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Heritage livestock headed to Red Deer

Red Deer will become a heritage livestock hot spot Nov. 22 and 23, when the annual Urban Farm Show returns to Westerner Park. READ

Agri-Trade will have an international flavour

There will be plenty of farm talk at Westerner Park when the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo kicks off on Wednesday. But if you listen carefully, you might also hear Spanish, Turkish and other languages. READ

Lower credit card fees for retailers won’t help consumers, critics say

An agreement to cut the fees charged to merchants for accepting credit card payments likely won’t save consumers money, say Canada’s banks and opposition critics. READ

Residential construction set to peak

The post-recession surge in residential construction will crest in Red Deer this year and then recede in 2016, predicts Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. READ

Underutilized groups could ease labour shortage: economist

An economist with the Conference Board of Canada used a series of charts and graphs on Thursday to demonstrate something that his Red Deer audience was already painfully aware of: Alberta is suffering from a labour shortage. READ

Tim Hortons takeover by Burger King may prove stale for Canadians: study

Widespread layoffs and strict cost-cutting measures could befall Tim Hortons if Burger King’s parent company takes over the chain, says a study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. READ

PED found at pig-handling facility

Alberta Pork is reporting a positive test for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED). The producer association made the announcement in a release late Wednesday. It said the infected sample was found in office space at an undisclosed pig-handling facility in Alberta during routine testing by Alberta Pork and the Alberta government. READ

Business confidence reaching historic highs

Business confidence in Alberta appears to be moving in the opposite direction of the thermometer. READ

PSAC not panicking, despite drop in price

The drop in oil prices hasn’t caused the Petroleum Services Association of Canada to hit the panic button. But the national trade association — which represents the service, supply and manufacturing sectors of the upstream petroleum industry — is forecasting a decrease in the number of wells that will be drilled in Canada next year. READ

New set of rail safety rules announced in wake of Lac-Megantic report

The Conservative government has unveiled a new set of rules aimed at improving rail safety in Canada. READ

Camp Caddy: A camp kitchen in a box

A Lacombe couple think they’ve invented an easy way to transport cooking equipment from home to campsite, and they’re counting on crowdfunding to turn their idea into an international product. READ

Rocky Mountain House Co-op Home Centre honoured

Rocky Mountain House Co-op Home Centre has been named one of Canada’s top hardware and home-improvement stores. READ

Alberta announces more funding to help rural-based businesses flourish

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says the province is pitching in with more money to help rural-based industries. READ

Helping the new prospective home buyer

For most people, purchasing a home is the biggest financial transaction of their lives. Yet many do so with little or no formal instruction. The Home Program helps fill this void by providing prospective buyers with education, counselling, referrals and other assistance in their quest for a house to call their own READ

Equipment expo rebrands

Tens of thousands of people attend the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo in Red Deer each year. Why? Thanks to a survey conducted at last year’s show, organizers now know it’s to research and buy new equipment, and to socialize. And that’s already prompted changes to this year’s event, which runs Nov. 5 to 8 at Westerner Park. READ

BDC economist discusses keys to success

There’s no secret formula for operating a successful business. But the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) may have come up with the next best thing. READ

All-weather tires lauded

When it comes to tires, “all-season” doesn’t necessarily include winter. That’s the message Bill Gardiner is driving home during a national tour promoting the advantages of all-weather tires. The resident mechanic on TSN’s long-running TV program Motoring says all-season tires can come up short when the temperature dips below 7C. READ

Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees made lasting impressions

It may not be as high profile as Alberta’s Sports Hall of Fame on the highway near Red Deer, but our province does have an Agriculture Hall of Fame. READ

Servicing nearing completion at Energy Business Park

You can add Energy Business Park to the list of industrial parks in and around Red Deer. Servicing of the approximately 43-acre parcel on the east side of Gasoline Alley in Red Deer County is nearing completion, with paving expected to occur early next spring. READ

There is no supervisor gene

Work in any business environment requires the co-ordination of effort. This is crucial to any organization’s success. There are numerous roles and processes that enhance productivity and positive results. Two of the critical positions are the roles of a manager and a supervisor. READ

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