Canada’s Largest Aquarium Opens In Toronto

indices slip * Telecoms weigh after government pushes on roaming, TV bundles By Alastair Sharp TORONTO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index moved slightly higher on Thursday as investors seemed unimpressed with the short-term deal reached to avoid a U.S. debt default and bought into gold and its miners on an expected delay to U.S. stimulus reduction. The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a 16-day partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. “The reaction to the debt deal was played into the markets yesterday, said Gareth Watson, a vice president for investment management and research at Richardson GMP. “Today is a new day.” The deal funds the government until Jan. 15 and raises the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. Gold miners led the resource-rich index’s gainers, as the price of the precious metal surged 3 percent on a belief that a planned cut in Federal Reserve stimulus may be delayed. “The Canadian market is holding up better than the American exchanges because we are seeing a bright spot in gold prices,” Watson said.

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Coach John Herdman has assembled a preliminary roster of veterans and young players for the Oct. 30 game at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium. Star striker Christine Sinclair is one of the 13 who captured bronze for Canada at the 2012 London Olympics, while Sura Yekka, a 16-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., earned her first call-up to Canada’s senior squad. Canada, which has three wins and a loss all-time against South Korea, was beaten 3-1 by the Koreans the last time the two teams met, at the Yongchuan Cup tournament in January. “South Korea will be a tough test for us,” Herdman said. “Our loss to them. . .and their recent win over Japan has shown we will need to be on our game to get a result while still developing our new playing models.” Twelve of the 18 players on the current roster played the last time the two countries faced off. The game marks the first at Commonwealth Stadium for the women since a friendly against Germany in 2005. There will be more to come in Edmonton, as Canada will play its opening game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Commonwealth. “This event provides the team with an excellent opportunity to develop the processes and systems around playing in the stadium where we’ll play our opening match. . . and to continue to learn how to play at home,” Herdman said.

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According to HuffPost , the aquarium is home to about 13,000 animals belonging to 450 different aquatic species. Apparently, these animals’ homes combined amount to about six million liters of water. The same source tells us that work on this facility began about two years ago. The aquarium was supposed to open to the public much sooner, but the project suffered several setbacks. Given the fact that some $130 million (96.11 million) have been invested in building this aquarium, it’s no wonder that things turned out all right in the end. Visitors to this aquarium can not only touch crabs and stingrays, but also spend a night (more or less) sleeping under a shark tank. We want families to come here and have fun. There’s a lot of things to do here. What we tried to do is surprise you around every corner, said Jim Pattison Jr., the current president of Ripley’s Entertainment Inc. Everything is very interactive. We want children to really learn about the different animals and the environments they live in, and we tried to do that in unusual ways, he added.

Harper and Barroso are set to announce the deal – the EU’s first with a member of the G7 club of major economies – at a news conference at 1230 GMT on Friday, if they can agree final issues including protecting Europe’s distinctive geographically defined products such as feta and Gorgonzola cheeses. Other tough files included patents for pharmaceuticals, beef exports and access to public procurement tenders. People familiar with the talks said that such issues had now been resolved, but exact details will still need to be finalised after a political deal between Harper and Barroso. “There is still lots to be ironed out from a technical point of view, but the political differences look to be bridged to allow the deal to go ahead,” said a person close to the discussions who did not want to be identified. Another source told Reuters: “A deal in principle at a high level is complete … but when it comes to the dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s, there’s still a fair bit left to be done.” Backed strongly by Canadian and European industry, the accord is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods and services by a fifth to 25.7 billion euros (21.6 billion pounds) a year, according to latest EU estimates. A deal would be a political achievement for Harper’s free-trade agenda and a step forward for the EU as the 28-nation bloc seeks to agree a trade deal with the United States. That pact would be the world’s largest, encompassing half the world economy and a third of world commerce. CETA would also be of enormous political help to Harper, who is under pressure at home over a spending scandal. CANADA TRIES TO CALM ANGRY DAIRY FARMERS Canada’s Conservative government tried on Thursday to calm angry dairy farmers who said they would be hurt by an increase in the EU’s cheese export quota under CETA. Denis Lebel, the federal minister responsible for Quebec, said the government would compensate any farmer who suffered as a result. The dairy lobby is influential in rural parts of Quebec and Ontario that tend to vote Conservative. For Europe and Canada, the accord would also be one of a new generation of trade pacts that not only remove import tariffs but also harmonise rules on how companies do business across borders. An EU-U.S. deal would likely build on some of the agreements made with Canada to boost transatlantic business.