- Canada's FM denounces Russia's actions in Ukraine
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Thursday that the international community should not accept Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine and committed to help the country develop its democracy.
- Earthquake shakes British Columbia; no injuries reported
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 rattled the coast of British Columbia's Vancouver Island on Wednesday evening and was felt by hundreds of people in dozens of cities in Canada and the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was in effect, the National Tsunami Warning Center said. The U.S. Geological Survey said nearly 800 people reported feeling the quake in dozens of cities, including Vancouver and Seattle.
- Canadiens to rest well after sweeping Lightning
Canada's only team in the National Hockey League playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens, became the first team to reach the second round, thanks to a first-round sweep of Tampa Bay. No club from Canada has won the Stanley Cup since Montreal in 1993 and the Canadiens are the only team with a hope of ending the drought this year. They now await the winner between Boston and Detroit, fellow members of the oldest NHL teams known as the "Original Six", and could have as much as a week off after taking their best-of-seven series with the Lightning in four games.
- Canada, France face off again over island claims
A longstanding feud over two French islands near Canada's Atlantic Coast was rekindled Wednesday, when Ottawa contested Paris's request that the UN recognize its control of waters around Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon. France had filed an application with the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf last week, seeking a vast economic zone around the islands' coastlines. France's claim aimed "to assert its rights, in compliance with international law," foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said last week. But Canada had already filed an overlapping claim, and on Wednesday it vowed to fight France's efforts to extend its territory in North America.
- Canada to phase out, retrofit train cars after Quebec disaster
Canada's transportation minister announced Wednesday the phasing out or retro-fitting of substandard tanker cars used to transport flammable liquids, in response to a deadly derailment in Quebec last year. Minister Lisa Raitt said the "least crash-resistant" DOT 111 tanker cars that have no continuous reinforcement of their bottom shell will be taken out of service within 30 days. There are about 5,000 of them in North America. Another 65,000 DOT 111 tanker cars that do not meet tougher standards for new models "must be phased out or retrofitted within three years if they are to be used for transportation of crude oil or ethanol," Raitt told a press conference.
- Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine
Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours. The troubled Canadian pop prince posted the snap of the Yasukuni shrine on his Instagram account -- tweeting the link to his 51 million Twitter followers -- but later took it down. The post sparked a social media backlash, including in South Korea and China, where the shrine is seen as a symbol of Japan's perceived lack of penitence for its imperialist past. An attached museum peddles a view of World War II deemed unpalatable by most mainstream historians, casting Japan as a victim and a frustrated liberator of Asia.
- Canada aims to ease whale protection as pipeline decision looms
By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada has recommended taking humpback whales off the "threatened" species list, two months before the government is due to decide whether to approve a proposed pipeline that would lead to half a million barrels of oil being shipped through their Pacific marine habitat every year. The Department of the Environment released a document over the Easter holiday that recommends the North Pacific humpback whales should now be labeled a "species of special concern." The change of classification means the humpback's habitat would no longer be protected under Canada's Species at Risk Act, thereby removing some of the risk of legal battles with environmental groups that could scupper Enbridge Inc's controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project. "It's a very cynical political move that is not based in science, designed solely to permit the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to be approved by removing the designation of critical habitat for the whales," said Karen Wristen, executive director of marine conservation group Living Oceans Society.
- Humpback protections downgrade clears way for pipeline
Environmentalist activists on Tuesday decried Canada's downgrading of humpback whale protections, suggesting the decision was fast-tracked to clear a major hurdle to constructing a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean. The government however denied it is playing pipeline politics with the whales. Ottawa announced over the weekend the reclassification of humpback whales as a "species of special concern" rather than "threatened." As a result, the humpback's "critical habitat" off Canada's west coast will no longer be legally protected, states a federal government notice published in the Canada Gazette.
- Russia expels Canadian diplomat: report
Moscow has ordered a Canadian diplomat to leave the country in retaliation for Ottawa's expulsion of a Russian official, Russian news agencies said, citing a government source. The Canadian embassy's first secretary Margarita Atanasov was Tuesday ordered to leave Russia within 14 days, they quoted a source at the Russian foreign ministry as saying. "This step is undertaken in response to the recent expulsion from Ottawa of an aide to a Russian military attache," the source said. Canadian media said earlier this month that a Russian diplomat had been ordered to leave the country.
- Toronto Raptors exec Ujiri fined for obscenity
Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was fined $25,000 by the NBA for using obscene language in public before a playoff game against Brooklyn, league commissioner Adam Silver said. Ujiri apologized for his pre-game profanity to Toronto fans outside the Air Canada Centre, where the visiting Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 in the opener of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.
- Goldcorp opts out of Osisko bidding war
Canadian giant Goldcorp said it would drop its hostile takeover bid of rival Osisko Mining, leaving Yamana Gold and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited to go it alone. "We stated from the beginning of this process that we would remain disciplined with respect to our offer to acquire Osisko, and our decision not to amend the offer is consistent with that commitment," said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp's president and chief executive. Goldcorp had offered Can$7.65 (US$6.5) per share, but last week Yamana and Agnico Eagle upped the ante in the bidding war with a cash-and-stock offer worth Can$8.15 per share, in a deal valued at Can$3.9 billion.
