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Jun 6, 2015

FIFA may be embroiled in scandal but its Women’s World Cup set to be hit with fans

VANCOUVER June 5 (Reuters) – With a bribery scandal enveloping FIFA it might seem like a bad time for soccer’s governing body to hold the Women’s World Cup in Canada – even more so given indictments last week included top officials from the North American and Caribbean region on corruption charges.

But that isn’t proving to be the case. Tickets for the month-long competition that starts on Saturday are selling quickly, TV audiences around the world are expected to be large, and the sponsors say they expect good exposure for their products.

Jun 4, 2015

Canada soccer head says arrested FIFA executive Webb helped the sport

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The head of Canada’s soccer association on Thursday said he did not bribe FIFA to win the rights to host the women’s World Cup and said that a senior executive of the sport’s governing body who has been charged with corruption had done a lot of good for the game.

Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani noted that Jeffrey Webb, the arrested head of the North American, Central American and Caribbean confederation CONCACAF, had led an anti-racism campaign and started the process of changing governance at CONCACAF.

Jun 4, 2015

Canada football head says arrested FIFA executive Webb helped the sport

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The head of Canada’s football association on Thursday said he did not bribe FIFA to win the rights to host the women’s World Cup and said that a senior executive of the sport’s governing body who has been charged with corruption had done a lot of good for the game.

Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani noted that Jeffrey Webb, the arrested head of the North American, Central American and Caribbean confederation CONCACAF, had led an anti-racism campaign and started the process of changing governance at CONCACAF.

May 20, 2015

British Columbia, Petronas reach set of deals on Canada LNG project

VANCOUVER, May 20 (Reuters) – Petronas has reached
a set of deals with British Columbia related to its proposed
liquefied natural gas export terminal in Canada, edging the
Malaysian energy company closer to a final investment decision,
the province said on Wednesday.

The project development agreement (PDA), which must still be
ratified by both the company and the province, provides
assurances on issues like infrastructure and aboriginal
consultation, along with measures to ensure the project will not
face onerous tax or fee increases through the contract term.

May 14, 2015

Bank of Canada: Proposed changes are fine-tuning of operations

VANCOUVER, May 14 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada on Thursday
outlined proposed changes to the way it operates in markets but
cautioned operators against reading too much into what it called
a fine-tuning operation.

Deputy Governor Lynn Patterson said in a speech to a
business group in Vancouver that the central bank was proposing
to set up a regular program of term repo operations and would
reduce the amount of Canadian government bonds it buys on the
primary market, among other moves.

May 13, 2015

Canadian aboriginal group rejects deal to back Petronas LNG project

VANCOUVER, May 13 (Reuters) – A Canadian aboriginal group
has rejected an offer of about C$1 billion ($836 million) in
return for supporting a liquefied natural gas export terminal
led by Malaysian national oil company Petronas,
community leaders said on Wednesday.

Members of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation band, which has
traditional territories around the proposed site of the Pacific
NorthWest LNG export terminal in northern British Columbia,
rejected the 40-year benefit deal in a series of three votes
held over the past week.

May 8, 2015

Canada aboriginal community pushes back against Petronas LNG plan

VANCOUVER, May 8 (Reuters) – Members of a Canadian
aboriginal community edged closer to rejecting a roughly C$1
billion ($827 million) deal with Malaysia’s Petronas
to support a liquefied natural gas export terminal, voting
against the offer in the first two of three polls.

Members of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation in the British
Columbia communities of Port Simpson and Prince Rupert rejected
the proposed benefit package in separate votes held this week.

May 8, 2015

Canada police investigate possible murder-suicide after Facebook confession

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canadian police said on Friday they are investigating several deaths in the Vancouver area that may be a murder-suicide linked to a message on Facebook in which a man appeared to confess to killing his daughter, wife and sister.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said multiple members of one family, including the suspect, were believed to be dead at two crime separate scenes, in the Vancouver area and a nearby rural town.

May 1, 2015

TransCanada profit lifted by U.S. pipeline operations

May 1 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp, Canada’s second
largest pipeline operator, reported a 10 percent rise in
comparable earnings, helped by the positive impact of a stronger
U.S. dollar on its U.S. pipeline operations and profits at its
power businesses.

TransCanada, the company behind the C$8 billion ($6.6
billion) Keystone XL and C$12 billion Energy East pipelines,
also said demand for new long haul infrastructure remains
strong, despite the plunge in the oil price in the last year.

Apr 23, 2015

Canada natives say emails show gov’t fretted about pipeline talks

VANCOUVER/CALGARY, April 23 (Reuters) – Canadian regulators
had serious concerns the federal government was not consulting
enough with aboriginal groups about the Northern Gateway
pipeline project, according to internal emails obtained by the
Haisla First Nation and released on Thursday.

The Enbridge Inc pipeline will move 525,000 barrels
of Alberta oil sands crude to a port on native land near
Kitimat, British Columbia.

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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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