Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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The federal government wants a new process to resolve conflicts over permits that Kinder Morgan says is delaying construction on its Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion in B-C.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the government has written to the National Energy Board endorsing the creation of a panel that would address conflicts over municipal or provincial permits.

Kinder Morgan says Burnaby is wrongly withholding construction permits for the 7.4-billion-dollar project.

B-C's N-D-P government has promised to do everything in its power to stop the expansion even though it was approved by Ottawa last year. (The Canadian Press)



Alberta is bringing in rules to ban software bots that shut out fans when they try to buy concert or event tickets online.

The proposed legislation would also force ticket-sellers to act on complaints.

Secondary ticket-sellers, such as StubHub, would have to refund the full price if a ticket sold was counterfeit or was cancelled because it was purchased by a bot.

Services Minister Stephanie McLean says there is a widespread feeling among Albertans that the ticketing game is rigged against them. (The Canadian Press)



The Alberta Motor Association says it wants the province to add more online options for registry services.

Jeff Kasbrick, a vice-president at A-M-A, says very little of registry services is done online.

He says services should be modernized to allow people to do things such as apply for a marriage or birth certificate, renew their driver's licence or register their vehicle.

The government says it is considering the ideas. (Global Edmonton)



There are some concerns as the province prepares to launch the new Saskatchewan Health Authority on Monday.

Dan Florizone, C-E-O of the Saskatoon Health Region, says the people who will run the new superboard will face a very steep learning curve. …

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