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Apr 21, 2015

Canada budget offers little new cash for extra security needs

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative government pledged little new immediate cash in its budget on Tuesday for security agencies already hard-pressed to cope with an increased focus on thwarting domestic attacks.

The government, seeking re-election this year, delivered a budget that promises a slim surplus despite the oil price crash, while offering goodies to seniors and reducing taxes for small businesses.

Apr 20, 2015

Spy agency sees sharp increase in Canadians joining Islamic State

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The number of Canadians leaving to join militant groups in Iraq and Syria such as Islamic State has increased 50 percent in the past few months, a senior security official said on Monday.

“The terrorist threat to Canada’s national security interests has never been as direct or immediate,” Michel Coulombe, head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service spy agency, told a Senate committee.

Apr 15, 2015

Canada, India unveil uranium supply deal, bury nuclear discord

OTTAWA, April 15 (Reuters) – The Canadian government on
Wednesday unveiled a C$350 million ($280 million) deal to supply
uranium fuel to India, formally ending a lengthy dispute that
began after New Delhi used Canadian technology to develop a
nuclear bomb.

Canadian producer Cameco Corp will supply 7.1
million pounds (3.22 million kilos) of uranium concentrate to
India over the next five years. The deal is Cameco’s first with
India, which the firm called the second fastest growing market
for nuclear fuel. Shares in the uranium miner rose 5.8 percent
in Toronto.

Apr 14, 2015

Canada to send 200 military trainers to Ukraine, says risk low

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada, following in the steps of the United States and Britain, will send around 200 troops to Ukraine to help train soldiers who are battling Russian-backed separatists, Ottawa said on Tuesday.

The Conservative government stressed the troops would be based far from clashes that have taken place in the east of the country, and said Canada would not provide weapons to Ukraine unless other major allies also agreed to do so.

Apr 6, 2015

Ex-ally of Canada PM set for high-profile bribery trial

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A former ally of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper goes on trial for fraud and bribery on Tuesday in a case that could damage the governing Conservatives’ chances of winning October’s general election.

Mike Duffy, a former television reporter who became a popular fund-raiser for the Conservatives, faces 31 criminal charges related to activities after Harper appointed him to the Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament.

Apr 2, 2015

Canada trade deficit shrinks unexpectedly as oil price steadies

OTTAWA, April 2 (Reuters) – Canada’s trade deficit
unexpectedly shrank to C$984 million ($781 million) in February
from C$1.48 billion in January as energy exporters benefited
from stabilizing oil prices, Statistics Canada data showed on
Thursday.

The deficit was much smaller than the C$2.00 billion
shortfall analysts had expected. Statscan also revised January’s
deficit down sharply from an initial C$2.45 billion, citing
updated figures for energy exports.

Mar 30, 2015

Shell will resume drilling off Alaska coast: U.S. Arctic envoy

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when.

Shell has been moving oil rigs to Alaska as it awaits the green light from U.S. authorities. It froze operations in 2013 after the grounding of a rig in Alaska prompted protests from environmental groups.

Mar 27, 2015

Canada government to dilute controversial anti-terror bill

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government will soften controversial draft anti-terror legislation after critics said it could be used to target people taking part in peaceful protests.

The move, signalled on Friday, represents a significant concession by the governing right-of-centre Conservatives, who until now have refused to countenance changes to a bill they say will combat the threat of “jihadist terrorism”.

Mar 25, 2015

Canada transport minister says spate of CN Rail accidents no fluke

OTTAWA, March 25 (Reuters) – Three Canadian National Railway
Co derailments in the same area in three weeks, two of
them involving oil trains, cannot be explained away as a fluke
of nature, Canada’s transport minister said Wednesday, adding
she is satisfied for now with steps CN has taken to prevent
another accident.

CN Rail oil trains came off the tracks and caught fire near
the small northern Ontario town of Gogama on both Feb. 14 and
March 7. A third train hauling empty cars derailed in the same
area on March 5.

Mar 25, 2015

Canada says won’t tell railways where to ship grain for now

OTTAWA, March 25 (Reuters) – The Canadian government will
not, for now, start telling railways where to ship farmers’
grain but it will decide within days whether to extend its
requirements on how much grain they must haul, Transport
Minister Lisa Raitt said on Wednesday.

In an interview in her parliamentary office, Raitt said
farmers and shippers have questioned whether the government’s
grain-shipment minimums are still required and whether Ottawa
should tell the country’s two dominant railways, Canadian
National Railway Co and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd
, on which corridors grain should be shipped.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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