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New cigar store in Red Deer

There are few places Jeff Lawrence would rather be than in a humidor.

The owner of Cheap Smokes & Cigars Canada, whose newest franchise opened recently in Red Deer, gushes with enthusiasm as he describes the temperature- and humidity-controlled rooms in which cigars are stored. READ

Pseudio coming to Bower Place

Bower Place is undergoing a change of clothes. RW & Co., a women’s and men’s clothing store that’s operated in the south Red Deer mall since 2009, is closing this Saturday. Poised to fill its space is Pseudio Clothing Company. READ

RV storage lot nixed

A proposed RV storage lot in Red Deer County has been turned down amid opposition from neighbours. READ

Lacombe Market Square should take shape soon

A proposed commercial development on the east side of Lacombe should soon begin to take shape. READ

Women urged to follow their dreams

Women have always played a valuable role in agriculture. But it’s becoming much more visible now. Case in point? This month’s Advancing Women Conference in Calgary attracted 570 women “from the field.” Yes, that’s 570 women in agriculture! READ

March building permits strong

Approvals for a pair of apartment buildings in Red Deer’s Vanier East neighbourhood helped boost the city’s March building permit values past the $22-million mark. READ

Ebus to expand service to Edmonton International Airport

Central Albertans using the Edmonton International Airport will soon have a new way to get there and back. Ebus has announced plans to expand its motorcoach service to include the airport south of Edmonton. Beginning May 9, the Red Arrow Motorcoach affiliate will stop there four times a day, including on routes to and from Red Deer. READ

Investing in energy may be a waiting game

Derek, what’s the best way to make some money by investing in energy today? The greatest investment opportunities tend to arise when there is the most perceived fear in the decision process. We are all aware the price of oil has declined substantially from the summer of 2014 highs. This has prompted a decline in spending, notable job cuts and reduced forecasts. READ

Estimate of bunker fuel spilled in Vancouver bay was ’conservative’: officials

Officials in charge of cleaning up a bunker fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay now say the estimate of what leaked from a grain carrier was a conservative figure. READ

Federal government updates code of conduct to adds rules for mobile payments

The code of conduct that governs credit and debit card transactions is being extended to apply to mobile payments as well, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver said Monday. READ

Bell Canada to seek consent as it vows to reintroduce ad tracking program

Bell Canada said Monday that it plans to reintroduce a program that creates consumer profiles for sale to advertisers based on the online viewing habits of the telecom giant’s cellphone customers. READ

Ontario adopts cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases

Ontario will adopt a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday before she travelled to Quebec to sign a deal with that province. READ

Tough times in oilpatch mean busier civil enforcement agencies, auction houses

As Alberta’s oilpatch slows down, John Shortridge is bracing for an onslaught of work. READ

Oilsands vs. carbon-cutting policy co-exist: experts look for a middle way

Another day, another skirmish in the all-or-nothing, zero-sum war over Canadian environment and energy policy. READ

Unemployment rate stays at 6.8 per cent in March: Statistics Canada

Canada’s economy posted a surprise job gain in March as more people found part-time work. READ

B.C. premier, Vancouver mayor criticize feds for fuel spill response

British Columbia’s premier and Vancouver’s mayor are harshly critical of the federal government for its sluggish response to a toxic fuel spill in the city’s scenic English Bay. READ

Grade 2 student finds success on Dragons’ Den

Mya Prehn has founded a thriving business, made a successful pitch to the investment moguls on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, been chosen by Mattel and Canada Dry Mott’s to represent their brands, and been featured prominently in the media. Not bad for a seven-year-old entrepreneur. READ

Alberta Craft Malting wins RED Challenge

Soon beer could taste better, people might be eating healthier and the environment may look a little cleaner — thanks to a cash infusion into three Central Alberta business ventures. READ

Land title fees set for big increase

Home buyers will have to dig a little bit deeper into their wallets, starting this summer. READ

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of group seeking to sue Ottawa over wheat board

The Supreme Court says it will not hear an appeal from a farm group that wants to sue the federal government for billions of dollars over the Canadian Wheat Board. READ

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