January 17th, 2020

Provincial News

Jury finds former Edmonton bar employee guilty of five counts of sexual assault

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

EDMONTON – A former bar employee in Edmonton has been found guilty of five counts of sexual assault. Matthew McKnight was accused of sexually assaulting 13 females from 2010 until 2016. They ranged in age from 17 to 22. He had pleaded not guilty. On Thursday, a jury found him guilty on five of the ... Read More »

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Alberta says universities over budget; need to freeze travel, hiring, hosting

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s advanced education minister says post-secondary schools are going over budget and he’s urging them to immediately freeze hiring and stop spending on travel and hosting. “We’re not seeing a reduction in expenditures. That’s what we’re most interested in,” Demetrios Nicolaides said in an interview Thursday. “We’re asking them to redouble their efforts ... Read More »

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Alberta says universities over-budget; need to freeze travel, hiring, hosting

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s advanced education minister says post-secondary schools are going over their budgets and he’s urging them to immediately freeze hiring and stop spending on travel and hosting. Demetrios Nicolaides says in a letter to Alberta’s 21 largest post-secondary schools that recent financial statements show that their spending is on track to be much ... Read More »

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United Nurses says government seeking 4-year wage freeze, premium rollbacks

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2020

EDMONTON – The union that represents registered nurses in Alberta says the government is demanding a four-year wage freeze and rollbacks to other payments. The United Nurses of Alberta says it began contract negotiations with Alberta Health Services this week on a new agreement to replace the current deal that expires on March 31. The ... Read More »

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Oilers sign defenceman Caleb Jones to two-year contract extension

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Caleb Jones to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. The 22-year-old Jones has appeared in 23 games with the Oilers this season, posting three assists and six penalty minutes. He has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 14 games with the American Hockey League’s ... Read More »

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Opposition NDP urges Alberta government not to switch drugs for some patients

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition is urging the province not to force patients on certain drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and Crohn’s disease to switch medications. NDP health critic David Shepherd says it’s the best, safest way to make sure they don’t suffer crippling complications or setbacks. “I understand the fear and uncertainty is real, that’s ... Read More »

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No charges against Alberta Mountie in shooting death: police watchdog

By The Canadian Press on January 14th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s police watchdog says a Mountie was justified in the 2017 shooting death of a man with a homemade shotgun. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says in a release that two officers noticed the man sleeping in a parked SUV outside a known drug house in Gleichen, southeast of Calgary. The agency ... Read More »

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Consultations continue: Alberta extends deadline for changes to doctor fees

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on January 14th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s health minister says the government will delay bringing in changes to the fees doctors collect so that the province can continue to consult with physicians. Tyler Shandro says he’s encouraged by talks so far, but adds that ultimately there need to be reforms on how doctors bill for patient visits. “That process ... Read More »

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‘Worst-case scenario:’ Alberta doctor buried in avalanche dies in hospital

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2020

Adam Campbell had to keep telling himself he had one job, after watching an avalanche rumble down a slope on Mount Hector in Banff National Park. It was a slide that would eventually take the life of his partner, Laura Kosakoski, a 35-year-old family doctor in Canmore, Alta. But on Friday, when the powder cloud ... Read More »

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Cold case resolved: Man pleads guilty in roommate’s death more than 20 years ago

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2020

CALGARY – An Edmonton man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his roommate when the two lived in Calgary more than 20 years ago. Daniel Boysis, also known as Daniel Morgan Turner, was killed in 1996 when he was 22, but was not reported missing for a significant time as he had ... Read More »

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