Going Dutch: Canada, Netherlands Negotiating Trusted Traveller Agreement

In signing a much-touted perimeter security deal with the United States two years ago, Canada committed to expanding the Nexus program a which has about 700,000 members a to third countries. Enrolment in Nexus is expected to “reach saturation” at about a million members within a few years, meaning that reaching out to other countries “is necessary to increase the level of travellers entering Canada through expedited clearance,” say the notes. A conservative estimate of potential intake into Canada’s trusted traveller programs, if arrangements were to be signed with “a handful of like-minded countries,” is in the range of 100,000 additional members, says a briefing note prepared for border agency president Luc Portelance. In fact, the Canada-Netherlands agreement was expected to be in place last year, with a three-page draft agreement drawn up for consideration. The border agency had no immediate comment on reasons for the delay. Pursuing the agreement allows the agency to commence expansion of trusted travellers programs to third countries “on a small scale” while meeting previous commitments, the notes say. In February 2011, European Commission officials expressed an interest in a trusted travellers initiative with Canada and offered their support for the Canada-Netherlands proposal. Under the draft plan, citizens of Canada and the Netherlands who are members of their own country’s trusted traveller program would be eligible to apply to the other’s domestic program. Applicants would undergo criminal, immigration and customs checks. In the first phase, Canadian members would be allowed to join the Dutch program. In a second phase, Dutch citizens would first be permitted to apply to the border service agency’s Canpass Air program, which currently allows permanent residents and citizens of Canada and the United States to enter Canada through nine major airports by looking into a camera that recognizes their irises as proof of identity. At a later stage, Dutch members would be eligible to join Nexus, jointly administered by the Canadian and U.S. border agencies for speedier travel to those countries. The border agency notes say Nexus could be used to forge trilateral agreements between Canada, the U.S.

Canada’s economic engines running out of gas

More Related to this Story Corner of Bay Street and Adelaide streets in Toronto. July 25, 2013. The Globe and Mail Market View Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. For The Globe and Mail Video Video: Russia struggles with flagging economy The consensus among economists is that the economy grew 0.5 per cent in the month a reversal from June when floods in Alberta and the Quebec construction strike caused a 0.5-per-cent contraction. With those constraints out of way, the economy almost certainly did much better in July. Economist David Madani of Capital Economics pointed to better performance in manufacturing, oil-and-gas, construction and the service sector. But Mr. Madani said the rebound from June wont likely be strong enough to lift third-quarter growth above the meagre 1.7-per-cent rate experienced in the April-to-June period. Capital Economics is forecasting GDP growth of just 1 per cent, which would mark the weakest quarter so far this year. The drop in activity, right at the end of the second quarter, means a lower starting point for the level of GDP in the third quarter, he pointed out in a research note. The Bank of Canada and many other economists are more optimistic. The central bank is forecasting annual GDP growth of 3.8 per cent in the third quarter.

Canada loses to Cuba in FIBA regional final, but still heading to 2014 worlds

Forward Tamara Tatham of Brampton, Ont., was the high-scorer for Canada with 25 points. Tatham went 10-for-13 from the field, and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Miranda Ayim of London, Ont., was the only other Canadian in double figures with 13 points. Oyanaisy Gelis finished with 19 points to lead four Cubans in double figures. A late 9-2 run helped Cuba build a 20-15 lead after the first quarter. Cuba extended its lead to 45-30 at the half, and it was 58-47 after three quarters. “I’m proud of how hard they competed tonight, right down to the final minutes, we were in a position to win, but Cuba deserves full credit for a tremendous game,” said Canadian coach Lisa Thomaidis Canada finished 13-of-18 from the free throw line, while Cuba was 22-of-26. Brazil defeated Puerto Rico 66-56 to earn the bronze medal, and the region’s third spot in the world’s. Canada, which finished the tournament 5-1, already clinched a spot in the 2014 world championship in Turkey with a win over Puerto Rico in the semifinals. “We’re going to draw from this experience and grow from it,” said Thomaidis. “The lessons we have learned here will be invaluable as we set our sights on next year’s world championship.” @YahooEhGame on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Explore Related Contents The Canadian Press XALAPA, Mexico – Canada’s women’s basketball team defeated Puerto Rico 73-48 on Friday to advance