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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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Bargains hard to find in B.C. suburbs space
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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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Toronto, Vancouver see home-sales rush in October space
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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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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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Vancouver housing market roars ahead space
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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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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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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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Anxious residents abandon homes threatened by blazes as Premier announces $100-million in aid
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By BRENT JANG, ANDREA WOO
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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By BRENT JANG, JOSH O'KANE
Friday, July 7, 2017 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER, TORONTO -- The average price of residential properties sold last month in the GTA fell from a record high in April as Canada's largest housing market feels the psychological impact of a tax on foreign home buyers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver's housing market rallies as foreign-buyers tax fails to cool sales space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Page B5
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VANCOUVER -- Condos prices are surging in Greater Vancouver while the market for detached properties has bounced back less than a year after a tax on foreign buyers cooled off sales.The benchmark price, which is the industry's representation of typical homes sold, reached a record $600,700 for condos in the region last month, up 17.6 per cent from June, 2016, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Page B11
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VANCOUVER -- The time is ripe to dream big at Canada's largest port, and put Vancouver in the same league as Singapore and Rotterdam as a global shipping hub.Investments in new infrastructure and upgrades of existing roads and rail lines will be required to make it possible for the Port of Vancouver to strive for the upper echelon of the global goods-shipping industry.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- B.C. billionaire Jim Pattison, the largest shareholder in a coalexporting site in British Columbia, has a message for Victoria - keep your hands off thermal coal shipped from Westshore Terminals Investment Corp.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- B.C. sawmill workers are bracing for an anxious summer after the United States increased tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.The U.S. Department of Commerce is imposing new antidumping duties, assigning specific rates for three major producers based in British Columbia: Canfor Corp. will pay 7.72 per cent; Tolko Industries Ltd. 7.53 per cent and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. 6.76 per cent.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER -- The U.S. Department of Commerce is imposing additional tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber producers, threatening forestry jobs and escalating trade tensions between the two countries.The new anti-dumping duty of nearly 7 per cent against Canadian lumber producers for allegedly undervaluing softwood boosts total U.S. tariffs to almost 27 per cent and comes after an April countervailing duty that averaged 19.88 per cent.  FULL STORY arrow
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Couple list B.C. home for $63-million space
Philanthropists' Vancouver listing tops record, with property featuring five bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an indoor pool and concert hall
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, June 23, 2017 – Page A3
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VANCOUVER -- Even by Vancouver standards, it is a high-end sales pitch. Philanthropist couple Joseph and Rosalie Segal are asking $63-million for their mansion, a record list price in the city during a rebound in the residential market.  FULL STORY arrow
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Industry braces for anti-dumping duty of 10 per cent
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, June 19, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The United States is expected this week to announce an antidumping duty of 10 per cent against Canadian lumber producers for allegedly undervaluing softwood, a move that would raise the overall punitive rate to nearly 30 per cent.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hereditary leader aims to fight LNG project space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- A Federal Court case has cast the spotlight on a hereditary tribal leader's battle against a liquefied natural gas project in northern British Columbia.Donnie Wesley argues that he has the rightful claim to be recognized as hereditary head chief of the Gitwilgyoots tribe - one of nine allied tribes of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sizzling Vancouver market sets record space
Average price of a detached home hits new high, while BC NDP and Green Party eye further crackdown on real estate
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver region's detachedhousing market has turned hot again as the affordability crisis becomes a priority for the new political alliance formed by the BC NDP and Greens.The average price for detached houses sold in Greater Vancouver reached a record of $1,830,956 in May, up 5 per cent from the same month in 2016 and just surpassing the previous high of $1,826,541 in January, 2016.  FULL STORY arrow
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Horgan to talk lumber in Washington space
Green Party's Weaver supports action against thermal-coal exports, but NDP Leader unsure about taking action with carbon levy
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By BRENT JANG, IAN BAILEY
Friday, June 2, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- BC NDP Leader John Horgan says he will travel to Washington to help defend British Columbia's lumber industry in the softwood dispute between Canada and the United States, though he isn't saying whether he'll follow through on a provincial Liberal threat to penalize thermal-coal exports from B.C. ports.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. softwood lobby assails Ottawa's aid package, calling it a subsidy space
