BRIEF-Samsung Canada announces update on return and exchange of Note7 devices

Dec 7 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd* Samsung Electronics Canada – Samsung Canada would like to
make customers aware of plans to deactivate service for
remaining Note7 devices in Canadian market

* Samsung Canada-Effective Dec 15th, customers still using
Note7 will no longer be able to connect to any Canadian Mobile
Network Services

* Samsung Electronics Canada – As a recalled product, Note7
device owners are legally prohibited from selling or even giving
away recalled device

* Samsung Canada announces update on return and exchange of
Note7 devices

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Cautious optimism in Canada energy patch favors light oil producers

By Nia Williams

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Canadian light oil producers are in a better position than oil sands heavyweights to benefit from the cautious optimism trickling into the energy industry, thanks to improvements in operating efficiency and two years of steep cost cutting.

Companies including Crescent Point Energy and ARC Resources – light oil and natural gas producers – have already upped 2017 capital budgets from this year and others including Encana Corp are expected to follow.

The increases come amid signs the siege mentality that permeated all parts of Canada’s energy industry is lifting after more than two and …
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Canada to make statistics agency independent amid data concerns

Dec 7 Canada moved to formalize
Statistics Canada’s independence as an arms-length agency on
Wednesday in an attempt to boost the agency’s credibility after
its head quit last year in protest over concerns about the
agency’s autonomy.The legislation to amend the Statistics Act, introduced to
parliament by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, would also give
the chief statistician a renewable five-year term and create an
advisory council to ensure the agency is transparent.”Our government believes that for a national statistical
agency to be credible, there must be a high degree of
professional independence,” Bains told reporters.StatCan releases the country’s …
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Outrage as 'lock her up' chant hits Canada

Canadian politicians have expressed outrage after protesters at a political rally chanted “lock her up” about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Protesters erupted into jeers at a rally against a carbon tax, hosted by the right-wing Rebel media group.”Lock her up” was frequently chanted by Donald Trump supporters in reference to Hillary Clinton during the US election.Mrs Clinton was under FBI investigation over her emails but Ms Notley has not faced any criminal probe.But the New Democratic Party leader has been subject to threats of violence since her election in 2015.The crowds began shouting the phrase outside the …
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Canada energy minister apologizes for pipeline protests remark

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s natural resources minister on Tuesday apologized for remarks he made about anti-oil pipeline protests that some people interpreted as a threat to use troops against demonstrators.

Jim Carr, speaking after Ottawa approved Kinder Morgan Inc’s plans to build a crude pipeline, said last Thursday that in case of violent protests the government would keep people safe “through its defense forces, through its police forces.”

Opposition legislators accused Carr, a member of the Liberal government, of using reckless and incendiary language.

Environmental and aboriginal groups vow to do all they can to oppose the …
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Canadian trade deficit shrinks as one-off factors hit imports

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s trade deficit in October shrank to C$1.13 billion ($0.85 billion) from a record C$4.38 billion in September as one-off factors helped slash the value of imports, Statistics Canada data indicated on Tuesday.

The deficit – the 26th in a row – was smaller than the C$2.00 billion shortfall forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll.

The long-suffering export sector – which the Bank of Canada says is a cause for concern – turned in a sluggish performance despite a low Canadian dollar and a strengthening U.S. economy.

Imports fell by 6.3 percent to C$44.71 …
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'Lilo & Stich' director Dean DeBlois goes Victorian in La Cañada Flintridge

Hollywood screenwriter and filmmaker Dean DeBlois, who co-directed the Disney animated film “Lilo & Stitch,” has bought a home in La Cañada Flintridge for $2.8 million.The Victorian manor, built in 2000, offers an updated spin on the revival style popularized in the U.S. during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Period details include lacy gingerbread millwork, stained glass windows and custom hardware. Smart home features provide automated control of the home’s audio, video, lighting and climate systems.

Formal living and dining rooms, a modern country-style kitchen, a library and three hand-carved fireplaces are within more than 4,900 square feet of living …
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX barely higher on BMO beat; energy stocks weigh

(Adds details on specific stocks, sectors; updates prices)* TSX up 13.2 points, or 0.09 percent, at 15,108.37* Eight of the TSX’s 10 main groups move lowerTORONTO, Dec 6 Canada’s main stock index made
small gains in morning trading on Tuesday as Bank of Montreal
led financial shares higher on a strong earnings
report, while the energy sector weighed.Bank of Montreal rose 2.7 percent to C$91.99. The country’s
fourth-largest lender reported quarterly earnings well ahead of
market expectations, benefiting from strong performances at its
capital markets and U.S. personal and commercial businesses.

The financials group gained 0.6 percent.But eight of the other main groups fell, …
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CanadaPot smokers feel 'cheated' by Prime Minister Justice Trudeau

Dec 5, 2016, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

Recreational marijuana users who worked hard to elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now feel “cheated” by his support of a police crackdown on storefront dispensaries, a cannabis industry spokesperson says.
Abi Roach, a director with the Cannabis Friendly Business Association, said marijuana consumers helped the federal Liberals gain a majority government based on an expectation that he would allow small businesses to sell weed legally to recreational users.
Trudeau has promised to introduce legislation designed to legalize pot in the spring.
The crackdown that has occurred under Trudeau has been stricter than under any previous …
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Canadian women’s soccer team form player association ahead of contract talks

The Canadian women’s soccer team will enter into its next round of contract negotiations with the Canadian Soccer Association with an impressive hand.The first Canadian summer sports team to win back-to-back Olympic medals in more than 100 years after defeating three top-five teams at the Rio Games. Ranked fourth in the world. Algarve Cup champion. The most wins by any Canadian women’s soccer team in a calendar year (15).

And the team is standing united via a newly formed player association. While not a formal union, the players hope it will help their cause and that of the women …
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