Canada

What's killing passenger rail in Canada? A lack of funding or sense of urgency

What's killing passenger rail in Canada? A lack of funding or sense of urgency

A big problem is that Via owns only 186 of the 1,099 kilometres that it operates in the Corridor โ€” a term the organisation uses to classify service stretching from Windsor and Sarnia in the east all the way to Quebec City. Thatโ€™s a lot of train service to be running on track it doesnโ€™t own โ€” the small areas it does are the Chatham-Windsor and Brockville-Smith Falls-Ottawa-Coteau stretches. Thatโ€™s great for passengers travelling short distances, but for trips from Toronto to Montreal, Kingston or London, Via is completely at the mercy of CN, and it knows it.

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Why does it cost so much to fly in Canada?

Why does it cost so much to fly in Canada?

There always seems to be deals on flights on sale within Canada โ€” WestJet and Air Canada send out emails for new promotions on the weekly โ€” but itโ€™s actually quite expensive to fly either in or to/from Canada to another destination. Frequent fliers will know as much, so it probably wonโ€™t surprise them to know that in a 2015 study, Canada ranked 130 out of 138 in terms of cost. One of the biggest reason for high fees is the way that the airport system is typically run in Canada โ€” the actual land that the airport is based on is federally owned land, but then the land is leased to non-profit companies. This means that the organizations have to pay back money for ground leases and rent, which added up to approximately $305 million โ€” adding up to $7 of each ticket sale in 2005, according to a document from the Calgary Airport Authority.

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Donald Trump just accused Canadians of smuggling shoes across the border

Donald Trump just accused Canadians of smuggling shoes across the border

Donald Trump has already attested that Canada has "outsmarted our politicians for decades," attacked the dairy industry and is now accusing Canadians of smuggling shoes from the US back into their own country. In his latest rambling attack on Canadian trade policies, Trump told a story to the press about Canadians that "buy shoes, then they wear them" and "they scuff them up, they make them sound old or look old." He launched into this story while delivering a speech on illegal immigration to the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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