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New hotel being built in Lacombe

Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie pledged to attract a new hotel to the city, and on Monday he was able to confirm that he’d delivered.

With a Stretch Construction Ltd. crew working in the background, Christie spoke enthusiastically about the impact the 83-room Best Western Plus Lacombe Inn & Suites will have on his community. READ

Alberta woman loses fracking case appeal, wants to take case to Supreme Court

An Alberta woman has lost her appeal to sue the province’s energy regulator over hydraulic fracturing on her property. Jessica Ernst launched a $33-million lawsuit against the Alberta government, the province’s energy regulator and energy company Encana (TSX:ECA). READ

Alberta says 100 people have gotten ill from E. coli linked to raw pork products

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says 100 people have gotten ill from E. coli linked to a raw pork products, including 19 people who have been hospitalized. READ

Northern Gateway pipeline unlikely to start up by 2018, project president says

The president of the Northern Gateway pipeline says it’s unlikely the project will start-up in 2018 as the company seeks to win over B.C. First Nations groups, many of which remain adamantly opposed to the $7.9-billion project. 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

Brad Wall says time to scrap ’dumb’ trade rules as West launches review

The premiers of Canada’s three western provinces announced Thursday they’re going to review the remaining trade barriers between them as part of their New West Partnership. 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

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