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New ER protocols cap hectic week

New protocols set in place by Alberta Health Services (AHS) last week are aimed at reducing emergency room wait times and providing faster treatment for patients during “peak pressure” periods.

Twenty-eight students take 24-hour vow of silence

Twenty-eight students at Lorne Akins Junior High School took a 24-hour vow of silence earlier this month to raise awareness for children’s rights around the world.

Sturgeon budget recommends 6.1% tax hike

Sturgeon County's proposed budget calls for a 6.1 per cent property tax increase, but councillors are already saying it will have to come down before they can give it their approval. On a $410,000 home, the 6.

Alberta's deficit forecast at $5 billion

The Alberta government will continue to dip into its sustainability fund to cover a deficit now forecast at $5 billion, an increase of $257 million from budget 2010/11.

Medical uses allowed in business parks

Health service businesses can now locate in St. Albert business parks. Council voted to make the designation a permitted use in areas zoned BP but voted against allowing day cares and churches.

Health Monitor

Restless nights or making a habit of getting less than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep can increase the risk of inflammation, a known risk factor for both heart disease and stroke.

The V12 greenhouse

Jim Hole has a 321-horsepower greenhouse. The Enjoy Centre in St. Albert has a lot of green features — recycled materials, rainwater collection and excellent insulation, for example — but one of its greenest is tucked away in the basement.

Duckett's cookie crumbles

The province announced late Wednesday afternoon that Alberta Health Services CEO and president Stephen Duckett has been relieved of his contractual duties. “The board today has made a decision that Dr.

Building a better envelope

Business owners can give their staff and pocketbooks a break with green retrofits for their buildings, says an Edmonton architect. Architect Shafraaz Kaba will be at Grant MacEwan University tonight to give a free talk about green retrofits.

Seven days till Homes for Christmas

The weather outside is white and frightful but the sights inside are green and delightful. The Homes for Christmas Tour starts next Wednesday for its four-day run.