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  • Canadian medical marijuana licences mired in red tape

    Canadian medical marijuana licences mired in red tape

    Some Canadian medical marijuana producers want in prior to expected legalization The number of firms applying for lucrative Canadian medical marijuana licences has topped 1,000, as a so-called “greenrush” continues to overwhelm Health Canada. So far, only two new licences have been approved this summer even as the department tightens the application rules - and as […]

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    | September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Private equity investments great way to boost returns

    Private equity investments great way to boost returns

    Private equity investments available in real estate, finance, oil and gas Calgary investors seeking better returns and growth are turning to private equity investments to improve their portfolios, says private equity specialist John Hilton-O’Brien. Private equity is investments – both equity and debt – in private companies that are not publicly traded on a stock exchange. […]

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    | September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Manitoba Legislature a ‘Da Vinci Code’ puzzle

    Manitoba Legislature a ‘Da Vinci Code’ puzzle

    Manitoba Legislature designed by Freemason architect Frank Worthington Simon The Manitoba Legislature is the last place one might expect to find the bust of Medusa, recurring odes to “666” and the number 13, alongside Egyptian sphinxes etched with hieroglyphics. But a closer look at the Manitoba Legislature reveals a whole host of hidden clues left behind by an […]

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    | September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Gillian Bennett commits suicide, leaves poignant letter

    Gillian Bennett commits suicide, leaves poignant letter

    Gillian Bennett calls for changes to Canada’s assisted-suicide laws The family of Gillian Bennett scattered her ashes this weekend, in a quiet ritual shared by those she loved. She was, after all, an intensely private person, her daughter said. But the 83-year-old grandmother’s heart wrenching and public goodbye before taking her own life two weeks […]

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    | September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Rob Anders under fire for seeking Tory nod in southern AB

    Rob Anders under fire for seeking Tory nod in southern AB

    Tory candidates say Rob Anders should not run in Bow River after losing in Calgary Signal Hill Controversial Conservative MP Rob Anders may not find the welcome mat out as he attempts to make the move from a big-city riding where he lost his nomination to a brand new rural one. Earlier this year, Rob Anders lost […]

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    | September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ice Bucket Challenge changing rules of philanthropy game

    Ice Bucket Challenge changing rules of philanthropy game

    Charities wondering how to duplicate success of Ice Bucket Challenge Thanks a lot, ALS Association. Because of you and your Ice Bucket Challenge, millions of organizations around the world are re-thinking their approach to fundraising. The tried and true methods – like appeal letters, gala events, and silent auctions – have lost their lustre in the […]

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    | August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canada joining NATO training exercise to counter Russia

    Canada joining NATO training exercise to counter Russia

    NATO pushing Canada for larger military commitment Canada will send troops, jets and warships to participate in a massive NATO training exercise next year in a deployment that could be the first step towards deeper involvement in the alliance’s long-term strategy to counter a resurgent Russia. The units will participate in a test of the […]

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    | August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian drug smugglers big in Australian cocaine market

    Canadian drug smugglers big in Australian cocaine market

    Canadian drug smugglers obtain cocaine from South America There is an increasing Canadian presence in the Australian drug scene, where Canadian drug smugglers brave harsh enforcement for large profits in a “high-risk, high-reward” market, authorities say. The Australian Crime Commission reports that most of the cocaine brought into the country comes from Chile, with Canada second, […]

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    | August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian energy strategy getting closer – NWT premier

    Canadian energy strategy getting closer – NWT premier

    Alberta has been leading charge for Canadian energy strategy, but BC and Que. were reluctant The premier of the Northwest Territories says Canada’s premiers are close to agreeing on the basic outline of a Canadian energy strategy. Bob McLeod said Friday the premiers were working on a so-called vision document as the premiers started their final day […]

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    | August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Lynden Dorval: Edmonton teacher wins appeal of ‘no zeros’ firing

    Lynden Dorval: Edmonton teacher wins appeal of ‘no zeros’ firing

    Lynden Dorval says he was surprised to win the appeal An Alberta appeal board says the Edmonton Public School Board was unfair in suspending and firing teacher Lynden Dorval, who gave out zeros to his students. Lynden Dorval was suspended in May 2012 and fired four months later for awarding zeros to students who did […]

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    | August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Local

