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  • More dead Alberta rats surface in Medicine Hat landfill

    More dead Alberta rats surface in Medicine Hat landfill

    Alberta rats continue to plague Medicine Hat in a province that prides itself on rat control Another 78 dead Alberta rats have been pulled from a Medicine Hat landfill that has been plagued by the pests. The city is working to get rid of the rodents and is providing a weekly update. Last week, 63 […]

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    | April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Matthew de Grood appears in court UPDATED

    Matthew de Grood appears in court UPDATED

    Matthew de Grood facing five counts of first degree murder Matthew de Grood, the man accused of carrying out Calgary’s largest mass murder appeared in court Tuesday, where a judge ordered de Grood to undergo a 30-day assessment to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial. Matthew de Grood, 22, was charged after […]

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    | April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian vaccination app available for smartphones

    Canadian vaccination app available for smartphones

    Canadian vaccination app a free download from iTunes, Google Play and Blackberry World Are you immunized? Are you children immunizations up to date? Now there’s a Canadian vaccination app to allow families to keep track. If you are like most people, you have absolutely no clue when you last had a tetanus shot or when your […]

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    | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canada losing race to be economic player in Asia

    Canada losing race to be economic player in Asia

    Canadian government needs a long-term focus on Asia, something that has been lacking Global economic power is shifting as Asia – especially China – becomes a powerhouse and Canada is losing ground in the region, according to a  report published last week by The School of Public Policy. Economist Wendy Dobson examines the deepening relationship between […]

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    | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Referendums could rein in profligate governments

    Referendums could rein in profligate governments

     Swiss referendums a model for Canada? By Mark Milke   Canadians who ponder how to better balance tax-and-spend issues should consider a nation that no one considers anything but civilized. In Switzerland, citizens have possessed robust referendums rights for 150 years and initiate referendums on taxes, the army, the European Union, immigration, and constitutional change. […]

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    | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Suncor oil sands fatality Sunday morning

    Suncor oil sands fatality Sunday morning

    Suncor oil sands worker’s family has been notified A worker has died at the Suncor oil sands site in northern Alberta. The company says in a news release that the man was severely injured while working Sunday morning.  Suncor (TSX:SU) says its emergency service personnel responded at around 11:30 a.m. He was immediately taken to Northern […]

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    | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Solar hot water still makes sense for some homes

    Solar hot water still makes sense for some homes

    Low natural gas prices make solar hot water expensive now, but not in future By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney, Green Energy Futures Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, a Swiss naturalist accidentally built a prototype of the first domestic solar hot water system back in 1796 while testing out a scientific hypothesis. Not only did he end up […]

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    | April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Fair Elections Act – Criticisms not valid, says Barry Cooper

    Fair Elections Act – Criticisms not valid, says Barry Cooper

    University of Calgary professors says Fair Elections Act address valid concerns By Barry Cooper   Three major criticisms have been directed against Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act. None is valid. First, critics object to eliminating vouching, whereby a citizen with valid ID assures a polling official that somebody else lacking valid ID is eligible […]

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    | April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Calgary motorcycle rider dies during test drive at high speed

    Calgary motorcycle rider dies during test drive at high speed

    Police say alcohol and drugs were not involved in death of Calgary motorcycle rider A 24-year old Calgary motorcycle rider is dead after crashing at high speed during a test drive Saturday evening in northwest Calgary. Calgary police say the fatal motorcycle collision occurred in front of 194 Panamount Heights N.W. The man was test-riding a 2013 Suzuki SV […]

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    | April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Matthew de Grood victims’ families release statement

    Matthew de Grood victims’ families release statement

    Matthew de Grood, son of Calgary police officer, accused of five stabbing deaths The families of the victims of accused mass murderer Matthew de Grood came together Saturday to express their “tremendous grief and tragedy” and to ask for privacy to heal. Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and […]

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    | April 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Local

U of C student injured when struck by car in northwest Calgary

U of C student injured when struck by car in northwest Calgary

U of C student injured while skateboarding across 32 Ave at crosswalk A U of C student injured while skateboarding across 32 Ave NW on Wednesday morning is clinging to life in hospital after being struck by a car as he skateboarded across the roadway at a marked crosswalk. The collision occurred at about 11 a.m. […]

