January 18th, 2021

Provincial News

Edmonton mayor urges residents to follow COVID-19 rules despite vacation outrage

By The Canadian Press on January 4th, 2021

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson is urging residents to keep following COVID-19 rules, despite growing outrage over some provincial politicians and staff ignoring advice not to travel. Several Alberta legislature members, including Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard, have admitted they travelled out of the country over the holidays. Iveson says many Edmontonians are justifiably angry about ... Read More »

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Rapid testing expanding to include vulnerable Albertans and rural communities

By Herald on December 17th, 2020

The Alberta government has announced that rapid testing will be expanded across the province to reach Albertans in homeless shelters, long-term care facilities and remote rural communities. Starting Thursday, rapid point-of-care testing will begin at long-term care and designated supportive living facilities in the Edmonton Zone using dedicated mobile testing centres. Mobile testing centres are ... Read More »

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‘Light at the end of the tunnel’; Alberta strikes team to roll out COVID-19 vaccine

By Herald on December 3rd, 2020

Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta expects to start getting COVID-19 vaccines in the first week of January, and high-risk patients and health workers will get them first. Kenney says the province has struck an inter-departmental team to roll out the vaccines from 30 different locations. “Alberta is well ... Read More »

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First quarter report forecasts Alberta’s deficit at $24.2 billion

By Herald on August 27th, 2020

The first quarter report for 2020-21 forecasts Alberta’s deficit at $24.2 billion after the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price crash. The 2019-20 Annual Report and 2020-21 First Quarter Fiscal Update and Economic Statement show the toll both challenges have taken on the province. The province now sits on a debt burden ... Read More »

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Doubts voiced on parks plan; Alberta plans to close, deregulate dozens of parks

By Herald on July 24th, 2020

Bob Weber THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Top advisers to Alberta’s environment minister were cautious about the government’s plans to shrink the province’s parks system and made recommendations he didn’t follow. An access-to-information request by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society asked for correspondence, briefing notes and emails between Jason Nixon and senior civil servants ... Read More »

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Alberta Parks suspends camping reservations

By Lethbridge Herald on April 17th, 2020

Alberta Parks is suspending and refunding camping reservations up to and including May 19. The decision is in line with other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Parks Canada, which have also suspended or delayed camping reservations. The suspension is in place until the province’s chief medical officer of health is confident the ... Read More »

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Alberta Education announces new guidelines for student learning

By Lethbridge Herald on March 20th, 2020

LETHBRIDGE HERALD Alberta Education has announced new guidelines are in place to direct how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the provincial health emergency. The province has worked with the Alberta School Boards Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Association of Independent Schools & ... Read More »

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AHS launches 811 phone number for Health Link

By Lethbridge Herald on June 1st, 2015

Today, Alberta Health Services intriduced the 811 phone number for Health Link, Alberta’s free, 24/7 health information and advice line.The new number replaces the existing 10-digit local numbers in Calgary and Edmonton as well as the provincewide toll-free number. The old numbers will continue to direct callers to Health Link for the time being. In ... Read More »

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Notley announces Brian Mason has been appointed Government House Leader

By Lethbridge Herald on May 21st, 2015

Premier Designate Rachel Notley announced today Brian Mason has been appointed the new Government House Leader.“I’m very pleased to appoint Brian Mason as the new House Leader,” said Notley in a press release. “Brian is a veteran member of the Alberta Legislature and will provide wisdom, leadership and guidance in the Assembly as we move ... Read More »

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Police laud efforts of Fox Creek businessman who rescued eight from Iosegun Lake

By Lethbridge Herald on May 19th, 2015

On Sunday May 17 at 4:30 p.m., a local Fox Creek businessman and volunteer firefighter was just packing up his truck and boat and heading home from Iosegun Lake, when he was waved down. RCMP had been advised of a frantic 911 call of capsized boat somewhere on Iosegun Lake, with three people in the ... Read More »

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Back to Life Ag funding handed out

By Lethbridge Herald on February 23rd, 2015

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), has announced five farmers have been awarded Back to Ag funding. The Back to Ag Program is a funding project focused on supporting the cost of adaptive technology that injured farmers or agricultural workers need to ... Read More »

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