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  • 17.04.2017 15:32

    Labour Minister Christina Gray has cast her eyes across the country and found Alberta falling far behind other provinces on workplace rules. The government's consultation period on those rules ends Tuesday and Gray will review the submissions with an eye towards modernizing the employment standards code and creating "family friendly workplaces," which has been a familiar refrain from ...

  • 15.04.2017 04:02

    A panel tasked with improving the province’s child intervention services has approved a draft set of recommendations aimed at making reviews of in-care deaths more accountable and timely.  The Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention met Thursday to finalize suggested changes to be forwarded to Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee for review. The recommendations call for increased ...

  • 14.04.2017 22:44

    An Airdrie church is celebrating its own particular brand of Prairie religion. It isn't some new-fangled futuristic faith. Actually, it is more of a step back in time, to when members of the congregation raised much-needed money for church restoration projects in a way they knew best. Members of Airdrie United would take feedlot calves and raise them on their own land before eventually selling ...

  • 13.04.2017 02:14

    Toronto swim suit model Krystal Mary Robertson was fined $700 Wednesday for inadvertently setting off a stink bomb in Banff National Park, clearing out a café. Robertson, 31, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Canada National Parks Act of behaving in a manner that unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of others in the park. Provincial court Judge Les Grieve accepted a joint submission ...

  • 12.04.2017 16:08

    It's wildfire season again in Alberta, but all the preparations and planning will be haunted by last year's devastating fire in Fort McMurray. Whether it's lessons learned from the fire, simmering anger from residents in the city or the sheer cost of recovery, the province will be carrying The Beast's burden into 2017.  Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier said earlier this ...

  • 12.04.2017 02:20

    An Okotoks family say they are being "bullied" into paying school fees, with their children banned from competing in sports and attending the grad dance until they do. For two years, Tanya and Warren Stasiuk have refused to pay certain fees for their children attending Foothills Composite High School, citing the Alberta School Act which doesn't permit fees for anything other than "instructional ...

  • 07.04.2017 21:00

    In explosive allegations contained in a lawsuit, Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz has been accused of offering "millions" of dollars to a Brazilian actress in exchange for sex. The claims by Greice Santo, best known for her recurring role in "Jane the Virgin," are included in a defamation suit. The legal action was filed by her husband against G.F. Bunting+Co, the public relations ...

  • 06.04.2017 21:56

    Edmonton playwright David Belke, charged with possession of child pornography last month, is set to appear in court on April 20. The new court date was set during a preliminary hearing Thursday morning. Belke, 56, is a well-known member of Edmonton’s theatre community and a former substitute teacher for Edmonton Public Schools. He was arrested on March 17 after a tip from the public sparked an ...

  • 06.04.2017 21:56

    Premier Rachel Notley announced Thursday that the province will be creating 1,296 daycare spots with fees capped at $25 per day. Thursday's announcement adds about 300 extra spaces then earlier announced and will add about 119 new jobs. The government had initally promised last fall to create 1,000 new affordable daycare spaces at a cost of $10 million. The new spaces will be spread across 22 centres. ...

  • 06.04.2017 04:44

    The Notley NDP are having a field day this week. All they have to do is sit back and watch. Or, when the spirit moves them, they can give Wildrose leader Brian Jean a little jab whenever they feel like it. It really is like shooting fish in a barrel. Wednesday afternoon. The legislature’s daily question period. Jean can’t get a question out without being made a laughing stock by Premier ...

  • 06.04.2017 03:26

    The first phase of the line-up for the 2017 Canmore Folk Music Festival was unveiled over the weekend, and this year’s talent list includes headlining acts Bruce Cockburn, Whitehorse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Foy Vance. Other announced artists for the festival, which takes place Aug. 5-7, include Birds of Chicago, Las Cafeteras, Oscar Lopez, The Steel Wheels, Yola Carter, William Prince, ...

  • 04.04.2017 22:26

    As the saying goes, third time’s a charm. An Edmonton couple is walking away with a cool $8.1 million after striking it big on a February Lotto 6/49 draw. Barbara Fink didn’t know how much she had won when she checked her numbers online the night of the Feb. 22 lottery draw, but she wasted no time calling her husband, Douglas, who was working out of town at the time. “I knew we had ...

  • 04.04.2017 02:56

    His community leadership, creativity in music and art, and passion for teaching others about his Cree heritage has landed Grade 12 student Sheldon Steinhauer the 2017 Indigenous Shining Student Award. Each year, First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) students who exhibit exceptional teamwork, leadership and dedication to learning are awarded this special honour, and this year, Steinhauer was chosen ...

  • 03.04.2017 22:18

    "Are you gay?" It was 1983 or so, and my Carleton journalism professor, Roger Bird, had asked me if I was gay. I was surprised. "Is that an issue?" I asked him. "If you are writing an investigative series about gay people in politics, I think it is," Bird said, and he was probably right, as he was about most things. "Are you?" "No," I said. I kind of ...

  • 03.04.2017 20:18

    The University Students’ Union of Regina offered students a “masculinity confession booth” where they could share their “sins” last week. “Meet up with URSU members and make a confession,” the event's description reads. “We have all reinforced hypermasculinity one way or another regardless of our gender ... Come and share your sins so we can all begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways.” ...

  • 03.04.2017 02:14

    When students first step into the large canvas-and-wood lodge inside the old cosmetology lab at Kainai High School, they're often careful to avoid stepping on the soft buffalo robes strewn on the ground. It makes Kainai elder Harriet Heavy Runner laugh. "Bless their little hearts, they have a lot of respect for them, they don't want to walk on them ... but they need to sit and even lay ...

  • 01.04.2017 00:46

    EDMONTON — Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta can’t commit to any formal apology for the ’60s Scoop without talking to indigenous families about how to make the gesture meaningful. She says what happened was traumatic and the effects on families still reverberate and need to be addressed. “It’s not just a matter ... of getting up and apologizing,” Notley said Friday. ...

  • 31.03.2017 00:08

    Alberta grain farmers are asking the federal government to rethink a tax change proposal they say could have significant negative consequences for their industry. In last week's federal budget, the Trudeau Liberals unveiled a proposal to do away with the deferred payment program on sales for barley, wheat, oats, flaxseed, canola, and rye. The program, which has been in place for decades, allows ...

  • 30.03.2017 19:48

    Buffy Sainte-Marie first burst onto the international music scene in the 1960s, and since then the iconic Cree folk singer has worked tirelessly to spotlight, protect and inspire indigenous people. "Medicine Songs," the 76-year-old's upcoming album, features familiar protest tunes alongside new works like her Tanya Tagaq collaboration "War Racket," as well as a Canadian version ...

  • 30.03.2017 17:36

    The archetypal struggle of great stories in Western culture often involves two protagonists uniting to take on a formidable opponent: Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, Batman and Robin; you get the point. Much rarer though are stories involving former enemies uniting to take on a common foe. But in Alberta, the prospect of a second NDP government has forced Wildrosers and ...

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