years of being on the
front lines of the fight against Taliban insurgents in the south.
2011 Jul 7, In Canada Richard
Oland (69), part of the family that owns Moosehead Breweries, was
found dead in a pool of blood in his office. His body bore numerous
stab and blunt-force wounds to the head, neck and hands. Police said
his son was the last person to see him alive.
2011 Jul 8, In Canada a federal
appeals court ruled that an illegal immigrant has no right to free
medical intervention of ongoing health care.
(SSFC, 7/10/11, p.A4)
2011 Jul 11, Canada said it
will boycott the UN Conference on Disarmament for the several weeks
that North Korea is chairing it.
2011 Jul 14, The Canadian head
of the NATO mission over Libya said Gaddafi has ordered his troops
to blow up refineries and other facilities if they have to retreat.
Russia’s special envoy to Libya told the Izvestia newspaper that
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has a "suicidal plan" to blow up the
capital Tripoli if it is taken by rebels.
(Reuters, 7/14/11)(AFP, 7/14/11)
2011 Jul 15, Cuban authorities
shut down Canadian firm Tri-Star Caribbean and arrested company
president Sarkis Yacoubian. The company, considered a competitor of
Tokmakjian Group, did around $30 million in business with Cuba.
Ontario-based Tokmakjian Group, one of the top Canadian companies
doing business on the communist-run island, was shut down in
2011 Jul 21, Canada’s
government began a website identifying 30 suspected war criminals
that have entered the country illegally, mostly from Rwanda, Central
and South America and from the Balkan states.
(SFC, 7/22/11, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/24/11, p.A4)
2011 Jul 23, Canada returned
Lai Changxing (52) to China where he is accused of running a $10
billion smuggling ring that dealt in everything from cars to oil in
a scandal touching the government's highest levels.
(AP, 7/23/11)(Econ, 7/30/11, p.34)
2011 Jul 29, Tobacco companies
suffered a major defeat in Canada when the Supreme Court ruled the
federal government is not liable for damages from health-related
lawsuits, possibly amounting to many billions of dollars.
2011 Aug 12, General Motors
said it is recalling 16,198 Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse cars
in the United States and Canada to address sensor and power steering
2011 Aug 14, Canada's trade and
agriculture ministers said Vietnam has lifted its eight-year-old ban
on Canadian live breeding cattle, sheep and goats, becoming the
first Asian country to do so since a 2003 discovery of mad cow
2011 Aug 20, In Canada 12
people were killed when a Boeing 737, chartered by First Air,
crashed near Resolute Bay in the far north of the Canadian Arctic,
but three people survived.
(Reuters, 8/21/11)(SSFC, 8/21/11, p.A6)
2011 Aug 22, In Canada Jack
Layton (61), the charismatic leader of the New Democratic Party,
died of prostate cancer just months after guiding his party to its
strongest ever performance in the May federal election.
2011 Aug 27, The Canadian Union
of Public Employees, which represents 6,800 Air Canada flight
attendants, said Air Canada flight attendants have rejected a
tentative contract that union bargainers negotiated with the
country's largest air carrier. The union has scheduled a strike vote
for next month.
2011 Aug 29, The storm that had
been Hurricane Irene crossed into Canada overnight but wasn't yet
through with the US, where flood waters threatened Vermont towns and
big city commuters had to make do with slowly reawakening transit
2011 Aug, In Canada voters in
British Columbia chose to dismantle the harmonized sales tax (HST),
which merged the province's 7 percent sales tax with a 5 percent
federal goods and services levy. The provincial government later
said the move to scrap the sales tax will cost the province C$2.3
billion over the next three years and force a round of new spending
2011 Sep 30, Canada’s Supreme
Court ruled that the Insite clinic in Vancouver, North America’s
only legal drub abuser injection site, saves lives and should stay
(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 10, A global
disruption of BlackBerry services began and continued for 3 days. 4
days later Canada-based Research In Motion was still working to
clear a backlog of delayed messages, hoping to control the damage to
2011 Oct 17, Canadian
scientists announced that a contagious and lethal fish virus has
been detected for the first time in wild Pacific salmon. The
European strain of the virus had only been identified before in
farm-raised Atlantic salmon.
2011 Oct 18, Kexue Huang (46),
a China-born Canadian scientist, pleaded guilty in Indianapolis US
District Court to economic espionage and theft for sending trade
secrets on a pesticide and a new food product to China and Germany.
(SFC, 10/19/11, p.A7)
2011 Oct 19, In Canada Jean
Charest, the Liberal premier of Quebec, said he had asked superior
court judge France Charbonneau to probe financial ties between
construction firms and political parties dating back 15 years.
(Econ, 10/29/11, p.46)
2011 Oct, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper announced the country’s biggest ever arms order for naval and
coastguard ships costing C$35 billion.
(Econ, 7/21/12, p.32)
2011 Nov 10, The US government
delayed approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline until after the
2012 US election, bowing to pressure from environmentalists and
sparing President Barack Obama a damaging split with liberal voters
he may need to win reelection. The State Department was considering
rerouting TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL
pipeline to avoid ecologically sensitive areas of Nebraska.
2011 Nov 14, Canada released a
new C$100 bill made of plastic, its first step in replacing an
entire series of banknotes to thwart counterfeiters and persuade
retailers it's safe to accept big bills. Canada is the first to add
a metallic hologram that is especially difficult to fake. Plastic
notes, nearly impervious to liquids, stains, tearing or
wear-and-tear, were pioneered by the Reserve Bank of Australia in
2011 Nov 23, In Canada one
woman was arrested as police cleared tents from the Occupy Toronto
protest in a move to end the weeks-long encampment, though some
demonstrators chained themselves inside barricaded tents and vowed
2011 Nov 24, The body of
alleged Mafia boss Salvatore Montagna, who US authorities said once
led New York's notorious Bonanno crime family, was fished out from a
river north of Montreal.
2011 Nov 30, Amid fears of a
eurozone collapse, central banks of the United States, the eurozone,
Britain, Japan, Canada and Switzerland said that they would cut the
cost of providing dollars to banks. The move pushed the DJIA up 490
points, its biggest gain since March 2009.
(AFP, 12/1/11)(SFC, 12/1/11, p.D1)
2011 Dec 7, US Pres. Obama and
Canada’s PM Stephen Harper announced a new bilateral accord, called
Beyond the Border, regarding trade and shared border security.
(Econ, 12/10/11, p.41)
2011 Dec 7, Japan offered a
"heartfelt apology" for the systematic mistreatment of Canadian
prisoners during World War Two, helping to heal ties between the two
2011 Dec 12, Canada became the
first country to declare it was formally exiting the Kyoto protocol,
a reversal that will save it billions of dollars in fines. Canada
had agreed under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce CO2 emissions to 6.0
percent below 1990 levels by 2012, but its emissions of the gasses
blamed for damaging Earth's fragile climate system have instead
2012 Jan 3, In Canada Czech
emigre writer Josef Skvorecky (87) died in Toronto. He had published
the works of former President Vaclav Havel and other authors
persecuted by the communist government at home. His first novel was
"The Cowards," written in 1948-1949, describing the atmosphere of
Skvorecky's native Czech town of Nachod during the 1945 liberation
from Nazism. It was only published in 1958 and then confiscated and
banned. It was later translated into more than 20 languages.
2012 Jan 12, Canada’s
government abruptly argued that the same-sex marriages of many
foreigners who wed in Canada are not valid, a move that stunned the
gay community and could affect thousands of couples.
2012 Jan 16, Canada charged
Navy Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle with giving "a foreign
entity" secret information between July 6, 2007 and Jan 13, 2012. He
was arrested in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On Jan 20 the Globe and Mail
newspaper said two diplomats and two technical staff at the Russian
embassy had been dropped from the official list of diplomatic,
consular and foreign government representatives recognized by
2012 Jan 18, The Obama
Administration rejected the Keystone oil pipeline because there was
not enough time to review an alternate route that would avoid a
sensitive aquifer in Nebraska within a 60-day window set by
Congress. Republicans decried the move for sacrificing jobs and
energy security in order to shore up the president's environmental
base before elections. TransCanada quickly said it would re-apply
for the permit, which it first sought in 2008.
2012 Jan 19, Top Canadian
freestyle skier Sarah Burke (29), an early gold medal favorite ahead
of the 2014 Olympics, died at a Utah hospital from injuries she
suffered in a training fall.
2012 Jan 20, South Korea lifted
its nine-year import ban on Canadian beef.
2012 Jan 24, Canada deported a
Rwandan man charged with crimes against humanity. Leon Mugesera, who
lost a 16-year battle to stay in Canada, will face charges of
inciting murder, extermination and genocide.
