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May 24, 2013

Toronto mayor’s inner circle calls for answers in crack scandal

TORONTO, May 24 (Reuters) – In another sharp blow to
scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, several key members of
his executive committee at City Hall said on Friday they are
joining forces to publicly call on him to confront allegations
of crack-cocaine use.

The group will release an open letter to Ford on Friday
afternoon, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday told reporters outside the
mayor’s office. It was not clear how many city councilors on the
13-member executive committee have signed the letter.

May 23, 2013

Toronto mayor fires chief of staff as crack scandal swirls

TORONTO, May 23 (Reuters) – Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
fired his chief of staff on Thursday, as Canada’s largest city
waits for Ford to address allegations that he was caught smoking
crack cocaine on camera.

Ford’s office released a statement saying that Mark Towhey,
who worked for the mayor for more than two years and was chief
of staff for 10 months, was no longer employed by the office.

May 22, 2013

Brother defends Toronto mayor against crack-smoking allegations

TORONTO, May 22 (Reuters) – Toronto’s scandal-hit mayor, Rob
Ford, stayed away from city hall on Wednesday but his older
brother, a fellow city politician, issued a fierce defense of
Ford, who was allegedly caught on a cellphone video smoking
crack cocaine.

“Rob is telling me these stories are untrue, that these
accusations are ridiculous, and I believe him,” said Doug Ford,
his brother’s closest ally on a divided city council.

May 21, 2013

Toronto mayor silent on crack allegations, loses casino vote

TORONTO, May 21 (Reuters) – Toronto’s mayor, facing
allegations that he has been caught on video smoking crack
cocaine, saw his dreams of a building a full-service casino in
the heart of Canada’s largest city dashed on Tuesday, as council
voted against allowing any new gaming facilities.

Rob Ford avoided any contact with reporters at City Hall and
did not address allegations from two media outlets that say they
have seen a cellphone video that appears to show him smoking
crack cocaine.

May 20, 2013

Toronto mayor urged to step down if crack allegations true

TORONTO, May 20 (Reuters) – The mayor of Canada’s largest
city, facing allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, and made
racial and homophobic slurs on video, must either refute the
accusations or step down, fellow city politicians say.

“If the allegations are false, then the mayor is owed some
apologies,” said Councillor Josh Matlow, who has clashed with
Ford on transit issues, but who usually takes a centrist line in
a polarized city council.

May 17, 2013

Toronto mayor denies smoking crack -lawyer

TORONTO, May 17 (Reuters) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies
allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, his lawyer told the
Toronto Sun on Friday.

Reporters for the Toronto Star, a rival Canadian newspaper,
and Gawker Media, a U.S. media outlet, said they had seen a
video that appears to show Ford smoking crack.

May 17, 2013

Freeport shares could rise regardless of Plains vote outcome

By Michael Erman and Julie Gordon

(Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc (FCX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) appears to be in a win-win situation as Plains Exploration shareholders prepare for Monday’s vote on the miner’s nearly $6 billion takeover bid, part of its strategy to expand into energy.

Plains Exploration & Production Co’s (PXP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) share price, now hovering below the bid price, suggests that investors feel Freeport’s current offer could fall short. Analysts and investors see a razor-thin margin no matter which side carries the vote.

May 14, 2013

Novelis’ recycling strategy helps lift profit

May 14 (Reuters) – Novelis Inc, the world’s
largest producer of rolled aluminum products, reported a
quarterly profit on Tuesday, versus a year-earlier loss, boosted
by stronger demand and better cost controls.

The company, a unit of India’s HindalCo Industries Ltd
, said it was able to push through unexpected headwinds
in the second half of fiscal 2013, which ended March 31, and
will continue to move ahead with numerous expansion projects.

May 2, 2013

Goldcorp profit drops more sharply than expected

TORONTO, May 2 (Reuters) – Miner Goldcorp Inc said on
Thursday that its first-quarter profit dropped by a
steeper-than-expected 35 percent as lower metal prices and
higher costs outweighed a boost in gold sales.

Shares of the world’s largest gold miner by market
capitalization fell 2.1 percent to C$28.46 on the Toronto Stock

May 1, 2013

Yamana Gold profit falls, targets major cost cuts

TORONTO, April 30 (Reuters) – Yamana Gold Inc is
aiming to sharply reduce its all-in sustaining costs this year,
as the growing Canadian gold producer adjusts to a recent drop
in bullion prices, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

The cost-cutting plan comes after the Toronto-based miner,
which owns mines in Mexico and South America, reported a 40
percent drop in first-quarter profit, as lower gold prices and
higher costs outweighed a boost in production.

    • 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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