Canada ranked 3rd best country to live in – National

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For the fourth year in a row, Canada is ranked the top country to live in when it comes to quality of life.

According to the 2019 Best Countries Report, our northern nation took home the winning score based on our health care, public education, safety, solid job market and politically stable landscape.

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Overall, Canada was ranked the third best country in the world after Switzerland, which was ranked number one, and Japan at number two.

The report also listed Canada as number two when it comes to citizenship, based on factors like human rights, the environment, gender equality and religious freedom.

Another category we ranked highly in? Best countries for women. Canada came third, just behind Sweden and Denmark, respectively.

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The annual project, led by U.S. News & World Report, BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, evaluates “80 countries across a range of categories, from economic influence and military might to education and quality of life, to capture how nations are perceived on a global scale.”

While Canada fared well across several boards, the U.S. slid in a few categories.

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The U.S. was ranked the eighth best country — the same spot as last year — but the study noted that “the world’s level of trust in the U.S. continues to decline” with the nation now ranking number 27 for “perceptions of trustworthiness.”

“Perceptions of the U.S. as a country that cares about human rights have also fallen,” researchers said in a statement.


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Still, the U.S. came in first place when it came to the global ranking of perceived power, followed by Russia and China. Canada was rated number 12 in that category.

Laura.hensley@globalnews.ca

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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These People Are Changing the Way We Live on This Crazy Planet | Healthyish

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Every week, Healthyish editor Amanda Shapiro talks about what she’s seeing, eating, watching, and reading in the wellness world and beyond. Pro tip: If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll get the scoop before everyone else.

Healthyish friends,

Between the holidays and the Feel Good Food Plan, it’s been a minute since we’ve talked. But I’m back now, and I’ve come with some extremely fun news.

Okay, I admit it: Even as the Healthyish editor, I sometimes—okay, often—get wellness fatigue. The same two or three names always float to the top of the conversation, and it honestly gets pretty boring. So we decided to dig a little deeper.

Today we launched The Healthyish 22, our roster of chefs, artists, entrepreneurs, and all kinds of genre-bending geniuses who are paving the way for a new kind of wellness in 2019.

These aren’t all people you’ve seen before. They aren’t celebrities with supplement companies or #influencers shilling products for a living. They don’t have restaurant empires (though Daniela Soto-Innes is well on her way). The Healthyish 22 are hustling, sure. They’re throwing ridiculously fun dinner parties, sourcing the absolute best turmeric, getting wild with mushrooms, and making eye-poppingly good natural wine. They’re making it easier to eat healthyish out in the world and bringing wellness to the communities that need it most. They’re doing it all, but on their own terms—and we want to celebrate that.

We also want them to keep doing all the cool things they do. I hope you’ll follow these incredible folks and support their work. You could browse the virtual aisles of Jess Young’s online snack emporium, Bubble Goods, or scope these crazy face mirrors from designer Elise McMahon. I just got one of Steph DeAngelis’s prints framed for my room. You could check out Bini’s Kitchen next time you’re in S.F. or Toli Moli when you’re in D.C.

Whatever you do, I hope you find these 22 people as fun, inspiring, and not-boring as I do.

Sincerely,

Amanda Shapiro
Healthyish editor

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A third of Toronto’s young adults live with their parents. Here’s how Bloor West compares to the Bridle Path, and more

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Twenty-six-year-old Ian Sinclair has found the perfect basement apartment in the west end.

It’s close to transit, with its own entrance. He even gets along well with his landlords, who happen to be his parents.

“Essentially I’m their basement tenant but not paying rent,” says Sinclair, who works full-time in the public sector. He moved back into the house he grew up in near Runnymede Station after graduating university in 2017.

“I definitely feel fortunate and privileged,” he says of his situation. “I have many friends from school whose parents aren’t from the city so they didn’t have a choice.”

As Toronto’s housing crisis continues, experts are seeing a new divide taking hold among the younger generation: those who can live with their parents — and save for a down payment — and those who can’t.

The highest percentage is found in one of the city’s wealthiest communities, Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills, where a whopping 75 per cent of young adults are sticking with mom and dad.

