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Alberta, Ottawa spend $1.35 million to keep province free of deadly pig virus

EDMONTON — The federal and Alberta governments are spending $1.35 million on a plan to help keep diseases that kill pigs out of the province.

Since last May the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED) has swept through more than 5,700 farms in 30 states in the U.S., killing millions of baby pigs. READ

CPR happy to leave Q1 behind

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. posted higher profits for the first three months of the year and beat market expectations, but CEO Hunter Harrison says he’s happy to put the quarter behind him. READ

Hancock to meet with PM Harper next week to discuss Keystone pipeline

Alberta Premier Dave Hancock will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa next week to talk about the Keystone XL pipeline. READ

TransCanada says customers remain fully committed to Keystone XL, despite delay

TransCanada Corp. says its customers are still “100 per cent” behind its proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite dimming prospects that shovels will be hitting the ground any time soon. READ

U.S. pipeline workers blast Obama administration for delaying Keystone XL

American pipeline workers are blasting a decision to delay the Keystone XL process, saying the move by the Obama administration has erased a few thousand high-paying jobs this summer. READ

No Keystone XL pipeline this year, following new delay

The Keystone XL pipeline project appears paralyzed for another year, with the U.S. administration announcing another delay in a process already beset by political and legal challenges. READ

Studies suggest public unsure of energy industry benefit

Public-opinion research contracted by Ottawa suggests the pro-resource-development Conservative government has not yet convinced Canadians of the national benefits of the energy industry. READ

Emissions crackdown praised

CALGARY — A clean-energy group is praising a decision by the Alberta Energy Regulator to crack down on emissions from oilsands development in the Peace River area. READ

Canadian government scolds Jimmy Carter over pipeline position

The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government. READ

Studies suggest public unsure of energy industry benefit

Public opinion research contracted by Ottawa suggests the pro-resource-development Conservative government has not yet convinced Canadians of the national benefits of the energy industry. READ

Cash Store granted application for creditor protection

EDMONTON — The Cash Store Financial Services Inc. (TSX:CSF) says its application for creditor protection has been granted by an Ontario court. READ

Sobeys prescribing legal battle over planned Alberta pharmacy rewards point ban

A plan by the regulator of Alberta pharmacists to ban stores from giving consumers reward points for purchases is turning into a prescription for a court battle. READ

Canada could be alternative to Russian gas — but not any time soon

CALGARY — With western sanctions threatening to tighten the taps on Russian energy exports to Europe, Canada could become an alternative supply source — but not any time soon. READ

Saputo closing four plants

MONTREAL — Cheesemaker Saputo is eagerly pursuing growth opportunities around the world while again downsizing North American operations by closing four plants — two in Alberta and two in the United States — and shifting production elsewhere in its operations. READ

Creating great living spaces for men at Port + Quarter

For some men, interior design doesn’t extend much beyond finding the right spot for their beer fridge and big-screen TV. Many others, however, want their surroundings to reflect something deeper. Enter Michelle Miazga. READ

Companies ordered to clean up former sour gas plant site

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has ordered ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corporation and Bonavista Energy Corporation to clean up the site of a former sour gas plant. 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

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