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  • Ukraine crisis – Is Harper getting Canada’s response right?

    Ukraine crisis – Is Harper getting Canada’s response right?

    Canada should help build Ukraine institutions and structures When the people of Ukraine learned that the Yanukovych government was moving away from EU integration and towards Russia, they staged an open revolt that drove him from power. It became evident that that the cabal around Yanukovych was siphoning billions of dollars, much of it from […]

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    | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Mental health – 77% of Canadians feeling good, flourishing

    Mental health – 77% of Canadians feeling good, flourishing

    Religious or spiritual beliefs were important to Canadian mental health Canadians appear to be a pretty well adjusted bunch, according to a new report on Canadian mental health, which found that 77 per cent of people aged 15 or older are considered to be psychologically flourishing - feeling good about life and functioning well. The Statistics Canada […]

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    | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian manufacturing sales set record in July

    Canadian manufacturing sales set record in July

    Canadian manufacturing sales led by primary metals, transportation equipment Statistics Canada says Canadian manufacturing sales rose 2.5 per cent to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008. The agency says the July gain was mainly due to higher sales in the transportation equipment and primary metals industries. […]

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    | September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • BC teachers strike may be over with tentative deal

    BC teachers strike may be over with tentative deal

    Students already missed two weeks of school because of BC teachers strike A tentative deal has been reached in the BC teachers strike, a mediator confirmed Tuesday. The breakthrough in negotiations came on the fifth day of talks at a Richmond, B.C., hotel between the union and the employers’ association with the help of Vince Ready. Ready, […]

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    | September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Kryosphere – Metal band on ‘West Koast Katastrophe’ tour

    Kryosphere – Metal band on ‘West Koast Katastrophe’ tour

    Metal Band Kryosphere tour stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer Formed in 2008 by drummer Brent Bell (ex-Spawned by Rot, ex-Butcher’d), Kryosphere played its first show opening for Dead Jesus in 2009. And Beacon News is proud to provide a FREE download of the Kryosphere SOL EP (click here to access free download) […]

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    | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • WestJet now charging $25 for first luggage bag

    WestJet now charging $25 for first luggage bag

    WestJet says new fee expected to affect 1 in 5 of its travellers WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) says it will charge a $25 fee for the first checked bag for passengers travelling on economy fares within Canada and also between Canada and the U.S. The new fee will apply to bookings starting Monday for travel as of Oct. 29. […]

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    | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • ISIL beheading of Brit aid worker David Haines ‘horrific’

    ISIL beheading of Brit aid worker David Haines ‘horrific’

    Western nations consider ISIL global threat, Iran and Syria part of problem Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, likely by a fellow countryman-turned-terrorist, is a horrific atrocity by ISIL militants. Baird offers that assessment after attending an international conference in Paris, where diplomats around the world gathered to plot […]

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    | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian government secrecy expanding

    Canadian government secrecy expanding

    Canadian government secrecy akin to “authoritarian government” says prof Canadian government secrecy – what the Stephen Harper Tories deem too sensitive to release to Canadians – has been quietly spreading of late. Sexual dysfunction in the Canadian military is such a sensitive topic for the Harper government that federal officials have stamped all information related […]

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    | September 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • FIPA investment treaty with China ratified by Tories

    FIPA investment treaty with China ratified by Tories

    FIPA critics say it gives control of Canada’s natural resources to China Canada has finally ratified the contentious Foreign Investment Protection Agreement – known as FIPA – with China amid a series of recent tensions between the two countries that had placed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s scheduled Chinese visit this fall on tenterhooks. International Trade […]

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    | September 14, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Rescue dogs from California in Highway 2 MVA Saturday

    Rescue dogs from California in Highway 2 MVA Saturday

    20 rescue dogs taken to Olds veterinary program for treatment At least two rescue dogs have died and numerous others were injured when a vehicle that was hauling dogs from California flipped on an Alberta highway. RCMP Cpl. Mike Dunsmore says an SUV was hauling 30 rescue dogs in a horse trailer on Saturday morning when […]

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    | September 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian healthcare challenged in BC Supreme Court

    Canadian healthcare challenged in BC Supreme Court

    If Dr. Brian Day wins, Canadian healthcare could be fundamentally changed A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court had threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian healthcare system, should the challenge make its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and be successful. Dr. Brian Day of The […]

