May 26th, 2020

Provincial News

Calgary bans businesses that claim to change sexual orientation or gender identity

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2020

CALGARY – City councillors in Calgary have voted to join other municipalities in the province by prohibiting businesses that claim they can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. A bylaw passed Monday bans businesses that offer conversion therapy and includes a $10,000 fine for any person found to be advertising or offering conversion ... Read More »

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Alberta’s United Conservatives among parties seeking COVID-19 wage aid

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s United Conservative Party says it is applying for the federal wage subsidy program during the COVID-19 pandemic while the Opposition NDP says it is holding off. Party spokesman Evan Menzies says it is the best option for its workers with the locked-down economy leading to reduction in fundraising opportunities. “We have lost ... Read More »

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Edmonton police investigating suspicious death after body is found in motel

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2020

Edmonton police are investigating a new suspicious death case. They say officers responding to an assault call Sunday evening discovered a body at a south-side motel. The body was found inside one of the motel suites. The homicide unit has since taken over the investigation. Police say an autopsy has yet to be scheduled. They ... Read More »

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Alberta RCMP charge four with first-degree murder in death of Athabasca woman

By The Canadian Press on May 22nd, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta RCMP have charged four people with first-degree murder in the death of a 25-year-old Athabasca woman. Nature Duperron was seen in Edmonton during the first week of April 2019 and was reported missing by her family about a week later. Hinton RCMP say her remains were found in Yellowhead County west of ... Read More »

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Alberta opens more shops in Calgary, Brooks amid COVID-19 recovery relaunch

By The Canadian Press on May 22nd, 2020

CALGARY – Restaurants, barber shops and hair salons in Calgary and Brooks now have the official go-ahead to reopen their doors on Monday. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says declining COVID-19 case trends in those two cities, which had experienced the highest levels of infections, make the reopening safe. Those shops were allowed to open last ... Read More »

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Accused killer assessed hours before girl stabbed to death in bed: police

By The Canadian Press on May 22nd, 2020

EDMONTON – Police say a mental-health crisis team visited a man now charged with second-degree murder hours before he allegedly killed a seven-year-old girl in her bed. A spokeswoman says the Edmonton Police Service was “made aware” that 34-year-old David Michael Moss was having mental issues and a Police and Crisis Team (PACT) visited him ... Read More »

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Camping, RVing a popular option as the summer of COVID-19 approaches

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press on May 22nd, 2020

EDMONTON – Sandy Grunleitner and her family love camping, hiking and being in the outdoors. She spent hours on the Alberta Parks website last week trying to rebook some camping reservations that had been cancelled after the COVID-19 pandemic hit. “It took forever,” Grunleitner of Okotoks, Alta., said in an interview. Alberta Parks reopened its ... Read More »

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Alberta continues progress on COVID cases as decision looms on Calgary, Brooks

By The Canadian Press on May 21st, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s chief medical officer says active cases of COVID-19 are continuing to hold steady or decline. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says Alberta has 926 active infections, with 59 people in hospital. Six are in intensive care. Hinshaw says four more people have died, bringing that total to 132. Premier Jason Kenney and Hinshaw are ... Read More »

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Spokane forward Adam Beckman selected WHL player of year

By The Associated Press on May 21st, 2020

CALGARY – Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Beckman was selected the Western Hockey League player of the year Thursday. Beckman, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was the lone player to crack the 100-point mark with 48 goals and 59 assists in 63 games. The 19-year-old Minnesota prospect is the first Chiefs player to win the award since Ray ... Read More »

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Alberta premier wise to delay fair deal report given Ottawa’s COVID aid: NDP

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on May 21st, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition leader says it’s a good idea for Premier Jason Kenney to delay releasing a report from his “fair deal” panel, given the federal government has outshone his efforts to help Albertans through the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our premier’s primary strategy and tool for supporting Alberta through the pandemic is to stand back ... Read More »

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Calgary school board rife with ‘turmoil,’ short-term thinking: report

By The Canadian Press on May 21st, 2020

CALGARY – An independent review has found the Calgary Board of Education focuses too much on protecting individual members and not enough on its long-term financial sustainability. Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange ordered a financial audit and governance review last fall of the province’s biggest public school board. She said at the time that she ... Read More »

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