July 5th, 2020

Provincial News

Eighteen people across Alberta arrested for child porn and other online offences

By The Canadian Press on June 26th, 2020

Alberta’s Internet Child Exploitation unit has arrested 18 people across Alberta for child pornography and other online offences. Officials say the suspects are from major cities around the province and have been charged with 65 offences alleged to have occurred between May 20 and June 23. Most of the arrests came after investigative referrals from ... Read More »

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Alberta’s top court upholds convictions of two police officers in harassment case

By The Canadian Press on June 26th, 2020

CALGARY – Alberta’s Court of Appeal has dismissed applications from two former Calgary police officers who were found guilty of misusing department computers and harassing a woman involved in a custody battle. Bradford McNish and Bryan Morton were convicted last year of corruption-related crimes. In March, Morton was sentenced to 30 months and McNish was ... Read More »

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Alberta probe into foreign funding of anti-oil groups extended to October

By The Canadian Press on June 25th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s public inquiry into whether foreign money is bankrolling anti-oil protests in Canada is going into overtime. Energy Minister Sonya Savage says the initial findings from the inquiry’s commissioner, Steve Allan, show more work is needed to complete the final report. So, Savage says the government is extending the deadline for the report ... Read More »

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Alberta introduces bill to stop sex offenders from legally changing their name

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

EDMONTON – Alberta is moving to stop convicted sex offenders from being allowed to legally change their names. Nate Glubish, the minister in charge of Service Alberta, has introduced legislation to make such name changes illegal. Glubish says the goal is to keep communities safe, adding that if victims must live with the scars of ... Read More »

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Kenney defends referendum bill, accuses NDP of hypocrisy on campaign spending

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

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is pushing back on Opposition NDP claims that his new referendum bill is a backdoor attempt to unfairly influence debate during elections and bring big money back into politics. “I just find it completely bizarre that anyone would characterize this (bill) as being undemocratic or, as the Opposition has ... Read More »

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Search underway in B.C. backcountry for Alberta man missing since November

By The Canadian Press on June 24th, 2020

PEMBERTON, B.C. – A search is underway in a remote and mountainous area in British Columbia where the burned out vehicle of a missing Alberta man was found by hikers last November. Marshal Iwaasa was studying at SAIT in Calgary and was last seen by his mother on Nov. 17 in his hometown of Lethbridge. ... Read More »

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Alberta Opposition NDP label referendum bill a covert Jason Kenney power grab

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP Opposition says a new government bill that calls for broadening the use of referendums is an anti-democratic power grab by Premier Jason Kenney that would allow him to game public opinion while introducing big money back into politics. Heather Sweet, NDP critic for democracy issues, says Bill 26 would allow Kenney’s ... Read More »

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Alberta spending on blood test studies to better track spread of COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is spending $10 million on four studies to track the spread of COVID-19 through blood tests. The studies aim to detect the presence of antibodies. They will test two groups of children over the next two years, a group of select individuals over the age of 45, and a group ... Read More »

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Hiker dies in fall on Mount Fable in Canadian Rockies

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2020

CANMORE, Alta. – A woman in her 40s has been found dead in the Rockies after being separated from her hiking group. Kananaskis Country’s public safety section says they were called to Mount Fable east of Canmore, Alta., around 8:30 p.m. Sunday for reports of a missing hiker. They were told the woman, who is ... Read More »

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Alberta government quietly halts closure of 17 provincial parks due to COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has quietly halted the closure of 17 provincial parks and recreation sites this year because of COVID-19. The province had initially planned to fully or partially close 20 provincial parks and hand off another 164 to third-party managers. But officials quietly updated the COVID-19 response page on the Alberta Parks ... Read More »

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Second suspect arrested in death of Calgary chef after attempted break-in

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2020

CALGARY – Police have charged a second man in the death of a longtime Calgary chef during an attempted break-in three months ago. Investigators have said 56-year-old Christophe Herblin responded to an alarm around 3 a.m. on March 14 at a cafe he was about to open. Officers searched and cleared the area, but Herblin ... Read More »

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