2012 Jan 29, In Canada 3
members of an Afghan Canadian family, Mohammad Shafia and Tooba
Mohammad Yahya, and their eldest son Hamed Mohammad Shafia, were
found guilty of the "honor killing" of three siblings and a fourth
relative after a high-profile trial. Their victims were three of
Hamed's sisters and the woman introduced to outsiders as a cousin,
who turned out to be Mohammad Shafia's first wife in a polygamous
2012 Feb 6, In Canada a crash
between a flatbed truck and a van carrying migrant farm workers on a
rural crossroads in southwestern Ontario killed 11 people, in one of
the most deadly vehicle accidents in Canadian history.
2012 Feb 8, China and Canada
signed a series of deals to boost modest levels of bilateral trade
and finished negotiations on a foreign investment protection pact
after 18 years of talks.
2012 Feb 8, Statistics Canada
said the Canadian population grew by 5.9 percent over five years to
33.5 million people in 2011, the fastest growth rate in the Group of
Eight leading industrialized nations, according to the country's
2012 Feb 11, Canada set the
seal on improving ties with China by agreeing to a 10-year loan for
two giant pandas, traditionally an indication of official approval
2012 Feb 26, In Canada a
passenger train derailed near Burlington in southern Ontario,
killing at least 3 VIA Rail employees.
2012 Feb, In Canada Jean
Charest, premier of Quebec, announced plans to seek a 60% increase
in university-tuition fees over the next 5 years.
(Econ, 6/9/12, p.42)
2012 Mar 5, Canada said it has
shut its embassy in Damascus and is imposing fresh sanctions on
Syria, banning all dealings with the central bank as part of a
campaign to stop President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown against
2012 Mar 9, In Canada PM
Stephen Harper said a new pedestrian link, to be operational by
2014, would help give Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport the service it
deserves. The new tunnel will eliminate the need for a short ferry
ride to the downtown island airport.
2012 Mar 9, In Panama Michel
Smith, a fugitive wanted in Canada for 22 murders, was detained in
the Playa Coronado tourist region. Canadian police have been looking
for Smith, suspected of ties to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang,
since a massive 2009 gang sweep in the province of Quebec.
2012 Mar 26, Ontario's highest
court struck down a national law that outlaws brothels but upheld an
effective ban on street prostitution, a partial victory for those
arguing Canada's laws put sex workers in harm's way.
2012 Apr 11, The Nebraska
Legislature approved a bill that would provide support for an
expected new route for TransCanada Corp's Canada-to-Texas Keystone
XL crude oil pipeline that would bypass an environmentally sensitive
region in the state. Governor Dave Heineman has said he will sign.
2012 Apr 13, Canada unveiled
long-delayed regulations for cutting emissions that aim to make big
trucks and buses up to 23 percent less polluting by 2018.
2012 Apr 16, The Canadian mint
launched glow-in-the-dark quarters. They featured a dinosaur whose
skeleton shines at night from beneath its scaly hide. The mintage
was limited to 25,000, and would cost collectors $29.95.
2012 Apr 26, In Canada some 125
people were arrested over the last 2 days following student protests
over tuition fee increases in central Montreal that turned into
(Econ, 5/5/12, p.39)
2012 May 4, Canada minted its
final one-cent coin and urged people to donate the little
copper-covered coins to charity rather than let them go to waste.
2012 May 4, Disgraced former
press baron Conrad Black (67) was released from a Florida prison
after ending his sentence and flown to his home in Canada, which has
granted him a temporary resident permit despite his criminal record.
2012 May 10, In Canada officers
in Montreal found three devices after receiving dozens of calls
about dense smoke in several underground stations. Quebec Premier
Jean Charest, embroiled in a high-stakes battle with university
students over proposed tuition increases, called the acts
"unjustifiable." Thousands of commuters were stranded, but nobody
2012 May 10, Bay Area Rapid
Transit (BART) directors awarded an $896.3 million contract for
Canadian firm bombardier to build 410 railcars.
(SFC, 5/11/12, p.C1)
2012 May 13, In Germany veteran
anti-whaling campaigner Paul Watson, a Canadian national, was
detained in Frankfurt on charges stemming from a high seas
confrontation over shark finning in 2002. The founder of marine
conservation group Sea Shepherd remained in custody a day after his
arrest on a warrant from Costa Rica. Watson skipped bail on July 22
and fled the country. In August Interpol issued an international
notice for his arrest.
(AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 8/8/12)
2012 May 17, The Canada Science
and Technology Museum in Ottowa opened "Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition"
as planned despite strong criticism from Canadian Heritage Minister
James Moore, who has called it an insult to taxpayers.
2012 May 18, In Canada Quebec’s
provincial and city governments passed laws to authorize a crackdown
on student protests. Angry student leaders vowed to fight the tough
new laws to quell 14 weeks of strikes against tuition hikes,
threatening to escalate their protests into a broad campaign of
(Reuters, 5/18/12)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.42)
2012 May 19, In Malaysia a
Canadian Muslim gay activist launched her controversial new book on
liberal Islam despite a government minister's attempts to shut down
the event. Irshad Manji launched "Allah, Liberty and Love" at a
hastily arranged event in Kuala Lumpur after two other venues pulled
out of hosting her. Her previous internationally acclaimed book,
"The Trouble with Islam Today," was already banned in Malaysia.
2012 May 22, In Canada
thousands of people marched through central Montreal to mark the
100th day of student protests over tuition increases, a campaign
that is turning into a broader movement against the Quebec
government and aspects of the capitalist system.
2012 May 23, In Canada
locomotive engineers and conductors at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd
went on strike after failing to reach a contract agreement, shutting
down freight operations on Canada's second-biggest railroad.
2012 May 28, The Canadian
government announced that it will spend $17.5 million over the next
5 years to help prevent the Asian carp from invading the Great
Lakes. The fish have been migrating up the Mississippi River and its
tributaries for decades.
(SFC, 5/29/12, p.A6)
2012 May 30, Canadian
authorities issued a "Canada-wide arrest warrant" for porn actor
Luca Rocco Magnotta (29), a suspect police have connected to a
homicide and the mailings of two body parts from Montreal to Ottowa.
Police suspected he killed Jun Lin (33), last seen on May 24. Police
said Magnotta had dated Lin, filmed the murder and then fled to
France. Magnotta was reported arrested in Berlin on Jun 4.
(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)(AP, 6/1/12)(SFC, 6/2/12,
2012 May 30, Ecuadorans sued
Chevron in Canada in an attempt to seize $18 billion in assets after
the company refused to pay a verdict against it in Ecuador.
(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A13)
2012 May 31, The Canadian
Senate passed back-to-work legislation. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd
expected operations to be back to normal within 48 hours. The
government's bill made provision for Ottawa to appoint an
arbitrator, who has 90 days to work with the company and the union
to craft a compromise contract, which will then be imposed.
2012 Jun 2, In Canada one man
was killed and six other people were wounded by gunfire, two
critically, in a shooting at Eaton Center, Toronto's main downtown
mall. Christopher Husbands (23) turned himself over to police on
(Reuters, 6/3/12)(Reuters, 6/4/12)(SFC, 6/4/12,
2012 Jun 4, Canadian murder
suspect, Luka Rocco Magnotta, was caught at a cafe in Berlin, after
evading police for days while he partied in Paris. He was deported
back to Canada on June 18.
(AP, 6/6/12)(Reuters, 6/19/12)
2012 Jun 5, In Canada packages
containing a human foot and hand were discovered at two schools in
Vancouver, in what could be the latest gruesome twist in the case of
Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian porn actor suspected of dismembering
and eating his former lover.
2012 Jun 13, Mississauga,
Canada, teen Yoonseo Kang was one of 20 recipients of the $100,000
Thiel Fellowship, a program that encourages bright minds to pursue
innovative, entrepreneurial projects outside of a classroom setting.
His desire to build a better future influenced his decision to move
to Missouri's Open Source Ecology (OSE) farm "to become part of a
project that encourages everyday people to build their own machines.
2012 Jun 14, Apache Corp said
it has made what it believes may be one of the world's largest
shale-gas discoveries in a remote corner of northeastern British
Columbia, a massive field containing as much as 48 trillion cubic
feet of recoverable natural gas.
2012 Jun 15, A British Columbia
Supreme Court justice ruled that federal laws banning assisted
suicide are unconstitutional because they discriminate against
severely ill patients.
(SFC, 7/14/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/6v2hh3l)
2012 Jun 15, Canadian PM
Stephen Harper and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced a deal to
build a new bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, a $4 billion project
that officials say will help speed the flow of goods across North
America's busiest commercial land border crossing. Canada will pay
for building the bridge and finance Michigan’s $550 million portion
of the project.
