Canada Winter Forecast: Abundant Snow for Ski Resorts
Another source told Reuters: “A deal in principle at a high level is complete … but when it comes to the dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s, there’s still a fair bit left to be done.” Backed strongly by Canadian and European industry, the accord is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods and services by a fifth to 25.7 billion euros ($35 billion) a year, according to latest EU estimates. A deal would be a political achievement for Harper’s free-trade agenda and a step forward for the EU as the 28-nation bloc seeks to agree a trade deal with the United States. That pact would be the world’s largest, encompassing half the world economy and a third of world commerce. CETA would also be of enormous political help to Harper, who is under pressure at home over a spending scandal. CANADA TRIES TO CALM ANGRY DAIRY FARMERS Canada’s Conservative government tried on Thursday to calm angry dairy farmers who said they would be hurt by an increase in the EU’s cheese export quota under CETA. Denis Lebel, the federal minister responsible for Quebec, said the government would compensate any farmer who suffered as a result. The dairy lobby is influential in rural parts of Quebec and Ontario that tend to vote Conservative. For Europe and Canada, the accord would also be one of a new generation of trade pacts that not only remove import tariffs but also harmonise rules on how companies do business across borders. An EU-U.S. deal would likely build on some of the agreements made with Canada to boost transatlantic business. The EU-Canada pact would eliminate tariffs on almost all goods and services, set larger quotas for EU dairy exports and Canadian beef and pork exports and make it easier for EU car makers to export vehicles to Canada. For the first time, provincial governments in Canada would commit to opening their lucrative procurement markets to allow European companies to compete for contracts alongside locals. EU governments, the European Parliament and Canada’s 10 provinces will still need to approve any EU-Canada deal. Jean Charest, the former premier of Quebec and one of the main drivers behind the deal, said while no Canadian province could veto the treaty, it could in theory refuse to take part in areas of provincial jurisdiction, such as procurement.
UPDATE 2-EU, Canada near trade pact after breaking impasse
Despite the milder temperatures during December and January, an active storm track will bring plenty of snow opportunities to ski country in eastern Canada, while mixed precipitation will be more common over southern Ontario. @ijaycole tweeted: “@BrettAWX Couldn’t of asked for a better prediction to the start of the winter season! #enjoyskiingrestofCanada” Additional Relevant Tweets and Social Media Reaction The West The West Coast, including Vancouver, will have a changeable winter with drier-than-normal conditions for December before more typical winter storminess returns in January. RELATED: Follow Rain on the Canada Radar Temperatures will average close to normal for the first half of the winter then trend above normal for the second half of the season. Snowfall along the Coast Range in British Columbia will be typical for an average winter with the greatest potential for heavy snowfall coming in January and early February. The Prairies The winter will get off to a strong start across much of the Prairie region with shots of arctic air being directed south from the Yukon Territory with increasing opportunities for accumulating snowfall over southern and western Alberta, including Calgary. Average snowfall is expected for the central Prairies, including Saskatoon. However, below-average snowfall is forecast for the eastern Prairies, including Winnipeg, especially the second half of the winter as a seasonably cold, but dry flow of air takes over. Eastern and Atlantic Canada An active storm track through the Great Lakes during December and into a part of January will lead to above-normal precipitation this winter over a large portion of eastern Canada. Snowfall will end up higher than normal from the upper Great Lakes through most of Quebec and into Labrador. Farther south in Ontario, from Windsor to Toronto and Kingston, the milder pattern during December and January will lead to more mixed precipitation events, which will cut down on the snowfall potential. A man crosses the street as a snowstorm swept through Toronto, Thursday, March 1, 2007. (AP Photo/CP, Toronto Star, Steve Russell) Despite the increase in natural snowfall, snow-making in the eastern and Atlantic Canada resorts will be a challenge the first half of the winter due to the higher temperatures and humidity. A drier, colder pattern is expected to take over in Ontario and western Quebec during February as the storm track shifts toward the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
EU hopes to conclude Canada deal in “coming days”
Canada Post has unveiled a stamp featuring Prince George with his parents, Prince William and Kate. The stamp is being announced a week before the royal infant is to be christened in London on Oct. 23, just over three months after his birth. Canada Post says George is the youngest royal to make an appearance on a Canadian stamp. The agency had previously issued a stamp to commemorate William and Kates engagement and another to mark their wedding. The latest limited-edition stamp will be available online and at post offices across Canada starting Oct. 22. When his royal highness was born, people around the world celebrated…This stamp proudly memorializes this moment in our history, said Lisa Raitt, the minister responsible for Canada Post. We value respectful and thoughtful discussion. Readers are encouraged to flag comments that fail to meet the standards outlined in our Community Code of Conduct . For further information, including our legal guidelines, please see our full website Terms and Conditions . Top News
Canada has agreed to permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to Canada in exchange for greater access for Canadian beef and pork producers. Leduc said Canada’s cheese industry is angry because it threatens the fine cheese market in Canada. “For the dairy farmers of Canada this is a deal that is unacceptable. We’re more than disappointed,” Leduc said. “It will allow significant access of high quality or fine cheeses into Canada, a segment that is supplied by the smaller or medium size cheese factories in Canada.” Harper has said that a free trade deal between his country and the European Union could help the EU establish a beachhead as they embark on separate free trade talks with the U.S. If a U.S.-EU trade deal is reached, it could be the world’s largest free trade pact. Canada hopes to diversify Canada’s trade away from the U.S., the country’s largest trading partner. Canada’s finance minister has said despite Europe’s struggles, Canada remains very interested because the EU is still the largest market in the world in terms of the size of its middle class. The Canada-EU deal would make it easier for Canadian companies to invest in, and sell to, the 17-member EU with its 500 million consumers. In 2012, Canada was the EU’s 12th most important trading partner, accounting for 1.8 percent of the EU’s external trade. The EU was Canada’s second biggest partner with about 9.5 percent of external trade.