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Nov 26, 2013

Newspaper owner to put $27 bln Canada refinery plan to regulators

VANCOUVER, Nov 25 (Reuters) – A Canadian newspaper mogul is
pushing ahead with a $27 billion plan to build an oil refinery
on Canada’s west coast, hoping to file for regulatory approval
before year-end and with construction targeted for 2016.

The 550,000-barrels-a-day plant would easily be Canada’s
biggest refinery, producing gasoline, jet fuel and diesel for
Asian markets from the output of the country’s rich oil sands.

Nov 6, 2013

Enbridge pipeline project gets boost from Alberta-BC deal

VANCOUVER, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A recent pipeline deal between
Alberta and British Columbia is good news for Enbridge Inc’s
proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, the company’s chief
executive said on Wednesday.

“We have been confident for awhile in where Gateway is going
to head and that the project will move forward,” Chief Executive
Officer Al Monaco said during a conference call with investors
following the release of the company’s third-quarter results.

Nov 5, 2013

Alberta, B.C. closer to pipeline deal; hurdles remain

VANCOUVER, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Alberta and British Columbia
have edged closer to a deal that could help clear the path for
the development of new oil pipelines to connect Canada’s oil
sands to the Pacific coast, although many obstacles remain.

In a framework agreement announced on Tuesday, Alberta
Premier Alison Redford agreed to support five conditions laid
out last year by her British Columbia counterpart, Christy
Clark, if that province was to support construction of oil
pipelines across British Columbia’s pristine north.

Nov 5, 2013

TransCanada’s profit rises, readies Gulf Coast pipeline

VANCOUVER, Nov 5 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp,
which is backing the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline,
said on Tuesday its third-quarter profit rose 30 percent on
stronger results from its Canadian natural-gas mainline system
and its electricity operations.

The company, Canada’s No. 2 pipeline operator, also said it
expects to begin filling its Gulf Coast crude oil pipeline
within a few weeks. Construction on the line is 95 percent

Oct 31, 2013

Suncor to go ahead with Fort Hills oil sand project, profit up

VANCOUVER, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Suncor Energy Inc,
Canada’s largest oil and gas company, said on Wednesday it was
moving ahead with its Fort Hills oil sands project in Northern
Alberta, with first production expected as soon as the fourth
quarter of 2017.

The C$13.5 billion ($12.9 billion) project, located some 500
km (310 miles) north of Edmonton, Alberta, is a joint venture
with France’s Total SA and diversified mining company
Teck Resources.

Oct 29, 2013

Bitcoin goes mainstream with ATM in Vancouver coffee shop

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A silver and blue ATM, perched up next to the espresso bar in a trendy Vancouver coffee shop, could launch a new era for the digital currency bitcoin, offering an almost instant way to exchange the world’s leading virtual money for cash.

The value of a bitcoin soared from $13 in January to a high of $266 in April as more businesses and consumers used them to buy and sell online. Some investors are also treating bitcoins like gold, using them to hedge against currency fluctuations and speculating on their rise.

Oct 17, 2013

Police arrest 40 as Canada shale gas protest turns violent

By Julie Gordon

(Reuters) – Police in the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick arrested about 40 people on Thursday after efforts to dismantle a highway barricade turned violent and protesters against shale gas exploration set several police vehicles on fire.

The incident came in response to a weeks-long protest by activists and local aboriginals, who blocked a road near the town of Rexton to try to slow work by SWN Resources Canada, a subsidiary of Southwestern Energy Co, which is exploring shale gas properties in the area.

Oct 10, 2013

Canadian provincial court upholds law against assisted suicide

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The top court in British Columbia upheld Canada’s law against assisted suicide on Thursday, in a split decision that will likely set up a Supreme Court battle over the right to die.

The decision in the provincial Court of Appeal follows a controversial lower court ruling that struck down a Canadian law making euthanasia illegal and allowed physician-assisted suicide in certain cases under strict conditions.

Oct 7, 2013

British Columbia sees LNG tax plan announcement in November

VANCOUVER, Oct 7 (Reuters) – British Columbia, eager to
capitalize on a potential boom in natural gas investment,
expects to announce a export tax regime for the nascent industry
next month, a senior provincial government official said on

Rich Coleman, the Canadian province’s minister of energy and
mines, told reporters that the government is negotiating with
the companies that are planning to build liquefied natural gas
(LNG) infrastructure, aiming to find a balance between costs and
local benefits.

Sep 27, 2013

Canada chocolate factory may get new life as marijuana farm

By Julie Gordon

(Reuters) – A Canadian start-up wants to turn an empty chocolate factory in eastern Ontario into a production facility for medical marijuana, a possible boost for a local economy that has been hurting since the landmark Hershey plant shut down in 2008.

The old factory, which for decades churned out Hershey chocolate bars, has been conditionally sold to a start-up called Tweed Inc, which plans to use about a third of the 470,000 square foot plant to grow medical marijuana.

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      "I currently cover mining and minerals out of the Toronto bureau, where I focus on uranium, silver, platinum, lithium and REEs. Prior to moving to the mining sector, I worked as an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile and before that, I freelanced in Eastern Europe and spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands."
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