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NW Calgary break-ins:  CPS urge residents to secure homes

NW Calgary break-ins: CPS urge residents to secure homes

Culprits were easily able to access homes in NW Calgary break-ins Calgary Police are warning residents to secure their homes after a spate of NW Calgary break-ins during recent weeks. Between August 5 and August 19, eight break and enters have been reported in the communities of Arbour Lake, Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak, Harvest Hills, Coventry Hills […]

Calgary imam condemns beheading of James Wright Foley, says ISIS must be stopped

Calgary imam condemns beheading of James Wright Foley, says ISIS must be stopped

Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy says civilians’ and Foley’s death crimes against humanity A prominent imam intends to draw attention to what he calls the “un-Islamic” beliefs and actions of ISIS in light of the murder of a U.S. journalist. Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary plans a 48-hour hunger strike beginning Friday to create awareness about the terrorist group. […]

CPS charge man in connection with several Calgary robberies this month

CPS charge man in connection with several Calgary robberies this month

Brent Brown charged in south Calgary robberies Calgary Police have arrested and charged 50-year old Brent Blair Brown in connection with a number of robberies at liquor, drug and convenience stores as well as one bank this month. The first alleged robbery occurred on Sunday, August 10 just before 8 p.m. at the Liquor Depot […]

Provincial

Timothy Willemsen facing multiple charges in crash near Airdrie Sunday

Timothy Willemsen facing multiple charges in crash near Airdrie Sunday

Timothy Willemsen charged with seven counts, including impaired driving After a single-vehicle rollover crash near Airdrie on Sunday night sent the vehicle’s passenger to hospital with critical injuries, the driver, 49-year old Timothy Willemsen of Airdrie is facing multiple charges. The collision occurred just before 9:30 p.m., in the northbound lanes of Highway 2, about a […]

Nobleford collisions:  similar crashes this week at same intersection

Nobleford collisions: similar crashes this week at same intersection

21-year old man hospitalized following Nobleford collision Since Monday, there have been two similar collisions at the intersection of Highways 23 and 519 near Nobleford.  On Monday, a 73-year old woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash and on Wednesday, a 21-year old man suffered minor injuries in another two-vehicle collision at the same intersection. […]

Online polls closed, new Alberta licence plate design chosen

Online polls closed, new Alberta licence plate design chosen

New Alberta licence plate design will released next spring Online polling to choose a new Alberta licence plate has closed and the most realistic of three designs has come out on top. Kathleen Range of Service Alberta says the photo-like image of a field and mountains got almost 50 per cent approval. Not far behind at […]

Business

Canadian cities – Family incomes vary greatly across country

Canadian cities – Family incomes vary greatly across country

Canadian cities – Calgary and Edmonton lead the way, Vancouver and Toronto lag Statistics Canada’s latest tabulation of incomes by city confirms in hard data what we often discern through casual observation: we live in an economically diverse country, one in which incomes vary greatly among households but also across Canadian cities. As in previous […]

Vancouver tech benefits from broken US immigration system

Vancouver tech benefits from broken US immigration system

Vancouver tech industry already boasts 600 digital media companies The Vancouver tech community is growing – aided in part by a dysfunctional American immigration system that forces Silicon Valley to plant satellite offices in Canada. Software engineer Pablo Guana nearly refused a job with Facebook when the company redirected him to Vancouver from Silicon Valley […]

Mount Polley: Preliminary tests show lake, river well within guidelines

Mount Polley: Preliminary tests show lake, river well within guidelines

Testing on silt discharged from Mount Polley tailing pond not yet completed The water in a pristine British Columbia lake and river that were flooded with Mount Polley mine waste after a tailing ponds dam burst earlier this week is well within drinking water and aquatic life guidelines, according to preliminary test results announced Thursday. […]

Canada

Stephen Harper says James Foley slaying part of ‘disgusting’ terror campaign

Stephen Harper says James Foley slaying part of ‘disgusting’ terror campaign

James Foley beheaded by Islamic State militants Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants in Iraq is part of a “disgusting” terror campaign being carried out across the entire region. It’s a campaign that threatens more and more countries, he said. “And frankly, this terrorist caliphate […]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins annual trek to the North Thursday

Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins annual trek to the North Thursday