Man killed in Bowness stabbing, suspect in custody

Man killed in Bowness stabbing, suspect in custody

Bowness stabbing Monday night One man is dead and another is being questioned by police following a fatal Bowness stabbing on Monday night. Just before 11 p.m., on Monday, emergency crews were called to a convenience store located near the 6300 block of Bowness Road. At this time, police believe the 38-year old male victim […]

CPS look for assistance in Coral Springs sexual assault investigation

CPS look for assistance in Coral Springs sexual assault investigation

Woman hospitalized with multiple injuries following Coral Springs sexual assault Calgary Police are looking to the public for their help in the investigation into a violent sexual assault in northeast Calgary that sent a woman to hospital early on Monday morning. At around 8 a.m., CPS officers responded to a convenience store in Coral Springs after employees […]

New Calgary school and playground zone hours in effect Sept. 1

New Calgary school and playground zone hours in effect Sept. 1

Calgary school and playground zone hours now consistent In an effort to provide clarity for drivers and increase pedestrians’ safety, on September 1, new set Calgary school and playground zone hours will be in effect. While traveling through school zones, drivers are to slow to 30 Km/hr from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on school days. […]

Provincial

Armed Medicine Hat man commits suicide in front of  police

Armed Medicine Hat man commits suicide in front of police

Armed Medicine Hat man takes own life in rural area east of Medicine Hat A number of emergency services were called in to assist Medicine Hat police early on Monday morning following a complaint of a distressed man was in possession of a weapon. Just after 3 a.m., Medicine Hat Police Service patrol division officers responded to a […]

Lynden Dorval: Edmonton teacher wins appeal of ‘no zeros’ firing

Lynden Dorval: Edmonton teacher wins appeal of ‘no zeros’ firing

Lynden Dorval says he was surprised to win the appeal An Alberta appeal board says the Edmonton Public School Board was unfair in suspending and firing teacher Lynden Dorval, who gave out zeros to his students. Lynden Dorval was suspended in May 2012 and fired four months later for awarding zeros to students who did […]

Highway 1 closed east of Strathmore due to collision, gas line rupture

Highway 1 closed east of Strathmore due to collision, gas line rupture

Eastbound Highway 1 open, westbound Highway 1 to be closed for several hours UPDATE:  Westbound Highway 1 has been reopened.  The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision was uninjured in the crash and charges of dangerous driving and failing to provide a breath sample are pending. Long weekend travellers heading west on Highway 1 […]

Business

Tim Hortons an icon of Canadian ‘culture’?

Tim Hortons an icon of Canadian ‘culture’?

Tim Hortons assures Canadians nothing will change with new American and Brazilian ownership Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain’s coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans. So news this week that Burger King will buy Tim Hortons […]

Tim Hortons says merger with Burger King all about growth

Tim Hortons says merger with Burger King all about growth

Tim Hortons downplays importance of Canadian tax advantages for Burger King Burger King and Tim Hortons are teaming up in a US$11-billion deal that will allow the fast food companies to grow in the U.S. and internationally, but promises no changes to Canadians’ morning coffee. “One of the key value drivers of this transaction is […]

Tim Hortons, Burger King eyeing ‘tax inversion’ merger

Tim Hortons, Burger King eyeing ‘tax inversion’ merger

Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons says it wants to expand internationally Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons in hopes of creating a new, publicly traded company with its headquarters in Canada. With a new base in Canada, Burger King, now based in Miami, could shave its U.S. tax bill. Tax inversions […]

Canada

Canadian medical marijuana licences mired in red tape

Canadian medical marijuana licences mired in red tape

Some Canadian medical marijuana producers want in prior to expected legalization The number of firms applying for lucrative Canadian medical marijuana licences has topped 1,000, as a so-called “greenrush” continues to overwhelm Health Canada. So far, only two new licences have been approved this summer even as the department tightens the application rules - and as […]

Manitoba Legislature a ‘Da Vinci Code’ puzzle

Manitoba Legislature a ‘Da Vinci Code’ puzzle

Manitoba Legislature designed by Freemason architect Frank Worthington Simon The Manitoba Legislature is the last place one might expect to find the bust of Medusa, recurring odes to “666” and the number 13, alongside Egyptian sphinxes etched with hieroglyphics. But a closer look at the Manitoba Legislature reveals a whole host of hidden clues left behind by an […]

