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Mar 25, 2014

Canada pension board to invest in Chinese real estate venture

TORONTO, March 25 (Reuters) – The Canada Pension Plan
Investment Board said on Tuesday it will invest $250 million in
the Chinese real estate market through a new venture with China
Vanke Co Ltd, the nation’s largest residential
developer.

The pension fund manager said the venture, which marks its
first substantial real estate investment in the country since a
small foray back in 2008, will focus on residential development
projects in large cities across China, starting in the city of
Qingdao in the Shandong Province.

Mar 21, 2014

Loblaw-Shoppers deal approved by Canada’s Competition Bureau

TORONTO, March 21 (Reuters) – Loblaw Cos Ltd,
Canada’s largest grocer, said on Friday Canada’s competition
watchdog has approved its C$12.4 billion ($11 billion)
acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp, the country’s
biggest pharmacy chain.

The deal cements Loblaw’s No. 1 position in Canada at a time
when competition from domestic retailers such as Sobeys and U.S.
retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores and Target is
heating up.

Mar 19, 2014

Canada’s Joe Oliver brings Bay Street know-how to finance minister’s job

OTTAWA/TORONTO, March 19 (Reuters) – Joe Oliver brings a
sense of gravitas to his new job as Canada’s finance minister,
an asset the governing Conservatives will want to emphasize as
they prepare to fight an election against young but popular
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

Oliver is 73 and spent decades working on Toronto’s Bay
Street, the heart of Canada’s financial industry, before
becoming natural resources minister after his election to
Parliament in 2011. He was named finance minister on Wednesday,
replacing Jim Flaherty, who resigned the day before.

Mar 10, 2014

Barrick to sell part of its stake in African Barrick

TORONTO (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it plans to sell about 13.5 percent of its holdings in its majority-owned subsidiary African Barrick Gold (ABGL.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Toronto-based Barrick, which currently owns a roughly 303.25 million shares in African Barrick, is selling 41 million shares. The gold miner will still own a majority stake of just over 60 percent in the Africa-focused miner following the close of the transaction.

Mar 9, 2014

Private equity seen moving on cash-starved miners

VANCOUVER/TORONTO, March 9 (Reuters) – Private equity firms
are going underground.

In the past, they have largely shunned mining acquisitions,
as the volatility of commodities prices and cash flow made it
difficult to structure leveraged deals. Those concerns are on
the wane.

Mar 3, 2014

Vale back at work on Ontario nickel project

TORONTO, March 3 (Reuters) – Vale’s Canadian unit
has resumed work on its Copper Cliff Deep nickel project in the
Sudbury basin and expects to complete a feasibility study by the
end of the year, a company executive said on Monday.

The project is expected to cost somewhere in the range of a
billion dollars to build and could be one of the unit’s
lower-cost operations, said Kelly Strong, Vale’s vice president
of Ontario and UK operations.

Mar 3, 2014

Osisko settles suit with Goldcorp over takeover bid

March 3 (Reuters) – Osisko Mining Corp has settled
a lawsuit it filed against Goldcorp Inc in reaction to
Goldcorp’s hostile takeover bid for the Canadian gold miner, a
move that might lead to a negotiated deal or buy Osisko time to
find a white knight.

Montreal-based Osisko sued Goldcorp, one of the world’s
biggest gold miners, in January to try to foil the C$2.6 billion
($2.35 billion) takeover bid, but it said on Monday it has
agreed to terminate the lawsuit.

Feb 27, 2014

Canada blocks Rogers/Bell JV from grabbing more airwaves

TORONTO, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Canada blocked a joint venture
of two of the country’s biggest wireless carriers from grabbing
more airwaves on Thursday, sending the latest pointed message
that their dominant positions would be challenged in the fight
to win over consumers.

The government said it had declined a request to transfer 83
wireless spectrum licenses from NextWave to Inukshuk, which is
owned by Rogers Communications and BCE Inc’s
Bell Canada unit.

Feb 26, 2014

Exclusive: Mining industry rushing to raise investment, Reuters survey shows

TORONTO (Reuters) – A trickle of new investment into global miners has created a tidal wave of interest among hundreds of small mineral explorers desperate for cash, a Reuters survey shows, setting the stage for a competition to raise funds that some are sure to lose.

The mining sector has been in a prolonged downturn. Only months ago, it was nearly impossible for small explorers to find investors, reducing some companies to raising as little as C$50,000 ($45,100) at a time.

Feb 26, 2014

Mining industry rushing to raise investment, Reuters survey shows

TORONTO, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A trickle of new investment into
global miners has created a tidal wave of interest among
hundreds of small mineral explorers desperate for cash, a
Reuters survey shows, setting the stage for a competition to
raise funds that some are sure to lose.

The mining sector has been in a prolonged downturn. Only
months ago, it was nearly impossible for small explorers to find
investors, reducing some companies to raising as little as
C$50,000 ($45,100) at a time.

    • 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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