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Alberta set for business reopening May 14, golf Saturday, some services Monday

Alberta set for business reopening May 14, golf Saturday, some services Monday

EDMONTON — Alberta will soon begin emerging from its COVID-19 lockdown, with the first major date for business reopenings set for May 14.
WestJet to use federal wage subsidy program to avoid pilot layoffs

WestJet to use federal wage subsidy program to avoid pilot layoffs

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it will be able to save more than 1,000 pilot jobs by using the federal wage subsidy program.
Planning starts for return of Alberta flood evacuees as ice jams melt, break up

Planning starts for return of Alberta flood evacuees as ice jams melt, break up

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — An ice jam had shrunk to almost half its size Thursday after causing major flooding earlier in the week that forced 13,000 people from their homes in Fort McMurray.
More Alberta doctors, present and future, criticize fee/benefit changes

More Alberta doctors, present and future, criticize fee/benefit changes

EDMONTON — Health Minister Tyler Shandro is getting an earful from Alberta doctors — current and future — for ending the government's master agreement with physicians and replacing it with what they call a dysfunctional top-down relationship rife wit

Precision Drilling employee count down almost 3,000 as rig activity stalls

CALGARY — The deep downturn in North American oil and gas drilling has resulted in nearly 3,000 fewer employees working for Precision Drilling Corp. now than at the same time last year, its CEO said Thursday.

Show won't go on: Alberta Health shuts down hamlet's makeshift drive-in movies

MIRROR, Alta. — Alberta Health Services has called it a wrap on impromptu drive-in movies in a hamlet looking to pass the time during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Oil and gas drilling forecast revised to 49 year low as producers cut spending

Oil and gas drilling forecast revised to 49 year low as producers cut spending

CALGARY — The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has revised its 2020 Canadian drilling forecast to an almost 50-year record low of 3,100 oil and gas wells, a level not seen since 2,900 wells were drilled in 1972.
Oilers sign defenceman Markus Niemelainen to entry-level contract

Oilers sign defenceman Markus Niemelainen to entry-level contract

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Markus Niemelainen to a two-year entry-level contract.
Whitecap Resources posts $2.1-billion loss, warns of 'involuntary' crude cuts

Whitecap Resources posts $2.1-billion loss, warns of 'involuntary' crude cuts

CALGARY — Oil producer Whitecap Resources Inc. says it is planning for "involuntary shut-ins" of production as North American crude storage levels threaten to exceed capacity and commodity prices remain at low levels.
'It's a lot:' Fort McMurray residents deal with floods during COVID-19 pandemic

'It's a lot:' Fort McMurray residents deal with floods during COVID-19 pandemic

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Fort McMurray resident Michelle Toner says it's been a hectic, sad week in the northern Alberta city.