|2019 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix - Free Practice 3 Results|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Scuderia Ferrari||1m10.843s|
|2||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||+ 0.139s|
|3||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport||+ 0.393s|
|4||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport||+ 0.688s|
|5||Max Verstappen||NED||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda||+ 0.999s|
|6||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda||+ 1.071s|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Renault F1 Team||+ 1.202s|
|8||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||+ 1.311s|
|9||Sergio Perez||MEX||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team||+ 1.332s|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||RUS||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda||+ 1.455s|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||Renault F1 Team||+ 1.462s|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||Rich Energy Haas F1 Team||+ 1.494s|
|13||Carlos Sainz||ESP||McLaren F1 Team||+ 1.556s|
|14||Alexander Albon||THA||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda||+ 1.580s|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing||+ 1.784s|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing||+ 1.935s|
|17||Romain Grosjean||FRA||Rich Energy Haas F1 Team||+ 2.354s|
|18||George Russell||GBR||ROKiT Williams Racing||+ 3.123s|
|19||Robert Kubica||POL||ROKiT Williams Racing||+ 3.583s|
|20||Lance Stroll||CAN||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team||no time|
TORONTO, August 20 -- Convoys of Chinese patriots in Ferraris and other high-end sports cars have been revving up pro-Beijing demonstrations in Canada, home to tens of thousands of Chinese millionaire migrants.
Drivers of luxury sports cars – which also included McLarens, Porsches and Aston Martins – waved Chinese flags, gunned their engines and honked their horns to cheers from pro-China demonstrators in Vancouver and Toronto, who were facing off against groups supporting the Hong Kong protest movement. In Vancouver, at the busy intersection of Broadway and Cambie Street, hundreds of rival demonstrators had gathered on Saturday afternoon at a major subway station. Protester Kevin Huang Yi Shuen, who supported the Hong Kong camp, watched as the sports cars repeatedly buzzed the protest scene. He said the scene was a big-money “power play” and “a way of showing force”. One black Ferrari 458 had a Chinese flag covering its bonnet, while the passenger waved another on a three-metre flagpole. It followed a black McLaren 570 with a smaller flag hanging out the window of the driver, who covered his face with his hand. A second group, whose cars included a matt-black convertible Ferrari, drew the attention of police, who spoke to the drivers after they repeatedly honked their horns. Huang said a police officer on a motorcycle chased after another car as it pulled away from the busy intersection, dragster style. Huang, executive director of the non-profit Hua Foundation, which is based in Chinatown and works with Asian diaspora youth, said he doubted if the motorists did their cause any good, if the goal was to convince undecided Canadians to support the pro-China camp.
Meanwhile, in Toronto, a protest near the Old City Hall also attracted a line of supercar drivers waving Chinese flags and revving loudly. “Worst Fast & Furious movie ever,” said Stephen Punwasi on Twitter, sharing a video of the scene. Lindsay Brown, a Vancouver based community activist who was visiting Toronto, watched a white BMW M6 gun its engines on Bay Street, creating “the most unbelievable din”. The young driver pumped his fist as his passenger waved a Chinese flag. “The mood was pretty aggressive … The [Chinese] nationalists reacted enthusiastically to the revving – you can hear them whooping and whistling in response,” she said.
Canada has attracted huge numbers of Chinese millionaires, under the now-defunct federal immigrant investor programme (IIP) and the still-running Quebec Immigrant Investor Programme (QIIP). Most participants of both schemes who stay in Canada end up living in Vancouver or Toronto. But many others leave the country after obtaining citizenship, federal data shows. The QIIP has an annual application limit of 1,900 families, with the Chinese quota capped at 1,235. Current figures are unavailable, but 65 per cent of the 55,000 arrivals under the QIIP from 2002 to 2012 were Chinese. When the federal IIP shut down in 2014, there was a backlog of 45,000 mainland Chinese applicants and family members in the queue, out of a worldwide total of about 60,000. The IIP and QIIP were for many years the world’s most popular wealth migration vehicles. By 2014, about 200,000 millionaires and family members had moved to Canada under the two schemes.
OTTAWA, August 14 -- Chinese applications for Canadian immigration and visitor visas both fell to their lowest levels in recent years after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver and Beijing issued a travel warning to its citizens about “arbitrary detention” in Canada.
The explosive growth rate in Chinese tourism that had seen mainlander arrivals in Canada nearly quadruple since the start of the decade has also plummeted, official figures show, with potential losses of hundreds of millions of dollars in visitor spending. There were 1,574 mainland Chinese immigration applications in June, the lowest monthly total since March 2015, according to the latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). And this February’s 1,754 applications had represented a 45-month low at the time. Jean-Francois Harvey, a Hong Kong-based immigration lawyer, said three mainland Chinese immigration consultants had told him that Meng’s December 1 arrest and the resultant diplomatic chill had had an effect on business, although it was not necessarily a “deal breaker”.
