March 28th, 2017

Provincial News

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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Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal charged in Alberta after bulldozer partially buried

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid three charges against Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Company and subsidiary Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC after a bulldozer was partially buried two years ago. AER spokesman Ryan Bartlett says about 3,300 cubic metres of material slid from a high wall at the Coal Valley Mine south of Edson, ... Read More »

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Parking lot fight in Edmonton lands pair in jail facing weapons charges

By The Canadian Press on March 21st, 2017

EDMONTON – An angry altercation in an Edmonton parking lot over a thrown slush drink has landed a man and a woman in jail facing serious charges. Officers were called to a shopping complex after the driver of a Ford truck threw a coloured frozen drink at a white Chevrolet Suburban, whose driver emerged from ... Read More »

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Wall considering PST hike, but Notley says she wouldn’t go there without mandate

By The Canadian Press on March 21st, 2017

STONY PLAIN, Alta. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wouldn’t bring in a provincial sales tax without seeking a mandate from voters. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said this week his government is considering an increase to consumption taxes as it wrestles with a budget deficit brought on by low resource prices. Alberta has some ... Read More »

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