Laura Cluthé/Special to The Christian Science Monitor Workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, head home after a shift. In the 1980s, some 23,000 people worked at the plant. The remaining 2,900 will be laid off when the plant closes at year’s end. Loading... April 5, 2019 Two ways to read the story Quick Read Deep Read ( 13 Min. ) By Sara Miller Llana Staff writer @sarallana Anger over diversifying populations and influxes of people from other countries is fueling populist movements around the world. But even with a scandal shaking Ottawa right now, the mood in Canada is not nearly as angry or explosive.Many see acceptance rooted in the way the country was founded. After the British prevailed over New France in the Seven Years’ War, British officials signed the Quebec Act of 1774. It guaranteed French-speakers the right to maintain their religion and civil laws, laying the groundwork for … [Read more...] about Northern composure: Can Canada stave off the West’s populist anger?
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Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has revived an effort to mandate crew size on freight trains, an issue that divides railroads and rail unions. Rail unions have backed the controversial measure, known as the Safe Freight Act, which would require freight trains to be operated by more than one person. Most freight trains are already operated by two people, but one-person crews are legally allowed. “This is necessary safety legislation to protect railroad workers and the American public,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen National President Dennis Pierce said in a statement late last month. Pierce cited the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster in Quebec, Canada, which took the lives of 47 people and involved a one-person crew operated by the Montreal, Main and Atlantic Railway. The 72-car train carrying crude oil derailed down a hill after it was left unattended by the single engineer. According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the train’s brakes … [Read more...] about Rail unions, railroads at odds over crew size mandate
In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country stands for. I am a hijab-wearing Muslim woman––I was the only hijabi in the West Wing––and the Obama administration always made me feel welcome and included.Like most of my fellow American Muslims, I spent much of 2016 watching with consternation as Donald Trump vilified our community. Despite this––or because of it––I thought I should try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration, in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America's Muslim citizens.I lasted eight days.When Trump issued a ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees, I knew I could no longer stay and work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a … [Read more...] about I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters President Trump rallies with supporters at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia, Nov. 4, 2018. Loading... January 11, 2019 Two ways to read the story Quick Read Deep Read ( 8 Min. ) By Harry Bruinius Staff writer @HarryBruinius Many have long used the image of a “tripod” to describe three basic principles undergirding the post-war conservative consensus. First articulated in many ways by William F. Buckley Jr., these principles include wide-ranging commitments to free markets and limited government, Judeo-Christian social values, and a robust national defense. But many see this traditional conservative tripod wobbling in the era of President Trump. And while there has been from the start a vocal cadre of “Never Trumpers” who continue to disavow the president and see him as a danger to long-held post-war principles, others see Mr. Trump’s disruptions as a good thing, overall. … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be ‘conservative’ in the Trump era?
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn PHOTOS: 2018 Spaceport America Cup Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo Casey Wilson, left, Matthew Hines, center, and Zach Maddams, right, from West Virginia University, talk about the performance of their rocket, Friday June 22, 2018, during the Spaceport America Cup. Josh Bachman/Sun-News Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Claudio Duarte, a payload engineer with the Cal Poly Pomona Rocket Team, shows a drone, the team's payload, which will separate and launch from the rocket at 400 feet off the ground, Friday June 22, 2018 at the Spaceport America Cup. Josh Bachman/Sun-News Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Rockets were launched with varying types of payloads during the Spaceport America Cup's Friday June 22, 2018 launch day at Spaceport America. Josh Bachman/Sun-News Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Members of the University of Akron's rocket team watch … [Read more...] about Spaceport America Cup: Student teams assemble and launch rockets in international competition