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Apr 23, 2014

McDonald’s Canada freezes use of foreign worker plan

VANCOUVER, April 23 (Reuters) – The Canadian unit of
McDonald’s Corp has suspended all of its applications
under the country’s temporary foreign worker program as its
undergoes a third-party audit on its use, the restaurant chain
said on Wednesday.

The move comes after the fast-food giant was criticized in
media reports in recent weeks about its use of the Canadian
government plan, which allows companies to bring in foreign
workers when there are no local residents available.

Apr 22, 2014

Canada aims to ease whale protection as pipeline decision looms

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada has recommended taking humpback whales off the “threatened” species list, two months before the government is due to decide whether to approve a proposed pipeline that would lead to half a million barrels of oil being shipped through their Pacific marine habitat every year.

The Department of the Environment released a document over the Easter holiday that recommends the North Pacific humpback whales should now be labeled a “species of special concern.”

Apr 21, 2014

Keystone backers keep their faith in embattled pipeline plan

CALGARY/VANCOUVER April 21 (Reuters) – Six years after
applying to build the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada’s frustrated
oil industry appears steadfast in its support of the plan even
though Washington has again delayed a decision on whether to
approve the politically charged project.

The reason is simple: A massive new pipeline to the U.S. Gulf
Coast remains the most elegant solution for producers looking to
export burgeoning supplies of crude from Canada’s oil sands to
the United States. TransCanada Corp’s $5.4 billion
pipeline would seamlessly pump enough crude from Alberta to
Texas to meet 4 percent of total U.S. demand.

Apr 21, 2014

Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline

KITIMAT, British Columbia, April 21 (Reuters) – Just a few
miles from the spot where Enbridge Inc plans to build a
massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline,
Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession
from the company could win his support for the project.

Amos, the former chief of the Haisla Nation on the northern
coast of British Columbia and a community leader, has argued for
years that the risk – no matter how small – of an oil spill in
these waters outweighs any reward the controversial project
might offer.

Apr 14, 2014

Emboldened Canada pipeline opponents push for referendum

VANCOUVER/CALGARY, April 14 (Reuters) – Opponents of
Canada’s Northern Gateway pipeline, bolstered by a coastal
town’s vote against the project, said on Monday they will now
push harder for a provincial referendum they hope would kill
Enbridge Inc’s plan to move oil sands crude to Asian

Residents of Kitimat, located in British Columbia’s remote
northwest, voted against the proposed project on Saturday, with
58.4 percent of residents opposed in the non-binding poll. The
small town is where the terminal facilities for the C$7.9
billion ($7.21 billion) pipeline would be built.

Apr 13, 2014

Canadian town says ‘no’ to Enbridge pipeline in vote

KITIMAT, British Columbia (Reuters) – Residents of the British Columbia town of Kitimat voted against the Northern Gateway pipeline project in a blow to Enbridge Inc’s efforts to expedite the flow of crude from Canada’s landlocked oil sands to high-paying markets in Asia.

The final tally, which came after a month of election-style campaigning in the small town where the pipeline terminal would be built, was more decisive than expected, with 58.4 percent of residents voting “no” and 41.6 percent “yes”.

Apr 11, 2014

Stakes high as small Canadian town votes on Enbridge pipeline

KITIMAT, British Columbia, April 11 (Reuters) – A small
Canadian town’s vote on whether to back Enbridge Inc’s
proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline could have a far greater
impact on the country’s energy industry – and future economic
health – than its advisory status might suggest.

Residents of the northern British Columbia town of Kitimat
head to the polls on Saturday in a nonbinding vote on the
controversial project that is likely to influence the federal
government’s decision on whether to approve its construction.

Apr 9, 2014

Ride to lower costs for LNG-run trucks rockier than expected

VANCOUVER, April 9 (Reuters) – Just over a year ago,
Canadian trucking firm Bison Transport took a bet on a
potentially game changing technology, buying 15 big rigs powered
by liquefied natural gas.

The privately-held company was attracted by the promise of a
cheap and abundant fuel source and lower greenhouse gas
emissions. If all went well, it would be the first step toward
converting more of its 1,250-strong fleet to a type of fuel that
costs about $1.50 less per equivalent gallon than diesel.

Apr 2, 2014

Canadian regulator to hold hearings on Trans Mountain pipeline

VANCOUVER, April 2 (Reuters) – Canada’s energy regulator
said on Wednesday it would hold hearings on Kinder Morgan Energy
Partners LP’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain
oil pipeline from Edmonton to Vancouver, with its review
expected to wrap up in mid-2015.

The National Energy Board (NEB) said it identified 12 issues
for discussion during the hearings, including the environmental
effects of the project, its impact on aboriginal interests and
contingency planning for accidents, among other things.

Mar 27, 2014

Deal reached to end month-long strike at Canada’s largest port

VANCOUVER, March 26 (Reuters) – Negotiators on Wednesday
reached a deal to end the month-long container truck strike that
has crippled operations at Canada’s largest port and slowed the
transport of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods.

The new deal, brokered by the province, means that the more
than 1,000 striking drivers will return to work at Port Metro
Vancouver on Thursday morning.

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      "I am based in Vancouver, where I focus on energy, foreign investment and the city's 'west west' housing market. Prior to moving to Vancouver, I primarily covered the Canadian mining industry out of Toronto. Before that I was an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile, where I had the opportunity to visit the Atacama desert and a giant copper mine for stories. Before becoming a journalist, I spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands, where I swam with sea turtles and hiked through sleeping volcanoes."
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