(Reuters, 6/15/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.36)
2012 Jun 15, Daredevil Nik
Wallenda (33) became the first person to walk across the Niagara
Horseshoe Falls on a tightrope. Others have crossed the Niagara
River itself, but never over the falls.
2012 Jun 16, US border agents
in Washington state arrested Travis Brandon Baumgartner (21), a
Canadian fugitive, suspected of shooting to death 3 fellow security
guards and wounding a fourth in a bloody armored-car heist at the
University of Alberta in Edmonton a day earlier.
2012 Jun 24, In Canada a roof
collapsed at a shopping mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Two bodies
were recovered on June 27 and 12 people remained unaccounted for.
(SFC, 6/25/12, p.A2)(Reuters, 6/28/12)
2012 Jul 9, Canadian nuclear
engineers at the Candu Energy subsidiary of the SNC-Lavalin Group
Inc went on strike in a contract dispute and no talks to end the
walkout are scheduled. About 700 engineers joined 144 others who
have been on strike for five weeks.
2012 Jul 10, Dozens of people
were charged in what US federal authorities called a highly
sophisticated six-year-long, loan fraud scheme that robbed $2.7
million from at least 2,000 victims with poor credit histories in
Canada and the United States.
2012 Jul 12, In Canada 3 horses
were killed and a 4th seriously injured during a chuckwagon race at
the Calgary Stampede.
2012 Jul 16, In Canada 2 people
were killed and 23 injured when a street party in Toronto’s suburb
of Scarborough ended in gunfire.
2012 Jul 18, In Canada Shawn
Atleo, chief from the Ahousaht First Nation in British Columbia, was
re-elected as national chief of Canada's First Nations.
2012 Jul 23, China’s
State-controlled CNOOC Ltd launched a takeover bids by agreeing to
buy Canadian oil producer Nexen Inc for $15.1 billion, forcing
Ottawa to decide whether national security concerns outweigh its
desire for foreign investment in its energy resources.
2012 Jul 23, China Petroleum
and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) agreed to purchase a 49% stake in the
North Sea assets of Talisman Energy, a Canadian firm, for $1.5
(Econ, 7/28/12, p.56)(http://tinyurl.com/c9v3ypx)
2012 Jul 24, Japanese automaker
Toyota Motor Corp said it will invest more than $100 million to
expand Lexus production in Canada.
2012 Jul 30, A Canadian
government-appointed arbitrator chose to enforce Air Canada's final
offer over one proposed by the union representing its 3,000 pilots,
ending a long and bitter contract dispute but angering the pilots.
2012 Jul 30, In Canada a
passenger found what appeared to be a sewing needle in a
pre-prepared sandwich on board an Air Canada flight from Victoria,
British Columbia to Toronto. On July 14 sewing needles were found in
food on four Delta flights from Amsterdam to the United States,
injuring one passenger.
2012 Jul, A team led by
entrepreneur Russ Georg scattered some 100 tons of iron dust in the
Pacific several hundred miles west of the islands of Haida Gwai in
northern British Columbia in a $2.5 million project to aid in the
recovery of the salmon fishery for the native Haida people. Canadian
environmental officials launched an investigation as marine
scientists called the project shoddy science and probably in
violation of int’l. agreements intended to prevent tampering with
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 15, In Canada hikers
west of Toronto found a severed human foot. Police the next day
recovered a severed head in a park near the Credit River in
Mississauga, Ontario, a city of 700,000 located just west of
Toronto. The body parts were found about one km (0.7 mile) apart. On
Aug 21 police said the body parts belonged to Guang Hua Liu (41), a
woman who owned a spa in the eastern suburb of Scarborough. On June
26, 2014, Jiang Chunqi was convicted of second-degree murder for
killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend.
(Reuters, 8/16/12)(Reuters, 8/21/12)(AP, 6/27/14)
2012 Aug 26, Canadian health
officials said eight people have died in a rare outbreak of
Legionnaires' disease in the province of Quebec, having identified
more than 100 cases of the dangerous strain of pneumonia since July.
2012 Aug 30, Canadian officials
said they have ordered the deportation of Kimberly Rivera (30), who
fled the US military in Feb, 2007, to avoid returning to the war in
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 4, In Canada Quebec’s
ruling Liberals were defeated in a provincial election after nine
years in power. Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois became
Quebec’s first female premier as she replaced Premier Jean Charest.
He had held the seat since November 1998. The left-leaning Parti
Quebecois (PQ) captured only 54 of the 125 seats in the legislature.
2012 Sep 4, In Canada Richard
Henry Bain (62) entered a theater and shot two people where Pauline
Marois, leader of the Parti Quebecois, was speaking on behalf of the
party’s narrow election victory. One of the victims died. Bain also
set fire to the building and was soon arrested.
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.35)
2012 Sep 5, In Canada a
suitcase containing human remains was found floating in Lake Ontario
near Toronto, the latest in a series of grisly discoveries by
Toronto residents. Police the next day said the human remains
belonged to a single mother who went missing early last month and
whose body parts had been scattered throughout the city.
(Reuters, 9/5/12)(Reuters, 9/6/12)
2012 Sep 7, Canada said it has
closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all remaining Iranian
diplomats in Canada within 5 days, denouncing Tehran as the biggest
threat to global security.
2012 Sep 10, A Quebec, Canada,
court accused PM Stephen Harper’s government of violating the
principles of Canadian federalism by refusing to hand over gun
registry data for Quebec.
(SFC, 9/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 15, Owners of the
National Hockey League locked out their players after failing to
agree on a new contract.
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.71)
2012 Oct 10, Canadian naval
intelligence officer Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle (41)
pleaded guilty to handing over secrets to a foreign country. He had
been selling secrets to the Russians for about $3,000 a month.
(Reuters, 10/10/12)(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 10, In Canada Amanda
Michelle Todd (b.1996) committed suicide at her home in Port
Coquitlam, British Columbia. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a
video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell
her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically
assaulted. A stranger had convinced Todd to bare her breasts on
camera. The individual later blackmailed her with threats to expose
the topless photo to her friends unless she gave a "show". On April
17 Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the
Netherlands in the case.
2012 Oct 16, A gunman in a van
shot and critically wounded a female Canadian border officer at the
main crossing between Washington state and British Columbia, then
immediately killed himself.
2012 Oct 19, Canadian police in
the city of London said 8 girls have been arrested after an
investigation into physical, emotional and online bullying of
another girl at their high school.
2012 Oct 23, The US Immigration
and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said it will end its contract
with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd in favor of Apple Inc's
iPhone, dealing a new blow to RIM just months before it launches a
vital new device.
2012 Oct 30, Will Ferguson,
humorist, travel writer and novelist, won Canada's most prestigious
and lucrative literary prize. He had penned “419," a fictional tale
about the inner workings of Nigerian email scams.
2012 Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy
toppled trees and power lines in the Canadian province of Ontario,
leaving at least 145,000 people without power.
2012 Nov 4, In Canada Joseph di
Maulo, an alleged Mafia kingpin, was shot dead in the driveway of
his Quebec home.
(Econ, 11/17/12, p.34)
2012 Nov 5, Montreal Mayor
Gerald Tremblay resigned in the midst of an eye-brow-raising inquiry
that has revealed widespread corruption among city officials,
contractors and members of organized crime.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 8, Canada's Supreme
Court decided against global drug giant Pfizer Inc in a high-profile
case, ruling that a patent on its Viagra erectile dysfunction drug
was no longer valid.
2012 Nov 14, Nigeria said it
has terminated a $24 million electricity contract with Canada's
state-owned Manitoba Hydro, in a setback for plans to privatize a
moribund power sector that is holding back economic growth.
2012 Nov 26, Toronto's Rob
Ford, a magnet for controversy during two years as mayor of Canada's
largest city, was ordered out of office on after a judge found him
guilty of breaking conflict-of-interest laws.
2012 Nov 26, Britain named
Canadian central bank chief Mark Carney to head the Bank of England.
2012 Dec 5, In Canada a court
ruled that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can stay in power pending an
appeal of a conflict of interest ruling that ordered him out of his
job as leader of Canada's biggest city. Ford won his appeal.
(Reuters, 12/5/12)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.42)
2012 Dec 7, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper approved China's biggest ever foreign takeover, a $15.1
billion bid by state-controlled CNOOC Ltd for energy company Nexen
Inc., but drew a line in the sand against future buys by state-owned
enterprises. He also approved a smaller deal for a Canadian gas
producer by Petronas, Malaysia’s state energy company.
