In articles, published in the New York Times, on April 20th & 24th, 2017, Trade wars over lumber imports from Canada to the U.S., were escalated, as President Trump imposed tariffs of 3 – 24 % on certain lumber companies, believed to be subsidied by the Canadian Federal government by the same amounts, to ensure lower costs to home building companies in the U.S.
The Canadian minister of foreign affairs, and the minister of natural resources, Chrystia Freeland and Jim Carr, respectively, issue a joint statement. “The accusations are baseless and unfounded.”
A general tarriff of 20% was issued across the board, upon remaining Canadian lumber imports, by the U.S.
Trudeau attempted, with President Obama, rather naively to solve this issue, in May of 2016, by imposing a 100 day deadline on trade officials, to no avail. By the end of 2016 things worsen, increasing prices of certain lumber products sharply in 2017, complicated by internal politics in the U.S. with increasing tariffs averaging 19.88% in April of last year. Then NAFTA renegotiation talks began in August of 2017 with a possibility of Canada gaining a 30% share in the U.S. lumber market, but most Canadian shippers will pay an average of 20.8% duties. Later rulings lowered some rates for certain Lumber companies.
Now we arrive at 2018 and Canada vowes to change these imposed fees through NAFTA and the World Trade international panel. Then in March 15th a U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it would enforce the softwood lumber duties on Canada for import on shakes and shingles. The Canadaian Shake and Shingle Alliance, has engaged legal counsel to work on this. WOW! And the story goes on people!
This trade war has reportedly been running since 1930's, and between various bodies, lobbies, Government negotiations including the establishment and renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) we can get well worn out over the issue, waiting for larger action to protect our economic intrests.
But there is something we can do at a grass roots level to contribute.
In view of the imminent tariffs that US government has imposed on Canada to the US, which will affect our economy, putting a lot of Canadians out of work, which may in turn raise a possibility of a reccsion, that Canada had fortunately escaped by 2008. I would like to promote our patriotism in a concrete way by promoting Buy Canada's. Here is a list of Canadian products. A lot of these products have been copied from McCleans.ca. But can be found by searching made in Canada, and the category of the product before you purchase items. This is by no means an all inclusive list so have fun!
Other hospital auxiliaries envy us at Lakeridge Health Port Perry. We have a news media and community who support our every effort to make our hospital the very special place that it is. With its closing we miss the comfort of "knowing it is there" and this year it really showed as donors filled our tag boxes with $10,470.00. When the doors re-open, new mothers, their babies and the staff will be the grateful beneficiaries of your generosity.
Heartfelt thanks on behalf of your hospital auxiliary,
Thank you Colleen and your staff for everything you do to support our community. That's just one reason why we wouldn't want to live anywhere else!
Joyce Kelly is to the Blackstock News as butter is to bread. After 50 years, she has announced her retirement as community columnist.
Locals will miss calling up Joyce with news of weddings, funerals, newborn babies (including donkeys), school graduations, awards received, and upcoming events.
In wishing her well, I hope that Joyce knows what an important role she has played in the lives of many Blackstock families.
The end of an era, for sure, but most importantly, a good time was had by all.
Sandra Frey, Nestleton
The 165th Port Perry Fair is on schedule for the Labour Day Weekend!
A significant wind storm in May of this year caused substantial structural damage to two of our buildings. The Junior Fair building lost a large portion of the roof. The Fair Office and Entertainment Shelter have shifted from their foundations. The Fair Board is working with our insurance company to address the damage to the buildings.
However, we have been advised by the insurance adjustor not to allow the public to enter either structure. In addition, we are in receipt of an Engineer Report and an Order to comply from the Township of Scugog, providing direction on what needs to be done to ensure public safety.
The following actions have been or will be undertaken to comply with the order:
• A steel safety fence has been placed around the perimeter of the damaged buildings
• Caution, do not enter signs will be placed on the fence
• Loose roofing material will be secured
• The roof will also be covered to prevent further structural damage from wind and rain
The fair board executive and members have been working around the clock to make arrangements that will enable the fair to continue.
At this time, public safety is our main concern and we will be working with the Township of Scugog to put in place appropriate measures, including notifying users of the Fair Grounds of the current situation.
