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By BRENT JANG
Monday, July 16, 2018 – Page A7
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VANCOUVER -- LNG Canada will hire primarily Canadian workers to build a planned terminal to export liquefied natural gas from Kitimat, B.C., newly released briefing notes for B.C.'s NDP minority government show.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. newsprint producer urges trade commission to uphold tariffs space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, July 13, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- A newsprint mill in Washington state is urging the U.S. International Trade Commission to uphold tariffs against Canadian producers, but critics say economic integration means both countries are suffering in the trade war.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – Page B3
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G VANCOUVER -- Vancouver's once high-flying market for detached houses has hit turbulence as sales and prices decline, creating uncertainty for both buyers and sellers.''Government policy measures combined together have had a powerful effect on the consumer psychologically,'' Brad Henderson, president of Sotheby's International Realty Canada, said in an interview.  FULL STORY arrow
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Illinois Congress members blast U.S. tariffs on Canadian newsprint space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- Illinois members of Congress have joined a growing list of critics who are blasting U.S. tariffs against Canadian newsprint, saying the duties are jeopardizing American newspapers already in weak health.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Home sales in the Vancouver region have tumbled to their lowest level in six years while prices flatline, with listings languishing on the market.There have been fewer home buyers recently but prices tend to be slow to react before declining, said real estate economist Tom Davidoff of the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, June 25, 2018 – Page A4
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VANCOUVER -- Calgary has moved a step closer toward seeking its second Winter Games after the Canadian Olympic Committee backed the city's potential bid.The COC's endorsement is being hailed by supporters as an important milestone while critics point out that a civic plebiscite is slated for late 2018 on whether Calgary should even strive to play host to the 2026 Winter Olympics.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. senator wary of tariffs on Canadian newsprint space
Maine politician says levies on uncoated groundwood paper are hurting industry
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, June 25, 2018 – Page B6
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VANCOUVER -- A Republican Senator from Maine is warning about the consequences of U.S. tariffs on Canadian paper producers, saying the extra costs of two cents' worth of newsprint per copy will be painful for American newspapers.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER -- It's the great tax revolt of 2018, Vancouver-style.British Columbia's plan to target owners of highly valued properties for extra tax revenue has triggered an uprising by millionaires who don't feel rich.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Canadian makers of cedar shakes and shingles say they have been forced to scale back production or even temporarily shutter mills because of new U.S. tariffs on the woodroofing materials.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wood-shingle makers join forces against softwood tariffs space
Firms appeal to Washington after being blindsided by addition of their products to lumber dispute
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, June 15, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Canadian producers of cedar shakes and shingles are seeking to fend off new U.S. tariffs, waging war against the Trump administration more than three decades after Ronald Reagan imposed duties that lasted five years on the wood-roofing materials.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wary buyers, sellers push down Vancouver, GTA house sales space
Both cities see double-digit declines as stress test, taxes add to uncertainty
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By BRENT JANG, JANET MCFARLAND
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER, TORONTO -- Sales have tumbled in Canada's two most expensive housing markets as buyers and sellers sit on the sidelines waiting to see whether each region is heading toward stability or continuing volatility.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada sees Petronas as boost to 'dream team' following buy-in space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, June 1, 2018 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- LNG Canada says the entry of Malaysia's Petronas into the energy consortium will be a shot in the arm for the $40-billion proposal to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Petronas takes stake in Shell-led LNG Canada a year after retreat from B.C. space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Malaysia's state-owned Petronas will buy a 25-percent stake in a B.C. liquefied natural project led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC, a move designed to strengthen the $40-billion proposal and bolster Canadian energy exports.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. policy cools market for homes over $3-million space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, May 25, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The BC NDP government's February budget measures to rein in Vancouver's runaway real estate market are starting to erode sales and prices for higher-end properties, new statistics show.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – Page A8
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VANCOUVER -- TransCanada Corp. says it has garnered support from 19 of 20 elected First Nations bands along the company's Coastal GasLink pipeline route that would feed LNG Canada's planned liquefied natural gas terminal in British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada CEO eyes construction by end of 2018 space
Andy Calitz says his group has been making steady progress in the 22 months since plans for export terminal in Kitimat were suspended
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Page A10