“I see living with parents as a form of privilege,” says University of Waterloo assistant professor Nancy Worth, who studied the issue in a 2017 report called GenY at Home.

Worth said living at home is also increasingly being seen as a smart financial move that sets younger people up for success, rather than the old stereotype of the “lazy millennial” trapped in their parent’s basement delaying adulthood.

“It’s sort of introducing a kind of inequality within a generation, rather than just across a generation.”

The trend is not only about money, Worth says, as many boomer parents and millennial kids have a closer relationship than previous generations. Precarious work also pushes people back home, as it’s hard to lock into a 30-year mortgage or even a yearlong lease on a six month contract.

But without affordable housing options for younger people, it’s the family who steps up, and that impacts who is able to then save and buy future real estate, she says.

“If you can’t give your kids $50,000 but you can give them their room back, especially in your large single family home, you’re essentially giving them a savings of rent which can be quite significant in a place like Toronto.”

In the Bridle Path, notoriously one of Toronto’s toniest addresses, adult children living with their parents just makes sense in terms of “pure square footage,” says Barry Cohen, owner of ReMax Barry Cohen Homes Inc., who sells homes in the area.

“It’s quite common through the Bridle Path because the homes are so large and extravagant,” he said, noting there are even a few multi-generational homes in the neighbourhood, with features such as separate entrances, designed for grandma and grandpa as well as mom and dad and adult kids, Cohen notes.

“Why not live in the lap of luxury?”

The lowest rates of young adults living at home are in neighbourhoods along the waterfront and financial district, like Niagara (4 per cent), and the Bay Street corridor (7 per cent), where smaller, newer, condo units make multi-generational living crowded.

“You’re in 450, 500 square feet, you don’t have room for parents, you don’t have room for a cat,” says Nora Spinks, chief executive officer at the Vanier Institute of the Family, with a laugh.

In a city where the average detached home costs about $1.3 million, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board, and the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is now more than $2,000, say figures from market research firm Urbanation, cost is the biggest factor for many.

It certainly was for Sinclair, who’s saving the “tens of thousands of dollars a year on rent, at least,” for a future down payment, by living with his parents in the west end.

But there are other reasons for living with mom and dad, such as taking care of a sick parent, or coming from a culture where it’s more accepted, says Spinks.

Amani Tarud, 24, who grew up in Chile and has Middle Eastern heritage, says it’s normal and even encouraged for young single people to live with their parents there.

“It’s a very North American ideal that you have to leave once you turn 18,” she says.

Tarud lives in a two-bedroom apartment near Yonge and Eglinton with her mom, twin teenage sisters and the family dog. She graduated from the University of Toronto last June but is sticking around as long as she can to save a nest egg for rent and work on paying off her student loan. Even though it means sharing a bedroom with her mom.

“Does it get in the way of social and romantic life a little bit? Yeah sure, but it’s not terrible by any means at all.”

Tarud, who is working in child and respite care, says a place of her own would be way out of reach financially. And there are perks such as being able to take care of each other when they get sick.

“If I have to live with a roommate it might as well be here, because at least it’s someone that I get along with,” she says.

Urban planner Cheryll Case lived with her parents in the Etobicoke neighbourhood of Kingsview Village The Westway (where 49 per cent of single adults aged 20 to 34 do the same) for a year after graduating from Ryerson University.

She too feels lucky she was able to save up “a good cushion” for rent before moving into a townhouse with her boyfriend and a roommate.

But, she notes, there are many neighbourhoods where if you want to remain in the area the only real choice is to stay in the house you grew up in, because of a lack of affordable housing.

Building more “missing middle” units across the city, lowrise apartments and townhomes that are a more affordable alternative to the two extremes of highrises and single detached homes, would help with supply issues, she says.

“It’s a great privilege to live with your parents and you save money, but it’s a great privilege to be able to live on your own if you so choose,” she says.

May Warren is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @maywarren11

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Saskatoon man sells all to live in a van

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You can joke all you like, or make pop culture references to an infamous character from Saturday Night Live, but for one Saskatoon man, living in a van brings a sense of purpose.

I don’t have that crystal clear vision of what I’m doing but it just felt right.– Jesse Boldt  

  

« I remember smiling to myself and just think yes you finally did the right thing, » said Jesse Boldt in an interview with CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning.

