September 28th, 2021

Provincial News

Alberta premier notes COVID-19 vaccine uptake since passport announcement

By Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press on September 17th, 2021

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says COVID-19 vaccine bookings have nearly tripled in the province since he announced a passport system. Kenney said in a Facebook live video that nearly 25,000 vaccine appointments were recorded by Thursday night. The government’s “restrictions exemption program” allows businesses and venues to operate without capacity limits and other ... Read More »

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‘The boy stabbed me’: Calgary care worker stabbed 19 times, client admits killing

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on September 17th, 2021

CALGARY – A Calgary man has admitted to stabbing his care worker to death at an assisted-living facility in the city nearly two years ago. Brandon Newman, who is now 20, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Onwu on Oct. 25, 2019. A jury trial was to begin next month. ... Read More »

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Accused in Calgary care worker’s death admits to stabbing her 19 times

By The Canadian Press on September 17th, 2021

CALGARY – A Calgary man has admitted to stabbing his case worker to death at an assisted-living facility nearly two years ago. Brandon Newman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Onwu on Oct. 25, 2019. A trial was scheduled to begin next month. Court heard that Newman was living at the ... Read More »

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Alberta premier cites COVID-19 vaccine uptake since passport announcement

By The Canadian Press on September 17th, 2021

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says COVID-19 vaccine bookings have nearly tripled in the province since he announced a passport system. Kenney says in a Facebook live video that nearly 25,000 vaccine appointments were recorded by last evening – a jump of about 166 per cent from two days prior. The province’s proof of ... Read More »

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British Columbia won’t take COVID-19 patients from Alberta: Dix

By The Canadian Press on September 16th, 2021

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s health minister says the province won’t be taking COVID-19 patients from Alberta due to current demands on its own health-care system. Adrian Dix says the B.C. Health Ministry told its Alberta counterpart Thursday that the province will help in other ways if it can and may be able to take patients ... Read More »

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CP NewsAlert: Alberta to bring in COVID-19 passport, declares health emergency

By The Canadian Press on September 15th, 2021

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, facing a COVID-19 crisis that is collapsing the province’s health-care system, says his government will implement a vaccine passport. Kenney is also declaring a state of public health emergency, with strict new limits on gatherings, and warns the province is at risk of exhausting intensive care beds and staff within 10 ... Read More »

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Backbencher urges Alberta premier to admit he botched COVID-19 response, take action

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on September 15th, 2021

One of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s legislature members is calling on him to admit he botched the fourth wave of COVID-19 and to outline a plan to fix it. “He must show some humility and admit he was wrong and tell us how he will make it right,” Leela Aheer posted Wednesday on Twitter. The ... Read More »

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Red Deer school trustees condemn Alberta government for causing ‘division and chaos’

By The Canadian Press on September 15th, 2021

The board of trustees for a central Alberta school district is criticizing the United Conservative government for shifting responsibility for COVID-19 public health decisions to school boards. Red Deer Public Schools says in a letter to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and Red Deer South MLA Jason Stephan that school boards have varied in their health ... Read More »

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Alberta RCMP charge man knocked to ground by police vehicle during arrest

By The Canadian Press on September 14th, 2021

WETASKIWIN, Alta. – A central Alberta man who was knocked to the ground by an RCMP vehicle on a highway during his arrest faces weapons, assault and other charges. Mounties say the suspect was carrying a gun Friday while walking along Highway 2A just south of Wetaskiwin, Alta. A video of the arrest shows a ... Read More »

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Alberta doctors press government to strengthen restrictions as ICU admissions rocket

By Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press on September 13th, 2021

CALGARY – Alberta doctors called on the government to restrict unvaccinated people from indoor public spaces on Monday, as COVID-19 intensive care admissions reached an all-time high. Numbers released by the province show 198 Albertans with COVID-19 were receiving intensive care – surpassing the previous record of 182 admissions in May. Alberta Health Services, as ... Read More »

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