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NEB to examine jurisdiction of plans for pipeline space
B.C. environmentalist argues that Coastal GasLink requires federal approval
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, January 14, 2019 – Page A6
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SMITHERS, B.C. -- A $6.2-billion pipeline project, already disrupted by fierce opposition from hereditary chiefs in the B.C. Interior, will be undergoing scrutiny to determine whether a fresh regulatory review is required.  FULL STORY arrow
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A contested pipeline tests the landscape of Indigenous law - who controls the land? space
Pipeline owners say they have consent, but Wet'suwet'en leaders are divided
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By JUSTINE HUNTER, BRENT JANG, WENDY STUECK, SHAWN MCCARTHY
Saturday, January 12, 2019 – Page A12
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-- With members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation blockading a pipeline project on their traditional lands, Na'moks was standing by a crackling campfire, next to an RCMP checkpoint, drawing in the snow with his right boot.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wet'suwet'en, RCMP strike deal granting workers temporary access to pipeline site space
Days after 14 arrests at checkpoint spurred rallies across country, members of First Nation agree to injunction, but still oppose project
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By BRENT JANG, ANDREA WOO
Friday, January 11, 2019 – Page A3
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SMITHERS, B.C. VANCOUVER -- Members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation blocking access to the site of a proposed natural gas pipeline have reached a deal to comply with an interim court injunction to grant workers temporary entry to the area but remain ''adamantly opposed'' to the project.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG, ANDREA WOO, ALASTAIR SPRIGGS, GLORIA GALLOWAY
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – Page A1
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HOUSTON, B.C. VANCOUVER VANCOUVER OTTAWA -- After RCMP moves in to arrest 14 members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, support spreads across the country for a group opposing a natural gas pipeline that would run through its traditional territory Opposition to a natural gas pipeline running through northern British Columbia is surging, with dozens of rallies halting traffic in Vancouver and city centres, and one group of protesters forcing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to change venues for a meeting with Indigenous leaders.  FULL STORY arrow
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Increase in detached-home listings for less than $1-million is forecast after region sees fewest transactions in 18 years
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, January 4, 2019 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Housing sales in 2018 in the Vancouver region slid to an 18-year low as prices for detached homes in some areas dropped at least 10 per cent.While prices for detached properties in many neighbourhoods on Vancouver's West Side have declined to levels not seen since early 2016, the affordability crisis is far from over, said Andy Yan, director of Simon Fraser University's City Program.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver detached-housing market drops space
Lululemon founder's mansion, B.C.'s most expensive residential property, leads trend with 7.3-per-cent decline
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, January 3, 2019 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- The assessed value of Lululemon Athletica Inc. founder Chip Wilson's Vancouver mansion has fallen 7.3 per cent, part of the downward trend in the region's market for detached houses.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver house sales expected to remain sluggish as tax measures take hold space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, December 31, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The B.C. government's measures designed to cool off the Vancouver region's housing market will take full effect in 2019, setting the stage for a continuation of sluggish sales.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, December 28, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Lumber producers in British Columbia are bracing for a tough 2019 amid concerns over Canada-China trade, the U.S. housing market and American tariffs on Canadian softwood.The long-term opportunity for boosting lumber exports to China remains huge, despite recent trade tensions, B.C. forestry executives say.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, December 21, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has scrapped plans for a $25-billion liquefied natural gas terminal in British Columbia, the latest LNG project cancelled on the West Coast.While Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced in October that it will forge ahead with the massive LNG Canada joint venture in Kitimat, B.C., at least 15 LNG proposals in the province have either been cancelled or stalled over the past two years.  FULL STORY arrow
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VANCOUVER POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN AT ARRESTED HUAWEI EXECUTIVE'S HOUSE space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, December 10, 2018 – Page A15
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-- VANCOUVER Vancouver police are investigating an attempted break-in at a house co-owned by Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou.The house in the city's Dunbar neighbourhood is registered to Ms. Meng's husband, Liu Xiaozong, though she has said they purchased the property together in 2009.  FULL STORY arrow
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Huawei CFO asks court to grant bail and release her from prison space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, December 10, 2018 – Page A7
