February 20th, 2018

Provincial News

Doctors should think twice before prescribing medical marijuana: guideline

By The Canadian Press on February 15th, 2018

EDMONTON – A new medical guideline suggests family doctors should think twice before prescribing medical marijuana to their patients. The Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care says there is limited evidence to support the reported benefits of medical marijuana for many conditions. It adds that any benefit could be balanced or even ... Read More »

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Calgarian pleads guilty to aggravated sex assault, didn’t tell women he had HIV

By The Canadian Press on February 14th, 2018

CALGARY – A Calgary man has pleaded guilty to six counts of aggravated sexual assault for not telling six women he was HIV positive. Court heard John McNamara met the women on dating websites and had unprotected sex with them between 2012 and 2013. According to the agreed statement of facts, McNamara denied having a ... Read More »

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Edmonton police officer charged with obstructing justice, suspended without pay

By The Canadian Press on February 14th, 2018

EDMONTON – An Edmonton police officer is facing several criminal charges, including obstruction of justice. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says Sgt. Kevin Fald misrepresented the status of a police investigation in family court in 2016. It alleges the officer was not part of the investigation and his misrepresentation led the court to grant ... Read More »

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WHL Roundup: Sawchuk, Aucoin leads Americans in 6-3 win over Hurricanes

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Riley Sawchuk and Parker AuCoin each scored twice as the Tri-City Americans doubled up the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-3 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League action. Jusso Valimaki had a goal and two assists and Michael Rasmussen also scored for Tri-City (28-19-8). Brad Morrison, Taylor Ross and Logan Barlage supplied the offence for ... Read More »

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Son of Alberta MP to seek UCP nomination in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

RED DEER, Alta. – The son of a central Alberta member of Parliament is entering the race for the United Conservative Party nomination in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake constituency. Devin Dreeshen says he hopes to run for the party when a byelection is called to replace Don MacIntyre, who resigned earlier this month after he was ... Read More »

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Alberta eyes pay grid, ceiling to rein in rising pay for school superintendents

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta’s education minister says salaries for school superintendents are out of line with the rest of the province and need to be reined in. David Eggen says he’s looking at a number of options, including a pay cap and a salary grid. Eggen won’t give a timeline for the changes but says he ... Read More »

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Firefighter injured, mobile homes destroyed, in Alberta trailer park fire

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

PENHOLD, Alta. – A fire in a central Alberta trailer park has destroyed two mobile homes and left a firefighter in hospital. The blaze in Penhold broke out around 4:00 p.m. Monday and drew members of the local volunteer fire department as well as crews from Innisfail. There are no reports of any residents being ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan hunters donate more heads for chronic wasting disease testing

By The Canadian Press on February 12th, 2018

PRINCE ALBERT, Alta. – Saskatchewan hunters are submitting more heads to be tested for chronic wasting disease, but a wildlife ecologist says more are needed to get a clearer picture of the spread of the disease. Todd Whiklo, who discussed the issue at the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation annual convention in Prince Albert, says around 700 ... Read More »

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Receiver Anthony Parker extends contract with Calgary Stampeders

By The Canadian Press on February 12th, 2018

CALGARY – Anthony Parker signed a contract extension with the Calgary Stampeders on Monday. The receiver was eligible to become a free agent on Tuesday. Parker was the team’s first-round selection in 2011, and has played 108 career regular-season games since then. In 2017, Parker had 36 catches for 482 yards and three touchdowns. “Anthony ... Read More »

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Slick roads lead to multiple crashes, including a 50-car pileup, on Calgary roads

By The Canadian Press, The Canadian Press on February 9th, 2018

CALGARY – Roads in and around Calgary are slick, leading to more than 100 crashes – including a 50-car pileup – since a snowstorm went through Thursday. Emergency crews responded around 9 a.m. Friday to a multi-vehicle crash on Stoney Trail between Chaparral Boulevard and Cranston Boulevard in the southern edge of the city. It ... Read More »

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Arrested man injured: Calgary police officer found guilty of assault

By The Canadian Press on February 9th, 2018

CALGARY – A judge has ruled that a Calgary police officer used excessive force against a suspect who was seriously injured during an arrest. Const. James Othen has been convicted of assault causing bodily harm and of assault with a weapon for his role in a traffic stop. Two other officers were found not guilty ... Read More »

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