For Jesse Boldt, all the comforts of home are in a 1997 white Dodge Cargo van. Well, most of them. The Saskatoon man sold the house he owned for nine years to live in a van that he parks in different spots throughout the city. It’s a lifestyle he’s chosen – and one that he says, has brought him fullfillment. 5:37

Boldt readily admits he entered the rat race a little early. By 20, Boldt was a home owner, with a car payment and a credit card.   

« In society’s eyes it seemed like a good thing to do, and you know, I felt OK doing it; I felt successful. »

That feeling faded, as the demands of bills led Boldt from job to job, living a life where he felt no real joy and did not have a sense of purpose. For Boldt, the antidote to his existential angst was to pull the plug on modern expectations, selling his home and moving into a van.

Night one at Walmart 

He recalled that first night in the van, in a big box store’s parking lot.

« I don’t have that crystal clear vision of what I’m doing, but it just felt right, and that was the first time in my life where finally stepping out of that rat race, training full-time martial arts, it just felt right and I felt that I had a purpose. »

There is something important in Boldt’s memory of that first night in the van. For him, finding mixed martial arts, or MMA is one of the catalysts in finding the courage to do the unexpected and to begin living a more fulfilling life.  

« I was on the right path … and it [MMA] gave me purpose. »

Life for Jesse Boldt and his dog Princess Layla is sometimes challenging. The van does not have running water, and there’s not enough head room for Jesse. (Jesse Boldt )

It’s not a 5 star life 

All that said, Boldt’s van life is not Nirvana. There are challenges, like trying to stay warm in the Saskatchewan winter, and he said, his set-up is pretty basic.

« I can’t even sit up straight. »

« There is no running water. I have four-litre milk jugs or water jugs that I just keep filling up; there is no air conditioning so summertime is a challenge, but I have a lot of roof vents. »

Maybe someday he’ll upgrade to a better van, but for now it’s good enough. Boldt has an electric heater, and there are a few places around the city, including outside the gym where he trains, where they let him plug in at night.

Boldt is taking van life one day at a time. When he first started out, he just wanted to make it through the first week. Recently, he said, he celebrated eight months « the ‘vanniversary’ I call it. »

Jesse Boldt is proud to live in a van, and yes, sometimes it’s parked down by the river.

Jesse Boldt, shown here, with his van parked down by the river. (Jesse Boldt)

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LIVE: Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders to hold end-of-year news conference this morning

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Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders is expected to address the public and the media at a year-end news conference at police headquarters Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.

He is expected to face questions about Toronto’s record homicide numbers, the police investigation of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, police participation in the 2019 Pride Parade and the recent Ontario Human Rights Comission report that found Black people are “grossly overrepresented” in cases in which Toronto police have used force, especially fatal shootings.

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Live: Bail hearing for Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou continues for third day

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VANCOUVER—The bail hearing for a Chinese telecommunications giant’s top executive continues for a third day Tuesday in Vancouver.

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Telecommunications, was arrested in Vancouver International airport Dec. 1 by Canadian authorities. She was sought for extradition to the United States on allegations of fraud, and has just spent her 10th night at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge, B.C., about an hour east of Vancouver.

At the bail hearing Tuesday, the provisional arrest warrant from the United States is expected to be entered into evidence at the B.C. Supreme Court, with more details of the fraud charges she faces there.

Meng’s defence lawyers are expected to produce three character reference letters, none from Canada, as well as more details of the Meng family finances and family ties to the city. An affidavit from her husband Liu Xiaozong, who is listed on both a $5-million mortgage and a $15-million mortgage, may reveal more about the equity the family has in their two Vancouver homes, as well as his financial status.

Meng’s lawyer Monday argued his client should be granted bail under conditions, including that she wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet, and be supervised by a security detail around the clock. Her husband, Liu Xiaozong, agreed to be her “community surety” — posting bail and making sure she doesn’t skip town.

The Crown lawyer raised concerns with the proposals. The court Monday heard the proposed monitoring device could be cut off with scissors and works on a 3G network run by Rogers, which has partnerships with Huawei. The Crown also argued Liu was not an adequate surety, because “if Ms. Meng were to flee … Mr. Liu would not be left behind.”