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VANCOUVER -- A decade after she joined Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Meng Wanzhou paid her first visit to Vancouver in 2003 as a tourist from China.She grew fond of the West Coast, and sent two of her four children to attend school in Vancouver. She even became a permanent resident in Canada, although she later relinquished that status. Her husband studied for a master's degree in British Columbia's largest city. Over the years, inlaws stayed summers at one of the couple's two properties.  FULL STORY arrow
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TransCanada unit seeks court's assistance in standoff with Unist'ot'en blockade space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, December 10, 2018 – Page B5
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VANCOUVER -- TransCanada Corp.'s Coastal GasLink subsidiary will seek a court order this week to dismantle a blockade backed by a group of hereditary Indigenous leaders who are trying to halt construction on a $6.2-billion pipeline project.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver home sales fell to 10-year low last month as regulations hit demand space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Housing sales in the Vancouver region slid to a 10-year low as a series of federal and provincial measures have dampened demand.Mortgage rates have steadily risen since mid-2017 and the federal banking regulator implemented a stress test on Jan. 1, 2018, making it tougher for buyers to qualify for mortgages.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- A binational panel has been formed to review the battle between Canada and the United States over softwood lumber, with three Canadians and two Americans appointed to make a ruling under NAFTA's contentious Chapter 19 dispute-resolution mechanism.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. economy to surge ahead on LNG Canada project: report space
Province to reap benefits from approved Kitimat plant for years to come, economist says
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- British Columbia's economy is forecast to shine for the next two years as construction starts on a $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in the northern part of the province.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Page B1
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KITIMAT, B.C. -- A long a rugged shoreline in Northern British Columbia, Canada's global energy ambitions are taking a longawaited step forward.At the head of the Douglas Channel, an inlet lined with rolling coastal mountains, workers are busy developing the expansive $18-billion LNG Canada export terminal, which will launch tankers full of liquefied natural gas to energy-hungry markets abroad. The ships will navigate pristine inland waterways before reaching the open Pacific Ocean and setting sail for Asia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hopes for B.C. LNG industry dimmed by climate plan space
One major plant, now approved, will use up a large share of province's emissions
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By JUSTINE HUNTER, BRENT JANG
Friday, November 9, 2018 – Page A16
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VICTORIA VANCOUVER -- B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman is completing a new climate action plan that accounts for massive new greenhouse gas emissions for the first phase of the LNG Canada project, but dims the prospects for a major industry to blossom on Canada's West Coast.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Housing sales in the Vancouver region have fallen to their lowest level in six years as price declines extend beyond single-family detached properties to condos and townhouses.''The affordability situation is improving across all segments of the market,'' said Josh Gordon, assistant professor at Simon Fraser University's school of public policy.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, October 15, 2018 – Page B1
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KITIMAT, B.C. -- The real estate market in Kitimat, B.C., is on a tear even as officials at an energy megaproject emphasize that there will be enough rooms available to accommodate an influx of construction workers.  FULL STORY arrow
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After 'many ups and downs,' Kitimat residents brace for boom with LNG megaproject space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, October 8, 2018 – Page A8
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KITIMAT, B.C. -- It's a new beginning for the residents of this northern B.C. community.After LNG Canada said it would go forward with a $40-billion energy megaproject in Kitimat, more than 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the area's impending economic boom times.  FULL STORY arrow
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The path for pipelines: space
How B.C. is embracing one while fighting another
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By JUSTINE HUNTER, BRENT JANG
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Page A12
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VICTORIA VANCOUVER -- This past week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined B.C. Premier John Horgan to celebrate a decision by investors to approve LNG Canada, a major infrastructure project to export liquefied natural gas. ''It's a good day for Canada,'' Mr. Trudeau said. Alberta's Premier, Rachel Notley, could barely muster applause - Mr.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada forges ahead with $40-billion B.C. project space
Construction of liquefied natural gas export terminal to create thousands of jobs, which Trudeau cites as proof country is an attractive place for investors
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By BRENT JANG, SHAWN MCCARTHY AND JUSTINE HUNTER
