Sunday, November 20, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 19 November 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather

Defence minister warns against intervention in Syria

Canada's defence minister, Peter MacKay, urged delegates at the International Security Forum to employ caution when considering foreign intervention in Syria. Speaking in Halifax, Mr. MacKay said that NATO's recent military intervention in Libya should not be considered a new norm. He said that the Libya campaign had what he called the 'authority of the broader community to act' to protect civilians under attack by the Libyan regime. Mr. MacKay conceded that there is obviously violence in Syria, but added that 'we're not in a situation where the responsibility to protect applies.'

Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, who commanded NATO's mission in Libya, agreed, saying that 'Libya should not be a blueprint for the future,' because, he said, Syria has 'different neighbours and it has different regional support," a reference to Iran.

On Saturday, Syria ignored an Arab League deadline to stop its lethal crackdown on protesters. Three protesters were reported killed. Earlier in the week, the Arab League suspended Syria's membership.

Courts rule on Occupy protests

Canadian courts have ordered occupy protesters in British Columbia's two biggest cities to vacate sites where they have been camping out for several months. Victoria's Centennial Square site must be taken down by 07h00 Pacific Time Saturday morning. If the protesters refuse to budge, lawyers for the city say they'll go back to court to obtain an enforcement order.

The camp outside the Vancouver Art Gallery must be dismantled by mid-afternoon Monday. And, Vancouver police have been given the authority to enforce that order. Meantime, a judge in Toronto will rule Monday on whether occupy protesters can remain camped in a city park. Lawyers for the city are asking for an eviction order, claiming the protesters are violating a bylaw by occupying the parks. The occupy camps in Vancouver, Victoria, and Toronto were set up five weeks ago to protest corporate greed.

Innu land deal paves way for hydroelectric project

Leaders of Labrador's Innu have given formal approval to a land claim agreement that attempts to rectify harm caused by one hydroelectric project, and guarantee income from another that has yet to start. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale took part in the signing ceremony Friday, in the northern coastal community of Natuashish.

The Innu land deal clears a major hurdle to develop hydro power at Muskrat Falls, on Labrador's Churchill River. The $6.2-billion project would eventually export 825 megawatts of power first to Newfoundland, and then potentially as much as 40 per cent of that to Nova Scotia. Under the Innu land claim agreement, they will receive five per cent of Muskrat Falls profits.

Canadian military proposes new idea for Arctic rescues

The Canadian military wants to expand search-and-rescue coverage in the Arctic, but not with government employees. It would use private contractors and civilian volunteers. Air Force Major Jay Nelles says beefing up search coverage has been under discussion for over a year.

In southern Canada, the military relies on a network of 25-hundred civilian pilots, navigators and spotters to aid in search missions.


Manitoba airline is reinstated

Transport Canada has reinstated Missinnippi Airways, a Manitoba regional airline whose operator certificate was suspended last month because of safety concerns.

Missinippi Airways agreed to take action to correct the problems.

Transport Canada will closely monitor the airline to verify that the actions are effective.

The airline was also suspended from July to September after a man was killed in an airplane accident in Pukatawagan, 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

Guyana signs major contract with Canadian company

Guyana on Friday signed a major deal with the Canadian company based in Toronto, Guyana Goldfields.

The deal worth CDN$1 billion is the first large-scale gold mining licence that Guyana has issued since 1991, and the largest private investment in the country's mining industry.

Guyana expects the deal to create more than 1,900 jobs.

Two Canadians drown in Dominican Republic

The bodies of two Canadian tourists were found on the beach near the tourist town of Cabarete on Tuesday morning. A medical examiner determined the cause of death as drowning.

A witness said that the two were swimming in dangerous waters.

The men were identified as Joseph Valentino, 63, and Nick Carlucci, 64, both of Montreal. Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs has not commented on the reports.


Syria's president reacts defiantly to further demonstrations

Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, remains defiant in the face of the latest public demonstrations against his regime. Speaking to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, Mr. al-Assad warned that any attempt by foreign governments to intervene in his country would create what he called an 'earthquake' in the Middle East. He vowed that his regime will not bow to domestic or foreign pressure.

He ignored a deadline on Saturday by the Arab League to end hostilities against public protesters. On the same day, 14 protesters were killed in the latest demonstrations.

Turkish newspapers reported that Turkey's government had contingency plans to create no-fly or buffer zones to protect civilians in Syria in the event that the violence becomes worse.

ICC chief wants talks with Libya over detention of Gadhafi's son

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he will travel to Libya next week for talks with the country's transitional government on where Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam will be tried. Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo says that while national governments have the right to try their own citizens for war crimes, he is concerned that Gadhafi will have a fair trial and that he be tried for the same charges he faces at the ICC.

