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Feds paid near top dollar for Trans Mountain pipeline, spending watchdog says

By Teresa Wright THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Canada’s parliamentary budget watchdog says the Liberal government paid the “sticker price” when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.4 billion. Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates the Trans Mountain pipeline and planned expansion project are worth between $3.6 ...

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Saskatchewan NDP Opposition says it’s time for potash royalties review 

REGINA- The NDP Opposition in Saskatchewan says it’s time to review how potash royalties are structured. Leader Ryan Meili says the government needs to recognize the value of potash to the province and the thousands of jobs the industry creates. He points to a recently published report on the province’s ...

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‘Not cutting corners:’ Resources minister says no rushing Trans Mountain review

By Bill Graveland THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY-Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the federal government won’t cut corners to speed up a full review of the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike ...

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Liberals taking new approach for billions in First Nations education funding

OTTAWA- The Trudeau government is changing how Ottawa allocates nearly $2 billion worth of annual funding for First Nations elementary and secondary education. Starting in April, the federal government will take a new approach it says will mean more predictable money for First Nations schools to make budgets comparable to ...

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Two more Ontario First Nations join project to connect remote communities to grid

THUNDER BAY, Ont. -The utility responsible for connecting remote First Nations to Ontario’s power grid says it has reached a major milestone. Wataynikaneyap Power says Mishkeegogamang and Ojibway Nation of Saugeen have legally joined the project, bringing the total number of communities who are equal owners to 24. The news ...

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Alberta spending millions to promote Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion

EDMONTON- The Alberta government is spending $23.4 million to convince Canadians why a major oil pipeline project is needed. The marketing campaign, Keep Canada Working, is aimed at getting people to support the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The project would triple the amount of oil that flows from Alberta to ...

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North Dakota leaders unveil oil tax sharing deal with tribe 

By James MacPherson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BISMARCK, N.D.- North Dakota Republican legislative leaders unveiled a bill Thursday that aims to stop a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on an oil-rich American Indian reservation in the state. The bill sponsored by GOP Sen. Jordan Kannianen and the party’s Senate and House majority ...

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Wait until Trans Mountain pipe built before buying in, Indigenous investors told

CALGARY- The consultant who helped broker a $545-million investment by two northern Alberta Indigenous communities in a new Suncor Energy Inc. storage tank farm says similar stakes in the Trans Mountain pipeline shouldn’t take place until after its expansion is built. Barrie Robb, a principal with Fivars Consulting Ltd. of ...

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