Stephen Harper will make announcement about northern science and research while in the Yukon Stephen Harper is set to embark on his annual trek to the North, his ninth time doing so since becoming prime minister. The Prime Minister’s Office says this year’s trip is meant to showcase the science, technology and research that are underway in […]

Justin Trudeau says Harper bungled pipeline controversies

Justin Trudeau says Harper bungled pipeline controversies

Justin Trudeau, Liberal MPs in Alberta plotting strategy for upcoming election  Justin Trudeau moseyed into Harper country Tuesday and accused the prime minister of being “all hat and no cattle” when it comes to pipelines. The Liberal leader and his three dozen MPs were in the capital of Alberta, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s home province, to […]

Opinion

White Rock rail line should be moved, say politicians

White Rock rail line should be moved, say politicians

White Rock realtor killed by train while jogging in 2013 The view from the southwest flank of Canada’s coastline—between Surrey B.C.’s Crescent Beach and the city of White Rock—is breathtaking. “It’s Canada’s Amalfi coast,” enthuses Erik Seiz, President of the Crescent Beach Property Owners’ Association.  With its towering bluffs, ocean views and expansive beaches, it’s […]

Marc Emery: ‘Prince of Pot’ a Canadian hero

Marc Emery: ‘Prince of Pot’ a Canadian hero

Marc Emery a staunch fighter for “liberty,” according to author It’s not often that I disagree with Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente, but her recent column on Marc Emery (Pot still fails the sniff test) triggered one of those rare occasions. Unlike the “Prince of Pot”, I don’t use marijuana. I never have, and […]

BC teachers should be paid much, much more – Dale Wallace

BC teachers should be paid much, much more – Dale Wallace

Time for a new compensation model for BC teachers It seems that one of the main criticisms against giving BC teachers salary increases is that they are not accountable. Plus, so-called “bad” teachers can continue teaching in the system and there is virtually no way of getting rid of them. I would like to propose perhaps […]

Politics

Doug Horner says he won’t be ‘bullied’ by Wildrose

Doug Horner says he won’t be ‘bullied’ by Wildrose

Doug Horner says Alberta government will immediately implement new travel rules Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner is rejecting calls from the Opposition Wildrose party to resign over the controversy surrounding former premier Alison Redford’s travel expenses. Doug Horner says in a letter to the Progressive Conservative caucus that it’s “blatantly false” he misled Albertans about […]

Alison Redford resigns seat in Alberta Legislature

Alison Redford resigns seat in Alberta Legislature

Alison Redford admits mistakes were made, accepts responsibility Former Alberta premier Alison Redford is resigning her seat in the provincial legislature, effective immediately. In an opinion article written for Postmedia newspapers, Redford, who has been sitting as a backbencher since the spring, acknowledges mistakes were made during her time as leader of the governing Progressive […]

Alison Redford: Should voters be able to recall former premier?

Alison Redford: Should voters be able to recall former premier?

PCAA leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk says mechanisms already in place to deal with Alison Redford The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has launched an online petition for recall legislation in Alberta in the wake of a report about alleged misuse of government aircraft  by former premier Alison Redford. Redford resigned as premier on March 23 amid caucus […]

Arts

Who was Robin Williams? A very, very funny dude…

Who was Robin Williams? A very, very funny dude…

Robin Williams starred in “The Crazy Ones” on CBS, which cancelled the show after one season The question from a fan in a Sirius XM interview last year was innocent - what do you think you’d be doing if you didn’t become a comedian? - and within seconds Robin Williams was impersonating physicist Stephen Hawking getting a […]

Robin Williams death stuns Canadian comics

Robin Williams death stuns Canadian comics

Robin Williams dead at 63 of apparent suicide Canadian comedians are mourning the death of American comic and actor Robin Williams as the loss of one of comedy’s greats. Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday. He was 63. “Very sad to hear the news about Robin Williams. Big loss […]

90.3 Amp and Jann Arden go toe to toe over editing songs

90.3 Amp and Jann Arden go toe to toe over editing songs

90.3 Amp says it doesn’t play Jann Arden music Canadian pop artist Jann  Arden is criticizing Calgary radio station 90.3 Amp for cutting song playing times in half as part of a new format called QuickHitz. Want to listen to a shorter tune by Justin Timberlake? Or maybe a cut-down version of Katy Perry’s latest hit? […]

