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Woman dumped boyfriend before murder-suicide: Friend

Friend says Saskatchewan woman broke up with boyfriend before murder-suicide
Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press

Online, she called herself "Prairie Girl" and "Canadiansweetie."

He was "redneckdriller."

Photographs posted on social media websites show a hugging couple along with three smiling children and a new baby. There's no hint of the horror that came this week when five of the six died in a murder-suicide in Tisdale, Sask.

But the family of Latasha Gosling say her boyfriend, oil rig worker Steve O'Shaughnessy, had been controlling and jealous.

And one friend says Gosling broke up with the man shortly before he turned deadly.

Arctic Council's focus shifts to climate change

New chairman John Kerry shifts Arctic Council toward climate change
Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

IQALUIT, Nunavut - The United States assumed leadership of the Arctic Council on Friday and made it clear that the attention of the eight countries that ring the North Pole will shift from economic development to climate change.

"This is not a future challenge," Secretary of State John Kerry told council members, who met in the chamber of the Nunavut legislature in Iqaluit.

"This is happening right now."

Kerry thanked Canada for its two-year term as council chair.

Alberta 'not an NDP province:' Prentice

Premier Jim Prentice says Alberta is 'not an NDP province'
Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Premier Jim Prentice is dismissing the possibility of the political left surging to power in the May 5 election, saying Alberta is "not an NDP province."

The Progressive Conservative leader had his guns firmly trained on NDP Leader Rachel Notley on Friday, one day after a televised leaders debate that many political pundits say she won.

Prentice said he likes Notley and considers her a "skilled" debater, but there are questions about how her party could afford its election promises.

Hydro-Quebec to build 400-kilometre power line

Hydro-Quebec to proceed with construction of 400-kilometre transmission line
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Quebecers will welcome the construction of a new 400-kilometre Hydro-Quebec transmission line even though there's still some opposition to the project, Premier Philippe Couillard said Friday.

The new 735-kilovolt power line will go from the Lac-Saint-Jean region, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City, to Montreal.

''It's been 20 years since the last time we built such a line," the premier told a news conference, adding it would create jobs in several regions.

Dad escalates citizenship fight for son

Canadian dad threatens to take Ottawa to court over son's citizenship
Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - An Ontario father fighting to get his youngest son recognized as a Canadian citizen is now prepared to take the federal government to court over the matter.

Paul Compton feels he's already done everything recommended by the government to deal with the impact of regulatory changes which resulted in one of his children being Canadian while the other is not.

Liberal ad lampoons Harper government ads

Liberal ad lampoons taxpayer-funded Harper government ad campaign
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Federal Liberals are dipping into their party war chest to advertise about government advertising.

The party has paid for prime-time NHL playoff real estate to lampoon the Conservative government's ubiquitous "economic action plan" promos that have been saturating the airwaves since 2009.

Opposition parties have long complained that the government ads are thinly disguised partisan propaganda — paid for by taxpayers.

The cheeky Liberal ad purports to be a message from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, thanking Canadians for footing the bill.

Judge clarifies decision on aboriginal case

Ailing aboriginal girl receiving both chemo & traditional medicine: judge hears
Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

BRANTFORD, Ont. - An 11-year-old First Nations girl whose decision to refuse chemotherapy in favour of traditional aboriginal medicine caused an uproar last year is now receiving both treatments as she fights a rare form of leukemia.

A Brantford, Ont., judge, who ruled last November that as a First Nation person, the girl had the right to choose her health-care procedures, was back on the case Friday to provide a clarification of his original ruling, which many said would put the girl's life at risk.

Harassment case a reminder to be careful online

Instagram harassment case a reminder to show caution with online posts: experts
Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The guilty verdict against a woman who posted a photo of graffiti depicting a Montreal police officer with a bullet in his head should remind users of social media to be cautious about what they publish, experts said Friday.

Jennifer Pawluck, 22, snapped a shot of someone else's graffiti work and uploaded it with anti-police hashtags to Instagram, a photo-sharing site.

Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere, who was depicted in the graffiti, told Pawluck's criminal-harassment trial the image shook him and upset his wife and children.

U.S. border officers may face Canadian courts

U.S. border officers could face Canadian justice for serious crimes under pact
Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - A U.S. border officer who commits an on-duty crime in Canada would generally face justice in an American court under a new binational agreement.

But if the crime is murder, terrorism or sexual assault, a trial could take place in Canada, according to the agreement made public this week.

The fine print of the deal, tabled in Parliament, sets out a complex regime for determining officer accountability on both sides of the border under the Canada-U.S. preclearance scheme.

Softwood lumber agreement heading for expiry

Canadian producers expect softwood lumber agreement will expire in October
Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Canada's lumber producers fear the softwood lumber agreement with the United States will be allowed to expire in October, ending nine years of stability.

"As the period leading up to the softwood lumber agreement's expiry narrows, the likelihood of an extension or replacement occurring is reduced," West Fraser Timber (TSX:WFT) noted in its first-quarter report.

Industry analysts agree, with one describing the chances of a renewal this year as "slim to none."

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