Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Aviation confabThe International Civil Aviation Organization will continue its triennial assembly in Montreal on Monday. The U.N. agency, which is meeting in part to discuss how to reduce the sector’s environmental impact, cancelled its meetings Friday in solidarity with climate protesters led by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. GDP statsStatistics Canada will release gross domestic product data by industry for July on Tuesday. The agency’s recent reading for real gross domestic product in the second quarter showed an unexpectedly solid turnaround for an economy that was coming off its weakest back-to-back quarters of growth since 2015.Cenovus outlookCenovus Energy will hold an investor open house in Toronto on Wednesday, where it will unveil its five-year outlook. The Calgary-based company is among several oilsands producers considering the construction of diluent recovery units as a solution to ongoing pipeline project delays.Pot lookaheadCanaccord Genuity will hold its second annual U.S. Cannabis Symposium on Thursday. Convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. recently said it wants to be one of the “key players” in the North American cannabis market by using its position in Canada — where use of the substance for recreational purposes is legal — to achieve this goal.Trade numbersStatistics Canada will release Canadian international merchandise trade data for August on Friday. The agency reported last month that Canada’s merchandise trade balance with the world went from an essentially balanced position in June to a $1.1 billion deficit in July. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.The Canadian Press read more

Rebels take Bukavu in eastern DR of Congo protesters target UN

The town was effectively being controlled by General Laurent Nkunda of the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Democratie-Goma (RCD-Goma) and the former deputy regional military commander Colonel Jules Mutebutsi, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.Some other RCD-Goma leaders had joined the DRC’s multi-factional Transitional Government, along with leading members of the former Kinshasa government, the Mayi-Mayi militias, the Mouvement de liberation du Congo, RCD-Kisangani/Mouvement de liberation, and RCD-National.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on “all parties concerned to put an immediate end to the hostilities and abide by the cease-fire,” Mr. Eckhard said.”The Secretary-General encourages the Transitional Government to address the issue in a consensual manner and reaffirms MONUC’s availability to assist in this regard,” he said.After listening to a briefing on the situation by the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Security Council president for June, Ambassador Lauro Baja of the Philippines, said the Council condemned the violence and the violation of human rights accompanying it.The Council also condemned “the incitement of hatred, especially against members of the local community, in particular those aimed at the Banyamulenge,” he said. Some 2,000 people crossed the border to Cyangugu, in south-western Rwanda, last week, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They have been identified as mainly Congolese Tutsi, also known as Banyamulenge,About 1,060 MONUC troops are stationed in the town, MONUC spokesman Hamadoun Toure said, noting that the parties had signed the 1999 Lusaka Accord and the 2002 Global and Inclusive Accord. Negotiations were now going on to re-establish the cease-fire and restore calm in Bukavu, he said.In the fighting, the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) warehouse was looted and the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were attacked, Mr. Eckhard said.In other parts of the DRC, demonstrators in Kisangani and the national capital, Kinshasa, expressed anger over the rebel taking of Bukavu, he said. In Kisangani, a UN building and vehicle were set on fire and the vehicle’s driver was missing, while in Kinshasa, two UN vehicles were set on fire.UNHCR said that for the first time in days 50 people fled to south-western Rwanda today. The agency has reinforced its staff at the Nyagatare transit centre in the area to deal with the influx of refugees. read more