March 25th, 2017

Provincial News

Alberta students call on province to spend any marijuana taxes on mental health

By The Canadian Press on March 23rd, 2017

EDMONTON – A group of University of Alberta students want the province to roll any tax revenue raised from the legal sale of marijuana into mental health and addiction programs. Student Advocates for Public Health say these programs are badly underfunded at a time when substance abuse is costing Alberta’s health-care system about $1 billion ... Read More »

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Alberta government earmarks money for protecting province’s watersheds

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – The NDP government is working towards protecting Alberta’s watersheds with a series of multi-year grants totalling $12 million. Officials say the announcement coincides with World Water Day, a date devoted to tackling the world’s water crisis. The plan will see $3.2 million for each of the 11 watershed councils to address health and ... Read More »

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Man sentenced for manslaughter of girlfriend in Calgary roominghouse

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

CALGARY – A man who beat his girlfriend to death in what Calgary police called a case of domestic abuse has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Leo Pantherbone pleaded guilty last year to the manslaughter of Janel Squirrel. Squirrel’s body was found in a house in the city’s northeast in November 2015. Four ... Read More »

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Larry Highbaugh, who helped the Exkimos win six Grey Cups, dies at 67

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – Larry Highbaugh, the speedy defensive back-kick returner who helped the Edmonton Eskimos win six Grey Cups, has died. He was 67. The Eskimos confirmed Highbaugh’s death in a release Wednesday. The cause was not provided. “We will forever be proud he donned the Green and Gold and extend our deepest condolences to his ... Read More »

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Alberta health information supervisor fined for unauthorized access to records

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – A former Alberta health information supervisor has been fined $5,000 for unauthorized access to patient records. Amanda Trip pleaded guilty to 13 charges under the Health Information Act. The privacy commissioner’s office says that Alberta Health Services was notified in June 2013 that Trip had visited with her boyfriend in the records room ... Read More »

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Alberta drug dealer gets lighter sentence due to RCMP strip search

By John Cotter, The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – A small-time drug trafficker has been handed a lighter sentence after the judge ruled the man was forced to undergo a humiliating and degrading strip search by RCMP. Dylan Brown, 26, pleaded guilty in December to selling cocaine and meth worth about $120 to an undercover Mountie in Sherwood Park near Edmonton. The ... Read More »

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Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal charged in Alberta after bulldozer partially buried

By The Canadian Press on March 22nd, 2017

CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid three charges against Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Company and subsidiary Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC after a bulldozer was partially buried two years ago. AER spokesman Ryan Bartlett says about 3,300 cubic metres of material slid from a high wall at the Coal Valley Mine south of Edson, ... Read More »

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Parking lot fight in Edmonton lands pair in jail facing weapons charges

By The Canadian Press on March 21st, 2017

EDMONTON – An angry altercation in an Edmonton parking lot over a thrown slush drink has landed a man and a woman in jail facing serious charges. Officers were called to a shopping complex after the driver of a Ford truck threw a coloured frozen drink at a white Chevrolet Suburban, whose driver emerged from ... Read More »

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Edmonton playwright David Belke charged with child pornography

By The Canadian Press on March 21st, 2017

EDMONTON – Police say they’ve charged an Edmonton playwright and substitute teacher with possession of child pornography. An investigation by ALERT Internet Child Exploitation and Edmonton police began in late February after receiving information from the public. A computer was seized and police say child sexual exploitation photos and videos were found on it. Police ... Read More »

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Wall considering PST hike, but Notley says she wouldn’t go there without mandate

By The Canadian Press on March 21st, 2017

STONY PLAIN, Alta. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wouldn’t bring in a provincial sales tax without seeking a mandate from voters. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said this week his government is considering an increase to consumption taxes as it wrestles with a budget deficit brought on in part by low resource prices. In ... Read More »

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Talbot turns in 2nd straight shutout, Oilers blank Kings 2-0

By The Associated Press on March 21st, 2017

EDMONTON – If goalie Cam Talbot is getting worn out after making his NHL-leading 65th start of the season Monday night, it’s certainly not showing. Talbot stopped 35 shots for his second consecutive shutout and seventh this season as the Edmonton Oilers ended an eight-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. ... Read More »

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