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Canada gold assets regaining lost luster, helped by soft C$

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:43
By Euan Rocha and Susan Taylor TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian gold projects once shunned by miners in favor of more alluring opportunities overseas are regaining their sheen, as a weaker currency, new tax breaks and greater security of tenure are wooing miners to return home. In the gold rush during the last decade, Canadian miners had largely focused on projects in far flung countries that often offered much larger potential output than what was available at home. "Canada is, for all intents and purposes, one of the best places you can explore," said Ian Ball, president of Abitibi Royalties Inc . "It had fallen out of favor a bit, but it is coming back quite rapidly." At this week's Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention, the world's largest mining gathering, the mood was somber.
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Death toll after blast at coal mine in war-stricken east Ukraine city reaches 33

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:42

Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 33. Alexei Kostrubitsky, head of the emergencies ministry for the rebel government, said late Thursday the last missing miner had been found dead. The blast occurred before dawn Wednesday more than 1,000 metres (3,200 feet) underground at the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk city.


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Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82; led archdiocese during Sept. 11 attacks

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:34
Roman Catholic Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York, has died. The Archdiocese of New York says Egan died Thursday afternoon at a New York hospital. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. Pope John Paul II had appointed Egan as leader of the archdiocese in 2000 to succeed the late Cardinal John O'Connor.
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Quebec City firefighters ask Hydro-Québec to leave smart meters alone

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:26

Quebec City’s fire department says Hydro-Québec has been too quick to remove smart meters from the scenes of fires where faulty wiring may be an issue. “A fire is considered a crime scene and at a crime scene evidence should be left alone,” said France Voiselle, a department spokeswoman. He said Hydro-Québec doesn’t install the boxes and aren’t its responsibility. “That belongs to the client that doesn't belong to Hydro Quebec,” he said.


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High school literacy test among new graduation requirements

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:25

All P.E.I. high school students will soon have to successfully complete a literacy assessment as part of a new set of graduation requirements, says the province. On Thursday, the Department of Education released details about the new requirements, which also include career education and personal development, physical education and creativity and innovation. In the English Language School Board, there will be new must-have credits in physical education, career education and Canadian social studies.


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NDP asks federal info watchdog to probe emails deleted by former Kenney aide

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:19

A New Democrat MP is asking the federal information watchdog to investigate a former Conservative ministerial staffer's systematic deletion of emails. Charlie Angus, the party's ethics critic, wants information commissioner Suzanne Legault to look into Michael Bonner's practice of deleting his electronic messages every two weeks. The former Jason Kenney aide's actions came to light in a recently published ethics commissioner's report that found Bonner had contravened the Conflict of Interest Act by accepting invitations to social galas from private organizations.


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Former watchdog chair Chuck Strahl says existing security oversight is enough

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:16

The former head of the committee watching over the country's security service says he doesn't see a need for greater oversight, even as the government expands the agency's mandate. Chuck Strahl says he thinks the existing five-member Security Intelligence Review Committee has done a good job to date and can handle it in the future. The government's latest anti-terrorism bill would expand powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and, among other things, would let it disrupt terror plots, rather than simply gathering intelligence. For one thing, he says, there is a lot of turnover in the membership of parliamentary committees, but what is needed for security oversight is experience.


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