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  • 10.05.2017 19:30

    Ever since Britney Spears made her music video debut in 1998 wearing pigtails and a schoolgirl outfit, we just knew her career would be filled with iconic looks. And now, thanks to one Edmonton woman, Spears’ most famous costumes could be yours. Dana Proctor is the proud owner of seven of the singer’s most iconic looks. The super fan collected them over the years through online auctions. “It’s kind ...

  • 10.05.2017 19:12

    Rated as the No. 1 place to visit in 2017 by the New York Times and Lonely Planet, it's fair to say the global spotlight on Canada has never been brighter. (Photo: Deux via Getty Images) This year marks the 150th birthday of our prodigious nation, and cities like Toronto and Vancouver are getting global recognition. It's not easy to top global lists of "best places to live" while ...

  • 10.05.2017 16:06

    Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley is reaching out to police chiefs across Alberta to get a handle on their policies around naming homicide victims. The decision to release a name is handled by individual police services, but Ganley said it's important to have consistency across the province. The outcome of those conversations will dictate the need for a policy or directive, but Ganley is hoping ...

  • 09.05.2017 20:00

    Despite being deemed public enemy number one for breaking Sam Gagner's jaw with a reckless high stick in 2013, Zack Kassian has managed to capture the hearts of Edmonton Oilers fans. In what some are calling one of the best moments of the Stanley Cup playoffs thus far, Kassian had an epic celebration with a random Oilers fan directly after scoring goal 4, in Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks at ...

  • 09.05.2017 15:20

    Milk — the other Alberta cattle product. In a province famous for beef, a tiny portion of its roughly 4.9 million bovines are being raised to pump out the raw material for a glass of skim rather than a tasty T-bone. The local dairy industry usually doesn't attract the attention of its meat-producing cousins, but U.S. President Donald Trump's recent ...

  • 09.05.2017 07:26

    Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht says Alberta police agencies should be “singing from the same songbook” when it comes to releasing the names of homicide victims. Knecht was pushed on the force's policy on naming homicide victims at a coffee session Monday with reporters at southwest division headquarters, 1351 Windermere Way SW. While the department’s longstanding practice has ...

  • 09.05.2017 02:26

    Three friends on a leisurely hike in Banff National Park found themselves on a heart-pounding adventure after coming across a giant grizzly bear near Mount Norquay. And they say if not for the actions of their brave dog, Momo, at least one of them would likely be dead. "I can still remember the fat moving on her body as she was running towards us," said hiker Dominic Cyr. Well-known Bear ...

  • 07.05.2017 12:04

    It was kind of a shame to ignore a sunrise like that but I was looking for something else. Mist hung on the surface of a little pond just off the southeast corner of the city, the sun still below the horizon cast salmon-coloured light onto the eastern clouds and sent streamers of shadow across the sky. A train was coming my direct ion and I could hear its horn sound as it came to the highway crossings. ...

  • 06.05.2017 02:24

    With a cleansing smudge of herbs and sweetgrass, passing of the pipe and traditional First Nations prayers, a women's shelter in Morley solemnly and quietly opened its doors Wednesday. It won't be ready to accept clients until May 8 but after two years of work to renovate the facility and bring it up to standard, an official ceremony was held to note the hard work of many in the community. ...

  • 05.05.2017 17:36

    OTTAWA — A new federal law aims to reduce the number of people who die from opioid and other drug overdoses in Canada. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act was introduced as a private member's bill last year by Liberal backbencher Ron McKinnon and received royal assent on Thursday. The law provides immunity from simple possession charges for anyone calling 911 to report an overdose. A man walks ...

  • 05.05.2017 05:34

    Friday marks two years since the NDP was elected to lead Alberta, but this week Premier Rachel Notley has other things on her mind. The one-year anniversary of the Fort McMurray wildfire, for one, and her recent return to Canada after a 10-day trade mission to China and Japan. The mission took Notley and Trade Minister Deron Bilous to Beijing, where they attended the first China-Alberta Energy and ...

  • 04.05.2017 20:54

    A Conservative leadership candidate’s longshot private member’s bill to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Commons, including members of his own caucus. Brad Trost’s Bill C-308 was defeated by a vote of 260-6 at second reading Wednesday. Just five other members of Parliament — all of them Tories — backed the Saskatchewan MP’s bill: Ontario ...

  • 04.05.2017 15:32

    Edmonton Police Service’s refusal to name half of this year’s homicide victims is a disturbing trend that will erode public trust, Alberta’s justice critic says. Airdrie Wildrose MLA Angela Pitt worries that not naming victims, particularly when their death is at the hands of a partner, stigmatizes domestic violence — a trend society has been working against. “Domestic ...

  • 04.05.2017 02:38

    The deadly T-bone crash which killed a Calgary man was the result of a momentary lapse in attention, the lawyer for a woman charged in his death said Wednesday. Defence counsel Alain Hepner argued his client should not have been charged criminally, suggesting a Traffic Safety Act ticket would have been more appropriate. But Crown prosecutor Ron Simenik said Cinzia Marson's driving on June 14, 2015, ...

  • 02.05.2017 19:24

    Many Canadians were surprised last week when they read an editorial highly critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's record on climate. But I wasn't surprised in the least. In spite of the usual rhetoric from the writer, anti-Keystone XL campaigner Bill McKibben, readers can rest assured -- Canada's record on climate is strong. McKibben's analysis? Not so much. A demonstrator holds ...

  • 02.05.2017 15:26

    Fort McMurray — Smoke blanketed the scorched boreal forest on Monday morning, May 2. Under its cover slept Fire 9. Through the previous evening, the wildfire had made its first push toward this northern city. The wet and cold of the night had at last halted the march of flames. In the respite, Fort McMurray fire bosses took to helicopters to try to get a sense of their adversary. The veil of ...

  • 27.04.2017 22:00

    GRAY, Sask. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his proposed carbon tax after a visit to a farm in the community of Gray, south of Regina. Trudeau then held a news conference at the local rink, where he said putting a price on carbon pollution is a way to reward people who are innovating and reducing their carbon output. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with Rod Lewis and Lewis's son ...

  • 27.04.2017 21:38

    A documentary focusing hour-by-hour on last year’s record-breaking disaster, Fort Mac Wildfire: Rogue Earth also frames the catastrophe in a much larger context — manmade climate change. Yet despite its dramatic name, the hour-long Discovery Channel Canada show does so gently. As the horrifying events in northern Alberta unfolded last May, conflict emerged between those who said it was ...

  • 27.04.2017 21:38

    The Alberta Crown corporation that saw its board sacked and senior leadership suspended will have a new board appointed Thursday afternoon. The Agriculture Finance Services Corporation (AFSC) landed in hot water last June after an investigation by the province’s internal auditor, sparked by an anonymous tip to government. The investigation that found unnecessary travel on the taxpayer’s ...

  • 27.04.2017 18:36

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Farid El-Hayouni and Ibtissam Saidi are almost certain they won't live on Prospect Drive again. The couple had a duplex on the street in Fort McMurray's north end, where they lived with their three young sons and El-Hayouni's parents. They loved the place. They had a beautiful view of a nearby pond from their bedroom window and, on warm nights, their block would fill ...

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