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Canada report

By JIM FOX
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 17, 2002


U.S. wants Canadian cooperation

The United States will look for support from Canada if military action is needed in Iraq, Colin Powell, U.S. secretary of state, told Canadian officials.

Powell met with Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham in Ottawa and discussed issues including Iraq and U.S. treatment of Canadians crossing the border.

While not making any "specific requests" for Canadian military help, Graham said the U.S. would be looking for support if Saddam Hussein doesn't cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors.

Canada sent ships, planes and an infantry battalion to Afghanistan last year.

At the Canada-U.S. border, the goal is to keep the flow of travelers and trade moving while stopping terrorists. But there have been complaints U.S. authorities are targeting Canadians born in Mideast countries.

"Canada is just as vulnerable as the United States (to terrorists)," Powell said.

Under discussion are ways of using technology to make passports and travel documents more secure and expedite traffic across the border.

Possible targets listed

A newspaper report identifies 22 potential terrorist targets in Canada.

The Vancouver Province said the list includes the CN Tower in Toronto, Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Vancouver's ferry terminal, Place Ville Marie shopping and office complex in Montreal, Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, and the Syncrude oil plant in Alberta.

The newspaper said it had obtained a U.S. study that identified the targets.

The report came after terrorist threats against Canada and other western countries that purportedly came in a taped message by Osama bin Laden.

Names in the news

Jerry Goodis, a founding member of the folk music group the Travelers has died in British Columbia. He was 73. Goodis is best known for co-authoring the Canadian version of This Land is Your Land in 1955.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Canadians should prepare for the worst in light of new terrorism possibilities. He was in Toronto to promote his book of memoirs called Leadership and to speak at a fundraising dinner for cancer research.

Shirley Jane Turner, accused of killing her ex-lover in Pennsylvania then fleeing to Newfoundland, must be sent back to the United States to stand trial, a judge ruled. Turner, a doctor, plans to appeal the ruling. State police in Pennsylvania issued a warrant for Turner last November after a hunter found Andrew Bagby's body in a state park near Pittsburgh.

Facts and figures

Canada's dollar has slumped to its lowest level in a month. It closed Friday at 63.12 cents U.S. while a U.S. dollar returned $1.5842 Canadian before bank exchange fees.

There's no change in the Bank of Canada key interest rate of 2.75 percent or the prime-lending rate of 4.5 percent.

Canadian stock exchanges are higher, with the Toronto index at 6,457 points Friday while the Canadian Venture Exchange was 953 points.

Lotto 6-49: (Wednesday) 6, 7, 16, 25, 40, 48; bonus 17. (Nov. 9) 12, 13, 30, 31, 44, 49; bonus 45.

Regional briefs

Ontario's Conservative government has reacted to a public uproar over soaring electricity bills by offering rebates and ordering a price rollback. Consumers will receive an average of $75 a household as the rate for electricity is capped at levels before the industry was deregulated earlier this year, Premier Ernie Eves said.

Alberta Premier Ralph Klein calls the Kyoto Protocol to fight global warming a "goofily concocted theory" that doesn't make sense for Canada. He opposes the federal government's plan to ratify the protocol, saying it would hurt Alberta's key energy industry, especially its oil sands and coal sectors.

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