Canada Should Sign Un Arms Trade Treaty: Editorial

aWe came here to get the gold, not just to qualify so it feels like we still have a job to do right now. aWe truly feel like weare a team on the rise and weare a force to be reckoned with in womenas basketball. To continue what weave been doing in the last few years, we knew we couldnat just come here and not play our best and not qualify … We feel like weare good enough to be in the finals and thatas what we came here to do.a The Canadians will play Cuba for gold on Saturday. Canada opened up the contest with a late 12-0 run to lead 26-8 after the first 10 minutes of play. Puerto Rico outscored Canada 18-13 in the second quarter to cut into the lead, but the Canadians held a 39-26 advantage at halftime. Puerto Rico continued to apply pressure in the third, trimming the lead to single digits on two occasions. Canada finished the third with a 10-1 stretch to go ahead 58-40, and closed-out the match by holding Puerto Rico to eight points, while scoring 15. Natalie Achonwa of Guelph, Ont., added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Canada, while Brampton, Ont., product Tamara Tatham tallied 10 points and seven rebounds as Canada out-rebounded Puerto Rico 49-23. aUs winning this game is almost a relief a so much excitement a but also a relief that we did qualify,a Achonwa said. aTo be able to get rid of the jitters of qualifying and now to play for the gold, it will be a great experience.a Carla Cortijo was the top scorer for Puerto Rico with 22 points.

Canada, Cuba to clash for gold

By this past week 110 countries had signed the treaty, including the U.S., Britain and France, some of the leading arms dealers. Thats more than half the UN member states. But not Canada. The government is still in the early stages of consultations. Like Assads major suppliers Russia, China, North Korea, Iran were a holdout. This is embarrassing. Once again the Harper government has snubbed the UN for no good reason. As Oxfam America president Raymond Offenheiser put it, Over the long term the Arms Trade Treaty will change how countries engage in the arms trade by requiring exporters to take human rights seriously. There was a day when a Canadian government would be eager to advance such a vision rather than hang back. Canada isnt opposed to the treaty in principle. Along with the overwhelming majority of countries in the General Assembly we voted on April 2 to adopt it. That makes Ottawas failure on Wednesday to go the next step, join our key ally and 17 other countries, and formally sign on all the more regrettable. The Conservatives concern that the treaty may infringe on private gun ownership has been dismissed by Washington and laughed to scorn by arms experts. The Arms Trade Treaty, which covers everything from warships, combat aircraft and heavy artillery to assault rifles, is about naming and shaming governments that sell weapons to dictators, warlords and criminals. Its not about putting Alberta gun shops out of business. It requires countries like Canada, a modest arms exporter, to be a little choosier about their customers, and a little more open about sales.

In Canada’s north Atlantic, new oil frontier shows life beyond shale

Canada’s existing three offshore fields — clustered in the Jeanne d’Arc basin some 150 km to the southwest of the Flemish Pass basin — pumped just under 200,000 barrels per day in 2012, down from around 370,000 bpd at their peak in 2007. “When a discovery of this size is established, it’s most likely there will be others. Players in the industry who had the region on a back burner will start looking at it more seriously now,” said Fadel Gheit, oil analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. In its latest forecast the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) had expected eastern Canadian production to fall to 90,000 bpd by 2030, after reaching 250,000 bpd in 2025. In the short-term, output will be aided by the 2017 start-up of ExxonMobil Corp’s Hebron field. NEXT UP Just how much oil is in the region will not be clear for years. Statoil said it may not be able to return to the region to drill more wells until 2015 because of rig availability; as rival drillers move in, it will be harder to get hold of the labor and winterized rigs essential to operate in the North Atlantic. “A discovery like this, which is the biggest in the world since 2010, will raise some attention. We are a little bit ahead of the game but expect increased competition,” said Geir Richardson, vice president of Statoil Canada Exploration. The state-owned Norwegian company is developing the field in a joint venture with Canadian partner Husky Energy Inc, which owns 35 percent of the field. U.S. oil based Chevron is already drilling its third exploration well in the Orphan basin, roughly 50 km northeast of the Flemish Pass, although a company spokesman said Chevron plans to keep the results confidential. Royal Dutch Shell, meanwhile, spent has C$970 ($940) million acquiring exploration rights on four parcels of land off the southwest shore of the province of Nova Scotia. The company shot three-dimensional azimuth seismic in the area over the summer, the first time such technology had been used in Canada, a Shell spokesman said.