The third day of the hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Follow investigative reporter Michael Mui (@mui24hours) below for live coverage of day three of the bail hearing.

Perrin Grauer is a Vancouver-based reporter covering community issues and Canada’s drug policies. Follow him on Twitter: @perringrauer

Alex McKeen is a Vancouver-based reporter covering wealth and work. Follow her on Twitter: @alex_mckeen

Michael Mui is a Vancouver-based investigative reporter. Follow him on Twitter: @mui24hours

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LIVE: Bail hearing resumes for Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO arrested on fraud allegations

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The Crown asked what would happen if Meng wanted to go somewhere the security team doesn’t go.

“If there was a higher risk of potential breach of condition that they weren’t satisfied they could manage, they would refuse her attending that event,” Filer replied.

“Our responsibility would be to enforce the conditions of release imposed by the court,” Filer told the judge, adding he and his staff are prepared to conduct a citizen’s arrest if necessary.

After a description of proposed travel restrictions for Meng and the security detail that would be assigned to her oversight — Lions Gate COO Doug Maynard would head up the team, with rotating pairs of security guards on eight-hour shifts, 24 hours per day — the Crown asked Filer whether his company had ever previously been involved in monitoring a person on bail.

“No,” he replied.

Following a brief recess, the court heard from Stephen Tan, co-founder and director of operations for Recovery Science Corp., a company that specializes in electronic monitoring technologies.

Recovery Science has roughly 114 monitoring cases currently active, Tan told the court. The company uses a GPS chip in concert with a SIM card to provide minute-by-minute updates on a subject of monitoring.

In Meng’s case, Tan told the court, surveillance would occur 24 hours per day and account for any curfews by creating zones of restriction during certain hours of the day.

Asked whether a subject of Recovery Science’s GPS monitoring had ever successfully fled, Tan replied, “Yes. One.”

After a discussion around the technicalities of Recovery Science’s monitoring devices, Tan noted the wearable device itself can be easily removed with scissors. This, however, would trigger an alert, he said, adding the device uses the Rogers 3G cellular network.

Rogers currently distributes Huawei products through its retail sales network in Canada and has a partnership through its media properties to “build awareness” of the Huawei brand, according to a 2017 statement on Huawei’s website. In a statement submitted to StarMetro last week, Rogers declined to comment on Meng’s arrest.

Martin, Meng’s lawyer, argued his client was a woman of character and dignity with an unblemished record and deep respect for the rule of law. If released on bail, he said, it’s “inconceivable” that she would throw away a life’s work by failing to comply with court orders.

Meng’s husband, Liu Xiaozong, has agreed to become her community surety and pledged both a large cash deposit and the two homes in his name as further surety, said Martin. But Martin admitted he was unsure of Liu’s immigration status and faced questions regarding what assurance could be given that Liu would remain by his wife’s side in Canada, as promised.

In response, Martin pointed to a detailed affidavit submitted by Liu in support of his pledge, including documentation of his passport, titles and current balance in mortgage. Liu’s passport, however, has a visa which expires on Feb. 6, 2019.

It is unclear which country issued Liu’s passport, though it was implied his current trip to Canada was undertaken on a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport.

Hong Kong SAR passports are issued only to permanent residents of Hong Kong, but holding such a passport does not preclude simultaneous possession of a passport from another country.

According to Martin, Liu entered Canada last week as a lawful visitor, and should be entitled to remain in the country for six months.

But the U.S. has not yet formally made an extradition request, noted the presiding judge, Justice William Ehrcke. U.S. authorities have a 60-day window to issue such a request, and could theoretically choose not to issue one at all, he said. The reality must be considered, he added, that in the event of an extradition hearing, proceedings could go on for months or even years.

Meng’s lawyer proposed several arrangements to ensure Liu could legally remain in Canada as his wife’s custodian – a primary condition for Meng’s potential release on bail, according to the judge. The offer of money as surety, Ehrcke added, is a secondary consideration.

Money can be considered expendable, the judge said.