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By STEVEN CHASE, BRENT JANG
Friday, June 2, 2017 – Page A1
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OTTAWA, VANCOUVER -- The American lumber lobby at the heart of the softwood trade dispute is attacking Ottawa's new $867-million aid package for the Canadian forestry industry as another ''government subsidy,'' raising the possibility that Washington could impose further punitive duties on producers from Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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Green economy envisaged in British Columbia space
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By BRENT JANG, KELLY CRYDERMAN
Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER, CALGARY -- It's the dawn of a new economic era in British Columbia, with a strong tinge of green.The newly aligned BC NDP and BC Greens will be focusing on reining in housing prices and bolstering the technology sector while opposing Kinder Morgan's oil pipeline expansion. On the resources side, the idea is to reduce the province's reliance on industries that contribute to climate change and instead place the emphasis on shifting to a sustainable economy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa to back softwood industry with $860-million aid package space
EI support, loan guarantees to help offset punitive U.S. duties that are affecting producers' bottom lines
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By STEVEN CHASE, BRENT JANG, JUSTINE HUNTER
Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Page A1
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OTTAWA, VANCOUVER, VICTORIA -- The Canadian government will unveil about $860-million in aid for the softwood-lumber industry Thursday in a bid to ease the pain caused by punitive duties imposed on Canada in a new timber trade dispute with the United States.  FULL STORY arrow
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Showdown looms for LNG project space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The federal government and British Columbia are headed for a showdown over a massive liquefied natural gas project approved by Ottawa.A deal between the BC NDP and BC Greens to topple the reigning Liberals in favour of an NDP minority government clears the way for the left-of-centre alliance to push for significant changes to Pacific NorthWest LNG's terminal designs.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C.'s Pattison boosts stake in beleaguered coal terminal space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, May 22, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Vancouver billionaire Jim Pattison has boosted his bet on a shipping terminal that has been rocked by the threat of an export ban on thermal coal.Mr. Pattison is already the largest shareholder in Westshore Terminals Investment Corp., which runs the coal-export facility located south of Vancouver.  FULL STORY arrow
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Pattison acquires stake in West Fraser Timber space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- B.C. billionaire Jim Pattison has acquired a 10.1-per-cent stake in Canada's largest lumber producer, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., raising speculation about a potential merger with Canfor Corp.  FULL STORY arrow
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First Nation sees first Grade 12 graduation space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- Nine aboriginal students in the first-ever Grade 12 graduation class in the remote B.C. community of Lax Kw'alaams are poised to celebrate the milestone with a Canadian flourish by visiting Ontario and Quebec.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals cling to thin minority with Greens holding balance space
Election outcome puts future of key projects, from LNG to pipelines to Site C, in question as weakened Liberals will have to appeal for opposition support
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By BRENT JANG, SHAWN MCCARTHY
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER, OTTAWA -- The future of key resource projects in British Columbia has been thrown into disarray after a squeaker in the provincial election left the BC Liberals weakened.BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark's reduced mandate will place pressure on her to appeal to BC Green supporters as she tries to fend off the opposition BC NDP, according to political observers and environmentalists.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals cling to thin minority with Greens holding balance space
Election outcome puts future of key projects, from LNG to pipelines to Site C, in question as weakened Liberals will have to appeal for opposition support
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By BRENT JANG, SHAWN MCCARTHY
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER, OTTAWA -- The future of key resource projects in British Columbia has been thrown into disarray after a squeaker in the provincial election left the BC Liberals weakened.BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark's reduced mandate will place pressure on her to appeal to BC Green supporters as she tries to fend off the opposition BC NDP, according to political observers and environmentalists.  FULL STORY arrow
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For Pattison, calm amid Canada-U.S. trade war space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Through the thick and thin of trade wars, B.C. billionaire Jim Pattison has learned to sleep soundly next to the twitchy U.S. elephant.Mr. Pattison, 88, has seen his share of softwood-lumber battles between Canada and the United States, dating back to the initial skirmish in the early 1980s.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa seeks exemptions from U.S. lumber duties space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- The federal government is asking the Trump administration to exempt a wide range of items subjected to U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber, including bed-frame components, garage doors and window frames.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. bed manufacturers lose sleep over softwood dispute space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, May 8, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- No softwood tariffs, please, we're American bed makers.U.S. manufacturers that use wooden bed-frame components are asking the U.S. Department of Commerce to exempt those type of products from duties imposed on Canadian softwoodlumber shipments.  FULL STORY arrow
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Trudeau pledges action against softwood tariff space
