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Alberta says universities over budget; need to freeze travel, hiring, hosting

Alberta says universities over budget; need to freeze travel, hiring, hosting

EDMONTON — Alberta's advanced education minister says post-secondary schools are going over budget and he's urging them to immediately freeze hiring and stop spending on travel and hosting. "We're not seeing a reduction in expenditures.
Finance minister finds 'alignment' at pre-budget roundtable in Calgary

Finance minister finds 'alignment' at pre-budget roundtable in Calgary

CALGARY — There was "more alignment" than expected with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau at a pre-budget roundtable with the Business Council of Alberta on Thursday, according to the group's president.

Jury finds former Edmonton bar employee guilty of five counts of sexual assault

EDMONTON — A former bar employee in Edmonton has been found guilty of five counts of sexual assault. Matthew McKnight was accused of sexually assaulting 13 females from 2010 until 2016. They ranged in age from 17 to 22. He had pleaded not guilty.
Sorting accumulated investment clutter key to worry-free retirement plan

Sorting accumulated investment clutter key to worry-free retirement plan

CALGARY — A long life of assorted jobs, good times, hard times, moves and mistakes can result in an investment portfolio that looks like a jumbled basement storage closet.

United Nurses says government seeking 4-year wage freeze, premium rollbacks

EDMONTON — The union that represents registered nurses in Alberta says the government is demanding a four-year wage freeze and rollbacks to other payments.
Alberta government promising to fix rules on aging energy wells

Alberta government promising to fix rules on aging energy wells

EDMONTON — A group tasked with cleaning up thousands of abandoned energy sites in Alberta says the province's rules for ensuring polluters reclaim their wells before selling them off are inadequate.
Oilers sign defenceman Caleb Jones to two-year contract extension

Oilers sign defenceman Caleb Jones to two-year contract extension

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Caleb Jones to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. The 22-year-old Jones has appeared in 23 games with the Oilers this season, posting three assists and six penalty minutes.

Veteran coach Noel Thorpe joins Edmonton Eskimos as defensive co-ordinator

EDMONTON — Former Ottawa Redblacks defensive co-ordinator Noel Thorpe is taking the same job with the Edmonton Eskimos. New Eskimos head coach Scott Milanovich announced some of his staff on Wednesday.

Opposition NDP urges Alberta government not to switch drugs for some patients

EDMONTON — Alberta's Opposition is urging the province not to force patients on certain drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and Crohn's disease to switch medications.
Crown appeal of verdict in toddler's meningitis death set for June in Calgary

Crown appeal of verdict in toddler's meningitis death set for June in Calgary

CALGARY — The Alberta Crown's appeal of the acquittal of a couple in the death of their son is to be heard in June. David and Collet Stephan were accused of not seeking medical attention sooner for 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in 2012.