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Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) New York Times Source Aug 7, 2009

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Aug 07, 2009 To the North, Grumbling Over Trade

QUOTE: President Obama assured anxious Canadians in a television interview that the United States’ trading partners had nothing to fear from the “Buy America” provisions in federal stimulus bills. But now that the stimulus money is flowing, many Canadian companies are finding that, despite the president’s assurances, the North American Free Trade Agreement does not in fact offer them much protection....While the dispute has attracted relatively little notice in the United States, it has reopened the debate in Canada about the value of Nafta and the trustworthiness of the United States as a trade partner.

New York Times
Jul 31, 2009 Wal-Mart Contests Use of Name by Canadian Union

QUOTE: Wal-Mart says that it is seeking the injunction only to protect its trademarks. But the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, which represents employees at the retailer’s only North American store with a union contract, said on Wednesday that the company was trying to thwart its organizing efforts. “This injunction request is an over-the-top assault on freedom of speech and on our ability to effectively communicate with Wal-Mart workers,” Wayne Hanley, the union’s president for Canada said in a statement.

New York Times
Jun 21, 2008 Canadian Court Allows Phone Buyout to Proceed

QUOTE: The deal was structured under a Canadian system that requires both shareholder and court approval. The appeals court, however, refused to back the deal after finding that the company had not fairly considered the interests of current bondholders. By adding about $34 billion debt to Bell, the buyout would depress the value of the company’s current debentures. The decision surprised most corporate law specialists in Canada who generally assume that, as in the United States, directors must consider only the needs of shareholders when making decisions about takeovers.

New York Times
Nov 26, 2007 Misgivings Rise Along With Antarctican Tourism

QUOTE: And while the frontier nature of Antarctica is a large part of its tourist appeal, it also means that the region is a legal muddle. There are no obvious answers about who is responsible for dealing with any environmental damage the Explorer may cause or how methods can be created to prevent future sinkings.

New York Times
Nov 16, 2007 After a Death, Use of Taser in Canada Is Debated

QUOTE: Mr. Dziekanski was the 18th person to die since July 2003 after being hit by a Taser in Canada, a country where the weapons may be owned only by police forces. Amnesty International estimates that in the United States, a country with roughly nine times the population of Canada, 280 people have died after being struck by police Tasers since 2001.

New York Times
Oct 14, 2007 U.S. Plan for Airline Security Meets Resistance in Canada

QUOTE: The proposal, which appears at odds with Canada’s privacy laws, would mostly involve Canadians who join the annual winter exodus to Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean. It is also viewed by the Canadian airline industry as a rejection of several costly measures already taken to assuage American concerns.

New York Times
May 26, 2007 Danish Cyclist Admits Doping in Tour Victory

QUOTE: Bjarne Riis, a former Danish cyclist who won the 1996 Tour de France, admitted yesterday that he used several banned drugs, including EPO, steroids and human growth hormone, while competing in the 1990s, becoming the first champion of the sport’s most prestigious competition to confess to doping.

New York Times
May 28, 2006 Questions in Canada, but Only Some Can Ask Them

QUOTE: Mr. Harper's office wants reporters with questions to put their names on a list and let members of his media relations staff pick and choose.

New York Times
Oct 17, 2005 A Double Life in News and Canadian Politics

QUOTE: Mr. Kent has been leading a double life as a TV news executive and political candidate for almost five months, and not everyone is comfortable with the arrangement.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2005 A Canadian Telecom's Labor Dispute Leads to Blocked Web Sites and Questions of Censorship

QUOTE: Telus, the leading telecommunications company in western Canada, does not typically block its subscribers' access to particular Web sites. But the company did play censor when it came to two sites related to its current labor dispute.

New York Times
Jul 11, 2005 No Corn Cob Bob on Canada Day's Guest List

QUOTE: Mr. Teneycke said he was told that Shell, a major corporate sponsor of the Canada Day show, had insisted that its contract banned participation by anyone else in the fuel business.

New York Times
Jun 13, 2005 For BlackBerry Maker, Anxiety Rises as a Deal Unravels

QUOTE: "So the possibility that the wireless e-mail service could be shut down in the United States - a prospect that again emerged last week after the collapse of a settlement between Research in Motion and a small patent holding company - was not welcomed by Turner employees or any other users of the popular device."

New York Times
Jun 10, 2005 Companies Unable to Settle BlackBerry Suit

QUOTE: "Final talks in a patent infringement lawsuit involving the popular BlackBerry e-mail messaging device have reached an impasse, the two companies involved said Thursday, raising the possibility that the BlackBerry service could be banned from the United States market."

New York Times
Jul 08, 1999 High-speed Lines Leave Door Ajar for Hackers

QUOTE: ...along with the delights of a 24-hour connection and high-speed Internet access came the potential for big trouble.

New York Times