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Page A4
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VANCOUVER -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pledging a co-ordinated offensive with the provinces to fight new U.S. duties against Canadian softwood lumber exports while opening the door to retaliation against American coal.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. Clark's proposed tax on thermal coal would hurt Alberta, U.S. space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER -- BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark wants to slap a hefty $70-a-tonne carbon levy on exports of thermal coal from British Columbian ports, a move that would devastate producers in both the United States and Alberta while sparking a rift over interprovincial trade.  FULL STORY arrow
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Entry-level properties drive year-over-year gains in overall prices even as sales activity slumps
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Condos are leading a revival of prices in the Vancouver region's housing market, but sales activity remains below the torrid pace of a year earlier.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said Tuesday that the benchmark price for condos sold last month in its territory reached $554,100, up 8.2 per cent over the past three months and 16.6 per cent from April, 2016. Benchmark prices are the industry's representation of typical homes sold.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- The federal government, owner of Ridley Terminals Inc. on British Columbia's north coast, has been placed in a difficult position by B.C. Premier Christy Clark's request to ban thermal coal exports from the province.  FULL STORY arrow
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Retroactive lumber duties hit Canadian producers space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Hundreds of Canadian sawmills, already hit by new U.S. tariffs for fresh shipments of softwood lumber, must shoulder the additional burden of paying duties retroactive to late January.Preliminary countervailing duties for new Canadian exports of lumber, averaging nearly 20 per cent, took effect on Friday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Westshore urges Ottawa to keep border open to U.S. coal space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, April 28, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Westshore Terminals Investment Corp., the operator of a B.C. coal-shipping facility that exports to Asia, is urging Ottawa to maintain the flow of imports of thermal coal by train from U.S. mines in an unexpected twist during a week of rising trade tensions between the two neighbouring countries.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada braces for lengthy softwood battle as Trump gets tough on trade space
Washington U.S. President expands importance of fight by tying it to promised renegotiation of NAFTA Ottawa Expected challenge of tariffs at the WTO and NAFTA dispute settlement panel could take years
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By ADRIAN MORROW, STEVEN CHASE, LES PERREAUX, BRENT JANG
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Page A1
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WASHINGTON, OTTAWA, MONTREAL, VANCOUVER -- Canada and the United States are digging in for a protracted fight over softwood lumber in what threatens to be the most bitter battle of the three-decadeold trade dispute.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. renews softwood battle with 20% duties on Canadian exports space
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By BRENT JANG, ADRIAN MORROW
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Page A1
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VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON -- The United States will impose duties of nearly 20 per cent against Canadian softwood lumber exports as trade tensions mount between the two countries.Five Canadian exporters each face a company-specific countervailing duty rate ranging from 3.02 per cent to 24.12 per cent as the United States retaliates for what it calls softwood subsidies in Canada. Other Canadian lumber exporters will be subject to a weighted average of 19.88 per cent, the powerful U.S. Lumber Coalition said late Monday.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The Ontario government has named former federal cabinet minister Jim Peterson as the province's envoy in the CanadaU.S. softwood-lumber dispute, making the appointment on the eve of looming U.S. tariffs.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. eyes punitive lumber duties space
Ottawa denies American industry's allegations of 'critical circumstances' in Canadian softwood exports
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, April 24, 2017 – Page B1
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QUESNEL, B.C. -- The U.S. Department of Commerce is on the verge of imposing duties on Canada's softwoodlumber exports, a move that will send shock waves across forestry-dependent communities from British Columbia to New Brunswick.  FULL STORY arrow
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Clark lashes out at U.S. lumber industry space
BC Liberal Leader points to two groups of victims over softwood dispute: province's forestry sector - and American home buyers
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By BRENT JANG, JEFFREY JONES
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Page A15
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QUESNEL, B.C., CALGARY -- BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark has come out swinging against the U.S. lumber industry, saying timber barons south of the border are putting their interests ahead of American consumers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Clark lashes out at U.S. lumber industry space
BC Liberal Leader points to two groups of victims over softwood dispute: province's forestry sector - and American home buyers
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By BRENT JANG, JEFFREY JONES
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Page S2
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QUESNEL, B.C., CALGARY -- BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark has come out swinging against the U.S. lumber industry, saying timber barons south of the border are putting their interests ahead of American consumers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Clark lashes out at U.S. lumber industry, citing harm on both sides of border space
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By BRENT JANG, JEFFREY JONES
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Page S1
