Would Trump’s 20% auto tariff be Canada’s ’ruination’? We access the damage

U.S. president Donald Trump threatened Friday to impose a 20 per cent tariff on cars if a NAFTA agreement can’t be reached with Canada.

“In some countries, including Canada, a tax on cars would be the ruination of the country. That’s how big it is. The ruination of the country,” Trump said at an event in North Dakota. “Nafta has been the worst trade deal ever.”

With about half a million people in Canada working directly and indirectly for the auto industry, “the impact is huge,” says Unifor president Jerry Dias.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Delicious comfort food for armchair adventurers

On the subject of breathtaking scenery, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a showcase for what an Xbox One can do. I had the luxury of playing the bulk of the game on an Xbox One X, which allowed me to enjoy both 4K resolution and HDR lighting effects, and it made for a gobsmacking visual display. Looking out over jungle vistas, the sun blazing low over the canopy, sparkling off of water reflecting golden ruins…it doesn’t get much better than this for connoisseurs of video game graphics.

Of course, this same series of compliments was also paid to Shadow of the Tomb Raider�s two predecessors. Perhaps the hardest thing about making great games that push boundaries is that once you’ve made one or two, you’re expected to continue generating unexpected delights, and I didn’t get the sense that Square Enix Montreal was raising any bars here. It’s gorgeous and fun and focused on the right things, but I was waiting for some sort of flabbergasting, game-changing element — be it in character, plot, or game mechanics — that never arrived.

Perhaps that just makes me a bit greedy. But a player’s heart wants what it wants.

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EU’s chief Brexit negotiator says deal possible by November

BLED, Slovenia — The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator says a divorce agreement with Britain by early November is “possible,” and that’s triggered a big rally in the pound.

At a conference in the Alpine lake resort of Bled in northwestern Slovenia, Michel Barnier said a Brexit deal was “not far” and that some 80 per cent of the withdrawal agreement had been agreed.

However, he acknowledged that tough issues remain not least the border between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland. That’s been one of the thorniest issues in the Brexit negotiations.

Barnier refused to comment on the divisions in the governing British Conservative Party over Brexit: “This debate is very intense but I don’t want to be involved.”

The pound firmed on Barnier’s comments, trading 0.9 per cent higher at $1.3030.

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The Latest: Moderate leader calls on Swedish PM to resign

STOCKHOLM — The Latest on Sweden’s general election (all times local):

11:30 p.m.

The leader of the party that was poised to place second in Sweden’s general election says he has secured a mandate to form a new government and the sitting prime minister should resign.

Ulf Kristersson, the head of the Moderates, told supporters on Sunday night that a four-party opposition alliance in parliament “is clearly the largest and the government should resign.”

With most ballots from Sunday’s election counted, the Moderates had 19.2 per cent of the vote. The ruling Social Democrats led by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven had 28.1 per cent, and the far-right Sweden Democrats 17.9 per cent.

Kristersson said: “We have gone the first round for creating a new government.”

Both major blocs in parliament said before the election they wouldn’t include the anti-immigration party as a coalition partner.


10:55 p.m.

The leader of a far-right party that campaigned with an anti-migrant message says the party has “won” Sweden’s national election.

Returns reported by the Scandinavian country’s election commission showed the Sweden Democrats placing third in the parliamentary election held Sunday.

Addressing supporters after more than four-fifths of ballots were counted, party leader Jimmie Akesson said the victory was in the number of seats the party gained in the national assembly, the Riksdagen.

Akesson told the crowd chanting his first name: “No one can take that from us.”

He says he is interested in co-operating with other parties and wants to tell the head of the party that came in second, the Moderates, “how to govern the country.”


10:05 p.m.

A preliminary count from Sweden’s general election showed an anti-immigrant party with a neo-Nazi past placing third and the ruling centre-left party making its worst showing in decades with more than half of the ballots tallied.

Sweden’s national election commission reported the governing Social Democrats had 28.1 per cent of the vote at a little past the midway point in the vote count from Sunday’s election. The count showed the Moderates next with 19.2 per cent, and the far-right Sweden Democrats getting 17.9.

It was unlikely any single party would secure a majority of the 175 seats in the Riksdagen, Sweden’s parliament. It could take weeks or months of coalition talks before the next government is formed.

Both the left-leaning bloc led by the Social Democrats and the centre-right bloc have said they would refuse to consider the Sweden Democrats as a potential coalition partner.


This item has been corrected to show the ruling party represents the centre-left, not centre-right.


8:05 p.m.

An exit poll is projecting that nearly one in five Swedish voters backed an anti-immigrant party with white supremacist roots in the Scandinavian country’s election.

However, Swedish broadcaster SVT said its poll from Sunday’s election indicates that the centre-left Social Democrats governing Sweden now would remain the largest party in parliament.

