Metals miner Sherritt says it has developed oilsands partial upgrading technology

Metals miner Sherritt says it has developed oilsands partial upgrading technology
CALGARY — Toronto-based miner Sherritt International Corp. says it has developed a partial upgrading technology for the oilsands that could qualify for a $1-billion incentive program recently announced by the Alberta government. CEO David Pathe says the company has completed successful laboratory testing of the process at its facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., and is now looking for an industry partner to... Read More

Kenney returns to Ottawa as wing man in Tories’ fight against carbon tax

Kenney returns to Ottawa as wing man in Tories’ fight against carbon tax
OTTAWA — Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, returned to Parliament Hill on Monday where he sparred with federal lawmakers over the Trudeau government’s carbon pricing policy, which he’s vowed to fight if he’s elected premier next year. The former Harper cabinet minister testified before a parliamentary committee on the Liberals’ controversial plan to ensure all provinces impose a carbon tax as a way... Read More

Loblaw eyes recreational marijuana market in Newfoundland and Labrador

Loblaw eyes recreational marijuana market in Newfoundland and Labrador
TORONTO — Loblaw Companies Ltd. is looking to sell recreational marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador, as the provincial body handling pot sales has included the company on its list of potential licensed cannabis retailers. Cannabis NL, a division of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corp., on Monday released its list of qualified retailer applicants which have been selected for the next phase of the application... Read More

Via Rail carries 4.4 million passengers in 2017, largest growth in a decade

Via Rail carries 4.4 million passengers in 2017, largest growth in a decade
MONTREAL — Via Rail had its best performance in a decade during Canada’s sesquicentennial year, increasing its ridership by more than 10 per cent to 4.4 million passengers. The Crown corporation says revenues grew 12.8 per cent in 2017 over the prior year to reach $365.7 million. The results were driven by an 11 per cent increase to 4.1 million passengers transported on... Read More

Two B.C. Indigenous leaders plan to speak at Kinder Morgan pipeline AGM

Two B.C. Indigenous leaders plan to speak at Kinder Morgan pipeline AGM
VANCOUVER — Two Indigenous leaders from British Columbia say they will travel to pipeline builder Kinder Morgan’s annual general meeting in Texas this week. Chief Judy Wilson with the Neskonlith Indian Band and Rueben George representing the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative say they intend to warn investors about the risk of proceeding with Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion without consent from First Nations.... Read More

Taxpayers federation seeks standing in pipeline, carbon tax legal battles

Taxpayers federation seeks standing in pipeline, carbon tax legal battles
VANCOUVER — An advocacy group that argues for the interests of taxpayers will be asking the courts to allow it take part in separate legal cases in British Columbia and Saskatchewan in a dispute over federal and provincial jurisdiction. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says it will request permission for intervener status in order to fight against the federal carbon tax in Saskatchewan and... Read More

‘We’re quite frustrated:’ Red tape threatens growing Arctic space industry

‘We’re quite frustrated:’ Red tape threatens growing Arctic space industry
Years of federal bureaucratic delay may cost the North millions of dollars in investment in an emerging high-tech industry. A Norwegian company has been waiting since 2016 for Ottawa to grant an operating licence for a satellite ground receiving station in Inuvik, N.W.T. The delay has limited services the company can provide to increasingly restive clients and its partner is considering moving. “We’re quite frustrated with... Read More

City north of Toronto sells itself as the home for Amazon’s second headquarters

City north of Toronto sells itself as the home for Amazon’s second headquarters
MARKHAM, Ont. — A city just north of Toronto is going it alone to position itself as the home for Amazon’s second North American headquarters. The City of Markham, Ont. — one of 10 cities that joined with Toronto to bid for the hub — tweeted a photo of a bright orange sign that dubs the city the “possible home of Amazon HQ2.” The... Read More

Ensign Energy Services reports $26.7M Q1 loss, revenue up from year ago

Ensign Energy Services reports $26.7M Q1 loss, revenue up from year ago
CALGARY — Ensign Energy Services Inc. saw its first-quarter loss nearly double compared with a year ago as its revenue improved, helped by increased demand in the U.S. due to higher oil and natural gas prices. The oilfield services company says it lost $26.7 million or 17 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a loss of... Read More