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Consumers should vote 'with their dollars and eyeballs,’ Netflix tells CRTC


GATINEAU, Que. — Regulating the Internet to help boost Canadian content will only hurt consumers, a Netflix executive told the country’s broadcast regulator on Friday before being ordered to hand over confidential company information. READ

Dialed in: Sylvan Lake, Ponoka close to landing FM stations

Sylvan Lake and Ponoka are each a CRTC stamp of approval away from getting their own radio stations. READ

New buildings for Netook Construction, Moody’s Equipment well underway

The landscape east of Olds continues to evolve, as development progresses at Netook Crossing. New buildings for Moody’s Equipment and Netook Construction are well underway, with Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd. planning to build there as well. READ

Ag innovation and technology on display

As I write this, out my window the swathers are taking a snow-flattened field of barley and turning it into fluffy swaths, ready for the combine. It’s a much different scene than one week ago, when the world was white and winter was on the radar. But we didn’t skip fall after all, and that means harvest is happening. READ

Kids & Company opens in Red Deer

Nobody can accuse Victoria Sopik of being an underachiever. As a mother, she raised eight children; as an entrepreneur, she built a national company. And Sopik managed to link the two pursuits. READ

Pension decision can come down to numbers

“Derek, I’m ready to retire and I need to decide whether to take regular monthly payments from my company pension, or get paid out a lump sum and invest on my own. What should I do? READ

Industrial vacancy rates remain low

Demand for industrial property in and around Red Deer may have eased slightly, suggests a recent survey of the market. But vacancy rates remain low. READ

Peters’ Drive-In coming to Gasoline Alley

For 50 years, Peters’ Drive-In has been attracting long line-ups in Calgary. Customers could soon be queuing up in Gasoline Alley as well. The owners of the famed burger joint plan to open a second location on Leva Avenue, south of Largo Street. They hope to begin serving customers some time between the spring and fall of 2015. READ

New hotel being built in Lacombe

Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie pledged to attract a new hotel to the city, and on Monday he was able to confirm that he’d delivered. With a Stretch Construction Ltd. crew working in the background, Christie spoke enthusiastically about the impact the 83-room Best Western Plus Lacombe Inn & Suites will have on his community. READ

Cam Clark Ford getting new building in Olds

Cam Clark Ford will soon have more leg room in Olds. The auto group is developing a new building at the former Olds High School north of Hwy 27. It will replace Cam Clark Ford’s existing dealership building at 5642 46th St. READ

Currency markets no place for Bank of Canada to intervene, Poloz says

The Bank of Canada is reinforcing its hands-off position when it comes to influencing the Canadian dollar. READ

Alberta woman loses fracking case appeal, wants to take case to Supreme Court

An Alberta woman has lost her appeal to sue the province’s energy regulator over hydraulic fracturing on her property. Jessica Ernst launched a $33-million lawsuit against the Alberta government, the province’s energy regulator and energy company Encana (TSX:ECA). READ

Canada ratifies investment deal with China despite misgivings

Canada has ratified the contentious Foreign Investment Protection Agreement with China. READ

Many promising opportunities in tourism: Richards

Those who recall Canada’s centennial celebrations might be surprised to learn about a big tourism event looming on the horizon: the 150th anniversary of confederation. READ

Dreeshen wants transatlantic business

Canada and the European Union have yet to formally sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen is encouraging exporters to start reaching out across the Atlantic. READ

New developments in Sylvan Lake set to open in Spring

Sylvan Lake’s latest developments-with-a-view are expected to be ready by next spring. READ

Parkland Mall Safeway will close Dec. 6

Red Deer will officially become a one-Safeway town on Dec. 6. That’s the day the Safeway store in Parkland Mall will cease operations, leaving only the Port O’ Call Safeway at 4408 Gaetz Ave. to represent the grocery brand in the city. READ

Telecom giant says U.S. channels need to be included in smaller basic cable

While predicting a sea change in how Canadians get their TV programming, one of the country’s biggest cable-service providers rejects the idea of allowing viewers to pay for television channels one at a time. READ

Ottawa cuts employment premiums for small businesses for 2015, 2016

Ottawa announced Thursday that it will cut employment insurance premiums for small businesses for the next two years, a move it billed will save employers more than $550 million. READ

Crops under siege

Already reeling from unseasonal snowfall that flattened fields and put the brakes on this year’s harvest, Central Alberta farmers were bracing last night for a killing frost that would further undermine the yield and quality of their 2014 crops. READ

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