March 28th, 2020

Provincial News

Drumheller Institution in Alberta locked down, two inmates tested for COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

DRUMHELLER, Alta. – Another federal prison in Alberta has been locked down as a precaution after some inmates showed flu symptoms. Correctional Services Canada says two medium security unit inmates at Drumheller Institution were tested Thursday for COVID-19. An official says the two inmates have been isolated from others as they wait for the test ... Read More »

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Alberta’s premier rejects call to fire health minister over abuse of citizens

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has rejected calls to fire his health minister for threatening to sic legislature security on a private citizen and berating a physician in front of his family. Kenney says Tyler Shandro and Shandro’s wife, Andrea, have been facing recent online abuse, including death threats against her, tied to unfounded ... Read More »

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Alberta imposes more measures to deal with pandemic, says landlords can’t evict

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has announced that landlords will not be able to evict anyone for not paying their rent until at least the end of April, as the province deals with the economic fallout of COVID-19. Premier Jason Kenney said Friday that landlords will also not be allowed to hike rents while a ... Read More »

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Alberta Opposition wants health minister fired over behaviour

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta Opposition is calling for Health Minister Tyler Shandro to be fired over allegations he has verbally attacked online critics and threatened to involve legislature security staff. NDP Leader Rachel Notley says Shandro is exhibiting reckless, intimidating behaviour that cannot be allowed during the COVID-19 crisis. Notley was responding to a CBC ... Read More »

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‘Porchraits:’ Calgary photographer capturing family moments during COVID-19

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

CALGARY – A Calgary freelance photographer has been keeping busy shooting “porchraits” of families around the city since the COVID-19 pandemic sapped his usual source of income. Neil Zeller says the sessions are in high demand and he’s on track to complete 200 in little over a week. He says clients wear whatever they want, ... Read More »

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Alberta working to find more bed space in hospitals as COVID-19 cases grow

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta reported 67 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with more people affected at a long-term care centre and the government working to find more bed space in hospitals. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said there are eight new cases, for a total of 13, at Calgary’s McKenzie Towne ... Read More »

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Alberta monitoring food supplies for remote communities and food banks

By The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is reassuring people there isn’t a food shortage in the province and that it’s keeping an eye on demands in rural areas, Indigenous communities and food banks. Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen says more people are working at home, take-out food orders are down and retail sales at grocery stores is ... Read More »

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Alberta Energy Regulator names senior Saskatchewan government official as CEO

By The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s energy regulator has named a new president and CEO. Laurie Pushor, Saskatchewan’s deputy minister of energy and resources, is to take over the agency’s top job April 15. The energy regulator is tasked with overseeing the development of the province’s oil, gas and coal resources in an environmentally responsible way. Pushor takes ... Read More »

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COVID couture: Calgary fashion brands feature medical chiefs on T-shirts

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2020

CALGARY – Two Calgary clothing makers and a local artist have teamed up on a line of T-shirts honouring three now-popular female public health officials. The shirts have colourful renderings of Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, as well as Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officers of Alberta ... Read More »

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Alberta invoking steep fines for those who fail to follow COVID rules

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on March 25th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says steep fines are coming for those who refuse to take physical distancing seriously during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kenney, speaking to reporters Wednesday, said while most Albertans are doing their part by self-isolating and not gathering in large crowds, “not everyone seems to get it. “Too many people are ... Read More »

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