In The News This Week – March 13, 2016

1. #CanadaVisit: It was a pretty big week for Canada-U.S. relations, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie attended the first official visit to Washington by a Canadian PM in 19 years. The results?

  • The leaders agreed to move forward with a customs pre-clearance experiment that could revolutionize the Canadian border
  • They agreed to curb methane emissions as part of a wide-ranging plan on climate change and Arctic protection
  • And they expressed optimism that a compromise could soon stave off a new round in the ongoing softwood lumber war
  • For a summary of the 12 most interesting points of agreement between Trudeau and Obama, check out this story from:

2. A rising jobless rate: This week, Statistics Canada released the Labour Force Survey for February, 2016. Canada’s jobless rate rose to 7.3% in February, the third consecutive monthly increase. Here are some quick stats: 

  • Full-time employment fell by 52,000 while part-time jobs rose by 49,500
  • Employment in the services-producing sector fell by 44,500 positions
  • Nearly 9,000 people lost work in the natural-resources sector last month, with Alberta shouldering about half of the losses
  • FYEI (For Your Extra Information): This is the last labour report before the Trudeau Liberals reveal their budget on March 22nd
  • Source:

3. International Women’s Day: On International Women’s Day this past Tuesday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that a Canadian woman will be the new face on your money (‘Its about time, eh?’) – 

Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau
President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stand for the playing of national anthems during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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