(Reuters, 12/7/12)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.38)
2012 Dec 11, Canadian
aboriginal Chief Theresa Spence, from the remote northern Ontario
community of Attawapiskat, began a hunger strike urging PM Stephen
Harper to "open his heart" and meet with native leaders angered by
2012 Dec 14, Canadian
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Canada will crack down on
what it says is a wave of fake refugee claims from European Union
nationals and deny the right of appeal to those deemed to be bogus
2012 Dec 18, Police in Canada's
French-speaking province of Quebec announced a breakthrough in the
mysterious disappearance last August of truckloads of Canadian maple
syrup. Three suspects were arrested, vehicles were seized and
syrup-making equipment recovered after a manhunt in Canada and the
2013 Jan 3, Officials said a
smuggling ring brought narwhal tusks from the Canadian Arctic into
Maine in a trailer with a secret compartment and then illegally sold
them to American buyers. In 2015 Andrew Zarauskas (61) was sentenced
to nearly three years for buying more than 30 tusks over six years
from two Canadians.
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A6)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A6)
2013 Jan 5, In Canada
aboriginal demonstrators disrupted passenger rail service on routes
connecting Toronto with Ottawa and Montreal, a day after PM Harper
agreed to meet with First Nations leaders to discuss grievances
behind a growing native protest movement.
2013 Jan 8, A Canadian federal
court ruled that 200,000 Metis and 400,000 First nations’ people
living outside reserves should also be considered to be
Indians under the constitution.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.38)
2013 Jan 18, In northern
Colombia leftist ELN rebels kidnapped five gold prospectors doing
exploratory drilling for Braeval Mining Corp., a Canadian company.
2013 Jan 24, In Canada Theresa
Spence, a chief from a remote Ontario reserve, agreed to end her
hunger strike after talks with other native groups and opposition
political parties. Spence traveled to Ottawa in December and set up
camp on a small island in the Ottawa River to raise awareness about
living conditions for natives across Canada.
2013 Jan 25, A Canadian police
report said a son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi allegedly
received 120 million euros ($162 million) in bribes for giving major
contracts in Libya to SNC-Lavalin Inc, Canada's biggest engineering
and construction company. The report did not make clear when the
alleged bribes occurred.
2013 Jan 25, Calgary-based
Griffiths Energy International will pay a C$10.35 million ($10.26
million) fine after a Canadian court accepted a settlement between
the company and prosecutors. The company had admitted to bribing the
wife of a Chadian diplomat.
2013 Jan 26, Ontario's Liberals
chose Kathleen Wynne (59), a former Cabinet minister, to become the
province's first female premier and first openly gay leader of a
2013 Feb 4, The Royal Canadian
Mint officially ended its distribution of pennies to financial
(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 7, In Ottowa, Canada,
police said Marc Leduc (56) has been charged with two counts of
first-degree murder in connection with the killing of two local sex
workers. Pamela Kosmac, 39, was found murdered in 2008 near a
bicycle path, while Leanne Lawson, 23, was found in a parking lot in
a central part of the city. Leduc was already in custody facing 11
charges related to an alleged sexual assault of a 19-year-old Ottawa
woman last November.
2013 Feb 8, Canadian police
arrested Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau (38) for alleged
domestic violence. PM Stephen Harper, who appointed Brazeau to the
Senate in 2008, kicked Brazeau out of the Conservative caucus after
he heard about the incident.
2013 Feb 8, In Halifax, Canada,
naval officer Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Delisle (41), who handed over secrets
to Russia for more than four years, damaging Canada's relations with
the United States and other key allies, was jailed for 20 years.
2013 Feb 19, In Los Angeles a
body was found in a water tank on the roof of the historic Cecil
Hotel. It was soon identified as that of a Canadian woman who went
missing in late January. Elisa Lam (21), a college student from
Vancouver, British Columbia, was last seen by staff at the hotel on
2013 Feb, Kyrgyzstan’s
Parliament voted to scrap its existing contract with Canada’s
Centerra Gold, operator of the Kumtor mine. This mine accounts for
as much as 12% of the country’s GDP and half of its exports, while
contributing nearly a tenth of the national budget.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.42)
2013 Mar 15, A Canadian joint
venture operating one of the world's largest gold mines and the
government of the Dominican Republic reached an agreement to inspect
the company's exports, ending a standoff that halted a shipment
valued at nearly $12 million.
2013 Mar 25, In Canada waste
water from Suncor's oil sands operation north of Fort McMurray,
Alberta, escaped when a pipe broke after freezing. An estimated 350
cubic meters of contaminated water was released into the river over
a 10-hour period, the company said, adding that it did not contain
2013 Mar 28, Canadian Pacific
Railway Ltd reopened a rail line in western Minnesota, a day after a
mile-long train hauling crude oil from Alberta, Canada, derailed in
the area, spilling up to 30,000 gallons of oil.
2013 Apr 3, Canadian Pacific
Railway Ltd suffered its second oil spill in a week, but said just
four barrels of light crude leaked from tanker cars in a morning
derailment in a remote area of northern Ontario. BP’s estimate of
the spill was raised the next day to 400 barrels.
(Reuters, 4/3/13)(Reuters, 4/4/13)
2013 Apr 7, In Halifax, Canada,
Rehtaeh Parsons (17) died after being removed from life support
following a suicide attempt by hanging on April 4. She had killed
herself after a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in
Nov, 2011, circulated online. In August one man (18) was charged
with two counts of distributing child pornography and the second man
(18) was charged with making child pornography and distributing it.
2013 Apr 18, The New York
Public Service Commission approved a plan to build the Champlain
Hudson transmission line, which will be capable of moving 1,000
megawatts of hydropower from Québec to New York City.
2013 Apr 22, In Canada Chiheb
Esseghaier (30) of Montreal and Raed Jaser (35) were arrested and
charged by police with plotting an attack on a Toronto-area
2013 Apr 25, In Haiti Richard
Joyal (62), a Catholic missionary from Manitoba, Canada, was shot to
death as he left a bank in Port-au-Prince.
2013 Apr 26, In Canada a
dispute began at the Edmonton Remand Center after a correctional
worker was suspended for complaining about safety issues. Employees
at 7 prisons in Alberta followed with strikes to protest the
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)
2013 Apr 26, In Canada Royal
Dutch Shell Plc's Shell issued an alert for a hazardous materials
leak at its 75,000 barrel-per-day Corunna refinery in Sarnia,
Ontario. 3 workers at the refinery were sent to hospital following a
hydrogen sulfide leak.
2013 May 11, Canada deported
Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad, a former Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine commando, to Lebanon. He had taken part in a
1968 assault on an El Al jet in Athens that killed an Israeli man.
2013 May 19, Nigel Wright, the
top aide to Canadian PM Stephen Harper, abruptly resigned over his
role in a mounting expenses scandal which threatened to undermine
the Conservative government.
2013 May 21, A Canadian Pacific
derailment spilled 575 barrels of crude oil near Jansen,
Saskatchewan. The line reopened the next day as clean up continued.
2013 May 23, Lawyers said an
order of the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to pay $16.5 million
to more than 400 adults who said they were sexually abused as
children by religious leaders. The victims claimed abuse at schools
and child-care facilities belonging to the Christian Brothers and
the Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc, in 17 US states and Canada
from the late 1940s or early 1950s until the 1980s.
2013 May 27, Canada-based
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l. announced the acquisition of Bausch +
Lomb, an American eye-health giant, for $8.7 billion.
2013 Jun 2, In Canada a
Canadian Pacific freight train derailed in Ontario morning when it
was crossing a bridge, sending several cars into the Wahnapitae
River, marking the second derailment for the railroad operator in
less than two weeks.
2013 Jun 5, In Canada Brent
Rathgeber, a member of Parliament from the Conservatives' western
stronghold of Alberta, resigned from the caucus and complained the
government was not really interested in transparency.
2013 Jun 10, Canada’s Natural
Resources Minister Joe Oliver said operators of nuclear power plants
will be made liable for the first C$1 billion ($980 million) of
damages in the event of an accident, up from C$75 million under
existing rules. The government also intends to increase the period
during which compensation claims can be made after a disaster to 30
years from 10 years.
2013 Jun 10, In Canada new
regulations took effect on home grown marijuana. Old rules will run
concurrently until March 31, 2014, to allow time for Ottawa to
license new growers. Legal production will be taken out of private
homes next year as Canada seeks to address more than a decade of
neighborhood spats and criminal activity.
2013 Jun 17, In Canada
Montreal's new Mayor Michael Applebaum, who pledged to stamp out
corruption at City Hall when he took office late last year, was
arrested by Quebec's anti-corruption police squad. He faced 14
charges including defrauding the government and corruption in
(AP, 6/17/13)(SFC, 6/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 17, Canada said it has
pledged an additional $98.4 million to Jordan to help the Arab
country cope with the costly fallout from the worsening crisis next
door in Syria.
2013 Jun 20, In Canada 2 people
were killed in a massive explosion and fire at a fireworks plant
2013 Jun 21, Canada’s western
city of Calgary ordered the evacuation of its entire downtown area
as flood waters reached the 10th row of the city’s hockey arena. Two
bodies have been recovered from floodwaters in southern Alberta.
(SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 28, In Canada 6 tanker
cars that teetered on a partially collapsed railway bridge over
Calgary's swollen Bow River were successfully removed. The partially
collapsed bridge gave way a day earlier after most of the train had
2013 Jul 1, In Canada John
Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody were arrested and charged
with terrorism for attempting to leave pressure cooker bombs at
British Columbia's provincial legislature on Canada Day.
2013 Jul 6, In Canada 5 tanker
cars of petroleum products exploded after a train derailed in the
middle of the small town of Lac Megantic, Quebec province. The blast
destroyed many buildings and sent flames hundreds of feet into the
air. 47 people were killed. On October 9, 2015, a US judge approved
a $338 million settlement fund for the victims.
(AP, 7/6/13)(Reuters, 7/10/13)(AP, 7/20/13)(SFC,
2013 Jul 11, In Canada The
Weston group’s Loblaw grocery chain agreed to buy Shoppers Drug Mart
for $11.9 billion.
(Econ, 7/20/13, p.58)
2013 Jul 13, In Canada Cory
Monteith (31), the young actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series
"Glee," was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver. He was beset by
addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be
alive. A coroner said he died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
(AP, 7/14/13)(SFC, 7/17/13, p.F2)
2013 Jul 26, In Canada a truck
carrying 9,250 gallons of jet fuel crashed into a creek in the
Kootenay region of British Columbia. The truck was enroute to supply
helicopters battling wildfires in the Perry Ridge area.
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 27, In Canada Sammy
Yatim (18) was shot to death while holding a knife by police
officers in an empty Toronto streetcar. The event, caught on video
and posted to YouTube, sparked calls of unnecessary police force. On
August 19 a Toronto police officer was charged with murder.
(SFC, 7/30/13, p.A2)(SFC, 8/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 5, In Canada brothers
Noah and Connor Barthe, agers 4 and 6, were killed by an African
rock python as they slept in their home in Campbellton, New
Brunswick. The 100-pound snake had escaped from its enclosure,
slithered through a ventilator and fell through the ceiling of their
(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 29, A Canadian tax
court said Winston Blackmore, leader of a Hutterite community in
Bountiful, British Columbia that practices a fundamentalist form of
Mormonism, underreported his income by more than Can$1.68 million
2013 Sep 16, Bombardier of
Canada launched the maiden flight of its new cSeries narrow-body
plane with 100-150 seats.
(Econ, 9/21/13, p.66)
2013 Sep 18, In Canada a
passenger train collided with a double-decker city bus in Ottawa,
killing 6 people.
2013 Sep 19, The organizers of
the Rhodes Scholarships said a Canadian philanthropist (the McCall
MacBain Foundation) is giving of 75 million pounds ($120 million) to
the program, the largest single donation since the prestigious
program was founded in 1903.
2013 Sep 20, Canada-based
BlackBerry said it would cut 4,500 jobs as the struggling smartphone
maker retrenches in the face of hefty losses and weak sales of its
2013 Sep 23, Ontario-based
BlackBerry said it got a $4.7 billion buyout offer from a group led
by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, its biggest shareholder.
(AFP, 9/24/13)(SFC, 9/24/13, p.D5)
2013 Sep 26, Norwegian oil
group Statoil said it had made a big oil find off the coast of
Newfoundland in Canada with 300 million to 600 million barrels of
2013 Sep 29, SpaceX launched a
Falcon 9 rocket to carry Cassiope, a Canadian communications and
weather satellite, into orbit.
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.86)
2013 Sep 30, Canadian oil
company Pacific Rubiales said it is acquiring Colombia’s
Petrominerales for around 1.6 billion Canadian dollars ($1.55
2013 Oct 9, In Canada Paul
Desmarais Sr. (88), one of the country’s richest and most
influential men, died. The self-made billionaire transformed an
ailing family-owned bus company into a $271 billion global
conglomerate, and was a friend to four Canadian prime ministers.
2013 Oct 10, Short story master
Alice Munro (82), who captures the everyday lives and epiphanies of
men and women in rural Canada with elegant and precise prose, won
the Nobel Prize in literature.
(AP, 10/10/13)(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A3)
2013 Oct 17, Canadian police
arrested at least 40 protesters opposed to shale gas development in
New Brunswick after vehicles were set ablaze and a shot was fired.
2013 Oct 18, Canada and the EU
struck a tentative Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
meant to boost growth and employment.
(AP, 10/18/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.18)
2013 Oct 18, Canada’s Supreme
Court, in the case of a severely-brain damaged man, ruled that
family, not doctors, should decide when to cut off life support.
2013 Oct 19, In Canada a train
carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas derailed west of
Edmonton, Alberta, causing a fire, but no injuries.
2013 Oct 28, The governors of
California, Oregon and Washington states along with the premier of
British Columbia agreed to coordinate greenhouse gas reduction
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 31, Calls for the
resignation of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford intensified after police said
they had obtained a video that appears to show him smoking a crack
pipe, discovered in a massive surveillance operation of a friend who
is suspected of supplying the mayor with drugs.
2013 Nov 4, Canada-based
BlackBerry abandoned hopes of finding a buyer, and instead pegged
its future on a $1 billion cash infusion and new management, after
the sudden departure of its chief executive.
2013 Nov 5, Canada's Senate
effectively expelled three of their own for what an audit revealed
were "troubling" expense claims, as a federal police probe
2013 Nov 7, A new video
surfaced showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threatening to "murder"
someone and "poke his eyes out" in a rambling rage, deepening
concerns among both critics and allies that he is no longer fit to
lead Canada's largest city.
2013 Nov 10, In Canada 5 people
died in a plane crash near Red Lake in northwestern Ontario.
(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 12, A company owned by
Canada's Gabriel Resources said it still hopes to start digging for
gold in Romania in 2014, despite a negative vote by a parliamentary
2013 Nov 12, Mylene Paquette
(35) of Quebec, Canada, made history by becoming the first North
American to make a west-to-east solo crossing of the Atlantic by
2013 Nov 15, Toronto police
said a global investigation into a Canadian child porn website has
led to the arrest of 341 people including teachers, doctors and
police officers, and the rescue of 386 sexually abused children.
Australian police said they had arrested 65 of the total.
2013 Nov 15, In Canada the city
councillors of Toronto voted to limit their hell-raising mayor's
powers after Rob Ford’s latest obscene outburst.
2013 Nov 18, In Canada the City
Council of Toronto stripped Mayor Rob Ford (44) of his meaningful
powers following a heated debate.
(SFC, 11/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 18, Almost 800,000
homes and businesses in the US Midwest and Ontario, Canada, were
without power following severe thunderstorms. Michigan was the
hardest-hit state with more than 540,000 customers out.
2013 Dec 1, Canadian police
said a naval engineer has been arrested and charged for taking steps
to transmit sensitive information to China related to shipbuilding
2013 Dec 9, Canada signalled
intentions to claim the North Pole and surrounding Arctic waters
while announcing the filing of a UN application seeking to vastly
expand its Atlantic sea boundary.
2013 Dec 10, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin ordered the military to step up its presence in the
Arctic after Canada signalled its intention to claim the North Pole
and surrounding waters.
2013 Dec 11, Canada's postal
service said it will phase out door-to-door mail delivery in
response to falling mail volumes and big financial losses. Canadians
will instead have to collect their mail from corner community
mailboxes that are to be set up in cities nationwide.
2013 Dec 11, Air Canada
announced it had placed a firm $6.5 billion order for 61 Boeing 737
MAX narrow-body aircraft, with options on 18 more planes and
purchase rights for 30 others.
2013 Dec 16, More than 50 top
European and US scientists wrote to the European Commission
President urging him to press ahead with a plan to label tar sands
as more polluting than other forms of oil, in defiance of intensive
lobbying from Canada.
2013 Dec 16, In Indonesia
Canadian activist Jeremy Ball visited jailed independence supporters
in Papua at the end of a six-month bicycle tour to highlight human
rights concerns about the restive eastern region.
2013 Dec 20, Canada's highest
court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws, a victory
for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other
measures made their profession more dangerous.
2013 Dec 22, A band of severe
weather from tornadoes to icy blasts left at least 7 people dead as
winter storms and severe weather pushed up the East Coast, bringing
record high temperatures to Philadelphia and NYC. The storm system
brought freezing rain across much of Eastern Canada, cutting power
to hundreds of thousands of people and wreaking havoc on holiday
plans at one of the busiest travel times of the year.
(Reuters, 12/23/13)(AP, 12/23/13)
2014 Jan 2, Canadian
lawmaker Rathika Sitsabaiesan said she was intimidated and
warned she could be deported during an ongoing visit to her
birthplace of Jaffna, the war-battered Tamil heartland of Sri Lanka.