Living

MyMedRec: Smartphone app helps patients manage meds

MyMedRec: Smartphone app helps patients manage meds

MyMedRec is a smartphone app that patients can customize to suit their medications Maureen Smith lives with a rare disorder known as Congenital Panhypopituitarism and thanks to new smartphone app MyMedRec has a new lease on life. Affecting one in every 200,000 people, Congenital Panhypopituitarism is a condition where the pituitary gland fails to produce growth […]

Bare Your Belly rally in Edmonton gets international attention

Bare Your Belly rally in Edmonton gets international attention

Bare Your Belly campaign attracted photos from women across the world An Edmonton mother has become an unlikely international symbol for body shaming by organizing the first Bare Your Belly rally. After having five kids, Tanis Jex-Blake bravely decided it was time to head to the beach in a bikini. It had been 13 years since […]

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 […]

First Nations

First Nations Financial Transparency Act a good start

First Nations Financial Transparency Act a good start

Not all nations have complied with First Nations Financial Transparency Act July 29 was the deadline for First Nations to comply with the divisive First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). The First Nations Financial Transparency Act requires First Nations all over Canada to post their audited financial statements and the salaries and benefits of elected officials on both […]

Phil Fontaine says First Nations partnering on resource projects

Phil Fontaine says First Nations partnering on resource projects

Phil Fontaine, former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says attitudes shifting about resource development Phil Fontaine told an energy and environment roundtable in Calgary on Friday that he’s optimistic industry and First Nations can work together, though the acrimony surrounding high-profile projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) may suggest […]

First Nations and social enterprise good for business

First Nations and social enterprise good for business

First Nations take the long view – up to seven generations – when considering developments By Joni Avram   Various organizations are finding new ways to generate revenues by selling services that create simultaneous social and economic benefits. One such success story is Impact Society, a Calgary-based social enterprise partnering with corporations to build economic and […]

Health

MyMedRec: Smartphone app helps patients manage meds

MyMedRec: Smartphone app helps patients manage meds

MyMedRec is a smartphone app that patients can customize to suit their medications Maureen Smith lives with a rare disorder known as Congenital Panhypopituitarism and thanks to new smartphone app MyMedRec has a new lease on life. Affecting one in every 200,000 people, Congenital Panhypopituitarism is a condition where the pituitary gland fails to produce growth […]

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 […]

Hospital elevator buttons crawling with bacteria – study

Hospital elevator buttons crawling with bacteria – study

Hospital elevator buttons, neckties worn by male doctors, lab coats, stethoscopes among common contaminated surfaces You might want to use an elbow or a pen to push hospital elevator buttons next time you’re visiting a loved one or in for a surgical procedure. A new study suggests that hospital elevator buttons have more bacteria on […]

Comics

Sam’s World for Tuesday, August 19

Sam’s World for Tuesday, August 19

Sam’s World is a one-panel web comic featuring characters from the imagination of Calgary-based artist Tony Blocker. Tony shows life’s situations in a laid-back, wicked literal, and humorous approach. Visit Yelling Rabbit Artworks to learn more. // Redirecting… cta-redirect.hubspot.com

Sam’s World for Tuesday, August 12

Sam’s World for Tuesday, August 12

Sam’s World is a one-panel web comic featuring characters from the imagination of Calgary-based artist Tony Blocker. Tony shows life’s situations in a laid-back, wicked literal, and humorous approach. Visit Yelling Rabbit Artworks to learn more. // Redirecting… cta-redirect.hubspot.com

Sam’s World for Tuesday, August 5

Sam’s World for Tuesday, August 5

Sam’s World is a one-panel web comic featuring characters from the imagination of Calgary-based artist Tony Blocker. Tony shows life’s situations in a laid-back, wicked literal, and humorous approach. Visit Yelling Rabbit Artworks to learn more. // Redirecting… cta-redirect.hubspot.com

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 […]

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 […]

GlobalFest showcase vibrant cultures and fireworks

GlobalFest also includes cultural displays, ethnic food and great music and dancing Calgary’s GlobalFest includes the hands down best, most amazing, totally jaw-dropping fireworks display in Alberta – and maybe anywhere else in Canada. Click here to enter to win free tickets to Globalfest. The groundwork for GlobalFest began in 1993 with the formation of The Calgary Fireworks […]