March 31st, 2020

Provincial News

Alberta to provide more aid, staff to assist homeless in COVID-19 outbreak

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it will be working with cities to deliver more help for the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis. Premier Jason Kenney says the province will be providing extra cash and staff to set up overflow homeless shelters and spots for those who have nowhere to go but need to self-isolate. ... Read More »

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Police locate mother of newborn reported abandoned in box in Calgary alley

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2020

CALGARY – A newborn baby girl who was reported as having been abandoned in a back alley is completely healthy and her mother is receiving the support she needs, police said Friday. Staff Sgt. John Guigon of the Calgary Police Service said officers received a call Thursday from a resident in the city’s southeast, who ... Read More »

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Police locate mother after newborn girl found abandoned in Calgary

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2020

CALGARY – Police in Calgary have located the mother of a newborn baby who was found abandoned in a box Thursday afternoon. Police received a call from a resident in southeast Calgary who found the baby while out walking her dog. Police say the matter is not considered criminal in nature at this time. The ... Read More »

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Baby recovers in Calgary after being found in box, police search for mother

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2020

CALGARY – A search is underway in Calgary for the mother of a newborn baby found in a box on the city’s southeast side. Calgary police say a woman walking her dog in the Ogden neighbourhood on Thursday found the newborn in a box covered with a blanket. The baby girl is believed to be ... Read More »

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Alberta announces first COVID-19 death, looking into virus at doctors’ bonspiel

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta has announced its first death linked to COVID-19 and says it’s tracking down 72 curlers who attended a doctors’ bonspiel that included a person who now has the novel coronavirus. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said Thursday the curlers were part of a Western Canadian doctors bonspiel last ... Read More »

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Alberta legislature to introduce bill clarifying emergency rules on COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2020

EDMONTON – The alberta legislature is to hold a rare Friday sitting to pass legislation to streamline emergency powers during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Government house leader Jason Nixon says the bill is meant to ensure better co-ordinate the province and municipalities as the province works to reduce the spread of the virus. Nixon says ... Read More »

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Shop ramping up production of Alberta medical officer’s periodic table dress

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2020

VICTORIA – A British Columbia clothing maker says it has seen a surge in demand for a dress Alberta’s chief medical officer wore during a COVID-19 briefing this week. Smoking Lily owner Trish Tacoma says her company’s inbox has been teeming since Deena Hinshaw was seen on TV wearing the charcoal grey half-sleeve dress emblazoned ... Read More »

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Alberta announces new emergency payments because of COVID-19, falling oil prices

By The Canadian Press on March 18th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is providing $50 million for people forced to stay at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Jason Kenney says Albertans who meet the government’s criteria for self-isolation can apply online for one-time payments of $572. He says Alberta families need financial relief because of the outbreak as well as ... Read More »

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Rescue teams warn backcountry users to limit risk in Alberta, B.C. mountains

By The Canadian Press on March 18th, 2020

Rescue groups are asking backcountry users to choose low-risk activities at a time when resources are stretched due to COVID-19. The Alberta government has asked ski hills in the province to close to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. It’s feared the closure could lure more outdoor enthusiasts into the backcountry to ski ... Read More »

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Beef bandit: 180 kilograms of ground meat stolen from food bank in Edson, Alta.

By The Canadian Press on March 18th, 2020

EDSON, Alta. – Police have charged a man after $3,100 worth of goods, including 180 kilograms of ground beef – were stolen from a food bank in western Alberta. RCMP say the thief also caused more than $700 in damage at the Edson Food Bank on the weekend. Some of the stolen items were thrown ... Read More »

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Federal prison in Alberta locked down, some inmates tested for COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2020

INNISFAIL, Alta. – A federal prison in central Alberta has been locked down as a precaution as some inmates who showed flu-like symptoms await test results for COVID-19. Correctional Services Canada says there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Bowden Institution, but a group of less than 10 inmates has been tested for ... Read More »

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