2014 Jan 3, The health minister
of Alberta, Canada, said an H1N1 flu outbreak in Alberta has
sickened nearly 1,000 people and killed five over the past few
weeks. He urged everyone to get vaccinated.
2014 Jan 6, Extreme cold in
Canada disrupted flights and school classes. Temperatures as low as
minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit) plunged the western
Prairies region into a deep freeze, heightening risks of frostbite
2014 Jan 7, A blast of
bone-chilling cold snarled air travel, closed schools and prompted
calls for people to stay inside in the United States and Canada, as
temperatures plunged to lows not seen in two decades. At least 9
people were reported dead due to the weather.
(AFP, 1/7/14)(Reuters, 1/9/14)
2014 Jan 7, In Canada a freight
train carrying crude oil and propane derailed in New Brunswick
province. One locomotive and 17 cars derailed. 5 cars carried oil
and 4 carried propane.
(AP, 1/8/14)(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 8, Canada announced
the first H5N1 avian flu death in North America, of a patient who
had just returned from China.
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
Daniel Menard, a former Canadian brigadier-general and head of
Canadian forces in Afghanistan, was detained for alleged gun
smuggling. He was currently working for security firm Garda World.
Menard had resigned from the military after pleading guilty in 2011
to having an affair with a female corporal under his command.
2014 Jan 14, Japanese
engineering giant JGC Corp. said it has won a contract to help build
a Canadian liquefied natural gas plant in a deal reportedly worth
2014 Jan 17, Taiwan lifted a
ban on imports of Canadian beef-on-the-bone as part of its efforts
to promote investment talks with the country and its participation
in regional trade blocs. The new measure will take effect in
2014 Jan 18, A Canadian pilot
was among two people feared dead when the small plane he was flying
went down in Guyana's thick Amazon jungle two minutes after takeoff.
2014 Jan 19, Canadian PM
Stephen Harper began his first official visit to Israel, with his
Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu hailing him as a "great
friend" of the Jewish state.
2014 Jan 20, Canada’s PM
Stephen Harper said the staunch Israeli ally would provide
additional financial support for the West Bank, as he met
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah.
2014 Jan 22, TransCanada began
delivering oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to customers in Nederland,
Texas, through the southern portion of the proposed Keystone XL
(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 23, In Canada an early
morning fire at a Quebec residence for elderly people killed at
least 32 people. Eight of the 32 remained missing.
(AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/25/14)(Reuters,
1/26/14)(SSFC, 2/2/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 24, Air Canada
suspended ticket sales in Venezuela, adding to a rising number of
airlines protesting a government devaluation of the local currency
just for travelers.
2014 Jan 28, Canada's BMO
Financial Group said it will acquire UK-based financial manager
F&C for 1.3 billion Canadian dollars (860 million euros).
2014 Feb 13, Toronto-based
Barrick Gold Corp., the world's largest gold miner, announced
massive losses while forecasting rising costs and less gold to dig
2014 Feb 25, Canada-based
BlackBerry said it will release a low-cost phone in Indonesia in
April and plans a broader release of a phone that restores a beloved
row of control keys with a track pad.
2014 Feb 26, Canadian
anesthesiologist Dr. George Doodnaught (65) was sentenced to 10
years in prison for sexually assaulting 21 sedated women.
(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb, The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police laid fraud and breach-of-trust charges against
suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau and former Sen. Mac Harb that stemmed
from claims they made for housing and living expenses.
2014 Mar 4, Chinese
millionaires pleaded for the Canadian government not to throw away
the immigration applications of thousands of Chinese nationals as
part of its plans to end a backlogged investor program.
2014 Mar 4, In Mexico one
person was killed when illegal miners attacked the mine and offices
in Guanajuato state of a silver mine run by Canada-based Great
Panther Silver company.
2014 Mar 12, Canada ended
military operations in Afghanistan, ending a 12-year mission ahead
of an end-of-year deadline for foreign combat operations to end.
2014 Mar 13, The Toronto
National Post reported that a new generation of mutant lice have
become immune to poisons of decades past and constituted 97.1% of
all Canadian head lice cases.
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Apr 7, Quebec voters gave
a resounding no to the prospect of holding a third referendum on
independence from Canada, handing the main separatist party in the
French-speaking province one of its worst electoral defeats ever.
Liberals got 41.5 percent of the vote and took 70 seats in the
125-member National Assembly.
2014 Apr 10, Jim Flaherty
(b.1949), former Canadian finance minister, died just week after
leaving the cabinet of PM Stephen Harper.
2014 Apr 15, In Canada 5 people
died in a stabbing rampage at a house party held to mark the end of
university classes in Calgary. Matthew Douglas de Grood (22), the
son of a police officer and a recent graduate of the University of
Calgary, picked up a large knife shortly after arriving at the party
and stabbed the victims one by one shortly after 1 a.m.
(AFP, 4/15/14)(AP, 4/16/14)
2014 Apr 30, Toronto Mayor Rob
Ford said he will take an immediate leave of absence to seek help
for alcohol, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor
smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.
2014 May 1, Royal Canadian
Mounted Police announced that they have identified some 1,000 cases
of murdered aboriginal women and girls over the last 30 years with
most cases between 1990 and 2013.
(SFC, 5/3/14, p.A4)
2014 May 6, Farley Mowat
(b.1921), Canadian author, died. His 40 books included “Never Cry
Wolf" (1963). His experience observing wolves in sub-Arctic Canada"
was adapted into a film of the same name in 1983.
(SFC, 5/9/14, p.D7)
2014 May 13, Canada-based
BlackBerry launched a new lower-cost smartphone designed
specifically for Indonesia in an attempt to win back market share
that has plunged in recent years but remains higher than in many
2014 Jun 4, In Canada 3 police
officers were killed late today and two more were taken to hospital
with non-life threatening injuries in Moncton New Brunswick. The
Royal Canadian Mounted Police mounted a massive hunt and soon
arrested suspect Justin Bourque (24) in Moncton.
(AP, 6/5/14)(Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014 Jun 7, In Canada three
inmates escaped from the Orsainville Detention Center in Quebec City
with the help of a helicopter. All three were captured on June 22 at
a Montreal residence.
(AP, 6/7/14)(SFC, 6/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 17, Canada’s
government approved a proposed pipeline to the Pacific Coast that
would allow oil to be shipped to Asia.
(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 26, Canada's Supreme
Court recognized native groups' rights over a large swathe of land
for the first time in western British Columbia province. The
landmark ruling in favor of the semi-nomadic Tsilhqot'in people --
numbering about 3,000 -- could have an impact on similar Native
American claims currently pending in court.
2014 Jun 30, In Canada Toronto
Mayor Rob Ford returned to work after a two-month stay in rehab and
vowed to stay clean.
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 5, In Canada Arthur
struck with near-hurricane strength and knocked out power to more
than 250,000 customers in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
(SFC, 7/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 11, The Canadian
government of PM Stephen Harper added 14 individuals to a list of
people facing economic sanctions and travel bans related to the
Ukrainian crisis. This brings to 43 the number of Russians targeted
by Canada in sanctions coordinated with the US and the EU. Thirty
pro-Russian Ukrainians have also been hit with visa bans and other
measures by Ottawa.
2014 Jul 17, The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police laid 31 charges against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy
over some $200,000 of falsified expenses.
(SFC, 7/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 22, Canada’s Public
Safety Minister said twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking
ring have been deported.
(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 8, In Canada a patient
back from Nigeria who showed symptoms of fever and flu -- possible
signs of Ebola -- was put in isolation in a Toronto-area hospital.
2014 Aug 8, In Canada a small
plane crashed on Chappie Lake, south of Kenora, Ontario. 3 people on
a fishing trip from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, were killed.
(SSFC, 8/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 12, Canada said it
will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine
developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for
use in Africa.
2014 Aug 26, Burger King said
it has agreed to buy Canada's coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons in
an $11 billion deal that would create the world's third-largest fast
food company and be based in Canada.
2014 Sep 1, In Canada Jacobus
Marinus van Nierop, a fugitive Dutch dentist, was arrested in
Nackawic, New Brunswick, following an int’l. manhunt. He was accused
of mutilating dozens of French patients.
2014 Sep 5, PM Stephen Harper
said Canada will send 50 to 100 military advisers to Iraq to bolster
an effort against Islamic militants.
(SFC, 9/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 14, In Canada "The
Imitation Game," a biopic of British codebreaker Alan Turing
starring Benedict Cumberbatch, won the Toronto film festival's top
2014 Sep 24, Canada-based
BlackBerry introduced its new Passport smartphone, a square-shaped
device with a keyboard.
