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Busy summer winds down

As the field outside my window turns a golden shade, it reminds me summer’s warm days are numbered and harvest is on the horizon. It’s great to see the crop here still standing, considering the number of hailstorms that have swirled about.

My heart always goes out to those central Alberta neighbors who’ve seen their year’s hopes flattened by the ‘big white combine’. READ

July home sales set record

July home sales in Central Alberta were as hot as the weather, with a record-breaking number of houses sold. READ

Oilsands, deepwater among riskiest energy plays in the world, report says

Some of the world’s costliest energy projects are in Alberta’s oilsands and some could be cancelled without higher oil prices, according to a new report by a financial think-tank that focuses on climate risk. READ

Whoops! Make that 42,000 July jobs, not 200, Statcan says in corrected report

The once-unimpeachable reputation of the country’s national number-cruncher suffered a body blow Friday when Statistics Canada was forced to issue a major correction to its flagship employment survey. READ

Confusing sanctions regime irks industry

Industry players say the tangle of lists that Canadian financial institutions rely on to sanction terrorists, tyrants and other troublemakers are confusing and often out of date. READ

Dots closing in October

It’s the end of a clothes-shopping era for many Central Alberta women with the pending closure of the Dots Discount Designer Wear store in downtown Red Deer. READ

New EI claims put on hold while Statistics Canada figures out jobs numbers

An error in the jobs report issued last week by Statistics Canada has resulted in a freeze on new employment insurance claims. A government official says the processing of new EI claims is being put on hold until the agency fixes the mistake. READ

Auction mart sold

A Ponoka auction mart that’s been selling cattle and other livestock since 1957 has been sold itself. READ

Statistics Canada suggests it botched July jobs numbers, new figures to come

Statistics Canada says it made an error in formulating its July jobs numbers. READ

Finance minister talks of 'prudent’ spending, tax relief in pre-election budget

With a multi-billion dollar surplus just around the corner, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver suggests the spending tap is about to be slowly turned back on in Ottawa — just in time for a general election. READ

Moscow ban on food imports is short-sighted, belligerent: industry minister

The federal industry minister says Moscow’s decision to close its borders to western agricultural imports is a short-sighted move that will hurt Russia most. READ

Canada sees drop in full-time jobs in July, 35,400 stop looking for work

Trouble in Canada’s anemic jobs market continued into July as a paltry 200 jobs were added during the month, falling spectacularly short of expectations. READ

Death knell sounding for unpaid internships? NDP MP says tide may be turning

Bell Mobility has at least temporarily scrapped a controversial program that recruits hundreds of interns each year to work without pay at the company, one of Canada’s largest and most profitable telecommunications firms. READ

Pork sanctions will hit home

Russia’s ban against Canadian pork will hit home in Alberta, but the worldwide pork shortage could soften the blow, says Alberta Pork. On Thursday, Russia announced a year-long ban on food products in response to sanctions imposed against it over the crisis in Ukraine. READ

Dallas, Jablonski headed to Alaska, Idaho for conferences

Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Cal Dallas will travel from Alaska to Idaho this month as he attends a pair of conferences. READ

NWP industries sold

An Innisfail company that’s operated in Central Alberta for more than 50 years has been sold. READ

First phase of Trinity Crossing approved

The City of Lacombe is positioned for growth, with council last week setting the stage for new residential and commercial development. Council approved rezoning for the first phase of Trinity Crossing, a new residential development in north Lacombe. READ

Canada and EU free trade deal clears major hurdle with deal on final text

Negotiators working on Canada’s free trade deal with the European Union have finalized the long-awaited text of the agreement. READ

Free shipping may soon be the new normal as retail competition intensifies

When Walmart Canada introduced free shipping on all online purchases last year, it was a clear message to its rivals that it was gearing up for a fight. READ

Former Travelaire site sold

The site of a proposed commercial centre in northwest Red Deer has changed hands. READ

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