BREAKING: 1,600 to be laid off at CN Rail due to weakening economy
The Canadian National Railway will be laying off almost 2000 staff members.
According to a report by the Globe and Mail, the Canadian National Railway Co. is laying off roughly 1,600 people, as freight volumes decline largely due to trade tensions and the overall weakening North American economy.
To provide some perspective, the company says it has about 24,000 staff.
This is nearly 7% cut across the board.
According to Global News, a spokesperson for CN said some employees would be placed on furlough and management and union job numbers would be cut “due to a weakening of many sectors of the economy.”
“These adjustments have already started to take place across the network,” senior media relations adviser Alexandre Boulé said in an emailed statement.
A man was caught on camera stealing a package from a home in Ingersoll, Ont., on Monday. The thief could be seen on the home’s surveillance camera.
The Ontario Provincial Police are telling homeowners to keep an eye out for other “porch pirates” after the incident.
The Oxford OPP have said that the home is located on Cross Street in Ingersoll. They posted the video on their twitter account on Tuesday.
The thief was last seen driving a white Chevrolet Cruze.
The suspect is described as a thin, brown-haired male in his 20s who is clean shaven and stands at about six feet tall. The man was also wearing white shoes with a dark Reebok hoodie and dark pants.
The OPP had no further information on the incident when The Post Millennial was in touch with them Wednesday.
One in four Canadians have fallen victim to “porch pirates” according to a survey recently taken by FedEx.
Police have recommended that anyone expecting a package be at home during the delivery if possible or alternatively have a friend or neighbor help with receiving it.
Another option is to request a signature or special delivery instructions if the company delivering your package has those options available. Police are asking anybody with any information on the Ingersoll incident to get in contact with them or with Crime Stoppers.
The Conservatives’ motion to establish a special committee to examine Canada’s worsening relations with China succeeded in the House of Commons Tuesday night after garnering support from the Bloc and New Democrats.
Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole’s motion won the vote 171-148, in the 43rd Parliament’s first division since convening on December 5.
While not a confidence vote against the minority Liberal government, O’Toole’s small victory will establish, as per his motion, “a special committee with the mandate to conduct hearings to examine and review all aspects of the Canada-China relationship including, but not limited to consular, economic, legal, security and diplomatic relations.”
During debate on O’Toole’s proposed Canada-China committee, Liberal MPs told the House such a configuration was unnecessary as the Commons foreign affairs committee could manage any examination of the ongoing, and deteriorating file.
The vote took place in the House of Commons on the same day, one year ago, when Canadians Micheal Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in China, where they remain behind bars without access to lawyers and facing espionage charges.
Their arrest is viewed as retaliation after Canada detained Chinese tech-giant Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant, while she was transiting through Vancouver International Airport.
As Spavor and Kovrig begin their second year in captivity in China, Liberals have faced questions about why, after the detentions and agriculture bans – beef and pork bans have been lifted by China, while its canola embargo remains – the government continues to back the Chinese-controlled Asian Infrastructure Bank with $256 million.
Overlaying this diplomatic entanglement is more Liberal dithering on a decision whether to allow Huawei 5G technology on our domestic telecommunications networks.
Citing serious national security concerns over the Chinese-controlled company, United States wants its ‘five eyes’ signals intelligence network allies – Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia – to ban Huawei from their respective domestic infrastructure.
Parliament’s nascent Canada-China relations committee will be comprised of six Liberal members, four from the Conservatives and one MP from the Bloc and NDP parties.
If Ontario’s government accepts all proposals tabled by High School teachers’ union, the province would have to spend more than $7 billion by 2021-2022, according to the Ford government.
“The reason why we publicize this, we believe, is it’s in taxpayers’ interests to know,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said.
In response, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation(OSSTF) president Harvey Bischof has said the Ford government is inflating numbers by applying his members’ demands to the entire sector.
Currently, the Ford government has said its $7 billion projection is based on union demands such as cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits, maintaining previous class sizes, as well as other costs.
The government has said it had to apply costs to the entire sector as benefits given to one education union would more than likely be given to others. For example, CUPE which has already signed a deal has a “me-too” clause around salaries, which allows the union to ask for increases if others in the industry get them.
While unions continue to ask for data to be presented on a case by case basis, the Ford government appears to dead-on putting forward industry level costs, with both hoping to increase the importance of their argument.
With negotiations ongoing, we’ll have to wait and see how the public alongside those involved react to the ongoing negotiations over teachers’ contracts, including both high school and elementary teachers.
Elementary teachers in Ontario’s English public schools have notably ramped up their own job action on Tuesday, by moving into a new phase of work-to-rule, were teachers would not plan field trips or distribute letters and memos.
New Jersey shooting: Investigation points toward targeted anti-Semitic attack, deceased names confirmed
One of the two suspects in the lengthy shoot out in Jersey City, New Jersey, previously wrote anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online and police investigators suspect these were the motivations for the attack on a kosher supermarket on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
A police officer was one of the six left dead from the apparent hours-long terrorist attack. The 33-year-old wife, Leah Mindel Ferencz, of the store owner and 24-year-old Hersh Deutch were two innocent bystanders killed in the suspected hate crime attack. Authorities have not yet named the victims but news outlet BOROPARK24 has reported the aforementioned two Jewish victims, which The Post Millennial independently verified as two of the victims tragically killed in the attack. The two attackers were also killed in the attack, but their identities have not yet been released. The name of the fourth victim is still unreleased.
Deutch, a student, was at the store buying lunch with his cousin who works in real estate. His cousin saw him on the ground and ran to get help after he suffered also a gunshot wound.
“I’m 100% certain that this situation would have been far more tragic than what it already is. There is enough info to know this could have been far worse,” said Mayor of Jersey City Steven Fulop said on Twitter.
The mayor also addressed rumours that the two shooters were allegedly Muslim.
“[Jersey City] and I don’t want anyone jumping to conclusions that aren’t accurate. I want to be sure the Muslim community knows we are thankful they are here in JC,” said Fulop.
Police also discovered an ideologically-filled note from the assailants’ van, according to law enforcement officials that spoke to The New York Times.
According to Fulop, the attackers first shot a detective before slowly cruising towards the store where the subsequent firefight ensued.
“The perpetrators stopped in front of there and calmly opened the door with two long rifles,” Fulop said.
The police officer murdered was identified as Detective Joe Seals, a father of five working in law enforcement for 15 years.
Seals was shot when he approached the two suspects in a U-Haul van at a cemetery. For well over an hour gunfire could be heard from the neighbourhood where the standoff took place. Police found an active pipe bomb in the suspects’ U-Haul.