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Jul 18, 2012

Canada national chief re-elected, vows to give voice

TORONTO, July 18 (Reuters) – The national chief of Canada’s
First Nations aboriginals was re-elected on Wednesday in a vote
of confidence for his non-confrontational approach with the
Conservative federal government over its pro-development
policies.

Even though critics have said Shawn Atleo’s relationship
with Prime Minister Stephen Harper is too close, the British
Columbia native leader cruised to victory in the third round of
voting by chiefs at an assembly in Toronto.

Jul 9, 2012

Quebec rail plan stirs hope, concern in Canada’s iron belt

TORONTO, July 9 (Reuters) – Canada’s biggest railroad wants
to build a C$5 billion ($4.8 billion) rail line to ship iron ore
from isolated northern Quebec to port, a crucial link that could
transform Canada into the world’s third-largest producer of
steel’s main component.

Canadian National Railway Co’s ‘s 800-kilometer (500
mile) project, backed by Quebec’s public pension fund, is still
years away from becoming a reality. Indeed, the 2017 projected
start-up date looks ambitious, given the complexity of
negotiations that lie ahead.

Jun 22, 2012

Analysis: Search for rare earth substitutes gathers pace

By Braden Reddall and Julie Gordon

(Reuters) – The hunt for substitutes for rare earth minerals is gaining momentum as auto makers, lighting companies and clean tech developers seek to reduce their reliance on thin and unreliable supplies of the raw material.

Rare earths, found in everything from Apple Inc’s iPhones to energy-efficient lighting and wind turbines, gained global attention last year as China, which produces more than 90 percent of global supply, repeatedly clamped down on exports. Prices of the individual oxides, alloys and metals soared.

Jun 18, 2012

Enbridge sees quicker Seaway expansion

TORONTO, June 18 (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc, Canada’s
No. 2 pipeline company, expects to complete an expansion of its
newly reversed oil pipeline to Texas refineries by the end of
this year, the company’s incoming chief executive said on
Monday.

That would be sooner than previous forecasts used by the
company and its U.S. partner.

Jun 18, 2012

Enbridge sees pipeline squeeze despite expansion

TORONTO, June 18 (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc, Canada’s
No. 2 pipeline company, said on Monday faster than expected
growth in North American oil output means its lines could be at
full capacity as soon as 2016 despite a C$3.2 billion ($3.1
billion) expansion of its system.

Enbridge, whose lines carry the bulk of Canada’s oil exports
to the United States, is struggling to cope with booming oil
output from the Alberta oil sands and from shale-oil fields such
as Bakken in North Dakota.

Jun 15, 2012

Analysis: Japan reactor restarts could spark uranium rally

TORONTO (Reuters) – Signs that Japan is ready to restart a pair of reactors idled in the aftermath of last year’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown could spark a rally by uranium-mining shares, which have languished since the March 2011 disaster.

Recent steps to bring the first of 50 shuttered reactors back online have already bolstered long-term uranium prices, which rose last month for the first time since January 2011.

Jun 7, 2012

Barrick volte-face on CEO raises questions

TORONTO, June 6 (Reuters) – Barrick’s surprising ouster of
Chief Executive Aaron Regent on Wednesday raised more questions
than it answered for anxious investors, who are left wondering
why the world’s top gold miner would axe its CEO just a month
after singing his praises.

“I must congratulate you, Aaron, because indeed this company
is firing on all cylinders,” Barrick founder Peter Munk told
shareholders at the company’s May 2 annual meeting. “We do share
your sense of accomplishment and achievement.”

Jun 6, 2012

Barrick ousts CEO, aims to spur share price

TORONTO, June 6 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp
, the world’s largest gold miner, has ousted Aaron
Regent as chief executive, saying it was frustrated that its
stock has languished since he took the helm three years ago
while bullion prices have surged.

The company said on Wednesday that Chief Financial Officer
Jamie Sokalsky, a nine-year veteran of the company, will replace
Regent, whose tenure was marred by what some analysts consider
to be strategic mistakes.

May 24, 2012

Risk and reward beckon in Canada’s Ring of Fire

May 24 (Reuters) – A $3.3 billion plan to build North
America’s first major chromite mine deep in the Canadian
wilderness promises to usher in an era of prosperity for the
region’s aboriginals and generate millions of tax dollars over
its lifetime.

Tucked deep into northern Ontario, the Ring of Fire contains
rich mineral deposits that could transform the region much as
the oil sands have transformed Alberta. Much like the oil sands,
it has raised deep environmental and social concerns.

May 9, 2012

Enbridge clings to Gateway plan despite opposition

TORONTO/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc, Canada’s No. 2 pipeline company, reported a 14 percent jump in quarterly earnings on Wednesday and said it remains committed to building the controversial C$5.5 billion ($5.5 billion) Northern Gateway pipeline despite fierce opposition from communities along the route.

At its annual meeting in Toronto on Wednesday, the Calgary-based company was greeted by protesters from environmental groups and from some of the British Columbia aboriginal groups that have staunchly opposed the project over worries that oil spills could contaminate their water supplies.

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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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