Globe and Mail (Canada Edition)

• Ontario firefighters’ battle over volunteer work heads to trial
Many Ontario communities rely on part-timers to fight blazes, but union rules forbid firefighters from working part-time for other fire departments that are also part of their union

• Rare public hearing highlights concerns over explosion of high-priced specialty drugs in Canada
Federal review board’s investigation into the alleged overpricing of specialty drug Soliris highlights the broader trend of excessive drug costs in Canada

• Alberta’s PC candidates reject Jason Kenney’s plan to merge with Wildrose
Proposal to unite the parties called a ‘hostile takeover’

• Hacking likely in Canadian politics, former spy chief Richard Fadden says
Fadden suggests foreign powers have attempted cyberattacks or methods like them to influence Canadian political campaigns

• Ontario universities pressed to show value, demand for graduate degrees
Ontario will negotiate with universities on funding for master’s, PhD spots

• Women face heavier burden of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure, advocates say
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the consent someone gives to sexual activity can be considered null and void if a partner fails to disclose, or lies about, his or her HIV status

• How the discovery of stem cells revolutionized medicine
Canadians James Till and Ernest McCulloch discovered stem cells in 1961, and their seminal research laid the foundation for regenerative medicine and the biomedical industry

• Porter Airlines resumes operations after grounding flights due to system outage
Porter Airlines says its operations are returning to normal after a technical problem grounded all its flights Saturday afternoon

• Suicides in Quebec indigenous communities were avoidable: coroner
Problems are largely rooted in the reserve system, which the coroner compares to apartheid

• New book reveals details of former Soviet spy’s return to Canada
Shattered Illusions recounts how the Mulroney government helped a Soviet double-agent who had been betrayed by a Mountie come back to Canada

• Rescued ice cores bound for new home at University of Alberta
Nearly two kilometres worth of metre-long ice segments, used to record climate change, are en route to University of Alberta

• Uniform protest could cost Montreal police public respect
Montreal police’s uniform protest could erode the mixture of fear and respect most people feel about police

• Trudeau’s oil sands ‘phase-out’ comments spark anger in Alberta
Town-hall talk in Ontario ignites storm of Western protest and charges that Trudeau has ‘declared his true feelings’

• The untold story of how a young Antonin Scalia’s ‘gift to Canada’ shaped our spy services
As Donald Trump mulls a Supreme Court successor to a conservative firebrand judge, Sean Fine examines how a young Antonin Scalia once helped the Canadian government get a grip on domestic spy agencies​

• Scientists map genome of beaver as gift for Canada’s 150th birthday
Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children team try out new approach to assembling genomes

• Woman can’t sue Alberta regulator in fracking case: Supreme Court
Jessica Ernst alleges that fracking on her land northeast of Calgary released hazardous amounts of methane into her well

• Woodstock nurse accused of killing seniors faces six new charges
New charges against Elizabeth Wettlaufer include four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault

• Canadians, rejoice: Climatologist says winter is halfway done
‘If you’re whining, it’s not without cause. It has been tough’

• Flu cases on rise but seasonal peak can’t be predicted: experts
Here are some facts about the flu and how to protect your health

• Canadian judge Rosalie Abella named Global Jurist of the Year
Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella cited for exemplary record of human rights