Canada joining NATO training exercise to counter Russia

Canada joining NATO training exercise to counter Russia

NATO pushing Canada for larger military commitment Canada will send troops, jets and warships to participate in a massive NATO training exercise next year in a deployment that could be the first step towards deeper involvement in the alliance’s long-term strategy to counter a resurgent Russia. The units will participate in a test of the […]

Opinion

Government debt payments about to become big problem

Government debt payments about to become big problem

Government debt is out of control in Ontario Canadian government debt has risen rapidly of late and interest payments – thanks to expected rate increases – will consume an every growing portion of public sector budgets. While interest rates have remained at historic lows since the 2008-09 economic crisis and subsequent slow world economic growth, […]

BC accessibility law by 2017? Columnist Caune says maybe

BC accessibility law by 2017? Columnist Caune says maybe

Plenty of precedents for BC accessibility law in USA, Europe There should be a BC accessibility law by 2017.  Premier Christy Clark  has said with regard to passing accessibility legislation: “we aren’t starting from scratch.”  The Premier is right: BC can benefit from the lead taken by Australia, Ireland, Manitoba, New Zealand, Ontario, the United Kingdom and […]

First Nations: Missing, murdered women ‘black eye’ for Canada

First Nations: Missing, murdered women ‘black eye’ for Canada

First Nations calls for a public inquiry stymied by Canadian government What would people around the world think of Canada if they saw pictures of a 15-year-old First Nations girl and a middle-aged aboriginal man who had both been found dead in a river on the same day? Imagine if the front page story on the […]

Politics

Rob Anders under fire for seeking Tory nod in southern AB

Rob Anders under fire for seeking Tory nod in southern AB

Tory candidates say Rob Anders should not run in Bow River after losing in Calgary Signal Hill Controversial Conservative MP Rob Anders may not find the welcome mat out as he attempts to make the move from a big-city riding where he lost his nomination to a brand new rural one. Earlier this year, Rob Anders lost […]

Russian military presence in Arctic concerns Canada

Russian military presence in Arctic concerns Canada

Russian military “excursions” in Ukraine also on Prime Minister’s mind The growing Russian military presence in the Arctic is a concern and Canada should not get complacent about it, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday during the second leg of his annual northern tour. Harper, who was in the Northwest Territories town of Fort Smith […]

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 […]

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

Gillian Bennett commits suicide, leaves poignant letter

Gillian Bennett commits suicide, leaves poignant letter

Gillian Bennett calls for changes to Canada’s assisted-suicide laws The family of Gillian Bennett scattered her ashes this weekend, in a quiet ritual shared by those she loved. She was, after all, an intensely private person, her daughter said. But the 83-year-old grandmother’s heart wrenching and public goodbye before taking her own life two weeks […]

Ice Bucket Challenge changing rules of philanthropy game

Ice Bucket Challenge changing rules of philanthropy game

Charities wondering how to duplicate success of Ice Bucket Challenge Thanks a lot, ALS Association. Because of you and your Ice Bucket Challenge, millions of organizations around the world are re-thinking their approach to fundraising. The tried and true methods – like appeal letters, gala events, and silent auctions – have lost their lustre in the […]

How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy

How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy

National drug plan could mean savings of $11.4 billion per year According to the recently released study, A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) there are two main reasons why prescription drug costs are so expensive in Canada. First, we have a fragmented system […]

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

How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy

How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy

National drug plan could mean savings of $11.4 billion per year According to the recently released study, A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) there are two main reasons why prescription drug costs are so expensive in Canada. First, we have a fragmented system […]

Canadian prescription drug crisis: opioid use per capita second to US

Canadian prescription drug crisis: opioid use per capita second to US

Canadian prescription drug crisis fed by lack of alternatives for dealing with pain Prescription opioids are powerful drugs frequently used to manage pain. However these drugs can lead to physical and psychological dependence and addiction, especially when used over a long term to address chronic pain. Beginning in the late 1990s, the number of opioid prescriptions increased very significantly in Canada, and this […]

Fruit and vegetables: How many servings per day?

Fruit and vegetables: How many servings per day?

No measurable mortality benefits after 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day Many organizations cook up recommendations for the number of fruit and vegetables servings you should eat every day. Well known examples include Canada’s Food Guide which says you need roughly seven to 10 servings, the American Heart Association which recommends eight to […]

Comics

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

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

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 […]