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Encana’s rebrand and move down south was a ‘heart-wrenching’ decision
A major Alberta oil and gas company whose roots date nearly back to the establishment of Canada as a country is shifting its head office to the United States and changing its name as the province’s energy sector struggles to retain investment. Encana, soon to be Ovintiv Inc., follows the departure of other foreign oil and gas companies from Canada, with Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhillips and Devon Energy Corp. selling their Canadian assets or scaling back investments as a crunch in pipeline space crimps prices.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney accused the federal government of scaring away investment with policies that limit the industry’s ability to export its products. He is calling for a first ministers meeting soon to discuss completing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and says the Liberal government can always phone him to address Western alienation.
- Encana’s mess is of its own making – and a gut punch to Alberta, writes Jeffrey Jones
- Loss of Encana means Ottawa should step up to ease Alberta’s anxiety, writes Kelly Cryderman
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Donald Trump becomes fourth U.S. president to face formal impeachment inquiry
The vote on an inquiry from the House of Representatives marks the fourth time in history that a U.S. President could face getting kicked out of office. It also signals an escalation of the probe, passing a motion that will launch a new, more public phase of the investigation. The inquiry is centred on accusations that Mr. Trump abused his power by trying to ransom nearly US$400-million in military aid to Ukraine to press that country to investigate his political opponents. The motion, which passed by a 232-to-196 margin that largely fell along party lines, was not technically necessary. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi opted to hold it to counter Republican accusations that the investigation had not been formally authorized.
Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives lost a tight election. What’s next?
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is facing pressure to make substantive changes to his office. At the same time, in an election that Tories say was winnable, questions continue to mount about Mr. Scheer’s future at the party’s helm. Conservative sources said MPs have been privately discussing the need for Mr. Scheer to reorganize his top personnel, including removing his chief of staff. Marc-André Leclerc was expected to be able to help the party build its base in Quebec. Instead, it lost two MPs.
- Pucks and nets aside, Scheer needs to redefine himself fast, writes Campbell Clark
- The Conservative Party has lost its way. It can’t go back – it’s time to forge a new path, writes John Ibbitson
Opposition urges Ford government to release contract with Kinsella’s Daisy Group
The Globe and Mail reported that the company, led by Warren Kinsella, provided strategic advice and media training to minister Lisa MacLeod and her political staff. Mr. Kinsella’s firm later made an unsolicited offer of free media training in March to Autistics for Autistics, a small group of Canadians with autism who challenge the benefits of behavioural therapy. A spokesperson for A4A, Anne Borden, told The Globe that the group received two sessions of media training from Daisy and a third session scheduled for July was abruptly cancelled. Mr. Kinsella said his company’s pro bono work for A4A was unrelated to his company’s earlier work for the government.
- Also read: Seven families of autistic adults take Ontario government to court after their special funding is cut
ALSO ON OUR RADAR
Hong Kong protesters hold flash mob rallies after crashing city’s Halloween party: The city saw a night of clashes in a central bar district. Police fired tear gas to break up the crowds down the hill in the Central business district.
Waterfront Toronto moving forward on Sidewalk Labs’s smart city, but with limits on scale, data collection: The agreement also included better terms for Canadian entities to profit from intellectual property generated through new technologies in the community.
Residents forced to flee as two new wildfires burn homes in Southern California: The state has been under a fire siege for several weeks as strong, dry winds out of the desert have fanned flames at both ends of the state and prompted widespread power outages to prevent electric lines from sparking infernos.
Thousands march in Chile protest after summit cancellations: Protesters are demanding improved social services as government and opposition leaders debated the response to nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed much of the capital.
U.S. military releases video and new details of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid: The Pentagon released the first government photos and videos of the nighttime operation, including one showing Delta Force commandos approaching the walls of the compound in which Mr. al-Baghdadi and others were found.
World shares shuffle higher, U.S. dollar lays low ahead of U.S. jobs data: World shares were eyeing two-year highs and a fourth straight week of gains on Friday as the third U.S. interest rate cut of the year and a surprise bounce in Chinese manufacturing activity eclipsed a blizzard of otherwise sickly global data. Tokyo’s Nikkei lost 0.3 per cent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.7 per cent and the Shanghai Composite climbed 1 per cent. In Europe, London’s FTSE 100, Germany’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 were up by between 0.3 and 0.4 per cent by about 4:45 a.m. ET. New York futures were up. The Canadian dollar was at about 76 US cents.
WHAT EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT
For civilians in northern Syria, there is no escape
Gerry Simpson: “Concerned countries should make clear that there will be no business as usual for Syrian and Russian officials who have intentionally or recklessly violated the laws of war.” Simpson is associate director in the Human Rights Watch Crisis and Conflict Division.
A monster French-Italian-American car deal that might only slow inevitable decline
Eric Reguly: “A merger between FCA and PSA makes sense on so many levels and was probably inevitable. What it won’t do is remove the ample and sustained threats facing an industry that gathers more enemies every day.”
TODAY’S EDITORIAL CARTOON
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MOMENT IN TIME
Nov. 1, 1952
For decades, Foster Hewitt held listeners spellbound on cold winter nights. His lively narrations of Maple Leaf games helped popularize hockey and turned him into one of the country’s most beloved public figures. On Nov. 1, 1952, the play-by-play pioneer introduced Hockey Night in Canada to television for the first time. The iconic show had begun broadcasting over the radio from Toronto in 1931. Joining the action in the second period, he called the blue-and-white-shirted home team’s 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins from a gondola team owner Conn Smythe constructed for him five storeys above the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens. The tube was small, the picture was fuzzy and the puck was nearly impossible to discern, but Canada’s enduring Saturday night obsession with the sport took root with that telecast. Hewitt’s iconic phrases, most notably, “He shoots, he scores," have been duplicated by others, but are never delivered with the passion he evoked to spark the imagination of his earliest audiences. The press box at Scotiabank Arena is named after him, and photos of Hewitt at the microphone are displayed in the hallway. He has become as legendary as the players he once described. — Marty Klinkenberg