A Canadian soldier has been killed in a parachuting accident in Bulgaria. The Department of National Defence said Bombardier Patrick Labrie died while taking part in a training exercise known as Swift Response 19.The incident happened Monday evening and is under investigation by Canadian military police. Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19 is a multinational training exercise taking place from June 8 to 27 in various locations throughout Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan offered comfort to Labrie’s friends and family. “We want to pass on our deep condolences, not only to the family but also to all the members who have served with Bombardier Labrie,” Sajjan said. “As you know, any time there’s an accident like this, an investigation will be launched.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer extending his condolences to Labrie’s family on Twitter. Saddened to learn of the death of a Canadian Armed Forces member in Exercise Swift Response in Bulgaria. On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, Jill and I extend our condolences to their family and loved ones. To all members of the CAF, thank you for your service to Canada.— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) June 18, 2019Labrie was a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at CFB Petawawa.
MONTREAL — A new study says Quebec has all the ingredients to supply the global market with lithium-ion batteries, but lacks the kitchen to cook them up.The report, commissioned by an industry group, says the rapid growth of the electric vehicle market represents a big business opportunity for the province, predicting the number of electric vehicles sold will be as much as 26 times more by 2030.The study released today says global demand will vastly exceed lithium-ion battery production. Meanwhile, a large lithium-ion battery recycling industry is set to emerge as a source of reusable materials for new batteries.Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon says the government aims to launch a strategy this fall to develop the lithium-ion battery industry.With seven lithium mines in development as of January 2019, the study by accounting and advisory firm KPMG says a development plan should set its sights on refining ore to the quality required for lithium-ion batteries.The study makes similar recommendations for graphite, cobalt, nickel and iron, which are all components of lithium-ion batteries.The Canadian Press