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    | September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian doctors prescribing more high-dose opioids

    Canadian doctors prescribing more high-dose opioids

    Canadian doctors ignoring new guidelines? A new study shows prescriptions for high-dose formulations of opioids like oxycodone and morphine jumped by 23 per cent in between 2006 and 2011, despite guidelines advising Canadian doctors against giving most patients such elevated doses. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences […]

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    | September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Home repair scams warning after south Alberta storms

    Home repair scams warning after south Alberta storms

    Home repair scams include taking deposits and never doing the work The recent snow storms in Calgary and southern Alberta has the BBB warning about “storm chasers,” home repair scams by out-of-province scammers. With more than 1,000 calls about heavy, snow-covered fallen trees blocking roads, causing power outages for more than 30,000 residents and damaging […]

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    | September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Human smuggling charges laid against Alberta man

    Human smuggling charges laid against Alberta man

    Second human smuggling charge this year A Red Deer man is accused of human smuggling after trying to slip a woman into Canada from the United States at a border crossing near Lethbridge last fall. The Canada Border Services Agency says officers found a woman concealed in a vehicle at Carway on Oct. 26, 2013. The agency […]

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    | September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • BC LNG: Chevron says economics will decide if Kitimat goes ahead

    BC LNG: Chevron says economics will decide if Kitimat goes ahead

    BC LNG projects facing cost challenges The CEO of Chevron Corp. says numerous hurdles must be cleared before the U.S. oil giant can decide the fate of its planned BC LNG project in Kitimat, B.C. John Watson says the project needs a new partner, sales contracts with customers, clarity over British Columbia’s fiscal regime and […]

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    | September 12, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Lyle Lovett coming to Edmonton and Calgary in Sept.

    Lyle Lovett coming to Edmonton and Calgary in Sept.

    Lyle Lovett: Calgary – Monday Sept. 22, Edmonton Tuesday Sept. 23 A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums – and he returns to Alberta this September. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, […]

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    | September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Business

Possible CN Rail fines:  Ottawa says company not moving enough grain

Possible CN Rail fines: Ottawa says company not moving enough grain

CN Rail fines – company says demand has fallen Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) will be fined for failing to comply with an order that it move a minimum amount of grain each week, a spokeswoman for federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Wednesday in a move that caught the railway by surprise. “As CN was […]

Canadian manufacturing sales set record in July

Canadian manufacturing sales set record in July

Canadian manufacturing sales led by primary metals, transportation equipment Statistics Canada says Canadian manufacturing sales rose 2.5 per cent to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008. The agency says the July gain was mainly due to higher sales in the transportation equipment and primary metals industries. […]

WestJet now charging $25 for first luggage bag

WestJet now charging $25 for first luggage bag

WestJet says new fee expected to affect 1 in 5 of its travellers WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) says it will charge a $25 fee for the first checked bag for passengers travelling on economy fares within Canada and also between Canada and the U.S. The new fee will apply to bookings starting Monday for travel as of Oct. 29. […]

Canada

Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer, to undergo chemotherapy

Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer, to undergo chemotherapy

Rob Ford hospitalized last week Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer found in soft tissue in the body, but doctors said Wednesday they were optimistic about his treatment. Dr. Zane Cohen of Mount Sinai Hospital told a packed news conference that the mayor will undergo two rounds of chemotherapy treatment over […]

Ukraine crisis – Is Harper getting Canada’s response right?

Ukraine crisis – Is Harper getting Canada’s response right?

Canada should help build Ukraine institutions and structures When the people of Ukraine learned that the Yanukovych government was moving away from EU integration and towards Russia, they staged an open revolt that drove him from power. It became evident that that the cabal around Yanukovych was siphoning billions of dollars, much of it from […]

Lawyer for Mike Duffy: Stephen Harper could be called as trial witness

Lawyer for Mike Duffy: Stephen Harper could be called as trial witness

Mike Duffy charged with fraud, breach of trust and bribery Mike Duffy’s lawyer says he isn’t going to rule out calling anyone, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as a witness in the suspended senator’s upcoming trial. “We’re considering any potential witness,” Donald Bayne said Tuesday after a brief court appearance. “At this point, it’s too early […]