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QUESNEL, B.C., CALGARY -- BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark has come out swinging against the U.S. lumber industry, saying timber barons south of the border are putting their interests ahead of American consumers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canfor makes 11th-hour plea in trade war space
B.C. lumber producer fights calls for heavy tariffs by highlighting shipment numbers in letter to the U.S. Commerce Department
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Canfor Corp. is making an 11thhour plea for the United States to refrain from imposing hefty lumber tariffs as the B.C. producer and other Canadian forestry firms proclaim their innocence.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. lumber firms take aim at N.B. in trade battle space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, April 14, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- U.S. lumber producers are expanding their attack on Canadian exporters by adding New Brunswick to the list of provinces targeted for tariffs.A group led by the U.S. Lumber Coalition petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce in November to challenge what it calls Canada's unfair subsidies for softwood lumber. Since then, the lobby group has stepped up its campaign, playing hardball in a letter last week to Wilbur Ross, the new U.S. Commerce Secretary.  FULL STORY arrow
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Softwood dispute to spell pain for Canada space
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- Lumber prices have surged in anticipation of U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood exports, setting the stage for what Canada's chief trade negotiator worries will be a period of pain for forestry workers and communities across the country.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. warns U.S. of lumber-tariff fallout space
Cost of home construction will rise in the United States if softwood duties are imposed, B.C. Forests Minister cautions
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, April 7, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- U.S. consumers and home builders stand to suffer with hefty U.S. duties looming on Canadian softwood lumber, British Columbia's Minister of Forests warns.''Duties will translate into higher prices, will translate into higher construction costs. Higher housing costs ultimately impact the U.S. housing market and the U.S. economy,'' Steve Thomson said in an interview on Thursday. ''Free trade would be the ultimate objective, but that has not been the history on this file, and we've always done best when there's a managed trade agreement.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- The threat of U.S. tariffs soon being slapped on Canadian softwood-lumber exports hangs over Canada's forestry sector.Industry analysts warn that the United States is poised to impose countervailing and anti-dumping duties totalling 30 per cent to 40 per cent in what would be a painful weight for Canadian lumber producers to bear.  FULL STORY arrow
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- New listings in the Vancouver region's housing market have tumbled to their lowest March level in eight years as prospective sellers take a wait-and-see attitude.The number of new listings for various housing types totalled 4,762 last month, down 24.1 per cent from a year earlier in the territory covered by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.  FULL STORY arrow
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Setting the storeys straight on Vancouver's Trump tower space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Developer Joo Kim Tiah wants to clear the air on the newly opened Trump condo-hotel tower in Vancouver.He starts by dissecting the building's height, and explains what prompted him to omit certain numbers from the elevator buttons inside the second-tallest building in Vancouver.  FULL STORY arrow
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Kitselas First Nation signs LNG pact with province space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, March 31, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- The Kitselas First Nation has signed a key benefits agreement with the B.C. government, making it the third Tsimshian group to formally back a major project to export liquefied natural gas from the Port of Prince Rupert.  FULL STORY arrow
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First Nations leaders back Sarita LNG project space
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By BRENT JANG
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- Leaders of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations have thrown their support behind a liquefied natural gas project on Vancouver Island after members approved the proposal in a referendum.Huu-ay-aht elected chief councillor Robert Dennis Sr. and head hereditary chief Derek Peters said on Monday that they are looking forward to working cooperatively with Steelhead LNG to develop an export terminal at Sarita Bay, 75 kilometres southwest of Port Alberni.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. first-time home program attracts more than 1,000 applicants space
Critics say down-payment-matching plan for new buyers will fuel already heated market for condos in Vancouver region
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, March 27, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- The BC Liberal government has received more than 1,000 applications from first-time home buyers who have been lured by new incentives under a program designed to improve housing affordability.  FULL STORY arrow
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Surging sales of $1-million-plus Toronto homes fuel calls for new measures space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Page A1
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-- Sales of single-family detached houses commanding prices of at least $1-million have almost doubled this year in the Greater Toronto Area, as economists raise the spectre of a real estate bubble.  FULL STORY arrow
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TransCanada moves ahead on Montney space
Firm asks NEB to waive condition of Petronas plant in pipeline pitch, underscoring sector's shift away from relying on exports to Asia
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By JEFF LEWIS, BRENT JANG
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Page B1
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CALGARY, VANCOUVER -- TransCanada Corp. says it has commercial support to build a major new pipeline in British Columbia without liquefied natural gas exports - a sign the industry is no longer pinning hopes on shipments to Asia after years of study.  FULL STORY arrow
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Victoria sees influx of offshore buyers - from Vancouver space
