Welcome to the October 31 edition of Canada Institute News, our biweekly newsletter that keeps you up to date on the activities of the Canada Institute and important events and news concerning the Canada-U.S. relationship. Unsubscribe here.
OTTAWA. A self-radicalized gunman with a history of mental health and drug issues killed a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial before being killed while attacking the Parliament building. On the heels of an attack days prior outside of Montreal, the shooting has sparked a national and international discussion on Canadian foreign and counter-terrorism policy, and prompted calls for strengthening Canada’s intelligence agencies.
OIL. TransCanada officially filed its application for the Energy East pipeline with the National Energy Board on October 30. The proposed 4,600 km pipeline would carry 1.1 million barrels of Albertan crude oil daily to refineries on Canada’s East Coast. Energy East would not depend on American infrastructure (or regulatory approval), and TransCanada is hoping to avoid the same delays Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project faces in B.C.
SHIPS ADRIFT. A disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was narrowly rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard west of Haida Gwaii, while an unmanned barge with 950 gallons of fuel aboard remains adrift in the Beaufort Sea, out of reach of U.S. or Canadian rescue crews. This news comes as the Parliamentary Budget office reported that there are insufficient funds for icebreaker ships.
TORONTO. After four years of Mayor Rob Ford, Torontonians rejected his brother Doug’s candidacy in favor of John Tory, a politician and businessman with a long history with the Progressive Conservatives.
The Energy Security Renaissance in North America
Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
The recent surge in North American oil and natural gas is moving the balance of power in energy production from the Middle East to the West. Soon, Mexican energy reforms and newly accessible Arctic resources will add to this North American energy boom. U.S. energy infrastructure and policies must adapt to meet the energy revolution occurring in North America. At the same time, energy consumption is growing exponentially in Asia, raising new challenges and opportunities for East-West cooperation in international energy. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
35 Ways to Improve North American Competitiveness
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Canada Institute is pleased to host the Canadian Council of Chief Executives' Eric Miller to release the new report "Made in North America: An Operations Roadmap for a More Competitive Region." Written by Miller, John Dillon, and Colin Robertson, the report will lay out clear steps that Mexico, Canada, and the United States can undertake to improve the region's borders, infrastructure, energy cooperation, skills, and regulatory cooperation. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
First Annual North American Energy Forum: Energy Infrastructure Futures
Wednesday, November 19 2014 from 8:30am to 12:00pm
The abundance of conventional and unconventional energy sources in North America means that rather than worry about discovering new sources of supply, the challenge for both policymakers and industry now lies in building and financing the infrastructure needed to get energy to market and in making energy markets more efficient. However, despite the revolution that has taken place in the hydrocarbons industry over the past five years, and the impressive steps that have been taken towards both regional energy self-sufficiency and meaningful reform of the Mexican energy sector, substantial challenges remain. Central to a resolution of these challenges is the need for enhanced regional planning in energy policy, institutionalized bilateral cooperation, spending on energy infrastructure, regulatory collaboration, and cross-border transmission. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
U.S.-Canada Energy Summit: Re-energizing the Policy Dialogue
The United States and Canada sit at the center of a global energy transformation that has huge implications for both countries. Canada Institute Director David Biette moderated a discussion including Institute Advisory Board members David Jacobson, Gary Doer, Jean Charest, and Gordon Giffin as they examined the scope of, and recommended a future course, for bilateral energy cooperation. A recording is available here.
Doing Business across the U.S.-Canada Border
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10am-12pm
Holiday Inn Plattsburgh
412 State Route 3, Plattsburgh, NY
Bringing together business communities from both sides of the border, this event will highlight commercial opportunities for increasing supply chain activity and trade to stimulate local economic development. The panel will share lessons learned and on-the-ground perspectives from local businesses. A conversation with the Consul General moderated by Congressman Bill Owens will provide an update of the U.S.-Canada economic relationship. To RSVP, please e-mail andrew.Fitzpatrick@mail.house.gov.