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January 9, 2019 4:05 PM Bombardier signs $669M rail car deal with N.J., but no work north of border

MONTREAL—Bombardier Inc. has signed a $669-million (U.S.) deal to provide 113 commuter rail cars to New Jersey. The company says the contract will yield no additional work in Canada, with Buy American rules prompting Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., to build the multi-level cars, rather than its facility in Quebec. As of 2018, at least 65 per cent of the cost of components 9

January 8, 2019 12:59 AM Electric-vehicle sales in Canada have fallen far short of ambitious goals set a decade ago

OTTAWA—A decade-old goal to get at least half a million electric cars on Canada’s roads by the end of 2018 appears to have missed the mark by more than 400,000. The 2009 Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map for Canada, produced by a panel of experts in part for the Department of Natural Resources, aimed for 500,000 cars with the hope of galvanizing industry 8

January 7, 2019 6:24 PM Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleads guilty to murder

KALAMAZOO, MICH. — A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial. Jason Dalton’s surprise move came more than three years after shootings, which occurred over the course a few hours in and around Kalamazoo. Dalton 8

December 27, 2018 10:38 PM CN Rail lining up pilot plant partners to make oilsands bitumen pucks

CALGARY—Canadian National Railway Co. says it is planning to build a pilot plant worth up to $50 million next year to create pucks made of oilsands bitumen to transport by rail and ships to customers around the world. CN has been working for years on a technology that mixes and coats the heavy, sticky oil with polymer plastic, creating a pellet-shaped 14

December 24, 2018 10:00 AM Medicine is the real pot of gold for the cannabis industry

Politics, or geopolitics, will also determine Trudeau’s decisions in this debacle. Among the ideal options is to release Meng Wanzhou in exchange for freeing the Canadian nationals. And to grant Huawei, which employs about 500 people in its extensive Canadian R&D operations, the access it craves to Canada’s 5G network, provided Huawei share its technology 26

December 21, 2018 4:45 PM Transport minister orders new fatigue rules amidst oil-by-rail ramp-up

Calling for “changes now,” Garneau says the new rules should address issues such as shift length, minimum rest periods and advance notice for work schedules. The order comes amidst an ongoing ramp-up in crude oil transport by rail and follows Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pledge to buy new oil tanker cars that could eventually move an additional 120,000 barrels 23

December 20, 2018 4:08 PM Canada can hit Paris promise if we switch to electric cars and public transit

Canada is promising to cut current emissions nearly 200 million tonnes a year by 2030 but recent reports suggest it has to do almost twice that to do its part in curbing global warming. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada will increase its goals by 2020, as is required under the Paris agreement. Environment officials are also updating 16

December 15, 2018 12:48 AM China suspends tariff hikes on U.S. cars, auto parts

BEIJING—China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its ceasefire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth. The suspension is China’s first step in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 1 agreement to suspend U.S. tariff hikes for a similar 90-day period 17

December 12, 2018 6:54 PM Via Rail places $989-million train order with Siemens for key rail corridor

MONTREAL—Via Rail has selected Germany’s Siemens over Bombardier Inc. for a $989-million contract to build new rolling stock as the Canadian passenger rail service renews its fleet of locomotives and cars for the rail corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont. Via Rail and Siemens also announced a 15-year technical services and parts agreement valued 33

December 12, 2018 4:39 PM Canada’s state railway set to give order to Siemens over Bombardier

Canada’s state-owned Via Rail has picked Germany’s Siemens AG for a new order of locomotives and passenger cars, dealing Bombardier Inc. a second high-profile setback on its home turf this year, said people familiar with the matter. An announcement about the company’s fleet replacement plans is scheduled to be made by Via Rail chief executive officer 21