After starting the year in recession, the oil-rich province of Alberta is entering 2018 with the fastest rate of growth in Canada, the economic minister said. At one point last year , the oil-rich province was anticipating an $8 billion deficit and lingering recession because of the downturn in crude oil prices and May 2016 wildfires in the Fort McMurray area that idled about 1 million barrels per day worth of regional oil production. There were 435 exploration and production wells drilled in Alberta in September, the last full month for which the provincial government has data. That’s up 75.4 percent from the same time last year. For jobs in general, Economic Minister Deron Bilous said the […]