Morning update: Ukraine expresses ‘deep disappointment’ as Canada tries to return Russian turbines – The Globe and Mail | Ad On Picture

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Ukraine’s government yesterday expressed its “deep disappointment” at Canada’s decision to send back repaired Russian gas turbines stranded in Montreal because of sanctions against Moscow. Kyiv warned that the move would “enhance Moscow’s sense of impunity” and encourage Russia to continue using energy as a weapon.

Russia previously cited the delayed return of turbines as the reason the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany, is at 40 percent capacity.

Canada’s government announced Saturday it would return the turbines — using an exemption to circumvent Ottawa’s sanctions on Russia — citing requests from Germany and other European countries trying to replenish gas supplies for the coming winter months. The grounded turbines are sent to Germany, whose government then hands them over to Russia.

Six Nord Stream turbines are being returned from Montreal, a far larger number than originally thought.

Pipes at the landfall facilities of the ‘Nord Stream 1’ gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022.HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/Reuters

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Industry minister meets with telcos after ‘unacceptable’ outage

Following the massive failure of the Rogers service on Friday, German industry minister François-Philippe Champagne has told Rogers CEO Tony Staffieri that “the situation is unacceptable,” according to a statement by Mr Champagne spokesman Alexander Wellstead , called.

Millions of Canadians across the country were left without internet, wireless, and personal phone service. Many were unable to call 911 or make purchases using debit or credit cards. Hospitals, public transport, border crossings and myriad other public and private services have been disrupted.

The outage highlighted Rogers’ ubiquity in Canada at a time when the company is trying to convince federal regulators that its proposed $26 billion acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. will not harm consumers by squeezing competition in the telecommunications industry decreased. One of the regulators still awaiting approval of the merger is Mr Champagne’s ministry.

Rogers said the outage occurred after a maintenance update to its core network. Staffieri said in a statement Saturday that a system failure caused the company’s routers to malfunction.

Japan’s ruling coalition victorious after land votes in the shadow of Shinzo Abe’s assassination

Japanese voters gave the ruling coalition a strong majority in yesterday’s general election for the upper house, days after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on the Nara campaign trail.

Preliminary results showed that the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito now control at least 146 seats in the 248-seat city hall, half of which were up for election.

On Friday, Abe was shot dead while speaking in support of Kei Sato, a candidate for the The LDP, which the former prime minister led to repeated victories in the eight years before his resignation in 2020. The LDP was the favorite even before Abe’s assassination, and most analysts expected that would be the case if the assassination had any impact on the election, bolstering support for the ruling party.

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Also on our radar

Maurice “Mom” Boucher, former leader of the Quebec Hells Angels, dies of cancer at the age of 69: The notorious kingpin of the 1990s, who was the public face of a brutal turf war over drug trafficking that claimed the lives of more than 160 people, died in prison of throat cancer.

Horgan hails Prime Minister to address healthcare funding with ‘record inflation’: Canada’s 13 prime ministers and territorial leaders are hoping to discuss cutting the high cost of living at a Federation Council meeting today in Victoria, BC

Jan. 6 panel schedules Donald Trump prime-time hearing, possible testimony from Steve Bannon: On Thursday night, the Jan. 6 committee returns to prime time to examine the more than three-hour stretch when former President Donald Trump failed to act as a mob of supporters stormed the US Capitol.

Conservative leadership candidates bring the campaign trail to the Calgary Stampede: Four candidates for the Conservative Party leadership race delivered short speeches Saturday night at the Calgary Conservative Stampede Barbecue, an annual fundraiser whose importance was cemented during Stephen Harper’s years as party leader.

British Conservative leaders turn against each other as the race heats up: The race to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already hot, with candidates and their supporters openly criticizing each other and preparing damaging dossiers about rivals.

Protesters in Sri Lanka say they won’t let up until President and Prime Minister leave: Thousands of protesters stormed the presidential and prime minister’s residences on Saturday, prompting the two leaders to agree to step down. Movement leaders say they plan to stay until officials leave office.


morning markets

Global equities weaker: World stocks slid on Monday as investors braced for a US inflation report that could force another outsized rate hike and the start of an earnings season that will squeeze earnings. At around 6:30 a.m. ET, the pan-European STOXX 600 was down 0.47 percent. The German DAX and the French CAC 40 lost 0.84 percent and 0.79 percent, respectively. The British FTSE 100 lost 0.45 percent. In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei rose by 1.11 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 2.77 percent. New York futures were lower. The Canadian dollar was trading at 76.95 US cents.


What everyone is talking about

Vass Bednar: “However, to me, the primary concern with the Rogers cellular and wireless service outage was not the need for competitive reform in Canada. Instead, it reinforced the idea that our telecom networks are vital Publicity Infrastructure controlled by Private Company. We have lost sight of that balance even though we rely on these networks.”

Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz: “In recent decades, wild Atlantic and Pacific salmon have all but disappeared from Canada’s rivers and oceans – victims of habitat destruction, overfishing and climate change. They have been replaced by farm-raised Atlantic salmon, which now accounts for up to 90 percent of global salmon consumption. Canada’s iconic fish has become an industrial commodity, like beef cattle and factory chickens.”


Today’s editorial cartoon

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Date: July 11th

EDMONTON REVITALIZING CORE UNDER GHERMEZIANS’ BANNERS — “If we believe in something, we fight for it,” says Nader Ghermezian, who describes West Edmonton Mall’s contribution to shopping and entertainment as a “fantasyland tourist mecca.” A $3 million replica Santa Maria stands in the middle of Deep Sea Adventure Lake at West Edmonton Mall, January 16, 1986. Photo by Hans Deryk / The Globe and Mail. Originally published June 14, 1986. NB: La Santa María, alternatively La Gallega, was the largest of the three Spanish ships used by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492, the others being the Niña and the Pinta. Her lord and owner was Juan de la Cosa. By order of Queen Isabella and by treaty with Christopher Columbus, whom de la Cosa knew beforehand, the Santa María galleon became Columbus’ flagship on the voyage while she was afloat. After running aground off the coast of Haiti on Christmas Day 1492 due to the inexperience of the helmsman, it was partially dismantled to provide lumber for Fort Navidad. The fort was the first Spanish settlement in the New World that Columbus claimed for Spain. He therefore regarded the wreck as a providence. The hull remained where it was, the subject of many modern day wreck hunts with no successful conclusion.HANS DERYK/The Globe and the Post

West Edmonton Mall

For more than 100 years, photographers and photo editors working for The Globe and Mail have preserved an exceptional collection of news photography. Every Monday, The Globe features one of these images. This month we’re looking at amusement parks.

West Edmonton Mall: Come for the shopping, stay for the sights. Or is it the other way around? The shopping center – one of the largest in the world – is consumption on a grand scale with more than 800 shops and 100 restaurants. At the same time, it offers fun-seekers top-notch amusement park escapism in an indoor setting. The permanent attractions — including 30 rides, carnival games, and go-karts — not to mention the abundance of shopping options, set WEM apart from most seasonal amusement parks. The above photo by The Globe’s Hans Deryk from 1986 shows the large scale replica of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria in the middle of Deep Sea Adventure Lake. Edmonton’s hugely successful concept has since been copied by giant malls elsewhere, including Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. Attracting 30 million visitors annually, WEM is Alberta’s most popular tourist destination. Philip King

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