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Mar 20, 2014

B.C. threatens back-to-work law to end Vancouver port strike

VANCOUVER, March 19 (Reuters) – The British Columbia
government is preparing legislation to force striking container
truck drivers to return to work at Port Metro Vancouver, in an
effort to end a three-week strike that has crippled operations
at Canada’s largest port.

The province said on Wednesday that it intends to introduce
the legislation, which would only affect unionized drivers at
the city’s port facilities, as soon as Monday.

Mar 14, 2014

Governments, port announce plan to end Canada strike

VANCOUVER, March 14 (Reuters) – The Canadian and British
Columbia governments and Port Metro Vancouver announced late on
Thursday a 14-point action plan to end a labor dispute that has
severely impacted operations at Canada’s largest port.

The plan will ensure fair pay for truck drivers at Port
Metro Vancouver and also includes measures to help cut wait
times at the city’s container terminals, the group said in a
joint statement released by Transport Canada.

Mar 12, 2014

Floating hotel draws workers to NW Canada boom town

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Hundreds of construction workers in booming northern British Columbia will take up residence this week in unique digs on board a cruise ferry revamped into a floating luxury hotel.

The aging ship will help relieve a housing shortage in one busy Canadian port town already bursting ahead of a promised energy boom that could last more than a decade.

Mar 10, 2014

Truck driver strike at Vancouver port picks up steam

VANCOUVER, March 10 (Reuters) – Unionized container truck
drivers set up picket lines at Canada’s largest port on Monday,
joining hundreds of non-unionized workers who walked off the job
last month in a dispute over pay and services.

Workers represented by Canada’s largest private sector union
Unifor rejected a tentative deal on Saturday that could have
adverted the job action at Port Metro Vancouver, calling the
offer “too little, too late.”

Mar 7, 2014

Canadian regulators approve Enbridge’s Line 9

March 6 (Reuters) – Canadian regulators on Thursday approved
Enbridge Inc’s Line 9 oil pipeline reversal and
expansion, conditional on the company undertaking additional
work on consultation and safety, among other things.

The National Energy Board also said it had denied Enbridge’s
request for exemption from “leave to open” requirements, meaning
the company must ask the board for permission to start up the
line after all work is finished.

Mar 6, 2014

Canadian regulators urge approval of Enbridge’s Line 9

March 6 (Reuters) – Canadian regulators recommended on
Thursday that the federal government approve Enbridge Inc’s
Line 9 oil pipeline reversal and expansion, conditional
on the company undertaking additional work on consultation and
safety, among other things.

The National Energy Board also said it had denied Enbridge’s
request for exemption from “leave to open” requirements, meaning
the company must ask the board for permission to start up the
line after all work is finished.

Mar 6, 2014

Canadian police investigating after bitcoin bank Flexcoin folds

VANCOUVER/TORONTO, March 5 (Reuters) – Canadian police have
launched an investigation after online bitcoin bank Flexcoin,
which closed its virtual doors this week, said that it had lost
about $600,000 worth of the digital currency in a hacker attack.

The Edmonton, Alberta-based company reported the theft of
896 bitcoins on its website on Monday and said it “does not have
the resources (or) assets … to come back from this loss.” It
blamed the attack on hackers who had targeted its online wallet.

Mar 3, 2014

Molycorp loss narrows as California rare earth mine ramps up

March 3 (Reuters) – Molycorp Inc reported a narrower
fourth-quarter loss on Monday, as the rare earth miner continued
to ramp up operations at its revamped Mountain Pass mine and
processing facilities in California.

The Denver-area company said with construction complete, it
is now focused on optimizing operations at the newly revamped
project as it works to increase production to nearly 20,000
tonnes a year.

Mar 2, 2014

Unionized truckers vote to join Vancouver port strike

VANCOUVER, March 1 (Reuters) – Unionized container truck
drivers at Canada’s largest port voted on Saturday to join a
strike by their non-unionized colleagues, who walked off the job
on Wednesday over a long-running dispute about pay and services.

Unifor, which represents about 400 container truck drivers
at Port Metro Vancouver, said its drivers voted overwhelmingly
in favor of joining the four-day-old work action. The unionized
workers must give 72-hour notice before walking off the job.

Feb 28, 2014

U.S. regulator seeks to block Alaskan mine to protect salmon

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – U.S. environmental regulators moved on Friday to block development of the Pebble mine in Alaska, which could be one of the largest copper projects in the world, citing potential “irreversible harm” to the state’s salmon fishery.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it has initiated a rarely used process under the Clean Water Act to “identify appropriate options to protect” the Bristol Bay fishery from the impact of the proposed mine.

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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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