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Canada’s Christmas card to world stakes its claim to the North Pole

Canada has begun making moves to claim the North Pole and its surrounding Arctic waters.  /

Special to By Miles Yu, On Dec. 6, Canada officially filed a territorial claim over a large area including the North Pole to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, to the great chagrin of Russia and Demark, the two countries that also insist on the same claim. While [...]

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Forgettable fathers: Tribute to a wise teacher of life lessons


Special to By Grace Vuoto Fathers are like the pillars of a bridge — no one notices them unless they are not there. They are indispensable, mostly in so far as they selflessly serve others. The role of a father is not glamorous. And his value is easily overlooked, until the day he is [...]

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Energy firms mapping Kurdistan’s topography by satellite


Special to WASHINGTON — Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan has undergone satellite topography mapping in the search for energy. Canada’s WesternZagros Resources has overseen the completion of satellite topography mapping of an energy block in Kurdistan. The target was the Garmian block, which encompasses 1,780 square kilometers. and also includes Russia’s Gazprom. WesternZagros, which [...]

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Turkey sees huge potential in fracking

An exploratory rig near the southeastern city of Diyarbakır, where Shell and Turkey’s state oil firm are looking for deposits of shale oil.  /İha/İhsan Yılmaz

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has determined a shale gas potential that could put a dent in its foreign energy dependency. The government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has awarded a license of a potential shale reserve to Canada’s Valeura Energy. The General Directorate of Petroleum Affairs said Valeura would hold a 100 percent [...]

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Morocco hosting launch of Canadian aerospace firm facility

The transitional manufacturing facility in Morocco is currently producing simple structures including flight controls for the CRJ Series aircraft.

Special to CAIRO — Morocco has overseen the launch of aerospace production. The North African kingdom has been graduating cadets to work at the latest aerospace production facility. On Feb. 1, Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace began production at its transitional facility in Morocco. “This is a very exciting milestone for us as we start to [...]

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When international flights were diverted on Sept. 11, 2011, the population of Gander, Newfoundland suddenly doubled

Officials and first responders arrive for a memorial ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. / AP

Special to Courtesy of Heartwarmers. by Michael Smith September 11, 2001, Shirley Brooks-Jones, a retired staff member at Ohio State university and two hundred and seventeen fellow passengers sat on Delta flight 15 from Germany to Atlanta, Georgia.   They sat in comfort, while unbeknownst to them, terrorists attacked the United States of America.  [...]

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Quebec clings to separatist sentiments and Ottawa’s subsidies

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois is grabbed by a member of her security team after a shooting took place outside the venue where she was giving her winning address to supporters following the Quebec provincial election in Montreal, Quebec on Sept. 4.  /Christinne Muschi/Reuters

John J. Metzler MONTREAL — Political uncertainty shadows Quebec in the aftermath of a contentious provincial election campaign. Now in the wake of the vote, the specter of separatism has re-emerged in the multi-ethnic Canadian province where the political rhetoric by the French-language focused Parti Quebecois could return economic instability and undermine fragile business confidence. [...]

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Polar opposites: Canada counters Russian claims to energy-rich Arctic

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits Yukon's Kluane National Park in 2011.  /Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press

Special to Compiled by Miles Yu, Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper will tour the Arctic to mark that country’s resolve in protecting its claims in the region. Canada’s arctic regional interests have been increasingly threatened by Russia, a country that has emerged as the most aggressive in recent years to challenge Canada’s arctic [...]

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Israel contracts for offshore drilling near Tel Aviv

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s energy consortium has signed a project for offshore drilling. Modiin Energy has signed a contract to drill in the Mediterranean Sea. Under the agreement with Noble International, Modiin would spud an exploratory well in the offshore license of Gabriella. Executives said work would begin before July 2013 at [...]

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Canada firm reports new oil finds in Kurdistan

Special to LONDON — The Kurdish Regional Government has overseen an increase in crude oil discoveries. A Canadian company has reported two oil-bearing zones in northern Iraq. ShaMaran Petroleum, which has already reported two other discoveries, said the latest deposits were located in the Pulkhana-9 appraisal well. ShaMaran said it conducted six tests after [...]

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