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The Government of Alberta announced Thursday morning it plans to fully twin the Highway 15 corridor between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan.

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Glenn van Dijken, MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock, was the Rotary Club of Morinville's guest speaker on Wednesday.

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The Opposition Wildrose launched a new initiative Wednesday. The Alberta Crime Task Force will see the party consult directly with Albertans about the state of the province's justice system.

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The NDP announced a three-year $12 million investment it says would safeguard water resources by providing grants for watershed planning and advisory councils and the Alberta Water Council.

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The Government of Alberta says it plans to invest $500 million in 26 school projects as part of Budget 2017 in order to improve access to education and create an estimated 6000 jobs.

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Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Alberta Leader Jason Kenney announced their joint commitment to achieving unity between the two parties in a joint news release Monday afternoon. Both leaders vowed to form discussion teams with a mandate to work towards an agreement to unite the two parties with details on the teams to be announced by the end of the week.

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The government says the Voluntary Blood Donations Act would prevent private clinics that pay donors for their blood donations from setting up in the province. Additionally, the government says the Act would ensure Albertans have access to the blood they need and prevent the depletion of Alberta’s voluntary blood donor pool, something Canadian Blood Services (CBS) rely on.

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Minister David Eggen visited with Bachelor of Education students at the University of Alberta, committing to improve and protect education in the 2017 Budget. Eggen has been visiting Alberta's post-secondary institutions, engaging with future teachers about their prospective careers, as well as the ongoing review of curriculum and the impact of stable, predictable funding will have in Alberta’s classrooms.

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The government is reviewing Alberta's labour legislation and inviting Albertans to take part in the review. The current work on the legislation focuses on the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, last revised significantly in 1988.

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The Government of Alberta said last week it plans to make a new investment in the justice system to hire 35 Crown prosecutors and an additional 30 support staff, a move it says will add to the 15 Crown prosecutors currently being recruited. There are currently 310 Crown prosecutors which would increase to 360 over the next year, including those who appear at first instance bail hearings.