China gives Canada reprieve in canola dispute by extending deadline Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, during a signing ceremony for several tentative agreements in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 11:00 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – China says it will lift a fast-approaching deadline to introduce rule changes on Canadian canola shipments that threatened to inflict damage on the multibillion-dollar sector.Starting Thursday, the Chinese government had planned to enforce tighter regulations on the amount of foreign materials — such as weeds, other crops and detritus — permitted in canola exports from Canada.But after a meeting Wednesday in Beijing between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the two countries announced the existing rules would stay in place as they continued to negotiate a long-term solution.The two sides disagree on the level of foreign material, known as dockage, that should be considered acceptable in Canada’s canola exports to China. The Chinese government wants the contamination cut by more than half.The canola dispute was expected to dominate the trade agenda during Trudeau’s high-level meetings during his first official visit to China.“We’re happy to reassure Canadian farmers that (at) the Sept. 1 deadline we will be able to continue with the current regime of canola and we (will) work together very closely towards a long-term solution in the coming days and weeks ahead,” Trudeau said.Speaking through a translator, Li said both sides have “shown flexibility” on the issue.He noted that while China itself is a large canola producer, it has no intention to keep its door closed to other exporters. But he said Chinese producers and consumers have concerns that disease could be imported.“We believe that both sides will be able to make some mutual adjustments with the larger picture of China-Canadian trade and ties in mind,” he said.International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is part of the delegation travelling with Trudeau, had earlier said the issue is of “absolute importance” to the Canada-Chinese trade relationship.“As everyone knows, this was something that was a very difficult issue for our canola growers, for our canola exporters, and we were very, very pleased to be able to achieve today that Canadian canola shipments can continue,” Freeland said.Patti Miller, the president of Canola Council of Canada, called the extension a “significant step towards resolution of this long-standing issue” and gave credit to the Trudeau government.“It’s a turning point that we hope will allow governments to quickly conclude a science-based agreement that will provide long-term stability,” Miller wrote in an email.China’s ambassador to Canada, Luo Zhaohui, complained last week that Canada was being inflexible and unfair in its approach to talks that began about seven years ago.Canadian farmers sold $2 billion worth of canola seed last year in China — or 40 per cent of the country’s exports of the crop.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
BROWSE #wethenorth | golden state warriors | nba | nba finals | toronto raptors The Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif., giving Toronto a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.Here were five key moments from Wednesday’s game:KLAY A NO-GOMinutes before the game, the Warriors made the call that star guard Klay Thompson would not play after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday in Toronto.The decision put veteran Shaun Livingston in the starting lineup.One half of the Splash Brothers with Stephen Curry, Thompson was the Warriors’ third-leading scorer in the playoffs entering Game 3. With Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney also out, the Warriors were missing three key players.MONEY GREENDanny Green has struggled with his shot for much of the playoffs, but the Raptors guard had a big first quarter in Game 3.After Curry nailed a three-pointer to cut what once was a double-digit Raptors lead to four, Green hit his third three of the first quarter with two seconds left to give Toronto a 36-29 edge.Green had nine points in the first quarter, one more than he had in all of Game 2.LOWRY HEATS UPAfter a tough Game 2 in which he fouled out, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry looked much more comfortable in the first half of Game 3.With the Warriors threatening to make a run at the end of the first half after the Raptors went nearly five minutes without scoring, Lowry drained a three off a nice feed from Serge Ibaka and then drove to the net for two more points in the final minute.Lowry finished the first half with 15 points, two more than he had in all of Game 2. On the negative side, though, he also picked up his third foul in the final minute of the first half of Game 3.After a Golden State basket late, the Raptors took a 60-52 lead into the locker-room.KAWHI IMPOSES HIS WILLRaptors star Kawhi Leonard stepped up in the third quarter, making sure the Warriors didn’t repeat their Game 2 heroics when they went on an 18-0 run to open the second half.Leonard, held to nine points in the first half, scored 15 points in the third quarter and was a force all over the court.A key sequence came late after Lowry was blocked on a drive to the net. Leonard tracked down the offensive rebound because of his hustle and found Green for a three to put Toronto up 96-80. The Raptors led 96-83 after three quarters, despite Curry putting up 40 points.FINISHING TOUCHThe Raptors got excellent play from Lowry and great energy from Ibaka in nearly five minutes to open the fourth quarter with Leonard on the bench.When Leonard returned, he made an immediate impact. He nailed a pull-up jump shot and then drove by Curry for two more to give the Raptors their biggest lead of the night _ 111-94 with 5:42 left.Later, Leonard escaped a double team, feeding it to Fred VanVleet, who nailed a three right just before the shot clock expired to put the Raptors up 118-105 with 1:37 left, all but sealing it.