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Another N.W.T. aboriginal group sues Ottawa over resource control

YELLOWKNIFE — Another group of northern aboriginals is taking the federal government to court in a dispute over resource development.

The Sahtu Secretariat, which controls a large section of the central Northwest Territories, says a regulatory board Ottawa is setting up in the North violates hard-won treaty rights. READ

OSC bans Conrad Black from holding company director, officer roles

Former media baron Conrad Black has been permanently banned from acting as a corporate director or officer of a public or private company in Ontario. READ

An arena for the ages

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t had much to brag about in recent years. But that should change next year, when the NHL team moves from tired Rexall Place to shimmering Rogers Place Arena. READ

Outdoor show more than just fishing and hunting

After 49 years, you’d think the Red Deer Sportsman & Outdoor Adventure Show would have built up a substantial following. But Jeff Chocholacek, who’s managed the Red Deer Fish & Game Association-organized show for the past decade, thinks the event isn’t drawing the people that it should. READ

Livestock welfare can be a matter of trust

Those who work with livestock can take great pride in their vocation — but they also shoulder great responsibility. READ

Central Alberta Co-op adding stores in Timberlands North

Central Alberta Co-op is expanding its retail network in Red Deer, with a grocery store, gas bar and liquor store proposed for Timberlands North. READ

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the privately funded Canadian Keystone XL oil pipeline. READ

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says impact of oil drop still unclear

The impact of lower oil prices and how much they will hurt Canada’s economy remains unclear, but last month’s surprise rate cut gives the Bank of Canada time to figure out how best to steer the country back toward stability, bank governor Stephen Poloz said Tuesday. READ

The biggest threat is fear, irrational decision-making: Hirsch

In his 1933 inauguration speech, then United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt suggested that “the only thing we have to fear is . . . fear itself.” READ

Obama intends to quietly kill off Keystone XL bill, White House confirms

President Barack Obama is about to make good on his oft-stated threat to veto legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline, a spokesman announced Monday. READ

Feds introduce new liability standards, safety inspection rules for railways

The federal government says it will beef up rail safety inspections, demand higher insurance liability from small carriers and create a disaster relief fund paid for by oil producers — the latest response to 2013’s deadly oil-by-rail tragedy in Lac-Megantic, Que. READ

Fallout from BSE case temporary: Minister

Alberta is not expecting its international beef markets to start slamming shut their doors after the latest case of mad cow disease, says the province’s agriculture minister. READ

Home sales down in January

Central Alberta January home sales were down almost 23 per cent from a year earlier as the oil price slump made its presence felt. “The sharp slowdown from very strong levels just one month earlier closely mirrors activity in the rest of the province, as low oil prices have shaken consumer confidence,” says Central Alberta Realtors Association president Lorna Moore in her monthly update released on Thursday. READ

Fatburger thrilled with location at Gasoline Alley

Frank Di Benedetto oversees nearly 45 Fatburger restaurants in Canada. His latest, which officially opens in Gasoline Alley tomorrow, could be in one of the best locations. READ

Busy target pharmacy moving

Consumers’ response to Target coming to Canada might have been tepid, but their support of the retail chain’s Red Deer pharmacy was anything but. READ

RCMP lays fraud, corruption charges against SNC-Lavalin, subsidiaries

The RCMP has laid fraud and corruption charges against Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and two of its subsidiaries. READ

Alberta axes 3 trade offices to save $3.1M, will continue focus on Asian markets

Alberta is pulling back on its foreign trade offices to save money and focus on emerging markets in Asia. READ

Greece to make proposal to creditors, but unclear whether it would be accepted

Greece was preparing Wednesday to present its creditors with an official proposal aimed to save bailout talks from collapse, as time is running out for a deal that would keep the country solvent and within the euro currency bloc. READ

New restaurant opening in Rocky

A journeyman plumber/gasfitter from Rocky Mountain House who showcased her culinary skills on national TV is preparing to open a restaurant. READ

Always something new to learn in agriculture

It’s invigorating to learn new things and meet enthusiastic people, and I’ve had a good winter dose of that this year! Broadening horizons is good for the view. READ

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