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Helping the new prospective home buyer

For most people, purchasing a home is the biggest financial transaction of their lives. Yet many do so with little or no formal instruction.

The Home Program helps fill this void by providing prospective buyers with education, counselling, referrals and other assistance in their quest for a house to call their own. Launched in Edmonton in 2001, the program has been offered in Red Deer, but disappeared in recent years. READ

BDC economist discusses keys to success

There’s no secret formula for operating a successful business. But the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) may have come up with the next best thing. READ

All-weather tires lauded

When it comes to tires, “all-season” doesn’t necessarily include winter. That’s the message Bill Gardiner is driving home during a national tour promoting the advantages of all-weather tires. The resident mechanic on TSN’s long-running TV program Motoring says all-season tires can come up short when the temperature dips below 7C. READ

Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees made lasting impressions

It may not be as high profile as Alberta’s Sports Hall of Fame on the highway near Red Deer, but our province does have an Agriculture Hall of Fame. READ

Servicing nearing completion at Energy Business Park

You can add Energy Business Park to the list of industrial parks in and around Red Deer. Servicing of the approximately 43-acre parcel on the east side of Gasoline Alley in Red Deer County is nearing completion, with paving expected to occur early next spring. READ

There is no supervisor gene

Work in any business environment requires the co-ordination of effort. This is crucial to any organization’s success. There are numerous roles and processes that enhance productivity and positive results. Two of the critical positions are the roles of a manager and a supervisor. READ

September home sales set record

The “R” word hasn’t been used much in real estate circles since the heady days preceding the 2008 recession. But it’s becoming tough to discuss Central Alberta’s residential resale market without talking about records. READ

Red Deer among the most business-friendly cities in the country

It’s slipped a bit down the entrepreneurial pole, but Red Deer can still claim to be one of the most business-friendly cities in the country. READ

Canada wins a round in ongoing trade battle with U.S. over meat-labelling laws

Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the United States over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries. READ

New music store downtown

Downtown Red Deer will soon have a melodious addition to its retail lineup. Music Centre Canada is preparing to open at the corner of Gaetz Avenue and 48th Street at No. 107, 4815 50th Ave. — the former site of the Business Development Bank of Canada. READ

Pig virus found at handling facility

A deadly pig virus has been found in Alberta. Alberta Pork reported on Thursday that swine delta coronavirus (SDCV) was detected at a pig-handling facility in the province during a recent check. It said the infected sample was not taken from a farm or a sick animal, and pointed out that SDCV is not transmissible to people and does not present a human health risk READ

Trail Appliances relocating to Gasoline Alley

Red Deer is losing a longtime business to Gasoline Alley. Trail Appliances plans to relocate from 2823 Bremner Ave. to 557 Lantern St., which is northwest of Cam Clark Ford. READ

TFW cap impacts labour shortage: Kobly

Think Alberta’s labour shortage is severe now? Wait until July 2016. That’s when the federal government’s cap on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers that a business can employ will have been ratcheted down to 10 per cent of its workforce — a reduction that, when combined with Alberta’s current labour shortfall of about 50,000 people, will leave a provincial deficit of 90,000 employees. READ

Tilted Kilt slated to open this week in Bower Plaza

Central Albertans will soon be able to munch on Irish nachos, Gaelic chicken, shepherd’s pie and a variety of other British Isles-themed dishes. And they’ll have a choice of 36 draft beers and an assortment of bottled beverages with which to wash that food down. READ

Facility vows to end abuse

The chairman of the Western Hog Exchange says his organization is taking steps to prevent the kind of animal abuse that was shown on video broadcast by CTV’s investigative program W5 on Saturday. READ

Finance Minister hints tax cuts on the table for fall update; no date announced

Tax relief is on the way for Canadians, and Finance Minister Joe Oliver hinted Tuesday it could arrive as early as the annual fall economic update. READ

Hog abuse claims prompt probe

An animal rights group is urging the federal government to finally move forward with updated transportation regulations after allegations of abuse at a hog facility in Red Deer. READ

Warm weather hastens harvest

Recent warm weather has given Central Alberta farmers a boost in their efforts to bring in the 2014 crop. READ

Economy adds 74,100 jobs in September, drops unemployment rate to 6.8 per cent

The latest Canadian labour report suggests the job market bounced back in a big way last month, generating 74,100 net new positions and knocking the unemployment rate down to its lowest level in nearly six years. READ

Pot should be legalized, regulated and sold like alcohol, says addiction centre

Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. READ

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