Lawrence Hong remembered for his flair for fashion, passion for studies

Lawrence Hong remembered for his flair for fashion, passion for studies

Funeral for Calgary stabbing victim, Lawrence Hong, on Wednesday Even in death, stabbing victim Lawrence Hong’s keen sense of fashion shone through. Many people attending the University of Calgary student’s funeral Wednesday emulated his style by wearing bow ties and colourful socks. Hong, 27, was killed last week along with four other young people at a house […]

Death of man in Glenmore Park deemed not suspicious

Death of man in Glenmore Park deemed not suspicious

Homicide detectives called to Glenmore Park, man arrested A man who was taken in to police custody following the death of a man in his 40′s on Tuesday evening has been released after the victim’s death was determined to be not suspicious in nature. Just after 7 p.m., on Tuesday, a jogger called 9-1-1 to […]

Provincial

More dead Alberta rats surface in Medicine Hat landfill

More dead Alberta rats surface in Medicine Hat landfill

Alberta rats continue to plague Medicine Hat in a province that prides itself on rat control Another 78 dead Alberta rats have been pulled from a Medicine Hat landfill that has been plagued by the pests. The city is working to get rid of the rodents and is providing a weekly update. Last week, 63 […]

PC government meddling in freedom of information requests: Wildrose

PC government meddling in freedom of information requests: Wildrose

Former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk ‘possibly suppressed’ freedom of information requests, says Danielle Smith Alberta Jobs Minister and former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk interfered in freedom of information requests and possibly suppressed the release of information because it was potentially damaging to the PC Party, say the Wildrose Party. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says her […]

Baytex Energy oilsands plant should be shut down over harmful odours: lawyer

Baytex Energy oilsands plant should be shut down over harmful odours: lawyer

Lawyer says Baytex Energy decision to stay open puts profits ahead of families A lawyer representing residents near an Alberta oilsands plant has asked a court to shut down the plant after harmful odours forced people from their homes. Keith Wilson, who represents people made ill by powerful smells emitting from Baytex Energy’s operations near […]

Business

Canada losing race to be economic player in Asia

Canada losing race to be economic player in Asia

Canadian government needs a long-term focus on Asia, something that has been lacking Global economic power is shifting as Asia – especially China – becomes a powerhouse and Canada is losing ground in the region, according to a  report published last week by The School of Public Policy. Economist Wendy Dobson examines the deepening relationship between […]

Canada inflation rate highest in two years, prices continue to rise

Canada inflation rate highest in two years, prices continue to rise

Canada inflation rate expected to continue to rise with oil prices A big jump in energy costs and cigarette prices helped push up Canada’s inflation rate to 1.5 per cent last month, matching the highest level in the annualized consumer price index in almost two years. The increase, while significant, was mostly in line with […]

Here’s what to do about the Heartbleed bug

Here’s what to do about the Heartbleed bug

Southern Alberta Better Business Bureau offers tips for businesses and consumers Unless you’ve been vacationing on a tropical island for the past few days, you’ve likely heard of the “Heartbleed” bug, a computer security vulnerability that can reveal the contents of a server’s memory and expose private data such as user names, passwords and even […]

Canada

Feds vow to phase out unsafe rail tank cars – industry skeptical

Feds vow to phase out unsafe rail tank cars – industry skeptical

Critics concerned phasing out unsafe rail tank cars unrealistic, Tories politicking The federal government announced an aggressive, some say unrealistic, plan Wednesday to phase out within three years tens of thousands of older tank cars used to transport oil and ethanol by rail. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said about 5,000 of the most dangerous tank cars will be pulled […]

Pork producers looking for federal help with deadly pig virus

Pork producers looking for federal help with deadly pig virus

Alberta expected to make announcement about pig virus safeguards Thursday A pig virus detected in four provinces that has already killed millions of baby pigs in the United States has Canadian hog producers looking for more help from Ottawa to deal with the problem. Ideas include federal funding for special washing facilities at key points […]

Canada to phase out old rail oil tankers within three years

Canada to phase out old rail oil tankers within three years

Decision by government in response to rail oil tankers explosion that killed 47 in Lac-Megantic Canada’s transportation minister announced Wednesday a three-year phase out or retrofit of the type of rail oil tankers involved in last summer’s massive explosion of an oil train that killed 47 people. Last July, a runaway oil train derailed in […]

