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Study confirms oilsands tailings ponds emit pollutants into the air

EDMONTON — New federal government research has confirmed that oilsands tailings ponds are releasing toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals into the air.

And Environment Canada scientist Elisabeth Galarneau said her study - the first using actual, in-the-field measurements - agrees with earlier research that suggests the amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons emitted by the industry has been dramatically underestimated. READ

Ex-military intelligence officer apologizes for planning attack on Veterans Affairs office

A former Canadian soldier who has admitted planning an attack on the Calgary office of Veterans Affairs says he is sorry and never intended to follow through. READ

Alberta forecast to stay in black in 2014-15 despite free-falling oil prices

Alberta's budget will stay in the black this year despite plunging oil prices. READ

Towle crosses floor to join governing Progressive Conservatives

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Kerry Towle said she heard loud and clear when she door-knocked during recent byelections that it was time to give new Tory Premier Jim Prentice a chance. READ

Alberta Health Services postpones surgeries after residue found on instruments

Alberta Health Services says it has postponed almost five dozen surgeries at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge after a dark residue was found on some instruments. READ

Thanks given by Muslims in Alberta community for cleaning up hate message

Muslims in Cold Lake, have held a special prayer service to offer thanks for the community's support after their mosque was vandalized. READ

Edmonton recycler fined for waste-water dump into North Saskatchewan River

An Edmonton company has been fined for dumping industrial waste water into a storm sewer that flowed into the North Saskatchewan River. READ

Alcohol believed factor in one of two fatal collisions on Alberta’s highways

Two people have been killed in separate highway crashes in central Alberta. READ

Oilsands firms not at fault in deaths of 196 waterfowl in northeast Alberta

The Alberta Energy Regulator says three oilsands corporations did nothing wrong when 196 birds died after landing in wastewater tailings ponds earlier this month. READ

Wildrose party pitches sweeping measures to improve government accountability

Alberta’s Wildrose party says Premier Jim Prentice needs to make sweeping changes in upcoming accountability legislation to restore faith in government. READ

Education Minister Dirks not credible by not addressing modular controversy:NDP

NDP Leader Rachel Notley says Alberta’s Education minister won’t have credibility until he answer questions on why he favoured his riding with modular schools ahead of his own byelection race. READ

Keystone XL vote fails

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he is disappointed the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill authorizing the immediate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. READ

Fraser Institute tells young job-hunters the West is where it’s at

For young Canadians looking to land a good job, the West is where it’s at, according to a new report released by the Fraser Institute on Tuesday. READ

Alberta RCMP say natural gas pipeline intentionally shot with high-powered rifle

RCMP in Alberta say they are looking for a person who intentionally shot a natural gas pipeline. READ

Alberta Medical Association president disappointed province didn’t ban menthol

The president of the Alberta Medical Association says he is disappointed the province did not include menthol in its flavoured tobacco ban law. READ

Alberta politicians back for fall session amid falling oil prices

Politicians returned to business under the dome at the Alberta legislature Monday, but with the front doors of the building locked. READ

Figures suggest big number of Albertans rolling up sleeves for flu shot

Figures from Alberta Health Services show a 46 per cent jump since last week in the number of people across the province who have received a flu shot. READ

Prentice says change in PC fortunes no cause for celebration at annual convention

Alberta’s new premier says his Progressive Conservative party’s recent byelection wins are no reason for smugness as members head into its annual convention in Banff this weekend. READ

Friends of Science tackle tax status of environmental group

A Calgary-based group that doesn’t believe carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming is taking aim at a prominent Alberta environmental group’s charitable status. READ

Edmonton woman who hit, killed man in crosswalk has licence suspended, fined

A 19-year-old driver who hit and killed a man in a marked crosswalk in Edmonton has been fined $2,000. READ

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