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SUISSE news Fall 2018 / August 2018

News about Switzerland and Canada (September 2018)
Philipp Gysling

A collection of recent, random articles about Switzerland and Canada!


August 22, 2018

Canada and Switzerland are among Chinese tourists’ top destinations to cleanse their lungs, according to this article in Le Temps. They are trying to get away from the heavy cover of smog back home:
https://www.letemps.ch/monde/chinois-viennent-suisse-islande-se-nettoyer-poumons [in French]

August 20, 2018

It was 20 years ago that the Swissair MD-11 flight from New York to Geneva crashed off the coast of Halifax. There are two monuments in Peggy’s Cove that remind us of the tragedy. This article from the St.Galler Tagblatt explores the consequences of this accident:
https://www.tagblatt.ch/schweiz/vor-20-jahren-stuerzte-eine-md-11-der-swissair-bei-halifax-ins-meer-ld.1046421
[in German]

August 20, 2018

Canada is going to have its own professional soccer league, the CPL, starting next year. One of the teams, Pacific FC from Victoria, BC, is going to have a Swiss coach, formerly of FC Luzern:
https://radiopilatus.ch/artikel/152129/michael-silberbauer-wird-cheftrainer-in-kanada [in German]

August 15, 2018

A Swiss firm (Bolliger & Mabillard) is building the highest, longest and fastest roller coaster in the world at Canada’s Wonderland! It will be dubbed the “Yukon Striker” and should be ready for the 2019 summer. The 75-meter drop will go as fast as 130 km/hr.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/yukon-striker-roller-coaster-canadas-wonderland-1.4785094

August 15, 2018

Big pharma is clearly poised to enter the cannabis market, especially after its legalisation in Canada. Ciba-Geigy holds the most cannabis related patents in Canada.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3899148

August 14, 2018

According to Dutch organization Movinga, Swiss consumers are the most delusional of all when it comes to estimating their levels of waste. The gap between what the Swiss thought they were wasting and ‘actual figures’ is the biggest of any country surveyed. The gap sits at just over 26%.
https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3061044/study-switzerland-emerges-as-most-deluded-country-over-waste-levels

August 13, 2018

A hut built by Swiss alpinists in the Rockies in 1922 is the 2nd highest habitable building in Canada at almost 3,000 meters above sea level. It is now being threatened by erosion.  The Alpine Club of Canada is trying to save it.
https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/2018/08/13/historic-abbot-pass-mountain-hut-bordering-alberta-and-bc-closed-due-to-safety-concerns.html

August 14, 2018

The NZZ is highlighting two lists that rank the best cities in the world to live in. Three Canadian cities make into the Economist’s top-ten “Global Livability Index” (no Swiss cities in the top ten), whereas three Swiss cities make into the top ten of Mercer Consutling’s “Quality of Living” ranking (only one Canadian city).
https://www.nzz.ch/panorama/wien-soll-lebenswerter-als-melbourne-sein-ld.1411251
[in German]

August 2, 2018

Swissinfo.ch highlights a number of August 1st events around the world. A nice photo of the Swiss flag flying downtown Toronto is included!
https://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/-weareswissabroad_der-1--august-wurde-weltweit-gefeiert---bilder-und-videos/44295366

July 31, 2018       

The Swiss Rega (air ambulance service) has recently taken possession of a new Bombardier Challenger 650 jet. Rega has had a relationship with Bombardier since 1982.
https://canada.businesschief.com/marketing/2819/Bombardier-delivers-its-third-Challenger-650-to-Swiss-Air-Rescue-Rega

July 27, 2018

A Canadian wingsuit flyer sustained lethal injuries when his chute didn’t open on a jump in the Swiss Churfirsten mountains in the Toggenburg area.
https://torontosun.com/news/national/canadian-wingsuit-flyer-reportedly-dies-as-parachute-fails-in-switzerland/wcm/3b262fe0-861e-46db-abbf-bf10e5c6e2db  

July 26, 2018

Both the Swiss and the Canadians are amongst the most susceptible to developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, but it is also one of the most treatable. Switzerland ranks third (after only New Zealand and Australia) in the list of countries where most skin cancer cases are identified. Canada ranks 19th.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/canadians-among-the-most-susceptible-to-skin-cancer-study-finds-1.4028822

July 26, 2018

Many outlets have published articles on the career of Italian-Canadian business icon Sergio Marchionne. Sergio Marchionne had resided in Switzerland for many years and passed away at University Hospital in Zurich on July 24, 2018. He was the architect of the Fiat-Chrysler merger.

His stations in Switzerland from 20minuten.ch:
https://www.20min.ch/finance/news/story/Das-hatte-Marchionne-mit-der-Schweiz-zu-tun-18583117?httpredirect [in German]

His mark on the auto industry from the Globe and Mail:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-sergio-marchionne-italian-canadian-ceo-who-steered-fiat-chrysler/

His Swiss ties, from swissinfo.ch:
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/entrepreneur-dies_deceased-marchionne-had-strong-swiss-ties/44279746

About saving Fiat, from Der Bund:
https://www.derbund.ch/wirtschaft/Aufstieg-in-der-Schweiz-dann-Italiens-Autoikone-gerettet/story/30881367 [in German]