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  • Oil companies ready to weather downturn in crude price

    Oil companies ready to weather downturn in crude price

    Big oil companies say they have flexibility in capital spending to cope with lower prices Executives with two big Canadian oil companies are taking recent oil price weakness in stride, signalling no immediate plans to throttle back spending, but ensuring they have the flexibility to do so if needed. Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) and Husky […]

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    | October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canada should fight harder against radicalization – Kenney

    Canada should fight harder against radicalization – Kenney

    BC Muslim Association agrees with Kenney, says radicalization has no place in Canada As Canada mourns two slain soldiers, the association representing a mosque that ejected the gunman who killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo says people who commit such acts have no religion and no country. In separate news conferences, the B.C. Muslim Association and Canada’s Multiculturalism […]

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    | October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

    Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

    …and Canada was never “innocent” and will respond appropriately to recent attacks Across the land today, editorialists are opining that Canada has lost its innocence, that the deaths of two soldiers at the hands of so-called Islamic jihadists changes our country forever. For instance, the Calgary Herald editorial board put it this way: “…Canada will […]

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    | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ottawa shootings statistically more likely work of madman

    Ottawa shootings statistically more likely work of madman

    Too many rushing to judgement in midst of Ottawa shootings As I write this, roughly five hours have elapsed since this morning’s Ottawa shootings, when a gunman shot and killed a Canadian reservist outside the Parliament buildings. Already some are rushing to judgement about who is responsible. Others are demanding harsh measures in response – think the […]

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    | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ottawa update: Eyewitnesses say gunman ‘raised arms in triumph’

    Ottawa update: Eyewitnesses say gunman ‘raised arms in triumph’

    Ottawa police say there were several “shooting incidents” in downtown area Early reports suggest the gunman who shot the soldier guarding the War Memorial was dressed all in black and raised his arms in triumph after the Ottawa shooting. Tony Zobl, 35, witnessed the soldier being gunned down from his fourth-floor office window directly above […]

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    | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ottawa update: Sergeant-at-arms shoots gunman

    Ottawa update: Sergeant-at-arms shoots gunman

    Sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers hailed as hero after Ottawa shooting The man who is reported to have shot an assailant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today is a former police officer with a background in providing security services for dignitaries, including members of the Royal Family. Kevin Vickers became the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons eight […]

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    | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ottawa update: Gunman shot by Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms

    Ottawa update: Gunman shot by Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms

    Reports of two or three gunmen in Ottawa A gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, wounding a soldier, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard before he was shot, reportedly by Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms. The Hill remains under lockdown amid reports there may be two to three shooters, […]

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    | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ottawa update: Gunman killed, Harper safe

    Ottawa update: Gunman killed, Harper safe

    Ottawa shooting occurred just before 10 a.m. Eastern A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman and people report hearing gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Tory MP Bob Zimmer has tweeted that the gunman was shot and killed, but that report could not be […]

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    | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ottawa – Soldier shot, gunshots in Parliament

    Ottawa – Soldier shot, gunshots in Parliament

    Details of Ottawa crisis still sketchy A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Ottawa police confirmed they had a call at 9:52 a.m. with a report of shots fired. Witnesses reported seeing […]

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    | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian soldiers run over in Quebec by ‘radicalized’ man

    Canadian soldiers run over in Quebec by ‘radicalized’ man

    Police warn it’s too early to speculate on why driver drove into Canadian soldiers One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car on Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. The soldier’s name was not released at the request of the family. The second soldier’s injuries were […]

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    | October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Local

ASIRT investigates Calgary to High River police chase

ASIRT investigates Calgary to High River police chase

Suspect suffered serious injuries in Calgary to High River police chase The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, or ASIRT, has been called in to investigate the hour long Calgary to High River police chase of a stolen vehicle on Tuesday night. The incident began on Tuesday night at about 8 p.m. when CPS received a […]

Four suffer smoke inhalation in SW Calgary townhouse fire

Four suffer smoke inhalation in SW Calgary townhouse fire

No working smoke detectors found by investigators following SW Calgary townhouse fire Four people have been hospitalized for smoke inhalation after fire broke out in a southwest Calgary townhouse early on Thursday morning. Calgary Fire Department crews responded to the Glenbrook area townhouse located in the 4900 block of 35 Ave SW just before 1 […]

Calgary to High River police chase ends thanks to spike belt, police dog

Calgary to High River police chase ends thanks to spike belt, police dog

Calgary to High River police chase began in downtown Calgary, ended south of High River Calgary Police report two men are in police custody following a Calgary to High River police chase on Tuesday night. At about 8:30 p.m., Calgary Police responded to the Calgary Drop-In Centre after receiving reports of a stolen car. 660 […]