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER, OTTAWA And VICTORIA -- A $40-billion energy megaproject on the West Coast has been approved in a decision expected to revitalize the economy of northern British Columbia.LNG Canada says it will create thousands of temporary jobs and hundreds of permanent ones in a region that has been an economic laggard as the Royal Dutch Shell PLCled liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., forges ahead with construction.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JANET MCFARLAND, BRENT JANG
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – Page B3
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-- Home sales in the Vancouver region spiralled lower in September while prices are slowly easing in Canada's most expensive housing market.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) said the number of homes sold in September fell 43.5 per cent compared with September last year, marking the weakest September for sales in six years.  FULL STORY arrow
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Final decision on B.C. LNG project looms space
After Friday's approval of Kitimat terminal by two partners, source says other three could decide in next 10 days
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By BRENT JANG, JUSTINE HUNTER, SHAWN MCCARTHY
Monday, October 1, 2018 – Page A3
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VANCOUVER; VICTORIA; OTTAWA -- A $40-billion project to export liquefied natural gas from northern British Columbia is rapidly gaining momentum as the coowners strive toward making an announcement for LNG Canada's go-ahead within days.  FULL STORY arrow
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As he turns 90, Jim Pattison is still fine-tuning his business empire space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, October 1, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Jim Pattison had a mission: Saskatchewan or bust.Determined to make the lengthy drive to the Prairie province from Vancouver, the B.C. billionaire embarked on his journey in mid-September, bound for his hometown of Luseland.  FULL STORY arrow
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Two LNG partners approve B.C. terminal space
With green light from PetroChina and Kogas for Kitimat project, LNG Canada edges closer to its goal, but will wait for unanimous approval
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Saturday, September 29, 2018 – Page B19
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VANCOUVER; VICTORIA; OTTAWA -- Two of the five partners in a liquefied natural-gas project have given their approval for plans to build an export terminal in British Columbia as the LNG Canada consortium edges closer to deciding whether to forge ahead.  FULL STORY arrow
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Kitimat residents hopeful as LNG project takes shape space
Shell-led company is in the preliminary preparation stage for the construction of a $40-billion natural gas export terminal
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By BRENT JANG, JUSTINE HUNTER
Thursday, September 27, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER, VICTORIA -- Excitement is building in Kitimat, B.C., after the federal government cleared the way for a proposed liquefied natural gas project that would require thousands of construction workers.A work camp is starting to take shape in Kitimat - activity that local residents see as evidence that Royal Dutch Shell PLC-led LNG Canada will go ahead with the construction of a terminal that would supercool natural gas into liquid form, with LNG then shipped to energy-thirsty customers in Asia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa clears way for proposed LNG terminal on B.C. coast space
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By SHAWN MCCARTHY, BRENT JANG AND JUSTINE HUNTER
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – Page A1
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OTTAWA, VANCOUVER And VICTORIA -- The federal government is clearing a path for a proposed $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia by agreeing that the coastal terminal should not be subject to steel tariffs that would add $1-billion in costs.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, September 14, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- The Haisla Nation, an Indigenous group that opposed plans for the controversial Northern Gateway oil pipeline, has thrown its support behind TransCanada Corp.'s proposed natural gas route in northern British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada drops in global rankings of foreign-bribery law enforcement space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, September 13, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Canada is losing ground in its battle against international bribery even as it faces intense global pressure to combat financial crime.A report by Transparency International, released on Wednesday, said Canada fell in its latest global rankings of enforcement against corruption, placing it near ''the back of the pack'' of OECD countries that are assessed on foreign bribery enforcement.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has rejected a request from Canada's shake and shingle industry to be exempt from tariffs against Canadian softwood lumber.The recently formed Shake and Shingle Alliance asked the Commerce Department in June to review the scope of products that fall under the softwood file. U.S. tariffs average 20.23 per cent against most Canadian lumber sent south of the border.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, September 6, 2018 – Page B8
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VANCOUVER -- Buyers' fear of being left out is waning as real estate sales in the Vancouver region decline to a sixyear low while prices for various housing types weaken during a summer slump.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa seeks Indigenous input as it puts B.C.'s Ridley coal terminal back on block space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, August 10, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Ottawa plans to sell Ridley Terminals Inc., a federal Crown corporation that owns a B.C. coal export facility, to buyers that could include Indigenous groups partnering with a private-sector firm.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, August 9, 2018 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- A Washington State newsprint mill that sparked a cross-border trade battle has fired back at Canadian paper producers, saying they are exaggerating the impact of U.S. tariffs.North Pacific Paper Co., also known as Norpac, lodged a complaint with the U.S. Department of Commerce in August, 2017, alleging unfair competition from Canadian producers of uncoated groundwood paper, including newsprint and book-grade paper.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada awaits ruling on tariff relief space
