Analysis: What the end of NAFTA could mean for jobs in western Canada

As the fifth round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations kick off this week in Mexico, uncertainty over the future of the pact lingers. The demands by the U.S. such as scrapping the agreement’s dispute settlement mechanism and stricter rules of origin for auto manufacturing are among a growing list of “take

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5 things you didn’t know about the Pacific Alliance (including what it is and why Canada should care)

Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru make up the Pacific Alliance trade integration group. In June 2017, Canada was one of four Pacific Alliance observer countries invited to become an associate member of the bloc (along with Australia, New Zealand and Mexico). Below are five things you might not know about the Pacific Alliance – and

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PODCAST | What the West? 002: The Trump Administration’s Worldview on Trade

Subscribe (iTunes) | Download After a rollercoaster APEC summit, where news on the Trans-Pacific Partnership felt at times more like a soap opera than trade talks, and a fifth round of NAFTA talks getting underway this week, Episode 002 of What the West? looks at the evolving Canada-U.S. trade relationship. The Trump era’s winner takes all, America-First

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How lessons from canola can help unleash pulse fractionation on the Prairies

Across the Prairies, the agriculture sector is starting to pay attention to the growing opportunity of pulse fractionation. For the industry to really accelerate, champions of the relatively new processing technology need look no further than the golden canola fields already under their noses. Pulse fractionation takes pulses such as beans, peas, and legumes, and

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Pallister government steps forward, but not far enough, with Manitoba climate plan

Last week, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister unveiled his government’s Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan that lays out how the province will reduce climate changing emissions over the next five years, including a price on carbon. The plan is a big step in the right direction for a province that fought against a federally imposed price

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U.S. one step closer to imposing permanent duties on Canadian softwood lumber

The U.S. Commerce Department just released its final determinations in its antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) duty investigations against Canadian softwood lumber imported into the U.S. As expected, Commerce announced it will indeed impose finalized duties in both cases. Commerce revised its tariff rates to be slightly lower and also excluded lumber from Newfoundland and

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