Provincial

Trina Meisel pleads guilty to abducting her two daughters

Trina Meisel pleads guilty to abducting her two daughters

Trina Meisel sentenced to six months in prison A southern Alberta woman has pleaded guilty to abducting her two daughters. Trina Meisel, who is 49, pleaded guilty to abduction and breaching a court order in Lethbridge provincial court Thursday. The girls, ages 12 and 6, disappeared last May during recess from a school near Vulcan, Alta. They […]

Additional $5.5M for Alberta legal aid a good first step: lawyers

Additional $5.5M for Alberta legal aid a good first step: lawyers

Alberta Legal Aid increase will mean AISH recipients will be eligible The Alberta government is increasing funding for legal aid and making it easier for low-income earners to qualify. Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis announced Thursday the government would provide an additional $5.5 million this year to help legal aid offset its costs. “Promoting access […]

Prentice meets with Lubicon Lake Cree: Province and Band to reopen land settlement negotiations

Prentice meets with Lubicon Lake Cree: Province and Band to reopen land settlement negotiations

New York Times called Lubicon “the tribe Canada forgot” Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has rebooted talks with a northern aboriginal band that has been seeking a land claim for almost 80 years. “I felt it was an important place to start,” Prentice said Thursday after meeting with the chief and council of the Lubicon Lake […]

Business

Quebecor sells English papers to Postmedia Network for $316 million

Quebecor sells English papers to Postmedia Network for $316 million

Calgary Sun included in Postmedia deal Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced a deal to buy Sun Media Corp.’s English-language operations from Quebecor on Monday for $316 million in a deal that it says gives it the scale to compete in the changing media environment. Postmedia chief executive Paul Godfrey said Sun Media’s digital properties, including […]

Ask Tammy: Why do my parents make me save my money?

Ask Tammy: Why do my parents make me save my money?

Ask Tammy answers children’s questions  about money. Email questions to asktammy@thefinancialguides.com Dear Ask Tammy:  Whenever I get any money (allowance, Christmas, birthdays) my parents always make me split it up into my jars.  Why don’t they just let me do what I want with my money? – It’s My Money Dear It’s My Money:  It can […]

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 […]

Canada

Justin Bourque apologizes for Moncton shootings at sentencing hearing

Justin Bourque apologizes for Moncton shootings at sentencing hearing

Crown looking to set parole eligibility for Justin Bourque at 75 years Justin Bourque apologized Tuesday for the shootings in Moncton, N.B., that killed three RCMP officers and injured two others, saying the rationale that he gave to police for the rampage was the talk of “some arrogant pissant.” Bourque stood in the prisoner’s box to address the […]

Queen rues ‘grievous’ death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as funeral underway

Queen rues ‘grievous’ death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as funeral underway

Nathan Cirillo called “Canada’s son” Thousands of people lined the streets of Hamilton on Tuesday to pay respects to a soldier described as a “kid at heart” who was gunned down as he stood ceremonial guard in Ottawa in what the prime minister called a terrorist attack. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s coffin, carried atop a gun carriage to Christ’s […]

Jian Ghomeshi seeking $55 million from CBC in lawsuit

Jian Ghomeshi seeking $55 million from CBC in lawsuit

CBC reported it was severing ties with Jian Ghomeshi Sunday Lawyers for radio starJian Ghomeshi made good Monday on their promise to launch a lawsuit against the CBC, alleging breach of confidence, bad faith and defamation by the public broadcaster. Ghomeshi, 47, is seeking $55 million from the CBC, according to the lawsuit, plus special damages. The suit […]

Opinion

Soon-to-be approved pesticide similar to other bee-killing chemicals

Soon-to-be approved pesticide similar to other bee-killing chemicals

Bee-killing chemicals potentially make plants toxic to insects By David Suzuki for Troy Media Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new “F” word is bad news for bees. Flupyradifurone is an insect-killing […]

Simushir incident:  One container ship adrift does not a crisis make

Simushir incident: One container ship adrift does not a crisis make

Simushir incident is being used by anti-tanker activists to question Canadian shipping safety Troy Media, by Kenneth P. Green The Simushir, a Russian-flagged cargo vessel is the newest cause celebre of anti-tanker activists out in British Columbia. Liberal MP Joyce Murray and NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen are waving distress flags over what they portray as […]

Ottawa shootings:  The day that didn’t change Canada

Ottawa shootings: The day that didn’t change Canada

Expect security upgrades following Ottawa shootings, but we will not be changed by fear By Peter Stockland for Troy Media Toronto Liberal MP John McKay was, at that moment, the admirable embodiment of the honest politicians who lead us. “That is an excellent question,” he said. “I have absolutely no idea what the answer is.” […]

