- 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.
- Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian police are confirming an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide in a case that received international attention.
- Canada urges 'expeditious' Egypt trial for Jazeera reporter
Canada on Thursday called for a "fair and expeditious" trial for a detained Canadian-Egyptian journalist, whose bail plea has been rejected by an Egyptian court. Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy is on trial with two other detained journalists from the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English for alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement. "We made a request with respect to this individual getting a fair and expeditious trial and requested that humanitarian and medical needs be addressed," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told a Cairo new conference. Baird said Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy had assured him of a fair trial.
- Canada FM concerned about Egypt's Brotherhood
Canada on Thursday expressed concern about the Muslim Brotherhood, the target of a relentless crackdown by Egypt's military-installed authorities since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. "Canada has taken an aggressive stand when it comes to listings (of terror groups)... but there is a certain process," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said at a news conference in Cairo. Egypt's authorities in December declared the Brotherhood a "terrorist organisation", and Saudi Arabia followed suit last month. Since Morsi's removal, Egypt has cracked down brutally on the movement, with more than 1,400 people killed and thousands imprisoned, including the Brotherhood's top leadership.
- NATO to send ships to Baltic to bolster defense of eastern European allies
By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defense of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday. Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter planes as its contribution to NATO efforts to beef up its presence in eastern Europe and reassure nervous allies there that NATO would protect them in the event of any Russian aggression. NATO, the 28-member alliance dominated by the United States, has made clear it does not plan to get involved militarily in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member.
- Canada sends fighter jets to Eastern Europe
Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine was on the brink of civil war, stoking fears of outright Russian intervention. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- which border Russia and have sizeable ethnic Russian populations -- have all sought reassurances, as have Ukraine's neighbors Poland and Romania. Harper condemned what he called "Russia's illegal occupation of Ukraine and its ongoing aggressive military provocation."
- Rob Ford to launch re-election bid
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is set to kick off his re-election campaign at an event his brother has called "history in the making".
- uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN
TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.
- First Heartbleed hacker arrested
A 19-year-old Canadian citizen is charged with hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest in relation to the Heartbleed security breach.
- Canada police nab young man in Heartbleed data theft
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his London, Ontario home on Tuesday without incident. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to face charges of mischief and unauthorized use of a computer to steal data from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)'s website. "It is believed that Solis-Reyes was able to extract private information held by the CRA by exploiting the security vulnerability known as the Heartbleed Bug," the RCMP said in a statement. The Canada Revenue Agency said 900 social insurance numbers -- personal nine-digit codes required for working or accessing government benefits in Canada -- had been stolen last week by "someone exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability."
- Calgary stabbing victims mourned
A Calgary university mourns the victims killed on Tuesday in a stabbing attack a police chief has called the Canadian city's worst mass murder.
- BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon Valley
By Sayantani Ghosh, Ashutosh Pandey and Euan Rocha (Reuters) - The troubles at BlackBerry Ltd, which fired more than half its staff and lost more than 90 percent of its market value as consumers shunned its smart phones, might have spelled disaster for the company's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. More than 450 start-ups opened for business in the twin cities of Waterloo and Kitchener last year, more than four times the number begun in 2009, according to Communitech, a local company that advises them. Often, the new companies are being founded by former BlackBerry employees chasing their entrepreneurial ambitions in a community that's Canada's answer to technology hubs in California and elsewhere. "For those who are trying to get a new tech business off the ground, get it funded, and not get lost in the shadow of Silicon Valley, Waterloo can be the best place to get your company on the map," said Sean McCabe, vice-president of engineering at drone manufacturer Aeryon Labs Inc in Waterloo.
- Yamana, Agnico Eagle bid $3.9 bn for gold miner Osisko
Yamana Gold Inc and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited upped the ante in a bidding war for Canada's Osisko Mining Corporation on Wednesday by announcing a deal valued at Can$3.9 billion. The cash and stock offer worth Can$8.15 per share for 100 percent of the company is 11 percent higher than the latest hostile bid by rival Goldcorp for Osisko's mining and exploration assets. Osisko's main asset is a massive gold mine in Canada's Quebec province. Osisko had rejected Goldcorp's initial offer of Can$5.95 per share, or Can$2.6 billion in January, calling it insufficient.
- Canada central bank keeps key lending rate at 1%
The Bank of Canada kept its key lending rate at the near-historic low of one percent Wednesday, while forecasting an uptick in the global economy. The central bank predicted a strengthening of the world's economy over the next three years "as headwinds that have been restraining activity dissipate," but warned tensions in Ukraine could scuttle Europe's fragile recovery. "Europe's economy is growing modestly, but inflation remains too low and the nascent recovery could be undermined by risks emanating from the Russia-Ukraine situation," the bank said in a statement. An economic recovery in the United States -- Canada's neighbor and largest trading partner -- meanwhile remains on track despite a recent slip blamed on bad weather.
- Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.
- Canada boycotts Arctic Council meeting in Moscow
Canada boycotted Arctic Council meetings in Russia this week in protest of Russia's "illegal occupation" of Ukraine, Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Tuesday. Aglukkaq is responsible for the Canadian Northern Development Agency and currently chairs the Arctic Council. She said the boycott of the working-group level meetings in Moscow was "as a result of Russia's illegal occupation of Ukraine and its continued provocative actions in Crimea and elsewhere.
- Police clear Canada PM's former aide of bribery, fraud
Nigel Wright was being investigated for helping a Conservative senator pay back about Can$90,000 ($82,000) in fraudulent expense claims. "Mr Wright was advised by the RCMP today that it has concluded its investigation into his actions, and will not be laying any charges against him," Wright's lawyer Peter Mantas said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed that the evidence did not support criminal charges.
- Sri Lanka accuses Canada of 'manipulating' Commonwealth
Sri Lanka on Tuesday accused Canada of undermining the Commonwealth to score political points after it announced a suspension of funding while the island nation chairs the group. Sri Lanka's foreign ministry said the halting of Canada's $US9 million annual contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat was an attempt at political "manipulation" at the expense of the 53-member bloc. Canada's government announced Monday it was suspending the funding while Sri Lanka remains chair of the bloc, in protest at war crimes allegedly committed during the island's separatist conflict. "Regrettably the Canadian government has sought to use its voluntary funds as a political tool... thereby holding the membership of the wider Commonwealth to ransom," the ministry said in a statement.
- Five students stabbed to death at Canada house party
Five students died overnight in a stabbing rampage at a house party marking the end of university classes in the Canadian city of Calgary, authorities said Tuesday. They had been "attending a house party," said a police statement. The University of Calgary said the victims were its students. It said it was "greatly concerned about students, faculty and staff affected by this tragedy" and offered them support.
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