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Canadian small businesses rack up $135 billion in debt to survive pandemic: Report

Canadian small businesses rack up $135 billion in debt to survive pandemic: Report

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said the average small business owner has accrued $170,000 in debt, with businesses in the hospitality, recreation and service sectors most indebted.
Alberta eyes recall legislation, focuses on COVID-19 aid in spring sitting

Alberta eyes recall legislation, focuses on COVID-19 aid in spring sitting

Government house leader Jason Nixon said recall legislation would allow for recalls in the government's current term.
Column: No news ... it's not good news

Column: No news ... it's not good news

"Just as we’ve been taught that moderation is the key to so many habits, it’s the same for news."
'Serious concerns:' Alberta First Nations oppose coal expansion in Rocky Mountains

'Serious concerns:' Alberta First Nations oppose coal expansion in Rocky Mountains

Siksika consultation officer Scotty Many Guns said land in southwest Alberta is traditional Blackfoot territory that has been used for thousands of years. It remains a hunting ground, a garden of edible and ceremonial plants and a gathering site.
Kananaskis Country sees record visitors for 2020

Kananaskis Country sees record visitors for 2020

If anyone visiting Kananaskis Country in 2020 thought it was busier than normal, it wasn’t their imagination after the popular provincial park had a record 5.39 million visitors.
Frustration as Albertans clamour to book COVID-19 vaccines for senior family members

Frustration as Albertans clamour to book COVID-19 vaccines for senior family members

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said the website was temporarily overwhelmed when more than 150,000 people tried to get access to it. By mid-afternoon, 25,000 appointments had been booked.
Okotoks poet takes top prize in national contest

Okotoks poet takes top prize in national contest

Marius Oelschig won the grand prize from the Poetry Institute of Canada for his poem, "Fireflies"
Alberta to introduce budget: Promising renewed fight on COVID-19, but more red ink

Alberta to introduce budget: Promising renewed fight on COVID-19, but more red ink

Kenney says the budget will concentrate on getting Alberta past the pandemic and on rebuilding the economy that has seen businesses close and jobs lost during the health crisis.
Bank of Canada monitoring hot housing market amid early warning signs: Macklem

Bank of Canada monitoring hot housing market amid early warning signs: Macklem

Fuelling the increase has been a combination of demand for more space as millions of workers do their jobs remotely, constrained supply and rock-bottom interest rates driven low by central bank actions.
Macklem points to child care, education to help ease protracted employment recovery

Macklem points to child care, education to help ease protracted employment recovery

Making child care more affordable and available across the country would help more women return to the labour force and stay there as conditions improve, said Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem.