Alberta Wages to be Highest in 2013

A newly released report by the Conference Board of Canada, a non-profit research organization specializing in economic trends, offers an optimistic outlook for those working in Alberta in 2013. The Conference Board of Canada’s October 24, 2012 report predicts the average salary for Alberta's non-unionized employees will increase by 3.8 per cent in 2013, above the 3 per cent average projected for the country.

The Conference Board of Canada's Compensation Planning Outlook 2013 also predicts the oil and gas industry in 2013 will have a 4.2 per cent increase in base pay, the highest average increase, followed by the natural resource sector with 3.6 per cent increase. This is good news for talented professionals in engineering, technology or skilled trades…

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Cochrane real estate for sale.

If you have been looking at Calgary real estate and haven’t found what you are looking for, maybe you need to look outside of Calgary in neighbouring Cochrane, Airdrie or Okotoks. A large number of home buyers have been doing just that.

According to the Calgary Real Estate Board a reduced supply in the number of single-family homes in Calgary has increased home sales in surrounding Alberta towns. Third quarter MLS home sales show Cochrane up by 20.34 per cent, Airdrie up 31.16 percent and Okotoks up 21.32 per cent all compared with a year ago.

Homebuyers like the feel of the smaller communities outside Calgary, while still having all the big city amenities close by. Home buyers in Airdrie, Cochrane and Okotoks also get a little more bang for their…

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Green tips for homeowners.

As a homeowner there are several little changes you can do to make a big difference to the environment and your energy savings. Here are some ideas that can help you "go green" easily and inexpensively.

Get a recycling bin. Most cities have a recycling program. You may be able to get a rebate on your recycling bin or even get it for free. Some cities even offer residential curbside collection for blue box recyclables, green bin organics, small appliances and seasonal yard waste. Keep a list of which materials you can and can’t put in your recycle bin on your fridge door, so that everyone in the family can participate.

Get a kitchen compost bin. Find out if your city has a compost pick-up program. If they do, get a kitchen compost bin or kitchen…

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