Hard Numbers: Trans Mountain oil plans go south, snowbird extension proposed, trade floats in limbo, a price quiz that’s bananas, US and Canada face off on the pitch
590,000: The expanded Trans Mountain Pipeline was supposed to supply 590,000 barrels a day of oil to Asia as part of a strategy to reduce Canada’s dependence on the US market. But with Asian buyers slurping up more sanctions-discounted Russian crude these days, it looks like that oil will, in fact, head South to the US after all.
2: The Canadian Snowbird Visa Act, proposed bipartisan legislation introduced today, would extend the amount of time Canadians who own or lease homes in the US can visit each year — currently 182 days — by two months.
12 billion: As much as $12 billion in trade is currently marooned off of ports in British Columbia as labor negotiations between employers and the ILWU, Canada’s most powerful longshore workers union, continue without progress. Due to an ILWU strike, Canada’s western ports have not serviced any ships since June 30, creating a backlog at more than two dozen locations.
1.66: Ok it’s time to play … The Price is Right, GZERO North edition! This month, we ask: Where was the cheapest kilo of bananas to be found in Canada as of May 2023? If you guessed British Columbia, you were ... not correct. At $1.66 per kilo, BC is second to the winner, Ontario, where you’ll pay just $1.49. The data were released on Wednesday. Until next time, treat yourself to a banana split in “The Six.”1/4: The US and Canada will face off this weekend in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the hemisphere’s premier soccer tournament. The winner of the match will face the winner of Panamá-Qatar in the semifinals.