Firm begins prepping B.C. site; analysts say Canadian levies could inflate Kitimat project costs by at least $1-billion
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- A liquefied natural gas venture led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC is preparing a B.C. site for possible construction, should the Kitimat project receive a favourable court ruling on Canadian tariffs.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. trims tariffs for most Canadian newsprint, easing woes for publishers space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, August 3, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has reduced tariffs it is imposing against most Canadian newsprint in its final ruling, a move that lessens the impact on American newspapers already struggling financially.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver housing sales slide to 18-year low space
Slowdown driven by government policies predicted to push down prices 5% in 2019
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, August 3, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Home sales in the Vancouver region slid to an 18-year low in July, extending a slowdown that threatens to push down prices that have stayed strong in Canada's most expensive real estate market.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver housing market cools off, but entry-level homes see little change space
Millennials and first-time buyers at a disadvantage because market downturn has primarily hit detached houses
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – Page A7
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VANCOUVER -- Lower housing sales in Vancouver have yet to translate into bargain buys at the entry level, despite headlines in recent months on the city's real estate market cooling down, industry experts say.  FULL STORY arrow
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Environmentalist takes aim at another TransCanada gas project space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- A $4.8-billion pipeline by TransCanada Corp. faces a new obstacle after a prominent B.C. environmentalist applied for a federal review of it, a move that could disrupt Royal Dutch Shell PLC's decision on whether to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. Commerce Department is expected this week to decide fate of contentious levy on Canadian paper
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – Page B2
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-- A key decision from the U.S. government is coming this week on newsprint, one of the many fronts in the broadening Canada-U.S. trade battle, with divergent industries on both sides of the border holding out slim hope of some relief from the punishing levies imposed on Canadian supplies.  FULL STORY arrow
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LNG Canada to hire mainly Canadian workers for $40-billion Kitimat project space
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Forestry firms reap share gains as investors hope for lumber 'supercycle' space
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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U.S. hits most Canadian newsprint producers with hefty anti-dumping duties space
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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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Experts say impact of foreign-buyers tax will be seen in the months ahead
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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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Pacific Traverse seeks approval to export propane from National Energy Board and Haisla Nation space
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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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By BRENT JANG
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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By BRENT JANG
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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U.S. papers eye cuts, price hikes over newsprint duties space
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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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U.S. deals blow to Canadian newsprint producers with initial countervailing duties space
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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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Price sprawl: $1-million homes spread into suburbs space
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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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B.C. lets market dictate timber fees, Canada says space
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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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By BRENT JANG
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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By BRENT JANG
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
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Page B2
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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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By BRENT JANG
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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