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In terms of the employment rate, Canada far from first in G7 during the recovery

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Joe Oliver and his predecessor have been fond of trumpeting Canada’s economic and job creation performance since the recession, claiming it is unequalled among the Group of Seven large industrialized nations.

The minister made the boast again this week in a speech to employers in Halifax, noting that “our government has created over one million net new jobs ... the strongest job growth over the recovery among G7 countries.” READ

Ottawa phases out unsafe rail tank cars

The federal government is ordering the 5,000 most dangerous tank cars off the rails as it adopts the major rail safety recommendations of the Transportation Safety Board in the wake of the tragedy last summer in Lac Megantic. READ

McDonald’s restaurants put foreign worker program on hold, conducts audit

McDonald’s Canada is putting its temporary foreign workers program on hold while a third party conducts an audit on its use of the plan. READ

Cdn oil and gas look good to Europe amid Ukraine troubles: Polish ambassador

The Polish ambassador to Canada says the Russian invasion of Crimea is making Alberta’s oil and gas more attractive in European capitals. READ

Hancock to meet with PM Harper next week to discuss Keystone pipeline

Alberta Premier Dave Hancock will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa next week to talk about the Keystone XL pipeline. READ

Ottawa must keep cap on ’reckless’ spending over next year: finance minister

Finance Minister Joe Oliver says he plans to resist pressures to stimulate the economy with federal money as Ottawa remains focused on bringing in a balanced budget next year. READ

TransCanada says customers remain fully committed to Keystone XL, despite delay

TransCanada Corp. says its customers are still “100 per cent” behind its proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite dimming prospects that shovels will be hitting the ground any time soon. READ

U.S. pipeline workers blast Obama administration for delaying Keystone XL

American pipeline workers are blasting a decision to delay the Keystone XL process, saying the move by the Obama administration has erased a few thousand high-paying jobs this summer. READ

No Keystone XL pipeline this year, following new delay

The Keystone XL pipeline project appears paralyzed for another year, with the U.S. administration announcing another delay in a process already beset by political and legal challenges. READ

Canadian government scolds Jimmy Carter over pipeline position

The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government. READ

Studies suggest public unsure of energy industry benefit

Public opinion research contracted by Ottawa suggests the pro-resource-development Conservative government has not yet convinced Canadians of the national benefits of the energy industry. READ

Sobeys prescribing legal battle over planned Alberta pharmacy rewards point ban

A plan by the regulator of Alberta pharmacists to ban stores from giving consumers reward points for purchases is turning into a prescription for a court battle. READ

Kitimat, B.C., residents vote no to pipeline

KITIMAT, B.C. — The residents of Kitimat, B.C. have voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project in a non-binding plebiscite. READ

Air Spray Aviation continues to grow

The business of fighting forest fires is hot and cold, with the manpower requirements of companies like Air Spray Aviation rising and falling with the seasons. READ

Express Employment planning to open office in Red Deer

One of North America’s biggest staffing agencies plans to set up shop in Red Deer. Express Employment Professionals expects to open an office in the city by July or August, said Fred Muse, senior director of franchise development for the Oklahoma-based company. READ

Residential building stays ahead of pace

Residential construction activity in Red Deer remains ahead of last year’s pace, with housing starts in the first quarter of 2014 up 20.8 per cent over the same period a year ago. READ

The importance of teamwork in the workplace

Last week I attended a business conference in Atlanta, Ga. The most inspirational session was a presentation by keynote speaker Pat Lencioni. READ

Apartment construction

A worker cleans away a layer of snow from the tops of walls on a multi-family building being constructed at 34th Street and 49th Avenue in Red Deer. The IMC Construction Ltd. project consists of 24 residential units spread over three storeys, with underground parking. The building will face the new kindergarten-to-Grade 12 Francophone school being developed on the east side of 49th Avenue. READ

Alberta eases road bans to help get grain moving

The province is trying to ease the burden for farmers sitting on bins full of grain. It’s allowing them to haul grain from storage to elevators on provincial highways that are subject to road bans. READ

Follow sound principles with markets

“Derek, I’m trying to time the markets. When is a good time to get back in?” Every investor dreams of buying low and selling high, but of course this is not easily accomplished. READ

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