Ford dope sa Focus et revient au bioéthanol

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NOUVEAUTÉ – Le constructeur américain enrichit la quatrième génération de sa compacte de versions performantes. Et convertit son SUV Kuga à l’éthanol E85.

C’est un signal fort. Malgré les objectifs ambitieux de réduction du CO2 assignés à l’industrie automobile par la Commission européenne à l’horizon 2021-2022 et le durcissement des normes de dépollution, Ford ne renonce pas à la berline sportive. Hier, le constructeur à l’ovale bleu a présenté le programme de déploiement de la gamme Focus. Bonne nouvelle pour tous les amateurs de modèles à tempérament sportif, alors que le renouvellement de la fameuse RS n’est pas assuré, la version ST sera de retour dans le courant de l’été. En berline et en break. Développée par la division Ford Performance, cette nouvelle GTI voit ses performances relevées d’un cran pour rivaliser avec la Peugeot 308 GTI, la Renault Mégane RS et la Seat Leon Cupra.

Des moteurs essence performants

Côté châssis, pas de transmission intégrale mais un différentiel mécanique à glissement limité piloté électroniquement
Côté châssis, pas de transmission intégrale mais un différentiel mécanique à glissement limité piloté électroniquement Charlie Magee

Le 4-cylindres 2,3 litres Ecoboost emprunté à la Mustang gagne ainsi 30 chevaux pour afficher la puissance de 280 chevaux à 5 500 tr/min grâce à un turbo à double entrée. Le couple progresse aussi de 60 Nm. Avec 420 Nm de 3 000 à 4 000 tr/min, il rivalise désormais avec celui d’un gros moteur diesel. Les accélérations sont en nette hausse: Ford annonce moins de 6 secondes pour atteindre les 100 km/h. Ce nouveau bloc est associé, au choix, à une boîte manuelle à 6 rapports ou à la boîte automatique de la Focus dont on a enlevé un rapport pour n’en plus compter que sept. Côté châssis, pas de transmission intégrale comme sur l’ancienne RS mais un différentiel mécanique à glissement limité piloté électroniquement (eLSD). À ce système, la ST ajoute des pneumatiques Michelin Pilot Sport 4S spécialement étudiés pour elle et des suspensions actives en option. L’année 2019 verra aussi l’arrivée d’une version diesel EcoBlue de 190 ch et d’une variante de carrosserie Active dotée d’une garde au sol relevée.

Autre nouveauté, le constructeur américain revient à l’éthanol (E85) avec un Kuga «Flexifuel». L’expérience avait déjà été tentée en 2005 par la marque. Elle n’avait guère été concluante en raison d’un diesel-roi, d’aides publiques jugées peu encourageantes, et surtout d’un réseau peu étoffé. Le marché est aujourd’hui plus favorable à l’E85 avec un maillage de plus de 1 100 stations. Le SUV compact de Ford est équipé du bloc 1,5 litre Ecoboost de 150 chevaux, modifié pour supporter le biocarburant, plus corrosif que l’essence.

Comparé à un modèle classique, l’entretien n’est pas plus coûteux, la garantie est similaire et le surcoût à l’achat n’est que de 100 euros (le tarif débute à 29 100 euros). Si la consommation est supérieure de 25%, le bioéthanol se rattrape en étant plus de moitié moins cher que l’essence: 0,68 euro le litre en moyenne. Sur un trajet Paris-Toulouse, l’économie se chiffre à près de 30 euros! Aucun risque de panne sèche, car la voiture fonctionne tout aussi bien avec du SP95 ou du SP98.

Le SUV compact de Ford est équipé du bloc 1,5 litre Ecoboost de 150 chevaux, modifié pour supporter le biocarburant.
Le SUV compact de Ford est équipé du bloc 1,5 litre Ecoboost de 150 chevaux, modifié pour supporter le biocarburant. Ford

Les bonnes surprises ne s’arrêtent pas là. Dans la majorité des régions, la carte grise est gratuite ou à moitié prix, et les entreprises récupèrent 80 % de la TVA sur ce type de véhicule. Lors du calcul du malus CO2, les émissions de l’engin sont réduites de 40 %. Ainsi, le Ford Kuga Flexifuel est homologué pour des émissions de 94 grammes de CO2 par kilomètre, contre 122 grammes pour son jumeau fonctionnant au sans-plomb. Sur un cycle complet, l’E85 rejetterait 70 % de CO2 et 90 % de particules en moins par rapport aux carburants d’origine fossile.

