June 23rd, 2017

Provincial News

PC Leader Jason Kenney advocates rigorous candidate screening for new party

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says he will push for a rigorous screening process for prospective candidates. Kenney says it’s critical to prevent what he calls “bozo eruptions” from derailing a political party. He says the federal Conservatives have already done so, with criminal record checks, a review of public and online ... Read More »

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Alberta Court of Appeal orders new trial in fentanyl trafficking case

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2017

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – The Alberta Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a southern Alberta man accused of trafficking the deadly opioid fentanyl. Jason Claude Tremblay was charged in Medicine Hat in 2014 with possession for the purposes of trafficking after police seized more than 800 fentanyl pills. Provincial court Judge Darwin ... Read More »

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Two mumps outbreaks declared over in southern Alberta, Edmonton

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services says two mumps outbreaks linked to four dozen cases of the infection are over. The outbreaks in the south and Edmonton zones made up more than half the 75 cases of mumps in Alberta this year. That’s up from eight cases in all of 2016. The outbreaks began in February ... Read More »

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Humane society says Calgary cat breeder fined $5,000 in hoarding case

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2017

CALGARY – The Calgary Humane Society says a local cat breeder has been fined $5,000 after 89 animals in poor health needed to be removed from a home. The agency says Ruth Sogz is also prohibited from owning cats beyond two that have been fixed so they can no longer breed. Sogz pleaded guilty to ... Read More »

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Tim Hague, UFC fighter turned boxer, dies at 33

By The Associated Press on June 18th, 2017

EDMONTON – Tim Hague, the former UFC fighter known as “The Thrashing Machine,” died Sunday, two days after he was critically injured when he was knocked out in a boxing match against former Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Adam Braidwood. Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, announced the death in a family statement. “It is with incredible sadness, ... Read More »

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Fonovai scores 2 tries, Romania beats Canada in rugby test

By The Associated Press on June 17th, 2017

EDMONTON – Tonga-born winger Tangimana Fonovai scored two second-half tries to help Romania beat Canada 25-9 Saturday in a rugby test at Ellerslie Park. Fonovai crossed a minute after the break and again in the 62nd minute after flanker Viorel Lucaci’s try and an Aurel Vlaicu conversion had given the visitors a 7-6 halftime lead. ... Read More »

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Canadian under-20 rugby team falls to US but advances on aggregate

By The Canadian Press on June 17th, 2017

EDMONTON – Canada dropped a 27-25 decision to the United States on Saturday but still advanced to the Junior World Rugby Trophy by winning the two-game aggregate series 71-39. The Canadians beat the Americans 46-12 in the opening game last Tuesday at Ellerslie Rugby Park. With the aggregate win, Canada advances to the second-tier U-20 ... Read More »

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Unknown substance spills into Calgary river, city says it’s contained

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2017

CALGARY – The Calgary fire department continues to investigate the spill of an unknown substance into the Bow River. Hazardous materials crews, along with aquatic teams, were called to the scene on Friday. The city said the “oil-like” substance was contained though booms remained in place on the Western Irrigation Can al and on a ... Read More »

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Alberta police forces investigate cases of alleged police impersonations

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2017

EDMONTON – Police in Alberta are now investigating a couple of cases where people are accused of impersonating police officers. Edmonton police said Friday they became aware last month of social media accounts where a male was indicating he was a staff sergeant with a tactical squad of the RCMP. Imran Hamid Khan, 24, is ... Read More »

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Controversial environmentalist among five released from Alberta oilsands panel

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2017

EDMONTON – Controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman is no longer a member of a government-appointed committee advising Alberta on how to develop the oilsands. Berman and four other members of Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group have been let go after the 18-member panel wrapped up the first two phases of its consultation. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips ... Read More »

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