Politics

Canadian government secrecy expanding

Canadian government secrecy expanding

Canadian government secrecy akin to “authoritarian government” says prof Canadian government secrecy – what the Stephen Harper Tories deem too sensitive to release to Canadians – has been quietly spreading of late. Sexual dysfunction in the Canadian military is such a sensitive topic for the Harper government that federal officials have stamped all information related […]

FIPA investment treaty with China ratified by Tories

FIPA investment treaty with China ratified by Tories

FIPA critics say it gives control of Canada’s natural resources to China Canada has finally ratified the contentious Foreign Investment Protection Agreement – known as FIPA – with China amid a series of recent tensions between the two countries that had placed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s scheduled Chinese visit this fall on tenterhooks. International Trade […]

Jim Prentice has tough road head to rebuild PC govt

Jim Prentice has tough road head to rebuild PC govt

No indication from Jim Prentice where he will run in by-election Jim Prentice swept to victory Saturday in the Alberta Progressive Conservative party’s leadership vote, promising to clean up a government bludgeoned and demoralized by scandal. “Over time the government has lost its way,” said Prentice, who will soon be sworn in as Alberta’s 16th […]

Opinion

Alberta Human Rights Act still oppressing gays

Alberta Human Rights Act still oppressing gays

Alberta Human Rights Act sect. 11.1 should be changed immediately – Keeping Most parts of the Alberta Human Rights Act are intended – just as you would expect – to protect human dignity, the root goal of human rights law. Its main purpose is to make discrimination illegal in access to public goods and services, rental accommodation and […]

Nova Scotia fracking ban sacrifices economic, social benefits

Nova Scotia fracking ban sacrifices economic, social benefits

No basis in science for Nova Scotia fracking ban The recently announced Nova Scotia fracking ban is essentially the government’s decision to exit the oil and gas business. Technically, the government is banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it has become known, but that will effectively end exploration for oil and gas in Nova Scotia. Premier […]

Mid-sized cities offer unique, affordable tourism experiences

Mid-sized cities offer unique, affordable tourism experiences

People flock to major cities for unique experiences they can also enjoy in mid-sized cities In theory, most of the types of activities tourists seek out can be replicated most anywhere, but people are willing to pay a large premium and go out of their way to see a show on Broadway, or eat a Philly […]

Energy

Saskatchewan cabinet minister resigns, takes top job with CAPP

Saskatchewan cabinet minister resigns, takes top job with CAPP

Tim McMillan named president of CAPP A Saskatchewan cabinet minister who resigned Thursday to become president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says there won’t be a conflict between his old job and the new one. Tim McMillan has promised not to personally lobby the province for one year, a provision set in the […]

Pennsylvania fracking study shows no water contamination

Pennsylvania fracking study shows no water contamination

Pennsylvania fracking study by The US Department of Energy The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was […]

TransMountain pipeline: Burnaby can’t block surveying – court

TransMountain pipeline: Burnaby can’t block surveying – court

City of Burnaby asked for injunction to keep TransMountain pipeline survey workers from Burnaby Mountain A British Columbia court has rejected the City of Burnaby’s latest bid to block Kinder Morgan crews from its land. A B.C. Supreme Court judge dismissed an application on Wednesday for an injunction against survey crews on Burnaby Mountain, the company’s preferred new […]

Events

Kryosphere – Metal band on ‘West Koast Katastrophe’ tour

Kryosphere – Metal band on ‘West Koast Katastrophe’ tour

Metal Band Kryosphere tour stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer Formed in 2008 by drummer Brent Bell (ex-Spawned by Rot, ex-Butcher’d), Kryosphere played its first show opening for Dead Jesus in 2009. And Beacon News is proud to provide a FREE download of the Kryosphere SOL EP (click here to access free download) […]

Quartet 2014 – Dazzling book readings in Calgary, Edmonton

Quartet 2014 – Dazzling book readings in Calgary, Edmonton

Quartet 2014 features Canadian writers David Bateman, Laurie MacFayden, Sharanpal Ruprai, Joan Shillington Four Canadian writers will be reading from their new works in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto this month as part of Quartet 2014 from Frontenac House Publishers. Quartet 2014 – Where and When: Sunday, September 7, 2-4 pm, Calgary John Dutton Theatre, 612 Macleod Trail SE […]

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 […]

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