Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Update

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Alberta Premier Alison Redford has rejected a call for a public inquiry into an E. coli scare that prompted a massive recall at a southern Alberta beef packer.

Speaking in Red Deer before her annual premier's dinner, Redford said it's more important to learn from what happened at the X-L Foods plant in Brooks.

She said the province needs to work with the federal agriculture minister, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and X-L Foods to see what needs to be improved.

The X-L plant is being allowed to resume limited operations under tougher food testing rules. (The Canadian Press, CKGY)



A Calgary program aimed at preventing immigrant youth from joining gangs and helping those already involved get out has received a financial boost from the federal government.

The Effective Community Response to Immigrant Youth Gang Crime Project is run by the Centre for Newcomers Society of Calgary.

It will receive an additional 300-thousand dollars from Ottawa over nine months bringing total funding to one-and-a-half million dollars.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says Canadians have made it clear they want action to keep streets and communities safe. (The Canadian Press)



The Alberta government is under attack by opposition politicians who say a promise of a balanced budget is being fudged.

But Premier Alison Redford says nothing's changed from the government's perspective.

Associate finance minister Kyle Fawcett said earlier this week that a balanced 2013-2014 budget may not happen, saying it would only be the operating budget, which doesn't include infrastructure.

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says that would constitute a broken promise on the part of the Conservatives, who spoke before the election of plans to balance the budget by limiting spending. (The Canadian Press, CHQR)



The Canadian Union of Public Employees has won a legal battle against the Calgary Zoo over wages and working conditions. …

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