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Feb 10, 2015

Right-to-die ruling signals tough stance by top court

TORONTO/OTTAWA (Reuters) – A landmark decision to overturn a ban on physician-assisted suicide by Canada’s top court shows it could take a tough stance on federal government legislation, including security and citizenship bills, that challenge the boundaries of the country’s rights-based constitution.

Academics and lawyers said that even though right-leaning Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed 7 of its 9 justices since he became prime minister in 2006, the Supreme Court is proving to be a stern defender of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that took force in 1982.

Feb 10, 2015

Right-to-die ruling signals tough stance by Canada’s top court

TORONTO/OTTAWA, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A landmark decision to
overturn a ban on physician-assisted suicide by Canada’s top
court shows it could take a tough stance on federal government
legislation, including security and citizenship bills, that
challenge the boundaries of the country’s rights-based
constitution.

Academics and lawyers said that even though right-leaning
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed 7 of its 9 justices
since he became prime minister in 2006, the Supreme Court is
proving to be a stern defender of the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms that took force in 1982.

Feb 9, 2015

Tahoe Resources to buy Rio Alto Mining for $1.12 billion

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian gold miner Tahoe Resources Inc (THO.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) (TAHO.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it has agreed to acquire smaller rival Rio Alto Mining (RIO.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) in a cash-and-share deal valued at C$1.4 billion ($1.12 billion), in a bid to expand its presence in Latin America.

The deal is the latest sign that precious metal miners, who went through an extended quiet phase amid a sharp decline in the price of bullion, are slowly coming to grips with new market realities and beginning to focus on long-term growth once again.

Jan 27, 2015

U.S. miner Cliffs seeks creditor protection in Canada

TORONTO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Iron ore and coal miner Cliffs
Natural Resources has become the third major U.S.
company in the past six months to seek creditor protection for
its Canadian arm to try to isolate losses and protect
shareholders.

The miner said it had commenced restructuring proceedings in
Montreal on Tuesday. The move mirrors the route taken by U.S.
Steel, which sought creditor protection for its
money-losing Canadian operations in September, and by U.S.
discount retailer Target Corp, which announced this
month it was abandoning its Canadian expansion.

Jan 22, 2015

Canada Supreme Court ruling sets high bar for Competition Bureau

TORONTO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A Canadian Supreme Court ruling
on Thursday about a tiny landfill deal in British Columbia is
set to make it a lot harder for Canada’s competition watchdog to
challenge potentially anti-competitive deals between companies,
lawyers said.

The ruling by Canada’s top court foiled the Competition
Bureau’s bid to unwind privately-held Tervita’s acquisition of a
hazardous waste disposal services company, that at the time of
the deal had just secured regulatory approval to open a waste
disposal facility in Northeastern British Columbia.

Jan 19, 2015

Goldcorp to buy Probe Mines for about $440 million

TORONTO, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Goldcorp Inc said on
Monday it has agreed to buy Probe Mines Ltd in an
all-stock deal that values the metals exploration company at
C$526 million ($439 million), in a bid to win control of the
Borden Gold project in northern Ontario.

The project, located some 200 km (125 miles) southwest of
the gold mining hub of Timmins, Ontario, is viewed as one of the
most promising new gold discoveries in Canada.

Jan 8, 2015

Goldman led Canadian pack in value of M&A deals in 2014

TORONTO (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) led investment banks advising on mergers and acquisitions in Canada in 2014, a year in which big international oil and gas deals were hot before oil prices turned cold.

Before the fourth-quarter collapse of oil prices, Canadian M&A activity last year was dominated by big energy-sector deals such as Spanish oil giant Repsol SA’s (REP.MC: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $8.3 billion bid for Talisman Energy (TLM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Encana Corp’s (ECA.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $5.9 billion buyout of U.S. rival Athlon.

Jan 8, 2015

Scotiabank tops in Canada equity issues in 2014 as big deals dominate

TORONTO, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia led
investment banks in Canada in the value of equity issues it
advised on in 2014, driven by a few high-profile initial public
offerings and some big oil and gas deals before the oil-price
rout in the year’s second half.

Equity issues worth C$37.3 billion ($31.6 billion) were done
in Canada last year, up from C$34.1 billion in 2013, data from
Thomson Reuters showed on Thursday. Scotiabank advised on C$5.5
billion, followed by RBC Capital Markets with C$5.4
billion and BMO Capital Markets with C$4.7 billion.

Dec 17, 2014

BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic

NEW YORK/TORONTO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd
launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday,
a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo
those still using older versions of its physical keyboard
devices.

The Canadian mobile technology company said the new device,
which bears striking similarities to its once wildly popular
Bold and Curve handsets, boasts a larger screen, longer battery
life, an expanded app library with access to offerings from
Amazon.com Inc’s Android App store, and a browser three
times faster than the one on its legacy devices.

Dec 16, 2014

Exclusive: Porter nearing sale of Toronto airport terminal – sources

TORONTO (Reuters) – The parent of Canada’s Porter Airlines is nearing the sale of a passenger terminal it operates at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, according to three sources familiar with the process.

The sources, who asked not to be named as they are not authorized to publicly comment on the matter, said a bidding process for the asset on the island airport is underway.

    • About Euan

      "Euan Rocha covers mining and minerals in Canada, where he focuses on gold, base metals and fertilizer companies. Euan, who is currently based in Toronto, has previously worked with Reuters in the United States and India. While based in New York for four years, Euan headed the Reuters Alerts team, before moving on to cover the U.S. chemical industry. Euan began his career with Reuters in Bangalore, India in 2004."
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