Canada Has ‘lot Of Catching Up To Do’ In Asia

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Likewise, biographer Stephen Manes wrote that “Gates was certainly not unusual there [around drugs]. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice Larry Kudlow Former Ronald Reagan economic adviser and current CNBC host Larry Kudlow is reported to have both smoked marijuana and used cocaine frequently at periods in his life. After being fired from Bear Sterns in the mid-1990s, Kudlow entered a rehabilitation program to deal with his cocaine addiction, according to New York Magazine. Naomi Campbell Super model Naomi Campbell admitted in 2005 to abusing cocaine during her career. “I have admitted using illegal drugs and some years ago I recognised that I had a problem” she was quoted as saying in The Daily Mail. “I knew that it was wrong and had damaged me and I decided to try and sort myself out.” Peter Lewis Peter Lewis, former CEO of Progressive Insurance, has both smoked marijuana and lobbied heavily for its legalization. After smoking weed recreationally in his youth, he started using it medicinally after his leg was amputated. I was very glad I had marijuana,” he told Boston Magazine. “It didnt exactly eliminate the pain, but it made the pain tolerable and it let me avoid those heavy-duty narcotic pain relievers that leave you incapacitated. Arnold Schwarzenegger Former California Governor and all around legend Arnold Schwarzenegger can be seen smoking marijuana in the 1977 documentary “Pumping Iron.” He later said that he “did smoke a joint and I did inhale,” CBS News reports. Bernie Madoff In a 2009 lawsuit, it was alleged that Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff frequently sent messengers to buy cocaine for “himself and the company.” Actually, before Madoff’s $60 billion Ponzi scheme fell apart, his office was known as “the North Pole” because of the allegedly excessive cocaine use during work hours, according to CNN. Aldous Huxley Essayist and author Aldous Huxley is said to have experimented with hallucinogenics, even writing an account of his use of mescaline in “The Doors Of Perception.” Al Gore Former Vice President and climate change activist Al Gore is rumored to have smoked marijuana often in college. However, Gore characterized his marijuana use as “infrequent and rare,” according to The Guardian. Maya Angelou Best-selling author Maya Angelou reportedly “settled into a job as a waitress and began smoking marijuana with abandon” early in her life, according to a biography by Harold Bloom and Cindy Dyson. Ted Turner CNN founder and Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner is rumored to have grown pot in his college dorm room, according to COED Magazine (he’s reportedly also a major donor to the Kentucky Hemp Museum). After banning cigarette smoking at CNN in the early ’90s, a memo emerged that claimed it “was common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana.” Clarence Thomas Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas smoked marijuana “several times” in college, White House spokesman Judy Smith said back in 1991.

gridlock drags on Markets Thu Oct 3, 2013 11:09am EDT * TSX falls 49.74 points, or 0.39 percent, to 12,789.26 * Trading volumes are sluggish * Eight of 10 main sectors decline * Suncor has biggest negative influence on market * Takeover target BlackBerry drops about 3 percent By John Tilak TORONTO, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index slipped on Thursday as a U.S. government shutdown dragged into a third day, offsetting positive economic data from China and weighing on most major sectors. Investors also had an eye on BlackBerry, which is the focus of a $4.7 billion bid from a consortium led by Fairfax Financial. Data showed rising demand caused activity in China’s services sector to expand at the fastest pace in six months in September but failed to lift sentiment. The focus of the market remained the U.S. government shutdown, which highlighted the political gridlock in Washington over the debt crisis and the uncertainty investors are facing as no immediate resolution seemed in sight. “Who knows what’s going to happen or how long it’s going to drag out,” said Sal Masionis, stockbroker at Brant Securities. “You just stay away and do nothing, and have a little cash on the side.” Investor confidence in Canada and the United States has taken a beating, he said, adding that the uncertainty could drag on until the end of the month. Volumes on the benchmark Canadian index were sluggish. About 56 million shares changed hands on Thursday at mid-morning, compared with an average daily volume of 304 million shares in September, according to market operator TMX Group. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 49.74 points, or 0.39 percent, at 12,789.26. The TSX could lose ground before the end of the year due to the U.S. debt and budget troubles, Masionis said. Eight of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red on Thursday. Suncor Energy Inc lost 1.1 percent to C$36.40 and had the biggest negative influence on the market.

