Killer whales stuck in Hudson Bay ice go free

Bystanders watch as a killer whale appears in the area’s last breathing hole. The pod of 11 have swum to freedom after the ice that had trapped them broke up. Photo: AP

Eleven killer whales facing imminent danger of suffocation after being trapped by ice in Hudson Bay on Canada's Arctic shore managed to free themselves yesterday, after their plight created a worldwide sensation.

Friday, 11 January, 2013, 6:46am

Store thieves in Richmond, Vancouver target ginseng

CCTV footage from the Tung Yun Tong Herbal store in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, captures the thieves. Photos: SCMP

Canadian federal police are investigating a spate of thefts targeting Vancouver-area Chinese herbal medicine shops, in which brazen criminals made off with ginseng and other products worth tens of thousands of dollars.

24 Dec 2012 - 9:06am

Herbal medicine robberies offer crime gangs high rewards

The Vancouver area's many high-end Chinese herbal medicine stores have provided rich pickings for criminal gangs.

There have been at least three herbal crime sprees in the past five years, including the current rash of thefts in Richmond.

Tung Yun Tong Herbal, the target of the most recent thefts this month, was also hit by a violent robbery in July 2010.

24 Dec 2012 - 9:06am

Tiny Cortes Island girds for battle with China's huge CIC wealth fund

A Cortes Island resident explores one of the forests owned by Island Timberlands. Photo: T.J. Watt

Residents of an idyllic island off the west coast of Canada are facing off against corporate opponents set to include a Chinese sovereign wealth behemoth, the US$480 billion China Investment Corporation (CIC).

7 Dec 2012 - 5:00pm

Canada's United Steelworkers union warns Chinese miners pose safety risk

Canadian miners have lodged a demand that work be halted at a controversial Chinese-staffed mine in British Columbia. They say Chinese miners' inability to speak fluent English represents a safety hazard.

The United Steelworkers union filed the complaint with the province's minister of mining, Rich Coleman, and chief inspector of mines, Al Hoffman.

18 Nov 2013 - 5:03pm

Canada and Hong Kong end expats' double tax whammy

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Hong Kong and Canada have signed a treaty to avoid double taxation and increase trade between the two economies.

Currently, income earned by Canadians in Hong Kong who are still deemed residents of Canada is taxable both here and at home.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:27am

Canada signs deal to help Manila buy military equipment

Canada signs deal to help Manila buy military equipment

Canada and the Philippines signed a deal yesterday to help Manila buy military equipment to defend its territory, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Filipino President Benigno Aquino said.

11 Nov 2012 - 6:14am

Canada reviews foreign-worker scheme amid China mine row

Canada reviews foreign-worker scheme amid China mine row

The Canadian government has announced a review of its programme for temporary foreign workers. It follows the controversial decision to import hundreds of Chinese coal miners for a Chinese-funded project in northern British Columbia.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:52am

Inter-Chinese race row in Vancouver over shark's fin soup

Anti-finning advocate Kerry Jang says supporters of shark's fin soup "are trying to wrap the issue in the flag of China". Photo: Canadian Press

The debate over shark's fin soup has descended into an inter-Chinese race row in Vancouver, with a restaurant group branding a leading anti-finning campaigner a "banana" who failed to understand his own ethnic heritage.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am 6 comments

Canada boosts intake of foreign student immigrants

Canada’s immigration minister on Wednesday invited more foreign students and temporary foreign workers to apply to stay in the country next year, though immigration levels will remain unchanged.

Up to 10,000 foreign students and temporary foreign workers will be allowed to apply for permanent residency, up from 6,000 last year, under new immigration rules.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Oil producer Sunshine Oilsands seeks C$300m to fund projects

A mountain of sulphur forms next to a mine in Fort McMurray.

Canada's Sunshine Oilsands, 29 per cent owned by Chinese state-backed firms, plans to raise between C$300 million (HK$2.33 billion) and C$350 million by seeking more bank loans to fund the development of its second oil sands production project in northern Alberta.

1 Nov 2012 - 4:48am

Tsunami alert for Hawaii after quake off western Canada

The Earthquake struck near the Queen Charlotte islands.

A magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, with residents in parts of British Columbia evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed, with no reports of major damage.

A tsunami alert triggered by the quake set off alarms in Hawaii, with authorities forcing a state-wide evacuation.

29 Oct 2012 - 4:56pm

Diaoyus fallout sees China refocus RMB push to Australia, Canada

If direct trade with the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar can be implemented quickly and smoothly, worldwide renminbi convertibility may be realised in three to five years.

On June 1, direct trading began between the renminbi and the Japanese yen, a step which will play a significant role in the process of China's monetary internationalisation. However, the recent Sino-Japanese dispute over the Diaoyu Islands has affected economic and financial co-operation between these two countries, as well as the process for renminbi internationalisation.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:52am 1 comment

Ani Ashekian's journal offers new clues after four years of silence

Ani Ashekian. Photo: SCMP

As the fourth anniversary of the disappearance in Hong Kong of Canadian tourist Ani Ashekian approaches, new leads have emerged in the case.

Guy Shirra, a retired police officer who had investigated cases of missing persons, joined Ashekian's family in their hunt when the case began.

21 Oct 2012 - 3:45am

Controversy over Canadian Dehua's hiring of Chinese miners

Canadian Dehua International Mines Group plans to operate four underground coal mines in northern British Columbia. Photo: Greg Amos

Plans to open Chinese-funded mines in Canada have been plunged into controversy after it was found that most of the workers will be mainlanders rather than locals. 

28 Nov 2012 - 2:50pm