By The CANADIAN PRESS

Huffington Post launches distinct Quebec edition of online news outlet

MONTREAL — Arianna Huffington believes Quebec is distinct enough to have its own Huffington Post.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Jury deliberating defamation case against former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm

VANCOUVER — A jury has begun deliberating in the defamation trial of former British Columbia premier Bill Vander Zalm over statements he made in a book that includes his version of the events that led to his resignation amid scandal.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Retail profits, higher salaries at heart of price gap with U.S.: manufacturers

OTTAWA — There are many reasons why retailers charge consumers more in Canada than they do in the United States, but one is simply that they can, witnesses told a Senate committee Tuesday.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Walmart Canada to spend $750 million this year on new, remodelled stores

TORONTO — Walmart Canada plans to spend more than $750 million this year to open, relocate or remodel 73 retail stores, including former Zellers locations.

RIM up against ’bring your own device’ trend in workplace where it dominated

Energy services giant Halliburton Co.’s move to replace BlackBerry smartphones with Apple’s iPhones continues a trend that has been eating away at Research In Motion’s traditionally dominant position in the workplace, analysts said Tuesday.

  • Feb 8, 2012

OSC launches new insider trading probe; high-profile mining exec named

TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission has launched an insider trading probe involving a former employee of venerable Canadian investment bank GMP Securities.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Tories quietly revise policy governing use of information gained through torture

OTTAWA — The federal government has directed Canada’s spy agency to use information that may have been extracted through torture in cases where public safety is at stake.

  • Feb 7, 2012

Latest batch of census information thrills ‘data geeks’

OTTAWA — The first tranche of fresh, new census data is coming out this week, and Ted Hildebrandt is giddy with anticipation.

  • Feb 7, 2012

New citizen’s arrest law doesn’t condone vigilantes: Justice minister

OTTAWA — Justice Minister Rob Nicholson is stressing that proposed changes to the federal citizen’s arrest law do not signal an endorsement of vigilante justice.

  • Feb 7, 2012
Poster released by the Calgary Police Service shows the dangers of a new drug. Public health officials in Alberta are going into classrooms and on Twitter to spread the word about a deadly drug similar to ecstasy that has been linked to a growing number of deaths across Western Canada.

Experts take fight against poison ecstasy to Twitter, schools

CALGARY — Alberta health experts will be going into classrooms and using Twitter to warn about a deadly drug similar to ecstasy that has been linked to a growing number of deaths in Western Canada.

  • Feb 2, 2012
Poster released by the Calgary Police Service shows the dangers of a new drug. Public health officials in Alberta are going into classrooms and on Twitter to spread the word about a deadly drug similar to ecstasy that has been linked to a growing number of deaths across Western Canada.

Missing women working group only a ‘paper squad’: officer

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver police officer who raised red flags about women disappearing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside says her concerns were dismissed by the “old guard”.

  • Jan 31, 2012

Pension reforms said to hurt poorest the most

OTTAWA — To hear the prime minister and his cabinet talk, Canada’s public pension system is unsustainable and needs major repair — likely in the form of a higher eligibility age for Old Age Security payments.

  • Jan 31, 2012

Burke honoured by freestyle skiers, COP

CALGARY — Freestyle skier Warren Shouldice isn’t feeling sorry for himself after packing in his season because of a concussion.

  • Jan 26, 2012

Plenty of new faces added to NHL All-Star Game roster

Dennis Wideman thought he’d been traded. Scott Hartnell worried he’d be facing a suspension.

  • Jan 26, 2012

Dust levels high before mill explosion: report

VANCOUVER — A WorkSafe BC report written just weeks before a devastating fire levelled a sawmill in northern B.C. says dust levels in the facility’s basement were more than twice the acceptable level for workers’ health.

  • Jan 26, 2012

Sharks nip Flames before break

CALGARY — In a game where goals were at a premium, Benn Ferriero went back to his baseball roots to find a way to give the San Jose Sharks a win.

  • Jan 25, 2012
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

An agreement on more talks

OTTAWA — The federal government and First Nations have set a course for future discussions at the conclusion of talks in Ottawa. In a joint statement, the two sides acknowledged their relationship has been fraught with problems.

  • Jan 25, 2012
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
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Let us have drama, says he

TORONTO — It doesn’t take long for “Coriolanus” star Brian Cox to steer the conversation from the work of William Shakespeare to his disdain for Hollywood shmaltz and the current awards season frenzy. The run-up to the much-hyped Academy Awards has raised the ire of the veteran thespian, who can’t help but tear into Oscar favourites “The Descendants,” “Hugo” and “War Horse” while bemoaning the lack of chatter over his own film, which marks the directorial debut of friend Ralph Fiennes.

  • Jan 19, 2012
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Senior dismembered, body parts spread through woods

LETHBRIDGE — RCMP allege a 77-year-old man who was abducted from his home was dismembered after being killed last weekend.

  • Jan 19, 2012
Ronald Smith

Smith applies for clemency

CALGARY — Lawyers for the only Canadian on death row in the United States concede their client committed a “terrible offence” when he murdered two young Montana men 30 years ago, but say he doesn’t deserve to die.

  • Jan 19, 2012
Ronald Smith