By The CANADIAN PRESS

Safety crackdown nets 663 on deadly highway

EDMONTON — Alberta police issued 663 tickets during a weekend safety blitz along the dangerous highway that runs between Edmonton and the oilsands city of Fort McMurray.

Mom accused of killing teen has cancer

CALGARY — A re-trial for a Calgary woman accused of second-degree murder in the death of her teenage daughter has been postponed.

Jury selected for man in sex assault charge

MEDICINE HAT — The trial for a young Southern Alberta man on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint has begun.

Wildrose Party seeking more question period time, office space

EDMONTON — Alberta’s new official opposition is seeking more office space and more time to ask questions and present ideas in the legislature.

Redford must fill key cabinet posts

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Alison Redford will fill vacancies in the key portfolios of finance, energy, and agriculture today when she is expected to announce her new cabinet.

Families affected by Westray mine disaster struggle to heal 20 years later

HALIFAX — Moments after she learned the Westray coal mine had exploded, Bernadette Feltmate turned to face her oldest daughter as she came down the stairs.

Canadians return tsunami bike to Japanese owner

VICTORIA — Call it the brotherhood of the travelling bike. For many Canadian bikers the storied journey of the Harley-Davidson bike from Japan to B.C.’s rocky shores after last years’ tsunami will not be complete until it is reunited with its original owner.

MPs agree committee system is broken, but fixing it more troublesome

OTTAWA — Opposition MPs, and even some Conservatives, agree Canada’s parliamentary committee system is broken. They just don’t agree on what’s gone wrong or who’s to blame.

Mental health strategy a ‘call to action’

OTTAWA — Canada is about to get its first-ever national mental health strategy — a massive report that may persuade Prime Minister Stephen Harper that his government must return Ottawa to a lead role on health care.

  • May 6, 2012

Conservatives back private members bill targeting masked protesters

OTTAWA — The Harper government is throwing its weight behind a private members’ bill that would give police the power to arrest anyone hiding their identity during a riot or unlawful assembly.

Quebec, students strike tentative deal

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Quebec Premier Jean Charest is blaming the province’s striking students for a months-long stalemate that only now appears to be on the verge of a resolution.

Disgraced media baron returns home

A warm homecoming kiss from wife Barbara Amiel greeted Conrad Black at his Toronto home Friday, just hours after the disgraced media baron — jailed for years on fraud and obstruction of justice charges — was released from a prison in Florida.

Air Canada set to resume talks with pilots, machinists

MONTREAL — Air Canada could be on the runway to finally securing labour peace as the carrier awaits the federal appointment of arbitrators to resume negotiations with two of its largest employee groups.

Six dead, three seriously injured on head-on crash on Highway 63 in northeastern Alberta

WANDERING RIVER — Six people are dead and three seriously injured in a fiery, head-on collision between two pickup trucks on one of the deadliest highways in Alberta.

Charest extends olive branch of slower tuition hikes

Jean Charest has offered to slightly soften the blow of controversial tuition hikes in a series of proposals with two aims in mind: calming his province’s angry student movement and winning public sympathy for his government.

Mill explosions hang over day of mourning

VANCOUVER — Two deadly explosions at British Columbia mills have cast a pall over an annual day of mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.

Ottawa cuts water surveillance amidst warnings to heed climate change

OTTAWA — Environment Canada is cutting the scope of its water surveillance, internal documents show, even as Ottawa is being publicly warned to mind the serious effects of climate change.

Wildrose MLA blasts urban voters for poor grasp of social issues, free speech

STIRLING — A southern Alberta Wildrose candidate says his party lost the election because city voters didn’t understand the issues.

Trends in household debt improving, risks still remain: Carney

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney said Tuesday he is encouraged by new developments on the household debt front, noting that recent trends suggest efforts to depress lending is working.

B.C. man charged in post-Olympic sled dog slaughter

VANCOUVER — A criminal charge has been laid in an animal cruelty case that focused international attention on the practices of the sled-dog industry after the 2010 Winter Olympics.