F&O this week: Daylight Savings; Spectre; oil; China’s children

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Global oil industry slipping into the red

by Ron Bousso, Karolin Schaps and Anna Driver October, 2015 By Ron Bousso, Karolin Schaps and Anna Driver LONDON/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The oil sector is slipping into the red after years of fat profits as the steep slump in oil prices shows

Washington, courts defy Beijing imperialism

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs  October, 2015 At long last, the Beijing regime has this week been dealt two significant set-backs to what is the world’s most extraordinary contemporary campaign of imperial expansionism. On October 29, a tribunal under the United Nations Convention

A Satirist Wanting to Be Taken Seriously: Nancy White

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS  October, 2015 At her most prolific, Nancy White was writing three to five topical satire songs a week and performing them on CBC Radio’s public affairs show, Sunday Morning. But nobody could maintain that pace indefinitely. When I

Daylight savings linked to injuries, heart attacks

By David A. Ellis, Lancaster University October, 2015 It is estimated that more than 1.5 billion people across the world are exposed to changes brought about by Daylight Savings Time (DST). While the clocks on most digital devices update automatically, transitions into and

F&O this week: big world, country politics, and arts

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Fishing subsidies are emptying oceans

Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia October, 2015 Fish numbers are rapidly dwindling globally, and fishery subsidies are one of the key drivers behind this decline. In 2009, these subsidies totalled about US$35 billion, creating incentives for fishers around the world to

Justin Trudeau inherits an international freeloader

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs  October, 2015 It was easy for prime minister designate Justin Trudeau to tell the world that Canada “is back” as an eager and reliable partner, but it will take a large and consistent investment in time, effort and money to

Justin Trudeau’s speech to his kids

PENNEY KOME: OVER EASY October, 2015 “Dear kids, we are starting on a new adventure together,” newly-elected Justin Trudeau said from the giant overhead TV screen. I was standing in Liberal candidate Matt Grant’s post-election party when Trudeau’s acceptance speech appeared on

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