January 24th, 2017

Provincial News

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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Douglas Garland’s family scheduled to testify at his triple murder trial

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

CALGARY – Relatives of a man charged with murder in the disappearance of a Calgary couple and their five-year-old grandson are scheduled to take the stand at his trial today. Douglas Garland was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after Alvin and Kathy Liknes and Nathan O’Brien, disappeared on June 30, 2014. The Crown ... Read More »

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Edmonton man sentenced to six years for deliberately driving into gas bar

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

EDMONTON – A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for deliberately driving into an Edmonton gas station after a dispute with employees. Four people were injured when Steven Cloutier crashed his truck into a Petro-Canada gas bar in November 2015. Cloutier had originally faced four counts of attempted murder but pleaded guilty ... Read More »

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Edmonton police follow slow-moving RV for 2 hours, use helicopter, spike belts

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2017

EDMONTON – Slow and steady may have won the race for the turtle, but it doesn’t really work in police chases. Edmonton police say officers tried to pull over a swerving RV around midnight near 97 Street and 118 Avenue, but it wouldn’t stop. The motorhome kept going, and went through several red lights, at ... Read More »

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Alberta PC leader candidate Jason Kenney challenged on all sides by unity plan

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2017

EDMONTON – The gloves came off at the Alberta Progressive Conservatives leadership debate in Edmonton. Candidate Jason Kenney found himself fending off attacks from the other three candidates who say his plan to merge with the right-leaning Wildrose party is cynical and shortsighted folly. PC legislature member Richard Starke, while not accusing Kenney by name, ... Read More »

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