WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS: U.S. President Donald Trump told Canada and the European Union on Friday to do more to bring down their trade surpluses, a day after hitting the two U.S. allies and Mexico with import tariffs on their steel and aluminum.Trump castigated Canada in a tweet on Friday morning, saying it had treated U.S. farmers "very poorly for a very long period of time"."Highly restrictive on Trade! They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers! They report a really high surplus on trade with us," he wrote.He also told French President Emmanuel Macron of the need to "rebalance trade with Europe," the White House said.His strong words followed swift responses to his tariffs by Canada, Mexico and the European Union, which all plan to retaliate with levies on billions of dollars of U.S. goods from orange juice and whiskey to blue jeans and Harley-Davidsons.The EU took the United States to the World Trade Organization to challenge the legality of the new tariffs and the … [Read more...] about Trump tell allies to fix trade after US tariffs strike
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Business Airbus is preparing to cross swords with United Technologies over the price of components and services for the Bombardier CSeries in a bid to make it easier to market the jet it agreed to bail out last year, people close to the matter said. 26 Apr 2018 11:56PM Bookmark PARIS/MONTREAL: Airbus is preparing to cross swords with United Technologies over the price of components and services for the Bombardier CSeries in a bid to make it easier to market the jet it agreed to bail out last year, people close to the matter said.Airbus is concerned about an increased share of the Canadian project that would be controlled by United Technologies after it completes its US$23 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins, they said, asking not to be named.Together, the pair will have by far the largest share of CSeries parts and systems by value, placing it at the center of efforts by Airbus to reduce the plane's cost and echoing a broader power struggle between planemakers and … [Read more...] about Airbus heads for dogfight with UTC over CSeries costs
By Jason Wilson Special to the Washington Post Sun., April 1, 2018 It’s just after dark in Vancouver’s downtown financial district, on a chilly autumn evening, and I’m gazing up at the twisting, triangular, neo-futurist Trump International Hotel & Tower, rising 63 storeys and 188 metres into the air. If you’re impressed by tall things, the Trump tower is pretty tall. But then I glance across West Georgia St., at the Living Shangri-La tower, rising 62 storeys but standing 200 metres tall. Which means that the Living Shangri-La is the tallest building here. For someone like Donald Trump who is obsessed with superlatives, it must be tough to have your name emblazoned on the second-tallest building in Vancouver. From where I stand, the Trump International Hotel & Tower is not particularly welcoming. It’s 7:30 p.m., but I see very few lights on the higher floors, and I wonder who lives in the darkened condominiums in the upper parts of … [Read more...] about What I learned by eating, drinking and sleeping at Trump resorts from Vancouver to Scotland
By Robb Engen Special to the Star Mon., March 12, 2018 How do you disrupt a mature, billion-dollar mattress industry? Take the mattress out of the store, put it online, and deliver it right to your door with a money-back guarantee. That’s exactly how a growing number of online direct-to-consumer startups led by Endy Sleep and Casper have begun to nibble away market share from traditional retailers like Sleep Country, Leon’s and Ikea. Ordering a mattress without lying on it in a showroom might seem akin to buying a car without taking it for a test drive. Online mattress sites elegantly solve this problem by shipping the mattress directly to your home and offering a generous risk-free trial period. My wife and I decided to replace our 12-year-old Sealy Posturepedic mattress earlier this year and so we researched the mattress-in-a-box trend to see if one would work for us. We looked at dozens of online mattress retailers and found that most of them had … [Read more...] about Can you rest easy buying a mattress in a box?
By Samantha Beattie Staff Reporter Sun., March 11, 2018 Colourful. Chaotic. Controversial. Three words apt to describe Doug Ford’s political career. His win as Ontario PC leader Saturday night continues his family’s political legacy, beginning when his father served as an MPP for the Etobicoke-Humber riding in the mid-1990s. Doug Ford, a 53-year-old married father of four daughters, spent most of his career running the family business Deco Labels, but left the firm in 2010 to run for his younger brother Rob Ford’s old city council seat in Etobicoke North, serving one term. Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto that year. Article Continued Below “(Doug) is 10 times smarter than anyone I’ve ever met,” Rob Ford said in a 2013 radio interview. “And no matter again how the media wants to spin it, Doug is the hardest-working, smartest guy. He builds a multimillion-dollar company by himself down in Chicago, … [Read more...] about Doug Ford’s road to leader of Ontario PC party paved with controversy