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  • 27.04.2017 17:14

    Fort McMurray — Living two blocks from Fort McMurray's Birchwood trail system, June Heskett's two children used to explore the forest daily. They haven't been back in those woods since May 3, 2016, when the fast-moving wildfire forced them, and 88,000 others, from the city. The thick lattice of bright white birch trees that surrounded Fort McMurray is scorched now. Bulldozers have ...

  • 27.04.2017 02:14

    A new 80-storey tower approved Wednesday for The Quarters would set a record for height in Western Canada and the clock is now ticking for construction. The rezoning will be in place for 10 years. If Alldritt Group has not finished geotechnical studies, detailed design and secured a valid development permit by then, the only thing they will be allowed to build on the one-hectare site is a public park. ...

  • 26.04.2017 19:38

    A United States decision to slap duties of up to 24 per cent on Canadian lumber is "very disappointing," says Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier. "It's too bad that we're going to have to put up with this fight," Carlier told a news conference Tuesday at the Alberta legislature. Carlier said all options are on the table as the province coordinates its response with ...

  • 26.04.2017 15:08

    The province unveiled new grants Tuesday to help Alberta women overcome some of the unique hurdles they experience with community projects and entrepreneurship. The $1.5 million in grants will be handed out to 34 projects that boost "women's safety, economic security and leadership." The grants run from as little as $3,000 up to a $100,000 injection provided to Alberta Women Entrepreneurs. ...

  • 25.04.2017 23:38

    Banff's backcountry has welcomed its first bison babies in 140 years. Three calves have been born to the herd that was recently reintroduced to Banff National Park. The first calf was born in the Panther Valley on April 22 — Earth Day — and since then, two more have joined the group. Parks Canada relocated 16 wild bison, including 10 pregnant females, from Elk Island National as part ...

  • 25.04.2017 19:24

    The bearded Republican regarded us suspiciously. He had been washing his pickup truck (naturally) and listening to country music on the radio (ditto). It was blindingly bright Saturday morning in August in New Hampshire, and we were out knocking on doors for our candidate, Hillary Clinton. The beard squinted. He grunted. (Photo: Jennifer Photography Imaging via Getty Images) My wife and I worked on ...

  • 25.04.2017 00:48

    The stereotype of polite Canadians doesn't only apply to humans. Calgary X92.9 radio host Seanna Jefferson was driving through Canmore on Saturday when she spotted four elk walking across a crosswalk in an orderly fashion. "Abbey Road, elk style," one of the people in the car joked, in a video Jefferson posted to Twitter. Wildlife in Alberta aren't just limited to human crosswalks. ...

  • 25.04.2017 00:26

    Legislative changes set to take effect next week are aimed at freeing up police officers and court staff from the time-consuming task of issuing and processing warrants for minor bylaw infractions, the Alberta government says. Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Monday the May 1 enactment of An Act to Modernize Provincial Offences will give law enforcement and court staff more time to focus on serious ...

  • 24.04.2017 00:26

    In the 40 years Leonard Boychuk has been farming his family land near Brosseau, he has never had to leave so many crops in the field. Of his 1,000 acres of canola, oats and barley, more than half still sits there, the land simply too soggy to harvest. Rains descended on he and his wife Claudia's farm in September. It turned into dumps of snow over the winter, which continued through early spring. ...

  • 22.04.2017 07:20

    A University of Alberta professor is working to find the best system for grazing cattle as a way to store massive quantities of greenhouse gases in the dirt under Western Canada's grasslands. "There are vast amounts of carbon in grasslands soils, and all of that has been accumulated, at least in Alberta, over the last 9,000 years," Mark Boyce, a professor in the department of biological ...

  • 21.04.2017 15:38

    The province's privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into deleted emails related to the cancelling of power purchase agreements with Alberta power companies. Wildrose MLA Don MacIntyre sent the request to the commissioner in November regarding an email from James Allen, who was assistant deputy minister in the department of energy, to Balancing Pool CEO Bruce Roberts, in which Allen ...

  • 20.04.2017 21:06

    Over the 20 years of my service as an elected official, never have I seen the policy of supply management become such a hot-button issue. Both foreign and domestic politicians seem to be chiming in on what they think is best for Canadians, without truly studying the effects of their proposals. Having spoken to numerous dairy farmers in Ontario and Quebec throughout the years, while also being an MP ...

  • 20.04.2017 17:54

    My university graduating class of 2000 had the privilege of having Kevin Smith as the convocation speaker where he received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Illinois Wesleyan University. Kevin Smith the actor/writer/filmmaker, aka Silent Bob from the indie hit film, Clerks, has been Dr. Kevin Smith since the convocation day. Unlike typical graduation convocation speeches delivered at university ...

  • 20.04.2017 03:42

    CALGARY — Undercover officers investigating a man accused of killing his wife and burying her body in the basement of their home staged a car accident to get his attention. Allan Shyback, 40, is charged with second-degree murder and causing an indignity to a body in the death of Lisa Mitchell, 31, who was last seen in October 2012. An undercover operation police launched in 2013 ended with Shyback's ...

  • 20.04.2017 01:02

    Three years after it lost a court battle over parking restrictions, Sunshine Village Ski Resort is going back to court and this time it's asking the public to get behind its battle with Parks Canada. The resort has filed for a judicial review of Parks Canada's decision to ban parking anywhere on the access road as of November 2017. Sunshine has also launched a webpage — Sunshineparkingsolution.com ...

  • 19.04.2017 18:50

    EDMONTON — A new study suggests that those who battled the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., continue to suffer both physically and mentally nearly a year after the blaze devastated the community. Preliminary results of a University of Alberta report say one in five firefighters who attended the wildfire reported respiratory problems. One in six has been diagnosed with depression or anxiety. ...

  • 18.04.2017 23:00

    A Calgary-based Sport Chek Women's store knows all too well that bodies aren't a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. So they're making sure their mannequins reflect that. "Sport Chek Women was designed by women, for women," Kara Anastasiadis, assistant VP of merchandising strategy for Forzani Group Ltd, the store's parent company, tells the Huffington Post Canada. "The vision ...

  • 18.04.2017 21:12

    In a week of insane news about how airlines treat their passengers, it's nice to be reminded that forceful "re-accommodation" and bumping a 10-year-old from an oversold flight are the exceptions and not the rule. Joel VanderHoek, a businessman from Lynden, Wash., shared an open letter he wrote to WestJet after a flight on Saturday from Calgary to Abbotsford, B.C. "There was a medical ...

  • 18.04.2017 05:02

    Worried that dope-smoking workers could cause a "catastrophic event" at an oil and gas operation, an oilpatch safety group will press the federal and provincial governments to ban marijuana in hazardous workplaces after the drug is legalized. Enform, which is funded by oil and gas industry groups, had raised its proposed ban with the federal cannabis task force, but the Liberal government's ...

  • 18.04.2017 01:26

    As Premier Rachel Notley heads east on her first Asian trade mission, Alberta's NDP government is backing free trade talks between Canada and China. Notley and Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous left from Edmonton Monday for what is to be a 10-day trip to China and Japan. The trip to boost Alberta's exports to the area comes against the backdrop of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and ...

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