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  • 01.02.2017 23:18

    An Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful wants Muslim Canadians to know they have and will always be welcome in Alberta — but the message has some wondering when Jason Kenney changed his tune. The former federal immigration minister posted a video to YouTube Tuesday, condemning Sunday's shooting attack at a Quebec mosque that left six people dead and 19 injured. (Watch the video embedded ...

  • 01.02.2017 21:08

    Next time you see a media scrum at the Alberta legislature on television, let your eyes travel to the edge of the screen and look for the alert, voice recorder-wielding person who looks too well dressed to be a journalist. They'll be lingering on the fringes of the scrum, listening intently, sometimes glancing nervously as the politician, the star of the show, delivers the lines. That's ...

  • 01.02.2017 20:44

    The province of Alberta has officially recognized February as Black History Month for the first time.  Flanked by members of Edmonton's black community, Premier Rachel Notley said the month recognizes the contributions people of African and Caribbean descent have made to the province. "Black History Month gives us the chance to learn more about the black experience in Alberta, to hear ...

  • 01.02.2017 06:14

    Producers of a Netflix movie that will begin shooting in Alberta in late February will hold an open casting call on Saturday for First Nations actors and extras. Hold the Dark begins production on Feb. 27 under director Jeremy Saulnier, the filmmaker behind cult hits Green Room and Blue Ruin. On Saturday, there will be a casting call for First Nations men, women and children of all age, with both long ...

  • 01.02.2017 05:32

    Oscar nominated actor Liam Neeson will be shooting a revenge thriller in Banff this year. Variety reported that Neeson will star in the film Hard Powder, which is set in Colorado but will be shot partially in Alberta. Production is set to begin in March, although an Alberta film industry insider said filming may start in British Columbia before moving here. Half will be shot in British Columbia and ...

  • 31.01.2017 22:12

    EDMONTON — A community theatre has cancelled its production of Shakespeare's "Othello" after receiving threats from people angered by a decision to cast a white woman in the lead role instead of the traditional person of colour. Volunteer-run Walterdale Theatre Associates in Edmonton issued a statement late Monday that says it regrets to announce the cancellation, but it can't continue ...

  • 31.01.2017 21:32

    An Edmonton theatre production of ‘Othello’ has been cancelled after threats were directed towards cast and production members. On Monday evening, the Walterdale Theatre Association released a statement saying members of the production received both online and in-person threats over the decision to cast a white woman to play the role of Othello, a role traditionally played by a person of ...

  • 31.01.2017 20:00

    A day after a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi — the first Muslim mayor to be elected in Canada — shared his condolences as well as a prayer for the victims. "My heart doesn't break today because I am Muslim. My heart breaks because I am human," he told a crowd at the University of Calgary Monday evening. "It's really easy today to feel that ...

  • 31.01.2017 00:24

    CAMROSE, Alta. — An easy-going dude from Camrose, Alta., is racking up impressive views on Facebook with his good-natured rant against the young Edmonton police officer who gave him a $465 ticket for having a cracked driver's licence. Dave Balay — or "Handsome Dave'' as the self-proclaimed motorcycle enthusiast fashions himself on Facebook — posted a video of his story Friday and by ...

  • 30.01.2017 21:02

    A fatal shooting at a Quebec City mosque is drawing reaction from across the country as politicians and community leaders express their condolences to the families of the victims. Police say two people were arrested. One of them is a suspect and the other is considered a witness. A vigil is being planned outside Calgary city hall at 6:30 p.m. Monday by the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation.   ...

  • 30.01.2017 19:08

    Aboriginal songs, drumming and prayers honoured a herd of Elk Island National Park bison Sunday being shipped to Banff to reintroduce the long-missing species back into the mountains. "We're handing them off ceremonially, and those blessings will go with them," said Samson Cree Nation Chief Kurt Buffalo, who took part in the event at the park 50 kilometres east of Edmonton. "Mother ...

  • 30.01.2017 01:48

    Former Tory immigration minister Jason Kenney took to Twitter Saturday to urge Canada's government to welcome those stranded by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order. On Friday, Trump banned refugees and anyone with a passport from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The order left border officers confused and travellers stranded at airports around the country. Former ...

  • 29.01.2017 22:30

    CALGARY — Human error — whether it's burying a pipeline too shallow or not fastening bolts tight enough — is increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks, federal data suggests. Figures compiled by the National Energy Board show that in the past three years, incorrect operation — which covers everything from failing to follow procedures to using equipment improperly — has caused an average ...

  • 29.01.2017 22:26

    Former Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and current PC leadership candidate Jason Kenney wrote a Twitter essay on U.S. President Donald Trumps executive order issuing a 90-day travel ban on citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The executive order also suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.Following the order, a partial, temporary stay ...

  • 29.01.2017 22:26

    Human error — whether it’s burying a pipeline too shallow or not fastening bolts tight enough— is increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks, federal data suggests. Figures compiled by the National Energy Board show that in the past three years, incorrect operation — which covers everything from failing to follow procedures to using equipment improperly — has ...

  • 28.01.2017 10:32

    If your drivers licence is not in tip-top shape, you could be looking at a $465 fine. That's the lesson an Alberta man learned after Edmonton police officers issued him a fine for a cracked driver's licence. On Wednesday night, police responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver. The vehicle was reported weaving in and out of its lane and onto the shoulder of the road, EPS said in a ...

  • 28.01.2017 02:02

    Before Brad Austin arrived at work one recent morning, his stock market investments were up by $4,000. The bump was something the sales manager at an Edmonton car dealership has become accustomed to, despite having no prior trading experience and no financial advisers to guide him. Austin says he knows what he's doing, but he also has luck on his side. He won $20,000 playing slot machines at a ...

  • 28.01.2017 00:36

    Arlene Dickinson says Kevin O'Leary's latest "misogynistic" jab at her proves exactly why Conservatives are better off without him as leader. On Global TV's morning show on Thursday, the businessman responded to Dickinson's harsh evaluation of his Conservative leadership bid by dismissing her as an "emotional" woman. Kevin O’Leary fires back at his former Dragon’s ...

  • 27.01.2017 20:42

    Jane Fonda, Sept. 12, 2015. (Photo: Mark Blinch/Reuters) Environmental zealots of Vermont and Hollywood... Vermonters have always been happy to "let their freak flags fly," as the old expression goes. From Ben & Jerry to Bill McKibben to Sen. Bernie Sanders, a strong connection with Vermont's alternative 1960s crowd is considered good for business. No wonder. Back in the psychedelic era, ...

  • 27.01.2017 03:38

    More than a century-long dispute over land in Banff National Park had ended with an pact between the Siksika and Ottawa that grants the First Nation $123 million in compensation. The negotiated agreement, righting a wrong that saw Siksika territory around Castle Mountain taken from it 1908, also gives the First Nation the right to pursue economic development in the mountain park. It's a major step ...

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