Rouler «vert» sans se ruiner

L’éthanol est de surcroît une spécialité tricolore. La France en est en effet le premier producteur européen (23 % de la production). Le Kuga Flexifuel arrive dans un contexte beaucoup plus favorable qu’il y a une quinzaine d’années. Contrairement à l’électrique, les automobilistes qui veulent rouler plus «vert» n’auront pas à payer au prix fort un nouveau véhicule à l’autonomie problématique. Ils n’auront pas non plus à modifier sensiblement leurs habitudes de circulation. Cette proposition, intéressante sur le papier, se traduira-t-elle dans les ventes de Kuga Flexifuel, actuellement seul véhicule de série roulant à l’éthanol? Rendez-vous en juin prochain, date de livraison des premiers exemplaires de ce modèle.

Comparé à un modèle classique, l'entretien n'est pas plus coûteux, la garantie est similaire et le surcoût à l'achat n'est que de 100 euros (le tarif débute à 29 100 euros).
Comparé à un modèle classique, l’entretien n’est pas plus coûteux, la garantie est similaire et le surcoût à l’achat n’est que de 100 euros (le tarif débute à 29 100 euros). Ford

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This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Jan. 26 – Montreal

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Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to the people who are shaping our community by bringing their stories into focus.

The program airs Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week.






Kevin Gilmore becomes president of the Montreal Impact

For the first time since its founding, the Montreal Impact has a new president. It’s a major leadership change for the team who have been led so far by its founder and owner, Joey Saputo.

Saputo announced that he is handing over his responsibilities to long-time hockey executive Kevin Gilmore.


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Kevin Gilmore takes over for Joey Saputo as president of Montreal Impact

Gilmore takes over as president at a pivotal time for North American soccer. The league is more than double the size it was when it launched and the quality of teams has steadily risen since the Impact joined the league in 2012.

Jamie Orchard sits down with Gilmore to discuss his vision for the team.







Russia Rising: an investigative podcast

Russia has been accused of using trolls, hackers and even assassins to influence the West. For months, Global’s Jeff Semple has been digging into these issues and compiled his findings into a podcast called “Russia Rising.”


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This is why Russian trolls could influence Canada’s federal election

Jamie Orchard talks to Semple about the process of unraveling the mystery of Russia, in which he interviewed a former Russian KGB spy who trained with Vladimir Putin and even trolls and hackers.

The podcast is available as of Monday, January 28 on several podcast platforms.


READ MORE:
The ‘Putin Generation’: How Vladimir Putin has won over Russia’s youth






Montreal talent in the Oscar run

Two Montreal filmmakers are being recognized for their talent with an Oscar nod.


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Canadians at the 2019 Oscars: ‘Bao,’ ‘Animal Behaviour’ among nominees

Jérémy Comte’s Fauve and Marianne Farley’s Marguerite were officially nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Live Action Short.

Both filmmakers will be heading to Hollywood for the awards in February, but before they take off, they sit down with Jamie Orchard to discuss their films and their journey to the Oscars.

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NDP puts off winter caucus meeting to focus on Singh’s byelection campaign

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The NDP has postponed its winter caucus meeting to free up MPs to help leader Jagmeet SIngh campaign in the Burnaby South byelection, CBC News has learned.

The party retreat, traditionally held before the resumption of Parliament in late January, will instead be held in March or early April, a party official told CBC News.

It is customary for the three main parties to gather ahead of each parliamentary sitting to plan strategy. The Liberals and Conservatives are holding their meetings in Ottawa on the weekend of Jan. 26-27.

The meetings are seen as particularly important this time around as parties are trying to fine tune their strategies and focus their message for this election year.

