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  • March 6, 2000
    A Taiwanese news service has reported that a coalition of Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has pressured the Canadian government to take a more active role in working to prevent human rights violations in China. The NGO coalition, which includes the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (ICHRDD), PEN Canada, and the Canadian chapter of Amnesty...
  • March 6, 2000
    WORX hand cleaner, a product of WORX Environmental Products of Calgary, Alberta, will be made available in Japan beginning in March. The product, which is strong but completely biodegradable, is comprised of plant-cellulistic material, and will be made available to Japanese automobile repair shops, printing plants, restaurants and other establishments. WORX Canada specializes in packaging and...
  • March 3, 2000
    Canada has filed an appeal against the final report of a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel ruling that Canada's auto pact with the US is discriminatory. Japan and the European Union filed a complaint that the tariff system violated WTO rules in that US automakers can import automobiles duty free, while Japanese and European automakers pay a 6.1% tariff. In October 1999, the WTO ruled against a...
  • March 3, 2000
    Green Island Cement (Holdings) Ltd. a wholly owned unit of Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd., announced that it has acquired a 65% stake in Polyphalt Inc. Green Island Cement will pay C$10 million. Toronto-based Polyphalt Inc. develops polymer modified asphalt products, used in the construction, paving, and roofing industries. This is the first Canadian acquisition for Cheung Kong...
  • March 3, 2000
    Jetform Japan, a subsidiary of Ottawa-based Jetform Corporation, which develops web-based software solutions that automate business processes, has reached an agreement with Toyo Information Systems (TIS) of Japan to become a dealer for Jetform's XML electronic forms. Jetform is now doing business in Japan through its subsidiary and three agents; Toppan Forms, Dai Nippon Printing and now, Toyo...
  • March 3, 2000
    Mitsubishi Motors announced that it plans to enter the Canadian market by 2003. Mitsubishi will establish a sales network in Canada to sell its American-made vehicles including sport utility vehicles.
  • March 3, 2000
    Japan's Ministry of Finance has recently released statistics that indicate that Canadian exports of magnesium to Japan have decreased greatly while imports from China have increased. High quality magnesium from Canada is used in computers and cell phone cases and lower quality material from China is used in construction materials. The article noted that Canada has increased its magnesium exports...
  • March 3, 2000
    The Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) Private Enterprise Accelerated Resources Linkages (PEARL) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Small and Medium Business Development Foundation (PHILSMED) for PHILSMED to produce a business handbook. The president of the organization said that the project was designed to come up with a useful tool for "prospective and existing...
  • March 3, 2000
    The Ottawa Economic Development Corporation and South Korea's Small and Medium Industry Promotion Corporation and Small and Medium Business Administration have organized a delegation of over 20 Korean technology company representatives who are currently visiting Ottawa. The purpose of the visit is to form business alliances with local firms.
  • March 2, 2000
    MGI Software, a company based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, specializing in e-commerce imaging and digital video, announced that it had signed eleven new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) contracts to provide up to nine million units of its popular PhotoSuite and Videowave software programs to leading hardware manufacturers in Asia. The Asian client companies produce computers, graphic cards,...
  • March 2, 2000
    Mayne Nickless Limited, an Australian conglomerate, announced that it had reached an agreement to sell Loomis Armoured Car Service, Ltd., its Canadian logistics business, to Britain's Securicor for C$16 million. NM Rothchild and Sons conducted the deal, which is subject to the approval of Investment Canada. Mayne Nickless first announced its intention to sell the company in December of last year...
  • March 2, 2000
    Japanese building material supplier Okamoto International will be expanding its sales of brick panels which it manufactures via its wholly-owned subsidiary in Saskatchewan. The expansion was decided upon after the company reported satisfactory sales of the product, which are panels consisting of brick, plywood, and insulation. Okamoto, based in Kobe prefecture, estimated that there are six...
  • March 2, 2000
    Toa Industries, of Tokyo, will use software from Point Net Communications, based in Montreal, to establish netcasting systems for interested firms. The software, known as Media Manager, can be used by computer novices to transfer radio or video broadcasts across the Internet. Computers that receive the information require special software, which would be provided free. Large companies have...
  • March 2, 2000
    Research Management Systems Incorporated, a Canadian company, has been tapped by Meat and Livestock Australia to commercially develop its VIAscan technology under a licence-back agreement. VIAscan, which is an imaging system used to scan red meat products, is expected to be commercialized this month. Plans are being made to combine the Australian VIAscan technology with another system to provide...
  • March 2, 2000
    Vancouver-based Consolidated Silver Tusk Mines has released information on work which has taken place on its PT Karya Bukit Utama (KBU) property in Indonesia. Silver Tusk has been surveying the land to determine the most economically feasible methods of extracting and mining gold and silver deposits in the area. In addition, the company has also been trying to ascertain the best equipment to...
  • March 1, 2000
    Toronto-based Leitch Technology will sell China Central Television (CCTV) its Genesis modular digital platform and Juno upconverter. The two products will allow CCTV to broadcast high-definition television and carefully monitor all signal paths to quickly prevent any service interruption. The deal, worth C$1.6 million, follows an initial order from CCTV of C$1.04 million in 1998.
  • March 1, 2000
    Viceroy Resource Corporation has entered into a joint venture with Outokumpu Mining Pty. Ltd. to expand its land position next to its Bounty mine in Western Australia. Recent drilling reports indicate that the area, previously exploited for nickel, also has promising gold prospects. The Vancouver-based firm will spend C$5.3 million to gain a 100% interest in the precious metals and 75% share in...
  • March 1, 2000
    Pacific E-Link Corporation, of Vancouver, and ZhongJing, a division of the Chinese government's State Economic and Trade Commission, have signed a Letter of Intent to create industry-specific Internet sites. ZhongJing is already providing services to the base metals industry in information, business promotion, e-commerce, management, and consulting. The deal deepens Pacific E-Link's investments...
  • March 1, 2000
    Teleglobe Canada will combine with four other major telecom firms to construct a 12,000-kilometre submarine optical cable link between Australia and Japan. The other partners are Japan Telecom, NTT Communications, Telestra, and Concert. The project will cost C$662.4 million, and will be operational by June 2001.
  • March 1, 2000
    The government of Malaysia has purchased Bombardier's Global Express Executive Jet for the use of official leaders. The jet will allow the leaders to fly non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to London or from Tokyo to New York. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr. Shafie Mohamed Salleh said that Bombardier's strong safety record was critical in selecting it over two other competitors.

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