March 31st, 2020

Provincial News

‘Porchraits:’ Calgary photographer capturing family moments during COVID-19

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

CALGARY – A Calgary freelance photographer has been keeping busy shooting “porchraits” of families around the city since the COVID-19 pandemic sapped his usual source of income. Neil Zeller says the sessions are in high demand and he’s on track to complete 200 in little over a week. He says clients wear whatever they want, ... Read More »

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Alberta working to find more bed space in hospitals as COVID-19 cases grow

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta reported 67 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with more people affected at a long-term care centre and the government working to find more bed space in hospitals. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said there are eight new cases, for a total of 13, at Calgary’s McKenzie Towne ... Read More »

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Alberta monitoring food supplies for remote communities and food banks

By The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is reassuring people there isn’t a food shortage in the province and that it’s keeping an eye on demands in rural areas, Indigenous communities and food banks. Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen says more people are working at home, take-out food orders are down and retail sales at grocery stores is ... Read More »

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Alberta Energy Regulator names senior Saskatchewan government official as CEO

By The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s energy regulator has named a new president and CEO. Laurie Pushor, Saskatchewan’s deputy minister of energy and resources, is to take over the agency’s top job April 15. The energy regulator is tasked with overseeing the development of the province’s oil, gas and coal resources in an environmentally responsible way. Pushor takes ... Read More »

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COVID couture: Calgary fashion brands feature medical chiefs on T-shirts

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2020

CALGARY – Two Calgary clothing makers and a local artist have teamed up on a line of T-shirts honouring three now-popular female public health officials. The shirts have colourful renderings of Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, as well as Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officers of Alberta ... Read More »

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Alberta invoking steep fines for those who fail to follow COVID rules

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

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says steep fines are coming for those who refuse to take physical distancing seriously during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kenney, speaking to reporters Wednesday, said while most Albertans are doing their part by self-isolating and not gathering in large crowds, “not everyone seems to get it. “Too many people are ... Read More »

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Telus Mobility says Alberta cellphone customers can again call 911 in an emergency

By The Canadian Press on March 25th, 2020

Telus says a cellphone outage that was affecting the ability of Alberta customers to call 911 has been resolved. The communities of Red Deer, Airdrie, Clearwater County and Rockyford had each put out information alerts saying Telus Mobility customers weren’t able to call for emergency help. All but one of those alerts have been lifted. ... Read More »

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Alberta launches online one-time economic aid package tied to novel coronavirus

By The Canadian Press on March 25th, 2020

EDMONTON – Albertans who are eligible can now apply online for emergency bridge funding if they need to self-isolate due to the novel coronavirus. Working adults who have lost all or most of their income due to self-isolation or because they are caring for someone with COVID-19 can sign up on the alberta.ca website. Once ... Read More »

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Telus Mobility customers in Alberta unable to call for emergency help

By The Canadian Press on March 25th, 2020

Telus is experiencing a cellphone outage that is affecting the ability of Alberta customers to call 911. The communities of Red Deer, Airdrie, Clearwater County and Rockyford have each put out information alerts saying Telus Mobility customers aren’t able to call for emergency help. They are asking people to use a landline or go to ... Read More »

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Alberta reports one COVID death, others test positive at Calgary seniors’ centre

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on March 24th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta announced a senior living in a Calgary long-term care centre has died from COVID-19, and others in the facility have tested positive or are showing symptoms of the virus. “An investigation continues to determine the source of the infection,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said Tuesday. “This news ... Read More »

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Not so fantastic: Thieves swipe three rare ‘Fantastic Four’ comic books

By The Canadian Press on March 24th, 2020

CALGARY – Police in Calgary are looking for a suspect following an assault and a theft of three rare comic books earlier this month. Investigators say a Fantastic Four No. 1, a Fantastic Four No. 2 and a Fantastic Four No. 13 were in a man’s briefcase as he left a comic-book store on March ... Read More »

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