But the NDP has a more imminent concern: getting its leader into the House of Commons.

Singh is running in a byelection to fill the vacant Burnaby South seat in B.C., one of three byelections called by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this month. Singh has been without a seat since he was elected leader in October 2017.

« Since (Singh) is focusing on his byelection in Burnaby South, and some MPs are focusing on helping our candidates in the three by-elections throughout the country, we have postponed our strategic discussions to the next few weeks, » said NDP caucus chair Matthew Dubé.

As another NDP MP put it, « is time better spent here (Ottawa) for a couple of days gazing into the next eight months or on the doorsteps over the next two weeks. »

« Most, if not all, of the B.C. caucus and others will be going out to help out Jagmeet, » the MP said. « All of this hinges on what happens in Burnaby. »

At the outset, it looked like Singh would have an uphill climb in Burnaby South. A poll in the fall put the NDP in third place in the riding. But a new survey published Tuesday by the same polling firm found Singh ahead of the Liberal and Conservative candidates.

Still, Singh shouldn’t take anything for granted. Riding-level polling, particularly in byelections and in diverse ridings like Burnaby South, has a mixed track record.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also called byelections for the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe and Montreal’s Outremont, which was vacated in the summer by Singh’s predecessor, Tom Mulcair.

The byelections will be held Feb. 25.

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In 2019, businesses must protect our trees and focus on gender equality

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Happy New Year.

Well why not leap ahead a week? If UPS can exclaim that National Returns Day, marked by peak package returns, predated Christmas by six days, then let’s get on with it.

Jennifer Wells wishes everyone a 2019 full of gratitude, among other things.
Jennifer Wells wishes everyone a 2019 full of gratitude, among other things.  (LUIS ACOSTA / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

This has not happened before, UPS tells us, because, logically, National Returns Day has heretofore been in January. Duh. Yet the 1.5-million package tally on Dec. 19 has been decreed the zenith of this season’s returns, to be followed by an expected 1.3 million package send-backs on Jan.3. E-commerce retailers have, not surprisingly, become focused on the “returns moment,” meaning that consumers say the ease and swiftness of send-backs is of paramount concern during the festive season.

The joy having thus been sucked from the holiday, let us turn to 2019.

What do I wish for the ahead.

I wish the city’s business leaders would raise their voices in chorus to protect the city’s trees and ravines. Come on, do something majestic.

There’s a business case for this — I’m relying on a report produced by TD Economics a few years back which placed an estimated value of $7 billion on Toronto’s urban forest. It’s one thing to value a commodity, like a storehouse of gold. But there are also the spinoff economic benefits, from wet weather flow reduction (an annual cost saving of $50 million) to pollution abatement (an estimated annual saving of $19 million). The value of carbon stored within the “woody tissues” of the urban forest? (Estimated between $27 million and $37 million.)

The esthetic, cultural and recreational benefits are obvious and impossible to financially quantify

To those more up on this topic than myself, I acknowledge subsequent reports have concluded that TD undervalued Toronto’s urban forest.

What else.

I have a football wish. Bell Media, owners of TSN, should do a deal with the CBC or CTV, I don’t care which, to broadcast the Grey Cup. No Canadian should have to pay for cable in order to watch the big game. Be generous.

Street furniture. The city badly bungled its open-for-tender process years ago. We wanted to look just like Chicago! I recall interviewing representatives from big international companies who promised to do just that. Instead, we went cheap, installed those pale blue clamshell things, which broke, and then installed those black things, with pedals, and then removed the pedals, and now we are often stuck having to push open a disgusting flap in order to dispense with said garbage. In streetside terms, when we put on our business face to the global business community we do it not well. (Ditto, roads.)

I wish that the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act would be amended to better protect workers and retirees. Union leaders fear that federal consultations on this were left too late in the year and may result in little, if any, change. Understandable. If the federal government doesn’t stand up for the workers of Canada, then who?

I wish that business would stop making journalists write about the gender pay gap. Yes, it is their fault.

I wish that business would stop making journalists write about the under-representation of women in the C-suite and on boards of directors. As before.

