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 Saskatchewan law that prevents public sector employees from striking, saying it was unconstitutional.
OTTAWA - New anti-terror measures introduced Friday by the Conservative government are seen as a direct response to the attacks in October in which two Canadian soldiers were killed by men believed to be influenced by radical Islam.
The Harper government considered both to be acts of terrorism.
In response, they're proposing to give Canada's spy agency greater powers to disrupt potential attacks and also broaden the ability of the RCMP to go after possible suspects.
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 charges in the deaths of Merritt's ex-husband Caleb Harrison and his mother, Bridget Harrison.
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 had been at the arena to pick up her 16-year-old son, who was officiating a minor hockey game, and she died in hospital several days later.
Yosef Gopaul was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the killing and a preliminary hearing was held this week.
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the country's gross domestic product declined 0.2 per cent in November compared with the previous month, primarily because of manufacturing and several of the key resource sectors.
The November reading was weaker than expected. Economists had estimated the economy would be flat compared with October, which had reported a 0.3 per cent increase in GDP — the broadest measure of Canada's economic activity.
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 against advocating an act of terrorism.
A government source says an internal federal review of fatal assaults on Canadian soldiers last October identified the absence of a measure to prosecute extremists who encourage others to wage terrorism.
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 with the virus.
On Monday, provincial and federal health authorities announced that a woman — the man's wife — was diagnosed with North America's first case of H7N9 flu.
EDMONTON - Premier Jim Prentice says he and his cabinet ministers will cut their pay by five per cent to set a tone of self-sacrifice as Alberta deals with billions of dollars in lost oil revenue.
"This is the kind of leadership that Albertans expect from their elected officials in these challenging times," Prentice told a news conference at the legislature Thursday.
Prentice said the reduction will kick in Sunday.
MERRITT, B.C. - The home where a British Columbia man killed his three children nearly seven years ago has been ordered destroyed by a city in the province's Interior.
Allan Schoenborn stabbed his daughter and then smothered his sons at their Merritt home in April 2008, leaving their bodies to be found by their mother.
A resolution passed by city council Tuesday said the owners have until March 15 to destroy and remove the home.
MONTREAL - A Montreal man says his mother drowned in Costa Rica while trying to save her two-year-old grandniece from getting caught up in the waves.
Alexandre Charron says his mother Andree Hamel, 70, had travelled to the Central American country to help out her niece, who was alone with two young children.
Charron says his cousin in Costa Rica told relatives in Canada the fatal accident happened in the blink of an eye while the three were at the beach on Monday.