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Mailbox thefts occurring at numerous locations in Red Deer this week

Thieves are blitzing areas of Red Deer, stealing mail.

Red Deer RCMP said Friday that mail theft sometimes spikes during the holiday season as the culprits break into mailboxes looking for money or cheques in Christmas cards. READ

Calgary man who taped dog, cat to receive psych assessment before sentencing

A Calgary man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges for taping shut the mouths of a dog and cat will remain in custody while he undergoes a psychiatric assessment. READ

Mass Wildrose migration to PCs a month in the making, says Premier Jim Prentice

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says an emissary from the Wildrose approached his team a month ago to pitch a group floor crossing. READ

Wildrose leader, 8 others join governing Conservatives

Alberta's Opposition leader and eight of her Wildrose caucus members are joining the government of Premier Jim Prentice. READ

Albertans tell province to do more to protect water; government releases plan

Albertans say they want the province to do much more to protect and conserve fresh water. READ

Report says 'unprecedented' flood at root of Calgary bridge failure

The Transportation Safety Board says unprecedented flood water was to blame for a derailment and partial bridge collapse in Calgary last year. READ

Alberta cabinet minister says he has 'open mind' on Wildrose floor-crossers

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice's caucus is discussing a bid by as many as seven official Opposition members to cross the floor — and at least one cabinet minister says he's keeping an “open mind.” READ

Canadian oilsands exporters narrowly survive vote in European Parliament

Canadian oilsands exporters narrowly survived a vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday that could have once again penalized Alberta bitumen as dirty oil. READ

Wildrose caucus to meet to talk about merging with Conservatives: sources

EDMONTON - Alberta's opposition Wildrose caucus is expected to meet Tuesday to discuss merging with Premier Jim Prentice's Progressive Conservatives, sources have told The Canadian Press. If merger talks fail, there may be four or more defections to the Tory team, said one source. READ

Parents accused of malnutrition in death of toddler appear in Calgary court

A Calgary couple who are accused of contributing to their toddler's death by not providing enough nutrition have appeared briefly in court. READ

Alberta privacy commissioner investigates leak of MLA's cellphone bill

Alberta's privacy commissioner is investigating a government department for leaking a politician's cellphone bill. READ

Not dead yet: Fight continues over EU effort to label oilsands as dirty oil

Like a movie monster from the black bog, a European Union directive that would stigmatize “dirty” imports of Canadian bitumen refuses to die. READ

Provincial finance ministers call on Ottawa for more infrastructure cash

Finance ministers from Canada's two biggest provinces urged Ottawa to dig deeper into its pocket for infrastructure cash as they headed into a meeting Monday with their federal counterpart. READ

Judge rules man who killed Alberta peace officer not criminally responsible

A judge has ruled that a man who killed an Alberta peace officer who had come to his property to investigate a dog complaint is not criminally responsible. READ

Alberta to allow hunters to kill 500 female elk on military base in February

The province is targeting more elk in southeastern Alberta with the hope of reducing a growing herd that has been damaging crops around a military base. READ

Premier says low oil prices punch $6B-$7B hole in budget

Premier Jim Prentice says if oil prices continue to remain low, they will blow a $6 billion to $7 billion hole in the $40-billion provincial budget and no Albertan will be spared the pain. READ

NDP labels Prentice's flagship bill to clean up government 'all hat, no cattle'

Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley says proposed legislation to clean up government is hollow because it's written in a way to allow for quick changes in secret. READ

Court told accused mum in police interview about encounter with peace officer

An Alberta man accused of killing a peace officer refused to talk about what happened when he was questioned by police. READ

Ottawa introduces bill to modernize grain sector rules to help industry grow

The federal government is continuing its overhaul of rules governing the grain sector with legislation aimed at ensuring producers get paid for their crops and to allow for the testing of grain in Eastern Canada. READ

Harper calls oil and gas regs 'crazy economic policy' in times of cheap oil

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has definitively slammed the door on regulating Canada's oil and gas sector, calling it a “crazy, crazy” economic policy under current global oil prices. READ

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