Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the government will not fund overseas projects that allow war rape victims and child brides to obtain an abortion. The Conservative government’s position on the matter was unclear last week after it backed initiatives to tackle sexual violence and forced marriages at the United Nations. But Paradis says the government’s policy would follow the same logic as that behind Canada’s $3-billion G8 funding commitment for maternal and child health no money should go towards abortion services. At the time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said none of the those dollars would go toward abortion services because there were enough other worthy initiatives to support. “We’ve been clear in Muskoka, so you can think the same logic will apply here,” Paradis told reporters after a speech Friday. “There are plenty of measures that can be taken and Muskoka demonstrated that and we’ll follow it in a consistent way with Muskoka.” That’s a change from comments made by the president of the Canadian International Development Agency in 2010. While Canada has never directly funded abortions, Margaret Biggs told a committee that the agency would continue to fund aid groups who might provide referrals for abortion services. CIDA was folded into the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade earlier this year. An upcoming report to the UN Security Council from Secretary General Ban-Ki moon is expected to recommend access to abortion services for pregnancies resulting from rape during conflict, according to the Global Justice Center in New York. Speech to UN Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird delivered a speech to the United Nations last week calling for more action on child and forced marriages. He also publicly backed a British initiative condemning sexual violence during conflict. Ottawa pledged $5 million in the spring to help victims of this kind of sexual violence. So far, nearly $1 million has gone to a family hotline in Afghanistan which refers victims to legal, medical and psychological help.
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Cutler,Guest blogger / October 4, 2013 Pipelines carrying steam to wellheads and heavy oil back to the processing plant line the roads and boreal forest at a project 74 miles south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, in Canada. Todd Korol/Reuters/File Enlarge Asian countries continue to line up for Canadian energy to which the United States is unable to commit. This week Japan ‘s prime minister Shinzo Abe met with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper to discuss the potential for shipping liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the Pacific Ocean to Japan. Although no firm agreement was announced, Japanese newspapers speculated that the first Canadian exports might reach Japan as early as 2018 and no later than 2020. OilPrice.com offers extensive coverage of all energy sectors from crude oil and natural gas to solar energy and environmental issues. To see more opinion pieces and news analysis that cover energy technology, finance and trading, geopolitics, and sector news, please visit Oilprice.com . Recent posts The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition This reflects, among other things, the greater difficulty that Canada has had in developing LNG export terminals. Low prices for gas from western Canada is another problem, and although there is reason to believe in a secular rise towards higher prices, U.S. producers are less affected by the current levels. On the other hand, as prices rise, there are fears in Canada of a typical bust-to-boom scenario; and for this, there is fear that Canada’s gas producers are and will continue to be ill-prepared, not even able to take advantage of the anticipated boom. (Related article: Despite Shale, OPEC Still Matters ) RECOMMENDED: US energy in five maps (infographics) Nevertheless, India is also getting in line for Canadian oil as well as gas. India’s High Commissioner Nirmal Verma was also in Ottawa this week to sign a nuclear cooperation agreement allowing uranium from Canada to be sold to India as reactor fuel. India seeks to triple in electricity production in the next decade, in part by building as many as a dozen new reactors. Agreement was actually reached three years ago, but the additional time is required in order to establish a process for independent verification that the fuel is used for peaceful purposes. In 1974, India used a reactor supplied by Canada to create the fuel for a nuclear bomb test. India is even willing to consider investment in the Energy East Pipeline, even as TransCanada has had to delay its filing of an application to the National Energy Board from this year until next year. Environmental concerns that need to be addressed during the regulatory process are partly responsible for the delay, but also it is now foreseen that the original estimate of 850,000 barrels per day (bpd) is low and should be increased to 1.1 million bpd. (Related article: Canada to Drill for Offshore North Atlantic Oil ) Energy talks between the two countries were elevated to the ministerial level last year when our visit India, and India’s energy minister will be visiting Ottawa later this month to continue the discussions.
Mining operations continued at a reduced level and approximately 100,000 tonnes of ore remain on stockpile at the crusher. The mining operation is scheduled to resume at the end of the month. Crushing, grinding and concentrator circuits are fully operational and ramp-up to design capacity could be achieved quickly as the hydro-metallurgical commissioning advances. The kiln is operating at its design temperature of approximately 1,000 degrees and the kiln throughput is being systematically increased over 50%. The commissioning of the hydro-metallurgical circuit is ongoing, including the sulphate, neutralisation, lithium carbonate and purification circuits. The previously planned upgrades to the carbon dioxide process have been completed and lithium carbonate product currently in the system will be processed through the new circuit. Through the commissioning phase, the Company continues to monitor working capital levels. Product shipments to Tewoo in China are scheduled to resume at the end of October. About Canada Lithium Corp. The Company holds a 100% interest in the Quebec Lithium Project near Val d’Or , the geographical heart of the Quebec mining industry. It has completed construction and is in the commissioning phase of an open-pit mine and on-site processing plant with estimated capacity to produce approximately 20,000 tonnes of battery-grade lithium carbonate annually. Metallurgical tests have produced battery-grade lithium carbonate samples.
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Built in 1973, the Lafarge Canada Bath cement plant is home for more than a hundred employees and located on Lake Ontario just west of the Village of Bath. The plant is capable of producing 1.1 million tones of cement annually and ships cement throughout Ontario and the US. “Lafarge is committed to building better cities and communities. For the last 40 years, our team in Bath has been an active partner in this community where they live, work and raise their families because it’s an important part of our values,” said Bob Cartmel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Canada Inc. (Eastern Canada). “Today’s event is Lafarge Canada’s way to say “thank you” to Bath, Kingston, and the surrounding community for their support over the years.” Earlier this year, Lafarge Canada announced a multi-partner investment of $8 million to develop a low carbon fuel solution by using local supplies such as construction and demolition site debris (wood based), railway ties, and other energy containing materials that aren’t presently recycled. The construction of the new complex is well on its way and visitors will have a chance to learn more about this new process added to the Lafarge Canada Bath cement plan. “We are delighted to welcome everybody today and to share with them our passion for building better cities and communities,” said Richard Sebastianelli, Plant manager, Lafarge Canada Bath cement plant. “Being a responsible neighbor, our team members at the Bath plant have worked hard over the years to lower the impact of our activities on the community. We’ve made many changes to the plant, the most recent being the new complex designed for our low carbon fuel solution that visitors can learn more about today.” The Loyalist region of eastern Ontario has a long history of cement making, taking advantage of the limestone reserves associated with the area. At one time, two cement companies were operating at Point Anne south of Belleville. Canada Cement merged these operations together and ran a cement operation there from 1909 to 1973. In 1970 Canada Cement was merged with Lafarge and the Bath Cement plant was built and started up in 1973. The Bath plant continues to employ descendants of the Point Anne plant today.