November 25th, 2017

Provincial News

Alberta premier expected to call byelection in Calgary Lougheed for Dec. 14

By The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2017

EDMONTON – United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is getting his chance to gain a seat in the Alberta legislature. Sources tell The Canadian Press that Premier Rachel Notley is expected to call a byelection today in the constituency of Calgary Lougheed for Dec. 14. The riding has been vacant since Nov. 1 when United Conservative ... Read More »

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Suncor Energy’s 2018 capital spending plan set at nearly $5 billion

By The Canadian Press on November 15th, 2017

CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) says it will spend between $4.5 billion and $5 billion in 2018 to deliver average upstream production of about 760,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The midpoint in spending guidance represents a decline of about $750 million from the 2017 budget and is largely in line with analyst ... Read More »

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Alberta to set standard age for kindergarten entry under School Act changes

By The Canadian Press on November 15th, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta is looking to bring in one standardized age for kindergarten students. Education Minister David Eggen has introduced Bill 28 in the house, which will make a variety of changes to the School Act. As it stands, school boards set their own entry eligibility cut-offs for when five year-olds can begin kindergarten. Under ... Read More »

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Move quickly to build air ambulance heliport at Fort McMurray hospital: report

By The Canadian Press on November 15th, 2017

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A judge says air ambulance service in the oilsands region in northeast Alberta is hobbled because helicopters can’t land directly at the Fort McMurray hospital. A fatality inquiry report into the 2007 death of an oilsands worker recommends government officials move “with all due haste” to enable helicopter flights to the ... Read More »

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Canada’s biggest national park among most threatened: international scientists

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on November 15th, 2017

EDMONTON – One of the world’s largest groups of conservation scientists says Canada’s biggest national park is among the most threatened World Heritage Sites in North America. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is significantly threatened by hydroelectric and oilsands development. “This ... Read More »

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Alberta legislature passes contentious bill strengthening gay-straight alliances

By The Canadian Press on November 15th, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government has passed a bill strengthening rules around gay-straight alliances in schools. The NDP used its majority in the house today to pass Bill 24 in third and final reading. The bill closes loopholes the government says some schools have been using to delay or deny students who try ... Read More »

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Teenage boy dead after overnight ‘violent confrontation’ in Calgary

By The Canadian Press on November 15th, 2017

CALGARY – An overnight stabbing in Calgary has left a teenage boy dead. Police say they were called to a northeast-area home around 5:00 a.m. after word of a violent confrontation. Emergency responders found the teen suffering from a neck wound. He was taken to hospital but was reported dead on arrival. A man was ... Read More »

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Alberta introducing rules to align with federal cannabis legalization plan

By The Canadian Press on November 14th, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta is putting the legislative pieces in place for legalized marijuana, starting with changes to align its rules with pending Criminal Code amendments. Transportation Minister Brian Mason introduced the changes in the legislature, with more rules on how cannabis will be sold in Alberta coming Thursday. Legalized marijuana is set to begin on ... Read More »

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Sexually transmitted diseases high: Alberta increases tests for pregnant women

By The Canadian Press on November 14th, 2017

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is increasing tests available for pregnant women in light of a continued outbreak of sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, deputy child medical health officer, says there’s concern that syphilis and gonorrhea rates continue to be high in the province. She says six cases of congenital syphilis, meaning the infection ... Read More »

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WHL Roundup: Yamamoto has four points in return as Chiefs beat Hurricanes

By The Canadian Press on November 10th, 2017

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Kailer Yamamoto had a short-handed goal and three assists in his return to the Western Hockey League on Friday night as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-3. Yamamoto, who started the season with the Edmonton Oilers, was re-assigned to Spokane earlier this week. Ethan McIndoe scored the winner for the ... Read More »

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