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Health coalition says Alberta government needs to do more to reduce tobacco use

A health coalition has given the Alberta government a “C-” in a new report card for its effort to reduce tobacco use.

The province received top marks for banning flavoured tobacco and pursuing legal action against Big Tobacco, but underperformed on issues like tobacco affordability, restricting youth access and providing uniform protection from second-hand smoke, the coalition said. 348 more words

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Alberta tax advantage is gone, corporate rates lower in other provinces: Fraser Institute study

A Fraser Institute study shows Alberta’s tax advantage is over because of corporate and personal income tax hikes.

“Alberta used to enjoy some of the lowest tax rates in North America, which attracted investment and people to the province, but the current provincial government has quickly eroded that advantage by increasing taxes, which are hurting the economy,” Fraser Institute’s director of provincial prosperity studies Ben Eisen said. 217 more words

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Notley open to talks on child care panel as legislature sitting wraps up 

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says there is room to manoeuvre on opposition demands in order to rescue a fractious all-party panel exploring ways to keep kids safe in government care. 140 more words

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Wildrose questions Alberta government's $25-a-day daycare pilot project

The Opposition Wildrose party is questioning the viability of an Alberta government plan to create one-thousand affordable daycare spaces next year with a maximum daily fee of $25 a child. 97 more words

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Fort McMurray wildfire: Alberta names Highway 63 overpass 'Responders Way'

During a visit to Fort McMurray Wednesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced an overpass over Highway 63 would be renamed to honour first responders.

The government is naming the portion of King Street where it crosses the highway “Responders Way.” 671 more words

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Sheldon Kennedy talks about new centre for sex abuse survivors coming to Lethbridge

Sheldon Kennedy stopped in Lethbridge Tuesday to share details about a forthcoming centre in the city that will focus on helping child sexual abuse survivors. 365 more words

Health

University of Alberta gets $83M in infrastructure funding from province and feds

It was all smiles at the University of Alberta Thursday when the provincial and federal governments announced the school is getting $83 million in infrastructure funding. 223 more words

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