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McIver pressing province’s case for temporary foreign workers

Ottawa has heard Alberta’s concerns about labour shortages and the need to hold on to productive foreign workers, says Alberta Jobs Minister Ric McIver.

“I do believe we have their attention,” McIver told an Agriculture Labour Summit audience at the Black Knight Inn. “I believe that they really understand that (the issue) is real, it’s serious and that we need to look for solutions together.” READ

Red Deer recognized for efforts to eliminate homelessness

Red Deer has been recognized by top Canadian researchers for being on the right track to end homelessness. READ

Pilot error blamed for fatal plane crash near Buffalo Lake

A plane crash near Buffalo Lake that killed two B.C. brothers in 2011 was likely the result of pilot error, a fatality inquest was told. READ

Man dies from injuries sustained in house fire

The man badly burned in a house fire in Deer Park on Tuesday has died. Red Deer RCMP said on Thursday that Dale Roth, 69, passed away from his injuries. READ

New snow plowing program unveiled

City of Red Deer unveiled a new snow plowing program on Thursday that will see streets cleared sooner, faster and more often. A new coloured route system has been adopted to streamline snow clearing and make it easier to let residents know when they can expect the plows. READ

Two people dead, three injured in rollover, Wednesday north of Rocky

Two people were killed and three injured on Wednesday evening when the vehicle they were in rolled north of Rocky Mountain House. READ

Drummond Close blaze under investigation

The cause of a $300,000 fire on Tuesday at a Deer Park home that left a man badly burned remains undetermined, although arson is not suspected. READ

Lacombe oilfield worker guilty of drunk driving

An oilfield worker from Lacombe has been found guilty of two out of three charges laid after a fatal collision near Sylvan Lake in the fall of 2013. READ

Minimum wage falls short: living wage report

Alberta’s minimum wage is by no means a living wage for most people in Central Alberta. READ

Rig Street project expects to ‘hit the ground running’ next summer

A project is underway to develop a 120-km off-road designated trail system west of Sundre and Caroline. READ

RCMP hunting for man who robbed liquor story with a screwdriver

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Sylvan Lake liquor store on Monday with a screwdriver. READ

AHS staff receiving training, equipment to deal with Ebola

More than 1,700 staff with Alberta Health Services have been trained to deal with Ebola and the training will continue, says Alberta’s chief medical officer of health. READ

Sylvan Lake extends deadline for beach project

Sylvan Lake visitors likely won’t see a new beach until 2016 at the earliest. READ

City council considers next step in alcohol, drug strategy

Tackling addiction in Red Deer will be a big task, admits Kath Hoffman, co-chair of the Central Alberta Addictions Consortium. READ

World Religions Conference united against terrorism

In the shadow of recent deaths in Ottawa and Quebec, about 550 people of several faiths on Monday night raised their hands in a show of support against terrorism in the name of religion. READ

Judge raps court system

An Edmonton judge has delivered a harsh indictment of Red Deer’s criminal court system. READ

Rocky RCMP looking for man who fled from police

Rocky Mountain House RCMP are looking for a man who is wanted for a series of charges, including flight from police earlier this month. READ

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in city on Saturday

If you’re a hockey fan, or a fan of Ron MacLean, the Red Deer Arena will be action central this weekend. READ

‘We stand up for Canada’

Sadness, outrage and even defiance were expressed as veteran soldiers gathered with other Central Albertans at Red Deer’s Cenotaph Saturday, in memory of the two Canadian soldiers killed on home soil. READ

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