Linden MacIntyre was our guest host today.
It's Thursday, January 20th.
Canada has a new chief statistician, Wayne Smith.
Currently, Mr. Smith says the chances of being able to generate reliable statistics despite the cancellation of the long-form census are about 50-55.
This is The Current.
Magma in Iceland
Bjork' s Campaign
Last week, Bjork - a well-known pop singer from Iceland - launched a three-day Karaoke marathon to draw attention to the Icelandic Government's decision to allow a Canadian company to buy a local geothermal company called HS Orka. The Canadian company is Magma Energy Corp - not to be confused with auto-parts maker, Magna. Magma is the second-largest geothermal energy company in North America. It operates in Canada, the United States and Chile. And breaking in to Iceland would be a big coup. But tens of thousands of Icelandic citizens have a different idea. About 47,000 Icelanders have signed Bjork's petition. That's about 15 per cent of the population. And their protest has cast Canada on the opposite side of an issue that exploded here just two months ago ... when Ottawa ruled that Canada's Potash Corporation was too important to be owned by an Australian company. Jon Thorisson is working closely with Bjork in the campaign against Magma's purchase. He was in Reykjavik.
Petition Against Magma
Ian Lee thinks the petition against Magma is a bit of a come uppance for Canada after the federal government blocked a bid to take over Saskatchewan's Potash Corporation by Australian company, BHP. Ian Lee is a professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. He was in Ottawa.
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