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WestJet plans to have wide-body planes by fall 2015

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) said Monday it aims to have its own wide-body aircraft in the sky next year, setting the stage for a possible international expansion.

The bigger planes will offer greater range than WestJet’s current fleet of Boeing 737s and allow it to compete with Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) on more routes. READ

Trudeau slams Tory handling of TFW file, most ’anti-Alberta’ program in years

Justin Trudeau is describing the government’s embattled temporary foreign worker program as among the most anti-Alberta federal policies in years. READ

Academics call for oilsands moratorium

Canada needs a moratorium on new oilsands projects and pipelines, says a group of Canadian and U.S. academics. READ

China behind new LNG plant for Alberta

EDMONTON — A Chinese firm is behind a new Alberta joint-venture company that wants to build a liquefied natural gas plant in the province. READ

Oil, agriculture to buoy economy in West

Economically speaking, Western Canada should still be one of the best places in the world to live in 2012, a banking expert says. READ

TransCanada may be able to sped up urgently needed leg of Keystone pipeline

It may be possible for TransCanada Corp. to build the most urgently needed leg of its delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline as early as next year, an executive with the pipeline giant said Wednesday. READ

Shaw interested in some of Canwest's assets

The chief executive officer of Shaw Communication Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) confirmed Thursday that his company has been looking at buying some of Canwest’s assets, although he wouldn’t say what has caught his interest. READ

Cash Store reports big increase in Q2 profit

EDMONTON — Lender of last resort The Cash Store Financial Services Inc. (TSX:CSF) announced Wednesday it was boosting its dividend after reporting a major increase in second-quarter profits. READ

Finning posts loss

VANCOUVER — Finning International Inc. (TSX:FTT) shares sank Wednesday after the heavy equipment dealer said revenues and earnings fell more than analysts expected as the recession hit all of its businesses. READ

Missing man’s father seeks answers

The father of a slain Medicine Hat man says he is searching for answers in his son’s killing. READ

Canpages directory should be bigger

The Canpages directory should make a louder thump when it hits Central Alberta doorsteps this year. READ

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation one of best workplaces

Looking for a good place to work? You might want to send your resume to Agriculture Financial Services Corporation. READ

Senior managers, for hire

In the spring of 2006, Permolex Ltd. was in need of executive help. READ

Families finally getting flood relief?

A family that suffered flooding near Garrington Bridge on the Red Deer River last May will receive disaster assistance from the provincial government. READ

Real estate stability expected

Sellers like to see prices rising; buyers like to see them falling. READ

About 1,000 layoffs coming at Pratt & Whitney Canada because of global slowdown

MONTREAL — Many Pratt & Whitney Canada employees were disappointed but not entirely surprised to learn Wednesday the Quebec-based aircraft-engine manufacturer will lay off as many as 1,000 people worldwide over the coming months. READ

BoC predicting short, deep recession

OTTAWA — Canada’s central bank says the current recession will be deep and painful but relatively short-lived. READ

Albert's gets ready

Albert’s Family Restaurant Lounge owner David Murphy puts a shine to the draft taps in the lounge of his restaurant in the downtown Co-op Shopping Centre on Thursday. READ

Central Alberta homes ‘holding value’

Despite lower sales volumes, homes in Central Alberta generally held their value in 2008. READ

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