Canada looks east with professional services expo in Hong Kong

Canada's effort to lessen its trade reliance on the United States by expanding into China has found an effective launching pad in Hong Kong, says Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 6:16am

Canada froze immigration schemes in face of criticism

Chinatown in Vancouver. Photo: Bloomberg

Official forecasts about Chinese migration reshaping Vancouver are premised upon conditions remaining similar over the next two decades, but already changes are looming.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:46am

How mainland Chinese immigrants are transforming Vancouver

The maple leaf mainlanders

A wave of wealthy immigrants from mainland China is transforming Vancouver in Canada, but the influx has seen property prices soar and most are reluctant to give up Chinese citizenship.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:46am 3 comments

Vancouver's Chinatown has seen good times and bad

A Chinese community parade in Vancouver's Chinatown. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Vancouver's Chinatown has latterly been associated with crime and homelessness, but it has a history as one of the largest and most vibrant Chinatowns in North America.

8 Apr 2013 - 4:07pm

Fears rise in Vancouver's Chinatown as trendy businesses move in

Vancouver's Chinatown, where trendsetters have started a wave of new businesses in the past 18 months.

A new wave of immigration is raising tensions in Vancouver's historic Chinatown, with some fearing that the influx will overwhelm the district's low-income residents.

8 Apr 2013 - 7:24am

Canadian food inspection reseachers charged over bid to ship germs to China

Canadian federal police have charged two former government scientists with trafficking in dangerous and highly contagious germs. Klaus Nielsen and Wei Ling Yu, former researchers at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), are accused of attempting to export harmful pathogens that could infect humans and livestock to China.

7 May 2013 - 4:25pm

Canada looks to restrict Huawei

Huawei may face additional restrictions selling its products in Canada. Photo: Reuters

Huawei Technologies, the mainland's largest phone equipment maker, may face additional restrictions selling its products in Canada as the federal government considers new regulations on foreign wireless suppliers it deems security risks.

29 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

Perfect as Canada romp past Aussies

Canada's Ghislaine Landry tries to elude the tackle of Australia's Rebecca Tavo during last night's Women's Cup final. Photo: Felix Wong

Women's rugby took centre stage for 14 fleeting minutes last night: long enough for Canada to deliver a hiding to second-ranked Australia; not long enough for the World Cup champions to regain their composure - or the ball.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:26am

Rebound in Canadian housing starts last month beats forecast

Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Photo: Reuters

Canadian housing starts rose more than expected in February after falling to their lowest since the end of the 2009 recession. The annual pace of work increased to 180,719 units from a revised 158,998 in January, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:06am

Short Science, March 10, 2013

Canada exports the skin, teeth and paws of polar bears. Photo: AFP

Russian scientists believe they have found a new type of bacteria in the subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May last year contained a bacteria, which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield becomes a social media superstar

Beijing's Tiananmen Square (above) still bright with echoes of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Photo: AFP/Chris Hadfield/NASA

The 53-year-old may have been the country's most experienced astronaut, the first Canadian to walk in space and a veteran of two Shuttle missions, but few people would have stopped him in the street to ask for an autograph.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:35am

Briefs, February 17, 2013

Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is on the way out.

Former Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner, who launched a reign of terror against former colleagues and their families, died from a single gunshot wound to the head, a coroner said.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:35am

Toronto to meet office demand In 2014

The Toronto Dominion Centre. An office-building boom in Toronto's downtown may push the city's vacancy rate higher. Photo: Bloomberg

More than 1.59 million square feet of so-called triple-A space will be added in Toronto next year, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest closely held real estate brokerage firm. 

6 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Immigrants protest over Canada residency delays

They came to Canada from France, Italy, Morocco and elsewhere, paid thousands of dollars in fees and filled out lengthy forms. Now, more than two years on, their files have still not been processed, leaving many unable to work legally, without health insurance and with no other option than to leave Canada.

31 Jan 2013 - 6:53am

Violence erupts in Montreal as mafia boss Vito Rizzuto returns

Nicolo Rizzuto, the father of Vito Rizzuto, was shot dead in 2010 during Vito's incarceration. Photo: AP

The killings of two close associates of a jailed mobster 11 weeks apart confirmed Montreal's fears that the return of a reputed mafia don has unleashed an underworld power struggle and settling of scores.

27 Jan 2013 - 7:13am