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25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Photograph by: Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS , Postmedia News OTTAWA a The Harper government is planning to put a resolution condemning Iranas human rights record before the United Nations in November despite what appears to be a breakthrough in relations between the Islamic Republic and the West. New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by telephone on Friday, the first time leaders from the two countries have spoken directly since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Relations between Canada and Iran, however, remain frozen as the Conservative government has said it wants to real proof Iran is ready to embrace change, including opening its nuclear program to international scrutiny. Canada has successfully led resolutions condemning Iranas human rights record each year since 2002, and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday the government is planning to do so this year as well. Speaking to a group of Persian Gulf foreign ministers during a special lunch meeting, Baird said it is asustained international attention and pressure that will foster changea in Iran. aWe therefore encourage you to support the Iran human rights resolution when this item is considered by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly in November.a Baird has been soliciting support for the resolution this week in meetings with foreign representatives on the sidelines of the United Nations in New York. Human rights violations in Iran are considered rampant, and include crackdowns on opposition parties, protesters and the media; the use of torture, arbitrary detention and execution; and the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities. In addition to discussing Iran, Bairdas meeting with his Persian Gulf counterparts on Friday offered an opportunity to establish closer relations with key players in that politically volatile yet economically dynamic part of the world. He proposed a strategic dialogue between Canada and those governments in attendance, which together are called the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabi and the United Arab Emirates.

Canada pushes reprimand of newly welcome Iran at UN

and Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI/B) slipped at least 1 percent after an analyst with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce lowered his price targets for the nations largest wireless carriers due to regulatory risks. BlackBerry (BB) Ltd. increased 0.7 percent to snap three days of losses after reporting second-quarter earnings. The Standard & Poors/TSX Composite Index (SPTSX) rose 2.46 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 12,844.08 at 4 p.m. in Toronto. The benchmark Canadian equity gauge has jumped 5.9 percent this quarter, the biggest gain since September 2012, and is up 3.3 percent in 2013. Theres a lot of anxiety going into the weekend, said Andrew Pyle , fund manager with ScotiaMcLeod Inc. in Peterborough, Ontario. He manages about C$210 million ($204 million). Nobody should be naive out there, to think if we get a worst-case scenario with respect to the U.S. budget impasse that Canada comes out of this unscathed. You could see some very heavy losses in the TSX. The U.S. Senate voted to finance the government through Nov. 15, sending the bill to the House and setting up a weekend of negotiations and brinkmanship three days before federal spending authority runs out and a few weeks until the country reaches its borrowing limit.