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Mining company reaches deal with band

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - Mount Polley Mining Corp. has reached an agreement with a First Nations band in the B.C. Interior that had threatened to derail plans for a mine expansion.Mount Polley and the Williams Lake Indian Band have signed a five-year agreement to settle issues of rights and title to...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 9:30 AM

Hearings into Prosperity Mine proposal begin

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - With all eyes on hearings for the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline that would link Alberta's oil sands to tankers on the B.C. coast, a federal environmental review of another contentious B.C. project is quietly getting underway.The Canadian Environmental Assessment...

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 9:30 AM

Intrawest sets mandatory helmet rules at ski resorts, including Whistler, B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Six months after actress Natasha Richardson died following a fall at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec, the company that operates the facility has announced helmet requirements at all its North American resorts.Vancouver-based Intrawest announced Thursday that when the ski...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 4:42 AM

Afghan-Canadian governor keen about election, says Taliban can't rule

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Tooryalai Wesa knows all too well the dangers of being a politician in Afghanistan.The Afghan-Canadian, who has returned to his homeland to take up duties as the governor of Kandahar province, was sitting in his office when suicide bombers attacked the gate of the sprawling...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 5:13 PM

Afghan election coming amid insurgent threats, shaky security

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - After the last election held in Afghanistan, in 2005, a group of independent observers recommended that, in future, polling stations should not be located in candidates' homes.The recommendation from the Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan might prompt a...

Sunday, August 16, 2009, 5:03 PM

Canadian-trained Afghan police on the front line for next week's elections

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Afghan police officers in blue uniforms rush from their green Toyota pickup truck and take position kneeling on the ground, braced for an onslaught with their blue plastic AK-47s at the ready.In a shooting range not far away, another group of officers has traded the plastic...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 5:13 PM

NATO's new secretary general would 'regret' it if Canada's Afghan mission ends in 2011

DEH-E-BAGH, Afghanistan - The new secretary general of NATO made a visit to a Canadian model village in Kandahar province Thursday, praising the project and making it clear he would like Canadian troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2011.But Ottawa says its combat forces will leave by 2011 as...

Thursday, August 6, 2009, 7:39 PM

Slain Canadian soldier knew the risks but was happy in Afghanistan: grandmother

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Sapper Matthieu Allard, identified as the second soldier killed in a weekend explosion in Afghanistan, was remembered as a kind young man who sought his family's advice on joining the army.Canadian military officials released the name of Allard, 21, of the 5th Combat...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 1:04 AM

IEDs the frontline in war with insurgents in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Improvised explosive device.A decade ago, the words had no place in the common Canadian lexicon.But since 2002, when Canada first joined the international coalition at war with the Taliban in Afghanistan, 67 of the 127 Canadian soldiers who have died there have been killed...

Monday, August 3, 2009, 10:45 PM

NATO commander in Kandahar says Afghans need to know coalition there to stay

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The large number of NATO deaths this month in southern Afghanistan has prompted renewed debate in western nations over the future of the mission, but the commander of international troops battling the Taliban in southern Afghanistan says it's critical Afghans know that NATO...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 7:03 PM

Golfers beat the heat at inaugural Kandahar Canadian Open in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Unlike the real thing, there was no threat of rain Sunday - or even much hope of respite from the searing desert heat as golfers braved the fairway at the Kandahar Canadian Open.Most golfers waited until the relentless sun of southern Afghanistan began to set before...

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 9:39 PM

Outgoing ambassador says Canada has much to be proud of in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Canada's outgoing ambassador to Afghanistan says the insurgency is strong and determined, and deep-rooted challenges lie ahead for the war-torn country and the international troops who have taken on the Taliban.But Ron Hoffmann said he's leaving the post in Kabul after two...

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 6:34 PM

Canada helps rebuild Afghan schools amid threats from militants

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Hunched over aging desks with pens clasped in their hands, they hardly look like revolutionaries.But in Kandahar, the city they call home, they are considered dangerous enough that they've been the targets of a brutal campaign of annihilation by the Taliban.They are teachers...

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 8:56 PM

Canadian soldier died during op to destroy Taliban's 'bomb factories' in Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Canadian soldier killed during a counter-insurgency operation last week stepped on an explosive before being thrown off a cliff edge to his death, military officials disclosed Sunday.Initially, with the operation ongoing, they would only say that Pte. Sebastien Courcy,...

Sunday, July 19, 2009, 8:51 PM

B.C. Liberal, NDP, Green leaders go head to head on radio in first debate

VANCOUVER, B.C. - It wasn't exactly a knock-em-down, drag-em-out fight.In a provincial election campaign where the Opposition posted its platform before the campaign began and the government Liberals are seeking their third term in office, the first head-to-head debate of the B.C. election campaign...

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 8:41 PM