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.C3)
2014 Sep 26, European Union
leaders said a major trade agreement with Canada has the backing of
all 28 EU countries after last minute opposition from Germany had
threatened to scuttle the deal.
2014 Sep 26, Cuba notified
Ontario-based Tokmakjian Group that its president, Cy Tokmakjian
(74) has been sentenced to 15 years in Cuban prison on
corruption-related charge. Tokmakjian Group said the charges against
its president were concocted as an excuse to seize the automotive
firm's $100 million in assets in Cuba.
2014 Sep 29, Canada's broadcast
regulator (CRTC) gave American companies Google and Netflix a
three-day deadline to turn over subscriber data or have their
testimony expunged from a major public hearing. The Internet giants
refused to share the data earlier this month.
2014 Oct 7, Canada's Parliament
voted to authorize airstrikes against the Islamic State militant
group in Iraq following a US request.
2014 Oct 20, In Canada Martin
Couture-Rouleau (25) smashed his car into the two soldiers in the
Quebec city of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu before fleeing with police
in pursuit. Officers opened fired on the suspect, who later died.
The suspect was described by Canadian authorities a young convert to
Islam. One of the injured soldiers soon died in hospital.
(AFP, 10/21/14)(SFC, 10/22/14, p.A2)(Econ,
2014 Oct 22, Canadian Cpl.
Nathan Cirillo was shot at the Canadian war memorial in Ottawa and a
shooter was seen running towards the nearby parliament buildings
where more shots were fired. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a reported
convert to Islam, fatally shot Cirillo and raced through Parliament
before being killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers (58).
(Reuters, 10/22/14)(Reuters, 10/23/14)(SFC,
2014 Nov 8, The central banks
of China and Canada said they have agreed to a currency swap worth
200 billion yuan ($32.67 billion) or C$30 billion, effective for
2014 Nov 28, German media
reported that Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of
encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with
the Canadian smartphone maker.
2014 Dec 4, Canada’s Indsutry
Minister James Moore signed off on the takeover of US-based Burger
King by Ontario-based Tim Hortons chain of coffee shops.
(SFC, 12/5/14, p.C2)
2014 Dec 23, In Canada Luka
Magnotta (32) was found guilty of first-degree murder in a case in
which Chinese student Jun Lin (33) was killed and dismembered in
Montreal in the spring of 2012.
2014 Dec 28, In Canada Phu Lam
(53) killed his wife Tien Truong (35), her eight-year-old son, her
parents, her sister, her three-year-old niece and an acquaintance of
Truong's at a home in northeast Edmonton. The next day Lam shot and
killed Cindy Duong (37) in a home in south Edmonton. He was found
dead by his own hand in a restaurant in the Edmonton bedroom
community of Fort Saskatchewan.
(AP, 12/31/14)(AFP, 1/3/15)
2015 Jan 8, Canada announced
that it would welcome 10,000 Syrians over three years and 3,000 more
Iraqis fleeing war and Islamic State militants.
(SSFC, 1/11/15, p.A4)
2015 Jan 15, Canadian
manufacturer Bombardier suspended its business jets program due to
"weak market demand," resulting in layoffs of 1,000 employees in
Mexico and the United States.
2015 Jan 15, American discount
retailer Target announced its exit from Canada, after a
highly-anticipated but ultimately disastrous launch only two years
2015 Jan 18, Dozens of
Palestinian protesters hurled eggs and shoes at the convoy of the
visiting Canadian foreign minister in a show of defiance toward
Canada's perceived pro-Israel stance.
2015 Jan 20, A senior Canadian
officer said Canadian special forces exchanged gunfire with Islamic
State fighters in Iraq in recent days, in the first confirmed ground
battle between Western troops and IS.
2015 Jan 21, Canada's central
bank lowered its key lending rate to 0.75 percent to bolster an
economy facing a major slowdown over the recent plunge in oil
prices. The rate cut pushed the Loonie down to around 80 American
cents from 94 cents a year ago.
(AFP, 1/21/15)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.62)
2015 Jan 28, A new report said
Canada's electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing
data on up to 15 million file downloads a day as part of a global
surveillance program. The spying initiative was revealed in 2012
documents obtained by US whistleblower Edward Snowden. Canada is
part of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network along with the
United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
2015 Jan 30, Canada's spy
agency was granted new powers to thwart terror plots in a security
overhaul precipitated by recent jihadist attacks.
2015 Feb 3, Toronto’s National
Post reported that Canada’s drug-price regulator has accused Alexion
Pharmaceutical of exceeding the permissible price cap for its drug
Solaris. Alexion charged $700,000 per patient in Canada for the
potentially life-saving treatment for two rare blood diseases.
(SSFC, 2/8/15, p.A4)
2015 Feb 6, Canada's highest
court unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for
mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses.
2015 Feb 13, Canada, a major
exporter of beef, said it has found a case of mad cow disease in a
beef cow in the province of Alberta, the first in the country since
2015 Feb 15, In Canada over
3,000 Teamster members went on strike at Canadian Pacific Railway
after contract talks failed to reach an agreement. The strike ended
on Feb 16 as both sides agreed to resume discussions.
(SFC, 2/14/15, p.A2)(SFC, 2/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 15, A Canadian
National train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern
Ontario. At least seven cars burst into flames.
(SFC, 2/17/15, p.A5)
2015 Feb 17, Canadian officials
said the cost of Canada's six-month bombing mission against the
Islamic State group in Iraq was estimated at more than $100 million.
2015 Feb 17, Canada imposed
sanctions on Russia over its conduct in Ukraine, a move Moscow said
would fuel further tension in Ukraine and prevent the implementation
of the ceasefire.
2015 Feb 18, The Obama
administration and Canada agreed on financing construction of a
plaza for a new $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor. A
public-private partnership will reimburse the plaza construction
with bridge tolls.
(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A8)
2015 Feb 21, Cuba released Cy
Tokmakjian (71), a Canadian automobile executive, who had been held
for more than 3 years on corruption charges. His family held that
his prosecution was an excuse to seize his company’s $100 million
assets in Cuba.
(SSFC, 2/22/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 11, A group of
Canadian imams and religious scholars issued a religious edict
against the Islamic State group, denouncing its threats against and
recruitment in Canada.
2015 Mar 11, Britain’s 2015
Templeton Prize went to Canadian Jean Vanier, who founded the
pioneering global network of "L'Arche" residential communities for
people with and without mental disabilities. The prize, established
in 1972, honors "entrepreneurs of the spirit".
2015 Mar 14, In Canada
thousands protested against Bill C-51, a new anti-terrorism
legislation proposed by the Conservative government of PM Stepehn
(Econ., 3/21/15, p.30)
2015 Mar 20, In Canada Raed
Jaser (37), a longtime resident of Palestinian descent, and
Tunisian-born Chiheb Esseghaier (32), accused of plotting to attack
a passenger train travelling from New York to Toronto, were found
guilty of several terror-related charges. They will be sentenced
April 10. On Sep 23 both men were sentenced to life in prison. Each
would have to serve at least ten years before becoming eligible for
(AP, 3/21/15)(SFC, 9/24/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 29, An Air Canada
flight crash landed and slid off the runway in the east coast city
of Halifax, with the airline confirming 23 passengers and crew
suffered non-life threatening injuries.
2015 Apr 2, Canadian
authorities said seven members of an Asia-based organized crime
syndicate have been arrested for exploiting more than 500 women
mostly from China and Korea in a prostitution ring that spanned the
2015 Apr 2, Dubai-based port
operator DP World said it has reached a deal to acquire the Fairview
container terminal in Canada from Deutsche Bank for 580 million
Canadian dollars, or about $457 million.
2015 Apr 6, Canadian health
authorities said two turkey farms in Ontario have been placed under
quarantine after H5 bird flu was detected in one of them.
2015 Apr 10, Canadian
researchers said China has expanded its Internet censorship efforts
beyond its borders with a new strategy that attacks websites across
the globe. The new strategy, dubbed "Great Cannon," seeks to shut
down websites and services aimed at helping Chinese citizens
circumvent the "Great Firewall".
2015 Apr 14, Canada said it
will send 200 military trainers to Ukraine. The training is to
include explosive ordnance disposal, military police tactics, field
medicine, flight safety and logistics.
2015 Apr 15, Indian PM Narendra
Modi, on the first full day of his visit to Canada, signed a deal to
buy more than 3,000 tons of Canadian uranium over the next five
years to fuel his country's power reactors.
2015 Apr 20, The annual Goldman
Environmental Prize was awarded in San Francisco to six activists.