Crown prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley took further issue with Liu’s offer to act as Meng’s surety, saying the husband has a “lack of connection to this jurisdiction.” The prosecutor pointed out Meng’s permanent resident card expired 9 years ago, while her B.C. identification card expired 12 years ago. And her defence includes no letters of reference from Canadians, he added.

This, he said, proves Meng has no meaningful connection to Canada.

The Crown emphasized Meng’s liability as a flight risk, and the judge suggested he understood that should surveillance fail, Meng was positioned to exploit that failure more successfully than the average person.

Gibb-Carsley also voiced opposition to Liu acting as surety, suggesting, “if Ms. Meng were to flee … Mr. Liu would not be left behind.” He proposed surety be changed to a split between cash – at $7.5 million – and property.

If Meng were to be allowed bail, he added, he would prefer she be on house arrest 24 hours a day, rather than under electronic monitoring in restricted geographic zones as suggested by the defence.

The allegations against Meng — that she knowingly violated U.S. sanctions and misled financial institutions — were first revealed to the public during Day 1 of her bail hearing on Friday. A warrant from the Eastern District of New York alleges Meng knew Huawei was operating a company called SkyCom to do business with Iran, which has been subject to U.S. sanctions since 1979.

The U.S. authorities claim Meng committed fraud by telling an HSBC executive her company was in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran limiting communication technology. U.S. authorities further argue Meng broke the law when she told the banker that Huawei and SkyCom, another telecommunications company, were separate entities.

“The allegation is SkyCom is Huawei,” said Gibb-Carsley, the Crown prosecutor, on Friday.

Martin countered, saying Huawei once owned shares in SkyCom and Meng sat on the company’s board, but the shares in the company were sold after 2009 and SkyCom became an independent contractor to Huawei.

The Crown argued Friday that Meng’s vast wealth means no surety or bail amount would deter her from fleeing to China should bail be granted. Meng’s defence argued her familial and economic ties to the city — as well as the reputation of her family — means she poses no flight risk.

Meng’s arrest sparked outrage from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, who called her detention “unreasonable, unconscionable and vile in nature” and warned of “grave consequences” if she is not released.

And while Canada is obliged to observe its long-standing extradition treaty with the U.S., it has also been looking elsewhere — including to China — to establish new trade relationships during a rocky period with its largest trading partner.

This puts Meng’s arrest in Vancouver at the heart of tensions simmering between foreign powers seeking to reorient themselves to the reality of an ascendant China.

Huawei is the largest global supplier of hardware and infrastructure for both personal mobile users and network providers. The company’s ability to underbid the competition has made them an attractive partner for governments looking to develop 5G networks — a technological initiative widely seen as the future of connectivity.

But the telecommunications giant has also been the subject of suspicion over the possibility its technology may offer a “back door” to surveillance by the Chinese government — a claim Huawei has categorically denied.

The United States, Australia and New Zealand have banned the company from participating in the construction of 5G networks because of security concerns. Washington has been increasing pressure on Canada and Britain — the other two members of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance — to follow suit.

Huawei is currently in partnership with leading Canadian universities across the country as well as companies such as Telus, with whom it is developing interconnected 5G networks in Canada.

Meng’s bail hearing will continue Tuesday.

Follow investigative reporter Michael Mui (@mui24hours) below for live coverage of Day 2 of the bail hearing.

With files from Melanie Green

Michael Mui is a Vancouver-based investigative reporter. Follow him on Twitter: @mui24hours

Perrin Grauer is a Vancouver-based reporter covering community issues and Canada’s drug policies. Follow him on Twitter: @perringrauer

Joanna Chiu is assistant managing editor of StarMetro Vancouver. Follow her on Twitter: @joannachi

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LIVE BLOG: MPs to debate how Canada should approach fighting fentanyl, opioid crises

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The House of Commons is set to hold a lengthy discussion Monday evening on how Canada should tackle its opioid crisis.

Members of parliament will debate a number of recommendations, including how to stop criminals from profiting from bringing illegal drugs like fentanyl into vulnerable communities, how to improve treatment services for drug users and how best to address the socio-economic conditions that push people towards drug use and related criminality.

