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Alberta backs off from forcing epileptic girl to stop cannabis-derived treatment

LEDUC — Alberta appears to have stepped back from a fight to stop a four-year-old girl from receiving a marijuana-derived treatment for her seizures.

Brian Fish, lawyer for the girl’s mother, says the Crown has withdrawn a request for an order that would have forced his client to stop giving her daughter cannabidiol and submit her to conventional treatment. READ

Alberta energy minister says no royalty changes until end of 2016

Alberta oil and gas companies can put together their budgets for next year knowing at least one variable — royalty rates — will stay steady through the end of 2016, Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said Friday. READ

Members of Alberta reserve charge toll for detouring traffic after fatal crash

An official with a southern Alberta reserve says he supports fed-up band members who charged drivers a toll this week to detour around a fatal crash. READ

Feed prices go up during drought in the West

Bob Seaman isn’t apologizing for the high cost of hay because of the drought that has withered crops in many parts of the West. READ

Revenues could be down more than previous government predicted: Alberta premier

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says continued oil-price volatility could be affecting the province’s bottom line even more than the former Tory government predicted. READ

Alberta issues air quality advisory from U.S. to Edmonton due to wildfire smoke

Alberta Health Services has issued air quality advisories for areas from the U.S. border north to the Edmonton region because of smoke from wildfires in Washington state. READ

Three new Edmonton Catholic schools, one public, won’t be ready for 2016

Just one of four Catholic schools scheduled to open next year will be ready for the start of school next fall. READ

Calgary man accused of using shell companies to defraud employer of millions

The co-founder of an Alberta oil and gas company has been accused of defrauding the firm of nearly $5 million. READ

One person dead, 6 injured semi plows into minivan west of Calgary

One person was killed and six others injured when a semi crossed the median and crashed into a minivan on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Calgary. READ

Alberta opposition parties want more information about cancelled lab contract

Alberta opposition parties want more information about the government’s decision to cancel a $3-billion contract for Edmonton-area medical lab services. READ

More freedom for Canada’s youngest mass murderer who killed family

A woman who was 12 when she helped murder her family in southeastern Alberta is no longer under any curfews. READ

Paramedics say Alberta police officer’s actions saved life of fentanyl victim

Paramedics say the quick actions of a police officer in southern Alberta saved the life of a 21-year-old man. READ

As crude hits six-year lows, towns in Alberta’s oilpatch feeling the pinch

Oil prices are the lowest they’ve been since the Great Recession and mayors in Alberta’s oilpatch are noticing the difference. READ

Calgary Flames, Stampeders announce plans for $900M arena and stadium

The group that owns the Calgary Flames hockey club and Stampeders football team has revealed plans for a $900-million project to build a new home for the two teams. READ

Calgary couple sinks d’oh into replicating kitchen from 'The Simpsons’

Marcia Andreychuk and Joel Hamilton are living in a Simpson-esque orange, blue and purple dream. READ

Alberta justice minister says access to legal help approaching ’crisis point’

Legal experts, politicians and Canada’s top judge are saying it’s increasingly difficult for low- and middle-income Canadians to get access to the courts. READ

General public to have say in Alberta climate change policy review

An expert panel on climate change will weigh input from the Alberta public as it determines how the province can best tackle emissions. READ

Ontario says economic, environment risks of Energy East outweigh benefits

The Ontario Energy Board says the environmental risks of the $12-billion Energy East pipeline project outweigh the potential benefits, and warns it will drive up natural gas prices. READ

Oilsands being left in the ground is just a matter of fact, experts say

The furor over a New Democrat candidate’s remarks about leaving Alberta’s oilsands in the ground reflects how poorly the issue is understood, say energy experts. READ

Two police forces, Alberta Health Services work together to fight fentanyl

Another fentanyl arrest has two police forces and Alberta’s health agency working together to raise awareness about the dangerous drug. READ

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