Opinion

Referendums could rein in profligate governments

Referendums could rein in profligate governments

 Swiss referendums a model for Canada? By Mark Milke   Canadians who ponder how to better balance tax-and-spend issues should consider a nation that no one considers anything but civilized. In Switzerland, citizens have possessed robust referendums rights for 150 years and initiate referendums on taxes, the army, the European Union, immigration, and constitutional change. […]

Fair Elections Act – Criticisms not valid, says Barry Cooper

Fair Elections Act – Criticisms not valid, says Barry Cooper

University of Calgary professors says Fair Elections Act address valid concerns By Barry Cooper   Three major criticisms have been directed against Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act. None is valid. First, critics object to eliminating vouching, whereby a citizen with valid ID assures a polling official that somebody else lacking valid ID is eligible […]

Are Canadian taxes unjust?

Are Canadian taxes unjust?

Calling Canadian taxes theft is either gross ignorance or dangerous rhetoric By Michael Flood It’s the giving season again. No, not Christmas, though it seems to sneak up on us just as fast. April 30 is coming round again and with it the need to pay our taxes. We all grumble and groan about it […]

Politics

Senate expense scandal: Group wants to know why Nigel Wright not charged

Senate expense scandal: Group wants to know why Nigel Wright not charged

Democracy Watch says it could launch private prosecution, vows to pursue Senate expense scandal until all the facts are public Democracy Watch, a citizen’s advocacy group, is calling on RCMP officials and federal prosecutors to explain why they have chosen not to charge Nigel Wright for paying Senator Mike Duffy $90,000. Democracy Watch says a […]

Keystone XL: PMO scolds Jimmy Carter over pipeline position

Keystone XL: PMO scolds Jimmy Carter over pipeline position

Benefits to having secure oil partner like Canada with Keystone XL, Harper’s office reminds Carter The Prime Minister’s Office reacted swiftly Wednesday to a letter signed by Nobel laureates, including Jimmy Carter, urging President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Carter is the first former president to come out against Keystone, sparking Stephen […]

Alison Redford criticized by PC party brass

Alison Redford criticized by PC party brass

PC Party in turmoil over Alison Redford controversies Alberta Premier Alison Redford is facing more criticism from within her party ahead of a weekend meeting of Tory executives. The president of a Progressive Conservative riding association in northeast Edmonton said Friday that Alison Redford has to resign or the party will lose the next election. Steve Robson, who heads […]

Arts

Stephen Colbert CBS late-night host after David Letterman retires

Stephen Colbert CBS late-night host after David Letterman retires

Stephen Colbert takes over for 67-year old Letterman in 2015 Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS’ late night host. CBS announced Thursday that “The Colbert Report” host will replace Letterman when he retires next year. Colbert is signed for five years. Letterman has hosted “Late Show With David Letterman” since 1993. He turns 67 Saturday. “I never dreamed that […]

Elton John – 40th anniversary of ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

Elton John – 40th anniversary of ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

Elton John at the top of his game and sounding better than ever One of the reasons “classic rock” doesn’t die is because the music industry keeps reviving it – like the Elton John masterpiece Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Happily, the four-CD, one-DVD set to commemorate the album’s 40th anniversary is more than mere record label recycling. Included […]

New ‘Fargo’ series will feel familiar to fans of Coen brothers’ film

New ‘Fargo’ series will feel familiar to fans of Coen brothers’ film

Fargo shot in and around Calgary The presence of a wood chipper cannot be confirmed or denied. But cast members of the new “Fargo” television series say there’s much that will feel familiar to fans of the 1996 Coen brothers’ film that inspired it. “It’s definitely the same tone and the same vibe as the […]

Living

Canadian vaccination app available for smartphones

Canadian vaccination app available for smartphones

Canadian vaccination app a free download from iTunes, Google Play and Blackberry World Are you immunized? Are you children immunizations up to date? Now there’s a Canadian vaccination app to allow families to keep track. If you are like most people, you have absolutely no clue when you last had a tetanus shot or when your […]

Sex, Lies and P.I.’s – A Calgary Private Investigators advice column

Sex, Lies and P.I.’s – A Calgary Private Investigators advice column

Veteran Calgary private investigators offer advice in Beacon News column By Ali Wirsche and Marnie Milot “Are you those two ladies?” We have been asked that hundreds of times during our years owning our private investigation business and even in the last few years, as retired Private Eyes.  We must have made an impression. It […]