I wish that Canadian CEOs would take the initiative to align executive pay with that of workers. We have been talking about this for four decades. Ridiculous.

Silly me. I thought the habit of rewarding chief executives for nothing more visionary than cutting jobs would have ended about the time Sunbeam axed Chainsaw Al. That was two decades ago.

I wish Toronto Maple Leafs tickets could be made affordable for those who live in the real world.

I wish I could stay awake past 11.

I wish the city would pay more attention to providing affordable housing for young creative types so the city wouldn’t get, well, boring.

I wish to understand why so many of the city’s roads are in an execrable state.

I wish someone would fix capitalism.

I wish the current provincial government would understand that investing in the city’s most vital asset — our young people — is the best investment they could ever make. They are our prime resource, like trees, and like trees they spin off all sorts of positive economic benefits. What other business would stop investing in its core asset? I wish the current government would attend some remedial courses in being smart.

I wish you all a 2019 full of gratitude.

jenwells@thestar.ca

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In 2019, businesses must protect our trees and focus on gender equality

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Happy New Year.

Well why not leap ahead a week? If UPS can exclaim that National Returns Day, marked by peak package returns, predated Christmas by six days, then let’s get on with it.

Jennifer Wells wishes everyone a 2019 full of gratitude, among other things.
Jennifer Wells wishes everyone a 2019 full of gratitude, among other things.  (LUIS ACOSTA / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

This has not happened before, UPS tells us, because, logically, National Returns Day has heretofore been in January. Duh. Yet the 1.5-million package tally on Dec. 19 has been decreed the zenith of this season’s returns, to be followed by an expected 1.3 million package send-backs on Jan.3. E-commerce retailers have, not surprisingly, become focused on the “returns moment,” meaning that consumers say the ease and swiftness of send-backs is of paramount concern during the festive season.

The joy having thus been sucked from the holiday, let us turn to 2019.

What do I wish for the ahead.

I wish the city’s business leaders would raise their voices in chorus to protect the city’s trees and ravines. Come on, do something majestic.

There’s a business case for this — I’m relying on a report produced by TD Economics a few years back which placed an estimated value of $7 billion on Toronto’s urban forest. It’s one thing to value a commodity, like a storehouse of gold. But there are also the spinoff economic benefits, from wet weather flow reduction (an annual cost saving of $50 million) to pollution abatement (an estimated annual saving of $19 million). The value of carbon stored within the “woody tissues” of the urban forest? (Estimated between $27 million and $37 million.)

The esthetic, cultural and recreational benefits are obvious and impossible to financially quantify

To those more up on this topic than myself, I acknowledge subsequent reports have concluded that TD undervalued Toronto’s urban forest.

What else.

I have a football wish. Bell Media, owners of TSN, should do a deal with the CBC or CTV, I don’t care which, to broadcast the Grey Cup. No Canadian should have to pay for cable in order to watch the big game. Be generous.

Street furniture. The city badly bungled its open-for-tender process years ago. We wanted to look just like Chicago! I recall interviewing representatives from big international companies who promised to do just that. Instead, we went cheap, installed those pale blue clamshell things, which broke, and then installed those black things, with pedals, and then removed the pedals, and now we are often stuck having to push open a disgusting flap in order to dispense with said garbage. In streetside terms, when we put on our business face to the global business community we do it not well. (Ditto, roads.)

I wish that the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act would be amended to better protect workers and retirees. Union leaders fear that federal consultations on this were left too late in the year and may result in little, if any, change. Understandable. If the federal government doesn’t stand up for the workers of Canada, then who?

I wish that business would stop making journalists write about the gender pay gap. Yes, it is their fault.

I wish that business would stop making journalists write about the under-representation of women in the C-suite and on boards of directors. As before.

I wish that Canadian CEOs would take the initiative to align executive pay with that of workers. We have been talking about this for four decades. Ridiculous.

Silly me. I thought the habit of rewarding chief executives for nothing more visionary than cutting jobs would have ended about the time Sunbeam axed Chainsaw Al. That was two decades ago.