Politics

Rachel Notley, new Alberta NDP leader, has politics in DNA

Rachel Notley, new Alberta NDP leader, has politics in DNA

Alberta NDP could make big gains in next election, says Rachel Notley Rachel Notley wasn’t even 10 years-old when she went on her first protest march. It was in the early 1970s, in Edmonton, with her mother Sandy. “She took me on some anti-war demonstration. I honestly can’t even remember what it was,” said Notley in an […]

Len Webber wins federal Tory nod in Calgary Confederation

Len Webber wins federal Tory nod in Calgary Confederation

Len Webber defeats Susanne DiCocco for CPC nomination Calgary PC MLA Len Webber, 53, is the new Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the new federal riding of Calgary Confederation. Len Webber tweeted last night that he won the nomination, defeating Susanne DiCocco for the right to represent Stephen Harper’s Tories in the upcoming 2015 election. Len Webber left provincial […]

Building Alberta branding campaign axed by Prentice

Building Alberta branding campaign axed by Prentice

Building Alberta angered Albertans, says Prentice Premier Jim Prentice heaped scorn on former premier Alison Redford’s seven-figure signature Building Alberta branding campaign Thursday - and then he drove a stake through it. Prentice criticized the 300 Building Alberta signs that now crowd the Alberta landscape, announcing everything from road repairs to building start-ups and always including […]

Arts

George Wendt headlines ‘Fox on the Fairway’ – Stage West

George Wendt headlines ‘Fox on the Fairway’ – Stage West

George Wendt surprised people still recognize him from his days on TV sitcom “Cheers” Everybody knows his name. And while Stage West theatre may not be his usual stomping grounds, actor George Wendt (also known as, of course, the lovable Norm from “Cheers”) is making himself quite comfortable in Calgary during the run of the […]

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, […]

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 […]

Living

Sex, Lies and P.I.s – Calgary private investigators column

Sex, Lies and P.I.s – Calgary private investigators column

Room with a view By Ali Wirsche and Marnie Milot Jane and Phil were married for 19 years with three daughters. Phil’s job required him to work out of the city they currently lived in. Because he did a lot of traveling to different places they kept their home base in one city. He always […]

Private MRI clinics do not shorten wait times in public health system

Private MRI clinics do not shorten wait times in public health system

Look to Alberta today, not 20 years ago, for guidance before introducing private MRI clinics Troy Media by Ryan Meili This past week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to twitter to ask the question “Is it time to allow people to pay for their own private MRIs in Saskatchewan like they can do in Alberta?” […]

More ER visits for youth mental health issues following teen suicide reports

More ER visits for youth mental health issues following teen suicide reports

Higher awareness of youth mental health issues following media reports By Stephanie Leon and Dr. Mario Cappelli for Troy Media Two high profile youth suicides in the Ottawa region in the last few years garnered tremendous media attention and, as a new study suggests, resulted in increased emergency room visits by youth for mental health distress.  […]

First Nations

BC First Nations mapping territories on Google Earth

BC First Nations mapping territories on Google Earth

Many BC First Nations have overlapping land claims Google Earth may soon be helping some of the most remote BC First Nations territories map their traditional territories as part of ongoing treaty discussions with the Canadian and BC governments. Google employees will be teaching members from about 70 First Nations across the country how to chart […]

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 […]

Health

Private MRI clinics do not shorten wait times in public health system

Private MRI clinics do not shorten wait times in public health system

Look to Alberta today, not 20 years ago, for guidance before introducing private MRI clinics Troy Media by Ryan Meili This past week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to twitter to ask the question “Is it time to allow people to pay for their own private MRIs in Saskatchewan like they can do in Alberta?” […]

More ER visits for youth mental health issues following teen suicide reports

More ER visits for youth mental health issues following teen suicide reports

Higher awareness of youth mental health issues following media reports By Stephanie Leon and Dr. Mario Cappelli for Troy Media Two high profile youth suicides in the Ottawa region in the last few years garnered tremendous media attention and, as a new study suggests, resulted in increased emergency room visits by youth for mental health distress.  […]

Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage recalled in Alberta

Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage recalled in Alberta

Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage products may contain E-coli E-coli concerns have lead to a food recall in Alberta after four people became ill after eating products made by Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Calgary-based Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage is recalling frozen, raw, ground chicken products. They’re recalling the Garlic, Garlic […]

Comics

Sam’s World for Monday, October 6

Sam’s World for Monday, October 6

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 Wednesday, September 3

Sam’s World for Wednesday, September 3

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 26

Sam’s World for Tuesday, August 26

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

Early Music Voices presents Renaissance lute songs in Calgary

La Nef ensemble, American tenor Michael Slattery perform Renaissance lute compositions – Early Music Voices Early Music Voices presents a concert for Calgary fans of Celtic and Renaissance music featuring La Nef ensemble and American tenor Michael Slattery at Christ Church Elbow Park on Oct. 6. Was England’s first great composer actually Irish? La Nef ensemble and American […]

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 […]