LVIV, Ukraine, June 8 (Reuters) – Talented midfielder Mesut
Ozil should be scoring more goals for Germany, coach Joachim
Loew said on the eve of their Euro 2012 opener against Portugal
Ozil, who has scored eight goals in 33 internationals, is
one of Germany’s most creative players and has had a successful
season with Real Madrid.
OTTAWA, June 4 (Reuters) – Hundreds of environmental and
activist groups in Canada shut down their websites for a day on
Monday to protest Canadian government policies that will make it
easier to build pipelines to transport oil from Alberta’s vast
The groups – joined by U.S.-based groups such as the Natural
Resources Defense Council – say the Conservative government is
also trying to silence opponents of the pipelines from the tar
sands, the world’s third-biggest oil reserve and the subject of
much environmental concern.
OTTAWA/TORONTO, May 25 (Reuters) – Canada will boost the
threshold at which it will review proposed foreign takeovers of
Canadian companies, the industry minister said on Friday, but he
stopped short of fulfilling a government pledge to clarify the
criteria for approving them.
Sharpening its focus on the biggest deals, the government
will gradually raise the threshold for mandatory reviews to
proposed acquisitions with at least C$1 billion in enterprise
value. The current threshold is C$330 million ($320 million) in
OTTAWA, May 10 (Reuters) – The value of Canada’s imports and
exports both dipped in March on weaker energy prices, but
analysts said growing export volumes meant the outlook for trade
was brighter than it looked.
Statistics Canada said on Thursday the trade surplus rose to
C$351 million ($351 million) from $273 million in February as
imports declined at a faster rate than exports.
OTTAWA, May 8 (Reuters) – Canada is acting too slowly to
combat climate change and has little chance of achieving its
modest 2020 target for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions,
Parliament’s environmental watchdog said on Tuesday.
The report by Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan is
awkward for the right-of-center Conservative government, which
green activists say is more interested in industrial development
than in protecting the environment.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed concern about the slow pace of preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and said he wanted the delays to be made up as soon as possible.
But Blatter – who is meeting top Brazilian officials next week to discuss progress – was also confident Brazil would be ready to host the 32-team tournament despite the challenges.
OTTAWA, May 4 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has
expressed concern about the slow pace of preparations for the
2014 World Cup in Brazil and said he wanted the delays to be
made up as soon as possible.
But Blatter – who is meeting top Brazilian officials next
week to discuss progress – was also confident Brazil would be
ready to host the 32-team tournament despite the challenges.
OTTAWA, May 1 (Reuters) – Canada still wants to buy F-35
fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin, the head of the
air force said on Tuesday, despite an official report that
blasted the way military officials selected the plane.
Canada announced in July 2010 it would buy 65 of the Joint
Strike Fighters, which have been hit by a string of cost
overruns and delays. Ottawa did not hold an open competition.
OTTAWA, April 30 (Reuters) – Canada’s economy unexpectedly
shrank in February, disappointing markets and cooling talk that
the Bank of Canada could start raising interest rates in the
Statistics Canada said gross domestic product dropped by 0.2
percent in February from January, surprising analysts who had
been expecting a 0.2 percent increase.
OTTAWA, April 24 (Reuters) – Bank of Canada Governor Mark
Carney repeated on Tuesday that the central bank might have to
increase interest rates and he continued to fret about the high
levels of debt that Canadians are taking on.
Carney used an appearance at the House of Commons finance
committee to stress the central bank’s recent message that rates
could have to go up despite global economic uncertainty.