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  • Colton Crowshoe: Allegations of Calgary police beating two days before disappearance

    Colton Crowshoe: Allegations of Calgary police beating two days before disappearance

    One family member suspects Calgary police culpable in Colton Crowshoe death Colton Crowshoe, the 18-year old native man whose body was pulled from a N.E. Calgary pond Thursday, spent time in police custody two days before he disappeared and he told family and friends that police beat him. Beacon News has obtained Calgary Police Service documents […]

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    | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Therese Casgrain, Quebec feminist, disappears from public history

    Therese Casgrain, Quebec feminist, disappears from public history

    Therese Casgrain campaigned to give Quebec women the right to vote The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate Canadian history – e.g. the War of 1812 – but erased the legacy of Quebec suffragette Therese Casgrain. Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, […]

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    | July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

    Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

    Widespread adoption of electric cars will require huge expansion of power grid Ontario’s overabundance of utility firms may pose a major roadblock to the province’s plan to boost electric cars, some experts say. The experts say Ontario’s 75 independently operated utilities often overlap their efforts and breed inefficiency, holding back upgrades needed so the grid […]

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    | July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Julie Payette: Retired astronaut one of two Canadian women in space

    Julie Payette: Retired astronaut one of two Canadian women in space

    Julie Payette says her family never discouraged her dreams of becoming an astronaut Five years after her final flight, retired astronaut Julie Payette admits she had doubts she would ever fly as she watched the Americans send astronauts to the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s. She faced several obstacles on the road […]

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    | July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Indian residential school survivors claim for medical injuries

    Indian residential school survivors claim for medical injuries

    Indian residential school survivors describe harshness of punishments and injuries suffered The vast majority of claims filed by Indian residential school survivors seeking extra compensation for medical injuries are for hearing loss, respiratory illnesses and broken bones. The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat - an independent body which helps resolve long-standing claims that address specific abuse […]

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    | July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • AltaLink sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway approved

    AltaLink sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway approved

    AltaLink owns more than half of Alberta’s transmission grid Berkshire Hathaway’s plan to buy SNC-Lavalin’s share of the AltaLink power utility has received Industry Canada’s approval, subject to several conditions. Among other things, Berkshire Hathaway Energy has agreed the maintain employment levels and AltaLink will be locally managed, with its headquarters, executives and operations in […]

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    | July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Colton Crowshoe – Police say missing man murdered

    Colton Crowshoe – Police say missing man murdered

    Family of Colton Crowshoe say police did not take seriously missing person complaint Calgary police have identified a body discovered in a pond in the Calgary community of Abbeydale as Colton Crowshoe, missing since July 4. Investigators have classified the death as a homicide. On Thursday around 2 p.m. emergency personnel received a report of a possible […]

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    | July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Have you forgotten to cash your government cheques?

    Have you forgotten to cash your government cheques?

    Government cheques, refunds unclaimed by millions of Canadians Ottawa is sitting on a stockpile of more than $730 million in uncashed tax refunds and other government cheques, according to Public Works Canada. Many Canadians eagerly await their pension, employment insurance and child-tax benefits, but the department says that 3.2 million cheques issued over the past […]

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    | July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian healthcare system ranks second last – study

    Canadian healthcare system ranks second last – study

    Canadian healthcare already more private than most other developed countries The latest Commonwealth Study ranked the Canadian healthcare system a dismal second to last in a list of 11 major industrialized countries – beating out only the Americans. This latest poor result is already being used by those bent on further privatizing healthcare. They argue […]

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    | July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • John Vogelzang resigns over illegal donations to PCs

    John Vogelzang resigns over illegal donations to PCs

    John Vogelzang former member of  Health Quality Council of Alberta, CEO of David Thompson Health Region The Health Quality Council of Alberta says board member John Vogelzang has resigned after a media report about his illegal donations to the provincial Conservative party. The council says John Vogelzang resigned Thursday, effective immediately. CBC Edmonton reported it obtained expense […]

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    | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts – Design a donut, win $10,000!

    Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts – Design a donut, win $10,000!

    Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts judges panel will be led by Canadian acting star Jason Priestly Donut lovers everywhere, time to get serious about designing the perfect donut – and winning $10,000 in the Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest, which wraps up Aug. 1. And a panel of Canadian celebrities will crown the Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts will […]

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    | July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Alberta EMS crisis an under-reported issue – David Swann

    Alberta EMS crisis an under-reported issue – David Swann

    Alberta EMS paramedics threatened into silence, according to Swann For years, paramedics have been reporting problems within our EMS system to their superiors, hoping for solutions. Instead, what they have seen is bureaucratic inaction and symptom treatment as underlying causes go unaddressed. Now, paramedics are looking to people outside the system for help in fixing […]

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    | July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Calgary parking would benefit from market discipline

    Calgary parking would benefit from market discipline

    Allowing Mustard Seed to rent out parkade would negatively affect Calgary parking and downtown traffic, says City The absurdities of Calgary parking policy were illustrated recently when it was revealed that the non-profit Mustard Seed was required to build a $3 million parking lot that effectively sits empty. The affordable housing complex – the parking lot […]

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    | July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Primrose oil sands review says CNRL procedures cause of leak

    Primrose oil sands review says CNRL procedures cause of leak

    Energy regulator approved closer well spacing at Primrose oil sands The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has a better idea now of what went wrong at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (TSX:CNQ) Primrose oil sands development in northeastern Alberta, where a mixture of bitumen and water was found to be oozing to the surface more than […]

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    | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Monarch butterflies need help of ‘citizen scientists’

    Monarch butterflies need help of ‘citizen scientists’

    Numbers of monarch butterflies plummet from 1 billion to 33.5 million From the age of five, Fred Urquhart was fascinated by monarch butterflies in his Toronto neighbourhood. Born in 1911, he spent hours watching the orange and black insects flutter about, wondering: Where did they go in winter? At school, he read voraciously about nature, especially monarchs and […]

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    | July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Electric racing motorcycle future of motor sports?

    Electric racing motorcycle future of motor sports?

    Club needs $25,000 to build electric racing motorcycle The most interesting University of Calgary student  union club is called Team Zeus. It’s only three years old but these undergrads are building an electric racing motorcycle. “For me I’ve always been really fascinated with electric vehicles. I like the idea of being involved with a new up and […]

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    | July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Business

Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

Widespread adoption of electric cars will require huge expansion of power grid Ontario’s overabundance of utility firms may pose a major roadblock to the province’s plan to boost electric cars, some experts say. The experts say Ontario’s 75 independently operated utilities often overlap their efforts and breed inefficiency, holding back upgrades needed so the grid […]

AltaLink sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway approved

AltaLink sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway approved

AltaLink owns more than half of Alberta’s transmission grid Berkshire Hathaway’s plan to buy SNC-Lavalin’s share of the AltaLink power utility has received Industry Canada’s approval, subject to several conditions. Among other things, Berkshire Hathaway Energy has agreed the maintain employment levels and AltaLink will be locally managed, with its headquarters, executives and operations in […]

Electric racing motorcycle future of motor sports?

Electric racing motorcycle future of motor sports?

Club needs $25,000 to build electric racing motorcycle The most interesting University of Calgary student  union club is called Team Zeus. It’s only three years old but these undergrads are building an electric racing motorcycle. “For me I’ve always been really fascinated with electric vehicles. I like the idea of being involved with a new up and […]

Canada

Stolen truck ditched outside Corner Gas diner, Okotoks woman arrested

Stolen truck ditched outside Corner Gas diner, Okotoks woman arrested

Stephanie Martens arrested near by the iconic Corner Gas diner The backdrop for the former television show and soon-to-be movie “Corner Gas” has played a role in the long-range police pursuit of a vehicle across southern Saskatchewan. Weyburn city police tried Saturday to stop a pickup truck reported stolen from Calgary and tagged with a stolen Manitoba licence […]

Indian residential school survivors claim for medical injuries

Indian residential school survivors claim for medical injuries

Indian residential school survivors describe harshness of punishments and injuries suffered The vast majority of claims filed by Indian residential school survivors seeking extra compensation for medical injuries are for hearing loss, respiratory illnesses and broken bones. The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat - an independent body which helps resolve long-standing claims that address specific abuse […]

Have you forgotten to cash your government cheques?

Have you forgotten to cash your government cheques?