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VANCOUVER -- The chief executive officer of LNG Canada says conditions are ripe for the consortium to start building a liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia by the end of this year.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG, DAVID PARKINSON
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – Page B3
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-- Ten U.S. senators are seeking to place a temporary freeze on American duties against Canadian newsprint, saying the trade dispute needs further study.A bipartisan group led by Republican Senator Susan Collins and Independent Senator Angus King, both from the forestry-intensive state of Maine, unveiled its strategy on Monday.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, May 14, 2018 – Page A7
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VANCOUVER -- Jaspal Atwal, a B.C. resident who sparked a political storm after he attended a reception in India with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been charged with uttering threats against a local radio host in Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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Luxury home sales plummet in Toronto, Vancouver space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, May 10, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Sales of luxury properties have tumbled in Canada's two largest housing markets, the latest sign that the party is over when it comes to rapid price gains, according to Royal LePage.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, May 7, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Canada's major forestry companies are riding an industry upswing as their share prices soar despite trade disputes with the United States and delays in shipments.For investors big and small, the stock rally since early 2017 has been a welcome sight in a sector that has gone through a series of economic downturns.  FULL STORY arrow
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One Indigenous entrepreneur's plan to obtain consent from local bands has received support from many - but also opposition from some who are skeptical that the dream will crumble ahead of coming oil-tanker legislation, Brent Jang writes
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Page A16
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VANCOUVER -- Indigenous entrepreneur Calvin Helin believes he has found the way to turn his pipeline dreams into reality: obtain consent first from certain First Nations and worry about the economics later.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver house sales hit 17-year low as government measures spook buyers space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, May 4, 2018 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER -- Residential sales in the Vancouver region fell in April to the lowest level in 17 years for what traditionally has been a busy month, as activity slows after a series of government measures designed to cool off the housing market.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, May 3, 2018 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER -- Residential sales in the Vancouver region fell in April to the lowest level in 17 years for what traditionally has been a busy month, as activity slows after a series of government measures designed to cool off the housing market.  FULL STORY arrow
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Fluor-JGC joint bid wins contract for B.C. gas project space
Naming of prime contractor is latest step forward with Kitimat venture by LNG Canada
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- LNG Canada has selected an engineering joint venture based in the United States and Japan as the prime contractor for the Shell-led project that is hoping to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Auditor-General report on Crown corporation includes look into its hiring practices
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, April 27, 2018 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- The federal Auditor-General's office says it has uncovered major shortcomings at Ridley Terminals Inc., a Crown corporation that owns a coal export facility in northern British Columbia.''Overall, we found significant deficiencies in Ridley Terminals Inc.'s governance, strategic planning, performance management and reporting, risk management, and human resource systems and practices,'' according to the 26-page study titled Independent Auditor's Report, Special Examination.  FULL STORY arrow
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Woodfibre LNG blames Ottawa for stalled project space
Energy firm says government's 'uncertainty' is behind delays on new terminal
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Page B9
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VANCOUVER -- Woodfibre LNG is warning that its B.C. proposal to start constructing an energy terminal in 2018 is at risk of being delayed indefinitely, blaming what it calls ''uncertainty'' from Ottawa's indecision on whether to grant tariff relief.  FULL STORY arrow
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PM calls summit on Trans Mountain impasse space
Sunday meeting with Notley, Horgan will explore ways to end battle over pipeline expansion
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By SHAWN MCCARTHY, BRENT JANG AND DAVID PARKINSON
Friday, April 13, 2018 – Page A1
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OTTAWA; VANCOUVER; TORONTO -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will interrupt a foreign trip on Sunday to meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan to discuss ways to end the inter-provincial battle over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.  FULL STORY arrow
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Home truths: Easy equity is trapping us in record debt space
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By JANET MCFARLAND, BRENT JANG
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Page B1