- Ackman, Valeant buy stake in Allergan, eye takeover
Activist investor William Ackman and Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals established a joint venture with an eye towards acquiring botox maker Allergan, according to a securities filing Monday. Ackman's fund, Pershing Square Capital Management, and Quebec-based Valeant, acquired 28.9 million shares of Allergan, or 9.7 percent of the company. "Valeant currently intends to propose a merger in which (Allergan) will receive a combination of cash and Valeant common shares," Valeant said in the filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Valeant has not finalized an offer, but estimated the cash component of the bid would be around $15 billion, the filing said.
- Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline
By Julie Gordon KITIMAT, British Columbia (Reuters) - Just a few miles from the spot where Enbridge Inc plans to build a massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession from the company could win his support for the project. Amos, the former chief of the Haisla Nation on the northern coast of British Columbia and a community leader, has argued for years that the risk - no matter how small - of an oil spill in these waters outweighs any reward the controversial project might offer. That resolve is shared by many in the aboriginal communities along the proposed pipeline and marine shipping route who see the streams, rivers and oceans in their traditional territories as the lifeblood of their culture. "If these little ones can't witness us doing what we've done for generations now, if we sever that tie to the land and the ocean, we're no longer Haisla." The Northern Gateway pipeline would carry diluted bitumen 1,177 kilometers (731 miles) from Alberta's oil sands to the deepwater port in Kitimat, in northwest British Columbia, where it would be loaded on supertankers and shipped to Asia.
- Canadians rally to legalize marijuana
Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities on Saturday to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20. The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer to pot consumption -- took place in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. In each city, including the capital, Ottawa, where protesters gathered on the lawn near the parliament building, music groups played for the crowds. In Montreal, a strong police presence surrounded the demonstrators, while in Ottawa and Vancouver, a pizza chain offered a free slice to any participant in the rally celebrating a drug known to prompt the munchies.
- Raptors exec apologizes for crude dig at Nets
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri apologized Saturday for a foul-mouthed, fan-baiting speech at a rally prior to the Raptors' NBA playoff opener against the Brooklyn Nets. Ujiri, a Nigerian who was the first African-born general manager in the NBA and earned GM of the Year honors while with Denver, said he was trying to whip up the crowd outside the Air Canada Centre prior to Saturday's Eastern Conference clash when he concluded his remarks by shouting "F--- Brooklyn!"
- TransCanada CEO 'disappointed' with Keystone XL pipeline delay
(Reuters) - TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Friday he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" with yet another delay in making a decision on a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The statement followed the decision by the U.S. State Department to extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 mid-term elections. By linking Canadian fields to refiners on the Gulf Coast, the 1,200-mile (1,900-km) Keystone XL pipeline would be a boon to an energy patch where oil sands are abundant but that produce more carbon pollution than many other forms of crude. Keystone opponents say that burning fossil fuels to wrench oil sands crude from the ground will worsen climate change, and that the $5.4 billion pipeline, which could carry up to 830,000 barrels per day, would only spur more production.
- U.S. extends Keystone XL comment period, delaying final decision
By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department announced on Friday it is extending the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 mid-term elections. President Barack Obama has said he will make a final decision on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners and several government agencies had been given until the end of May to weigh in. This had raised expectations of a final decision by mid-year.
- Lawmakers, green groups weigh in on Keystone XL delay
(Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline. The move, which likely delays a final decision beyond November mid-term elections, angered Republican and some Democrat lawmakers who have urged President Barack Obama to make the final decision on TransCanada's project after more than five years of government reviews. Here is a selection of key comments from various groups: LAWMAKERS: Mitch McConnell, Republican leader in the Senate: "It is crystal clear that the Obama administration is simply not serious about American energy and American jobs. At a time of high unemployment in the Obama economy, it's a shame that the administration has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for years.
- US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project
The United States announced Friday a fresh delay on a final decision regarding a controversial Canada to US oil pipeline, saying more time was needed to carry out a review. A US State Department statement said eight federal agencies would be given "more time" for the submission of their views on the Keystone pipeline. It has been long delayed awaiting an environmental review from the State Department, and a final recommendation from Secretary of State John Kerry, a passionate advocate for the environment.
- Dutch man arrested in Amanda Todd cyberbullying case
A 35-year-old Dutch man has been arrested in connection with the suicide of a Canadian teenage girl that sparked a worldwide debate on cyberbullying and online harassment, prosecutors said on Friday. Canada will begin extradition proceedings "so that the man may face the court linked with the Amanda Todd case," prosecutor's office spokesman Paul van der Zanden told AFP. The suspect was arrested in January in the southern town of Tilburg and is suspected of having forced dozens of young women as far afield as the United States, Britain and Netherlands of performing sex acts in front of their webcams. Canadian authorities linked the man to the Todd case as early as October 2012, just after the girl's suicide, van der Zanden said.
- Calgary killing suspect's dad speaks
The father of a man suspected of stabbing to death five people in the Canadian city of Calgary says his son was a "great kid" with a bright future.
- Charges over Todd cyber-bullying
A man is charged in the Netherlands in connection with the suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, who killed herself after cyber bullying.
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