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Mar 31, 2015

Modern treaties smooth development for some Canadian aboriginals

PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia, March 31 (Reuters) – In
Sarita Bay, a remote cove on Canada’s Vancouver Island,
aboriginal-owned land used for decades by loggers is slowly
being reimagined as a multibillion-dollar export terminal to
ship liquefied natural gas to Asia.

Aboriginal groups in the West Coast province of British
Columbia are often in the news for opposing major resource
projects. But the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, who own the land
where the plant would be built, have partnered with Steelhead
LNG on the proposal.

Mar 17, 2015

Head of BG Group’s Canadian LNG project leaves, not being replaced

VANCOUVER, March 17 (Reuters) – The head of BG Group Plc’s
Canadian unit has left Vancouver to take another role in
the company and will not be replaced, the company said on
Tuesday, delivering another blow to British Columbia’s fledgling
liquefied natural gas industry.

Madeline Whitaker, who was appointed president of BG Canada
in September 2013 and was overseeing the development of the
Prince Rupert LNG project, has taken a new role at company
headquarters in Britain, spokesman David Byford told Reuters.

Mar 12, 2015

Canadian PM’s comments on Muslim veil set off Twitter flurry

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Twitter users turned to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for tongue-in-cheek fashion advice on Wednesday, the day after he said the niqab, a face covering veil worn by some Muslims, was rooted in an “anti-women” culture.

Using the hashtag #dresscodePM, users of the social media service criticized Harper, who made the comment as part of an ongoing push by the ruling Conservatives to ban face coverings in Canadian citizenship ceremonies.

Mar 5, 2015

Vancouver container fire shuts down port, some rail service

VANCOUVER, March 4 (Reuters) – A large portion of Canada’s
biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a four-alarm
chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled
up in a yard east of Vancouver’s downtown core.

“All south shore of the Burrard inlet port operations have
been shut down, including rail and truck access,” said Port
Metro Vancouver spokesman John Parker-Jervis in a statement. The
burning container contains trichloroisocyanuric acid, a
hazardous organic compound commonly used as an industrial
disinfectant and bleaching agent, he added.

Feb 27, 2015

Canadian woman accuses Bikram yoga founder of sexual assault

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A Vancouver yoga instructor has become the sixth woman to accuse yoga guru Bikram Choudhury of sexual assault, alleging in a civil suit that the 69-year-old celebrity yogi forced sex on her multiple times over the course of three years.

Jill Lawler filed the lawsuit with the California Superior Court earlier this month. Her lawyer said on Thursday that they plan to serve the defendant “any time now.”

Feb 27, 2015

Canadian woman accuses U.S.-based yoga guru of sexual assault

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A Vancouver yoga instructor has become the sixth woman to accuse yoga guru Bikram Choudhury of sexual assault, alleging in a civil suit that the 69-year-old celebrity yogi forced sex on her multiple times over the course of three years.

Jill Lawler filed the lawsuit with the California Superior Court earlier this month. Her lawyer said on Thursday that they plan to serve the defendant “any time now.”

Feb 20, 2015

Canada aboriginal group weighing equity stake in LNG project

PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – A
Canadian aboriginal community that has partnered with Steelhead
LNG on a proposed major liquefied natural gas export terminal
plans to decide within months whether to take an equity stake in
the $30 billion project, one of its leaders said.

The Huu-ay-aht are working with the Vancouver-based company
on the planning and design of the 24 million tonne per year
plant on their land in British Columbia.

Feb 20, 2015

Canada unveils new tax measures to boost LNG investment

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Canada unveiled tax
measures on Thursday that will allow investors in new liquefied
natural gas plants to recover costs more quickly, improving the
competitiveness of projects proposed for the Pacific coast
province of British Columbia.

Industry groups said the new measures would encourage
investment in LNG projects in Canada, some of which have stalled
in recent months as companies cut spending in response to
plummeting oil prices.

Feb 17, 2015

Canada’s British Columbia projects fiscal 2015-16 budget surplus

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – British
Columbia’s annual budget released on Tuesday projected a budget
surplus of C$284 million ($229.35 million) in fiscal 2015-16,
the Pacific coast province’s third consecutive balanced budget
under the ruling Liberals.

The surplus is projected at C$376 million in 2016-17 and
C$399 million in 2017-18, the government said. The revised
surplus for 2014-15 is now seen at C$879 million, nearly double
the previous projection of C$444 million.

Feb 13, 2015

TransCanada profit beats estimates, boosts dividend

VANCOUVER, Feb 13 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp
, Canada’s second-largest pipeline company, reported on
Friday a better-than-expected fourth quarter profit, driven
mainly by increased earnings from its Canadian operations.

The Calgary-based company, which operates oil and gas
pipelines across North America, also said it has not yet seen
any impact from the plunge in crude prices on its new and
proposed oil pipeline projects.

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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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