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TORONTO, VANCOUVER -- Pamela Capraru's long-term financial plan was overturned by a home renovation that went far over budget.''It's really the reno that kind of threw everything into disarray,'' said the freelance editor, who lives in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver townhouse prices hit record in March as affordability crisis prevails space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, April 5, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver region's affordability crisis persists as buyers drive up townhouse prices to record levels.The average price for townhouses sold in the area reached a new high at $966,221 in March, up 16.3 per cent from a year earlier, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said on Wednesday. The previous record was $938,805, set in February.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, April 2, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Shell Canada Ltd. has mapped out plans to tap into its vast reserves of natural gas in northeast British Columbia to help supply a proposed terminal on the West Coast for exports.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto sees drop in sales of homes priced above $1-million as B.C. slowdown looms space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Sales of properties fetching at least $1-million in the Greater Toronto Area have plunged while the Vancouver housing market girds for a slowdown following last month's B.C. budget.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. publishers forecast higher newsprint prices after duties space
Group says tariffs will hurt companies already struggling to cope with increases in paper costs
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – Page B5
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VANCOUVER -- Higher U.S. newsprint prices are on their way after fresh duties imposed against most Canadian producers, a new group fighting the tariffs warns.Members of Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers (STOPP) are upset by last week's decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose anti-dumping duties averaging 22.16 per cent against most Canadian producers of uncoated groundwood paper such as newsprint and bookgrade paper.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada to name prime contractor as decision nears on $40-billion B.C. project space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The head of Shell Canada Ltd. says a prime contractor will be named next month for Shell-led LNG Canada as the co-owners take steps toward deciding whether to approve a $40-billion project to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. publishers sound alarm over tariffs on Canadian newsprint space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. newspaper industry is warning of pain ahead after the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed anti-dumping duties that resulted in tariffs totalling 28.69 per cent on most Canadian producers.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Page A14
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed preliminary anti-dumping duties averaging 22.16 per cent against most Canadian newsprint producers that ship into the United States.The latest tariff is in addition to the average of 6.53 per cent in preliminary countervailing duties levied in January, raising the combined rate to 28.69 per cent against most Canadian producers of uncoated groundwood paper such as newsprint.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ed Sims takes over after board, incumbent CEO agree 'that it was the right time to retire'
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, March 9, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s board of directors has installed a new chief executive officer, a move that comes with only three months to go before starting a discount arm for the busy summer travel season.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Australia's Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has axed its plans to build a liquefied natural gas project at Grassy Point in British Columbia, shifting its attention to a joint venture with Chevron Corp.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Home sales slumped 9 per cent last month in the Vancouver region as transactions for detached properties sagged while prices remain high, with the full impact yet to be felt of new residential taxes levied by the B.C. government.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Page A8
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VANCOUVER -- The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an application for a judicial review into whether Ottawa acted properly when it approved plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal in British Columbia, saying it is a moot point now because the project has been scrapped.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC is warning about the potential for a worldwide shortage of liquefied natural gas in the mid-2020s as Ottawa mulls whether to lend a hand to a stalled Shell-led project in British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. governor says softwood dispute has put hundreds of loggers in his state out of work
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- Maine Governor Paul LePage has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to exempt New Brunswick from punitive duties against Canadian lumber shipments into the United States, blaming British Columbia for the softwood dispute.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Page A8
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VANCOUVER -- A private B.C. company is proposing to build a propane export terminal in the Kitimat area, saying it will be eager to forge ahead if the Haisla Nation grants permission.  FULL STORY arrow
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A starter home on Marine Drive shows how the market has cooled off since 2016
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, February 5, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Vancouver's high-flying market for detached houses has been sputtering, but $1-million is still considered an entry point.For a glimpse into how the market has cooled off since the crazed bidding wars in the first half of 2016, look no further than what passes for a starter home these days - a $950,000 listing along a busy street and across from an industrial area.  FULL STORY arrow
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Montreal-based firm's share price tumbles in face of earnings miss and investor concerns
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, February 2, 2018 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- After weathering U.S. duties on softwood lumber and newsprint, Resolute Forest Products Inc.'s Achilles heel turned out to be its fourth-quarter earnings miss and lingering investor concerns about a shortage of truck drivers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Consortium wants imports of components for Kitimat terminal to be exempt from anti-dumping tariffs
