January 24th, 2022

Provincial News

Premier Jason Kenney says early signs suggest Alberta has surpassed peak COVID cases

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

Premier Jason Kenney says there are early signs Alberta has “reached and surpassed” peak COVID-19 cases in the fifth wave as provincial hospitalizations surge to numbers never seen before. But Kenney warns that while cases are likely to decline, hospitalizations will continue to increase and put more pressure on an already overwhelmed health system. Alberta ... Read More »

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‘Not ready’: Alberta police chiefs say too soon to support decriminalizing drugs

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

CALGARY – The association that represents Alberta police chiefs says it’s too soon to decriminalize illicit drugs. Calgary Chief Const. Mark Neufeld, president of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, says a number of things need to be in place before decriminalization can be seriously considered. “We’re not ready,” Neufeld said at a news ... Read More »

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CAPP expects oil and gas investment to rise 22 per cent this year to $32.8 billion

By Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

CALGARY – Canada’s largest oil and gas industry group says capital spending in the oilpatch will hit $32.8 billion this year, a 22 per cent increase from the year before but still a far cry from the boom-time levels of investment a decade ago. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), capital spending ... Read More »

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, top health officials, to give COVID-19 update

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

Premier Jason Kenney and top health officials are to provide an update on COVID-19 this afternoon as Alberta faces surging hospitalizations. Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta Health Services CEO Dr. Verna Yiu, and Health Minister Jason Copping are expected to join Kenney. A surging number of COVID-19 infections, driven by the ... Read More »

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Alberta police chiefs say too soon to support drug decriminalization

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

CALGARY – The association representing Alberta police chiefs says it’s too soon to decriminalize illicit drugs. Calgary Chief Const. Mark Neufeld, president of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, says a number of things need to be in place before decriminalization can be seriously considered. Neufeld says that would include provincial regulations on drug ... Read More »

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Avalanche danger posted for B.C. and Alberta backcountry users

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

REVELSTOKE, B.C. – A special avalanche warning has been posted for recreational backcountry users in several regions of B.C. and Alberta as warm temperatures make the snowpack unstable. Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada have issued the advisory to take effect immediately and last through to Monday. The warning applies to the North and South Columbias, ... Read More »

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Edmonton man sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison for death of infant son

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

EDMONTON – An Edmonton man who was found guilty of manslaughter after he confessed to undercover officers that he attacked his six-month-old son has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. Christopher Lamarche, who is 27, was originally charged with second-degree murder. His son, Jarock Humeniuk, was found dead in a bassinet with a ... Read More »

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CAPP expects oil and gas investment to rise 22 per cent this year to $32.8B

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

CALGARY – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says it expects a 22 per cent increase in natural gas and oil investment in 2022. The association says capital spending in the sector is expected to reach $32.8 billion, compared with an estimated $26.9 billion in 2021. CAPP says the expected growth in overall spending this ... Read More »

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Suspended Alberta justice minister says he wasn’t distracted driving, phone in pocket

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2022

EDMONTON – Kaycee Madu says he understands why Alberta Premier Jason Kenney relieved him as justice minister after Madu phoned Edmonton’s police chief about a traffic ticket. Madu says he did not phone Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee to get the $300 distracted driving ticket cancelled, but understands why people could have concerns about the ... Read More »

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Home invasion gone wrong leads to multiple charges against two men in Calgary

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2022

CALGARY – A Calgary family was terrorized on the weekend in what police are calling a violent home invasion gone wrong. Police say two men entered a home Sunday armed with a semi-automatic rifle and taser then uttered threats and harmed two members of the family before realizing they had targeted the wrong house. They ... Read More »

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Suspended Alberta justice minister says not guilty of distracted driving

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2022

EDMONTON – Alberta cabinet minister Kaycee Madu says he understands why Premier Jason Kenney relieved him of the justice portfolio after Madu phoned Edmonton’s police chief about a traffic ticket. Madu, in a series of tweets last night, says he did not phone Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee to get the $300 distracted driving ticket ... Read More »

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