Government cheques, refunds unclaimed by millions of Canadians Ottawa is sitting on a stockpile of more than $730 million in uncashed tax refunds and other government cheques, according to Public Works Canada. Many Canadians eagerly await their pension, employment insurance and child-tax benefits, but the department says that 3.2 million cheques issued over the past […]

Politics

Therese Casgrain, Quebec feminist, disappears from public history

Therese Casgrain, Quebec feminist, disappears from public history

Therese Casgrain campaigned to give Quebec women the right to vote The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate Canadian history – e.g. the War of 1812 – but erased the legacy of Quebec suffragette Therese Casgrain. Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, […]

John Vogelzang resigns over illegal donations to PCs

John Vogelzang resigns over illegal donations to PCs

John Vogelzang former member of  Health Quality Council of Alberta, CEO of David Thompson Health Region The Health Quality Council of Alberta says board member John Vogelzang has resigned after a media report about his illegal donations to the provincial Conservative party. The council says John Vogelzang resigned Thursday, effective immediately. CBC Edmonton reported it obtained expense […]

Justin Trudeau in Stephen Harper’s sights – speech

Justin Trudeau in Stephen Harper’s sights – speech

The next Canadian general election is in 2015 and the Prime Minister made it clear Justin Trudeau and Liberals are his most serious competition Prime Minister Stephen Harper hammered Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in a speech to party faithful at his annual Calgary Stampede barbecue on Saturday. With a federal election looming next year, Harper […]

Opinion

Alberta EMS crisis an under-reported issue – David Swann

Alberta EMS crisis an under-reported issue – David Swann

Alberta EMS paramedics threatened into silence, according to Swann For years, paramedics have been reporting problems within our EMS system to their superiors, hoping for solutions. Instead, what they have seen is bureaucratic inaction and symptom treatment as underlying causes go unaddressed. Now, paramedics are looking to people outside the system for help in fixing […]

Calgary parking would benefit from market discipline

Calgary parking would benefit from market discipline

Allowing Mustard Seed to rent out parkade would negatively affect Calgary parking and downtown traffic, says City The absurdities of Calgary parking policy were illustrated recently when it was revealed that the non-profit Mustard Seed was required to build a $3 million parking lot that effectively sits empty. The affordable housing complex – the parking lot […]

Science Matters: Canadian cities lead on climate action

Science Matters: Canadian cities lead on climate action

Science Matters by David Suzuki Amid the dire warnings about global warming’s impacts, what’s often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it’s not surprising that tangible positive action on […]

Energy

Julie Payette: Retired astronaut one of two Canadian women in space

Julie Payette: Retired astronaut one of two Canadian women in space

Julie Payette says her family never discouraged her dreams of becoming an astronaut Five years after her final flight, retired astronaut Julie Payette admits she had doubts she would ever fly as she watched the Americans send astronauts to the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s. She faced several obstacles on the road […]

NEB orders Enbridge to stop maintenance work on Manitoba oil pipeline

NEB orders Enbridge to stop maintenance work on Manitoba oil pipeline

Inspection of Enbridge Line 3 maintenance work revealed problems The National Energy Board has ordered Enbridge Inc. to stop work along its Line 3 oil pipeline in Manitoba after an inspection earlier this month revealed numerous environmental and safety concerns. Line 3 has been carrying crude between Alberta and Wisconsin for nearly half a century. Enbridge […]

Site launched to raise cash for legal battles against Northern Gateway

Site launched to raise cash for legal battles against Northern Gateway

Initial goal of campaign against Northern Gateway is $150,000 British Columbia First Nations and environmental groups are launching a fundraising campaign for the coming legal battle against the Northern Gateway pipeline. Sierra Club BC, in partnership with Victoria-based legal defence fund RAVEN Trust, and several northern aboriginal communities have created the website Pull-Together.ca. Terrace, B.C.-based […]

Events

Edmonton From Hate to Hope Rally Saturday 6 p.m.

Edmonton From Hate to Hope Rally Saturday 6 p.m.

From Hate to Hope Rally starts at 110 Street and 84 Avenue and ends at the Legislature building Edmontonians are invited to the From Hate to Hope March and Rally, standing up against homophobic violence, discrimination and hatred on Saturday July 19 starting at 6 p.m. Notable leaders from many racial and religious communities will come together […]

Badlands Passion Play back in Drumheller July 11-27

Badlands Passion Play back in Drumheller July 11-27

21st anniversary of Badlands Passion Play The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is a unique theatrical and spiritual event that combines a stunning natural location with an engaging portrayal of Christ’s life to tell the “greatest story ever told.” It is the world’s only Passion Play which intentionally breathes new life annually with a new script, cast, […]

Calgary Expo Latino celebrates 18th anniversary

Calgary Expo Latino celebrates 18th anniversary

Calgary-based Juno Award winner Oscar Lopez plays Sunday at Calgary Expo Latino One of the hottest Latin festivals in Canada  - Calgary Expo Latino – will delight audiences with Grammy and Juno award-winning musicians for three days in August. Click here to enter draw to win FREE tickets to Calgary Expo Latino. Calgary Expo Latino is celebrating […]

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