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  • 08.01.2017 00:30

    CALGARY — A visit to Alberta by a senior advisor to President-elect Donald Trump has been cancelled. Kellyanne Conway was to speak at a private dinner in Calgary hosted by the Alberta Prosperity Fund on Jan. 12, and also tour the oilsands near Fort McMurray. The conservative political action committee had announced the dinner and tour in late November, just weeks after Trump won the U.S. election. ...

  • 07.01.2017 07:20

    Alberta's correctional system has become a vortex that has trapped too many of the province's indigenous people, say the government and justice advocates who are searching for solutions. A report card on the Canadian justice system released in September of last year by the independent MacDonald-Laurier Institute showed that Alberta had the most disproportionate level of incarceration for First ...

  • 06.01.2017 22:30

    Progressives need to celebrate their victories. Here's a story to put a smile on your face. A letter published Nov. 22, 2016 and addressed to the parents and families of Strathcona Christian Academy makes one thing clear: they're only allowing a Gay Straight Alliance or GSA at their school because they have to by law. They're based in Sherwood Park, just east of Edmonton, but if you listen ...

  • 06.01.2017 19:56

    TORONTO — The Insurance Bureau of Canada says last year set a record for insurable damage — estimated at more than $4.9 billion. The industry group says that’s $1.7 billion higher than the previous full-year record set in 2013, when insurable damage totalled $3.2 billion. Canada’s most costly disaster last year, according to the Insurance Bureau, was the Alberta wildfires that ...

  • 05.01.2017 18:08

    Standing in a comic books store in west Edmonton, Alberta's environment minister continued Wednesday to sell her government's climate leadership plan. When the carbon tax kicked in Jan. 1, so too was the small-business tax rate cut to two per cent from three per cent. Combine that with the absence of provincial sales and payroll taxes, comparatively low personal income tax and no health premiums, ...

  • 04.01.2017 21:00

    The City of Calgary has seized two dogs after they attacked a four-year-old boy on Tuesday. The boy was visiting family with his parents, and went to play with the German shepherds in a fenced area of the backyard, said a news release. That's when the animals attacked him. The boy's father came outside, saw what was happening, and brought the child inside, said officials. The pet owner called ...

  • 04.01.2017 19:20

     A four-year-old boy was with his parents visiting family when he was attacked by two German shepherd dogs, according to the City of Calgary. The city’s community standards department seized the two dogs, one male and one female, after the incident Tuesday afternoon in the backyard of a home on Castleridge Way N.E. The city said the dogs are being held pending a hearing. Two tickets have ...

  • 03.01.2017 21:00

    Imagine it is the year 2047 and you are driving from Toronto to Vancouver. What will the experience be like? How will it be different than today? Here are some possible ways. The vehicle First of all, you don't own your car. You have rented it for the weekend from your car share club. You can count on one hand how many people you know that own a personal vehicle. The car has an electric motor, ...

  • 03.01.2017 16:24

    At various times in history, and in various places, the authorities have sought to crush anti-slavery speech, anti-Communist speech, and a multitude of political and religious doctrines deemed to be heretical. Censorship always stems from the same impulse: the authorities are firmly convinced they have the absolute truth, and are therefore entitled to suppress what they deem to be false. A recent display ...

  • 01.01.2017 22:20

    Bracing himself against the wind on a cold December day, Jeff Lewandoski leans against a fence post on his property near Jenner and gazes at the handful of animals in his near-empty corral. The 10 bulls are all that remain of the southeast Alberta rancher's prized herd, after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency deemed the cattle "high risk" as a result of a bovine tuberculosis outbreak ...

  • 01.01.2017 05:56

    Alberta's greenhouses will remain on an equal footing with their British Columbian colleagues when the carbon tax kicks in, thanks to a new government rebate. Greenhouse owners were worried their industry would take a huge hit when the $20 per tonne levy comes into force Sunday. Alberta already imports $15-million worth of produce each year from B.C. and $50 million in ornamental flowers and shrubs; ...

  • 01.01.2017 02:56

    After an investigation, American Humane has decided not to give their “No Animals Were Harmed” approval to a film shot in southern Alberta. Set to release in the summer of 2017, The Solutrean is an ice age period film produced by American production company Studio 8. The production came under investigation from American Humane after questions were raised about the slaughter of five bison ...

  • 30.12.2016 02:50

    Alberta’s agriculture minister is not ruling out additional support for farmers concerned about the impact the province’s upcoming carbon tax will have on their operations.   Minister Oneil Carlier said his government has heard the concerns of agricultural producers who fear their bottom lines will be severely impacted by the $20-a-tonne carbon tax coming into effect Jan. 1, and has ...

  • 29.12.2016 23:08

    Fires, recession, pink slips and deficits. At times, 2016 delivered so much negative news, it felt like Alberta's economy was a punching bag, swinging back wildly from one blow only to be pummelled by another. The fire that ravaged the community of Fort McMurray in May caused thousands of people to flee and the entire oilsands area to shut down. In tandem, the second year of recession saw Alberta's ...

  • 28.12.2016 21:24

    Many Canadians will make resolutions to travel more in 2017. And like every year, tens of thousands of us will venture across the border to the U.S., south to Mexico, or across the globe to faraway destinations like Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. However, not everyone will get the opportunity to pack their bags and escape for weeks, or even months, at a time in the new year. Those with slightly ...

  • 28.12.2016 20:06

    Canadians, so the urban myth goes, are polite folk. Nice. Smiley. Ready to compromise and see both sides of an issue. Exactly the sort of cultural moose-shit that now has us compromising facts. Serious scientific facts. No better example is a recent story in the National Observer. There we read about one of Canada's top-notch climate scientists, a man whose career has spanned 50 years of work. ...

  • 26.12.2016 04:14

    After a record high last year, poaching incidents have decreased in Alberta.   There have been 6,231 enforcement actions to date in 2016 but that number may rise as investigations from the recent hunting season are concluded. Charges and warnings for poaching and other backcountry infractions are down exactly 500 from the five-year high in 2015, according to data from Alberta Justice and Solicitor ...

  • 26.12.2016 03:14

    Justice delayed is justice denied.   It’s a legal principle that is centuries old and is at the core of a recent Supreme Court decision which is causing massive headaches for police officers and prosecutors. The Jordan decision, released by the nation’s top court in July, has established hard deadlines for cases to wind their way through the court system. It has become a boon to defence ...

  • 21.12.2016 22:36

    EDMONTON — It's been 30 years since Rod Chayko was flung from a flying roller-coaster at West Edmonton Mall, and it bothers him still that there is no memorial at the site to honour the three people who died that day. Chayko was the lucky one, the only survivor in the last car that jumped the track on the popular Mindbender ride on June 14, 1986. The car had been going about 100 km/h when it struck ...

  • 21.12.2016 21:56

    It’s been 30 years since Rod Chayko was flung from a flying roller-coaster at West Edmonton Mall, and it bothers him still that there is no memorial at the site to honour the three people who died that day. Chayko was the lucky one, the only survivor in the last car that jumped the track on the popular Mindbender ride on June 14, 1986. The car had been going about 100 km/h when it struck a pillar ...

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