WATCH: How fentanyl gets into Canada







The discussion, scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, comes in the wake of a series of Global News investigations that laid bare how an assortment of criminal groups, ranging from China-based gangs and Mexican cartels to small-time street dealers, are making a killing from the fentanyl trade.

READ MORE: China won’t stop flood of fentanyl into Canada, sources say

Global News’ multi-part series, Fentanyl: Making a Killing, revealed that the scale of the fentanyl trade is so large that related money-laundering is suspected to have disrupted the Vancouver-area housing market.

While fentanyl traffickers and dealers gained astounding wealth, they have also left a trail of bodies behind — nearly a dozen Canadians died each day from opioid overdoses last year. Over 8,000 have lost their lives due to fentanyl use since 2016.


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Behind those shocking statistics are tragic stories of individuals, families and communities plunged into crisis by the scourge of fentanyl.

WATCH: Global News reports on the impact of the opioid crisis on families


The plight of opioid-ravaged communities such as Simcoe County in southern Ontario, highlighted in Global News’ reporting, is expected to take centre-stage in Monday night’s discussions.

READ MORE: How lethal opioids devastated a small region of Ontario

Also likely to be discussed is the lack of specific plans to help children affected by the opioid crisis, data on which isn’t even collected by Statistics Canada.

WATCH: Coverage of Canada’s fentanyl crisis on Globalnews.ca


MPs will also be urged to look to success stories in jurisdictions such as Portugal and Miami, Fla., both of which have implemented radical policies — including allowing drug users access to outpatient programs in lieu of jail time — and discuss how Canada could follow their examples.

A range of recommendations tackling specific issues ranging from harm reduction, education and outreach to data collection, criminal penalties and federal-provincial-municipal cooperation are also expected to be discussed and debated.

— With files from Stewart Bell, Andrew Russell and Sam Cooper

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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AFN Special Chiefs Assembly LIVE

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First Nations leaders, Elders, women, youth and other delegates gather for the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario.

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WATCH LIVE: Alberta to announce if it will impose oil production cuts

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WATCH LIVE: Premier Rachel Notley is set to make an announcement in Edmonton at 6 p.m. MT on Sunday. Global News will be carrying the press conference live right here at 6 p.m. MT.

Alberta’s premier plans to announce Sunday whether her government will impose industrywide oil production cuts in the Canadian province.

The government said Saturday that Premier Rachel Notley will lay out the next steps to ensure Albertans get the best possible value for their energy resources. Alberta has the world’s third-largest oil reserves and is the top source of foreign oil for the U.S.

The premier released an op-ed piece in which she says the province must act now to deal with a growing glut of oil that she blames on a lack of pipeline capacity. Notley writes that there are two competing ideas for short-term relief — either let the market sort itself out, risking possible job losses and business closures, or intervene and temporarily restrict production.

“This is a major decision with major implications,” Notley wrote about the announcement coming Sunday.

She says 35 million barrels of Alberta oil is sitting in storage. As a result, the price of Alberta crude is sitting around $10 a barrel, which Notley says is a fraction of what other world producers are getting. She says it means Alberta is losing $80 million Canadian (US$60 million) a day.


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Premier Rachel Notley pens op-ed, says plan for Alberta oil price crisis coming Sunday

The premier has already said the province will buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers, expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, to move the province’s excess oil to markets, with the first shipments expected in late 2019.

But she says in her op-ed piece that rail cars, new pipelines and increasing domestic refining capacity won’t bring relief soon enough.

“We need to do more and do it now,” Notley writes. “Neither choice is without downsides.”

Cenovus Energy proposed the idea of a production cut last month and the idea is being supported by opposition politicians in Alberta, including United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney. However, the Imperial and Husky companies said Friday that they oppose involuntary production cuts but support the rail investments because that could help to improve market access.


READ MORE:
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Alberta needs new pipelines to expand its export options for its growing oil sands production. At present, 97 per cent of Canadian oil exports go to the U.S., which is awash with oil.

But Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal halted the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast _ a setback that came just as the federal government bought the project to help ensure it gets built. The court ordered the country’s National Energy Board to redo its review of the pipeline.

A U.S. federal judge also blocked a permit for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and ordered officials to conduct a new environmental review.

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