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Public sector workers' right to strike protected by Constitution: Supreme Court LABOUR

OTTAWA - A divided Supreme Court of Canada has raised the bar for Ottawa and the provinces in their dealings with public sector employees by affirming the right to strike as constitutionally protected. By a 5-2 margin, it struck down a controversial...

Ottawa sues law firm for alleged legal fee fraud in residential schools case FIRST NATIONS

REGINA - The federal government is suing a Saskatchewan law firm, alleging lawyers fraudulently overbilled for their work with survivors of Indian residential schools. In a statement of claim filed this week in Regina, the government says a 2014...

Liberals, NDP had best fundraising year in a decade in 2014 LIBERAL PARTY

OTTAWA - Both the federal Liberals and New Democrats posted their best fundraising results in a decade last year — significantly eroding the Conservatives' cash advantage just as an election is looming. Still, the governing party raised...

Man accused of killing B.C. hockey mom Julie Paskall ordered to stand trial CRIME

SURREY, B.C. - A man accused of killing B.C. hockey mom Julie Paskall has been ordered to stand trial. Fifty-three-year-old Paskall was savagely beaten outside a community arena in Surrey, southeast of Vancouver, a little over a year ago. She...

Spy service to get stronger anti-terror powers under federal bill

OTTAWA - Newly tabled anti-terrorism legislation would give Canada's spy agency more power to thwart a suspected extremist's travel plans, disrupt bank transactions and covertly interfere with radical websites. The plan to boost the Canadian...

Ottawa reports $3.3B deficit for first eight months of 2014-15 fiscal year

OTTAWA - The Canadian government says it posted a budgetary deficit of $3.3 billion over the first eight months of the 2014-15 fiscal year — a considerable change from the $13.4 billion shortfall over the same period in 2013-14. The Finance...

Ontario couple accused of killing man and mother face new murder charge

TORONTO - An Ontario couple accused of killing a man and his mother now face a new murder charge involving another member of the same family. Melissa Merritt and her common-law husband Christopher Fattore had already been facing first-degree murder...

Supreme Court strikes down Saskatchewan law that prevents right to strike CANADA

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down as unconstitutional a Saskatchewan law that prevents public sector employees from striking. By a 5-2 majority, the high court granted an appeal by the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour of the...

Federal bill expected to criminalize act of encouraging a terrorist attack CANADA

OTTAWA - The Conservative government wants to make it a criminal offence to encourage someone to carry out a terrorist attack. The Canadian Press has learned that legislation to be tabled Friday is expected to create a new Criminal Code provision...

Premiers gather in Ottawa to discuss trade, climate, health care CANADA

OTTAWA - Canada's premiers meet today to discuss a range of issues that include climate change, infrastructure, internal trade barriers and the health-care needs of the...

Second H7N9 bird flu case confirmed in B.C.; husband of first patient HEALTH

TORONTO - A British Columbia man suspected of having been infected with H7N9 bird flu has tested positive for the virus, the deputy provincial health officer said Thursday. The unidentified man is the second Canadian known to have been infected...

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