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Alberta says universities over-budget; need to freeze travel, hiring, hosting

Alberta's advanced education minister says post-secondary schools are going over their budgets and he's urging them to immediately freeze hiring and stop spending on travel and hosting.

Opposition NDP urges Alberta government not to switch drugs for some patients

Alberta's Opposition is urging the province not to force patients on certain drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and Crohn's disease to switch medications.

Talks to continue: Alberta extends deadline to discuss changes to doctor fees for service

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says he's encouraged by talks so far, but adds that ultimately there need to be reforms on how doctors bill for patient visits.

Oilers' Zack Kassian earns 2-game ban for attack on Flames' Matthew Tkachuk

Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Kassian was handed a two-game suspension by the NHL on Monday, two days after he rag-dolled and punched Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on national TV.

New numbers confirm Alberta drivers facing higher auto insurance costs

New numbers confirm that many Alberta drivers are getting hit with rate hikes, and even some sharp spikes, in their auto insurance.

Billing changes coming: Alberta doctors won't rule out court challenge

Alberta doctors say they haven't ruled out a court challenge to the government's billing rule changes that physicians say could profoundly affect patient care.

'Significant changes': Alberta eyeing major reforms to health system in 2020

Alberta's medical system is getting prepped for some major surgery in 2020, and Health Minister Tyler Shandro says it starts in about two weeks with the release of a report expected to be the blueprint for change.

Alberta finance minister voted MLA of the year in poll of political peers

Finance Minister Travis Toews come on down, you've been voted Alberta's legislature member of the year.

Alberta's 'fair deal' panel begins feedback tour with Edmonton town hall

A panel examining Alberta's role in Confederation kicked off its public town hall tour Tuesday, with many telling the panellists the province deserves a better deal — but through collaboration rather than confrontation.

Alberta private member's bill to reopen debate on physician conscience rights

Alberta politicians are to debate the role of conscience rights and the responsibilities of physicians asked to assist or advise on abortions, contraception or medically assisted deaths.

Alberta doctors call proposed new pay plan cynical and heavy-handed

Alberta's doctors say proposed changes to their pay and practice rules are cynical and heavy-handed and will make future physicians think twice about working in the province.

On eve of season, Oilers GM Ken Holland says goal is to make playoffs

With the woebegone Edmonton Oilers set to open their NHL season Wednesday, new general manager Ken Holland bristled when it was suggested fans are being told to be patient for a playoff contender.

Alberta's advanced education minister says action coming on MacKinnon report

Alberta's advanced education minister says he hopes to soon announce action on a report that characterizes the province's post-secondary network as rudderless and rife with duplication.

Alberta budget Oct. 24: Kenney says tough choices needed to fight deficit

Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta's budget will be delivered Oct. 24. Asked Monday if he'll blink on making tough spending cuts, he invoked former prime minister Pierre Trudeau's historic three-word rebuttal. "Just watch me," he said.

Connor McDavid cleared to practice as he rehabs knee at Oilers camp

It's so far, so good for Connor McDavid in training camp as he rehabs his knee. The Edmonton Oilers' superstar forward was cleared for practice and didn't require a non-contact jersey as the team hit the ice today for the first time in camp.