Canadian border agents are set to begin strike action on Friday afternoon unless they secure a new labor agreement from the government with hefty pay increases, their union said. “We still hope to avoid strike action and potential disruptions for travelers and commercial traffic at Canada’s borders,” said Sharon DeSousa, national president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents about 9,000 workers at the Canada Border Services Agency. “But we’ve set a deadline for the Liberal government to get to work on a fair contract for workers.” The union issued its deadline, of this coming Friday at 4 p.m. ET, on late Tuesday evening. In a late Wednesday statement, Canada’s Treasury Board, which is responsible for negotiating labor agreements, said it is prepared to make concessions to reach a deal, “but there needs to be movement on both sides.” The department said threats of labor disruption hurt negotiations and it is disappointed with the union’s strike threat.

The ocean carrier trade group the World Shipping Council (WSC) today said it applauds a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) rule requiring mandatory reporting of all containers lost at sea beginning in 2026. In drafts of the policy, the IMO, which is an agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating maritime transport, had stated that the rule was needed because overboard containers were a form of maritime litter. “Containers lost overboard can be a serious hazard to navigation and safety at sea in general, in particular to recreational sailing vessels, fishing vessels and other small craft, as well as to the marine environment,” the IMO said. Likewise, the WSC today said the rule sets a new standard for maritime safety and environmental protection. The new regulations “mark a significant advancement in maritime safety and environmental protection.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy the weekend and the song of the week, Allergies by Paul Simon.

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