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  • 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 […]

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    | September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Apply Machiavelli’s lessons to contain Middle East turmoil

    Apply Machiavelli’s lessons to contain Middle East turmoil

    Only viable Middle East strategy for West is Machiavelli’s balance-of-power The 13th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attack on America took place last week. A major purpose of the attack was to draw the U.S. and, more broadly, the West into a conflict with Islam in the Middle East for which al-Qaeda claimed to speak. By engaging […]

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    | September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Russian military jets probing NORAD airspace

    Russian military jets probing NORAD airspace

    Russian military jets entered Air Defence Identification Zone 321 kms from coastline NORAD fighters, including two Canadian planes, intercepted Russian military jets off the coasts of Alaska and the Beaufort Sea Thursday. Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military jets that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday. At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, two Canadian […]

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    | September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 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

    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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Local

Anthony Berry, Chris Berry facing 92 animal abuse-related charges

Anthony Berry, Chris Berry facing 92 animal abuse-related charges

Anthony Berry, Chris Berry charged after dozens of neglected animals had to be euthanized in August Two people in Calgary face criminal charges after dozens of neglected animals seized from a home had to be euthanized. The Calgary Humane Society says 92 rabbits and hamsters had to be removed from a home in August due to lack of space, […]

Warrants issued for John Fordham – accused of stalking, threatening ex

Warrants issued for John Fordham – accused of stalking, threatening ex

John Fordham also wanted for violating release conditions Calgary Police are looking to the public for assistance in locating John Arthur Fordham, a 31-year old man who is wanted on several warrants. The warrants issued for the arrest of 31-year old John Fordham stem from a domestic-related incident where he is accused of stalking and […]

Bowness bear tranquilized, removed from city

Bowness bear tranquilized, removed from city

Bowness bear spotted near McDonald’s on Bowridge Cr Fish and Wildlife staff along with Calgary Police have been called out to two complaints about wildlife roaming in the city limits recently. On Wednesday evening, Calgary Police along with Fish and Wildlife staff responded to a McDonalds restaurant on Bowridge Cr NW, just off the Trans […]

Provincial

Abraham Lake crash: RCMP dive team pulls deceased man from submerged car

Abraham Lake crash: RCMP dive team pulls deceased man from submerged car

Abraham Lake crash under investigation Rocky Mountain House RCMP report alcohol and speed are believed to have been factors in a fatal single-vehicle collision at Abraham Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Josée Valiquette of the RCMP says police, EMS, fire and search and rescue teams from Rocky Mountain House responded to a call concerning a vehicle […]

Lucien Crane Chief charged in Lethbridge woman’s murder

Lucien Crane Chief charged in Lethbridge woman’s murder

Lucien Crane Chief facing second-degree murder charge in death of Cynthia Badarm UPDATE:  On Friday afternoon, Lethbridge Regional Police repored they arrested Lucien Crane Chief without incident. Lethbridge Regional Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Lucien Crane Chief in connection with the murder of 37-year old Cynthia Badarm of Lethbridge on Wednesday. At […]

Michener Centre residents staying in home – Prentice

Michener Centre residents staying in home – Prentice

Michener Centre not accepting new admissions since 2001 Newly minted Alberta Premier Jim Prentice continues to reverse predecessor Alison Redford’s policies, deciding Friday to keep open the Michener Centre for Albertans with mental and physical disabilities. In March of 2013, the provincial government announced Red Deer’s Michener Centre would be closing and residents would be shuffled to community homes. Then […]

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

Apply Machiavelli’s lessons to contain Middle East turmoil

Apply Machiavelli’s lessons to contain Middle East turmoil

Only viable Middle East strategy for West is Machiavelli’s balance-of-power The 13th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attack on America took place last week. A major purpose of the attack was to draw the U.S. and, more broadly, the West into a conflict with Islam in the Middle East for which al-Qaeda claimed to speak. By engaging […]

Russian military jets probing NORAD airspace

Russian military jets probing NORAD airspace

Russian military jets entered Air Defence Identification Zone 321 kms from coastline NORAD fighters, including two Canadian planes, intercepted Russian military jets off the coasts of Alaska and the Beaufort Sea Thursday. Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military jets that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday. At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, two Canadian […]

Aboriginal women, girls targets for human trafficking, says new report

Aboriginal women, girls targets for human trafficking, says new report

Trafficking of aboriginal women and girls a ‘Canadian crisis’ Aboriginal women and girls are easy prey for human traffickers because they are more likely to suffer from poverty, drug addictions and mental-health problems, says a newly disclosed report. The Public Safety Canada study sheds new light on how women and girls are forced into the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Comics

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

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

Events

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 […]