By Alex Boutilier Ottawa Bureau Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 OTTAWA—U.S. authorities say there was no “material impact” from foreign meddling on election systems or political campaigns during the 2018 midterm elections. But that doesn’t mean someone didn’t try to meddle. Multiple U.S. agencies submitted a classified report to President Donald Trump Tuesday concluding there is no current evidence that hostile foreign powers compromised the integrity of the November elections. “Although the specific conclusions within the joint report must remain classified, the departments have concluded there is no evidence to date that any identified activities of a foreign government or foreign agent had a material impact on the integrity or security of election infrastructure or political/campaign infrastructure,” read a news release from U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen … [Read more...] about Trump administration says no evidence that foreign powers compromised the 2018 U.S. midterms
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By Natalie Wong Bloomberg Danielle Bochove Tues., Feb. 20, 2018 The biggest steel and aluminum exporter to the U.S. is hopeful of being left out of a Trump administration crackdown on foreign shipments. The U.S. Commerce Department didn’t recommend giving Canada a pass when it outlined possible tariffs and quotas on Friday, but it did single out its northern neighbour’s importance to the U.S. aluminum industry. Canada accounts for about half of the U.S.’s almost 5 million-metric-ton aluminum deficit, and domestic smelters couldn’t fill that kind of void quickly, ING Bank strategist Oliver Nugent wrote in a note to clients Monday. For steel, options under consideration include a heavy-handed approach on shipments from 12 countries including China and Russia while allowing for exemptions for allies like Canada and Japan. Read more: Opinion | Thomas Walkom: As NAFTA talks falter it’s time for Canada to reveal Plan B … [Read more...] about Canada steel, aluminum industry hopes for exemption to U.S. crackdown on imports
The Liberal government will not “act in an impulsive way” in response to U.S. corporate tax cuts that economists say pose a threat to Canada’s competitiveness, the federal finance minister said after a prebudget meeting Friday.Bill Morneau said the government is conducting careful analysis in connection with U.S. President Donald Trump’s sweeping tax reforms, which cut the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent as of Jan. 1.“We are doing our analysis to make sure that we understand the impact of any changes . . . To make sure we get it right and not to act in an impulsive way,” he said to reporters on Friday. Read more: What the passing of the U.S. tax bill means and what it does to Canada … [Read more...] about Morneau says Canada won’t act in ‘impulsive way’ in response to U.S. corporate tax cuts
The dread that gripped equity markets earlier in the week re-emerged Thursday as U.S. stocks plunged into a correction on concern that rising interest rates will drag down economic growth.Selling accelerated in the final hour of trading as major indexes breached round-number milestones they blew past just weeks ago. The S&P 500 tumbled through 2,600 and the Dow failed to hold 24,000. Both are headed toward their average price for the past 200 days, a level that technical analysts say may act as a magnet and a floor.In the end, the S&P 500 sank 3.8 per cent, taking its rout since a Jan. 26 record past 10 per cent to meet the accepted definition of a correction. The negative superlatives are piling up quickly: the index erased its gain for the year to close at a two-month low and is on track for its worst week since the height of the financial crisis. The Dow plunged more than 1,000 points for the second time in four days. Read more: Dow Jones plunges 1,000 points into correction … [Read more...] about U.S. stocks enter correction as rate-hike fears return
The act of cooking a meal can bring so much more to the table than just, well, dinner. There’s the sustenance and comfort of that food, but what’s also built into the sauce or dropped into the pot is a sometimes invisible and highly complex ingredient list that can include tradition, community, history, geography, art, religion and politics. Every country’s cuisine reflects that list and the journey its cooks took to your table. American cooking reflects more journeys than most, its collective cuisine assembled almost entirely from the suitcases and memories of generations of immigrants. A new cookbook, published last month by Interlink Books, celebrates this multicultural recipe box, giving voice to the myriad chefs and their traditions as it puts their food on our menu — and, more subtly, their politics on our plates.The title, The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great, is the least subtle thing about the cookbook, an obvious allusion to U.S. … [Read more...] about Immigrant Cookbook makes a feast of diversity in U.S.