February 26th, 2024

Provincial News

Youth worker in Alberta, Saskatchewan charged with child porn offences

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2024

EDMONTON – A man who worked with youths at group homes, camps and lodges has been arrested by police in Alberta and charged with sexual exploitation. The province’s Internet Child Exploitation unit says the 28-year-old suspect has been charged with child luring along with making, possessing and distributing child pornography. Police are investigating the possibility ... Read More »

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Charlie McAvoy scores in overtime, Bruins edge Oilers 6-5

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2024

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Charlie McAvoy scored in overtime to lift Boston to a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night after the Bruins blew a three-goal lead. McAvoy sent a backhand past Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner 3:10 into the extra period that started with Edmonton on the power play. Boston gave up ... Read More »

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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says soft oil prices mean belt-tightening budget

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is warning that softening oil prices means provincial funding won’t keep pace with population growth in next week’s budget. In a televised provincewide address on Wednesday night, Smith said the Feb. 29 provincial budget will be balanced but fiscal belt-tightening is required. “Spending cuts will not be needed,” Smith said in ... Read More »

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Prime minister announces $175 million for Edmonton to help build affordable housing

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

EDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $175 million in funding to fast-track more than 5,200 new housing units in Edmonton over the next three years. Trudeau donned a white hard hat and yellow reflective vest to tour an affordable housing project in Edmonton before holding a news conference with the city’s mayor Amarjeet ... Read More »

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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith set to give state-of-the-province TV address

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

EDMONTON – Premier Danielle Smith is set to deliver a television address tonight to update Albertans on her government’s plan ahead of the spring legislature sitting. The speech is to be aired at 6:30 p.m. on CTV, Global and online. The government’s website says Smith will detail her government’s vision and plan for the province ... Read More »

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‘Broken promises’: Alberta Opposition expecting budget will fail to fix core problems

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2024

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition says it’s bracing for next week’s provincial budget to be full of broken promises while failing to fix crumbling health-care and education systems. Premier Danielle Smith’s United Conservative government is set to announce the budget on Feb. 29. NDP finance critics Shannon Phillips and Samir Kayande say the UCP is not ... Read More »

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Veterinarians alert police, leading to animal abuse charges against three in Calgary

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2024

CALGARY – Police in Calgary have charged three people in relation to two separate animal cruelty incidents after being alerted by local veterinary clinics. Investigators received a call on Jan. 7 after an unconscious 11-week-old puppy was brought in after consuming illegal drugs. A month later, investigators executed a search warrant on a residence seizing ... Read More »

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Warm and dry weather prompts Alberta to declare an early start to wildfire season

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2024

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has declared an early start to the 2024 wildfire season. The season traditionally has run from March 1 to Oct. 31, but Alberta Forestry and Parks Minister Todd Loewen says it’s now underway — 10 days earlier than usual. Loewen says the impacts of the record 2023 wildfire season showed ... Read More »

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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith set to give TV address before spring sitting, budget

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2024

EDMONTON – Premier Danielle Smith is scheduled to give a television address to Albertans on Wednesday evening. Her office shared the information on social media with a link to the government’s website. It says Smith will provide an update on her government’s vision and plan for the province in advance of next week’s budget. The ... Read More »

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Nazem Kadri’s 3-point game leads Flames over Jets 6-3

By The Associated Press on February 19th, 2024

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist as the Calgary Flames rallied from a two-goal deficit to post a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Jonathan Huberdeau and Andrew Mangiapane had a goal and an assist and Oliver Kylington and Blake Coleman also scored for Calgary, which snapped ... Read More »

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Banff, a busy tourist town, signs housing deal with Ottawa; one of six in Alberta

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2024

BANFF, Alta. – A busy Alberta tourist town in Banff National Park has signed an agreement with the federal government to support its plan to deal with the ongoing affordable housing crisis. Housing Minister Sean Fraser was in Banff, west of Calgary, on Monday to announce the $4.6-million deal with the mountain municipality. “Today was ... Read More »

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