Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Up, up and don’t go away: Canadian gas prices, which tend to rise ahead of long weekends like Labour Day, have faced additional pressure from Hurricane Harvey, which has battered the U.S. Gulf Coast, where many oil refineries have been shuttered due to storm-related flooding. Analysts say prices could rise further as the extent of the damage becomes better known and as supply will continue to be squeezed going forward.Back in NAFTA (negotiations, anyway): A second round of negotiations got off to a tense start Friday in Mexico City after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull the trigger for his country to exit the deal. Mexico responded with a message that if he did, it would not be opposed to walking as well. Canada is playing the nice-guy-stuck-in-the-middle role with Trudeau reiterating his optimism that the others won’t pack up their toys and leave.Thanks a lot, strong economy: Only a few months after the Bank of Canada raised interest rates for the first time in seven years, expectations are solidifying around the belief that the pesky central bank will decide to do so again as early as this week. Homeowners can thank the impressive rate of economic growth of 4.5 per cent that Canada reported in the second quarter for that — helping the economy to see its best start to a year since 2002.Hot or not? The real estate boards from the country’s two hottest housing markets will report sales figures for August this week and many sellers and real estate agents are holding their breaths to look for any signs of a bounce back after recent government actions to slow the market, including that interest rate hike in July. Bidding wars have calmed and the big question mark is whether prices will follow.Jobs for all! With the economy booming, many are optimistic Canada could soon hit “full employment” as Canadians have been scooping up jobs at an increasing pace. In July, the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since the start of the financial crisis nearly nine years ago. On Friday, the latest jobs numbers from August will be released. read more

Equinox becoming a very accepted part of the Zambian scene

first_imgEquinox Minerals has secured the long-term land title to some 35,000 ha (350 km2) of township and mine operating areas at its Large Scale Mining License located in the Northwestern province of Zambia where Equinox is currently commissioning the Lumwana copper mine and progressing its Lumwana uranium project through permitting. Land title, or ‘surface rights’, whilst not required to conduct mine development and production operations (which are covered by the Lumwana Large Scale Mining License), had been sought so as to provide the company with long-term flexibility and benefits. This grant will permit the company to manage and administer the Lumwana surface rights, in particular the planned sub-division to deliver employee home ownership and other commercial developments within the Lumwana Township.The provision of such land title is a testament to the confidence both the traditional leaders and the national government have in the company in the way it manages its investments in Zambia, as well as its relationship with all stakeholders.The company has also been pleased to announce that it’s Lusaka based Corporate Relations Manager Nathan Chishimba has been elected as the new President of the Zambian Chamber of Mines for 2008/2009. Chishimba replaces Passmore Hamukoma. The Chamber was first established in 1942 and is a well known voice of the Zambian mining industry. It functions to assist the industry and its initiatives to encourage, protect and foster mining through consultation with government. The Chamber serves to shape future policy in all relevant matters affecting investment and the continued development of a vibrant and successful mining industry.Commenting, Harry Michael, Equinox COO said: “We are extremely proud to see Nathan elected as Chamber President. This is a strategically important position and is the interface between industry and both government and non-government institutions.”last_img read more