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Cop Cars Burned, 40 Arrested At Canada Fracking Protest

Canada reimposed visa requirements for Czech citizens in 2007 because of concerns over an excessive number of asylum seekers. Canada’s Ambassador to Prague, Otto, Jelinek, said his government wants to re-establish visa-free status “in the earliest possible term.” EU trade spokesman John Clancy said in an e-mail that the European Union and Canada hope to conclude the free trade deal in the “coming days.” Harper posted on his official Twitter account that Canada will “soon” complete negotiations. His office said he will meet with the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Yves Leduc, director of international trade for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said he’s been told by a Canadian government official that an agreement in principle has been reached and that the European Union’s 28 members and Canada’s 10 provinces have to approve it. Canada has agreed to permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to Canada in exchange for greater access for Canadian beef and pork producers. Leduc said Canada’s cheese industry is angry because it threatens the fine cheese market in Canada. “For the dairy farmers of Canada this is a deal that is unacceptable. We’re more than disappointed,” Leduc said. “It will allow significant access of high quality or fine cheeses into Canada, a segment that is supplied by the smaller or medium size cheese factories in Canada.” Harper has said that a free trade deal between his country and the European Union could help the EU establish a beachhead as the bloc embark on separate free trade talks with the U.S. If a U.S.-EU trade deal is reached, it could be the world’s largest free trade pact. Canada hopes to become less reliant on the U.S., the country’s largest trading partner. Canada’s finance minister has said despite Europe’s struggles, Canada remains very interested because the EU is still the largest market in the world in terms of the size of its middle class. The Canada-EU deal would make it easier for Canadian companies to invest in, and sell to, the 17-member EU with its 500 million consumers.

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(Photo: Bloomberg) SHARE 278 CONNECT 76 TWEET 8 COMMENTEMAILMORE Several police cars were torched and at least 40 people arrested Thursday during an anti-fracking protest near native land in Maritime Canada. The violence erupted after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved in to arrest demonstrators and remove a blockade that members of the Elsipogtog First Nation erected two weeks to stop a shale gas project in Rexton, New Brunswick. The Elsipogtog claim hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as fracking, could irreparably damage their land and the surrounding area. Witnesses estimated that at least 100 police faced off against several hundred demonstrators, according to news reports. Protesters were arrested for firearms offenses, threats, intimidation, mischief and not abiding a court injunction forbidding the blockade of an SWN Resources Canada compound. Elsipogtog Chief James Arren Sock was among those arrested, CBC News reported . The RCMP said some protesters threw Molotov cocktails, and at least five police cruisers were destroyed. A former Elsipogtog chief told the Globe and Mail that “everybody got mad” after the arrests and that Mounties chased the crowd to a line of police cars. She reported seeing six in flames. At least one shot was fired at Mounties, the RCMP said. Protesters reported that police fired plastic bullets and used pepper spray. No injuries were reported.

Flaherty has said that despite Europe’s struggles, Canada remains very interested because the EU is still the largest market in the world in terms of the size of its middle class. The Canada-EU deal would make it easier for Canadian companies to invest in, and sell to, the 17-member EU with its 500 million consumers. One thorny issue surrounding the deal was overcome earlier when Canada announced it would lift visa requirements for Czech nationals. The Czech Republic, which had threatened to block the free trade deal over the visa issue, welcomed the announcement. Canada reimposed visa requirements for Czech citizens in 2007 because of concerns over an excessive number of asylum seekers. Canada’s Ambassador to Prague, Otto, Jelinek, said his government wants to re-establish visa-free status “in the earliest possible term.” EU trade spokesman John Clancy said in an e-mail that the European Union and Canada hope to conclude the free trade deal in the “coming days.” Harper’s office said he was headed to Brussels with the hope of concluding a deal. He will meet with the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Yves Leduc, director of international trade for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said he’s been told by a Canadian government official that an agreement in principle has been reached and that the European Union’s 28 members and Canada’s 10 provinces have to approve it. Canada has agreed to permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to Canada in exchange for greater access for Canadian beef and pork producers. Leduc said Canada’s cheese industry is angry because it threatens the fine cheese market in Canada. “For the dairy farmers of Canada this is a deal that is unacceptable. We’re more than disappointed,” Leduc said. “It will allow significant access of high quality or fine cheeses into Canada, a segment that is supplied by the smaller or medium size cheese factories in Canada.” Harper has said that a free trade deal between his country and the European Union could help the EU establish a beachhead as the bloc embark on separate free trade talks with the U.S.

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“As I said to the young players when they came into that camp, if you’re good enough you’re old enough. And this player is someone that looks really exciting and could have a promising future.” Canada, which has three wins and a loss all-time against South Korea, was beaten 3-1 by the Koreans the last time the two teams met, at the Yongchuan Cup tournament in January. Twelve of the 18 players on the current roster played the last time the two countries faced off. Yekka is one of 32 new faces Herdman has had into camp in his quest to field a younger team when Canada hosts the World Cup. He warned there would be growing pains in the early going of what he called a “two-steps-back three-steps-forward” approach. “When you immerse 30-odd new players into a program, no other national teams do that straight after a World Cup, you won’t see that happen very often,” Herdman said. The game marks the first for the Canadian women at Commonwealth Stadium since a friendly against Germany in 2005. There will be more to come in Edmonton, as Canada will play its opening game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Commonwealth. Cold weather or not, the choice of stadium was part of Herdman’s World Cup preparation plans, “to get the experience of playing in that opening stadium,” he said. He’s hoping Edmontonians will “give us the best chance to experience what it’s going to be like at the Women’s World Cup because bringing the team here, it’s important that we get a sense of how it’s going to roll out, how’s its going to feel, what all the processes and systems are that we’ve got to get used to to perform on the big day.” Herdman believes South Korea will qualify for the World Cup, and could even be in Canada’s group when they play the preliminary round in Edmonton. Related Stories County council awarded a $289,000 tender Wednesday for paved paths along County Road 50 in the hamlet of Colchester in Essex. Pierascenzi Construction Ltd. will construct concrete pathways as part of the County Wide Active Transportation Study.