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Jan 30, 2015

Canada investigation finds flawed design led to mine dam spill

VANCOUVER/TORONTO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – A massive spill from a
dam containing mine waste in British Columbia last year was
caused by a flawed design for the embankment, which did not
account for the presence of a glacial lake deposit at the
foundation, an independent panel said on Friday.

The probe found that the breach at Imperial Metal’s
Mount Polley mine, which sent billions of gallons of wastewater
and sludge into waterways, happened because the dam’s weight was
too much for the foundation to bear.

Jan 29, 2015

Small-scale LNG projects in British Columbia nudge ahead

VANCOUVER, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Small-scale liquefied natural
gas projects are emerging as bright spots in British Columbia’s
bid to become a major exporter of natural gas, with two floating
projects on the Canadian province’s Pacific Coast moving ahead
even as larger projects face delays.

The Douglas Channel LNG project, an early frontrunner that
was stalled when one of its owners fell into bankruptcy, looks
to be back on course after a consortium led by Calgary’s Altagas
Ltd officially took control on Wednesday.

Jan 26, 2015

Canada resident tests positive for H7N9 avian flu virus

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A resident of the Canadian province of British Columbia has tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu virus in the first documented case of the infection in a human in North America, the federal government said on Monday.

The person had returned to Canada from China and is recovering from the illness in self-isolation, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement.

Jan 20, 2015

Alaska says no rush for Canada ferry project at center of dispute

VANCOUVER, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Alaska can use an existing
British Columbia ferry terminal for several more years if Canada
enforces an order blocking so-called “Buy America” purchasing
rules from being applied to its reconstruction, a state official
said on Tuesday.

A $15 million plan to overhaul the Prince Rupert ferry
terminal, which is located in Canada, has escalated into a trade
dispute with the United States.

Jan 10, 2015

Victims of Quebec oil-by-rail disaster agree to $200 mln settlement

Jan 9 (Reuters) – Victims of the Lac-Megantic oil-by-rail
disaster that killed 47 people in the Canadian province of
Quebec in 2013 agreed to a nearly $200 million settlement with
some of the firms involved, including the insolvent rail
operator at the center of the tragedy, a lawyer for the victims
said on Friday.

Montreal Maine and Atlantic (MMA), along with its insurers,
founder Edward Burkhardt, and various other companies, will pay
into the settlement fund, which will be distributed to the
victims of the train derailment and explosion, lawyer Peter
Flowers of Meyers & Flowers in Chicago told Reuters.

Jan 8, 2015

Jihadists have declared war, world must respond: Canada’s Harper

DELTA, British Columbia (Reuters) – The deadly attacks in Paris serve as a vivid reminder that jihadists are at war with those they disagree with, and the world must confront them, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

“The international jihadist movement has declared war. They have declared war on anybody who does not think and act exactly as they wish they’d think and act,” Harper told reporters when asked about Wednesday’s attack.

Dec 28, 2014

Vancouver home price surge worries businesses as they seek to hire, retain staff

VANCOUVER, Dec 28 (Reuters) – When Allan Pulga, a
communications manager, found out he was going to be a father,
he had to make a tough choice – stay in a tiny downtown condo or
leave Vancouver.

The 34-year-old, who works for fast-growing private Canadian
technology firm iQmetrix, packed his bags and moved to Regina,
Saskatchewan, where the typical family home costs roughly one
third of the price in the Greater Vancouver area.

Dec 17, 2014

Canada seeks 50 millionaires for test of immigration program

VANCOUVER, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Canada is looking for 50
wealthy foreigners to join a pilot run of an immigration program
for millionaires, although applicants will have to be far richer
than those who entered under a previous scheme and will also
need language skills to get in.

The federal government, which scrapped its previous investor
class visa earlier this year amid criticism it was allowing rich
Chinese to buy their way into Canada, will start accepting
applicants for the new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital plan
in January.

Dec 16, 2014

Canada West Coast ports offer little relief from U.S. delays

VANCOUVER, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The gridlock at U.S. West
Coast ports that has forced McDonald’s to ration French fries at
its Japanese restaurants and interrupted supplies to retailers
such as Lululemon is unlikely to be alleviated by routing
cargoes through Canada, whose Pacific ports face their own

Capacity is already limited at Canada’s largest port, Port
Metro Vancouver, which is also staring at the possibility of
another crippling strike by container truck drivers.

Dec 4, 2014

Enbridge shares surge on restructuring, dividend hike

VANCOUVER, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Shares of Enbridge Inc
surged more than 12 percent to a record high on Thursday, a day
after the company outlined plans to transfer ownership of its
Canadian pipelines to an affiliate and boost its dividend by 33

Canada’s largest pipeline operator said late Wednesday it
will move C$17 billion ($15 billion) worth of assets to its
subsidiary, Enbridge Income Fund.

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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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