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Feb 15, 2013

Canadian minister quits over inappropriate lobbying

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan resigned unexpectedly on Friday after admitting he had inappropriately written a letter to a tax court on behalf of a constituent.

Duncan leaves a month after thousands of unhappy natives mounted protests across Canada about poor living conditions.

Feb 14, 2013

Canada close to unveiling rules on oil sands emissions

OTTAWA, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Canada said on Thursday it was
close to unveiling long-delayed rules on greenhouse gas
emissions from the oil sands, a move that could help persuade
U.S. skeptics that Ottawa is serious about curbing climate

High-profile protesters, citing what they say is Canada’s
poor green record, want President Barack Obama to block
TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline from
the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

Feb 11, 2013

Canada to impose fines on Sikorsky for helicopter delay

OTTAWA, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Canada will impose significant
additional financial penalties on United Technologies Corp’s
Sikorsky unit for delays in delivering search and rescue
helicopters, Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose said on Monday.

Canada signed a C$5 billion ($5 billion) deal with Sikorsky
in 2004 for 28 Cylcone helicopters, the first of which was
supposed to be delivered by early 2009.

Feb 8, 2013

Canada, EU fail to settle differences over free trade pact

OTTAWA, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Canada and the European Union
failed to settle their differences on a proposed free trade deal
this week at top-level talks to hammer out an agreement that is
already well behind schedule.

Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast and EU Trade Commissioner
Karel De Gucht spent Wednesday and Thursday in Ottawa discussing
contentious issues including agricultural exports, intellectual
property and public procurement.

Feb 8, 2013

Canada job losses, weak housing starts reflect slowdown

OTTAWA, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Canada’s economy unexpectedly shed
21,900 jobs in January, delivering a reality check after months
of outsized employment growth and confirming forecasts of
slowing economic expansion.

A drop in the number of people seeking work pushed the
unemployment rate down to a four-year low of 7.0 percent,
Statistics Canada data said on Friday.

Feb 5, 2013

Canadian’s involvement in Bulgaria bombing underlines concerns

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The revelation on Tuesday that a Canadian-Lebanese dual national took part in the 2012 bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria underscores security agencies’ concerns about the danger posed by Canadians joining attacks abroad.

It is not a problem that is exclusive to Canada. But last April the government’s Canadian Security Intelligence Service said as many as 60 Canadians had traveled – or tried to travel – to Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen to join al Qaeda-affiliated groups and engage in terror-related activities.

Feb 5, 2013

Canada not ready for major offshore spill -watchdog

OTTAWA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s offshore petroleum boards
are not equipped to cope with a major spill, the country’s
environmental watchdog said on Tuesday in a report that also
said regulators could struggle to handle a booming resource

Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan, who said officials
were not carrying out enough inspections of resource projects in
the north, suggested that unless Canada tightened its oversight,
customers for Canadian resources might be deterred by the
country’s environmental record.

Feb 5, 2013

Canada set to cut direct spending on fossil fuel sector

OTTAWA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s federal government is set
to sharply cut back its direct spending on the fossil fuel
sector as part of an international push to phase out subsidies,
the government’s environment watchdog said on Tuesday.

Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan said direct spending
on the sector by the federal government totaled C$508 million
($508 million) from the 2007/08 fiscal year to 2011/12. It was
Vaughan’s first calculation of the total amounts Ottawa gives to
energy companies.

Feb 4, 2013

Canada, EU won’t finalize trade deal at talks this week – source

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and the European Union will not be able to conclude a long-delayed free-trade deal at ministerial talks set for Ottawa this week, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters on Monday.

Talks on an agreement started in 2009 and were supposed to have wrapped up by the end of 2011, a date that was later pushed back to the end of 2012. Industry sources say the two sides still have differences over areas such as agricultural exports, intellectual property and public procurement.

Jan 25, 2013

Canada Dec inflation remains at a three-year low of 0.8 percent

OTTAWA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Canada’s annual inflation rate in
December remained at a three-year low of 0.8 percent,
underlining how little pressure the Bank of Canada is under to
raise interest rates, Statistics Canada data indicated on

The rate – the lowest since 0.1 percent recorded in October
2009 – is far below the Bank of Canada’s 2.0 percent target.
Market analysts had expected the annual rate to increase to 1.2
percent from November’s 0.8 percent.

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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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