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No welcome mat: Rob Anders takes second crack at Conservative nomination

CALGARY — Controversial Conservative MP Rob Anders may not find the welcome mat out as he attempts to make the move from a big-city riding where he lost his nomination to a brand new rural one.

Earlier this year, Anders lost a bitterly fought nomination battle in Calgary Signal Hill, which takes in a large part of the constituency that he has represented in Ottawa for 17 years. READ

Investigators look for answers on what caused 15 grain cars to derail in Alberta

Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a CN freight train derailment in northern Alberta. READ

B.C.’s teachers’ feud dates back decades

All summer long, there’s been one overriding conversation amongst the hundred-plus employees at a Vancouver financial firm who have school-age children: British Columbia’s acrimonious teachers’ strike. READ

B.C. woman’s public plea for assisted suicide spurs debate

Gillian Bennett’s family scattered her ashes this weekend, in a quiet ritual shared by those she loved. READ

Transgender woman says community faces discrimination in job search

Melissa Hudson says 30 years of experience in the Toronto business world hasn’t been enough to land her a job, despite numerous call-backs on her resume for first-round interviews. READ

Duelling reports: Finance rebuts grim analysis by another federal department

Finance Canada has issued a rebuttal of a politically embarrassing report on middle-class economic woes that was compiled last fall by experts in another federal department. READ

What the US military wants for missile defence: multi-use sensors in the Arctic

American military officials have shed some light on what Canada could contribute to the missile-defence program should it choose to join after a decade spent on the sidelines. READ

Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. READ

New round of Ukraine talks opens with rebels backing off from full independence

Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. READ

UK’s Cameron: Passports could be seized as part of expanded anti-terror laws

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having travelled abroad to fight with terrorist groups. READ

Tour promises exciting day

The elite of the cycling race world will pedal through Innisfail, Sylvan Lake and Red Deer on Thursday. The Tour of Alberta starts on Tuesday in Calgary with a prologue and time trial. Over five days, the pro cycling race will travel along 800 km of urban and rural roads and some 50 communities in the province. It wraps up in Edmonton on Sunday, Sept. 7. READ

Tour of Alberta: What you need to know

Schools: Red Deer schools near the race route will be dismissed at noon. They include Central Middle School, Gateway Christian School, Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Alternative School Centre and Grandview Middle School. This will alleviate transportation issues and encourage staff and students to be spectators at the event. READ

Alberta Downs must pay for paving project

Alberta Downs will not be allowed to change its financial commitment for a $420,000 road paving project. READ

RCMP looking for 14-year-old

Police are looking for help finding a Red Deer teenager reported missing on Wednesday. READ

Towle goes over the edge for charity

MLA Kerry Towle channelled her inner Batwoman and helped raise money for Easter Seals by rappelling down a 29-storey building in Edmonton on Thursday. READ

Children orphaned by drunk driver visit Disneyland thanks to generosity of Edmonton couple

A trip to Disneyland capped off the Howe children’s summer holidays, thanks to the generosity of an Edmonton couple. READ

Calgary imam urges feds to do more to fight terrorist recruiters in Canada

The federal government must step up its efforts to counter the radicalization and recruitment of young Canadians by extremist Islamic groups, a Calgary imam said Friday. READ

RCMP say they have footage of B.C. tour bus crash; speed likely not factor

Video footage from a dashboard camera has allowed investigators in British Columbia to rule out speed as a potential factor in a bus crash on a mountain highway where dozens of tourists were injured as they were returning from a trip to the Rocky Mountains. READ

Canadians spend economy to 3.1 per cent annualized pace in second quarter

With last winter’s harsh weather behind them, Canadians opened their warmed up wallets in the second quarter, spending the economy to an annual growth rate of 3.1 per cent, beating analyst expectations. READ

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