March 21st, 2019

Provincial News

Late bidding war drives Stampede sponsorship auction to $3.29M bid total

By The Canadian Press on March 21st, 2019

CALGARY – An unexpected late bidding war for the right to sponsor veteran driver Troy Dorchester helped push the annual Calgary Stampede chuckwagon canvas auction to a $50,000 higher total return than last year. Sponsorship bids for the 36 rigs competing at the annual summer showdown totalled $3.29 million at the end of the event, ... Read More »

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Drug trafficking charges laid after employee detained at Alberta federal prison

By The Canadian Press on March 21st, 2019

DRUMHELLER, Alta. – Drug trafficking charges have been laid against a civilian staff member at an Alberta federal prison. RCMP say they were called to the Drumheller Federal Institution on March 10 after an employee was detained by security for allegedly bringing drugs and other contraband into the prison. A Drumheller woman is facing one ... Read More »

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Man serving time for crimes that include killing flees Edmonton healing centre

By The Canadian Press on March 21st, 2019

EDMONTON – A man serving nearly nine years for manslaughter and one other crime has escaped from an Indigenous-run healing lodge in Edmonton. Police say staff at the downtown Stan Daniels Healing Centre discovered Wednesday that Jesse Leppanen was missing from the facility. The Correctional Service of Canada immediately contacted police and an arrest warrant ... Read More »

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Calgary massage therapist facing multiple counts of sexual assault

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

CALGARY – A Calgary massage therapist is accused of sexually assaulting three men at the same sports clinic last year. Police say a man reported last November that he had been assaulted during a massage at the southwest-area clinic in April. Two more reports later surfaced of men allegedly assaulted at the business between August ... Read More »

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Alberta town suffers ‘sad’ loss of hotel that once served as military hospital

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

WETASKIWIN, Alta. – A central Alberta landmark that dates back more than a century has been destroyed by fire. Emergency officials say the Rose Country Inn in Wetaskiwin, about 70 kilometres south of Edmonton, caught fire shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday. Despite help from two neighbouring fire departments, the building was engulfed in flame by ... Read More »

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Toronto Catholic diocese on hook for $530K for priest abuse of altar boy

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

TORONTO – A Roman Catholic priest’s sexual abuse of an 11-year-old altar boy more than 50 years ago warranted an award of more than half a million dollars in compensation, Ontario’s highest court ruled on Tuesday. In reaching its decision, the Court of Appeal rejected arguments from the Toronto diocese that the victim’s lawyer had ... Read More »

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Quick convictions for Calgary men charged after fatal beating over rent

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

CALGARY – Two Calgary men accused of killing their live-in landlord in a dispute over utilities and damage deposits have been found guilty of manslaughter. Brian Lambert and James Beaver were convicted Monday of beating Sutton Bowers in a south-end townhouse in October 2016. Their trial had been scheduled to last three weeks but the ... Read More »

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Calgary duplex fire raises concerns about smoke, carbon monoxide alarms

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

CALGARY – Two children were sent to hospital for observation after an overnight fire in a Calgary duplex where it’s believed there were no working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. Emergency officials say firefighters found smoke and a small fire in the kitchen of one of the units when they arrived at the scene in ... Read More »

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New police chief selected in Calgary, to start by June

By The Canadian Press on March 18th, 2019

Calgary is getting a new police chief. The city’s police commission has appointed Mark Neufeld following ratification by city council. Neufeld spent 24 years with the Edmonton Police Service and two years as the police chief in Camrose. He’s president of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police and leader of its women in policing ... Read More »

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Sun on the slopes: enjoying winter’s final throes in the Canadian Rockies

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on March 18th, 2019

CALGARY – Driving west on the Trans Canada highway from Calgary on a sunny spring weekend, you’re just as likely to see vehicles carrying mountain bikes as you are to spot skis and snowboards strapped to their roofs. It may be full-on T-shirt season in and around the city by the time April and May ... Read More »

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RCMP find ammunition, machete after searching for ATV reported stolen

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2019

FROG LAKE, Alta. – Police say they found 600 rounds of ammunition and a machete after searching for an ATV allegedly stolen from a home in Frog Lake First Nation, Alta., on Friday. RCMP say officers discovered the ATV was in a truck that had allegedly been stolen from Cold Lake, Alta., back in January. ... Read More »

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