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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<

Trump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash

Politicians, corporations face pressure to distance themselves from The Rebel
        Irish prime minister to march with Trudeau in Montreal�s Pride parade
Canadian consulates in the U.S. to discuss policies with would-be asylum seekers
        Ontario municipalities call for sales-tax hike to fund local projects

Tip 1 of Freeland�s Art of the Deal: Expect things to get messy
        Heritage minister orders CRTC to review decision lowering Canadian content
Trudeau condemns �cowardly� Burkina Faso attack, offers condolences
        NAFTA 2.0 � Canada�s Wish List
Canadians� opinions mixed on supply management
        Is the Liberals� NAFTA wish list a sign they are setting up talks to fail?
There is no moral equivalency when it comes to neo-Nazi white supremacy
        A race riot in a southern town � and a daunting policy test for Trudeau

Brian Lilley, co-founder of The Rebel, leaves the conservative media website
        Conservative MP Michael Chong Disavows �Anti-Semitic�, �White Supremacist� Rebel Media
�Enough is enough�: Conservatives should cut ties with Rebel Media, says UCP leadership hopeful
        Liberals� plan for gender and Indigenous chapters in NAFTA not likely to happen, experts say
Alberta politician Derek Fildebrandt says he made mistakes billing the government for meals
        Canada�s NAFTA demands: Good luck with that, say skeptical U.S. trade vets
Kinder Morgan: Let�s move from battleground to common ground
Ontario judge frees refugee claimant, calls detention Kafkaesque
Canadian officials did NAFTA homework as soon as Trump began talking trade
        Armenian-Canadians urge Liberals to stop export of armoured vehicles to Azerbaijan
B.C. bans trophy hunting for Grizzly bears, total ban in Great Bear Rainforest
        Trudeau�s atypical media exposure pushed by �most image-conscious PMO in Canadian history�
Canada�s 10 NAFTA demands: A list of what Canada wants as talks start this week
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Energy East pipeline delays raised at ministers� meeting - CTV News
        Crash test monies: federal documents raise questions about $5.4M barrier - Jordan Press, The Canadian Press, CTV News
Why Canada�s key NAFTA demands may be a tough sell in the U.S. - Alex Panetta, The Canadian Press, Macleans
        U.S. trade vets skeptical of Canada�s NAFTA demands being met - CTV News
Business coalition sounds alarm over Ontario�s minimum-wage hike - Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star
        Chrystia Freeland�s vision for a new NAFTA - Macleans
Veterans see need for deep, flexible spending in new homeless strategy - Jordan Press, The Canadian Press, CTV News
        McDonald�s Canada marking 50th birthday with 67-cent hamburgers- CBC News
Bombardier CSeries jet a real �game-changer� for mid-range flights, analyst says- Bloomberg, Toronto Star
        Cabinet orders CRTC to review decision to decrease spending on Canadian TV programs- Emily Jackson, Financial Post

Canada Goose tries a new flight path: $650 sweaters- Marina Strauss, The Globe and Mail
        First Nation sues CN Rail over northern Ontario oil spills- CTV News


Trump sur Charlottesville: il y a eu des torts �des deux c�t�s�Plus
        Trudeau invite le premier ministre de l'Irlande au d�fil� de la Fiert� de Montr�alPlus
Un monument en m�moire de l'Holocauste vandalis� � BostonPlus
        Une nouvelle vague d'extr�me droite affleure Plus
Une nouvelle vague d'extr�me droite affleure sous TrumpPlus
        Trudeau condamne fortement l'attentat terroriste Plus
[VID�O] Gatineau : deux voleurs v�tus de combinaison de travail recherch�sPlus
        Des arch�ologues d�couvrent trois tombeaux mill�naires dans le sud de l'�gyptePlus
Les �.-U. toujours �int�ress�s� par un dialoguePlus
        Chine: un accro � internet meurt apr�s une �cure de d�sintox�Plus