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Ottawa is refereeing a complicated trade dispute that pits Canada's steel fabricators against an international consortium seeking to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in British Columbia.While the Canadian government is objecting to U.S. protectionist measures, LNG Canada is urging the federal Finance Department to look domestically at the unintended consequences of anti-dumping duties of up to 45.8 per cent Canada has levied that would affect imports of large LNG components from China.  FULL STORY arrow
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Only a handful of liquefied natural gas proposals remain active today in the province, down sharply from more than 20 in 2014
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Page A10
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VANCOUVER -- Two weeks after taking office, B.C. Premier John Horgan's NDP government cancelled an international conference on liquefied natural gas that had been planned for the fall of 2017, internal e-mails show, a sign of waning interest in LNG in British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, January 11, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- U.S. newspapers are sounding the alarm that they face having to raise subscription prices, reduce the frequency of publication or even be forced to shut down in some cases after the Department of Commerce imposed duties on Canadian newsprint.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has decided to impose initial duties of up to 9.93 per cent against Canadian newsprint sold south of the border.The Commerce Department made its ruling late Tuesday on countervailing duties, saying Canadian producers of uncoated groundwood paper such as newsprint are receiving subsidies.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – Page A6
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VANCOUVER -- Nearly three-quarters of singlefamily detached houses in the Vancouver region had assessed values of at least $1-million last summer, sharply higher than in mid-2015, as the affordability crisis worsens.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- Canada is defending provincial timber fees in hopes that a binational panel will compel the Trump administration to revoke punitive duties on Canadian softwood.British Columbia, Canada's largest softwood exporter into the United States, operates a market-based system of setting fees for producers to harvest trees on Crown land, the Canadian government said in a document aimed at fighting U.S. duties on Canadian lumber sold south of the border.  FULL STORY arrow
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Politicians warn of harm to local American papers if tariffs on Canadian producers are imposed
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, January 8, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Eight American senators have joined a campaign by politicians and publishers to tout the virtues of U.S. community newspapers as the Department of Commerce prepares to announce its decision Tuesday on whether to impose countervailing duties against Canadian newsprint.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa counting on a binational NAFTA panel to overturn Commerce Department decision
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, January 6, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has ignored trade rulings on softwood lumber that favour Canadian producers, and a NAFTA panel should order duties that were introduced last year to be reversed and the money refunded, Canada says.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, January 4, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver region's condo prices are soaring as buyers flock to multifamily units that are often at least $1-million less expensive than detached houses.The benchmark price for condos that traded hands last month in Greater Vancouver reached a record high of $655,400, up 1.1 per cent from November and a gain of 25.9 per cent since December, 2016. The benchmark price is an industry representation of the typical home sold in an area.  FULL STORY arrow
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Lululemon founder's $78.8-million home saw its value rise by $3-million in one year
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – Page A8
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VANCOUVER -- Lululemon Athletica Inc. founder Chip Wilson's waterfront property in Vancouver valued at - take a deep breath - $78.8million has topped the list of the most expensive residential properties in British Columbia for the fifth consecutive time.  FULL STORY arrow
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'You distort market prices if you own a large part of the market,' timberland owner says
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Saturday, December 30, 2017 – Page B5
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VANCOUVER -- Alabama timberland owner Hayes Brown has seen the enemy in the softwoodlumber dispute, and it is Canada.His extended family smembers have emotional and financial ties to the forest industry dating back to the 1950s, when his father and uncle first acquired land. The woods carry deep significance for Mr. Brown, 57, who inherited his one-sixth stake in the properties in the 1990s.  FULL STORY arrow
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Shell plays down 2018 as green-light date for LNG space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, December 29, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Shell Canada Ltd. says market conditions will dictate when it will make a final investment decision on a $40-billion joint venture to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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18 for '18: Canadians to keep an eye on next year space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, ERIC REGULY, CHRISTINE DOBBY, JEFFREY JONES, JEFF LEWIS, ERIC ATKINS, BRENT JANG, DAVID EBNER, ANDREW WILLIS, SEAN SILCOFF, JACQUELINE NELSON, ALEXANDRA POSADZKI, CHRISTINA PELLEGRINI, JAMES BRADSHAW
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-- As we say farewell to 2017, we're taking the Wayne Gretzky approach to business: We're writing about where the puck is going in the coming year. These are 18 corporate and political leaders expected to make headlines in 2018.  FULL STORY arrow
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By IAN BAILEY, BRENT JANG
Friday, December 22, 2017 – Page A10
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VANCOUVER -- John Horgan's team feared the optics of the B.C. Premier leaving the province during the summer's wildfire crisis to make his first key trip to Ottawa and Washington, according to government documents obtained by The Globe and Mail.  FULL STORY arrow
