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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.

The World Trade Organization released a ruling Monday that said U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico. 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

Conservative changes to EI could cost Canada jobs, Budget watchdog warns

The Harper government’s $550-million small-business job credit will create just 800 net new jobs in 2015-16, while a freeze in employment insurance premiums could cost the economy 10,000 jobs over the same period, Canada’s parliamentary budget office says. READ

September a strong month for housing starts

September was a prolific month for multi-unit home construction in Red Deer, based on the latest report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. READ

Restaurateur jumps into barbecue big leagues

The activities of teenage boys are many and varied, but Dylan Cave pushed the boundaries with one of his youthful pursuits. The self-described “carnivore” developed an early affinity for barbecuing, especially the wood-smoked variety. After experimenting with charcoal and wood chips on a propane barbecue — with delicious results — he jumped into the barbecue big leagues. READ

Red Deer Chamber policies adopted by national chamber

Three policy resolutions from the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce have been adopted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. READ

Reverse Dealer: A different way to sell a car

Chris Schellenberger is looking to shake up the auto resale industry. The Blackfalds resident is poised to launch Reverse Dealer — a business that will offer buyers and sellers of used vehicles a hybrid between dealerships and private sales. The result will be extra money in the pockets of both parties, he said. READ

Canada losing its edge online because of slow digital take-up by firms: report

A new report warns that Canada is losing its international edge on the Internet because businesses are slow to take up digital technology. READ

Leaders at work

By all reports, the 2014 Leadership Conference held in Red Deer on Sept. 22 and 23 was a great event. The lineup of keynote and session presenters offered useful and inspirational messages on a range of topics. READ

Europe considers measure that could ease oilsands imports

The European Union is considering a proposal that could ease restrictions on importing crude derived from the oilsands. READ

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