The Canadian Press

Ottawa runs $1.3B surplus in first 10 months of fiscal year. CP

Ottawa runs $1.3B surplus in first 10 months of fiscal year, could balance early

A stronger, year−end financial position would clash with the government, which has told Canadians they will have to wait until 2015−16 before the federal books move into the black.
ruling on whether judges can dictate religious attire in court. CP

Lawyers seek ruling on whether judges can dictate religious attire in court

Judge told El−Alloul that her case involving the province’s automobile insurance board and her impounded vehicle would not proceed as long as she was wearing the hijab.
Rights group presses watchdog on CSIS records about Northern Gateway pipeline

BCCLA presses watchdog on CSIS records about Northern Gateway pipeline

 A civil liberties group says newly disclosed Canadian Security Intelligence Service records on protest surveillance bolster its formal complaint that spies went too far in eyeing environmental...

Debate on Iraq mission fires up as NDP seeks to end fight altogether

The NDP is proposing amendments to the federal government’s motion to expand its mission in the Middle East that would end most of Canada’s military role as soon as possible. MPs began...
CP. Oilsands mobile air monitoring cancelled over funding problems

Oilsands mobile air monitoring cancelled over funding problems

Alberta could have no way to measure what's in the air during environmental emergencies or respond quickly to community concerns, says director of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association.

Ontario rejects NDP call for ban on hydraulic fracking to extract natural gas

NDP said Ontario needs to impose a moratorium on fracking before companies exhaust other deposits and come looking for licences to explore for natural gas in this province.
oil economy, Canadian economy, oil prices, oil price drop

No quick bounceback from crude oil downturn this time

The Conference Board of Canada has some bad news for those hoping the crude oil downturn will be short−lived. In its latest report, the Ottawa−based think tank says the industry is unlikely...

Feds talk targeting groups "linked to" ISIL

The Harper government is leaving the door open to targeting groups affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as part of its expanded mission in the Middle East. Foreign Affairs...
Obama envoy ends first year in Canada, pointing to areas of accord.CP

Beyond KXL: Obama envoy ends first year in Canada, pointing to areas of accord

"I'm having the meetings that are necessary for me to have. I feel very comfortable that we're driving outcomes in our bilateral relationship," says Heyman.
oilsands environmental record improving. Canadian Press Photo.

Oil conference presenters say oilsands environmental record improving

 It's a seemingly small thing, the matter of a dozen or so degrees difference in the water temperature during one part of the lengthy and complex process of squeezing oil from Alberta bitumen....