Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Update

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Provincial and territorial governments are banding together to pressure a U.S.-based manufacturer to finalize a reasonable price for a lifesaving drug that treats a rare form of cystic fibrosis.

They're asking the chief executive of Vertex Pharmaceuticals to meet with the health ministers of Ontario, Alberta and Yukon and explain why Canadians have to pay a premium for Kalydeco, which costs patients hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne says it's unfair that Canadians have to pay more for the drug than Americans.

There are about 118 Canadians who would be eligible for the drug, including 21 in Alberta. (The Canadian Press)



The leader of the federal Liberals says Canada is losing the credibility needed to secure approval for projects such as the Keystone X-L pipeline because of its environmental record.

Justin Trudeau says the idea that a government would have to choose between what's good for the economy and what's good for the environment is an old way of thinking that no longer applies in the 21st century.

He also slammed the Harper government for ignoring the environmental concerns surrounding industry development and for cutting infrastructure money to municipalities.

Trudeau was in Fort McMurray yesterday to drum up support for Liberal candidate Kyle Harrietha in a byelection to replace longtime Conservative MP Brian Jean, who resigned the seat in January saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. (CFVR)



A court martial is to hear an appeal today by a veteran Canadian Forces reservist convicted in an Afghanistan training accident that killed one soldier and seriously injured four others.

Darryl Watts was found guilty in December 2012 of unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligent performance of military duty in the accident four years ago. He was acquitted of manslaughter.

He was demoted two ranks to lieutenant from major and given a severe reprimand. …

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