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Brewers applaud changes to beer rules

Local brewers are toasting the Alberta government’s latest move in the trade game involving beer sales across the three western provinces.

Earlier this week, Finance Minister Joe Ceci announced that the markup of $1.25 per litre charged against wholesale beers would be applied equally to all breweries, small medium and large, effective Aug. 5. Previously, smaller breweries in the three western provinces were exempted from the markup in a policy aimed at stimulating growth. READ

Rising debt of Canada's provinces, municipalities fiscally unsustainable: PBO

The federal budget watchdog is sounding the alarm about the growing level of net debt being accumulated by Canada's provinces, territories and local governments. READ

Trump levels clear warning shot as NAFTA leaders gather in Canada

Donald Trump has delivered his most explicit threat to smash the North American Free Trade Agreement just as the continent's three leaders gather to discuss building new ties. READ

Canada, Mexico clear air over visas on Mexican visitors, Canadian beef

Canada and Mexico moved Tuesday to rid themselves of long-standing trade and travel irritants, touting their relationship as a model against the growing strains of protectionism and isolation in the U.S. and Britain. READ

New café hopes to bring a little taste of Europe to Red Deer

As any world traveller knows, Europeans know how to do cafés and bakeries. They are more than a place to grab a coffee and a quick bite. They are part of the culture. READ

Economy adds 12,000 jobs in September, unemployment rate rises to 7.1 per cent

The Canadian economy added 12,000 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate climbed to its highest level since February 2014 as more people entered the labour force. READ

Greek government asks for 3-year aid program, races to submit suitable reforms proposal

Greece requested a new three-year rescue program from its European partners on Wednesday and rushed to complete a detailed plan of economic reforms in time to avoid the country’s descent into financial chaos. READ

Two new fitness clubs planned for Parkland Mall

Side-by-side fitness clubs operated by the same company are planned at Parkland Mall next year. Located in the former Sears site at the mall, a 63,000-square-foot GoodLife Fitness and a 12,000- square-foot Fit4Less by GoodLife are expected to open next spring. READ

An all-women brew

The latest beer to emerge from the Olds College brewmaster and brewery operations management program is a pale ale that owes its existence to a woman’s touch — or, more accurately, the touch of seven women. READ

Cineplex to offer UltraAVX

Red Deer will officially become an UltraAVX community on Friday. Movie enthusiasts will recognize the UltraAVX name as Cineplex Inc.’s premiere offering, with its sharpest picture, crispest sound and most comfortable seating. It was rolled out in a handful of Canadian theatres in 2010, and has since spread to about 60 locations. “They’ve been hugely popular,” said Mike Langdon, director of communications with Cineplex. READ

Bower Place Shopping Centre rebranding

Bower Place Shopping Centre has rebranded itself as Bower Place. READ

Nortel not just Canadian company, IP not solely created in Canada: U.S. lawyer

TORONTO — It’s a fallacy to think of Nortel Networks as just a Canadian company and that its intellectual property was created solely in Canada, a lawyer for its U.S. subsidiary said Tuesday at a cross-border bankruptcy trial that will decide how remaining assets are shared among creditors. 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

Five levels of an entrepreneur

In his online article in “The Owl” in early August, Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, reported some revealing statistics. In June 2014, 395,991 companies were registered in Alberta. According to Statistics Canada, nearly 60 per cent of those companies were “micro-businesses,” employing just one to four people. Another 17 per cent employed fewer than 10 people. READ

Business confidence up in August

Alberta business owners regained some of their swagger in August, according to the latest survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. READ

Oliver rejects report calling for spending to create jobs, less focus on deficit

Finance Minister Joe Oliver is rejecting a recommendation from a report issued by the C.D. Howe Institute that he focus more on creating jobs than eliminating a tiny deficit. READ

Building blitz in Blackfalds

If residential growth is an indicator of economic health, the town of Blackfalds is hale and hearty. READ

Mancuso motivated to give back

Dom Mancuso blames Don Oszli — with a good measure of gratitude. Mancuso, who is general manager and a partner at Red Deer’s Northland Construction Supplies, became chair of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce executive committee three weeks ago. READ

Kenney’s TFW overhaul a gutting of program, say small businesses

OTTAWA — The Conservative government’s controversial temporary foreign worker program got another makeover Friday with limits on where low-paid hires can work and strict penalties for companies that fudge their requests for cheap help. READ

Plenty of opportunities for growing hemp

Ruth DeSantis has a word of advice for Central Alberta farmers who are tired of seeding canola and grain. Hemp. READ

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