March 24th, 2017

Provincial News

Alberta’s education minister orders Baptist schools to allow gay-straight groups

By The Canadian Press on March 23rd, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta’s education minister has issued a ministerial order requiring two private Baptist schools to allow the establishment of gay-straight alliances by students. Education Minister David Eggen issued the order to Harvest Baptist Academy in Parkland County, west of Edmonton, and Edmonton’s Meadows Baptist Academy, which are both run by the Independent Baptist Christian ... Read More »

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Guns seized, four people charged in drug bust in Whitecourt, Alberta

By The Canadian Press on March 23rd, 2017

WHITECOURT, Alta. – Nearly two dozen firearms have been seized, and four people are facing more than 100 charges following an ALERT investigation into suspected drug dealing in Whitecourt, Alta. Investigators with ALERT Edmonton worked with RCMP in Whitecourt to carry out the two-month investigation which ended on March 14. Search warrants were carried out ... Read More »

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Man sentenced in Christmas Eve robbery where police say thief wore Santa costume

By The Canadian Press on March 23rd, 2017

STETTLER, Alta. – An Alberta man has been sentenced to more than three years in custody for a Christmas Eve jewelry store robbery where police say the thief was dressed as Santa Claus. Shawn Barry Steier of Medicine Hat pleaded guilty in Stettler Provincial Court earlier this month to robbery with a firearm, as well ... Read More »

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Rumble named Canada’s head coach for upcoming under-18 world hockey championship

By The Canadian Press on March 23rd, 2017

CALGARY – Darren Rumble has been named Canada’s head coach for the 2017 IIHF under-18 men’s world hockey championship next month in Slovakia. Rumble was an assistant coach for Canada at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in 2015 and 2016. Canada’s coaching staff will be rounded out by assistants Steve Hamilton and Stephane Julien. ... Read More »

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Alberta students call on province to spend any marijuana taxes on mental health

By The Canadian Press on March 23rd, 2017

EDMONTON – A group of University of Alberta students want the province to roll any tax revenue raised from the legal sale of marijuana into mental health and addiction programs. Student Advocates for Public Health say these programs are badly underfunded at a time when substance abuse is costing Alberta’s health-care system about $1 billion ... Read More »

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Alberta government earmarks money for protecting province’s watersheds

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – The NDP government is working towards protecting Alberta’s watersheds with a series of multi-year grants totalling $12 million. Officials say the announcement coincides with World Water Day, a date devoted to tackling the world’s water crisis. The plan will see $3.2 million for each of the 11 watershed councils to address health and ... Read More »

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Husky spill in southwest Alberta estimated at 25,000 litres; cleanup going well

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

CALGARY – Husky Energy says about 25,000 litres of crude oil leaked from one of its pipelines in southwestern Alberta last week. Spokesman Mel Duvall said in an email to The Canadian Press that cleanup at the site at Cox Hill Creek west of Bragg Creek is progressing well. But he added the terrain where ... Read More »

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Man sentenced for manslaughter of girlfriend in Calgary roominghouse

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

CALGARY – A man who beat his girlfriend to death in what Calgary police called a case of domestic abuse has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Leo Pantherbone pleaded guilty last year to the manslaughter of Janel Squirrel. Squirrel’s body was found in a house in the city’s northeast in November 2015. Four ... Read More »

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Alberta health information supervisor fined for unauthorized access to records

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – A former Alberta health information supervisor has been fined $5,000 for unauthorized access to patient records. Amanda Trip pleaded guilty to 13 charges under the Health Information Act. The privacy commissioner’s office says that Alberta Health Services was notified in June 2013 that Trip had visited with her boyfriend in the records room ... Read More »

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Alberta drug dealer gets lighter sentence due to RCMP strip search

By John Cotter, The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – A small-time drug trafficker has been handed a lighter sentence after the judge ruled the man was forced to undergo a humiliating and degrading strip search by RCMP. Dylan Brown, 26, pleaded guilty in December to selling cocaine and meth worth about $120 to an undercover Mountie in Sherwood Park near Edmonton. The ... Read More »

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