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Mar 25, 2015

Canadian regulator approves Postmedia-Sun Media deal

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s competition watchdog on Wednesday approved Postmedia’s proposed takeover of Quebecor Inc’s (QBRb.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Sun Media English-language newspapers and digital assets, paving the way for one publisher to control a majority of the English-language dailies across Canada.

The C$316 million ($253 million) deal announced in October is set to transform the country’s newspaper landscape, making Postmedia the owner of competing major local dailies in cities such as Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary.

Mar 20, 2015

Bank of Montreal takes UBS, bankers it poached to court

TORONTO, March 20 (Reuters) – Bank of Montreal said
on Friday it is suing four of its former bankers and the bank
they are joining, UBS AG, in a bid to retrieve what
they allege was confidential information the bankers took with
them before resigning.

Last week, UBS poached a U.S. team of 15 oil and gas bankers
from BMO in Houston, Texas, weakening the energy dealmaking
capacity of Canada’s fourth-largest bank in the heart of the
U.S. oil and gas industry.

Mar 18, 2015

Canada to extend, expand its mission against Islamic State: PM

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (Reuters) – Canada plans to extend and expand its mission against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Wednesday, saying Ottawa would provide more details next week.

The mandate of the six-month Canadian mission ends in early April. Canada has around 70 special forces operating in northern Iraq and has also provided six jets to take part in U.S.-led bombing missions against Islamic State.

Mar 17, 2015

Lululemon customers say selection at core of sales turnaround

TORONTO (Reuters) – When retailer Lululemon Athletica (LULU.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) pulled its “Define Jacket” off the shelves in 2013, customers were dismayed. When it embarrassingly recalled its signature yoga pants for being too sheer, they rushed for the exits.

Now the jacket is back, and so are customers, and that has helped boost Lululemon’s shares more than 70 percent from their low last June.

Mar 13, 2015

BlackBerry wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over BlackBerry 10

By Jonathan Stempel and Euan Rocha

(Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BBRY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Friday won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing it of fraudulently inflating its stock price by painting a misleadingly upbeat picture of the prospects for its BlackBerry 10 smartphone line.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan said the plaintiffs failed to show that BlackBerry and top officials materially misled them in touting how well customers were accepting the devices, and failing to take writedowns fast enough when sales proved disappointing.

Mar 12, 2015

Aequitas broadens shareholder base ahead of Neo launch

TORONTO, March 12 (Reuters) – Aequitas Innovations Inc said
on Thursday it has completed a “significantly oversubscribed”
round of funding, raising about C$30 million ($23.6 million)
and broadening its shareholder base ahead of the launch of its
Neo exchange this month.

The Toronto-based firm said indications of interest from
both founding shareholders and new shareholders represented
close to 150 percent of the amount Aequitas originally planned
to raise. It said the offering was distributed to ensure a fair
representation of all market participants and stakeholders.

Mar 11, 2015

Canada’s Neo stock exchange to waive market data fees for some

TORONTO, March 11 (Reuters) – A new Canadian stock exchange
set to launch in late March will offer attractive fees for
market data or waive them altogether in a challenge to the
dominance of TMX Group’s Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

Aequitas Innovations Inc said on Wednesday its Neo exchange
will not charge retail investors for access to real-time
displayed market data for securities listed on the primary and
TSX Venture exchanges.

Mar 11, 2015

Exclusive: UBS poaches Bank of Montreal oil banking team – sources

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) РHumakerUBS AG has poached a U.S. team of some 15 oil and gas investment bankers from Bank of Montreal (BMO), significantly weakening the energy dealmaking capacity at Canada’s fourth-largest bank, people familiar with the matter said.

The moves come amid plummeting oil prices that have prompted banks to try to lure talented energy bankers with deep technical expertise. Such bankers can help them win new investment banking business from companies that want to shed assets.

Mar 11, 2015

UBS poaches Bank of Montreal oil banking team-sources

NEW YORK/TORONTO March 10 (Reuters) – HumakerUBS AG
has poached a U.S. team of some 15 oil and gas investment
bankers from Bank of Montreal (BMO), significantly
weakening the energy dealmaking capacity at Canada’s
fourth-largest bank, people familiar with the matter said.

The moves come amid plummeting oil prices that have prompted
banks to try to lure talented energy bankers with deep technical
expertise. Such bankers can help them win new investment banking
business from companies that want to shed assets.

Mar 6, 2015

Church says detained pastor has no ties to purged North Korean official

TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian pastor detained in North Korea has done only humanitarian work there, his church said on Friday as it denied a media report that he had ties to a purged and executed uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, 60, the leader of the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in suburban Toronto, was last heard from on Jan. 31 and is believed to be the Canadian who diplomats have confirmed is being detained by North Korean authorities.

    • 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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