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Alberta extends climate change rules, including $15 tonne carbon levy, to June

EDMONTON — Alberta is extending its climate-change regulations, including the carbon levy on large emitters, for another six months.

The regulations, set to expire at the end of the year, will now be kept in force through June 2015. READ

B.C. poultry infected with avian flu virus never before seen in North America

Scientists say an avian flu virus that has resulted in the destruction of nearly 250,000 birds in British Columbia is affecting poultry in North America for the first time. READ

Scott’s Parable poised to close

A Gasoline Alley store that’s been a retail mecca for thousands of Christians is poised to close. Scott’s Parable, which specializes in Christian books, music and gifts, is slated to cease operations in August — a victim of the public’s affinity for online shopping. READ

Job vacancy rate higher than average

Local employers might cringe when they hear the unemployment rate for the Red Deer region — a rock-bottom 3.3 per cent in November. But it’s probably this area’s job vacancy rate that they can relate to most painfully. At 4.8 per cent, according to a Canadian Federation of Independent Business report issued on Tuesday, the figure — which represents the percentage of private sector jobs sitting unfilled — is more than two percentage points higher than the national average. “Alberta’s private sector job vacancy rate remains the highest in the country and has been on a slow, steady climb,” said Richard Truscott, the CFIB’s Alberta director. READ

Canadian oilsands exporters narrowly survive vote in European Parliament

Canadian oilsands exporters narrowly survived a vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday that could have once again penalized Alberta bitumen as dirty oil. READ

Not dead yet: Fight continues over EU effort to label oilsands as dirty oil

Like a movie monster from the black bog, a European Union directive that would stigmatize “dirty” imports of Canadian bitumen refuses to die. READ

Hindsight Smartplate a new take on the backup camera

Spend much time in a Costco parking lot and you’re likely see some close encounters of the vehicular kind. But the near miss that Aaron Moseson witnessed was more disturbing than most. READ

Email and text communication — six basic rules for each

In my most recent column I recapped an online article that highlighted five key points for effective interpersonal conversations. READ

DOSE opens second location at south Red Deer yoga studio

A popular downtown coffee shop is stretching out to a south Red Deer yoga studio. READ

Premier says low oil prices punch $6B-$7B hole in budget

Premier Jim Prentice says if oil prices continue to remain low, they will blow a $6 billion to $7 billion hole in the $40-billion provincial budget and no Albertan will be spared the pain. READ

Ottawa introduces bill to modernize grain sector rules to help industry grow

The federal government is continuing its overhaul of rules governing the grain sector with legislation aimed at ensuring producers get paid for their crops and to allow for the testing of grain in Eastern Canada. READ

Harper calls oil and gas regs 'crazy economic policy' in times of cheap oil

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has definitively slammed the door on regulating Canada's oil and gas sector, calling it a “crazy, crazy” economic policy under current global oil prices. READ

Competition bureau to get new powers to probe Canada-US price gap: Moore

Canada's competition bureau is getting new powers to investigate why many items cost less in the United States. READ

Athabasca River water very low in lead from oilsands: University of Alberta lab

New research suggests that heavy metals released from the oilsands aren't finding their way into nearby rivers. READ

Canada loses 10,700 jobs in November, jobless rate up slightly to 6.6 per cent

OTTAWA —The Canadian economy shed 10,700 net jobs last month and nudged the unemployment rate up slightly to 6.6 per cent, the latest labour-market survey said Friday. READ

Bank of Canada maintains interest rate as low oil prices offset healing economy

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is keeping the trend-setting interest rate at one per cent, even as Canada's recent economic performance has the look of a “broadening recovery.” READ

Outgoing AIMCo chief says sales tax shouldn't be off the table in Alberta

The outgoing CEO of Alberta Investment Management Corp. says a sales tax should not be off the table in a province whose finances are vulnerable to oil price swings. READ

Concerns about E. coli prompt ground beef recall in Western Canada

Federal health officials are recalling packages of ground beef produced by food giant Cargill due to concerns about E. coli. READ

Prentice and Couillard reiterate their respective positions on Energy East

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Quebec's Philippe Couillard met today and discussed various issues, including the proposed Energy East pipeline. READ

Critics seek tough rules for old wells

New research is raising concern about tens of thousands of dormant Alberta oil wells that don’t meet even minimum safety standards. READ

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