The directors of the Agricultural Society continue to work with the insurance company and the Township of Scugog, to put a plan in place for Labour Day weekend. The Society is working diligently with all stake holders to provide alternative accommodation for this year’s events, if required.
We look forward to celebrating the 165th milestone
for the Port Perry Fair.
In a shocking Friday morning majority decision, The Supreme Court of Canada delivers an apparently insurmountable blow to religious freedom.
On behalf of Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies and the Institute for Canadian Values, as well as all freedom loving Canadians, President Charles McVety says, "We are deeply saddened that our Supreme Court would denote limiting actual religious expression as "minor significance" yet referring to the virtual LGBT applicant to Trinity Western Law School as "significant.” Our religious freedom is not minor and we are not second class citizens. Our forefathers fought and died for our freedom and we will not yield hard fought freedoms to nine un-elected, unaccountable judges."
The highest court in the nation first developed a balancing test between the rights of the LGBTQ people and sincerely held religious beliefs. The result was the determination that LGBTQ rights trump "sincerely held religious beliefs" entirely.
After acknowledging the "sincere religious belief" of TWU's Bible based Christian covenant, which holds that student’s sexual intimacy should only be in the covenant of marriage between a man and a women, the court made the following statement "Religious freedom can be limited where an individual’s beliefs or practices harm or interfere with the rights of others"
The rights of others is specifically referring to the rights of the virtual "LGBTQ" applicants to TWU proposed law school, there were in fact none of real substance. The court then had the following to say, "Given the significant benefits to the statutory objectives (alleged to be diversity and multiculturalism) and the minor significance of the limitation on the Charter.
What is so rare as a day in June?
June 2nd was a perfect day for the Tour of Homes. The featured houses were special, and the crowd, from as far away as Cobourg, was enthusiastic about everything from the beautiful decor to the gracious hospitality.
So Trinity U.C.W. wishes to say a huge "thank you" to our very generous host families, those who provided floral arrangements, ticket vendors, musicians, the local press and our hard working volunteers. To those who came to support us, thank you so much. You were such an important part of our day.
Mark your calendars for June 1st, 2019. We'll be back for our 49th year.
Trinity House Tour Committee
The recently-implemented U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products are unacceptable, and a serious blow to the workers who rely on these industries for their livelihoods.
Two months ago, Justin Trudeau promised Canadian workers that he had resolved the tariff threat from the U.S. on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada.
After the U.S. announcement last week, it is clear that his promise wasn’t kept.
Canada’s Conservatives warned Justin Trudeau that he was unprepared for this development, but his recent Budget did not include any measures to support the steel and aluminum industry.
This threat has been looming for a year already, bringing massive instability and a turbulent investment climate.
This is yet another blow to our economy, which has lost billions in investment, and seen critical energy projects such as Northern Gateway and Energy East fail at the hands of the Trudeau government.
Canada’s Conservatives will always put Canadian workers first. We condemn these American tariffs, and stand with the men and women of our steel and aluminum industries.
Dean Allison, MP, Shadow Minister for International Trade
In typical political style, Councillor Kett ignores the fact that many households on Scugog Island will not benefit from improved internet and natural gas; ever.
But more importantly, he completely misses my point about making Island Road safer.
If, as he maintains, the majority of accidents occur at the intersection of Hwy 7A and Island Road, then let’s fix it!
Instead of the current two-cycle traffic system, there should be three cycles: the first for eastbound left turns onto northbound Island Road and southbound right turns onto westbound Hwy 7A; the second for straight-through eastbound and westbound traffic, including right turns onto northbound Island Road; and the third cycle for southbound left turns onto eastbound Hwy 7A. All turns would be limited to their respective green lights with no turns on reds.
I’ve witnessed the horrible aftermath of some of the accidents at this intersection and I‘ve also seen the effectiveness of a three-cycle system in other municipalities.
Councillor Kett’s so-called concern, for the accessibility of emergency services, caregivers, and school buses, appears somewhat disingenuous, given his short-sighted solution to simply ignore the accidents and their cause and spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a ‘convenience’ road, rather than prevent injury and loss of life, possibly to our own loved ones, with a simple, effective, and responsible remedy.
It would be the right thing to do, Don.