I wish Toronto Maple Leafs tickets could be made affordable for those who live in the real world.

I wish I could stay awake past 11.

I wish the city would pay more attention to providing affordable housing for young creative types so the city wouldn’t get, well, boring.

I wish to understand why so many of the city’s roads are in an execrable state.

I wish someone would fix capitalism.

I wish the current provincial government would understand that investing in the city’s most vital asset — our young people — is the best investment they could ever make. They are our prime resource, like trees, and like trees they spin off all sorts of positive economic benefits. What other business would stop investing in its core asset? I wish the current government would attend some remedial courses in being smart.

I wish you all a 2019 full of gratitude.

jenwells@thestar.ca

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This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Dec. 22 – Montreal

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The program airs Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week.






The need to tackle the migrant crisis

Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders, has been making a name for herself not only at home but around the world.

The Quebec native and McGill University graduate is best known for a speech she gave at the United Nations on the topic of Ebola back in 2014.

It was the first year of her mandate as president, and her raw honesty is credited with getting the world to react to the growing crisis.

READ MORE: One migrant in 18 crossing Mediterranean in 2018 died, UNHCR says

As she heads into the final year of her mandate, Liu says she is setting her sights on the migrant crisis and the intense humanitarian tragedy the world faces if leaders do not act.

She spelled out her fears in another groundbreaking speech last week in Marrakech, Morocco, and later shared her thoughts on the migrant crisis with Global News senior anchor Jamie Orchard.







Helping young English Montrealers find work

The non-profit organization Yes Montreal is a community-driven English-language service provider that has been helping youth and young adults find jobs for over 20 years.

Its mission is to help people develop a personal career strategy by giving them the skills and confidence to achieve their full potential.

READ MORE: YES Montreal turns to gaming to develop job search tool geared to youth

This year, Yes Montreal has helped over 1,400 job seekers navigate Montreal’s job market and offered guidance to nearly 500 small businesses trying to get off the ground.

That’s more than 20,000 services offered in 2018 alone.

Aki Tchitacov, new executive director of Yes Montreal, met with Orchard to share more of the organization’s success stories.






Generations Foundation: a look back

The Generations Foundation has never wavered in its commitment to feeding children in need across Montreal.

Adrian and Natalie Bercovici founded the non-profit organization 19 years ago from the basement of their home.

The couple had one mission in mind — making sure no child is ever left behind.

READ MORE: Christmas comes early for students at Gerald McShane Elementary thanks to Generations Foundation

During the holiday season, the Bercovicis transform their Saint-Henri warehouse into Santa’s workshop for the annual Generations Foundation toy and food drive.

It’s a campaign Global Montreal has supported since Day 1.

Orchard sat down with the couple to look back on nearly two decades of giving.

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With his focus on stability, Justin Trudeau has at least one thing in common with his predecessor

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The fates of two Canadians detained in China need to be sorted out by the rules of international law, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, because law and order are Canada’s best bulwarks in a global world swirling in populism and disruption.

“We are right now going through our usual process of standing up for them, demanding reasons, demanding justification, demanding fairness within the courts to understand why it is they have been detained,” Trudeau said in an interview on Monday.

“That’s what a rule-of-law situation is supposed to be, so we’re saying, ‘Where’s the evidence? Where’s the rule of law? Why is this happening?’” If China proclaims itself to be a nation that embraces the rule of law, Trudeau added, “they have things they have to explain.”

The prime minister sat down with me in Montreal on Monday for a year-end interview, in which keeping calm and refusing to take the bait seemed to be repeated themes for him and his Liberal government in 2018.

It’s probably not the role Trudeau sketched out for himself when he first became prime minister three years ago — the one-time disrupter who now wants to stay stable and steady in the face of massive disruption; the leader who insisted he was going to reconnect people to politics, who now says he would not want to be called a populist.

On subjects ranging from his relationships with Premier Doug Ford and U.S. President Donald Trump to the current Canada-China storm, Trudeau spoke of how 2018 had taught him some lessons in the discipline of turning the other cheek.