The poll projects that the ruling party received 26.2 per cent of the vote.

If the exit poll results carry over to the official count, the far right Sweden Democrats would be the second-largest party in parliament. The poll gave the party 19.2 per cent of the vote.


4:15 p.m.

Swedish media are reporting that voters and journalists were harassed at several polling places by members of a neo-Nazi movement, including some running in the parliamentary election.

The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper said the Nordic Resistance Movement members entered voting stations and attempted to take photos of voters, voting slips and journalists.

The newspaper says such incidents have caused anxiety at balloting locations in Boden, Ludvika and Kungalv.

Svenska Dagbladet also reported that the far-right Alternative for Sweden party raised alleged election breaches by “shouting loud” on social media as soon as polls opened on Sunday.

Separately, Swedish tabloid Expressen interviewed a representative of the right-wing Sweden Democrats. Emilia Orpana said she and another party supporter were threatened by two young men who called them “damned racists.”


3 p.m.

Voters in Sweden appear to be split in an unpredictable general election that may turn into one of the most thrilling races in the Scandinavian country’s history for decades amid heated debate on immigration.

Latest opinion polls suggest the ruling Social Democrats led by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven would substantially lose seats at the Parliament but would still win ahead of the far-right and anti-immigration Sweden Democrats the popularity of which has steadily risen since the 2014 election.

Its strong rhetoric has shocked many Swedes. Voter Veronica Lundqvist said the party led by Jimmie Akesson is saying “awful things” about migrants, while Karl Ljung said Sweden has an “integration issue” with migrants that needs solving.

Sunday’s vote is first since the nation of 10 million accepted 163,000 migrants in 2015. While far less than what Germany took in that year, it was the most per capita of any European nation.


8 a.m.

Polls have opened in Sweden’s general election in what is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling races in the Scandinavian country for decades amid heated debate on immigration.

Sunday’s election will be Sweden’s first since the government in 2015 allowed 163,000 migrants into the country of 10 million. While far less than what Germany took in that year, it was the most per capita of any European nation. It’s highly unlikely that any single party will get a majority, or 175 seats.

The latest opinion poll suggests that Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s ruling Social Democrats will substantially lose seats but still emerge a winner with an estimated 24.9 per cent of the votes.

The polls showed far-right, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats would get 19.1 per cent of the votes.

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Indigenous groups still want to buy stake in Trans Mountain after court setback

VANCOUVER — Some First Nations and Metis communities are determined to purchase an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite a court ruling that halted construction and potentially set the project back for years.

The Federal Court of Appeal ruling quashed the government’s approval of the project, requiring it to examine the impacts of increased tanker traffic and consult more deeply with Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route.

Indigenous groups in Fort McMurray, Alta., say they still want to invest in the project and believe the ruling creates an opportunity for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to get consultation right.

“There are no shortcuts when it comes to consultation,” said Brad Callihoo, chief executive officer of the Fort McMurray #468 First Nation. “(The ruling) identifies an issue that needs to be addressed. The system is broken when it comes to consultation and we need to fix it.”

Canada has purchased the existing Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion and pledged to complete the expansion project, which would triple the line’s capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil a day and increase the number of tankers in Metro Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet seven-fold.

Several First Nations in coastal and central B.C. filed lawsuits against the project, citing inadequate consultation. As they celebrated their win on the banks of Burrard Inlet on Aug. 30, dozens of construction workers from Callihoo’s First Nation were sent home from their jobs.

Indigenous communities on either side of the pipeline fight say they respect each other’s stance and feel no sense of division between them. First Nations aren’t always going to agree, but all deserve meaningful consultation, said Callihoo.

“Do I think there could be common ground for all the First Nations? Absolutely. But we have to be able to come to the table and meet the demands of the B.C. First Nations, just as (was done with) the Alberta First Nations.”

Not all Aboriginal groups in B.C. oppose the project. Thirty-three First Nations signed mutual-benefits agreements with Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. before the expansion was taken over by the federal government, and Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey has expressed interest in buying a stake.

The goal for Callihoo’s First Nation is to become a self-sufficient community that does not rely on government subsidies for the next seven generations, he said, and a stake in the pipeline project would go a long way to achieving that objective.

The McMurray Metis are flourishing thanks to the economic opportunities provided by the oilsands, said chief executive officer Bill Loutitt, pointing to higher-than-average numbers of Aboriginal graduates in the region. The group will continue to push for a stake in Trans Mountain, he said.

Loutitt said Trudeau’s government should pass legislation to urgently resume construction on the project in Alberta, while also fulfilling their obligations to consult and review tanker traffic impacts. It should consider including Alberta Indigenous groups in talks with B.C. First Nations, he added.

