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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.

Sep 16, 2013

Miner Anglo drops out of Pebble project in Alaska

LONDON/TORONTO, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Mining group Anglo
American has pulled out of the Pebble copper-gold
project in Alaska, less than two months after pledging to halve
a $17 billion pipeline of potential mines and bring down the
cost of keeping future options open.

The decision, announced on Monday, leaves junior exploration
company Northern Dynasty to push ahead alone with the
plan to develop one of the largest copper-gold deposits in the
world – but also a hugely environmentally challenging project
that has already been studied for almost three decades.

Sep 15, 2013

Movie theater still king, but filmmakers slowly warm to online

TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – A few years ago, a successful
run on the festival circuit might have propelled a small
independent film into a limited art-house run and then onto the
shelves of the local video store, where for the most part, it
would be forgotten.

The rise of streaming and Video on Demand (VoD) is changing
that model, allowing independent filmmakers to skip the studio
distribution process and tap directly into new audiences on
their computers, smartphones and television sets.

Sep 13, 2013

Canadian directors hear Hollywood’s call, but may not head south

TORONTO (Reuters) – Ask the new wave of Canadian directors why they’re getting calls from Hollywood and the answer is easy: Canada’s thriving film industry has allowed them the freedom to tell the stories they want to tell, in the way they want.

In a Hollywood built around commercial success – often at the cost of originality – Canadian directors are now bringing their voices to major feature films. So far, the response has been good.

Sep 12, 2013

Director Haggis polarizes again with ‘puzzle’ of a film, ‘Third Person’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Controversial Canadian director Paul Haggis is back in Toronto with his latest feature, which may end up being even more divisive than “Crash,” his 2004 story of racism, love and interlinking lives that won the Oscar for best picture.

In “Third Person,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, Haggis again creates a multi-character drama, this time exploring the themes of love, trust and guilt.

Sep 3, 2013

In era of leaks, Toronto film festival tackles transparency

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO (Reuters) – As director Bill Condon was finishing up his film “The Fifth Estate” about Julian Assange and anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden started leaking U.S. security documents, reigniting the public debate over secrecy, security and whistleblowing in the Internet era.

“The same lines were being used, the same script was being recited, it was fascinating,” said Condon. “And then Assange appeared and became part of the story.”

Aug 28, 2013

Toronto mayor says has smoked ‘a lot of’ marijuana

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who denied allegations earlier this year that he was caught smoking crack cocaine on camera, casually admitted on Wednesday that he has smoked “a lot of” marijuana.

The offhand comment by the leader of Canada’s largest city came as Ford was leaving a business luncheon and was asked by reporters if he had ever smoked the drug.

Aug 20, 2013

Toronto film festival promises Oscar bait, major celebrities

TORONTO (Reuters) – The 38th Toronto International Film Festival promises a heavy dose of Oscar bait and celebrities, with past Academy Award winners Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Julia Roberts all expected in town for the 11-day event, which starts on September 5.

Widely considered the kick-off to Oscar season, the 2013 festival will feature 146 world premieres, including talked-about new films from acclaimed Canadian directors Paul Haggis and Denis Villeneuve. The full program was released on Tuesday.

    • About Julie

      "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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