Yes, he acknowledged, Ford has candidly declared he wants Trudeau to be defeated in next October’s election, and Trump famously did call the prime minister “weak” in a remarkably personal Twitter attack in the aftermath of last June’s G20 summit in Quebec.

What was Trudeau’s first thought when he saw that Trump tweet? “It was just sort of a shrug,” Trudeau said. “It was just, ‘OK, this is what we’re doing now.’”

He admits there was a temptation to return Trump’s rhetorical fire, but he held off. “As satisfying as it might be to sort of let it rip in public or respond to personal attacks or personal comments with personal comments, does that help me do my job? Does that help Canadians? No. So I put that aside.”

Similarly, Trudeau says he’s looking for what he has in common with the new Ontario government at the moment, even if that means resisting calls for the federal Liberal government to stop provincial Conservatives from cutting services.

“Citizens elected their premier. I am going to try and work with that premier to do right by Ontarians in accordance with my philosophy, my expectations of what’s best for Canadians,” Trudeau said.

Asked whether he sees any similarity between Ford and Trump, the prime minister dodged the direct question. “I think there have been easy comparisons made on some superficial things,” he said. “I think Doug is still very much in the early days of his premiership, and we’re beginning to see what his own personality is.”

All this training in bait-resistance also makes it hard to pin down the prime minister on issues closer to home in the political bubble, such as why he hasn’t yet called a byelection in Burnaby South or why he seems prepared to go one whole term in office on the basis of only one Speech from the Throne.

Both decisions seem to fly in the face of convention. New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh has been kept cooling his heels for a couple of months while waiting to run for the vacant seat in Burnaby South. All majority governments in my memory have had at least two Throne speeches in every term in office.

Trudeau bristles at the description of the Burnaby South byelection delay as small-minded. “We called it in exactly the kind of time frame that we consistently do. We weren’t going to rush for that reason,” he said about keeping Singh waiting for a chance to join Parliament. “But as I’ve said, we are going to be calling it in early January for sometime in February.”

The refusal to deliver a new Throne Speech, meanwhile, appears to rest on the don’t-fix-what-isn’t-broken philosophy. According to Trudeau, the 2015 Liberal platform was a road map for four years, not two.

“Often you get a point where, halfway through a mandate, someone’s ticked off all their election promises and, OK, we need to figure out what we’re doing the second half,” he said. “We had a plan for the entire mandate.”

“Strong, stable government” was the mantra for former prime minister Stephen Harper in his re-election bids. Trudeau made it clear repeatedly through Monday’s interview that he still wants to be seen as the anti-Harper, but 2018 seems to have shown him why stability can be an aspiration for a Canadian government in a crazy world.

I asked Trudeau if he’d read Harper’s new book on populism and disruption, Right Here, Right Now, which came out this fall. He pretended to look puzzled. “You mean the hockey book?” Trudeau asked, referring to the tome Harper wrote while in office.

So there’s something else that remains unchanged for this prime minister after three years in office.

Susan Delacourt is the Star’s Ottawa bureau chief and a columnist covering national politics. Reach her via email: sdelacourt@thestar.ca or follow her on Twitter: @susandelacourt

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Protesters focus on 2 issues at rally outside prime minister’s Calgary event – Calgary

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A group of protesters filled a downtown Calgary street to voice their concerns to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while he was making an appearance at an event in the city.

The majority of the protesters spoke out against recent federal action in the ongoing Canada Post workers’ strike, as well as Canada’s inability to get its oil to tidewater. The rally took place outside a downtown hotel, while Trudeau was speaking inside at an event with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.


READ MORE:
‘This is very much a crisis’: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says of low Alberta oil price

“We’re all supporting the public sector,” Cindy Wagner, a postal clerk at Calgary’s Canada Post processing plant, said Thursday at the rally.

“We’re two different forms, but we’re two forms that are wanting to be heard.”

The rally was held just hours after the federal government introduced back-to-work legislation, in an effort to end the rotating postal strikes that have been in place since late October. Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents Canada Post employees, have condemned the move.