Many are downsizing to the Island, where housing prices are at record highs
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, March 6, 2017 – Page B1
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VICTORIA -- Victoria home prices have surged, and the driving force behind the hot market has a familiar ring - offshore buyers.But this wave of purchasers need only catch a 95-minute ferry ride to Vancouver Island instead of boarding a long overseas flight.  FULL STORY arrow
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GTA's housing market sets new records space
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By BRENT JANG
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Page B1
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-- The Greater Toronto Area's real estate market has broken new ground with prices for detached houses soaring to record highs while the debate intensifies over what is behind the boom.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ridley Island proposed for LNG shipping space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Page S1
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VICTORIA -- A liquefied natural gas consortium is exploring ways to build docking facilities off Ridley Island in a move that would require the co-operation of a rival in northern British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver prices rise as sales tumble space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Prices for condos and townhomes are climbing in Greater Vancouver, despite tumbling sales.Sales of detached houses, condos and townhomes fell to 2,425 transactions last month, down 41.9 per cent when compared with 4,172 deals a year earlier - a record high for the month of February.  FULL STORY arrow
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Praise and scorn greet Trump tower space
U.S. President's family attends opening ceremonies in Vancouver as protesters take to the streets outside
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Page B3
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VANCOUVER -- The Trump condo-hotel tower in Vancouver has opened to praise from Donald Trump's family and scorn from protesters opposed to the U.S. President, while the Malaysian developers look to capitalize on a tourism boom.  FULL STORY arrow
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Trump tower developer girds for controversial opening space
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By BRENT JANG
Monday, February 27, 2017 – Page B1
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VANCOUVER -- Joo Kim Tiah takes a breather during a hectic day, reflecting on the long journey to get to the controversial grand opening of Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver.The president of developer Holborn Group is doing some inspections as workers put the finishing touches on the 63-storey high-rise.  FULL STORY arrow
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Almost all detached homes $1-million-plus space
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By BRENT JANG
Friday, February 24, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- Vancouver is edging close to having 100 per cent of its detached houses assessed at $1-million or more.A new study by Andy Yan, director of Simon Fraser University's City Program, shows that 99.7 per cent of single-family detached properties in the city of Vancouver had an assessed value of at least $1-million last July, compared with 91 per cent in mid-2015 and 65 per cent in mid-2014.  FULL STORY arrow
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Uncertainty over lumber weighs on province space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Page S1
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VICTORIA -- The softwood-lumber fight between the United States and Canada has thrown a wrench in the B.C. government's forecasting for the forestry sector.''The budget 2017 economic and fiscal plan does not incorporate any estimates of potential impacts associated with the current trade dispute involving softwood lumber exports to the U.S.,'' according to a warning in budget documents released this week in Victoria.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. issues warning on protectionism in U.S. space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Page B1
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VICTORIA -- The rising tide of protectionism in the United States threatens the Canadian economy and will hurt American consumers, says B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong.''What's often overlooked is that there are millions of Americans who rely upon trade with Canada for their jobs,'' Mr. de Jong said Tuesday in his budget speech in Victoria. ''Perhaps it's time someone started pointing out the price they will pay - that small-town America will pay - if barriers are erected at our border.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Pacific NorthWest, First Nations sign deals space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- Pacific NorthWest LNG has reached impact-benefits agreements with two First Nations, part of a series of announcements designed to spur plans to build a liquefied natural gas project in northern British Columbia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto housing 'boiling pot' spurs alarm space
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By BRENT JANG
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Page B1
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-- Soaring housing prices in the Greater Toronto Area have triggered fresh warnings about the market spiralling out of control.The GTA's benchmark price for various types of housing sold last month hit $705,900, up 22.6 per cent from one year earlier and a 60.8-per-cent surge compared with five years ago, the Canadian Real Estate Association said on Wednesday. The industry's benchmark price depicts typical properties sold.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto and Hamilton propel home index to record space
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By BRENT JANG
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Page B2
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VANCOUVER -- The Toronto and Hamilton areas pushed Canada's home price index to a record high last month while the Vancouver region snapped a three-month skid.The Teranet-National Bank House Price Index, which tracks the overall changes for various housing types, shows residential prices in 11 major markets climbed 13 per cent in January from a year earlier. It is the sharpest 12-month gain since January, 2007, and the national composite index has now set a new high for 12 consecutive months.  FULL STORY arrow
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