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Canada Today: Seeking Friends on Climate and Our First Contest

But more important, after the legal wrangling, states in the Northeast and Midwest forged ahead and brought in their own laws to cut emissions, largely solving Canada’s problem.

In a speech this week laying out Canada’s foreign policy priorities, Chrystia Freeland, the foreign minister, complimented Washington for its global leadership over the last 70 years and wistfully suggested that that time has come to an end. But the government’s effort to work with the states shows that Canada still has friends in the United States. They just aren’t in Washington.

Read: Canada’s Strategy on Climate Change: Work With American States

Read: Canada Will Pursue a More Robust Global Role, Minister Says


On June 22, Mr. Trudeau will be interviewed before a live audience in Toronto by my colleagues Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent, and Catherine Porter, the Toronto bureau chief. The event is being organized by The New York Times and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. It is sold out, but we set aside 26 tickets for readers of Canada Today who correctly answer a not-so-difficult quiz. You can find the entry form and details here. Good luck to all. I’ll be at the event, and I hope to meet some of you there.



A C train in Manhattan. The line has become one of the low points in its subway system in part because of production problems afflicting new cars being made by Bombardier. Credit Christian Hansen for The New York Times

For Canadians, it has a familiar ring: transit disruptions caused by either defective vehicles or delivery delays involving Bombardier. New subway cars from the Montreal-based company for its hometown are four years behind their original schedule, partly because someone eventually figured out that they were too big to fit through some Metro tunnels.

Toronto’s attempts to relieve Tokyo-style overcrowding on major streetcar routes with new jumbo-size articulated models from Bombardier have been plagued by a long list of delays. And many of the streetcars it did actually receive were defective.

Most recently, the regional transportation authority in Toronto gave up hope that Bombardier will deliver trains in time for the opening of a new crosstown light rail system and placed an order with one of its competitors. That dispute has been a bit of a bonanza for litigation lawyers, of course.

While it may not entirely be consolation for Canadian commuters, they are not alone. The Times’s Marc Santora reports that New York City’s C train has become one of the low points in its subway system in part because of production problems afflicting new cars being made by, yes, Bombardier.

Read: How Did the Subway Get So Bad? Look to the C Train


The Tony Awards, Broadway’s most sought after distinction, will be awarded on Sunday. After surveying some voters, Michael Paulson, The Times’s theater reporter, concluded that “Come From Away” is in a very tight contest to be named best new musical. The Canadian show is about how Gander, Newfoundland, embraced stranded travelers after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Read: Tony Voters Point to Tight Races and Sure Bets



Pirate Joe’s in Vancouver, British Columbia. The owner dropped the “P” on the sign during his fight with Trader Joe’s.

Many Canadian cooks have longed for Trader Joe’s to bring its Organic Jalapeño Limeade, Sriracha Baked Tofu and other house-brand groceries to Canada. Pirate — or as it later became, Irate — Joe’s filled that void in Vancouver, British Columbia. But no longer.

Read: Pirate Joe’s, Maverick Distributor of Trader Joe’s Products, Shuts Down


In the lead up to the sesquicentennial edition of Canada Day, the country is in something of self-congratulatory mood. Not joining in, however, is Jesse Brown, a journalist and host of Canadaland, a podcast that covers the news media, politics and other aspects of Canadian society. He is an author of “The Canadaland Guide to Canada,” a satirical look at the nation’s symbols and myths that was published this spring.

My colleague Dan Levin recently spoke with Mr. Brown about the book:

Why did you write this book?

The mission of the book is to take down the erroneous global image of Canada as the world’s nice guys, largely because it’s doing us a disservice. I don’t think it’s possible to mature as a country without an honest conversation about indigenous genocide or that we had slavery and have anti-black racism. We’re selling arms to Saudi Arabia that are killing people in Yemen, and we are still plunderers of our natural resources. All those truths we need to contend with are out of reach because we’re so committed to this P.R. campaign, taught in schools as gospel truth, that we’re peacekeepers.

Why was the book, which contains a lot of rude and vulgar political content, “published in America,” as it states on the front cover?

You couldn’t really publish this book in Canada. There are a lot of funny people in Canada, but there’s never really been a biting satirical book in this country. I don’t think that’s for lack of trying. Between libel and copyright laws and a fear of stirring the pot, we tend to do political humor that’s very chummy.

Canadians often say that Americans are ignorant about Canada and need to learn more about their northern neighbor. Is that a valid complaint?

Why should Americans know any more than they do about Canada? It’s projection. Canadians only want positive attention. We want Americans to regard us as what to aspire to, as America without guns or the vicious discourse. But we don’t have enough of a vicious discourse, we have a very polite country and as a result, business, political and media elite are very interconnected. If we want Americans to care about us, the stuff that makes us interesting is the stuff that we don’t want them to know about.


And a little bit on the late side, here is the June edition of Watching, our film and television recommendation service, tailored for Netflix viewers in Canada. The link is below.

Read: The Best Movies and TV Shows New on Netflix Canada in June

Source: NYT > World

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