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Liberals move to end Canada Post strike, table back-to-work bill

“We have got a constitutional right to collective bargain and we think that right needs to be recognized by the government of Canada,” Robert Scobel, a Calgary-based CUPW spokesperson, said at Thursday’s rally.

“We’ve been going on rotating strikes, we haven’t shut the system down, we’ve simply slowed it up, we don’t think it justifies actions by the parliament.”

Watch below: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was booed as he took the podium at an event in Calgary, which is dealing with plummeting oil prices.






On the other side of the rally, pro-pipeline protesters broke out in numerous chants of “build that pipe.” Katrina Ali, an energy sector employee who attended the rally, said she had a simple message for the visiting prime minister.


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Will Trans Mountain construction resume next spring? ‘I certainly hope so’: Trudeau

“Trudeau, for the benefit of all Canadians, we need to build pipelines so we can get our oil and gas to market, to tidewater,” Ali said.

“Hopefully the message is sent.”

Watch below: On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the question of Bill C-69 while talking to Calgary’s Chamber of Commerce.






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This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Nov. 10 – Montreal

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The program airs Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week.






The challenge of peace

This weekend marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War — a war that claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and civilians between 1914 and 1918.

In Britain, people are commemorating the anniversary of the armistice with a moving tribute at the Tower of London, where 10,000 torches will be lit in the moat around the tower.

READ MORE: 100 years later, Montreal’s Black Watch regiment returns to Wallers, France

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is attending Remembrance Day ceremonies in France, where many of the greatest battles in which Canadians fought and died were waged.

Closer to home, the Royal Montreal Regiment is marking the anniversary with a special exhibit called “War is Over: The  Challenge of Peace.”

READ MORE: No Stone Left Alone: Montreal students lay poppies for Remembrance Day

Honorary Lt.-Col. Colin Robinson joined senior anchor Jamie Orchard to explain what the exhibit is all about.

To learn more about the regiment or the exhibit, visit the Royal Montreal Regiment Museum website.






U.S. midterm elections

The Democrats headed into the midterm elections on Nov. 6 hoping to sweep the House and the Senate.

While they took control of the House, the Republicans held onto the Senate, gaining two seats.

READ MORE: Donald Trump reacts to midterm results on Twitter: ‘Big Victory last night’

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter, claiming victory despite his party’s 27-seat loss in the House of Representatives.

The Democrats also see their gains as a resounding victory and intend to unleash new legal and political challenges against Trump and his administration.

READ MORE: The 2018 U.S. midterm elections are over. Here’s what you need to know

Political analyst Raphael Jacob sat down with Orchard to discuss how Americans are more divided now than ever.






Second chance?

An animal shelter in the United States is trying to save the life of a pit bull-type dog that attacked two children in Montreal North over the summer.

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A four-year-old girl and her seven-year-old brother both suffered serious injuries when the dog bit them in separate incidents.

The dog is currently being held by the Montreal SPCA pending the results of a police investigation.

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A New York-based group has filed a request in Superior Court asking that the dog be transferred to its shelter instead of being euthanized.

Montreal lawyer Daniel Goldwater is representing the group. He joined Orchard to discuss the case.

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Housing in Focus workshops aim to make urban planning a more inclusive conversation

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Cheryll Case had barely graduated from Ryerson University last year when she made a splash as an urban planner with a project that laid a map of the city’s zoning boundaries over census data.

Her peers are still hailing the work that shows how vast tracts of Toronto are effectively overhoused, squeezing younger, less affluent residents into smaller areas.

Urban planner Cheryll Case (from left) stands with Penny Fisher, a Housing in Focus workshop participant; Jennifer Oliverrie, a housing support worker at Women’s Habitat in the Etobicoke Lakeshore area; and Tetyana Bailey, who helped facilitate workshop discussions, outside LAMP Community Health Centre in Etobicoke. LAMP was the charity sponsor of Case’s Housing in Focusing project, designed to elicit ideas for city building from residents in under-served communities.
Urban planner Cheryll Case (from left) stands with Penny Fisher, a Housing in Focus workshop participant; Jennifer Oliverrie, a housing support worker at Women’s Habitat in the Etobicoke Lakeshore area; and Tetyana Bailey, who helped facilitate workshop discussions, outside LAMP Community Health Centre in Etobicoke. LAMP was the charity sponsor of Case’s Housing in Focusing project, designed to elicit ideas for city building from residents in under-served communities.  (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star)

But rather than joining Toronto’s urban planning establishment, Case’s after-graduation encore is a project called Housing in Focus, which challenges the status quo in her chosen field.