Comic book nice guy, Archie Andrews killed off in July edition

Comic book nice guy, Archie Andrews killed off in July edition

Archie Andrews dies while saving a friend in “Life with Archie” comic Not even Archie Andrews is immortal in the world of comics. Archie Comics announced Tuesday that the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July instalment of “Life with Archie,” a comic book series that […]

First Nations

First Nations Bank: $300 million in assets and growing

First Nations Bank: $300 million in assets and growing

First Nations Bank far more successful than federal program it replaced By Don Marks    There has always been this big bulge in Manitoba’s population graphs that reflects so-called baby boomers. During the 1960s most of the people in Canada were under 25, and now they are approaching old age and carrying their bulging numbers with […]

Aboriginal women’s councils created by province to meet goals

Aboriginal women’s councils created by province to meet goals

Aboriginal women’s councils expected to be “strong” voice for aboriginal concerns The creation of two new aboriginal women’s councils is being heralded by Premier Alison Redford as a way to help the economic and social aspirations of aboriginal women in Alberta. “We want aboriginal women to achieve their goals and seize opportunities in Alberta’s growing […]

First Nations – Canada’s epic failure rooted in history

First Nations – Canada’s epic failure rooted in history

Canadian First Nations isolated by governments, society By Mark Taliano   Canada’s relationship with First Nations peoples is a rapidly accelerating failure, borne of its contempt for international and national law, and an overarching moral weakness, outgrowths of its atrophied sense of self. Selective historical amnesia (and the rewriting of history) urges us to forget […]

Health

Canadian vaccination app available for smartphones

Canadian vaccination app available for smartphones

Canadian vaccination app a free download from iTunes, Google Play and Blackberry World Are you immunized? Are you children immunizations up to date? Now there’s a Canadian vaccination app to allow families to keep track. If you are like most people, you have absolutely no clue when you last had a tetanus shot or when your […]

Kids should be vaccinated against measles says Alberta health minister

Kids should be vaccinated against measles says Alberta health minister

In Wabasca health region, measles vaccination rates were as low as 42 per cent in 2012 Alberta’s health minister says parents should have their children vaccinated against measles to protect them and other youngsters from the contagious illness. Fred Horne says it’s important for the government to raise awareness, but it is also an issue […]

Alberta hip and knee replacement wait times down

Alberta hip and knee replacement wait times down

Hip and knee replacement program exceeds AHS goals Thanks to a new Alberta Health Services program, Albertans are waiting less time for hip and knee replacement, and going home sooner after their procedures. Kelly Anhelher is among the thousands of Albertans who have benefited from the Hip and Knee Replacement Program. He says his quality of life […]

Comics

Sam’s World for Tuesday, April 22

Sam’s World for Tuesday, April 22

    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.

Sam’s World for Tuesday, April 15

Sam’s World for Tuesday, April 15

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.  

Sam’s World for Monday, April 7

Sam’s World for Monday, April 7

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.    

Events

Calgary Pro Musica family concert this Sunday

Calgary Pro Musica family concert this Sunday

Calgary Pro Musica presents Montreal’s Sixtrum Percussion Ensemble Juice, cookies and Montreal’s Sixtrum Percussion Ensemble will all be a part of Calgary Pro Musica’s annual Family Concert on Sunday April 27. Calgary Pro Musica is a non-profit organization that celebrates chamber music in the city for the past 35 years. The group also contributes to the community through […]

Harmony through Harmony concerts raise funds for social justice issues

Harmony through Harmony concerts raise funds for social justice issues

Harmony through Harmony concerts Saturday and Monday Calgary’s Harmony through Harmony is a group of dedicated vocalists who use music to help raise awareness about social justice issues.  This weekend, the group will host its fifth awareness concert, Kairos:  A Journey Deeper. Since the group began its mission in 2009, Harmony through Harmony, or HtH, has […]

Celebrate Easter at Earl’s Good Friday and Easter Monday brunch

Celebrate Easter at Earl’s Good Friday and Easter Monday brunch

Earl’s holiday brunch has something for every bunny This Good Friday and Easter Monday, Earl’s will create a delicious holiday brunch for you and your family.  And they’ll do the dishes. At all locations of Earl’s Kitchen + Bar, everyone is invited to attend a delectable weekend brunch that will feature irresistible fresh, made-from-scratch cuisine. […]