They included: Marilyn Baptiste (44) of Canada, for her work to stop
the development of an open pit gold and copper mine that threatened
lakes in British Columbia; Berta Caceres (42) of Honduras for her
efforts fighting the Agua Zarca Dam, which threatened to cut off the
water and hunting grounds of the Lenca people; Phyllis Omido (35) of
Kenya for her work exposing lead fumes from a smelting plant; Jean
Wiener of Haiti (50) for his efforts to protect and restore marine
wildlife; Howard Wood (60) of Scotland for his efforts to restore
undersea ecology; and Myint Zaw (39) of Myanmar for halt the
construction of a hydroelectric plant on the Irrawaddy River that
would submerge 50 villages and displace 18,000
(SFC, 4/20/15, p.A6)
2015 May 2, Canadian PM Stephen
Harper made an unannounced visit to Iraq days after lawmakers
extended and expanded the NATO member's air campaign against the
Islamic State jihadist group.
2015 May 5, Canada said it hit
a record Can$3.0 billion (US$2.5 billion) deficit in March amid
slumping energy exports.
2015 May 7, Canada released on
bail Omar Khadr (28), a Canada-born former Guantanamo bay inmate. He
had been convicted in 2010 of throwing a grenade that mortally
wounded a US soldier during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan and in
2012 was sent to Canada to complete an 8-year sentence.
(SFC, 5/8/15, p.A2)
2015 May 7, In Canada Randy
Janzen wrote on Facebook that he had killed his 19-year-old daughter
because of lifelong migraines that made her depressive. He also
killed his wife and sister, before burning himself to death in a
2015 May 20, Canadian police
said they arrested 10 young people from Montreal last week who were
suspected of wanting to leave the country to join jihadist groups.
2015 Jun 1, A Canadian court
ordered tobacco firms to pay Can$15.5 billion (US$12.4 billion) to
smokers in Quebec who claimed they were never warned about the
health risks associated with smoking. Imperial Tobacco Canada,
Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald said they would
2015 Jun 29, Canada announced
economic sanctions against Russian energy firms including natural
gas producer Gazprom over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.
2015 Jun 30, Russia expressed
disappointment over new sanctions imposed by Canada over Moscow's
role in the Ukraine crisis and warned that it would respond.
2015 Jul 5, In Vancouver,
Canada, the US women’s soccer team won the World Cup with a 5-2
victory over Japan.
(SFC, 7/6/15, p.A1)
2015 Jul 6, The Canadian
military was called in to help fight wildfires in the Western
province of Saskatchewan, where 112 active fires have forced the
evacuation of more than 13,000 people and threatened several remote
2015 Jul 12, Canadian opera
singer John Vickers (b.1926), nicknamed "God's tenor" for his
inimitable voice and strong Christian beliefs, died in Ontario.
2015 Jul 16, The United States,
Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement to bar their
fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole. The
accord was also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway
2015 Jul 30, Canada’s labor
minister announced that the government would declare microbeads to
be a toxic substance and prohibit the manufacture, import and sale
of personal care products that contain them.
(Econ, 8/8/15, p.29)
2015 Aug 1, In Canada dozens of
topless women — and men — attended a "Bare With Us" rally meant to
educate the public about women's right to go shirtless if they
choose. Ontario women have had the right to go topless in public
2015 Aug 1, HitchBOT, the
adorable hitch-hiking robot cobbled together from household
odds-and-ends, prematurely ended its summer travels across America,
after being destroyed by vandals and abandoned on the side of a road
in Philadelphia. The little talking automaton had hitchhiked
unscathed last summer across thousands of miles in Canada, and had
traversed parts of Europe as well without so much as a scratch.
Canadian creators Frauke Zeller and David Smith considered
(AFP, 8/3/15)(SFC, 8/3/15, p.A4)(SFC, 8/4/15,
2015 Aug 2, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper requested the dissolution of parliament and began campaigning
for an October 19 vote.
(SFC, 8/3/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 3, In Canada a
shooting began at the Muzik nightclub in Toronto during an event
hosted by rapper Drake and then spilled onto the streets leaving at
least 2 people dead and three wounded.
(SFC, 8/5/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 20, Canada's Valeant
Pharmaceuticals said it is paying $1 billion to buy North
Carolina-based Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which just won US government
approval to sell the first "female Viagra" drug. Valeant shares were
up 0.2 percent at $245.47 in pre-market trade on the New York Stock
2015 Sep 1, Statistics Canada
said the national economy shrank again in the second quarter,
putting the country in recession for the first time since the
2015 Sep 8, European lawmakers
voted overwhelmingly to strengthen an EU ban on seal products,
narrowing exceptions made for Canada's indigenous Inuits.
2015 Sep 19, Canada's
conservative government said it would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees
within one year by simplifying and speeding up the immigration
2015 Oct 1, The foreign
minister and the people of the Marshall Islands were honored for
taking legal action against the nuclear powers for failing to honor
disarmament obligations. Tony de Brum and the people of the Pacific
island group shared the honorary portion of the 2015 Right
Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel."
This year's 3-million-kronor ($358,500) cash award was shared by
Canada's Sheila Watt-Cloutier, for her supports to Inuit causes;
Uganda's Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, for her struggle for sexual
minorities' rights; and Italian surgeon Gino Strada, for providing
medical assistance to victims of war.
2015 Oct 5, Twelve Pacific rim
countries sealed the deal on creating the world's largest free trade
area (TPP), delivering President Barack Obama a major policy
triumph. The Trans-Pacific Partnership included Australia, Brunei,
Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,
Singapore, the US and Vietnam.
2015 Oct 6, The Nobel Prize in
physics was awarded to Japanese researcher Takaaki Kajita and
Canadian Arthur McDonald for discovering that tiny particles called
neutrinos change identities as they whiz through the universe,
proving that they have mass.
2015 Oct 9, In Canada the
Carbon Engineering company, with global plans to pull carbon from
thin air to make fuel while tackling climate change, opened a pilot
plant in Squamish, British Columbia.
2015 Oct 19, Canada held
elections. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau rode a late surge to a
stunning majority election victory. The Liberals seized a
Parliamentary majority, a turn in political fortunes that smashed
the record for the number of seats gained from one election to the
2015 Oct 23, Quebec province
officials said eight Canadian police officers, suspected of sexually
assaulting and beating aboriginal women, have been put on leave or
transferred to administrative duty.
2015 Oct 25, In Canada 5
Britons were killed when a Canadian whale-watching boat carrying 27
passengers sank off the coast of British Columbia. An Australian man
remained missing and the rest were rescued.
(Reuters, 10/2615)(SFC, 10/27/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 30, Coast Guard
leaders from the US, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and
Sweden signed an agreement setting up the Arctic Coast Guard Forum
dedicated to stewardship of Arctic waters.
(SFC, 10/31/15, p.A4)
2015 Nov 2, TransCanada asked
the United States to suspend its review of the proposed Keystone XL
pipeline in a move that might delay a decision until the US
2015 Nov 4, In Canada Justin
Trudeau (43) was sworn in as the country’s 23rd prime minister in
front of a packed crowd.
2015 Nov 10, Dutch electronics
giant Philips announced the inking of a multi-million-euro contract
with Canada's Mackenzie Health to install and run a raft of
state-of-the-art hospital equipment over the next 18 years.
2015 Nov 24, Canada's New
Liberal government announced its plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian
2015 Nov 26, Anastasia Lin,
Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant, said she was barred from
entering China to take part in this year's pageant and accused
Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to
2015 Nov 30, Canada-based
BlackBerry said it is exiting Pakistan rather than hand over its
customers' private messages, after the government demanded access to
encrypted data sent through company servers.
2015 Dec 4, Canada said posted
its 14th consecutive monthly trade deficit in October, as exports to
its key trading partner the United States fell.
2015 Dec 8, Canadian PM Justin
Trudeau announced an inquiry into why nearly 1,200 indigenous women
have been murdered or gone missing over decades.
2015 Dec 10, The first Canadian
government plane carrying Syrian refugees arrived in Toronto late
today where they were greeted by PM Justin Trudeau.
2015 Dec 16, As many as 69
Canadian special forces took part in a 17-hour counteroffensive east
of Mosul. Two CF-18 fighter jets, along with US, British and French
warplanes, launched airstrikes.
2015 Dec 16, North Korea's
Supreme Court sentenced Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim to life in
prison with hard labor for what it called crimes against the
2015 Dec 17, A Quebec court
upheld Canada's first assisted dying law, ruling against doctors who
argued it conflicts with federal criminal law an could see doctors
jailed for helping someone die.
2015 Dec 19, In Canada Dennis
Oland (47), the son of a wealthy Canadian brewer, was found guilty
of murdering his father following a long and sensational trial in
the eastern province of New Brunswick. Richard Oland (69), part of
the family that owns Moosehead Breweries, was found dead in a pool
of blood in his office on July 7, 2011.