April 11th, 2021

Provincial News

Man dead after officer-involved shooting outside home on an Alberta First Nation

By The Canadian Press on April 3rd, 2021

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. – A man has died following an officer-involved shooting Saturday outside a home in O’Chiese First Nation in Alberta. RCMP say in a news release that police responded to a complaint of a disturbance at a residence on the reserve, and that they “encountered a known individual” when they arrived. They ... Read More »

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Fighting human trafficking ‘more urgent’ amid pandemic: country star Paul Brandt

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on April 3rd, 2021

CALGARY – Advocates in the fight against human trafficking say the financial hardship and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped perpetrators find new targets. “Traffickers are taking advantage of this time where vulnerable people are at home and online and that really makes our work feel much more urgent,” said country music star Paul ... Read More »

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Kenney stays course on COVID-19 health rules, pleads with Albertans to follow them

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2021

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the province will stay the course on its current COVID-19 heath restrictions, despite rising case numbers and more variants of concern. But Kenney, in a news conference Thursday, pleaded with Albertans to follow the existing rules – especially heading into the Easter holiday weekend – saying more dangerous ... Read More »

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Court of Appeal reserves decision on privileges for man who killed five people

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2021

EDMONTON – The Alberta Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on whether a mentally ill man who fatally stabbed five young people at a house party should have more privileges. A provincial mental health review board ruled last September that Matthew de Grood was making progress as a patient at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, but ... Read More »

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Grass fire in southern Alberta causes evacuation of homes, closure of highway

By The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2021

COCHRANE, Alta. – Two homes have been evacuated as a grass fire in southern Alberta closed businesses and shut down traffic on a provincial highway. Cochrane RCMP say the fire is burning along Highway 1A northwest of Calgary. Traffic has been stopped along the highway west of the community of Cochrane. Mounties say reduced visibility ... Read More »

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Alberta judge explains why murder suspect was told to remove his mask during trial

By The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2021

EDMONTON – A judge has released a written decision explaining why he ordered a murder suspect to remove his COVID-19 mask during a recent trial. Arnold Anton Stephens was charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 17-year-old Ashton Cardinal in June 2017. Cardinal’s body was found in a parking lot in northeast Edmonton. ... Read More »

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Man who killed five people at Calgary party appealing review board decision

By The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2021

EDMONTON – Lawyers for a mentally ill man who fatally stabbed five young people at a Calgary house party are appealing a decision denying their client some privileges. A provincial mental health review board ruled last September that Matthew de Grood was making progress as a patient at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, but could not go ... Read More »

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Rise in COVID-19 variants a ‘wake-up call’ but no lockdown coming: Alberta premier

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2021

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says rising cases of more contagious COVID-19 variants should be a “wake-up call” but his government won’t impose harsh measures such as curfews or stay-at-home orders. The province recorded 871 new infections on Wednesday, nearly 300 more than a day earlier. That’s the biggest day-over-day increase since mid-January. ... Read More »

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Alberta premier rejects call to fire health minister over failed doctors contract

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2021

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is rejecting Opposition calls to fire his health minister following a failed wage deal with doctors. Kenney says Tyler Shandro has his full support. Kenney notes Shandro was trying to get a good-faith deal done to fairly compensate doctors in a province that has faced years of revenue declines. ... Read More »

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Failed doctor deal: Opposition calls for Alberta health minister to be fired

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2021

EDMONTON – The Alberta Opposition says the collapse of a new master agreement with doctors shows it’s time Tyler Shandro is fired as health minister. NDP health critic David Shepherd says members of the Alberta Medical Association rejected the proposed deal because of the “abusive behaviour” of Shandro and his ministry toward physicians over the ... Read More »

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RCMP will be able to participate in Clare’s Law in Alberta, Saskatchewan: Ottawa

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2021

OTTAWA – The federal government says RCMP will be able to participate in Clare’s Law in two Prairie provinces. The law comes into effect in Alberta tomorrow and is already in use in Saskatchewan. It allows people who feel they may be at risk to apply for information related to a current or former partner’s ... Read More »

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