April 20th, 2018

Provincial News

Auditor general calls for long-term financial forecasts as oil revenue decreases

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta’s auditor general says a long-term fiscal projection would help the province as it deals with oil price swings and a diminishing non-renewable resource. In his farewell report, Merwan Saher says enormous oil revenues, such as have been enjoyed by Alberta in the past, can be a double-edged sword. He says such petroleum ... Read More »

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Alberta introduces bill to levy fines as way to resolve utility overcharges

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta is making changes to resolve problems with power and natural gas bills. Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd has tabled legislation that would allow electricity and gas providers to be penalized for late billing and overcharging. The fines could be up to $10,000 a day. The legislation would also give the Alberta Utilities Commission ... Read More »

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Edmonton police charge youth in sex trafficking case involving girl

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

Edmonton police have laid human-trafficking charges against a youth accused of sexually exploiting a girl. Police say the youth met the girl at a mall and spent time with her for a month, showering her with expensive gifts. They allege he held her against her will and began trafficking her for sex. Police say she ... Read More »

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Alberta pharmacists unhappy with government fee change plan hold rallies

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

CALGARY – Pharmacists unhappy with cuts the Alberta government is planning for some of the fees they charge are holding rallies in the province. The government hopes the changes will save $150 million over two years and bring fees in line with other provinces. The plan includes cutting some medication dispensing fees and putting a ... Read More »

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Alberta man who faced 100 counts of firearms, stolen property charges sentenced

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

RED DEER, Alta. – A central Alberta man doesn’t have much time left to spend in jail where he was facing a total of 100 weapons and stolen property charges. Andrew Scott Charpentier, who is 25, was arrested late last year following a pair of firearms and stolen property busts in Red Deer. RCMP searched ... Read More »

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Stampeder quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell says arm, head in order for CFL season

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on April 18th, 2018

CALGARY – Bo Levi Mitchell added a baseball throwing coach and ditched Twitter as part of his off-season preparation. The Calgary Stampeders quarterback has worked with Jeff Peach, a former Canadian baseball player turned athletic therapist, on his throwing mechanics in recent weeks. While that might seem somewhat unconventional, Mitchell points out Tom Brady, a ... Read More »

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Alberta Mountie charged with assault causing bodily harm involving prisoner

By The Canadian Press on April 18th, 2018

EDMONTON – An Alberta Mountie is accused of attacking a prisoner. RCMP say Const. Dwayne Kirby of the Airdrie Detachment has been arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm. He is to make his first court appearance in Airdrie on May 17. Police say the charge follows an investigation into an alleged assault last ... Read More »

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Alberta lifts eight-year ban on the rehabilitation of orphaned bear cubs

By The Canadian Press on April 18th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta has lifted a ban on private rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs. The ban, which has been in place since 2010, has meant that bears orphaned in the province have been killed or sent to zoos. Officials have worked with wildlife sanctuary operators to develop a new policy. They had hoped to ... Read More »

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Employee of Alberta Children’s Services charged with child pornography

By The Canadian Press on April 18th, 2018

EDMONTON – Police say an Alberta Children’s Services worker faces child pornography charges after thousands of photos were discovered on his work computers. The Internet Child Exploitation unit says the 60-year-old employee was arrested on April 11 in Leduc, just south of Edmonton. Police say he has worked in the children’s services office in High ... Read More »

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Employee at Edmonton shopping mall seriously injured while trying to stop theft

By The Canadian Press on April 17th, 2018

EDMONTON – A store employee in an Edmonton shopping mall is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after he tried to stop a theft from another business. Police say officers called to Southgate Centre to investigate found the 61-year-old man had been badly beaten. They say he had tried to step in when he saw a ... Read More »

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