Canada Must Step Up ‘global Energy Game,’ Says Ex-minister


Everyone else picks up the post from community, apartment or rural lot line mailboxes. According to a Conference Board of Canada report, Canada Post is on track to lose $1 billion a year. If the corporation cut door-to-door delivery, the Conference Board’s vice-president of public policy David Stewart-Patterson says it could reduce those losses by more than half. “No single option we looked at will be enough to close the gap. What Canadians need to think about is a range of options and what combination is likely to meet their needs best.” Moving to alternate-day delivery would also save hundreds of millions of dollars and Stewart-Patterson says on the whole, residential customers don’t seem to mind that idea. But it’s a different story altogether for small-business owners. “There’s still a very high degree of dependence among small-business owners both to send out their invoices and to get their payments. ‘The cheque is in the mail’ still works for small business owners in Canada.” Ian Kimmerly is one of those small-business owners who depend on Canada Post. He owns an exclusive stamp dealership in Ottawa. “We send out many packages, probably at least a dozen large packages all over the world every week and the number of letters could be 40 or 50 in a day.” And that’s why Canada Post appears to be leaning towards phasing out the door-to-door service in urban areas. “When you think about it, people aren’t home, they’re ordering more and more online, the stuff in the mail is more and more valuable. A community mailbox starts to make a whole lot more sense,” says Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton. “I’ve had both and I know with the community box, if I’m gone for a couple days my mail is all under lock and key.” The move would result in a lot of lost jobs, but Hamilton says approximately 30,000 Canada Post employees are due to retire over the next 10 years. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is opposed to any cuts to service. CUPW National President Denis Lemelin says the corporation is ignoring hundreds of millions of dollars in savings that come from new mail sorting and sequencing equipment, not to mention the savings from wage, pension and sick-leave concessions made by employees in the most recent collective agreement.

Mya Williamson is Atlantic Canada’s First Scotiabank’s Game Changer


Black history is alive in Lakeshore, Amherstburg, Dresden, North Buxton and Windsor. Many fugitives who crossed in turn became key figures in the Underground Railroad. The lessons these sites impart to visitors? “Perseverance, hard work, doing the right thing and don’t give up,” says Stewart McMillin, a Detroit tour guidewho specializes in Underground Railroad tours, including sites in Canada. “There are so many stories here.” Echoes of bravery You can navigate your own personal driving trip of Undergound Railroad sites in southwest Ontario, all part of the Ontario Heritage Trust Slavery to Freedom circuit. Some are easy to find, like the North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstburg. Some are quite a drive from Detroit, like Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dresden, north of Chatham. Some, like the Walls site, would be totally off your radar if you did not know how to find it. You also can take an organized tour. McMillin, who specializes in black history and Underground Railroad tours, puts together such tours once or twice a year. Gary Winston of Michigan Millennium Metro Tours plans to offer them several times next summer (see sidebar.) Sheridan Daniels of Detroit, who took a McMillin tour Sept.

Canada’s Underground Railroad sites show other half of the story

Canada needs new customers because it is selling its oil at 35 per cent less than the going global rate, he said. “That makes us a price-taker, not a price-maker.” Moreover, Prentice said, when the U.S. administration decided to delay the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would have carried Alberta oilsands crude to the U.S., there was nothing Canada could do about it. All of that amounts to a major vulnerability for Canada’s economy, said Prentice, now an executive at CIBC. Keystone pipeline just one issue Prentice played down the importance of the stalled Keystone XL deal which could be approved next year as well as the $15.1-billion bid by China’s state-owned CNOOC to buy Calgary-based Nexen Inc. Canada’s energy future is bigger than one pipeline deal, said Prentice, and while CNOOC-Nexen “is a big deal, it’s important, it’s not the main issue.” Harper was to address the group and participate in a question-and-answer session later in the day. Harper has made selling energy to Asian markets a priority after the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. President Barack Obama delayed the project after massive environmental protests in what was an election year. Harper has said that while he understood the realities of U.S. electoral politics, Canada needed to look elsewhere for energy customers.

She has been treated at the hospital over the years as an endocrinology, kidney, gastrointestinal and brain tumor patient. Her goal is to give back to those who have helped her and help save other children’s lives by fundraising for the hospital and the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada . She began helping her community at the early age of three when she gave her piggy bank to the IWK Radio Telethon. Mya has continued to raise money over the past four years for the hospital and this year donated over $3300 to help with the purchase of specialized medical equipment. As well, this past spring, along with her family, she participated in the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada Spring Sprint in Fredericton, NB , raising $3100 for brain tumor research. “I was crying a little when I found out [about the win], then I was really happy. The hospital helped me a lot and I wanted to help them,” says Mya Williamson , a big football fan who will be attending her first game at Touchdown Atlantic. In the five weeks leading up to NAPA Touchdown Atlantic, Scotiabank Game Changers were nominated by their peers in the community. The public voted for their favourite Game Changer online. Mya Williamson was selected as the Scotiabank Atlantic Game Changer based on a combination of fan voting and a judging panel. In addition to $10,000 for IWK Health Centre Foundation and on field recognition at the Touchdown Atlantic CFL game, Mya Williamson won a VIP NAPA Touchdown Atlantic Game experience for four. During the CFL regular season, Scotiabank will recognize 24 Scotiabank Game Changers across sponsored markets and provide each of them with a $1,000 donation to the registered charity or registered non-profit organization of their choice. Starting September 23 , fans in Edmonton , Saskatchewan and Hamilton will have the chance to vote for their favourite Scotiabank Game Changer finalist.