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Alberta vaults from one of lowest minimum-wage payers to one of highest

EDMONTON — Alberta, one of the lowest payers of minimum wage in Canada, is becoming one of the highest.

Jobs Minister Lori Sigurdson announced Monday that the $10.20 per hour minimum wage will rise by $1 to $11.20 an hour on Oct. 1. READ

Alberta inquiry judge makes recommendations after prisoner dies of head injury

A fatality inquiry report says a young man held in a Medicine Hat police cell wasn’t properly assessed by paramedics before he died of a head injury. READ

Calgary firefighters smash window to rescue kids from hot car in mall parking lot

Calgary firefighters had to smash a car window to rescue two children left inside with the windows rolled up. READ

Head of ATB to lead panel that will review Alberta’s energy royalty system

Alberta’s NDP government has taken a first step toward fulfilling its promise to determine whether taxpayers are getting a fair portion of profits from development of their oil and gas resources. READ

Shell Canada, Capital Power welcome Alberta’s stronger carbon emissions rules

At least two big carbon emitters have given the thumbs-up to Alberta’s plan to strengthen its greenhouse gas rules over the next 18 months. READ

Alberta tweaks greenhouse gas rules, promises more substantive changes ahead

The Alberta government has tweaked its greenhouse gas reduction rules now with a promise of a complete policy on reducing climate change-causing emissions a few months down the road. READ

Mountie finds boy riding in cardboard box in back seat of speeding car

A Mountie who pulled over a speeding car in southern Alberta says he was surprised when a hand popped out of a wriggling box in the back seat. READ

Mounties are still searching for body of 2nd victim in plane crash

Mounties are still searching for the body of one of two men killed when two planes collided mid-air in northeastern Alberta. READ

Edmonton man paid $5,000 by foreign bride, sentenced to six months in community

An Edmonton man has been handed a six-month community sentence for marriage fraud. READ

Motorcyclist from Sylvan Lake killed in collision

A 28-year-old Sylvan Lake man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Jasper National Park on Monday. READ

Two small planes collide mid-air in Alberta; police say two dead

Two people are dead after two small planes collided mid-air in northeastern Alberta. READ

Edmonton homicide victim found in shopping cart had troubled life

Friends say a woman whose body was found tied up in a shopping cart in an Edmonton alley had struggled with addiction. READ

Alberta hires ex-Bank of Canada governor for spending advice

The Alberta government is bringing in a former Bank of Canada governor to help develop a plan for building roads, schools and hospitals. READ

Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for Red Deer and area

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by Environment Canada for the City of Red Deer and surrounding areas. READ

Alberta adds $682M in 2015 for health care and education

Alberta’s NDP government says it will spend an extra $682 million in the next five months to reverse health-care cuts and fund larger school enrolment. READ

Alberta launches program to connect retired military veterans with employers

Alberta has introduced a program to help retiring Canadian Forces members find jobs outside of the military. READ

Final salute as funeral for slain Edmonton police officer concludes

The funeral for a slain Edmonton police officer has concluded with one final salute from the thousands of service men and women attending. READ

Alberta says restrictions on political donations just the start of reforms

Alberta’s justice minister says a bill to ban corporate and union donations to political parties is just the start of democratic reform. READ

Alberta to review its bail system after Mountie murdered by repeat offender

Alberta is reviewing its bail procedures following the murder of a Mountie in January. READ

NDP plans higher taxes for the wealthy, big business

Alberta’s New Democrats launched the post-Tory period of provincial politics Monday with a throne speech announcing bills to ban corporate and union political donations and to increase taxes on large corporations and the wealthy. READ

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