Currents: Canada’s Arctic port at a crossroads

Churchill’s uncertain future—Part 1 The Port of Churchill – the only Arctic port in Canada – closed “for the season” but quite possibly for good on Aug. 8. It is widely assumed that the owner of the port, Denver-based OmniTRAX, will not reopen it, although the company has said it will consider opening for the

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Currents: Western Canada’s relationship with global trade blocs

A SNAPSHOT OF OUR SERIES ON WESTERN CANADA TRADE In the past month, we’ve been looking at western Canada’s relationship with some of the major global trade blocs. The volume of the West’s trade with each bloc varies significantly. It comes as no surprise that NAFTA is western Canada’s most important trading relationship – mainly

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Currents: Western trade with South America’s Common Market

FOURTH IN A SERIES ON WESTERN CANADIAN TRADE Last in our series on western Canada’s relationship with major trade blocs, we explore trade with Mercosur – the Common Market of the South. Canada has been engaged in exploratory trade discussions with this region since 2011. The South American trade bloc, created in 1991, is comprised

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Currents: Growth opportunities in Asia’s southeast

THIRD IN A SERIES ON WESTERN CANADIAN TRADE Western Canada’s trade with the Asia-Pacific region has increased nearly 25 per cent during the last five years. It’s no surprise that China, the most populous country on the planet, dominates the focus of trade with Asia. Yet, it is Southeast Asia that is one of the

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