Canada’s Minister of Labour urges vigilance during the launch of Fire Prevention Week

“We require a much broader strategic engagement. We can’t just send ministers and trade missions. We have to capture the imagination of the Canadian public. We need to get the Canadian business community behind this and we are nowhere near that yet.” The scale of the problem facing those who see much of Canada’s future prosperity tied to trade with Asia could be seen in an Asia Pacific Foundation poll conducted earlier this year. The Angus Reid survey found that fewer Canadians regarded their country as part of the Asia Pacific region previously. Canadians also said that they saw less need to conclude free trade agreements with Asian countries than they had in the past. As an example of how Canada’s profile is diminishing, rather than rising, Paul Evans cited the fact that although trade with Asia has increased in recent years, as a percentage of overall trade it is half of what it was a decade ago. Canada has a much larger economy than Australia, but has not yet closed a trade agreement with any Asian country. Australia has eight of them. Parts of Australia are, of course, on Asia’s doorstep and its economic future is almost entirely dependent on trade with Asia. Canada, on the other hand, has a much more diversified economy and more diverse trade partners.

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Markets closed For the First Time in Canada: Starbucks to Offer Fairtrade Brewed and Espresso Beverages at Simon Fraser University Press Release: Starbucks Coffee Canada 3 hours ago -0.31 Simon Fraser University (CNW Group/Starbucks Coffee Canada) BURNABY, BC , Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ – When the Starbucks store at Simon Fraser University (SFU) opens its doors on Saturday October 5th , it will be the first Starbucks store in Canada to offer customers a Fairtrade certified option for their handcrafted espresso beverages, in addition to an already available Fairtrade certified brewed coffee option. Starbucks, one of the largest buyers of Fairtrade coffee in the world, entered into this pilot program with SFU given the university’s Fairtrade campus designation and deep commitment to ethical sourcing. This option is currently only available at some universities in the United States and the SFU Starbucks store will be the first store in Canada to offer it. Customers will have the option of ordering their espresso beverages (like lattes and cappuccinos) with either Fairtrade certified or C.A.F.E. Practices verified coffees. C.A.F.E (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices is Starbucks own verification program developed through our partnership with Conservation International, and isverified by independent third-parties overseen by SCS Global Services. “We apply very high standards to sourcing and purchasing all our coffee,” says Roger Aube , director of Licensed Stores for Starbucks Canada, “All our stores offer C.A.F.E. Practices verified espresso, and over 93% of our coffee is third-party certified or verified through C.A.F.E. Practices, Fairtrade or certified organic.” “SFU is extremely pleased with Starbucks’ commitment to providing more Fairtrade coffees to our campus community,” says Mark McLaughlin , Executive Director of Ancillary Services at SFU. “For the past year, SFU has been working alongside the University of British Columbia , Engineers Without Borders, and Fairtrade Vancouver to encourage major coffee companies to enhance their Fairtrade options for our students, and this is a step in the right direction.” Customer demand for Fairtrade certified coffees appears to be strongest on college and university campuses. Starbucks is uniquely positioned to meet this specific need, given its availability of Fairtrade certified coffees and its increased presence on college and university campuses across the country. There are no firm expansion plans to other universities or stores at the moment, although all stores already offer C.A.F.E. Practices verified espresso,and numerous universities and colleges across Canada already offer Starbucks Fairtrade certified brewed coffee. About Starbucks Corporation Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup.

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Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, highlighted the need for Canadians to take all steps necessary to avoid the devastating effects of fire and smoke in the home and in the workplace. The Minister was participating in the 17th annual launch of Fire Prevention Week at the Government Conference Centre. “Finding ways to prevent injury and illness is an integral part of keeping Canada’s labour force strong, healthy and competitive,” said Minister Leitch. “As a surgeon, I have seen terrible injuries caused by fire. We are all vulnerable to fire, in the workplace and at home, so making fire prevention a priority is in everybody’s interest.” Every year, the Labour Program partners with Fire Prevention Canada and federal, provincial and municipal fire services to educate Canadians on fire safety and prevention to ensure they have the tools they need to remain safe and healthy. On average, eight Canadians die in fires each week. This year, Fire Prevention Week runs from October 6 to 12. The theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” underlines the importance of learning how to prevent cooking-related fires. “We think of our home as a safe place and we sometimes underestimate the dangers we face at home, especially in the event of a fire”, said Minister Leitch. “But at home, as well as at work, we should always be vigilant. Even in today’s modern homes and workplaces, equipped with smoke alarms and sprinkler systems, we are not always safe from fire.” For more information on simple measures that can be taken to prevent fires from occurring in homes or at work, please visit www.fiprecan.ca . @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges .