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  • 07.03.2017 16:32

    A ministerial panel on child intervention heard how fear over sharing information in child welfare cases could lead to important information being withheld from the very organizations tasked with ensuring the wellbeing of the child. “We can’t work together if we don’t talk to each other,” George Alvarez, acting executive director of information management for children’s ...

  • 07.03.2017 16:26

    It's still a long road ahead for the government's contentious farm safety legislation after it received the first set of recommendations Monday about how to shape the bill. Bill 6, which inspired angry rallies across the province, has been law for 15 months, but the government has been consulting with farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture on how to write the regulations ...

  • 04.03.2017 00:02

    The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee recently sought the opinion of American Chris Dempsey, the co-chair of a citizen-led group that helped kill Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid. Demspey spoke with Postmedia’s Annalise Klingbeil about why he was dubious of a Boston Olympics, what Calgarians can learn from Boston’s experience, and the Olympic fever that he worries has struck the Calgary ...

  • 03.03.2017 15:38

    The Alberta government promised the world in its throne speech Thursday, but the opposition wants to know who’s going to pay for it. Slashing school fees, capping power bills, more affordable housing for families and seniors, new mental health programs — none of it was wildly off the mark from the NDP’s stated goals of helping families and Alberta’s most vulnerable. But as MLAs ...

  • 01.03.2017 20:52

    The RRSP deadline is once again upon us, leaving procrastinating Canadians to hastily examine their personal risk tolerance on investments. On behalf of the Canadian taxpayer, the federal government must make a similar assessment when it comes to deciding whether to back a possible Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Construction cost overruns are always an issue at major sporting events. But ...

  • 01.03.2017 01:06

    X-Fest will not be returning to Calgary for 2017. A Facebook post from Calgary's alt-rock station X92.9 broke the news Tuesday morning. "Sorry for the bummer news, but we are sad to announce that X-Fest will not be returning in 2017. After a great run, the time has come to reimagine and explore new ideas for future events," it read. A spokesperson from Live Nation, which partnered with ...

  • 01.03.2017 00:48

    To no one's surprise the provincial government of British Columbia signed off on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil sands pipeline and supertanker project in the Salish Sea. The announcement confirmed that Premier Christy Clark's posturing with her "five conditions con" over the past four and a half years has essentially been political Kabuki theatre. The cynical, albeit clever, ...

  • 28.02.2017 19:40

    Thirteen candidates for the federal Conservative leadership will mingle with the public Tuesday in what's described as a "speed-dating" style roundtable discussion. The luncheon, organized by the Alberta Enterprise Group, starts at noon in the Hotel Macdonald and lasts until 1:30 p.m. The candidates taking part are: • Former immigration minister Chris Alexander, a former Toronto-area ...

  • 27.02.2017 21:04

    Leadership hopeful Kevin O'Leary has pulled out of Tuesday night's Conservative Party leadership debate in Edmonton because of the "bad format". In a statement, O'Leary said the proposed format did not allow "time for ideas to be explained, or any real debate to transpire." The debate at the Maclab Theatre in the Citadel Theatre is sold out. O'Leary pointed to this ...

  • 25.02.2017 22:52

    Over 20,000 Garth Brooks fans took part in a historic moment on Friday evening at Rogers Place. The third last concert of Brooks’ nine-show Edmonton engagement also marked the five millionth ticket sold on the country singer’s three-year tour, officially making it the biggest in the world. Compared to his 1996-98 world jaunt, where he needed 100 cities to reach the five million total, the ...

  • 24.02.2017 00:54

    For police in Canada's wild North, sometimes the weather conditions call for a bit of creativity. And officers in northern Manitoba have come up with a pretty creative solution to transport prisoners from places where their traditional vehicles can't go. RCMP in The Pas have introduced a couple of so-called "prisoner pods" that can be hitched onto the back of an ATV or snowmobile. ...

  • 23.02.2017 22:20

    Calgarians can help the city’s less fortunate by sipping their way through hundreds of wines for the 25th anniversary of Winefest in Calgary. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or donations for the Calgary Food Bank. Winefest will increase the total amount raised by 25 per cent and donate $1.00 for each item donated. Three hundred and twenty wines will be featured from 78 ...

  • 22.02.2017 20:06

    Leslie Feist was in rural Malawi when a lightbulb went off in her head — an idea as simple and effective as, well, her famous song "1234." She would need backpacks. Lots and lots of backpacks. The Canadian singer had gone to the Zomba District of the southeast African nation in 2015 to see the work being done by Dignitas International, a Toronto-based healthcare NGO that has helped a quarter-million ...

  • 21.02.2017 22:18

    An Alberta senior claims he had to sell his home to cover the cost of a painting bill forced upon him by village officials. Bill Yarmovich, 86, told CTV News that he tried to paint his house himself in 2015 after the Village of Ryley sent him a bylaw notice for "unsightly premises." Because of his age, the work was slow-going. Yarmovich managed to get started on the project, but slipped off ...

  • 20.02.2017 02:44

    A 24-hour traffic enforcement event by Edmonton police resulted in 2,442 violations, including a distracted driving ticket for a motorist wearing a live ferret around their neck while cruising along Whyte Avenue. Police issued 90 additional distracted driving tickets during the enforcement period from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16. Speeding tickets made up the majority of the violations with officers issuing ...

  • 19.02.2017 02:20

    Two Alberta filmmakers are pushing ahead with hopes to deliver the world’s most secret marathon to the big screen. In the process, Kate McKenzie and Scott Townend hope to strike a blow for the rights of women worldwide, by putting together a full-length documentary on the Afghanistan marathon. McKenzie, 32, took part in the race last October in a remote area of the country and interviewed several ...

  • 17.02.2017 18:32

    TORONTO — Bears busting a move in the Canadian Rockies and a rascally raccoon family in Toronto are among the animals profiled in “Planet Earth II,” the followup to the massively popular 2006 TV series that won four Emmys. Debuting Saturday on BBC Earth, the visually arresting six-part series was filmed in 4K in 40 countries over a span of three and a half years, featuring exotic ...

  • 17.02.2017 16:48

    Each year, Family Day is an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate I am for the blessing of my family and their unconditional love and support. This was never more apparent than when I was treated for cancer. My diagnosis of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) required treatment away from my hometown of Calgary. Typically, in Canada, treatment for my disease is in Ontario, but the year I required treatment, ...

  • 16.02.2017 17:56

    What the . . . You can't make this stuff up. It is so mind-numbingly moronic. Then again, it is politics. Step right up. One more spin on the merry-go-round going nowhere fast, the carousel of Progressive Conservative cloud cuckooland. Now there's an emergency meeting called. The board of directors of the PC party are expected to gather the end of next week. After almost all the elected delegates ...

  • 16.02.2017 16:56

    Water tankers hired to fight fires in Alberta will see their contracts re-extended to 120 days when the province’s wildfire season begins March 1. The new Forest and Prairie Protection Act means Albertans will also face increased fines for abandoning campfires or burning during bans, and corporations can be fined up to $1 million for fire safety breaches. What’s not clear is how much the ...

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