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Alberta judge quashes decision that ruled against Suncor random drug tests

EDMONTON — Oilsands giant Suncor Energy has won the latest round in its push to randomly test thousands of workers for drugs and alcohol in northern Alberta.

A Court of Queen's Bench judge has quashed a 2014 arbitration panel ruling that determined the proposed testing plan would violate the privacy of union workers represented by Unifor. READ

Wildfire's return stalls recovery plans for Fort McMurray oilsands industry

Plans to quickly restart oilsands production in northern Alberta were turned upside down Tuesday after the Fort McMurray wildfire erupted with renewed vengeance, forcing thousands of workers to scramble to safety. READ

Shell Canada reopens first oilsands mine shut due to Alberta wildfire

The first oilsands mine shut down by wildfires in the Fort McMurray region a week ago has been restarted. READ

Alberta power grid regulator finalizing plan to boost renewable energy investment

The head of Alberta's power grid operator says he expects to finish a report before the end of the month on how to increase renewable energy investments in the province. READ

As risk of farm losses rise, so too do number of farmers buying crop insurance

Kelly McIntyre has tilled the soils of northwestern Alberta for more than 30 years, but only this spring did he conclude that he needed crop insurance. 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

Notley stresses importance of environment in speech to Montreal business group

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government intends to do a much better job at living up to its responsibility to be part of the solution on climate change. 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

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

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

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

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