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Premier Jim Prentice looks to overhaul bargaining with civil servants

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announced Monday he will overhaul how the province bargains with public-sector workers and review legislation that prevents civil servants from striking.

Prentice says the patchwork system of past bargaining has left Alberta with “unsustainable” public-service wages that are among the highest in Canada. READ

Sentencing hearing begins for Alberta mother who admitted to abusing twins

A social worker has told court that the neglect and abuse of two-year-old twins, one of whom died, is the worst her Edmonton office has ever seen. READ

Court full as preliminary hearing starts for accused in Calgary stabbings

Several people wept softly and dabbed away tears in court Monday as the preliminary hearing began for a man accused in Calgary’s worst mass murder. READ

Warren Buffett criticizes Keystone XL delay, says U.S. ’thumbing nose’ at Canada

The Keystone XL pipeline got an emphatic endorsement Monday from a powerful backer of President Barack Obama who questioned the handling of the file. READ

Health Canada issues warning about bedbug control products

The federal government is warning Canadians of what it calls the “extreme danger” of using unregistered products to fight bedbugs. READ

Another child dies after being exposed to bedbug insecticide

Another child has died after being exposed to an insecticide used to kill bedbugs in an apartment in Fort McMurray. READ

Premier Jim Prentice says 3 of 4 government planes sold for $6.1M

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says his government has sold three of four planes that were part of the provincial fleet. READ

Alberta says financial crunch not affecting preparations for wildfire season

Alberta says its financial crunch is not affecting preparations for the wildfire season, which starts Sunday. READ

Life lost in two-vehicle collision on northwestern Alberta highway

A woman has been killed in a two-vehicle crash in northwestern Alberta. READ

Laurie Blakeman is Liberal candidate in Edmonton for next Alberta election

Alberta Liberal Laurie Blakeman is primed for another election run in her Edmonton-Centre constituency. READ

Former Tory MP wants to lead Wildrose, even though he says it won’t win election

A former Conservative MP is seeking the leadership of Alberta’s opposition Wildrose party. READ

Official says insecticide pellets in Alberta apartment became deadly when vacuumed

An investigator says insecticide pellets placed throughout a northern Alberta apartment to kill bed bugs became deadly when a tenant took out her vacuum. READ

Rail fractures, defects led to fiery derailment west of Edmonton: TSB report

A report says rail fractures and undetected defects led to a fiery train derailment that forced people west of Edmonton to flee their homes. READ

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the privately funded Canadian Keystone XL oil pipeline. READ

Alberta’s current budget yo-yos from surplus to deficit back to $465M surplus

This year’s Alberta budget has yo-yoed from a projected surplus to a deficit and back to a surplus. READ

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says impact of oil drop still unclear

The impact of lower oil prices and how much they will hurt Canada’s economy remains unclear, but last month’s surprise rate cut gives the Bank of Canada time to figure out how best to steer the country back toward stability, bank governor Stephen Poloz said Tuesday. READ

Wildrose leadership race ramps up on weekend with candidate speeches in Edmonton

Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose party will move its leadership race into high gear this weekend with candidate speeches in Edmonton. READ

Substance spill in Alberta: dead baby’s mother grew worried when kids got sick

The property manager of a northern Alberta apartment block where police say five siblings were exposed to some type of fumigant says their mother grew concerned when they started vomiting. READ

Obama intends to quietly kill off Keystone XL bill, White House confirms

President Barack Obama is about to make good on his oft-stated threat to veto legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline, a spokesman announced Monday. READ

Baby dead, 4 children in hospital, after substance spill in Alberta apartment

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — One of five children taken to hospital after they were exposed to some type of fumigant in a northern Alberta apartment block has died. READ

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