Using grants from the Laidlaw and McConnell foundations, Case, 23, organized a series of workshops, drawing about 140 participants from low-income areas — people she says have little say in how their neighbourhoods are developed — and asking for their ideas on how to make more affordable housing in vibrant, well-serviced communities.

“My goal is to bring forward a conversation that communities have been wanting to have — the whole idea that the planning process should be serving those with the most needs. It’s to see how the planning process can best suit their interests — ensuring the conversation is welcoming to those communities,” she said.

The ideas Case collected ranged from a waterfront marketplace in Etobicoke to new rules that would allow residents to convert their garages into homes — something that might provide more affordable shelter since it doesn’t involve buying more land.

“As a planner trained to think a certain way, I have certain ideas of what good development looks like. Talking to these communities they had different ideas about really cool, neat ways to build complete neighbourhoods,” she said.

Affordable housing was the jumping-off point for the discussions. But the participants talked about their desire to mix subsidized rentals with market-rate units, to build equity through co-ops and rent-to-own programs.

“They’re open to providing opportunity. They acknowledge that to have opportunity you need to have development,” Case said. “They see really holistically the way you can use development to build more affordable housing, to build more culture, more vibrancy in the neighbourhood.”

Participants in six workshops were drawn from community groups and services in Etobicoke, Scarborough, Weston, Parkdale and the Danforth area. There were also five workshops dedicated to building youth engagement — developing their leadership and research skills.

The women, who meet at a weekly cafe at Women’s Habitat in the Etobicoke Lakeshore area, are hungry for opportunities and believe they have a role to play in making their neighbourhood function better, said Jennifer Oliverrie, a transitional and housing support worker, who helped co-ordinate one of Case’s workshops.

“They want their neighbourhood to be safe. Women who use our services need rent geared to income housing,” she said.

Oliverrie cited an example of a building in the area where some of the agency’s clients live for which rent on a two-bedroom unit jumped from $750 a month plus hydro to $1,775 in less than two years.

Those women wanted to see more consideration given to shared accommodation — something similar to a program that connects seniors with students who exchange affordable rent for help around the home.

“If seniors can do this why not other individuals?” she said. “Why not youth, why not people with families … to help them not use their entire paycheck plus their child benefit to pay rent.”

Gerry Dunn of the Danforth Village Community Association admits he was skeptical when Case approached him about helping organize a workshop.

“She presented a document, an outline of her idea. At first I thought it’s a bit academic. It’s like somebody looking for a thesis,” he said.

He said he was leary right up until the event.

“What she did was fairly spectacular. There were four tables of about 10 people each. Not a big crowd but they got going. They were engaged,” Dunn said.

If he has any criticism of the project it’s that, so far, it was a one-off.

“The question that is on everybody’s lips is, ‘Where do we go from here, what’s next,’” he said.

Case says she is developing a report on the workshop ideas that will be released later this month and distributed to the city and as many planners and housing professionals as possible.

Although community consultations are part of virtually every development project in Toronto, Case thinks there’s room for improvement.

“These communities, when I’m talking to them, they’re feeling they’re not included or they’re not being asked the right questions or they’re not being invited to the right spaces. I’m trying to help both sides figure out what conversations do we need to have, what kind of spaces do we need to build to make sure everybody is included in the decision-making process so we can actually develop an adequate supply of affordable housing that meets all our needs,” she said.

If it sounds like advocacy, Case insists she is a planner first.

“As a planner, I’m seeing a gap I’m trying to fill — discussions with people who are underserved.”

Tess Kalinowski is a Toronto-based reporter covering real estate. Follow her on Twitter: @tesskalinowski

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