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Kenney warns cancelled energy projects stand in the way of Indigenous prosperity

CALGARY -Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is warning the province’s $1-billion fund established last year to support Indigenous participation in major projects won’t have any projects to back if the forces that helped kill the Frontier oilsands mining project this week continue to achieve their goals. In a speech at the ...

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Retailers warn of empty store shelves as rail blockade reaches ninth day 

MONTREAL- Sectors from retail to oil and gas are calling on governments to resolve a dispute with anti-pipeline protesters as a rail blockade enters its ninth day, extending railway shutdowns and threatening shortages of groceries, chlorine for drinking water, propane and other products. Demonstrators set up a blockade near Belleville, ...

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Budget watchdog slashes economic growth projections, blames temporary factors

OTTAWA- Canada’s budget watchdog says economic growth during the final quarter of 2019 will be “significantly weaker” than predicted in its fall report. In its latest report on near-term growth, the parliamentary budget office says real GDP growth in the final three months of last year will likely come in ...

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Trudeau misses deadline for disclosing private interests to ethics commissioner

OTTAWA- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has run afoul of federal ethics rules yet again, this time missing the deadline for filing a financial disclosure statement with the ethics commissioner. Every MP is required to file a disclosure statement within 60 days of his or her election being published in the ...

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Pipeline protests impact B.C. legislature and Canada’s rail network

By Laura Kane THE CANADIAN PRESS Protests in support of Indigenous hereditary chiefs who oppose a major pipeline project flared across Canada for a fifth day on Tuesday, disrupting British Columbia’s legislature and forcing the cancellation of dozens of commuter and freight trains. Hundreds blocked the entrances to the B.C. ...

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Shipping crude oil through Manitoba has been floated, rejected before 

By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG-There’s renewed talk of transporting western oil through the northern Manitoba port in Churchill, but any such project is likely to run into opposition from environmentalists and some people who live there. Using the sub-Arctic port on the western shore of Hudson Bay as ...

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Appeals court weighs tribe’s quest for casino land

By Philip Marcelo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON-A Native American tribe’s long running effort to secure sovereign land for a casino in Massachusetts is now in the hands of a federal appeals court in Boston. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal brought ...

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B.C. First Nations disappointed while industry welcomes Trans Mountain ruling

VANCOUVER- Several First Nations in southwest British Columbia are promising to continue to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion while business groups are celebrating a court decision that upheld the federal government’s approval of the project. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Squamish Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were among four B.C. Indigenous ...

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