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No Keystone XL pipeline this year, following new delay

WASHINGTON — The Keystone XL pipeline project appears paralyzed for another year, with the U.S. administration announcing another delay in a process already beset by political and legal challenges.

The American administration shrugged off a demand from the Canadian government for an immediate decision on the controversial pipeline, so that construction could begin this summer. READ

Alberta updating law to recognize validity of same-sex marriages

Alberta will bring in legislation this session to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages, Premier Dave Hancock said Thursday. Hancock said the legislation will change the preamble to the Marriage Act that currently defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman to make it gender neutral. READ

Father of mass murder suspect would give anything to bring victims back

The father of a man charged with killing five young people in Calgary this week says his family would give anything to bring them back. READ

Calgary pit bull owner takes responsibility for dog’s attack on woman

The owner of a pit bull terrier in Calgary could be facing fines as high as $10,000 after the dog attacked a woman and left her with serious injuries to her legs and face. READ

Calgary police investigate mental health, messages sent by mass murder suspect

Calgary police say a significant part of their investigation into this week’s mass murder will be whether the suspect was suffering from a mental illness. READ

Pension reform bill introduced

EDMONTON — The Alberta government introduced a bill Wednesday to overhaul pension plans affecting more than 200,000 public sector workers. READ

Emissions crackdown praised

CALGARY — A clean-energy group is praising a decision by the Alberta Energy Regulator to crack down on emissions from oilsands development in the Peace River area. READ

One of the dead in Calgary stabbing showed promise as funeral director

Ernie Hagel has had plenty of experience with death during his 43 years as a funeral director, but he’s struggling to deal with the loss of one of his promising young employees. READ

Canadian government scolds Jimmy Carter over pipeline position

The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government. READ

Studies suggest public unsure of energy industry benefit

Public opinion research contracted by Ottawa suggests the pro-resource-development Conservative government has not yet convinced Canadians of the national benefits of the energy industry. READ

Former three-term Edmonton mayor to stay out of provincial politics

A former Edmonton mayor says he will not be entering the race to replace Alison Redford as premier of Alberta. READ

Stabbing suspect charged with five counts of first-degree murder

Calgary police say the son of one of their own is a suspect in the worst mass murder in the city’s history, a bloody and baffling attack on a group of university students at a house party. READ

Alberta Mountie faces sex charges involving Saskatchewan girl, 12, in 1982

A senior RCMP officer has been charged with sexual offences involving a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. READ

Alberta Tories announce rules for leadership race, with $30,000 maximum donation

Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative party has set the individual donation limit at $30,000 for its upcoming leadership race. READ

Alberta ignored rules to hand out contracts on everything from yoga to Coca Cola

New documents released by the Wildrose party show that Alberta Health Services ran roughshod over its own policy to hand out almost a billion dollars in sole-sourced contracts. READ

Former prime minister Campbell hired as principal of Alberta leadership college

The University of Alberta has hired former prime minister Kim Campbell to help create a leadership development program. Campbell has been named as the founding principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. READ

Alberta reviewing rules to make sure schools ensure rights of teachers, gays

Alberta’s education minister is reviewing all of its agreements with alternative schools in light of anti-gay pronouncements by one faith-based school. READ

Alberta keeping its government planes despite more questionable Redford spending

Alberta Premier Dave Hancock says he won’t scrap the government’s fleet of airplanes despite new revelations of questionable use by his predecessor, Alison Redford. READ

UPDATE: Lee Specialties fined $90,000 for sale to Iran

A Red Deer tool maker has been fined $90,000 for selling illegal goods to a buyer in Iran. READ

Cash-grab concern leads to plebiscite on photo radar use in Alberta town

Residents of an Edmonton-area town were voting Monday in a plebiscite to determine whether they want photo radar to continue nabbing speeders in their community. READ

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