The Canadian Press TORONTO—As one Ontario teachers’ union reached a tentative contract agreement early yesterday, another was ramping up its work-to-rule plans for the start of classes Sept. 8. Details of the deal between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Public School Boards’ Association are being kept secret […]

The Canadian PressBob Weber Climate change is forcing the boreal forest that covers much of northern Canada to a tipping point, a newly-published study concludes. “The changes could be very dramatic and very fast,” said Dmitry Schepaschenko of Austria’s Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Schepaschenko was one of three authors […]

The Canadian PressMike Blanchfield OTTAWA—Stephen Harper’s political opponents agreed on one thing yesterday: it is unlikely the prime minister was in the dark about the controversial Mike Duffy expense payout given that his right-hand man knew. Harper said he wasn’t going to discuss the latest controversial revelations from the Duffy […]

The Associated PressMatthew Perrone WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women—a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men. But stringent safety measures on the daily pill […]

The Canadian PressMichelle McQuigge TORONTO—A pair of Ontario teenagers soon will be collecting thousands of dollars after their employer fired them for observing a religious holiday. The province’s Human Rights Tribunal ruled that vegetable grower Country Herbs discriminated against the young siblings on the basis of their creed. The tribunal […]

The Canadian PressLauren La Rose TORONTO—Many would consider the sound of kids gleefully playing outdoors a natural soundtrack of the summer. But one family in Pickering, Ont., located east of Toronto, was told the sound of their kids splashing in their backyard pool was deemed unreasonably disruptive by a neighbour. […]

The Canadian Press TERRACE, B.C.—The agency responsible for screening at Canadian airports says a “big mistake” was made when a retired social worker was prevented from boarding a flight because an all-female security crew refused to frisk him. Robert Hart has an artificial hip that set off the metal detector […]

The Canadian PressKeith LeslieAllan Black TORONTO—Premier Kathleen Wynne was beaming today after learning the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation reached a tentative contract agreement early in the morning with the province’s school boards. The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association still must reach agreements with unions representing elementary, Catholic, and Francophone […]

The Canadian PressPeter Henderson TORONTO—The excesses of’s hard-driving corporate culture made headlines this week—raising questions about whether similar problems are possible at Canadian companies. The New York Times reported the white-collar employees of the mega-popular online retailer are dealing with an unforgiving and competitive culture in which the obligations […]

The Canadian PressHelen Branswell TORONTO — Many women are receiving unnecessary treatment for a condition that is sometimes called Stage 0 breast cancer, the findings of a new Canadian study suggest. Women who undergo single or double mastectomies or radiation as treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, are […]

The Canadian PressKevin Bissett SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Thousands of temporary jobs will be created in New Brunswick this fall during a maintenance and upgrade project at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John described as the largest in the company’s history. Company officials said Thursday the $200-million project, or […]

The Canadian PressSheryl Ubelacker TORONTO — At the tender age of 17, Warren McNeil considers himself a concussion veteran. He’s sustained six of the brain injuries playing hockey and lacrosse, one of which knocked him out cold. For five of those concussions, the Toronto teen was able to return to […]