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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.

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Crime is rising across our province. In 2015 alone, it went up 18 per cent across Alberta, including a 12 per cent rise in violent crimes. And now trials of accused criminals are being stayed because of mismanagement and a lack of resources in our courts.

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Don’t mix cheers and gears is the message from Grade 11 Lethbridge Collegiate Institute student Kimberlie Crowe that was the overall winner of the second annual Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) Alberta Liquor Bag Design Contest.

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The Alberta government took the occasion of International Women's Day to launch additional support for Alberta’s women entrepreneurs to expand and grow their businesses through the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.

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The Government of Alberta introduced legislation Tuesday that would increase access to the legal system for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. If passed, The Limitations Act currently specifies that any civil claim arising from an assault must commence within two years from when the person knows of the incident.

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The government is encouraging Albertans to provide input on how provincial labour laws could apply to farms and ranches.

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On Monday, the Wildrose called on the NDP government to justify hiring Ontario-based Ecofitt to run its Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program, announced by the government Feb. 28.

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The challenging and life-changing work of social workers is recognized this week - Social Work Week - running Mar. 5 to 11.

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The Government of Alberta says it will help an additional 1,000 apprentices continue their technical training through the Apprentice Training Award, which provides $1,000 to apprentices returning to their technical training.