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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.

Apr 10, 2015

British Columbia: oil spill response shows unprepared for more tankers

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – British Columbian officials on Friday criticized the Canadian government’s response to an oil spill in the waters around Vancouver, calling into question plans for new crude oil export pipelines in the Pacific Coast province.

Nearly 3,000 liters of oil spilled after an anchored bulk carrier began leaking bunker fuel in English Bay, just west of Vancouver’s downtown core, on Wednesday.

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.”

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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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