April 23rd, 2017

Provincial News

Alberta man denied parole for drunken crash that killed three young men

By The Canadian Press on April 21st, 2017

EDMONTON – The man sentenced to eight years in prison for killing three young men in a drunk-driving crash has been denied both full and day parole. Jonathan Pratt was convicted of manslaughter and impaired driving causing death in 2014, after he slammed into their car going almost 200 kilometres per hour near Beaumont, Alta. ... Read More »

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Toddler’s body found near Edmonton church, homicide investigating

By The Canadian Press on April 21st, 2017

EDMONTON – Homicide detectives are investigating after a toddler’s body was found near a church in northwest Edmonton. Police say the discovery was made by a passerby on Friday afternoon near 155 Avenue and Castledowns Road. Police don’t know the identity of the little boy and have released photos of his clothing, including a blue ... Read More »

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RCMP detachment evacuated when citizen shows up with dad’s old grenade

By The Canadian Press on April 21st, 2017

AIRDRIE, Alta. – The RCMP detachment in Airdrie, Alta., had to be briefly evacuated when a citizen showed up with what appeared to be a grenade. The citizen, who wasn’t sure what to do with the device, drove it in to the detachment on Friday afternoon after finding it on his family’s property. He told ... Read More »

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Where has all the parking gone? Alberta ski resort facing shortage of spaces

By The Canadian Press on April 21st, 2017

BANFF, Alta. – A popular ski resort in Alberta is asking people to make some noise about a planned parking ban on a road that leads to the slopes. Parks Canada notified Sunshine Village near Banff last fall that it was closing the road to parked vehicles next ski season. The resort is asking members ... Read More »

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Dark skies advocates worry about lighting that will come with ring road

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2017

CALGARY – Construction on a ring road south of Calgary could end up impacting two unexpected groups – wildlife and scientists. Street lights that will be part of the project could end up ruining the dark skies needed by both the Rothney Observatory and the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area. The conservation area is ... Read More »

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Girls hide in closet while burglars ransack house north of Calgary

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2017

AIRDRIE, Alta. – Two young girls are being praised for doing the right thing by hiding in a closet while burglars ransacked their house. Police are now looking for three men who broke into the home in Airdrie, Alta. The children’s parents received a call from their 14-year-old daughter, who told them that a strange ... Read More »

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Diaper duty? Home trumps hotel for some in NHL post-season

By The Associated Press on April 20th, 2017

CALGARY – Crying kids and household chores don’t stop for NHL players in the post-season. But a few players who were asked if they’d rather stay in a hotel during the home end of their playoff series – a practice some teams have done over the years – said they would prefer to be in ... Read More »

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Police in Alberta looking for suspect in robberies who is posing as an officer

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2017

CALGARY – Police are looking for a man believed to be posing as an officer in robberies in Calgary and Leduc. On March 25, it’s alleged a man and woman arranged online to meet at a business in Calgary. When the man arrived, he opened his jacket to display a vest that read “POLICE” across ... Read More »

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Alberta health minister addresses issue of mandatory immunization

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2017

EDMONTON – Health Minister Sarah Hoffman is applauding the Edmonton Catholic School board for unanimously agreeing on a motion to make vaccinations mandatory in Alberta schools. However, she does say there have to be some exceptions to the rule. Hoffman says some children physically can’t have vaccinations for a variety of medical reasons. But she ... Read More »

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Man pleads guilty to the second-degree murders of two women in Grande Prairie

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2017

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – A man in northwestern Alberta has been sent to prison for killing two women. Mark Phillips of Grande Prairie pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in Court of Queen’s Bench. He was given the mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for 15 years on each count to ... Read More »

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Alberta employers encouraged to hire locally in professions hurt by bad economy

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta companies are being encouraged to hire locally for jobs in professions hit hard by the economic downturn. Under the federal-provincial program companies cannot apply to hire temporary foreign workers for 29 occupations. The list includes engineering managers, contractors, machinists, plumbers, carpenters and oil and gas well drillers. The governments say under the ... Read More »

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