Canada opened strong, outscoring the Jamaicans 21-7 in the first quarter. Jamaica came back in the second quarter by finding success in the paint and cut the lead to 33-25 at halftime. Canada took control of the game with a dominant third quarter, outscoring Jamaica 21-4 to take a 51-29 lead. The Canadians continued to control the game over the final 10 minutes to secure the win. “I think the most impressive stat after the game was 22 assists on 27 field goals,” Canada coach Lisa Thomaidis said. “If anything, I think this team can be a little bit too unselfish. They’re willing to make that extra pass for a better shot. “We got a lot of open looks. In the first half some of them didn’t fall for us but by the second we were able to make good on a lot of perimeter shots.” Tamara Tatham had five rebounds and nine points for Canada while Natalie Achonwa, Lizanne Murphy and Kendel Ross each had eight points off the bench. Player-coach Simone Edwards led Jamaica with 12 points. Canada faces Chile on Monday.
Energy boom aside, US will ‘still need Canada’
Many fugitives who crossed in turn became key figures in the Underground Railroad. The lessons these sites impart to visitors? “Perseverance, hard work, doing the right thing and don’t give up,” says Stewart McMillin, a Detroit tour guidewho specializes in Underground Railroad tours, including sites in Canada. “There are so many stories here.” Echoes of bravery You can navigate your own personal driving trip of Undergound Railroad sites in southwest Ontario, all part of the Ontario Heritage Trust Slavery to Freedom circuit. Some are easy to find, like the North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstburg. Some are quite a drive from Detroit, like Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dresden, north of Chatham. Some, like the Walls site, would be totally off your radar if you did not know how to find it. You also can take an organized tour. McMillin, who specializes in black history and Underground Railroad tours, puts together such tours once or twice a year. Gary Winston of Michigan Millennium Metro Tours plans to offer them several times next summer (see sidebar.) Sheridan Daniels of Detroit, who took a McMillin tour Sept. 3, says she had no idea so much black history was in southwestern Ontario. For instance, “I had heard of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and read about it, but that’s about it,” she says. “I never had actually seen it before.” Ontario connection Josiah Henson escaped from his Kentucky slave master in 1830 and came to Canada.
But we compete with each other [on the world stage] from time to time,” Oliver said on the sidelines of a conference in New York. “There’s a huge shale boom in the U.S., and clearly we need to diversify our markets.” Both of North America’s economic powerhouses are eclipsed on the world stage by countries such as Qatar, Australia, Malaysia and Russiaall of which are among the most dominant of the 17 countries that export natural gas. A prime target for Canadian LNG exports is Asia’s $150 billion market, where Japan and South Korea consume more than half of the world’s natgas stocks, according to the International Gas Union, a natural gas trade group that represents 95 percent of global natgas exporters. Underscoring the stakes, the organization says LNG trade has surged by 36 percent in the past five years alone, and is set to grow further Less controversy north of the border While U.S. natural gas is cheaper and more abundant, Canada’s political and regulatory environment has been friendlier to the shale boom than the one in America has. John Brynjolfsson, chief investment officer at Armored Wolf, an investment management firm, said the U.S. should “unshackle the industry from restrictions based on protectionist tendencies or unjustified environmental concerns.” One of the key concerns about the shale boom continues to draw controversy over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which extracts natural gas from the ground. Environmental groups warn the procedure could contaminate drinking water or cause earthquakes. Recently, some have drawn a link between earthquakes in Ohiowhere natgas development is boomingand fracking. Objections over the process have hamstrung the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, an artery designed to ship oil and gas between Canada and the U.S. However, Oliver insisted to CNBC that “the public is comfortable” with the process, renewing a call for the U.S.to end its five-year hold on the Keystone project.