By The CANADIAN PRESS

Western premiers back call for national energy strategy

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Alison Redford has received the support of her western colleagues for a national energy strategy.

Energy sector at risk of labour shortage: report

CALGARY — A report warns an aging workforce and a booming energy sector are going to pose a serious challenge for oil and gas companies looking for workers over the next few years.

RCMP officer working under strict supervision

VANCOUVER, B.C. — B.C.’s top Mountie says he agreed to allow a disgraced Alberta officer to work under his command.

Montana board rejects Ronald Smith’s clemency bid

CALGARY — A Canadian on death row in Montana for killing two men 30 years ago was dealt a major blow Monday in his bid to avoid execution. The Montana Board of Pardons and Paroles is recommending against allowing Ronald Smith to live out the rest of his life at the state prison — despite his emotional apology from Smith at his clemency hearing earlier this month.

Canada to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014: PM

CHICAGO — Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan will come to a firm end in March 2014, the prime minister said Monday at the close of the NATO summit.

Student group vows to defy Quebec’s new anti-protest law

MONTREAL — Quebec’s largest student group has vowed to defy the Quebec government’s new emergency law, calling for a summer of protests and acts of civil disobedience.

Prince Charles recalls military service, plays pickup street hockey game

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The royal couple kicked off their Canadian tour Monday in New Brunswick, where Prince Charles recalled his time training as a military pilot, extolled the virtues of service and in a scene reminiscent of his son’s visit last year, played a pickup game of street hockey.

G8 favours growth over austerity

CAMP DAVID, Md. — The Group of Eight nations are advocating growth rather than austerity in Europe after spending two days of meetings at storied Camp David aimed at containing an escalating fiscal crisis overseas.

Risk from wildfires outstripping ability to respond: Slave Lake report

EDMONTON — A report into last spring’s Slave Lake disaster says Alberta’s forest fires danger has grown to the point where it’s beginning to outstrip the province’s ability to respond to it.

Ex-judge to hear G20 report police misconduct charges

TORONTO — A retired judge will hear misconduct charges levelled against dozens of Toronto police officers arising out of the tumultuous G20 summit two years ago, Chief Bill Blair announced Friday.

Quebec student bill ‘worst law’ since War Measures Act: law professor

MONTREAL — There were warnings Friday from Quebec’s legal community that the government’s strict legislation aimed at ending the student crisis has gone too far.

Li granted brief escorted trips from mental hospital

WINNIPEG — A man who beheaded and cannibalized a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba has won his bid to leave the grounds of the mental hospital where he is being kept.

Canadian Pacific Railway CEO ousted

CALGARY — The search for a new boss at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is underway after an activist hedge fund succeeded in its months-long battle to oust CEO Fred Green, a 34-year veteran of the railroad.

Bill brings heavy fines, protest rules to control students

QUEBEC — Emergency legislation aimed at stamping out a turbulent student crisis in Quebec contains provisions for heavy fines for students and their federations.

Canada has best two-month jobs gain in April; politicians urge caution

OTTAWA — Canada booked its best two-month employment gain in three decades with news Friday that the economy churned out 58,200 new jobs in April, the strongest signal in some time the economic recovery may be coming out of a mid-winter stall.

Rafferty guilty on all counts

LONDON, Ont. — A jury found Michael Rafferty guilty Friday of first degree murder and two other charges in the abduction, rape and killing of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford.

Bone-dry forests, winds fanning fire threat

EDMONTON — As people in Slave Lake prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of wildfires that ravaged the town, the threat of new wildfires in the region was listed as extreme Friday.

MS therapy linked to injuries, deaths

TORONTO, Ontario — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Thursday about the so-called “liberation therapy,” a controversial procedure that proponents claim helps alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Nash named GM of national basketball team

TORONTO — Steve Nash has dreamed of managing the Canadian men’s basketball team since he was a young point guard running its offence.

  • May 9, 2012

Cancer fight inspired mental health strategy

OTTAWA — Planners at the Mental Health Commission of Canada are looking at the fight against cancer as an inspiration for their new campaign.