By The CANADIAN PRESS

Industry leader warns cancellation of F-35 order would put jobs at risk

MONTREAL — Canadian companies employing thousands of workers would be hurt if the Harper government abandons the multibillion-dollar purchase of F-35 fighter planes, the head of aerospace cluster Aero Montreal said Friday.

B.C. Liberals vow to listen after double byelection defeat

VANCOUVER — Premier Christy Clark, humbled by two byelection defeats in traditional Liberal strongholds, vowed Friday to unite B.C.’s free-enterprise voice in time for next May’s provincial election.

Ottawa to immigrants: prove you can speak English or French

MONTREAL — Immigrants hoping to become Canadian citizens may soon have to provide written proof of their language abilities. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Friday his latest reform is aimed at requiring citizenship applicants to prove they can speak English or French.

Alberta woman who drowned sons guilty of manslaughter

WETASKIWIN — A depressed and suicidal mother was convicted of manslaughter Friday for drowning her two young sons in the family bathtub after a judge ruled a “black hole” swallowed the Crown’s attempt to prove that she knew what she was doing.

Climate change science ‘not settled’ says Wildrose leader Danielle Smith

EDMONTON — The woman leading a front-running party in Alberta’s provincial election has cast doubt on the widely accepted scientific theory that human activity is a leading cause of global warming.

  • Apr 17, 2012
Wildrose leader Danielle Smith announces the fifth and final Wildrose pledge called the Alberta Accountability Act in Edmonton on Monday. The Accountability Act is a plan to clean up government by restoring openness

Free votes for all, though the government falls: Smith

EDMONTON — Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says if she becomes premier there will be free votes on all bills in the legislature, even on those that could bring her government down.

  • Apr 10, 2012
Wildrose leader Danielle Smith announces the fifth and final Wildrose pledge called the Alberta Accountability Act in Edmonton on Monday. The Accountability Act is a plan to clean up government by restoring openness

Executive director of troubled Pickton inquiry on leave

VANCOUVER — The executive director of the public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case has gone on leave as allegations of sexual harassment hang over hearings into why police failed to catch a serial killer.

  • Apr 5, 2012

Court wades into 11th-hour battle between Quebec and feds on gun registry

MONTREAL — It was a triumph in Parliament but a setback in court Thursday for the Harper Tories. On a day the government fulfilled a longstanding goal and saw legislation to destroy the federal long-gun registry set to receive royal assent, it was stymied in a Quebec courtroom.

Cabinet would have known true F-35 costs, auditor general suggests

OTTAWA — Cabinet ministers would have known the true cost of buying new fighter jets was much higher than the numbers they were using publicly, the auditor general suggested Thursday.

  • Apr 5, 2012
Wildrose leader Danielle Smith makes a campaign stop with an oil and gas pumpjack the background near Cremona

Wildrose issues surplus challenge

LEDUC — Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith is challenging opponents who don’t like her “Dani-dollars” petro-giveback to explain how they’ll use any future budget surpluses.

  • Apr 4, 2012
Wildrose leader Danielle Smith makes a campaign stop with an oil and gas pumpjack the background near Cremona

Two injured, four arrested during Occupy Toronto eviction: protesters

TORONTO — Toronto police say four Occupy Toronto protesters are under arrest following their eviction from a camp near city hall on Friday afternoon.

  • Mar 31, 2012

Bail denied in navy spy case

HALIFAX — A Halifax navy intelligence officer accused in a rare case of espionage remained in custody Friday after being denied bail by a provincial court judge.

  • Mar 31, 2012

Court hears about day Victoria Stafford’s remains found

LONDON, Ont. — Hundreds of police officers tirelessly worked for months to try to solve the disappearance of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford, but in the end it came down to a veteran officer with a hunch on a Sunday drive.

  • Mar 31, 2012

School fees, environment, health the talk of Day 5 of provincial election campaign

Alberta’s Wildrose party promised Friday it will end mandatory add-on fees for grade-school students.

  • Mar 31, 2012

Oilsands faces labour challenge

CALGARY — The oilsands sector may need to more than double its workforce over the next decade, as expansion projects create new positions and existing workers retire, the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada said Friday.

  • Mar 31, 2012

Air Canada clearing massive backlog of flights in wake of wildcat strike

TORONTO — The heckling of Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt by frustrated Air Canada workers snowballed into a wildcat strike that plunged Canada’s busiest airport into travel chaos on Friday.

NDP leadership hopefuls make final pitches

TORONTO — Fresh-faced, orange-clad supporters brandished placards and cheered their choices Friday as the seven men and women hoping to helm the federal NDP took turns at centre stage, making one final effort to woo party members gathered to choose a new leader.

Canada’s Nedohin wins tiebreaker to stay alive in women’s world curling

LETHBRIDGE — It’s a long road to Sunday’s final at the women’s world curling championship for Canada’s Heather Nedohin, but she’s at least still on it.

  • Mar 24, 2012

Interest rate tide turning

OTTAWA — The days of super-low mortgage rates that made home ownership dreams a reality of many Canadians may be numbered, says the Bank of Montreal.

Canada's skip Heather Nedohin delivers a stone as Jessica Mair

Nedohin drops to tiebreaker

LETHBRIDGE — Canada’s Heather Nedohin went from setting the pace to competing for her playoff life at the women’s world curling championship.

  • Mar 23, 2012
Canada's skip Heather Nedohin delivers a stone as Jessica Mair