Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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(Ont-Buy-America)(Audio:01)

Ontario is looking to flex some muscle against American states that choose to adopt Buy American provisions.

While in Washington for meetings with various U-S lawmakers yesterday, Premier Kathleen Wynne told The Canadian Press that her government will introduce a bill this month allowing it to retaliate against any state that engages in procurement protectionism.

The premier says she has to stand up for Ontario businesses and workers in a proportional way and not "roll over.''

Wynne is in New York City today where she will take part in roundtable discussions, including one on NAFTA. (4)

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(BC-Spill-Restrictions)

Pipeline politics have bubbled up into a wine war between B-C and Alberta, with Alberta's premier announcing a plan to ban imports of B-C wine effective immediately.

Rachel Notley's retaliation comes after B-C said last week that it plans to limit how much diluted bitumen can be shipped from the coast, which ultimately affects the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notley says it should matter, since 17-million bottles of B-C wine were sent to Alberta last year worth 70-million dollars.

But Mike Prodan (pro-DAN') with the B-C Wine Institute estimates the retail value is more than double that.(4)

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(Mexico-Murder-Diplomats)

The Trudeau government is pledging to co-operate with any investigation into the possible role of Canadian diplomats and a former Calgary mining company in the still-unsolved shooting death of a Mexican activist back in 2009.

Family and supporters of slain activist Mariano Abarca asked the Public Service Integrity Commissioner this week to investigate his death.

The father of four opposed a Canadian mining project by the now-defunct Blackfire Exploration, saying the open-pit mine harmed the environment and was bad for his community in Chiapas state. …

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