October 21st, 2021

Provincial News

Alberta’s top doctor says COVID-19 cases receding but vigilance needed at Halloween

By The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2021

EDMONTON – Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says COVID-19 case numbers in the province continue to recede. But Dr. Deena Hinshaw cautions that the hospital situation remains precarious given the high number of patients. And she says Albertans can’t afford to let up on health restrictions, particularly with Halloween coming up. There were 770 ... Read More »

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Calgary murder trial hears from undercover officers in deaths of mother, toddler

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2021

CALGARY – The trial of a man who admitted to killing his girlfriend but not her young daughter heard Thursday about an undercover police operation that helped find their bodies in a shallow grave west of Calgary. Robert Leeming, 36, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Lovett and not guilty ... Read More »

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Calgary murder trial hearing from undercover officers in death of toddler in 2019

By The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2021

CALGARY – The trial of a Calgary man who has admitted to killing his girlfriend but not her young daughter is hearing today about an undercover police operation that helped find their bodies. Robert Leeming has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Lovett and not guilty to second-degree murder in the ... Read More »

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Alberta First Nation finishes first phase of search at former residential school site

By The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2021

KAPAWE’NO FIRST NATION – A northern Alberta First Nation says it has completed the first phase of ground penetrating radar in its search for children’s remains at a former residential school site. Kapawe’no First Nation, which is located northwest of Edmonton, says in a written statement that finding any unmarked graves at Grouard Indian Residential ... Read More »

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Alberta inquiry finds no wrongdoing in anti-oilsands campaign despite foreign funds

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2021

EDMONTON – Canadian environmental groups did nothing wrong when they accepted foreign funding for campaigns opposing oilsands development, a public inquiry has reported. In his much-delayed report released Thursday, Steve Allan, commissioner of the Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns, says the groups were exercising their rights to free speech. “I have not found any suggestions ... Read More »

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Calgary medical examiner testifies ‘very unlikely’ toddler died in accidental fall

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2021

CALGARY – A forensic pathologist says it’s unlikely a toddler, found buried with her mother west of Calgary two years ago, died as a result of an accidental fall. Deputy medical examiner Dr. Akmal Coetzee-Khan returned to the witness stand Wednesday at the trial of Robert Leeming. Leeming, a 36-year-old British citizen, has pleaded guilty ... Read More »

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Suspect found fit to stand trial in Calgary machete attacks

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2021

CALGARY – A Calgary man charged following two downtown machete attacks has been found fit to stand trial. Conner Dery, who is 25, is charged with aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon in the attacks last week at a light-rail transit platform and a nearby bus shelter. Police say the attacks appeared to be ... Read More »

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Alberta COVID-19 cases decline, no indication yet of spike from Thanksgiving: Kenney

By Fakiha Baig, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2021

EDMONTON – Pressure is easing slightly in Alberta hospitals as the province reported another decline in daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on Tuesday. Premier Jason Kenney said 75 per cent of intensive care beds in the province were occupied by people infected with COVID-19, which is down from 97 per cent reported just over six ... Read More »

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Significant number of women, people of colour elected in Alberta municipal elections

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2021

CALGARY – The next mayor of Calgary says the diversity of the city’s incoming council will bring “strength to decision-making” at a time when a significant number of women and people of colour were elected to municipal office across Alberta. Jyoti Gondek, the first woman to hold Calgary’s top job, will lead a council filled ... Read More »

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Next Edmonton mayor hopes for positive results with Alberta premier, UCP government

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2021

Edmonton’s next mayor says his goal with Premier Jason Kenney will be to keep it respectful and get things done. “We haven’t always agreed on some policy proposals, but I have always been very respectful,” Amarjeet Sohi said Tuesday following his win in the municipal election a day earlier. “I have never engaged in personal ... Read More »

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