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Northern development agency to get $10M budget: Aglukkaq
The federal government is backing up its promise to establish a northern development agency by giving it a budget of $10 million a year, Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq said.
Mactung mine proposal goes before Yukon environmental assessors
Reviewers with the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board are going through a proposal submitted by the owners of a tungsten site near the Yukon-N.W.T. border.
MLA questions N.W.T.'s bailout of Discovery Air Video
Questions are flying about the Northwest Territories government's move this week to give a crucial $34-million loan to Discovery Air.

British Columbia »

Pattullo Bridge to reopen Monday
The Pattullo Bridge, damaged by a fire last Sunday, is set to reopen Monday morning at 6 a.m. PT.
B.C. curler nearly on button in $10,000 contest win
Ron Trottier of Osoyoos, B.C., didn't become an instant millionaire on Sunday afternoon, but he made $10,000 with a well-placed shot at the Canadian Open curling final in Winnipeg.
U.S. study raises more questions about stun gun safety
The Taser stun gun has been promoted as a police tool that can decrease the number of suspect shooting deaths and officer injuries, but a new study suggests its use does not reduce the number of people who die in custody.

Calgary »

Pay hikes for MLAs to be reviewed, says Alberta premier
The province will reconsider a big pay raise Alberta cabinet ministers gave themselves last year, and review the annual wage adjustment given to MLAs, said Premier Ed Stelmach.
Stelmach hoping for support in federal budget
Alberta's premier says he's hoping for more support from Ottawa in the federal budget to be tabled Jan. 27.
Province gives Drop-In Centre $7M for housing Audio
The province announced $7 million in funding Friday for an affordable housing development to be run by the Calgary Drop-In Centre.

Edmonton »

Edmonton memorial honours 47 homeless who died in 2008
Hundreds gathered Saturday at Edmonton's Boyle Street Community Centre to honour the homeless who died in the city last year.
Council to consider plan to stop aggressive panhandling
The Edmonton Police Commission wants city council to change Edmonton's public places bylaw to crack down on aggressive panhandling.
Stelmach hoping for support in federal budget
Alberta's premier says he's hoping for more support from Ottawa in the federal budget to be tabled Jan. 27.

Saskatchewan »

Regina family flees blaze in –25C weather
A Regina family is homeless after fire swept through their home on Friday afternoon.
Tanning bed that sparked fire had previous fix, owner confirms Video
The owner of a tanning bed that burst into flames on Monday says the unit needed some attention as recently as last fall.
Stayed murder charge frustrating: prosecutor
A Saskatchewan man is off to prison for the second-degree murder of teenager Amber Redman, but some questions linger about a second man who was allegedly involved.

Manitoba »

Peguis land deal stalls, too few votes cast
A referendum on a proposed agreement that would have compensated members of Manitoba's Peguis First Nation for land they surrendered a century ago has failed to draw enough votes to make the results count.
Winnipeg MP to launch bill on air travellers' rights
Winnipeg MP Jim Maloway plans to introduce a bill of rights for airline passengers in February to protect them when their flights are delayed or cancelled as happened during the Christmas holidays.
Budget to include $1B for hard-hit workers
The federal budget to be unveiled next Tuesday will include $1 billion in assistance for workers in hard-hit industries, ranging from forestry to agriculture to manufacturing, government officials said.

Toronto »

NDP delays legislation to end York University strike
Ontario's New Democrats have stalled the provincial government's bid to legislate an end to the York University strike.
Canada's inflation rate eases to 1.2% in December Video
Canada's annual inflation rate came in at 1.2 per cent in December, down from the two per cent annual rate seen in November, Statistics Canada said Friday.
Canada's Morrison makes it double gold
Canadian speedskater Denny Morrison won his 1,000-metre World Cup race Sunday and set a track record for the second consecutive day in Kolomna, Russia.

Ottawa »

Transit union will meet Ottawa officials Monday to resume talks
The union representing Ottawa transit workers said it will meet with city officials to resume negotiations on Monday.
Budget could offer more than $2B for social housing: report
The Harper government is expected to use Tuesday's federal budget to pump more than $2 billion into social housing across the country, helping seniors, the disabled and aboriginal people, according to a report.
Ottawa councillor wants to partially refund transit levy after strike Video
Part of a municipal transit fee paid by Ottawa property owners should be reimbursed when the transit strike is over, an Ottawa city councillor has proposed.

Montreal »

Gazette workers reject offer, Journal locks out staff in Montreal
Unionized employees in both the editorial and reader sales departments of the Montreal Gazette rejected the company's latest contract offer, and Journal de Montréal management declared a lockout of its editorial and office employees on the weekend.
Bettman admits fighting sells tickets, won't ban it
The National Hockey League admits fighting sells tickets and it has no appetite to abolish fisticuffs.
NHL all-stars set to dazzle Video
Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, the NHL's leading goal scorer, will be among the all-stars strutting their stuff Saturday night at the league's skill competition in Montreal (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 6:30 p.m. ET).

New Brunswick »

Transport truck slams into N.B. school bus at high speed
A New Brunswick family was safely enjoying a round of milkshakes after a high-speed collision between a transport truck and a school bus carrying two children in Waweig, N.B., on Friday morning.
N.B. nurses overwhelmingly endorse new contract
New Brunswick's 5,500 unionized nurses have ratified a tentative contract with the government by a 91 per cent margin.
2nd reactor project may take back seat with refurbishment delays: Keir
Energy Minister Jack Keir is warning the second nuclear reactor project may take a back seat in the next few months as NB Power and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. fight to bring the Point Lepreau refurbishment project back on schedule.

Nova Scotia »

Killer of Mi'kmaq activist Bernard sentenced to 15 years
The grandson of Nora Bernard has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing the M'ikmaq activist in a crack-fuelled rage.
Cape Breton distillery can keep 'Glen' label on whisky, appeals court rules
A Cape Breton distillery can continue to use the word "Glen" in its labelling, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.
Dartmouth crosswalk needs guard, parents say
A group of parents is demanding a crossing guard at the intersection in Dartmouth where a mother and two children where struck by a van last week.

Newfoundland & Labrador »

Memorial University grad slain on American campus
A young woman found decapitated on a U.S. college campus was a Chinese-born graduate of Memorial University in St. John's.
Head-on collision injures 6 south of St. John's
Six people were sent to hospital in St. John's Friday after a vehicle and truck collided on a regional highway.
Doors close at iconic St. John's car dealership
Locks were put on the doors of a high-profile St. John's car dealership Friday after it was pushed into receivership.

Prince Edward Island »

Summerside Raceway gets promised federal cash
They're off and building! The federal government and Atlantic Lotto have confirmed funding to renovate the Summerside Raceway by midsummer of this year.
Processors seek help with $25M worth of unsold lobster
The Seafood Processors Association of P.E.I. is sitting on $25 million worth of frozen lobster, and it wants government support to deal with it.
Charlottetown clears bylaws to make way for hotel
Charlottetown city council granted Homburg Investments two exceptions to bylaws Thursday in approving the plans for a 10-storey hotel in the downtown.