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Softwood producers face $1.3-billion hit in U.S. duties space
Conference Board report says tally for 2018 based on trade fight continuing all year, but current strong lumber prices will help ease blow for producers
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Canadian softwood producers face paying roughly $1.3-billion in U.S.duties in 2018 should the cross-border trade fight persist through the year, but strong lumber prices will take away some of the sting, the Conference Board of Canada says.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. publishers seek to stop duties on Canadian paper space
Group warns punitive fees on newsprint will have devastating impact on newspaper industry
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- U.S. newspaper publishers say they are mounting grassroots political campaigns in hopes that the Department of Commerce will refrain from imposing duties in January on Canadian newsprint.''Our member newspapers are very worried about countervailing and anti-dumping duty petitions regarding Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, which includes newsprint used by newspapers,'' the New York News Publishers Association said in a letter on Friday to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. trade ruling deals another blow to Canadian softwood producers space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, December 8, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Canada's shipments of softwood lumber south of the border are injuring the American forestry sector, the U.S. International Trade Commission has voted in a ruling that will deepen anger among Canadian producers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saving a tiny home amid Vancouver's real estate boom space
The city is mulling a measure that could save the Erickson house from demolition
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Page B6
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VANCOUVER -- It could be just the ticket for saving some of Vancouver's heritage properties, starting with the cherished home and garden of the late architect Arthur Erickson.The City of Vancouver is considering allowing owners of heritage properties in residential neighbourhoods to sell their air rights, also known as unused development rights. For the charity that owns Mr. Erickson's former refuge, the complex transaction would have a simple result - sparing the property from demolition.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Page B6
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VANCOUVER -- Home buyers seeking refuge in Vancouver's suburbs face a harsh reality - it has become increasingly tough to find bargains in recent years.While budget-minded buyers have been flocking to the suburbs for at least a decade, the trend has been especially noticeable in price jumps over the past three years, industry experts say.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Canada is challenging U.S. lumber tariffs by taking its fight to the World Trade Organization, the second appeal launched in two weeks by the federal government.Stephen de Boer, Canada's ambassador and permanent representative to the WTO, made the formal request on Tuesday through the group that referees global commerce.  FULL STORY arrow
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Another war in the woods: U.S. pushes Canada on paper exports space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Stop the presses - U.S. paper mills are upset over what they see as subsidized Canadian newsprint being used by American newspaper publishers.While the softwood-lumber dispute has strained Canada-U.S. trade relations, a separate fight is brewing over other products that Canadian forestry mills sell south of the border, notably uncoated groundwood paper, such as newsprint.  FULL STORY arrow
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A turbulent year ahead for housing market space
Policy makers look to strike a delicate balance between protecting affordability for new buyers and preventing a market decline that would hurt existing homeowners, Brent Jang and Janet McFarland report from Vancouver and Toronto
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By BRENT JANG, JANET MCFARLAND
Saturday, November 25, 2017 – Page B6
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-- A teardown on Vancouver's west side has been sitting on the market for more than three weeks, an eternity for a desirable listing by the standards of the city's real estate craze.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada to challenge U.S. softwood tariffs space
Ottawa turns to Chapter 19, a key sticking point in NAFTA talks, to resolve bilateral issue as next set of trade negotiations set to begin
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By BRENT JANG, ADRIAN MORROW, GREG KEENAN
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, TORONTO -- Canada is taking its lumber fight against the United States to one of the most contentious elements of NAFTA - Chapter 19, which sets up trade panels to settle disputes.Ottawa filed its request on Tuesday for a binational panel under the North American free-trade agreement to strike down the United States's punitive tariffs on Canadian softwood.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JANET MCFARLAND, BRENT JANG
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Page B1
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TORONTO, VANCOUVER -- Home sales climbed in October in both Toronto and Vancouver as buyers moved to lock in purchases in Canada's most expensive cities before new mortgage stress-testing rules take effect in January.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG, ADRIAN MORROW
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed final tariffs averaging 20.83 per cent against most Canadian shipments of softwood lumber into the United States, intensifying trade tensions between the two countries.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. LNG backers plot to fight Ottawa's anti-dumping duty space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- Backers of B.C. liquefied natural gas projects say they will fight Ottawa's anti-dumping duty imposed on imported modules, warning that Canada is at risk of being shut out of the global LNG industry.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa's anti-dumping duty threatens LNG Canada project space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- A hefty anti-dumping duty imposed by Canada against imports of industrial modules threatens to crush plans by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, October 27, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- Teck Resources Ltd.'s cautious outlook for the coal market has spooked investors, sending the stock down 8.4 per cent even as Canada's largest diversified mining company posted stellar third-quarter results.  FULL STORY arrow