“The one common thing that we’re concerned about is the environment,” he said. “But the way to take care of the environment is to be involved on the inside. That’s where you’re able to make the changes.”

The McMurray Metis have opposed projects in the past and learned development usually happens regardless, he said, so the only difference is whether the community benefits from the project and has control over it.

“I really see an opportunity for the coastal First Nations to be a big part in piloting these tankers and actually taking control of what’s going on in their backyard,” he said.

But Rueben George, a representative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, said he couldn’t imagine his community ever supporting the project or purchasing a stake.

The Tsleil-Waututh commissioned its own 1,200-page environmental assessment and concluded the project was a threat not only to its traditional territories but to the global fight against climate change, he said.

“This isn’t good for Canada. This isn’t good for the world,” he said.

The community could have negotiated a mutual-benefits agreement worth millions but it chose to protect the land and water instead, he added.

But George said he understands why dozens of First Nations signed agreements and why some want to go further and invest in the project. Indigenous Peoples are statistically not doing well in Canada and communities have to make hard choices to keep members fed and housed, he said.

“In some communities in our country, we have 90 per cent, 95 per cent unemployment. I understand they have to make moves forward,” George said. “They have to look out for their people.”

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Record result for European soccer clubs with 1st-time profit

GENEVA — In a record result for European soccer, top-tier clubs combined to make a first-time profit of 600 million euros ($694 million) last year with spending on player transfers included.

UEFA research — involving 711 clubs’ financial accounts ending in 2017 — showed they turned around a 300-million euro loss ($347 million) the previous year, European soccer’s governing body said Sunday.

The clubs’ total revenue of 20.1 billion euros ($23.2 billion) extended a trend of annual rises at around 10 per cent.

UEFA said 27 of 54 top-tier divisions in its member countries were profitable. That’s up from eight in 2011 when UEFA began monitoring accounts of all clubs qualifying to enter the Champions League and Europa League.

“Thanks to Financial Fair Play, European football is healthier than ever before,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement.

“Financial Fair Play has provided the platform for clubs to control their costs and pay their debts,” Ceferin said. “This success, this new stability is a result of the work done by UEFA and its member associations in introducing licensing systems including cost control mechanisms which have yielded much improved financial discipline.”

The combined profit was made despite many millions of dollars leaving the European soccer system as clubs bought players from outside the continent.

UEFA said the operating profit of all clubs — before player transfers and financing were taken into account — was a collective 1.4 billion euros ($1.62 billion).

Booming values of broadcasting rights have largely driven the rising revenues, including deals made around the world for the Champions League and the popularity of the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.

For the next three years, UEFA will pay 30 per cent increased prize money in its two club competitions. The 32 Champions League teams this season will share 1.95 billion euros ($2.25 billion) from UEFA.

UEFA noted that 18 of 20 Premier League clubs were profitable for their financial year ending June 2017, with 638 million euros ($737 million) total increase in revenue from television.

Though perceived as a high-salary league, UEFA said the English top division had wages under tighter control. Clubs paid players 56 per cent of their total revenue in 2017 compared to 71 per cent four years earlier.

Italy’s Serie A, which can now expect higher revenue after Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo, is also trending the right way. The 20 clubs showed a collective profit after tax of 3.7 per cent due to increased transfer income.

Middle-ranking leagues in Portugal and the Netherlands made a profit after tax of at least 10 per cent due to selling players to bigger leagues, UEFA said.

Still, UEFA has introduced a new check on rising spending, in part because of AC Milan’s 200-plus million euros transfer splurge one year ago. Milan had to win an appeal against expulsion from this season’s Europa League and now faces a lesser UEFA sanction in an ongoing case.

Clubs whose net spending on players exceeds 100 million euros, or seem to have too much debt, must show UEFA a plan to balance its books.

“The new regulations will further allow UEFA to act more swiftly and anticipate problems before they become too big,” Ceferin said.

Around 10 clubs have been contacted by UEFA in recent months, though this includes some English clubs which are not seen as a risk.


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Typhoon-damaged airport in Japan to partly reopen Friday

TOKYO — A major Japanese airport flooded by a typhoon will partially reopen Friday.

Kyodo news agency said domestic flights at Kansai International Airport will resume Friday. The report cited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as saying Thursday that international flights will restart when the airport is ready.

The airport in western Japan is one of Japan’s busiest and is a gateway for Asian tourists visiting Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. The closure had raised concerns about impacts on tourism and the economy.

Typhoon Jebi blew across the middle of Japan’s main island on Tuesday, causing 11 deaths and damage in and around Osaka.

One of the two runways and part of a terminal building at the Kansai airport were flooded, and the bridge connecting the airport to the mainland was damaged.

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