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Alberta, Ottawa announce funding deal to deal with specific job vacancies

EDMONTON - The Alberta government struck a deal with Ottawa on Friday that gives the province money and flexibility to train more people for specific jobs. Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says under a renewed labour market agreement, $23 million will go toward employer-driven training under the direction of the provincial government. "We want provinces to deliver this because they're closer to the ground," Kenney said in a legislature news conference alongside his provincial counterpart Thomas Lukaszuk.

Redford's bad day:caucus turmoil, office chaos, accusation of tantrums, abuse

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford was a leader under siege Thursday, facing caucus turmoil, a dysfunctional office and an accusation that she is an abusive bully, prone to tantrums and fits of rage. It's the latest chapter in what has become Redford's nightmarish narrative of sagging support amid revelations of lavish spending on herself and her inner circle. On Wednesday, she tried to stem the caucus revolt by agreeing to pay back $45,000 she and her aide, Brad Stables, spent to fly to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Grade 6 class sends letter critical of rude politicians in Alberta legislature

EDMONTON - A Grade 6 class has taken Alberta's top politicians to task for childish behaviour, but opposition politicians say it's the Speaker who needs to sit in the corner. A letter made public this week from Innisfail Middle School informed the legislature that the students will no longer attend question period after watching repeated displays of rudeness, name-calling and offensive language.

Grade 6 class sends letter critical of rude politicians in Alberta legislature

EDMONTON - A Grade 6 class has taken Alberta's top politicians to task for childish behaviour. Innisfail Middle School has sent a letter to the legislature saying students will no longer attend question period after watching repeated displays of rudeness, name-calling and offensive language. The school says all parties are at fault, but kids were particularly appalled over the behaviour of two of Premier Alison Redford's cabinet ministers.

Hotel almost $900 a night: Alberta premier on taxpayer group's 'naughty' list

EDMONTON - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has put Alberta Premier Alison Redford at the top of its provincial government "naughty" list for staying in a Washington hotel that charged $876 a night. The federation says Redford's posted expense claims also show she charged taxpayers for $22 coffees and a $31 hamburger while in the U.S. capital. Other Redford expenses in 2013 included an almost $8,000 airfare to New Brunswick and a $6,000 flight to Chicago.

Hotel almost $900 a night: Alberta premier on taxpayer group's 'naughty' list

EDMONTON - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has put Alberta Premier Alison Redford at the top of its provincial government "naughty" list for staying in a Washington hotel that charged $876 a night. The federation says Redford's posted expense claims also show she charged taxpayers for $22 coffees and a $31 hamburger while in the U.S. capital. Other Redford expenses in 2013 included an almost $8,000 airfare to New Brunswick and a $6,000 flight to Chicago.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford's reshuffled cabinet to be sworn in Friday

EDMONTON - Members of Alberta Premier Alison Redford's reshuffled cabinet are to be sworn in Friday in a ceremony at Government House. The swearing-in will take place a week after Redford announced changes that included dumping deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk (loo-KAH'-zuhk). The ceremony was delayed after Redford was invited to join the Canadian delegation to South Africa for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Redford shuffled more than half her ministers. She also added more associate ministers, bringing the total number in cabinet to 30.

Alberta to match donations up to $500K to aid typhoon-ravage Philippines

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says it will match public donations up to a total of $500,000 to aid victims of the recent catastrophic typhoon in the Philippines. Deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk said it was imperative to step up and help the Asian archipelago, which has more than 100,000 of its people living and working in Alberta. "Many families and relatives of those victims are here among us in Alberta, as our neighbours (and) as our families," said Lukaszuk, who held a legislature news conference Monday with representatives of the local Filipino community behind him.

Alberta returns $50M to post-secondary schools after axing $147M in budget

EDMONTON - After cutting $147 million from post-secondary education in the spring budget, Alberta Premier Alison Redford's government restored $50 million of it Wednesday. Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk said he learned recently there was extra money at Treasury Board, and he went for it. "I definitely have been the first if not the only minister who has done that (go to Treasury Board)," said Lukaszuk. "This is our priority as the Alberta government."

Australian media reports that mother who drowned two young sons commits suicide

EDMONTON - There are media reports in Australia that a woman convicted of manslaughter in the drowning deaths of her two sons in a small Alberta town has committed suicide. The Daily Telegraph in Sydney says a woman's body discovered beneath a bridge in West Gosford is believed to be that of Allyson McConnell. The newspaper says a member of the public discovered the body and a crime scene has been established, but the death is not considered suspicious.
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