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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

Crown to oppose bail in 'unspeakable’ alleged gas-and-dash death

The Crown says it will oppose bail in the “unspeakable” hit-and-run death of a Calgary worker who tried to stop a driver from leaving a gas station without paying. READ

Lois Mitchell formally installed as new lieutenant-governor of Alberta

Calgary businesswoman and philanthropist Lois Mitchell is officially Alberta’s new lieutenant-governor. READ

As oilpatch downturn continues, job seekers wrestle with career change

Eight months into his search for a new job in the oil and gas industry, Rashad Bayramov says he’s open to switching industries. But it’s not so simple. READ

Regimental funeral to be held for Edmonton officer

When the oldest son of slain Const. Daniel Woodall looked out the car window during a drive this week through Edmonton, his mother pointed out blue ribbons tied to trees and posts. READ

Facebook page of suspected cop killer complains about police, courts, minorities

Norman Raddatz railed online about police, courts and paying taxes and spewed derogatory terms about black people and homosexuals. READ

Big Oil’s push for a carbon tax a pragmatic move, not just PR, experts say

It may seem odd to hear Big Oil tout a policy that would make it costlier to do business. READ

Restaurants Canada lays out recommendations on Alberta planned minimum wage hike

The restaurant industry is trying to set the table in advance of talks with Alberta’s NDP government about its plan to increase the hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2018. READ

Alberta legislature members set to pick new Speaker of the house on Thursday

Alberta’s provincial politicians are to convene Thursday to pick a new Speaker of the legislature. READ

Former Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith to guest host Calgary radio show

Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith is switching back to the other side of the microphone. READ

Royalty rivalry: Saskatchewan courts oil and gas investment in Alberta

If energy companies are skittish about investing in Alberta, they’re welcome to set up shop next door, Saskatchewan’s economy minister said Wednesday. READ

Justice minister calls gun registry link to Edmonton police shooting 'absurd’

The mayor of Edmonton is reacting to the latest deadly police shooting by suggesting the loss of the federal long-gun registry may be a factor — a position that federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay calls “ill-timed,” “unhelpful” and “absurd.” READ

Suspect in Edmonton police shooting was focus of hate crime investigation

The suspect in a shooting that killed an Edmonton police officer and wounded another had been the focus of a lengthy hate crimes investigation. READ

Calgary gas station worker hurt while trying to stop driver in gas and dash

An Alberta gasoline retailer is renewing a call for pay-before-you-pump legislation after one of its employees was seriously injured when she tried to stop two people in a stolen pickup truck from driving away without paying. READ

Weekend motorcycle accidents claim multiple lives

A motorcyclist and his passenger killed in a collision with a sport utility vehicle near Edmonton are among five people who died in separate bike crashes in Alberta on the weekend. READ

Edmonton-area man wearing wingsuit jumps to death near Canmore

RCMP say the area of the Rockies where a man died on the weekend is popular with thrill-seeking wingsuit jumpers, but fortunately accidents are rare. READ

Municipal leaders release platform to help voters in 2015 federal election

Canada’s municipal leaders have produced a platform they hope voters will use to rank parties in the upcoming federal election on issues ranging from transit to housing to expanding disaster assistance programs. READ

Protesters try to build support around controversial pianist’s Calgary concerts

A year ago, Inna Platonova held up Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa as a role model for her seven-year-old son — an aspiring musician who is also of Ukrainian descent. READ

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