"Everywhere we turn, Canada is getting bullied and disrespected"
OTTAWA, July 4 -- Nowhere is that more obvious than in how China continues escalating their aggression towards us, while our government refuses to respond with even a shred of strength or resolve.
Canada’s so-called ‘leaders’ only seem to have one strategy (if you can even call it that) for dealing with this onslaught:
Beg for more meetings, be nice, never push back, never stand up for ourselves, and just hope that the big bad meanies will decide to use compassion and kindness after a while.
Of course, that strategy is failing miserably, and only encourages more aggression. The more we look at it, the more we can see the core problem: in a world of lions, Canada is led by sheep. Most Canadians, at least in our own lives, know that when someone treats you like garbage you have to stand up for yourself. Otherwise, everyone else will see that you can be mistreated. It’s really a common-sense thing that most people apply on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, our leaders are totally bereft of common-sense. Instead, they act like they’re running a student union at a left-wing university, somehow thinking that every problem can be solved with the right combo of words, and a perfectly calibrated level of ‘wokeness.’ Turns out that doesn’t work in the real world. Sure, Canada’s leaders may think that pre-emptively giving in and being nice is the way to handle things, but if the countries we’re dealing with are willing to use aggression and we aren’t, then Canada is put at an immediate and substantial disadvantage. This isn’t about whether we like or even respect other world leaders as individuals, it’s about recognizing that other countries are exhibiting a level of toughness that we simply don’t see here at home among those in charge.
Our leaders appear blind to the fact that Canada has substantial potential power, whether it’s from our productive workforce, our gigantic amount of natural resources, our advanced level of technology, our immense landmass, and the residual respect that remains from our long commitment to our national values of defending freedom. We have a GDP comparable to Russia, we have the world’s most powerful nation as our close ally, and we have the resources the world desperately wants and needs. Other countries need us far more than we need them. Yet, because of the lack of patriotism, and lack of strength exhibited in our leaders (a lack particularly evident among the Trudeau Liberals), we are squandering all of our advantages, and negotiating from a position of weakness. In fact, we aren’t really negotiating at all, since we apparently can’t even get our phone calls returned by the Chinese. People will look back on this era and wonder how a nation with so much potential power and influence managed to become so weak and disrespected, and unless we find some backbone soon, the consequences of our pathetic leadership will reverberate for years and even decades to come.
Author: Linda Lim
Canada - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
OSAKA, June 29 -- This is Trudeau's fifth G-20 summit after taking power following his Liberal Party's victory in October 2015.
Trudeau was born in Ottawa on Christmas Day in 1971 to then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. From very early in his life, he grew up in the public eye. The 47-year-old graduated from McGill University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and continued on to complete a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of British Columbia. He spent several years teaching French and math among other subjects as a schoolteacher. After his younger brother died in an avalanche while skiing in 1998, Trudeau became involved in promoting avalanche safety. The telegenic prime minister entered politics in 2007. He was elected leader of the Liberal Party in April 2013 and attracted support particularly from younger voters with his call for respecting diversity and ensuring fair economic opportunities.
He is married to Sophie Gregoire, a former TV and radio host. They have three children.
KOROLYOV, June 25 -- The Soyuz MS-11 manned spacecraft with three crewmembers from the International Space Station (ISS) onboard has landed in Kazakhstan in 145 km to the south-east of the city of Zhezkagan, Russia's Mission Control Center said on Tuesday.
"We have a landing. The spacecraft carrying Roscosmos' cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA's astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques has landed," the center said. The spacecraft undocked from the ISS on Tuesday at 2:25am Moscow time. Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, US astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague will stay aboard the ISS to continue their mission. The next expedition to the ISS will be launched from the Baikonur spaceport on July 20 by the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft. It will deliver Russia's cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, NASA's astronaut Andrew Morgan and European Space Agency's astronaut Luca Parmitano (Italy) to the ISS.
While Vettel crossed the line ahead of Hamilton, he was relegated to second place after his time penalty was applied after only finishing 1.3 seconds clear of the Briton. The penalty sparked outrage from Vettel who called the stewards "blind" over team radio and said they were "stealing" the race away from Ferrari.
However, the team confirmed after the race that it intends to appeal the ruling, with notice being submitted to the stewards regarding the penalty on Sunday evening in Montreal. As a result, Ferrari now has 96 hours to put forward new evidence that would formalise the appeal and be referred to the FIA's International Court of Appeal - although it is noted in the sporting regulations that five-second time penalties are not admissible for appeal.
MONTREAL, June 9 -- Full race results of the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, round seven of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
*Sebastian Vettel given a five-second time penalty
MONTREAL, June 9 -- Starting grid for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, round seven of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
2019 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix - Starting grid
* 3 spots grid penalty due to obstruction of another driver
MONTREAL, June 8 -- Full results from qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, round seven of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
MONTREAL, June 8 -- Full results from third practice for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, round seven of the 2019 Formula 1 season.