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  • 27.01.2017 02:56

    From family fundraisers to gay rodeos, Symons Valley Ranch enjoyed a long and colourful history. Once far removed from the city limits, Les and Ellen Jones bought the land for a ranch in 1968. It's believed their first party was held in the loft of their barn but by the 1980s the crowds had grown so large that three banquet halls were built to accommodate the partygoers. The Ranch House Restaurant ...

  • 25.01.2017 05:54

    Andrew Borys is the absolute master of beer pong. The 21-year-old from Calgary has probably received offers to join dozens of frat houses for his sniper-like accuracy. Despite the millions of YouTube hits — "I think I have, like, over a hundred million views now," Borys told The Huffington Post Canada — it's not even exactly what he wants to be doing. Borys started recording his beer ...

  • 24.01.2017 19:56

    After 19 years of fun and funky fundraising, the Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit is set to descend on the city for the last time. Now in its final year, Brooks said the first event started when friend Mark Wilson approached Brooks about putting on a fundraiser. Brooks was inspired to raise funds to help fight prostate cancer by his uncle Doug, who died in his early 40's from the disease. While ...

  • 24.01.2017 19:38

    President Donald Trump intends to take action today to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, according to a person familiar with the matter.   TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline was rejected under former President Barack Obama, and Energy Transfer Partners LP’s $3.8 billion Dakota Access project was stalled when the Obama administration halted work ...

  • 24.01.2017 04:42

    STOUGHTON, Sask. — About 200,000 litres of crude oil has been spilled onto agricultural land in southeastern Saskatchewan after a pipeline leak. The spill was detected Friday at a site 10 kilometres north of Stoughton in a low-lying area with a frozen slough. Doug MacKnight, assistant deputy minister of Economy, says about 170,000 litres have been recovered so far. "They'll be removing cover, ...

  • 21.01.2017 05:08

    A railroading genius who — in a stunningly short time frame — turned around the flagging fortunes of a struggling company. A hard-nosed boss who created a "culture of fear" in the workplace, slashing costs and cutting staffing numbers to the bone. An outspoken, larger-than-life personality who brought his brash American style to Canada, and had no qualms about speaking bluntly ...

  • 19.01.2017 01:18

    Millions of Canadian get their periods every month, but believe it or not, some can’t afford basic menstrual supplies. Some girls are even missing school because of it, according to a northern Saskatchewan MP. Georgina Jolibois, who is based in La Loche, Sask., told The Huffington Post Canada that food and personal hygiene products are pricey in the northern part of the province. And some communities ...

  • 16.01.2017 04:08

    Embroiled in a five-year-long lawsuit, an Alberta man has some peace of mind after finally reaching a settlement. William Berry sued the Alberta government in 2011 for what he alleged was inhumane treatment after he was forcibly removed by officers from a Red Deer courthouse. “I’m glad it’s over after a five-year battle, considering the event only lasted 27 seconds,” Berry said. ...

  • 15.01.2017 03:08

    The dinosaurs may be long gone, but funding for fossils is being given new life. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, the metaphorical mosquito in amber of the Canadian Badlands, is expected to receive a $9.3 million injection from federal and provincial governments for expansions to the facility. The first time ever receiving cultural infrastructure funding, a learning laboratory, additional ...

  • 13.01.2017 19:56

    After 35 years in the RCMP, Marianne Ryan feels it's the perfect time to hang up her Stetson and serge. "I feel I'm going at the right time," Ryan said Thursday. She announced her upcoming retirement as K Division deputy commissioner, a job which involves overseeing the RCMP in Alberta, earlier in the week. "You want to make sure you have gas in the tank," ...

  • 13.01.2017 10:14

    EDMONTON — An Alberta court has dismissed an appeal application by a foreign-trained man who wanted to work in the province as an engineer. Ladislav Mihaly, who was educated in the former Czechoslovakia, had been seeking to register with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. The association required Mihaly to write exams to confirm his credentials, but after ...

  • 13.01.2017 08:26

    Boasting more than 3,000 prizes worth nearly $5 million and a 50/50 draw for $1.5 million, STARS Lottery launched its annual fundraiser Thursday supporting the life-saving air transport service. Every year, hundreds of events are held across Western Canada to help raise funds, and even in tough economic times officials are confident Albertans will come through. Over the past year, each STARS helicopter ...

  • 12.01.2017 21:54

    Women no longer need to keep their shirts on while working out at Edmonton's city gyms — a new rule change says a sports bra is an appropriate amount of cover-up. In a bid to stay, um, abreast of changing workout fashion, gym-goers can now wear cropped shirts and sports bras that show off the stomach, so long as the workout gear is for "fitness purposes," reports the Edmonton Journal. ...

  • 12.01.2017 19:08

    HANNA, Alta. — The hand-painted sign on a bumpy road on the east side of Hanna speaks volumes.   “Hanna supports coal, cows, gas and oil,” it says bluntly. The sign includes a circle with a line through it over the words “carbon tax.” The town of 2,700, 230 kilometres northeast of Calgary, like many rural Alberta communities, has largely lived off agriculture. But ...

  • 12.01.2017 16:48

    Duncan Kinney of Progress Alberta argues that "Alberta Should Be Proud of Gay-Straight Alliances in its Schools" (Huffington Post, 6 January 2017). He states that progressives need to celebrate the "victory" of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) being set up at Strathcona Christian Academy, a school east of Edmonton. However, the Sexual and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) student club at this ...

  • 12.01.2017 00:18

    OTTAWA — Focus groups conducted last summer and fall for the federal government suggest the Liberals' marquee carbon pricing policy is poorly understood and generates contradictory reactions. The survey found a mistaken belief that some form of carbon taxation currently exists across all of Canada and found "low awareness" of what carbon pricing actually means. "Climate change, renewable ...

  • 10.01.2017 20:24

    Alberta's notorious "Dexter Killer" is looking to find love online. Mark Twitchell, currently serving life in prison for murdering a man in his Edmonton garage, has set up an online dating profile using Canadian Inmates Connect Ltd. In his profile, he admits he's "made some terrible, regrettable choices in the past" and how he's come to accept the consequences. Mark ...

  • 10.01.2017 06:32

    As Alberta prepares to redraw its electoral boundaries ahead of the next provincial vote in 2019, some politicians are worried rural areas could end up the loser in the process. The electoral boundaries commission will kick off public hearings slated for 15 communities on Jan. 16 and 17 with meetings in Edmonton, with Calgary hearings scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22. A new commission is appointed every ...

  • 10.01.2017 06:32

    As online profiles go, it's pretty standard — he is creative, considers himself "insightful, passionate and philosophical with a great sense of humor," and enjoys tennis, chess and clever storytelling. Scroll up, though, and some anomalies surface. "Institution: Saskatchewan Penitentiary," it reads. "Convicted of: Murder." Mark Twitchell is one of hundreds ...

  • 08.01.2017 23:00

    OTTAWA — A Liberal MP is speaking out about what she considers a frustratingly slow response by her own federal government to the crisis of fentanyl, a potent opioid linked to more than 500 overdose deaths last year in B.C. and Alberta alone. "I feel it's something we need to be doing something about faster than we are doing it,'' Hedy Fry, the longtime Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre, ...

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