January 18th, 2017

Provincial News

Employment agencies in Alberta says job-seekers should keep trying

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

CALGARY – A new Statistics Canada report shows the number of Albertans on employment insurance is soaring, but employment agencies say it is possible to find a job. The number of people in the province collecting EI went up 3.4 per cent in November over the previous month. Calgary is hardest hit with a jump ... Read More »

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Alberta names members to panel that will look into government’s child welfare

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has finalized who will sit on a panel that is to study how to better keep children in government care safe. The 13-member panel includes representatives from all parties in the legislature and experts on child intervention and indigenous issues. It is to recommend ways to improve reviews into child-welfare ... Read More »

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Judge awards former journalist Arthur Kent $250,000 in legal costs

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

CALGARY – An Alberta judge has awarded former TV journalist Arthur Kent $250,000 in legal costs in his successful defamation lawsuit against Canada’s largest newspaper chain – falling $1 million short of Kent’s request. The long and bitter litigation began in 2008 after a negative newspaper article was written about the one-time TV correspondent while ... Read More »

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Expelled Alberta PC organizer seeks reinstatement, says denied due process

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

EDMONTON – A campaign organizer banished from the Alberta PC party for a year for offensive posts on social media says he is filing paperwork today asking he be reinstated. Alan Hallman has already apologized for the two Tweets, and says he was denied due process when his membership was pulled on the weekend in ... Read More »

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Health groups want Alberta to raise tobacco tax, bolster anti-smoking programs

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

EDMONTON – A coalition of health groups wants the Alberta government to raise the tobacco tax in its next budget and spend some of the money on anti-smoking programs aimed at young people. Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta says an increase of $1.50 on a pack of cigarettes would raise about $200 million. Angeline Webb ... Read More »

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Alberta man sentenced to three years for luring, sexually assaulting boy

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

RED DEER, Alta. – A central Alberta man has been sentenced to three years in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage boy. Nathan Pixley, 24, of Innisfail, was arrested last August after RCMP launched an investigation into the sexual assault and luring of a 13-year-old. Police said Pixley and the boy connected via social media ... Read More »

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Alberta environment minister says green incentives program ready by March

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

EDMONTON – Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says energy efficiency programs to help Albertans save money are now in the final stages and will be launched as early as March. Phillips says the first programs will give homeowners the chance to receive LED light bulbs and low-flow shower heads at low cost or even free. They ... Read More »

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Alberta man sentenced to 9 years in prison for luring, sexually assaulting boy

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

RED DEER, Alta. – A central Alberta man has been sentenced to nine years in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage boy. Nathan Pixley, 24, of Innisfail, was arrested last August after RCMP launched an investigation into the sexual assault and luring of a 13-year-old boy. Police said Pixley and the boy connected via social ... Read More »

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Alberta man sentenced to 3 years in prison for luring, sexually assaulting boy

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

RED DEER, Alta. – A central Alberta man has been sentenced to three years in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage boy. Nathan Pixley, 24, of Innisfail, was arrested last August after RCMP launched an investigation into the sexual assault and luring of a 13-year-old boy. Police said Pixley and the boy connected via social ... Read More »

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Man dies in hospital after gunfire shatters silence of Calgary evening

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

CALGARY – Police say a man who was found in life-threatening condition at the scene of a suspected home invasion in Calgary involving gunfire has died. Officers were called to a southeast neighbourhood around 8:00 p.m. Monday after numerous calls about a disturbance and a possible break-in. Emergency medical officials say crews later found a ... Read More »

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Man critically wounded when gunfire breaks silence of Calgary evening

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

CALGARY – Witnesses are being questioned after a man was shot and two other people were injured during a suspected home invasion in Calgary. Police and emergency medical crews say they found a 30-year-old man with a wound to his abdomen when they arrived at a southeast neighbourhood around 8:00 p.m. Monday. His condition is ... Read More »

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