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Alberta’s Industrial Heartland welcomes NDP approach to oil and gas processing

CALGARY — Alberta’s NDP government has made it clear it would prefer to see less of Alberta’s resources ripped and shipped, and more processed into higher value products at home.

But much remains unknown about how, precisely, the NDP may opt to encourage more value-added activity. And many question whether it’s even government’s place to get involved. READ

Alberta vaults from one of lowest minimum-wage payers to one of highest

Alberta, one of the lowest payers of minimum wage in Canada, is becoming one of the highest. READ

Head of ATB to lead panel that will review Alberta’s energy royalty system

Alberta’s NDP government has taken a first step toward fulfilling its promise to determine whether taxpayers are getting a fair portion of profits from development of their oil and gas resources. READ

Shell Canada, Capital Power welcome Alberta’s stronger carbon emissions rules

At least two big carbon emitters have given the thumbs-up to Alberta’s plan to strengthen its greenhouse gas rules over the next 18 months. READ

Alberta tweaks greenhouse gas rules, promises more substantive changes ahead

The Alberta government has tweaked its greenhouse gas reduction rules now with a promise of a complete policy on reducing climate change-causing emissions a few months down the road. 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

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

Alberta launches program to connect retired military veterans with employers

Alberta has introduced a program to help retiring Canadian Forces members find jobs outside of the military. READ

As oilpatch downturn continues, job seekers wrestle with career change

Eight months into his search for a new job in the oil and gas industry, Rashad Bayramov says he’s open to switching industries. But it’s not so simple. READ

Big Oil’s push for a carbon tax a pragmatic move, not just PR, experts say

It may seem odd to hear Big Oil tout a policy that would make it costlier to do business. READ

Restaurants Canada lays out recommendations on Alberta planned minimum wage hike

The restaurant industry is trying to set the table in advance of talks with Alberta’s NDP government about its plan to increase the hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2018. READ

Royalty rivalry: Saskatchewan courts oil and gas investment in Alberta

If energy companies are skittish about investing in Alberta, they’re welcome to set up shop next door, Saskatchewan’s economy minister said Wednesday. READ

Canada seeks $3 billion in tariffs on US products, in step toward trade war

Canada has filed a request to impose more than $3 billion a year in tariffs on the United States in the latest move in an ongoing trade dispute. READ

Critics seek tough rules for old wells

New research is raising concern about tens of thousands of dormant Alberta oil wells that don’t meet even minimum safety standards. 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

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

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