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Jan 8, 2013

African Union head wants NATO to help fight Mali rebels

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The head of the African Union, Benin President Boni Yayi, on Tuesday called for a global coalition that includes NATO to intervene against Islamist rebels in northern Mali.

“My understanding is that in reality when we talk of an international force it’s not just (West African regional group) ECOWAS, it’s not just the African Union, it’s also other forces from outside the African continent, given the seriousness of the situation,” Yayi told a news conference in Ottawa.

Jan 7, 2013

Audit of Canada native band casts cloud on protest movement

OTTAWA, Jan 7 (Reuters) – A Canadian native band that
successfully pressured the prime minister to hold a special
meeting on aboriginal grievances cannot account for millions of
dollars in federal funding, according an audit that critics say
was leaked to discredit a growing protest movement.

Angry native activists, fed up with poor living conditions
they blame on decades of neglect from Ottawa, have already
blockaded rail lines and threatened to close Canada’s borders
with the United States as part of a protest campaign they are
calling Idle No More.

Dec 23, 2012

Insight: Security fears dogged Canada debate on China energy bid

OTTAWA (Reuters) – In September, two months after China’s state-owned CNOOC Ltd made an unexpected $15.1 billion bid for Canadian energy company Nexen Inc, Canada’s spy agency told ministers that takeovers by Chinese companies may threaten national security.

The rare warning from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), which was disclosed to Reuters by intelligence sources, did not stop the takeover. That was approved by Canadian authorities earlier this month.

Dec 23, 2012

Security fears dogged Canada debate on China energy bid

OTTAWA, Dec 23 (Reuters) – In September, two months after
China’s state-owned CNOOC Ltd made an unexpected $15.1
billion bid for Canadian energy company Nexen Inc,
Canada’s spy agency told ministers that takeovers by Chinese
companies may threaten national security.

The rare warning from the Canadian Security Intelligence
Service (CSIS), which was disclosed to Reuters by intelligence
sources, did not stop the takeover. That was approved by
Canadian authorities earlier this month.

Dec 21, 2012

Canada inflation rate slows, puts rate-hike bias in question

OTTAWA, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Canada’s annual inflation rate
fell to a three-year low of 0.8 percent in November, raising
questions about the Bank of Canada’s stubborn insistence that
the next move in interest rates will be an increase.

The annual rate, reported by Statistics Canada on Friday, is
far below the Bank of Canada’s 2.0 percent target. Analysts had
expected annual inflation of 1.1 percent, down from 1.2 percent
in October.

Dec 20, 2012

Canada retail sales jump, not seen boosting growth much

OTTAWA, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Canada retail sales in October
jumped by a stronger-than-expected 0.7 percent from September to
hit a record, but analysts said the figures were less impressive
than they seemed and would not do much to boost recent sluggish
economic growth.

Statistics Canada said on Thursday that retail sales in
October reached C$39.45 billion ($39.85 billion), the third
consecutive all-time high. Sales have now grown for four
straight months.

Dec 17, 2012

Canada may link pension reform to economic thresholds

MEECH LAKE, Quebec, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Canada’s finance
minister agreed on Monday to set economic benchmarks for
potentially expanding the country’s public pension system in the
future, but said the economy was too weak now to demand bigger
contributions from businesses and workers.

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty met with his
provincial counterparts late Sunday and Monday to discuss issues
of joint responsibility.

Dec 14, 2012

Canada cracks down on “fake” refugees from European Union

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will crack down on what it says is a wave of fake refugee claims from European Union nationals and deny the right of appeal to those deemed to be bogus applicants, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said on Friday.

The right-of-centre Conservative government says that while it wants Canada to remain one of the world’s top destinations for refugees, it is being swamped by people who pretend they are escaping persecution but in reality want to sign up for welfare payments.

Dec 14, 2012

Canada manufacturing sales plunge, confirming weak trend

OTTAWA, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Canadian manufacturing sales
unexpectedly plunged by 1.4 percent in October from September in
the latest sign the economy is struggling to cope with market
problems abroad and due to the effect of a strong Canadian
dollar.

Statistics Canada said on Friday that the drop – the biggest
in nine months – was due to weakness in major sectors such as
motor vehicles and primary metals.

Dec 12, 2012

Canada resets search for fighters, may still buy F-35

OTTAWA, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Canada scrapped a controversial
plan to buy F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp on
Wednesday, saying that instead it would evaluate all available
options for acquiring new jet fighters.

The Conservative government – stressing it could still buy
the F-35 if it turns out to be the best option – said it would
set up an independent panel to look at replacements for the
country’s aging fleet of CF-18 fighters, which are due to go out
of service by 2020.

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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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