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Sep 13, 2013

Canadian directors hear Hollywood’s call, but may not head south

TORONTO (Reuters) – Ask the new wave of Canadian directors why they’re getting calls from Hollywood and the answer is easy: Canada’s thriving film industry has allowed them the freedom to tell the stories they want to tell, in the way they want.

In a Hollywood built around commercial success – often at the cost of originality – Canadian directors are now bringing their voices to major feature films. So far, the response has been good.

Sep 12, 2013

Director Haggis polarizes again with ‘puzzle’ of a film, ‘Third Person’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Controversial Canadian director Paul Haggis is back in Toronto with his latest feature, which may end up being even more divisive than “Crash,” his 2004 story of racism, love and interlinking lives that won the Oscar for best picture.

In “Third Person,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, Haggis again creates a multi-character drama, this time exploring the themes of love, trust and guilt.

Sep 3, 2013

In era of leaks, Toronto film festival tackles transparency

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO (Reuters) – As director Bill Condon was finishing up his film “The Fifth Estate” about Julian Assange and anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden started leaking U.S. security documents, reigniting the public debate over secrecy, security and whistleblowing in the Internet era.

“The same lines were being used, the same script was being recited, it was fascinating,” said Condon. “And then Assange appeared and became part of the story.”

Aug 28, 2013

Toronto mayor says has smoked ‘a lot of’ marijuana

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who denied allegations earlier this year that he was caught smoking crack cocaine on camera, casually admitted on Wednesday that he has smoked “a lot of” marijuana.

The offhand comment by the leader of Canada’s largest city came as Ford was leaving a business luncheon and was asked by reporters if he had ever smoked the drug.

Aug 20, 2013

Toronto film festival promises Oscar bait, major celebrities

TORONTO (Reuters) – The 38th Toronto International Film Festival promises a heavy dose of Oscar bait and celebrities, with past Academy Award winners Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Julia Roberts all expected in town for the 11-day event, which starts on September 5.

Widely considered the kick-off to Oscar season, the 2013 festival will feature 146 world premieres, including talked-about new films from acclaimed Canadian directors Paul Haggis and Denis Villeneuve. The full program was released on Tuesday.

Aug 20, 2013

Toronto film festival promises Oscar bait, major celebrities

TORONTO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The 38th Toronto International
Film Festival promises a heavy dose of Oscar bait and
celebrities, with past Academy Award winners Meryl Streep, Colin
Firth and Julia Roberts all expected in town for the 11-day
event, which starts on Sept. 5.

Widely considered the kick-off to Oscar season, the 2013
festival will feature 146 world premieres, including
talked-about new films from acclaimed Canadian directors Paul
Haggis and Denis Villeneuve. The full program was released on
Tuesday.

Aug 1, 2013

Barrick posts loss on big impairment charge, cuts dividend

TORONTO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp
reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Thursday,
sending its shares up as much as 5.6 percent even as it recorded
a massive $8.7 billion impairment charge and cut its dividend by
75 percent.

The world’s largest gold producer also lowered its capital
spending forecast for the year and cut its cost estimates for
both copper and gold production.

Jul 26, 2013

Newmont posts $2 billion loss after charge, gold prices drop

By Julie Gordon

(Reuters) – Top U.S. gold miner Newmont Mining Corp (NEM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Friday posted a $2 billion second-quarter loss after a sharp drop in bullion prices and an impairment charge related to two Australian mines.

Newmont said the one-time $1.8 billion charge was primarily tied to two of its Australian mines, Boddington and Tanami, where sinking gold and copper prices have lowered the value of property, plant and mine development.

Jul 25, 2013

Police raid Quebec office of MMA Railway in disaster probe

July 25 (Reuters) – Police raided the Canadian offices of
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway on Thursday as part of their
investigation into a train crash earlier this month that
destroyed the center of the small town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec,
and killed 47 people.

“We are executing a search warrant,” Sergeant Benoit Richard
of the provincial police, Sûréte du Québec, told Reuters. “We
are searching the offices now.”

Jul 25, 2013

Teck profit falls on lower prices, delays new mines

TORONTO, July 25 (Reuters) – Teck Resources Ltd on
Thursday reported a sharp drop in second-quarter earnings on
lower copper and coal prices, and cut its capital spending plan
through 2014, delaying new mining projects.

The company, Canada’s largest diversified miner, is slowing
the restarting of its Quintette coal mine in British Columbia
until the steelmaking coal market recovers, and it delayed
development of its Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 copper expansion in
Chile.

    • About Julie

      "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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