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Clearing the dust off Deerfoot Trail means nightly closures

Clearing the dust off Deerfoot Trail means nightly closures

Sections of Deerfoot Trail closed for four nights to allow for spring cleaning Calgary drivers can expect sections of the Deerfoot Trail to be closed for four nights to allow crews to clean the highway and complete minor bridge and pavement repairs. The annual spring cleaning of Calgary’s busiest roadway means that sand, pebbles and […]

Calgary stabbings victims remembered; psych evaluation ordered for accused

Calgary stabbings victims remembered; psych evaluation ordered for accused

One tribute to Calgary stabbings victims reads ”Heaven has five new angels” Ernie Hagel has had plenty of experience with death during his 43 years as a funeral director, but he’s struggling to deal with the loss of one of his promising young employees. Jordan Segura was one of five young people stabbed to death at […]

Woman required surgery after northeast Calgary pit bull attack

Woman required surgery after northeast Calgary pit bull attack

Dog to be euthanized following Calgary pit bull attack A Calgary dog owner is facing severe penalties after a pit bull attacked a woman on Tuesday in Falconridge.  The woman’s injuries were severe enough to require emergency surgery to repair the multiple puncture wounds she suffered in the attack. The victim was walking on a […]

Provincial

Calgary stabbing victims identified, outside prosecutor brought in

Calgary stabbing victims identified, outside prosecutor brought in

Calgary stabbing victims identified, de Grood faces five counts of first degree murder A Crown prosecutor from Edmonton will be brought in to handle the court case involving the city’s worst mass murder, the province said Wednesday. The accused, Matthew de Grood, 22, is the son of a senior city police officer. An Alberta Justice […]

Alberta man charged after picking up 17 Kgs of khat in Richmond, BC

Alberta man charged after picking up 17 Kgs of khat in Richmond, BC

Khat prohibited under Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Liban Moalin, a 46-year old Alberta man, has been charged after getting caught allegedly carrying 17 Kgs of khat that police report he picked up from a shipping company located in Richmond, BC. On April 10, RCMP officers assigned to the YVR Airport Crime Unit arrested Moalin […]

Wildrose says almost all AHS contracts sole-sourced, not tendered

Wildrose says almost all AHS contracts sole-sourced, not tendered

AHS contracts valued at almost $1 billion New documents released by the Wildrose party show that Alberta Health Services ran roughshod over its own policy to hand out almost a billion dollars in sole-sourced con The money bought medical products and expertise, food services and snow clearing, but also went toward yoga classes, aquarium maintenance, […]

Business

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 […]

Heartbleed flaw exposes passwords, sensitive data to potential theft

Heartbleed flaw exposes passwords, sensitive data to potential theft

Finnish security team discovered Heartbleed virus A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. The breakdown revealed this week affects […]

Air Canada Wi-Fi installation begins on North American fleet in May

Air Canada Wi-Fi installation begins on North American fleet in May

Air Canada Wi-Fi outfitted on 29 aircraft this year Air Canada announced on Wednesday that it will become the first Canadian airline to offer its customers Wi-Fi connectivity on its aircraft across North America. The company will begin installing the system later this spring and expects 29 aircraft to be outfitted with Wi-Fi service by […]

Canada

Ontario Health Minister calls Calgary measles outbreak a “wake up call” to parents

Ontario Health Minister calls Calgary measles outbreak a “wake up call” to parents

A number of recent Calgary measles cases highlights need for vaccinations A recent outbreak of measles in Calgary has been a “wake up call” for many parents who didn’t like the idea of vaccinating their children, said the Ontario Minister of Health, Deb Matthews on Wednesday. “They’re starting to realize now that not immunizing your kids […]

19-year old London, Ontario man charged in CRA Heartbleed breach

19-year old London, Ontario man charged in CRA Heartbleed breach

Taxpayer data stolen in Heartbleed breach at Canada Revenue Agency Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation […]

First Nations energy group proposes Northern Gateway option

First Nations energy group proposes Northern Gateway option

Proposed alternative for Northern Gateway would be backed by First Nations A First Nations energy company backed by the owners of the Vancouver Canucks is pitching an alternative to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, just days after Enbridge’s $6.5 billion project was rejected in a non-binding plebiscite by residents of Kitimat, B.C. The new alternative — […]

Opinion

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 […]

Medical tourism not the answer for cash-strapped health system

Medical tourism not the answer for cash-strapped health system

Medical tourism hardly the cash cow many make it out to be By Colleen Flood So it looks like the ‘magic bullet’ solution has been found at last to cure Canada’s healthcare woes: medical tourism. Last week, Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital defended its position to court affluent medical patients from other countries who can afford to […]

Alberta faces deluge of angst and criticism over floods

Alberta faces deluge of angst and criticism over floods

Did Alberta energy development contribute to 2013 floods? By Shaun Polczer It’s springtime in Alberta, and the air is full of angst. It’s been a long winter, with sub-zero temperatures persisting well into April. Now that the ice and snow are finally beginning to melt, thoughts are returning to last spring’s floods in Calgary and […]

Politics

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 […]

Macleod nod won by only candidate not backed by gun lobby

Macleod nod won by only candidate not backed by gun lobby

National Firearms Assoc. endorsed other three candidates for Conservative nomination in Macleod riding By Bill Graveland   John Barlow was literally the odd man out in the battle for the Conservative nomination in the federal riding of Macleod that was fuelled by a debate over gun rights and the RCMP`s seizure of firearms from evacuated […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Are steroids for you? You might be surprised…

Are steroids for you? You might be surprised…

Steroids commonly used to relieve inflammation from joints, muscles By Dr. Paul Martiquet   Say the word steroids and many people automatically think of sport cheaters and oversized hulking athletes. That is not what we’re going to talk about (and not the same thing at all). Steroids (short for corticosteroid) are used to treat pain from […]

Comics

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.    

Sam’s World for Tuesday, April 1

Sam’s World for Tuesday, April 1

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

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. […]

Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth Productions present Closer

Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth Productions present Closer

Closer, 1997 play by Patrick Marber, runs until April 5 They say love conquers all, but does it really or does it just complicate the heart? The beautiful yet twisted minds of Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth productions are bringing Closer, the award-winning 1997 play by Patrick Marber, to the Calgary stage. Some […]

Freezin’ For a Reason – polar plunge supports Special Olympics

Freezin’ For a Reason – polar plunge supports Special Olympics

Freezin’ For a Reason Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser Over 60 people are expected to brave the frigid waters of a northwest Calgary lake on Sunday in support of Special Olympics. Freezin’ For a Reason, the second annual Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge is happening at Arbour Lake Sunday afternoon between noon and […]