Company fined $270K, president fined $30K for Alberta Fire Code violations

Premium Fire Protection Ltd., based in Okotoks, Alta., has been found guilty of 15 fire code violations after using unqualified staff in installations. (file) Premium Fire Protection Ltd., based in Okotoks, Alta., has been found guilty of 15 fire code violations after using unqualified staff in installations. (file)

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German election to set direction after 16 years under Merkel

Germany's closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union's most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens also are eyeing at least a share of power.