Bombardier’s new business jet to debut at U.S. trade show

Bombardier’s newest business jet will be unveiled this week in Las Vegas at the National Business Aviation Association’s industry trade show.

With its first deliveries scheduled for late next year, the Global 7000, which comes with a price tag of nearly $73 million per plane, will be the industry’s largest in the private or corporate class.

Bombardier’s unveiling of its new business jet comes on the heels of the U.S. Commerce Department slapping a 300 percent preliminary tariff on sales of its CSeries commercial airliners in response to complaints from Boeing. The American jet manufacturer accused its Canadian rival of unfairly benefiting from government subsidies and dumping planes into the U.S. market at “absurdly low” prices.

Bombardier, which also makes trains, narrowly escaped bankruptcy in 2015 and expects the Global 7000 to be key to its future profitability. It currently has eight of the new business jets in production.

The Global 7000 seats eight passengers and can fly non-stop from London to Singapore or Dubai to New York City at 709.7 miles or 1,142 km per hour, more than 92% the speed of sound.

The business jet market has been struggling to recover since the global financial crisis. Deliveries peaked at 1,317 aircraft in 2008 but stood at only 661 in 2016.

Shortage of sheriffs is costly to B.C. taxpayers

A shortage of courtroom sheriffs in British Columbia is proving to be costly for the province, as cases are being delayed or stayed, and taxpayers are bearing the expense of flying sheriffs around the province.

Attorney General David Eby said British Columbia is in the process of training more sheriffs while combating the issue of the position’s low pay.

“Many of them are being hired to work as police officers instead of staying on to work as sheriffs because of very significant pay disparity between working as a sheriff in court and being a police officer,” Eby said.

The NDP platform has earmarked $20 million to combat the shortage.

The high turnover rates for sheriffs are especially burdensome to the province’s taxpayers since it costs approximately $30,000 to train a single sheriff, said Dean Purdy of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.

The staff shortage is also causing disruption in the courtroom. Two major drug cases were recently thrown out of court in Victoria due to the lack of a sheriff.

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