Worry in Ottawa at Chinese investment in strategic natural resources

An oil refinery of China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) is seen in Huizhou, China's southern Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters

China Investment Corporation's reported plan to buy a stake in logging firm Island Timberlands comes amid a debate about the extent of Chinese strategic investment in Canada.

Friday, 7 December, 2012, 4:33am

Canada urged to hold 'respectful' rights talks

Beijing's envoy to Ottawa has called for respectful talks on human rights and co-operation between the two countries to smooth the way for the return of mainland fugitives.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Leaning, Leaning Over Water

Leaning, Leaning Over Water

by Frances Itani

Sceptre, HK$120

13 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Spokes man

Last week a farmer pulled into his lane three hours north of Ottawa and found a lean, darkly tanned young man named Ira Sutherland on a bicycle at the entrance to his yard. The sky was darkening and a furious wind had picked up.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Monumental relief

Ever been caught in a public place with a full bladder and no restrooms in sight? On July 1, which is Canada's birthday and a national holiday, at least three young men found themselves in such a predicament in downtown Ottawa. They sought relief in a darkened corner against a wall of granite. Unfortunately for them, the wall was the base of Canada's National War Memorial.

19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Protest route

The bus I ride to work makes a couple of dozen stops before it rumbles past Parliament Hill, the seat of national government and the focus of many of our individual and collective discontents.

12 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Basement boys

I call them basement boys and, these days, they are as common as mould. It turns out that most Canadians know at least a few of them. I am referring to adult children still living at home. Many are like my friend's son, still feasting on mum's cooking, still hesitating to take that final, decisive step to an independent life.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Grounds for war

The gender divide on public issues is sometimes no more than a hairline split, but on Canada's decision to build a new national war museum it was a chasm the size of Three Gorges. Men generally agreed that it was a project with some merit; many women saw it as a wasteful monument to boys and their killing toys.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am



Area 9,984,670 sq km

Population 32.8 million

Capital city Ottawa (population 774,072)

Language English and French

Religion 46 per cent Roman Catholic, 36 per cent Protestant, 18 per cent other

Government Confederation with parliamentary democracy

1 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Pick of the day

Blue Skies Wild Spirit

Photographs of the Ottawa Valley and British Columbia in Canada by Ulana Switucha and Richard Wright. Mon-Sat, noon-10pm, Fringe Gallery, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central. Inquiries: 2110 8700. Ends Sat

28 Jun 2005 - 12:00am