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West Fraser CEO predicts softwood impasse space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. lumber lobby is unwilling to compromise in the Canada-U.S. softwood dispute, a stand that points to a long impasse in the trade battle, says the head of Canada's largest forestry company.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. government supports LNG Canada project - with conditions space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, October 23, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- British Columbia's NDP government is facing controversy over liquefied natural gas as environmental groups warn that a project led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC will derail the province's efforts to transition to a low-carbon economy.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. lumber slams Canada in trade filing space
Timber lobby hammers subsidies in latest exhortation to International Trade Commission over softwood
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- The American softwood industry is urging the U.S. International Trade Commission to stand firm against Canada, accusing Canadian producers of flooding the market with subsidized lumber.As the Washington-based ITC gets closer to issuing its final determination in December in the trade battle, the U.S. lumber lobby is taking the opportunity to hammer Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hereditary leader files court appeal in LNG case space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- A B.C. hereditary tribal leader is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to allow his legal battle to protect an island and salmon habitat against being targeted for energy development.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Page A12
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VANCOUVER -- B.C. broadcasting legend Rafe Mair, a former provincial cabinet minister who became an outspoken radio talk-show host in Vancouver, has died at the age of 85.The former lawyer made his mark on the political scene when he was elected as the Social Credit member of the legislature for Kamloops in 1975.  FULL STORY arrow
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Shell looks beyond worries about glut of LNG space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- After Malaysia's Petronas and China's CNOOC Ltd. scrapped plans to build liquefied natural gas projects in British Columbia, the industry's attention shifted to whether Royal Dutch Shell PLC might be the next to cancel.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa tells trade commission its lumber helps, not hurts U.S. market space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, October 9, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The flow of Canadian lumber into the United States should be embraced and not feared by Americans, Canada has told the U.S. International Trade Commission.The ITC issued a preliminary ruling in January, saying Canadian softwood is harming the U.S. lumber sector.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sharp uptick in condo sales fuel Greater Vancouver housing market space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – Page B5
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VANCOUVER -- Brisk condo sales are driving Greater Vancouver's real estate market while the pace of price gains has slowed in the oncemighty segment of detached houses.The benchmark price for condos sold in September reached $635,800, up 21.7 per cent from the same month last year, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said Tuesday. The benchmark price is an industry representation of the typical home sold in an area.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada shifts risk to contractor bidders space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, October 2, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Four engineering groups competing to become the prime contractor for a liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia have agreed to make bids that will see them accept the risk of construction-cost overruns.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada CEO remains optimistic for B.C. terminal space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- It seems Andy Calitz didn't get the memo from industry experts about Canada missing the boat on exporting liquefied natural gas to Asia.Far from giving up, the chief executive officer of LNG Canada believes that it is a matter of when and not if a $40-billion export terminal will be built in Kitimat in northwestern British Columbia. This week, the National Energy Board approved the Royal Dutch Shell PLC-led consortium's request to extend the deadline for when exports must start to Dec. 31, 2027, instead of the end of 2022.  FULL STORY arrow
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China's CNOOC nixes Aurora LNG project in B.C. space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, September 15, 2017 – Page B3
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-- China's CNOOC Ltd. has cancelled a liquefied natural gas project planned for northwest British Columbia.The goal had been to build an LNG terminal on provincial Crown land on Digby Island, located less than four kilometres away from Prince Rupert Airport.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- To get a picture of the B.C. economy's resilience this year, take a look at the booming sales of building supplies and garden tools.From lumber to shovels, retail sales for building materials and garden equipment in the first half of 2017 jumped more than 25 per cent compared with the same period in 2016, according to the budget update the province's new minority NDP government unveiled this week.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Condominiums and townhouses have stolen the spotlight in Greater Vancouver's real estate market as prices rebound after a provincial tax on foreign buyers crimped demand in the second half of 2016.  FULL STORY arrow
