September 30th, 2020

Provincial News

Racism contributes to poor attendance of Indigenous students in Alberta schools: New study

By Teresa Anne Fowler, Assistant Professor, Education, Concordia University of Edmonton on September 30th, 2020

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. ___ Author: Teresa Anne Fowler, Assistant Professor, Education, Concordia University of Edmonton Regular attendance in schools is a factor that affects positive and healthy childhood development. ... Read More »

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Stoney Nakoda women replace racist nickname for mountain landmark in Alberta Rockies

By The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

CANMORE, Alta. – Stoney Nakoda women elders have revealed a new name for a prominent landmark in the Alberta Rockies with a racist and misogynistic nickname. The feature, which has been known since the 1920s as Squaw’s Tit, is located near the summit on Mount Charles Stewart and can be seen from the mountain town ... Read More »

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Company fires staff who made racist comments at Edmonton public school

By The Canadian Press on September 29th, 2020

EDMONTON – A utility company says contract staff have been fired for making racist comments during a smudging ceremony at an Edmonton public school. Epcor says school officials reported that students and staff heard construction workers swearing, using racist language and running their equipment during the ceremony last week at Edith Rogers School, which teaches ... Read More »

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Company fires staff involved in racist incident at Edmonton public school

By The Canadian Press on September 29th, 2020

EDMONTON – A utility company says contract staff have been fired for making racist comments during a smudging ceremony at an Edmonton public school. Epcor says school officials reported that students and staff heard construction workers swearing, using racist language and running their equipment during the ceremony last week at Edith Rogers School. The workers ... Read More »

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Alberta’s disaster risk assessment plan in poor shape: auditor general

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on September 29th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta is doing a poor job of anticipating and preparing for disasters despite increasing risks from factors such as climate change, says the province’s auditor-general. In a report released Tuesday, Doug Wylie said Alberta doesn’t have a plan for evaluating the threats its faces from floods and wildfires. “It’s a foundation of an ... Read More »

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Alberta’s disaster risk assessment plan in poor shape: auditor

By The Canadian Press on September 29th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s auditor general says the province does a poor job of anticipating and preparing for disasters. In a report released this morning, Doug Wylie says Alberta doesn’t have a consistent plan for evaluating the risk the province faces from disasters such as floods or wildfires. He says the government began preparing one in ... Read More »

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Calgary man pleads guilty in crash that killed woman out on a work break

By The Canadian Press on September 28th, 2020

CALGARY – A Calgary man who wasn’t supposed to drive because of a brain tumour has pleaded guilty in a crash that killed a mother of three who was out for a walk while on a break from work. Anjna Sharma was killed in May 2017 when James Beagrie’s truck collided with a car near ... Read More »

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‘Worst of the worse cases:’ Alberta horse owners on alert for outbreak of fever

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on September 28th, 2020

CALGARY – Sue McIntosh thought her horse, Finnegan, looked a bit off, so she rushed him to a veterinary clinic a couple of weeks ago. The 13-year-old horse was diagnosed with Potomac horse fever, a disease that kills horses in up to 30 per cent of cases. An outbreak of the illness has been declared ... Read More »

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Two die after small plane crashes in field southwest of Edmonton

By The Canadian Press on September 26th, 2020

THORSBY, Alta. – Two people have died in a plane crash near a community southwest of Edmonton. RCMP Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says the small aircraft went down in a field near Thorsby on Saturday afternoon. Fontaine says there were two occupants aboard, and both are deceased. She says police are holding off on releasing further ... Read More »

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COVID-19 causing stress, depression and obsessive behaviour: Alberta survey

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on September 26th, 2020

EDMONTON – An online survey of Albertans who have reached out for help during the COVID-19 crisis suggests the pandemic is taking a toll on mental health, with increased signs of obsessive behaviour, stress and depression. “We did not expect people to be experiencing this level of anxiety, depression or stress,” said Vincent Agyapong, a ... Read More »

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