January 22nd, 2021

Provincial News

Alberta cancels coal leases, pauses future sales, as opposition increases

By Herald on January 18th, 2021

BY BOB WEBER, THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON – Alberta has decided to cancel recently issued coal leases in the Rocky Mountains, as public opposition grows to the United Conservative government’s plan to expand coal mining in the area. Late Monday afternoon, Energy Minister Sonya Savage issued a press release saying the sale of 11 recently ... Read More »

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Kenney says killing Keystone sets risky precedent, puts Alberta on hook for US$1B

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says cancelling the Keystone XL expansion risks a dangerous precedent for other pipelines stretching from Canada to south of the border. “I’m not sure that people involved in this decision in Washington are fully aware that the border-crossing section of the pipeline was built last year as part of ... Read More »

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Running out of doses: Alberta pauses appointments for first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the province is pausing appointments for people to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He says the province will run out of supply for first doses by the end of today or early tomorrow. Pfizer-BioNTech indicated last week that it’s cutting back on promised deliveries of ... Read More »

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Alberta leader urges Biden to hear case for Keystone XL

By Rob Gillies, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2021

TORONTO – The premier of Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta wants President-elect Joe Biden to give the Canadian government a chance to make the case for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Monday he will seek legal damages if reports are true that Biden plans to scrap ... Read More »

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Albertans can make hair and tattoo appointments today as some COVID restrictions ease

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

EDMONTON – Albertans will be able to visit hair salons and tattoo parlours today as the province relaxes a few of its COVID-19 restrictions. Starting today, personal and wellness services, including hair salons and tattoo parlours, can open by appointment only. Outdoor social gatherings, which were previously banned, will be allowed in groups of up ... Read More »

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RCMP say ice climber seriously injured after reportedly falling 12 metres

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2021

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. – A 28-year-old man is in hospital in Calgary after police say he fell while ice climbing in the Rocky Mountains. RCMP say members from their Rocky Mountain House detachment responded to a dispatch on Friday afternoon that a climber had fallen and needed medical assistance. Police say an SOS beacon ... Read More »

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Alberta health minister says vaccine schedule to take hit from manufacturing delays

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

EDMONTON – Alberta’s health minister says it will take longer than expected to start immunizing seniors over 75 outside long-term care homes due to a delay in manufacturing one of the COVID-19 vaccines. Tyler Shandro says the news out of Ottawa is a blow and it’s not clear how the delay will affect Alberta’s vaccine ... Read More »

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‘Worst case’: Calgary parents charged after dependent, adult son rushed to hospital

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

CALGARY – Police have charged two parents after their 27-year-old son, weighing just 43 pounds, was taken to hospital in acute medical distress. Investigators say the parents found the man unresponsive in his bedroom in their Calgary home in the city’s northeast on Oct. 24. A veteran officer with the Calgary Police Service is calling ... Read More »

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MLA booted from Alberta UCP caucus shows no signs he’ll give up seat

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

EDMONTON – An Alberta legislature member booted from the United Conservative caucus is signalling he has no plans to give up his seat. Pat Rehn, who represents the constituency of Lesser Slave Lake, says on Facebook that he’s disappointed over his ouster, but there are some advantages to not being tied to a political party. ... Read More »

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French oil giant Total leaves U.S. energy group, months after exiting CAPP

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

CALGARY – French oil and gas company Total says it will ditch its membership in the U.S.-based American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies. The move announced Friday follows its decision last July to drop out of the Calgary-based Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and write off $9.3-billion worth of oilsands assets in ... Read More »

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Calgary parents charged with neglect after dependent, adult son rushed to hospital

By The Canadian Press on January 15th, 2021

Calgary Police have charged the parents of a dependent adult with neglect after the 27-year-old man, weighing 19 kilograms, was taken to hospital. Police say the parents found the man unresponsive in his bedroom in their home in the northeast part of the city on Oct. 24. He was admitted to hospital in acute medical ... Read More »

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