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Petronas eyes partnership to tap B.C. gas space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, August 24, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- A Petronas executive says the Malaysian energy giant is exploring becoming a partner on a pipeline project that would help move natural gas from its properties in northeastern British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. turns up heat as hopes fade for a softwood deal space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. lumber industry is urging the Trump administration to extend punitive duties on Canadian softwood shipments indefinitely.Preliminary countervailing duties on Canadian shipments of lumber into the United States averaging nearly 20 per cent took effect on April 28 and will end on Sunday after four months. The U.S. Department of Commerce also imposed preliminary antidumping duties averaging almost 7 per cent, which took effect June 30 and will last six months.  FULL STORY arrow
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Petronas eyes Shell project in B.C. space
Malaysian state-owned firm is exploring a 15-per-cent stake in LNG Canada, pipeline to U.S. coast
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Malaysia's Petronas is considering acquiring a South Korean firm's minority stake in a B.C. liquefied natural gas project led by Shell after cancelling its rival venture in the province last month.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada project 'still alive' as group assesses site space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, August 21, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- Former Haisla Nation chief councillor Ellis Ross has high hopes for a liquefied natural gas project, saying an international consortium is scrutinizing the B.C. proposal despite gloomy market conditions.  FULL STORY arrow
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New B.C. government cancels major LNG gathering space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, August 18, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- B.C.'s new NDP government has scrapped an international conference designed to spur development of liquefied natural gas projects, the latest blow to the once-lofty dreams of LNG riches in Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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As condo prices surge, millennials struggle to buy space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Condo prices in Canada's two most expensive housing markets have climbed rapidly over the past year, making it harder for millennials to complete their first purchase.The average price of Greater Vancouver condos sold in July reached a record $664,944, up 15.9 per cent from a year earlier.  FULL STORY arrow
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National housing prices slip as Toronto sales slide space
Price of average Canadian home suffers first year-over-year drop since 2013
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- A sharp drop in the number of luxury sales in the Greater Toronto Area pulled down housing prices nationally last month as the country's largest real estate market cools off and braces for higher interest rates.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, July 24, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- B.C. billionaire Joseph Segal knows the importance of being nimble in business, whether you're young or, in his case, an energetic 92 years old.''I talk to God every morning.  FULL STORY arrow
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NEB ordered to examine pipeline project's jurisdiction space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, July 21, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- A proposed natural-gas pipeline in British Columbia is facing delays after a court ruling that the National Energy Board must examine the issue of whether the project should be under provincial or federal jurisdiction.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada is lagging in global LNG race, NEB says space
National Energy Board says next several years will be critical to the long-term success of the country's liquefied natural gas industry
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- The National Energy Board is painting a bleak outlook for backers of Canada's liquefied natural gas projects as Australia and the United States add supplies to a global market already brimming with LNG.  FULL STORY arrow
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N.B. Premier stresses industry integration
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, July 17, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is hoping the tale of Twin Rivers Paper Co. Inc. will help resolve the softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the United States.The economic damage from the softwood battle isn't isolated to lumber, as evidenced by the ripple effect across other parts of the forestry sector, such as pulp and paper, he said.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. blazes hit forestry sector space
West Fraser, Tolko and Norbord suspend operations located near wildfires
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By BRENT JANG, KELLY CRYDERMAN
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER, CALGARY -- Wildfires in British Columbia have forced the shutdown of several forestry operations in areas near the blazes, adding further uncertainty to an industry already hit by U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- Urban planner Andy Yan is fascinated by housing supply and demand in Vancouver, and he believes both are factors in the city's affordability crisis.The number of residences in Vancouver categorized as occupied single-detached houses has dropped 14.5 per cent over the past decade as the crisis deepens, said Mr. Yan, director of Simon Fraser University's City Program.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto area sees slump in $1-million-plus home sales space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The number of properties in the Greater Toronto Area that sold last month for at least $1-million tumbled 31 per cent from a year earlier in a sharp reversal for the region's housing market.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. wildfires force thousands to evacuate space
Anxious residents abandon homes threatened by blazes as Premier announces $100-million in aid
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Monday, July 10, 2017 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER -- Firefighters are battling more than 200 wildfires burning across British Columbia as the province prepares for several more days of hot and dry weather, leaving thousands of residents worried about their homes.  FULL STORY arrow
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