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Minimum wage rise won’t have big impact locally

Red Deer’s strong labour market means the impending increase to the minimum wage will have limited impact, according to the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce.

But unionized workers are on average ahead of non-unionized workers in Red Deer, earning $6-plus more an hour ,according to research done by the Canadian Labour Congress. READ

Busy summer winds down

As the field outside my window turns a golden shade, it reminds me summer’s warm days are numbered and harvest is on the horizon. It’s great to see the crop here still standing, considering the number of hailstorms that have swirled about. READ

July home sales set record

July home sales in Central Alberta were as hot as the weather, with a record-breaking number of houses sold. READ

Dots closing in October

It’s the end of a clothes-shopping era for many Central Alberta women with the pending closure of the Dots Discount Designer Wear store in downtown Red Deer. READ

10.3 per cent jump in housing starts predicted

Canada’s national housing agency continues to elevate its projections for Red Deer’s residential construction sector, and is now forecasting a 10.3 per cent jump in housing starts this year as compared with 2013. READ

Rifco cites staff turnover for lower second quarter income

Rifco Inc. (TSXV: RFC) saw its second quarter income slip from a year ago — a development the company attributed to staff turnover in key departments. READ

High Arctic Energy Services revenues and earnings spike in Q2

High Arctic Energy Services Inc. (TSX: HWO) posted a year-over-year spike in revenues and earnings for its second quarter. READ

Gamehost profits improve by 16%

Gamehost Inc. (TSX: GH) posted profits of $6.5 million for the three months ended June 30 — a 16 per cent improvement over the same period in 2013. READ

AltaLink expects Western Alberta Transmission Line to be done by the middle of next year

Two decades ago, the Alberta government attempted to forecast the province’s electricity needs. READ

Edgar Farms hard hit by hail storms

Doug Edgar has seen 46 crops at his Innisfail-area farm and never faced a worse hail season. READ

Auction mart sold

A Ponoka auction mart that’s been selling cattle and other livestock since 1957 has been sold itself. READ

Housing starts continue to outpace 2013

New home construction in Red Deer continues to exceed 2013 levels, with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reporting that there were 50 housing starts in the city last month — up from 36 in July 2013. Starts on single-detached homes numbered 36, with units in multi-family projects adding another 14. Last year, the tallies for July were 32 and four respectively. READ

Pork sanctions will hit home

Russia’s ban against Canadian pork will hit home in Alberta, but the worldwide pork shortage could soften the blow, says Alberta Pork. On Thursday, Russia announced a year-long ban on food products in response to sanctions imposed against it over the crisis in Ukraine. READ

Building permits up

Building permit values surged in Red Deer last month, with the city approving $21.4 million in construction. That marked a nearly 20 per cent increase over the $17.9 million worth of permits issued in July 2013. The residential sector remains strong, with building permits for nearly $11 million in work authorized last month, up from $8.8 million a year earlier. READ

Parkland fuel earnings drop

Parkland Fuel Corp. (TSX: PKI) has reported net earnings of $6.9 million for the three months ended June 30, a 66 per cent drop from the $20.3 million earned in the same quarter of 2013. READ

Dallas, Jablonski headed to Alaska, Idaho for conferences

Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Cal Dallas will travel from Alaska to Idaho this month as he attends a pair of conferences. READ

NWP industries sold

An Innisfail company that’s operated in Central Alberta for more than 50 years has been sold. READ

First phase of Trinity Crossing approved

The City of Lacombe is positioned for growth, with council last week setting the stage for new residential and commercial development. Council approved rezoning for the first phase of Trinity Crossing, a new residential development in north Lacombe. READ

LGI arrives, expects Red Deer to be Alberta hub

The name LGI Industrial and Construction Supplies may not be well known in Alberta. But Paul Lantz is working to change this — one business at a time. 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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