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Nova Chemicals' expansion on target for startup late next year

The workforce is ramping up on Nova Chemicals’ $1-billion polyethylene plant expansion.

About 400 to 450 contract workers are on the project and more will be added over the summer until reaching a September peak of 800, a number that will hold steady for about six months. READ

Local economy predicted to slump

Red Deer’s economy will shrink this year because of slumping oil prices, predicts the Conference Board of Canada. However, city and Red Deer Chamber of Commerce representatives are more bullish on the local economy. READ

Initiative should create economic boost for Clearwater County

When hoped-for industrial developers didn’t appear, Clearwater County took matters into its own hands. READ

Volunteers make the difference

The fair and rodeo season is underway in Central Alberta. Everyone enjoys taking in the festivities. But they don’t ‘just happen’. They take a lot of organizing and participating. It’s the volunteer spirit behind these events that always inspires me. READ

Work less, accomplish more

There is a big difference between being busy and being productive. Most business owners are very busy, but not necessarily busy doing the right things. It’s critical that you have clarity about what your role demands, then focus on the activities that fit that role. READ

Frame It adding arts and crafts

Whimsical art dolls, locally-made jewelry and hand-built ceramic and glass items are making their way into Red Deer’s The Frame-It Store. Shop owners Matt Gould and his life and business partner Keith McPhedran are diversifying their custom-framing business by opening an in-store Makers’ Emporium READ

Hudsons Pub coming to downtown Red Deer

A new pub and outdoor patio is planned for one of Red Deer’s most visible downtown locations. Hudsons Canada’s Pub will be located on the main level of the 12-storey Executive Place building at 4900 50th St. The City of Red Deer’s Municipal Planning Commission approved the development permit on Wednesday. Hudsons now needs to apply for building permits. READ

Hudsons Canada's Pub coming to downtown

A new pub and outdoor patio is planned for one of Red Deer’s most visible downtown locations. READ

Gluten-free bakery rising in Fairview

Red Deer’s only gluten-free bakery and cafe will soon open its doors in Fairview. READ

Apartment vacancy rates climb amidst economic downturn

Signs of Alberta’s economic downturn are showing up in rental markets. READ

Microbrewery opens on Saturday

With the days ticking down until Red Deer’s newest brewery officially opens, the trio behind it have already started canning their first beer for public consumption. READ

Use the Pareto Principle to evaluate productivity

Advanced technology has produced a variety of tools that support businesses operations, everything from handling daily tasks to managing large-scale projects. Something new and exciting is released almost weekly. READ

Red Deer couple charged under Alberta's Employment Standards

A Red Deer couple who allegedly exploited temporary foreign workers at a Gasoline Alley hotel are facing more charges. 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

News outlet will take to cyberspace

It’s been 5 1/2 years since CHCA-TV went black and Red Deer lost its only local television station. But a former videographer and producer at the station now hopes to fill part of the lingering void. 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

Hog exchange owner reacts to video showing abuse

Hidden-camera video shot at Western Hog Exchange’s handling facilities in Red Deer has attracted the scrutiny of CTV’s investigative program W5. READ

DataCan buys Lee’s Specialties

The business formerly known as Lee Specialties has been purchased by DataCan Services Corp. READ

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