May 20th, 2018

Provincial News

Missing wheel hobbles escape plan of convicted Alberta truck thief

By The Canadian Press on May 16th, 2018

SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. – A man has been sentenced to 13 months in jail after he fled from the RCMP in central Alberta while driving a stolen vehicle with a missing front tire. Gregory Whitford, a 37-year-old Nanton, Alta., resident, faced 13 charges following a chase in and around Sylvan Lake nearly two years ago. ... Read More »

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Alberta United Conservatives resume walk out to protest abortion clinic bill

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on May 15th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta’s abortion clinic bill moved closer to passage Tuesday following a legislature debate that saw Opposition United Conservatives walk out of the chamber en masse five more times to avoid casting a vote. At one point, the votes on amendments came quickly, forcing UCP members to leave their seats, exit the chamber, return ... Read More »

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Alberta conservatives resume walk out to protest abortion clinic bill

By The Canadian Press on May 15th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta’s abortion clinic bill has moved one step closer to being passed following a debate that saw Opposition United Conservatives walk out of the chamber en masse five more times to avoid casting a vote. At one point, the votes on amendments came quickly, with UCP members leaving their seats, exiting the chamber, ... Read More »

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Information on Alberta fire bans, restrictions available on mobile app

By The Canadian Press on May 15th, 2018

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has released a mobile app to help campers and other outdoor enthusiasts stay on top of fire bans and restrictions. Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier says it’s important that Albertans be aware of fire conditions if they intend to enjoy the province’s parks and natural areas. He says it will also ... Read More »

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Potential exposures: Confirmed measles case in Edmonton prompts public alert

By The Canadian Press on May 15th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services has issued a public alert after someone in Edmonton tested positive for measles. The warning is specific to certain times, locations and dates when others may have been exposed to the infected person. It says people at risk include anyone who was at Northgate Mall on May 8 or 9, ... Read More »

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Trudeau directs $40M for Edmonton rail crossing project to reduce bottleneck

By The Canadian Press on May 15th, 2018

EDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is chipping in money for a new railway crossing project in Edmonton, saying it shows how Canadians can work together to reduce transportation bottlenecks. Speaking at city hall, Trudeau said Ottawa will contribute almost $40 million for the project, which will widen the road and create a ... Read More »

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A look at the final days of 19-month-old Ezekiel Stephan and how he was treated

By The Canadian Press on May 15th, 2018

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The Supreme Court has ordered a new trial in the case of David and Collet Stephan who were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their 19-month-old son Ezekiel. A medical examiner ruled the boy died of bacterial meningitis. Here is what the trial heard about the final days ... Read More »

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Multiple gas thefts leave Calgary charity appealing for public’s help

By The Canadian Press on May 15th, 2018

CALGARY – A Calgary-based charity that donates needed items to impoverished women and their families says thieves are draining their delivery trucks of expensive gas at a time of rising costs and increased demand for its services. The non-profit Women In Need Society says fuel is being stolen from their vehicles when they’re parked outside ... Read More »

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Speaks to legislature: New Governor General pays first official visit to Alberta

By The Canadian Press on May 15th, 2018

EDMONTON – Canada’s Governor General is paying her first official visit to Alberta today starting with a stop at the legislature. Julie Payette is to spend the day in Edmonton before travelling to Calgary on Wednesday. In Edmonton, she is to make a speech to the legislature and meet with officials of Canmet Energy in ... Read More »

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UCP member says he won’t run in 2019 because of recent heart surgery

By The Canadian Press on May 14th, 2018

WAINWRIGHT, Alta. – A member of Alberta’s United Conservative caucus says he isn’t planning to run in the next provincial election, explaining that open-heart surgery in the past year has left him frequently exhausted. Wes Taylor, who represents Battle River-Wainwright, says in a Facebook post that he will continue to serve his constituents until an ... Read More »

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