OTTAWA - British Columbia is the latest province to sign a framework agreement with the federal government on the Canada Job Grant.
Shirley Bond, the province's minister of jobs, tourism and skills, says the deal will help connect British Columbians with the skills they need to be first in line for the job openings looming in B.C. over the coming decade.
Bond says the liquefied natural gas industry and the broad resource sector need skilled workers.
SEOUL, South Korea - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is touting a free-trade deal with South Korea as a major boost for Canadian exporters looking for a toehold into the lucrative Asian marketplace.
The announcement puts an end to nearly a decade of on-again, off-again talks, and marks Canada's first free-trade foray into the Asia-Pacific region, which the governing Conservatives have targeted as essential for the country's economic well-being.
VANCOUVER - Cyberbullies have grown up.
Research out of Simon Fraser University suggests that the online abuse that has been so prevalent on the teenage battlefield is carrying through to the arena of adults at Canadian universities.
Papers to be presented at a symposium in Vancouver on Wednesday say that undergraduate students are harassing their peers on social media, instructors are on the receiving end of student-led online smear campaigns, and faculty members are belittling their colleagues in emails.
KABUL - It burned white hot as a human-rights issue at the height of the Afghan war, sparking a political crisis that in 2009 nearly toppled Stephen Harper's minority government.
Five years on, the controversy that surrounded Ottawa's handling of the Taliban prisoner file — in particular the nagging questions about whether they were tortured at the hands of their Afghan jailers — faded more quickly from the public consciousness than the conflict itself.
SEOUL, South Korea - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his South Korean counterpart announced early Tuesday their two countries have concluded a free-trade agreement that the government boasts will be a major boost for Canadian exporters in the fast growing Asian market, but which detractors fear will damage Ontario's key economic auto industry.
OTTAWA - After almost a decade of difficult, on-and-off again talks, Canada and South Korea have agreed to a comprehensive free trade agreement, the first for Canada with an Asian-Pacific nation. Here are some key facts about the deal.
— South Korea gross domestic product: $1.1 trillion.
— Canada gross domestic product: $1.8 trillion.
— Canada-South Korea merchandise trade in 2012: $10.1 billion.
— Average South Korea tariffs on Canadian goods: 13.3 per cent.
VANCOUVER - A lawyer for the Mountie who repeatedly stunned Robert Dziekanski with a Taser says the Crown shouldn't be allowed to argue that officers colluded to get their stories straight on the night the man died, because another perjury trial already determined that didn't happen.
MONTREAL - The Parti Quebecois's stunning addition of one of Canada's most-powerful media tycoons has brought a towering figure to the party ranks, a recruit who could help win a majority government and serve as a leader in any eventual quest for Quebec independence.
The arrival Sunday of Pierre Karl Peladeau, the multi-millionaire owner of Quebecor Media Inc. (TSX:QBR.B), was aimed at providing an immediate boost to the PQ's efforts to eliminate doubts it can be a good economic manager.
TORONTO - Several experts say the federal government's attempt to strengthen the powers of the Food and Drug Act haven't gone far enough.
They applaud some of the provisions in Bill C-17, but say additional powers are needed to protect the public.
They make their argument in a commentary published in this week's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
The act, which was introduced in Parliament in early December, gives the federal health minister long-overdue powers to order the recall of a drug for safety reasons.
OTTAWA - The federal Liberals want Elections Canada to investigate the NDP for allegedly using the free postal privileges of its MPs to bombard voters in Montreal-area Bourassa riding during a byelection last fall.
Liberal Emmanuel Dubourg, a former member of the Quebec legislature, defeated NDP candidate Stephane Moraille, a lawyer and former singer with the band Bran Van 3000, in the Liberal stronghold.