Frappes sur un fief de l'EI en Irak, avant le d�but de l'assautPlus
        Trois patrons cessent de conseiller Trump Plus
Val�rie Plante, �l'homme de la situation�Plus
        Australie: le secret de la confession couvre m�me les abus p�dophiles Plus
Il trouve un scorpion dans un sac de bananes achet�es chez CostcoPlus
        L'Iran menace de quitter l'accord nucl�aire en cas de nouvelles sanctionsPlus


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
When Is a Russian �Hack� Not a Hack? - Jennifer Kerns, Washington Examiner
        Trump attacks �fake news media� over coverage of Charlottesville remarks - Brandon Carter, The Hill
Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist�s Ouster - Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush, New York Times
        Trump Ought to Thank Obama - Juan Williams, The Hill
The Reality of Charlottesville - Ben Domenech, The Federalist
        Will Dems Bet That Their Party Can Fly With Only a Left Wing? - John Fund, National Review
Trump campaign emails show aide�s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings - Tom Hamburger, Washington Post
        Halfway Through, Trump Coming Up Empty on Travel Ban - Ari Melber, Meredith Mandell, Justin Maffett and Diana Marinaccio, NBC News
Hundreds feared dead in mudslide near Freetown- Al Jazeera
        Theresa May seeks interim EU deal to avoid Brexit trade chaos- Heather Stewart, The Guardian

Car ramming east of Paris kills girl, terrorism ruled out- AFP, The Times Of India
        North Korea leader �briefed� on Guam missile plan- BBC News
Yemen cholera cases exceed half a million in four months- France 24

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THE LEBANON DAILY STAR<<<<<<<<

Engines in N.Korea missiles were intended only for Russia: Kiev
        Lot of time' needed to rebuild trust in Gulf: Qatar FM
Swedes help Danes in submarine case with missing woman
        Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years
Iranian president threatens to restart nuclear program
        Britain's says EU is getting 'quite cross' over Brexit divorce bill
Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. downplays war risk
        Seventy years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs still searching for home
Dutch count massive cost of tainted-eggs scare
        �Chess god� Kasparov returns to competition
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From: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: Is CN trying to kill Via Rail? By: Greg Gormick Winnipeg Free Press 08/15/2017

TO paraphrase a 1978 comedy-mystery film, �Who is killing the great trains of Canada?�

The cast of characters is lengthy.

Start with Liberal and Conservative governments that have seen no value in a modern rail passenger system since Via Rail was launched the same year as that movie.

Cue the fresh-faced Ottawa policy advisers whose credentials include rail-relevant work in cosmetics marketing (I kid you not).

Add a dash of hostility by airlines and bus lines that want Via�s subsidy diverted to their accounts.

But there is no question who is slowly euthanizing the greatest of all Canadian passenger trains, the world-renowned Canadian on the Toronto-Sudbury-Vancouver route. It�s former Crown corporation Canadian National (CN).

Since it was privatized in 1995, CN has been extending the length of its freight trains, but not keeping pace by extending the sidings where opposing trains can �meet� each other or slower ones can be overtaken by faster ones, such as the Canadian. As a result, many CN employees now joke about the Canadian owning those short sidings.
Read on:

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Regrettably, the short answer is �yes�.

Once more, the Canada Transport Agency is letting us down. Part of the mandate of the Agency is to monitor rail lines to ensure that contractors such as Omnitrax (service to Churchill) and CN (Service across Canada) live up to their commitments.

CN is collecting $6 million per year to ensure Via Rail can run its services and instead we get Via trains running anywhere from a couple of hours to 24 hours behind schedule. I am one of the victims � I was in Alberta and planning to take the train into BC � but the Via train was running about 10 hours late on the day I planned to travel, so I had to make alternate arrangements and missed an opportunity to see some of our country from a new perspective.

The Canada Transport Agency is one of several that has become a self-sustaining bureaucracy that can do nicely without any transportation worries to fret over. There is no valid excuse why the Agency has not stepped in to ensure we have national passenger rail service. Rail travel is not cheap these days, and it should be considerably cheaper.

Our governments are not insisting that its agencies do what they are intended to do. If they have bigger fish to fry, then agencies need to be downsized. The choice is clear to most people.
John Feldsted


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