Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 2:19 PM EDT Jul 28, 2019 Detroit — Stephanie Odette of Berkeley is getting a decent deal on insulin through private insurance provided by her husband’s employer, but there’s a catch: It's not the type of insulin her doctors actually want her to use, she said Sunday as she boarded a bus for Canada to purchase a $229 trial supply she estimates would have cost her $2,400 in the United States. “No one here likes to say, ‘I’m sick,’ but I feel like sh-- every day,” Odette said, telling The Detroit News she has been in the hospital 74 times since 2008. “It’s like a bad hangover that just never goes away.” Odette is one of roughly a dozen type 1 diabetics who purchased life-sustaining insulin on Sunday after traveling in a caravan with Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who blamed high U.S. prescription drug prices on “collusion and … [Read more...] about Sanders in Canada: U.S. drug prices ‘an embarrassment’
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By Christopher Reynolds The Canadian Press Wed., March 13, 2019 MONTREAL - Canadian travellers and airlines are in for a turbulent ride after Canada and the U.S. announced a ban on all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from Canadian airspace due to safety concerns. “For a week or two, it will be bedlam and chaos,” said Marvin Ryder, an assistant professor of marketing at McMaster University. Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters Wednesday morning the decision to ground the planes was a precautionary move that was made after a review of the available evidence, three days after the Ethiopian Airlines disaster that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians. Hours later, U.S. President Donald Trump announced an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in that country, effectively closing the skies to the more than 375 Max 8s currently in service across the globe. More than 40 countries have now grounded or banned the … [Read more...] about Canadians scramble to avoid being stranded after Canada, U.S. ban 737 Max 8
By The Canadian Press Fri., Feb. 22, 2019 WASHINGTON - Three of Canada’s premiers are in Washington to press the Trump administration for an end to punishing U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from north of the border. Ontario’s Doug Ford is with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs for meetings with diplomats and U.S. officials, including trade czar Robert Lighthizer, to make their own case for an end to the tariff standoff between the two countries. Ford’s government has urged Ottawa to show goodwill and drop its retaliatory tariffs on $16.6 billion worth of American imports, but the Ontario premier says he’s heard from steel industry officials who don’t want to see that happen. In a morning panel discussion with the website Politico, the premier avoided being pinned down on whether he has abandoned the idea of extending an olive branch to the White House. All three premiers are also anxious to … [Read more...] about Premiers call for end to tariffs, reboot on Canada-U.S. relationship
By James McCarten The Canadian Press Tues., Jan. 29, 2019 WASHINGTON - A key member of Congress on the international trade file says Republicans and Democrats alike are telling him they won’t back President Donald Trump’s North American trade deal if punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum remain in place. Rep. Kevin Brady, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade, says while support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement varies on Capitol Hill, there’s a consensus the tariffs must go — and must not be replaced by quotas. “Key things in my discussions with members, Republicans and Democrats, is that they’re not really willing to consider this agreement until the steel and aluminum tariffs are ensured to be lifted off, including quotas,” Brady said Tuesday during a brief appearance at a trade conference in Washington. “Frankly, quotas can be just as … [Read more...] about Canada and Mexico urged to approve new NAFTA to spark action from U.S.
By Jim Tankersley The New York Times Wed., Jan. 16, 2019 WASHINGTON—The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the U.S. economy than previously estimated, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump’s economists doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost each week the standoff with Democrats continues. The revised estimates from the Council of Economic Advisers show that the shutdown, now in its fourth week, is beginning to have real economic consequences. The analysis, and other projections from outside the White House, suggests that the shutdown has already weighed significantly on growth and could ultimately push the U.S. economy into a contraction. While Vice President Mike Pence previously played down the shutdown’s effects amid a “roaring” economy, White House officials are now cautioning Trump about the toll it could take on a sustained economic expansion. Trump, … [Read more...] about Strain of shutdown spreads as U.S. economy loses steam