May 21st, 2018

Provincial News

More fines, tickets await land abusers on Alberta public lands this summer

By The Canadian Press on May 14th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta provincial officers with the power to hand out more fines at heftier costs will be out again this summer on public lands and protected areas. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says tickets will be used instead of summons to cut red tape and keep officers in the field for longer periods of time. ... Read More »

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Alberta cabinet minister Lori Sigurdson on leave during treatment for leukemia

By The Canadian Press on May 14th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta cabinet minister Lori Sigurdson is going on medical leave after being diagnosed with a type of leukemia. Sigurdson, in a social media posting, says she was diagnosed last week after experiencing unexplained symptoms. The Edmonton-Riverview legislature member says she will begin a variety of treatments but not undergo chemotherapy, and has the ... Read More »

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Oilers sign goaltender Stuart Skinner to a three-year entry-level contract

By The Canadian Press on May 14th, 2018

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Stuart Skinner to a three-year entry-level contract. The six-foot-four, 200-pound Edmonton native played a key role in helping the Swift Current Broncos win the Western Hockey League championship and earn a berth at the upcoming Memorial Cup. In 26 WHL playoff appearances, Skinner registered a 16-8-2 record, ... Read More »

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Former Alberta politician waives right to preliminary inquiry on sex charges

By The Canadian Press on May 11th, 2018

RED DEER, Alta. – A former United Conservative Party member of the Alberta legislature who faces sex charges has waived his right to a preliminary inquiry. Don MacIntyre resigned as the member for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake on Feb. 2 after he was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor. On Friday, MacIntyre, who ... Read More »

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Fore! Golfers hit the links west of Calgary at course under grizzly bear warning

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2018

KANANASKIS, Alta. – If you go down to a golf course in southwestern Alberta today, you could be in for a big surprise! The Kananaskis Country Golf Course is welcoming golfers back for the first time in almost five years, but they will be hitting the links under a grizzly bear warning. The club’s Mt. ... Read More »

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Couple sue Calgary Police Service over investigation into daughter’s death

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2018

CALGARY – A couple are suing the Calgary Police Service over its investigation into the death of their four-year-old daughter. Avayah Toulon died after being struck by a pickup on May 6, 2016, at an intersection. In the statement of claim, Craig and Samantha Toulon say police released incorrect information about the collision, including that ... Read More »

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Frank King, an architect of 1988 Calgary Games, dies at 81

By The Associated Press on May 10th, 2018

CALGARY – Frank King, an architect of the 1988 Winter Olympics that helped change the face of Calgary, has died at 81. He died Wednesday of a heart attack while training at a downtown club, said Bob Niven, the chief executive officer of Calgary’s bid committee. King was an avid runner who competed in the ... Read More »

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Oilsands development changes entire forest community: study

By The Canadian Press on May 9th, 2018

EDMONTON – New research suggests that even underground oilsands mines have profound effects on the forest community above them. The paper, partly funded by an Alberta government agency, looked at the effects of forestry and in situ oilsands mines on 10 different mammals from moose to wolves to squirrels. It found some species were winners ... Read More »

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Calgary police charge Kelowna, B.C., woman in $1.2 million fraud case

By The Canadian Press on May 8th, 2018

Calgary police have arrested a woman who is accused of bilking four companies out of $1.2 million. Police say they believe a suspect wrote 185 cheques to herself from the companies, where she had worked for nearly six years. Investigators also allege the suspect made unauthorized purchases and cash withdrawals from corporate credit cards in ... Read More »

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‘Not an empty threat:’ Alberta defence lawyers warn of strike in legal aid fight

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on May 8th, 2018

CALGARY – The president of a defence lawyers group says strike action is possible if the Alberta government doesn’t come to the table with serious cash to fix legal aid. “It’s not an empty threat,” Ian Savage, president of the Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers Association, said at a news conference Tuesday. Savage said Legal Aid ... Read More »

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Calgary constable gets jail sentence for assaulting suspect during arrest

By The Canadian Press on May 7th, 2018

CALGARY – A Calgary police officer who used excessive force against a suspect during an arrest has been handed a 90-day sentence. Const. James Othen was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon back in February for his role in a traffic stop where Clayton Prince was injured trying to ... Read More »

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