Gadhafi's son -- the only wanted member of the ousted ruling family to remain at large -- was captured as he travelled with aides in a convoy in Libya's southern desert.

U.S. threatens new sanctions against Iran

The UN's nuclear watchdog has passed a resolution expressing deep and increasing concern over Iran's nuclear program. The IAEA resolution called on Iran to clear up outstanding questions about its nuclear capabilities, but did not refer it to the UN Security Council.

The U.S. says Iran is now locked in "unprecedented" isolation, and it warns that if prospects for new UN sanctions do not go forward Washington and its allies will stiffen measures against Iran themselves. Those measures would likely target Tehran's petrochemical sector and financial system.

Obama and Wen discuss South China Sea dispute

U.S. officials have praised China's attitude on South China Sea territorial disputes following talks between Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and President Barack Obama.

The two men met informally on the sidelines of an East Asia summit in Indonesia. Washington and Beijing have been at odds over territorial rights in the South China Sea which holds vast reserves of oil and gas and is a key shipping route. A U.S. official describes China's response to U.S. concerns as "constructive". China claims all of the South China Sea while South East Asian nations have laid claim to parts of it. The U.S. wants the shipping lanes to remain open.

Afganistan endorses security pact with U.S. with conditions

A traditional Afghan national assembly is endorsing a long-term security pact with the U.S. but is imposing some conditions, including an end to unpopular night raids by military forces searching for insurgents.

A resolution issued on Saturday at the end of a Loya Jirga assembly backed a call from Afghan President Hamid Karzai for a pact that will govern the presence of U.S. troops after 2014, when most international forces are to have left or moved into support roles. The more than 2,000 delegates asked him to ensure the United States ends night raids, hands over all Afghan detainees in their custody and limits any agreement to 10 years.

They also said the future pact must be approved by parliament.

Nevada deals with raging wildfire

An emergency remains in effect in the U.S. state of Nevada where a raging wildfire near Reno on Friday, caused the death of one man, sent 16 people to hospital and destroyed or damaged 25 houses. Lighter winds, falling temperatures, and snow flurries on Satureday are helping firefighters get a handle on the blaze which at one point, forced some 10,000 people to flee their homes.

More than 4,000 people are without power, as electrical wires and poles were burnt down in the fire.



Dalai Lama questions effectiveness of those who self-immolate

The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he is very concerned about the growing number of monks and nuns setting themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule in Tibet. In an interview with the BBC he said he had not encouraged such actions, saying there was no doubt they required courage.

But he questions how effective their actions are. There have been 11 cases of self-immolation so far this year most resulting in death.

Demonstrators clash with police in Tahrir Square

Police clashed on Saturday with protesters camping in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where the day before, thousands of people demonstrated against the interim military government. At least one person was reported killed as a result of a gunshot wound. More than 600 others were injured, including 40 police officers.

Demonstrators demanded that the military transfer power to a civilian government soon. Tahrir Square was the site of mass public demonstrations early this year that led to the ouster of long-time president Hosni Mubarek.

Demonstrators are vowing to stage similar protests until the military government accedes to their demands.



Canadian Milos Raonic is the 2011 ATP World Tour's Newcomer of the Year. Tennis tour players vote for the award to the new player who has made the biggest impact on the ATP World Tour. Raonic rose from No. 156 in the world to 25 in May, the highest-ranked singles player in Canadian history. Past winners of the award include Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Patrick Rafter and John McEnroe.



Despite some falls and shaky jumps, Canadian Patrick Chan won the Trophee Bompard in Paris on Saturday for the third time. Song Nan of China was second and Czech ice skater Michal Brezina was third. In theice dancecompetition, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold medal, beating defending champions Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France. Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy finished third.



Canadian Christine Nesbitt won a silver medal in the women's 1,500 metres at a World Cup meet in Chelyabinsk, Russia on Saturday. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands was first and her compatriot Marrit Leenstra was third.



Here is Canada's weather forecast for Sunday, November 20 . British Columbia will be cloudy. The high temperature in Vancouver will be four degrees Celsius. The Yukon: sunny. Whitehorse, minus 22. Northwest Territories: increasing cloudiness. Yellowknife, minus 16. Nunavut: mainly sunny. Iqaluit, minus 15. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, minus 16. Saskatchewan: sunny. Regina, minus 13. Manitoba: mainly sunny. Winnipeg, minus ten. Ontario: partly cloudy. Toronto: 12. Ottawa, 11. Quebec: showers. Montreal, 14. New Brunswick: variable cloudiness. Fredericton, 11. Nova Scotia: showers. Halifax, 12. Prince Edward Island: variable cloudiness. Charlottetown, 11. Newfoundland: showers. St. John's, eight.

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