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  • 16.02.2017 00:48

    Stephanie Simpson knows the power of a photograph. The Edmonton photographer spends most of her time taking pictures, so she sees first-hand how touching they can be. And how devastating it is when they’re lost. Simpson’s new project, This Is Not a Passport Photo, provides family photo sessions to newly arrived Syrian refugees in Edmonton. The idea struck when she saw a news story about a family fleeing ...

  • 15.02.2017 03:40

    A new conservation group launched Tuesday calling for the NDP to stop trophy hunting in the province. African eco-safari operators Mike and Maryanne Donovan created the non-profit group Ban Trophy Hunting Ltd. on the heels of a national poll showing four out of five Canadians support legislation banning it. The Insights West poll commissioned by Ban Trophy Hunting shows 88 per cent of Canadians are ...

  • 13.02.2017 18:02

    Premier Rachel Notley has been subjected to more frequent threats of harm than her recent predecessors, show newly released provincial statistics that confirm a disturbing escalation of security concerns over the last two years. The rarely seen numbers from the protection services unit were obtained by Postmedia through an access to information request that took more than 2-1/2 years to resolve. The ...

  • 12.02.2017 06:18

    Deepak Obhrai is trying to make a point. Canada has changed. Young people and immigrants understand that, the Conservative candidate tells The Huffington Post Canada over lunch at the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, a stone’s throw away from Parliament Hill. But the Tories’ base seems unable to accept it, he suggests. “This party has to be the party of the future, not of the past,” he says, tapping ...

  • 11.02.2017 20:32

    One of Calgary's best-known entrepreneurs is calling on Alberta investors to take more risks with non-traditional industries and promote the diversification of the province's economy. Arlene Dickinson — the CEO of Venture Communications and former star of CBC Television's Dragons' Den — said while diversification is often touted as the silver bullet that will save Albertans ...

  • 11.02.2017 08:08

    As Premier Rachel Notley makes plans to visit Washington, D.C., figures released on the NDP government's international travel spending are well below those of previous Progressive Conservative governments. Deron Bilous, economic development and trade minister, had the biggest travel tab in an NDP government that has scaled back international trips in comparison with their high-flying predecessors ...

  • 11.02.2017 01:42

    TORONTO — The head-bangers of "Fubar'' are headed to the small screen. Vice Studio Canada and Rogers Media say they're making an eight-hour series based on the 2002 Canadian mocumentary cult hit about two metal heads. Filming is underway in Montreal and reunites director Michael Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. The old gang is ...

  • 11.02.2017 00:32

    Amid a U.S. immigration crackdown, a cash injection into a Banff-based mathematics hub with global reach highlights Canada's worldly welcome, a federal cabinet minister said Friday. Grants worth $12.8 million will propel work at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) that enables the research of 2,000 thinkers from 60 countries. With nearly $7.5 million of that coming from the provincial ...

  • 08.02.2017 22:42

    Designer Tishynah Buffalo has already showcased her creativity across the Canadian Prairies. Now, she wants to show it to the whole world. The Cree mother of two, who hails from Alexander First Nation in Alberta, will present about 10 new outfits at a London Fashion Week show put on by Heartland Modelling Agency on Feb. 19. Tishynah Buffalo, a Cree designer from Alexander First Nation, will show 10 ...

  • 07.02.2017 19:54

    Tory leadership candidate Deepak Obhrai has called out the conservative think tank named after his one-time leader for an upcoming discussion it will host on the “rising threat of radical Islam.” Obhrai, a Calgary MP who was first elected under the Reform banner in 1997, sent a letter to Preston Manning Monday criticizing the event at this month’s Manning Networking Conference, an annual gathering ...

  • 06.02.2017 23:00

    This will make you think twice before booking an aisle seat the next time you fly. Nathan Starzynski, a photographer and filmmaker from B.C., was travelling from Southern Alberta to Winnipeg last week when he captured what he's calling the "greatest in-flight entertainment I've ever seen." "The day before leaving, I reserved a north-facing window seat at the rear of the plane," ...

  • 06.02.2017 22:38

    After more than 100 years, plains bison are once again roaming their historical range in Banff's Eastern Slopes.   Parks Canada has successfully relocated 16 bison from Elk Island National Park to the remote Panther Valley in Banff National Park. For 16 months, the bison will remain in an enclosed pasture in the valley, monitored by Parks Canada. In summer 2018, the herd will be released to ...

  • 06.02.2017 20:02

    Commuters faced slow progress on major roads Monday morning and difficult conditions on side streets as heavy snowfall continued in the Calgary area.   A snowfall warning remains in effect for Calgary with total accumulations expected to reach 15 to 25 cm, tapering off later this evening. Calgary police said drivers seemed to be taking their time to reach their destinations Monday. There have ...

  • 05.02.2017 22:50

    A decision by an Ontario public pension manager to study the potential consequences of climate change is the latest sign that pension plans are increasingly becoming concerned about how it can hurt the bottom line. OPTrust released a report last week that reviewed how four climate scenarios, factoring in policy changes and disasters including hurricanes and wildfires, would affect its $18 billion portfolio. ...

  • 05.02.2017 02:38

    The surviving suspect in an Edmonton child porn case entered a guilty plea in the midst of a retrial that had been ordered by Canada’s highest court, but plans to challenge the constitutionality of the minimum penalty for the conviction. On Tuesday, Shane Gordon Rollison, 50, admitted to one count of making, printing, publishing or possessing to publish child porn in relation to videos that involved ...

  • 04.02.2017 03:20

    Southeast Alberta ranchers affected by an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis could be allowed to begin re-stocking their herds by early spring, bringing an end to a months-long ordeal. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday that while 58 ranches — the majority of which are located near the small farming community of Jenner — remain under quarantine, it is unlikely that additional ...

  • 03.02.2017 22:26

    Premier Rachel Notley says the Alberta government plans to take new steps to combat racism in the province. Speaking at an event in Medicine Hat, Notley said the cabinet discussed the issue at its retreat in Banff last week even before the murder of six Muslim men in a Quebec City mosque on Sunday. That tragedy shows even more the need for new initiatives to strengthen anti-racism efforts, she said. ...

  • 03.02.2017 07:44

    In a community with a long and sometimes uneasy relationship with its First Nations neighbours, Lethbridge police and social agencies are trying to build trust with Blackfoot gatherings. I'taamohkanoohsin (Everyone comes together) is a new program that will run in a downtown park every second Friday, beginning Feb. 3, to reach out to vulnerable indigenous people, including those who have been homeless ...

  • 02.02.2017 18:50

    The way racism and Islamophobia shaped the response to the Syrian refugee crisis was the subject of a panel at MacEwan University on Wednesday evening. Following the mosque shooting in Quebec and the U.S. ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries, speakers called for action and for resisting racism. More than 100 people attended the event at the CN Theatre. MacEwan sociology lecturer Ifran ...

  • 02.02.2017 02:32

    Whether it's Markerville or St. Albert, Hussar or Vegreville, many Alberta towns owe their start to immigrants seeking a better life. Some were escaping unemployment or religious persecution in their homelands but in the case of Amber Valley, racism forced them from the United States. "They were running away from terrible oppression and violence," said Cheryl Foggo, an award-winning Calgary ...

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