Microsoft closes his studio in Victoria, Canada


According to an article in the Times Colonist, Microsoft has decided to close its studio based in Victoria (Canada) to “centralize and consolidate its resources.” Mainly focused on game design studio, which opened its doors in 2012, working on a “project still confidential.”
“It was not an easy decision, but we wanted to centralize our local developments in Vancouver. We are actively working with affected by the closure to find available positions in other studios and we want to maintain our presence in British Columbia employees. “

“No project has been canceled, the Vancouver office will take over.”


Ottawa approved Jackpine oilsands mine expansion


The plan of Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine expansion has been approved from Ottawa, despite the environment minister’s view that it’s “likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.” 

In a statement publied Friday, Leona Aglukkaq who is the Environment Minister concluded that the effects from the 100.000 barrel per day expansion are “justified in the circumstances.”

Greenpeace speaks out against expansion

Greenpeace Canada issued a statement accusing the Harper government of putting the short term interests of oil companies ahead of environmental protection and First Nations treaty rights.

Review panel suggests compensation for ‘irreversible damage’

A review panel concluded last July that the project was in the public interest but warned that it would result in severe  and irreversible damage so great that new protected areas should be created to compensate.