December 14th, 2019

Provincial News

One person dies in hospital after house fire erupts in Calgary

By The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2019

CALGARY – The Calgary Fire Department says a person has died in hospital after being pulled from a burning home in the city’s Glendale neighbourhood. A release from the department says fire crews were called to a residence on Kelwood Place Friday around 11 p.m. and were met by heavy smoke and flames pouring from ... Read More »

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Residents in Alberta hamlet allowed to return to homes after gas-line damaged

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

HINTON, Alta. – Police say an evacuation that had been ordered in a hamlet near Hinton, Alta., following damage to a natural gas line has been lifted. However, RCMP are advising the residents of Brule that gas to the community has been shut off and they could be without for several hours. Mounties were called ... Read More »

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Alberta NDP wants new ethics review of government over election watchdog firing

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on December 11th, 2019

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition is renewing its attempt to have the ethics commissioner investigate whether the government was in a conflict of interest when it passed legislation firing an elections official investigating Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party. “The passing of this bill … is a gross violation of the rule of law,” NDP Leader ... Read More »

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Alberta Mounties ask for help identifying human remains of man, two women

By The Canadian Press on December 11th, 2019

EDMONTON – RCMP are asking for help to identify three people whose remains have been found in Alberta over the past 40 years. The missing persons and unidentified human remains unit says the remains of one woman, who was last seen alive before 1975, were discovered in Hinton, Alta., in 1985. She was between 16 ... Read More »

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‘The grief is heavy:’ Alberta First Nation grieving death of five in house fire

By The Canadian Press on December 10th, 2019

ROCHFORT BRIDGE, Alta. – The chief of the Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation in Alberta says many people are grieving the death of a couple and their three young grandchildren in a house fire. The adults have been identified by family as Marvin and Janet Gibbs, who had been married for seven years. Chief Tony Alexis, ... Read More »

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Calgary teacher cuts can be averted, but provincial audit, review going ahead

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on December 10th, 2019

CALGARY – The Alberta government is moving ahead with a financial audit and governance review of the Calgary Board of Education even though it appears hundreds of teacher layoffs can be averted. A spokesman for Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says the government is pleased the board is considering rescinding 317 layoff notices that were sent ... Read More »

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Alberta eyes more operating rooms, contracts with private clinics for surgeries

By The Canadian Press on December 10th, 2019

CALGARY – Alberta’s health minister says he aims to make the province a national leader on meeting wait-time targets by building more operating rooms and using more private clinics. Tyler Shandro says the goal is to have 80,000 more surgeries done over the next 3 1/2 years. He says a funding model is still being ... Read More »

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No jail but big fine for Alberta store owner convicted of illegal gun sales

By The Canadian Press on December 10th, 2019

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The owner of a southern Alberta hardware store who admitted to selling guns and ammunition to people who did not provide a valid firearms acquisition licence has been given a conditional sentence and fined $20,000. Dean Dan Sommerfeldt, the 60-year-old president of K & D Implements Ltd. in Cardston, was sentenced on ... Read More »

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Teen seriously injured: Police in Lethbridge, Alta., charge 5 people in swarming

By The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2019

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Five people in southern Alberta have been charged in what police say was the swarming of a 16-year-old boy who had made arrangements to meet with a young woman before he was attacked. The Lethbridge Police Service says officers found the youth late Thursday night in an alley after a citizen called ... Read More »

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Southern Alberta RCMP uncover suspected car thief hiding in a haystack

By The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2019

BOWDEN, Alta. – It was way easier than finding a needle in a haystack when RCMP went searching for a suspected car thief in southern Alberta last week. Mounties say they had received a report Friday that a Jeep stolen from the Olds area had been sighted in a ditch along a rural highway near ... Read More »

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