Category Archives: Alberta

Alberta mother's 6-year campaign to toughen impaired driving laws gets backing from Conservative MP

A Beaumont, Alta., mother whose son was killed by a drunk driver is keen to bolster a federal bill to amend the criminal code on impaired driving. Sheri Arsenault lost her teenage son in 2011. She has since become a strong advocate for harsher punishments against drunk drivers. She joined Conservative MP Michael Cooper on Sunday for a small…

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Sturgeon County neighbourhoods evacuated after train derails, RCMP say

Residents of two neighbourhoods in Sturgeon County, Alta., are being asked to stay away from their homes after a CN train derailed Sunday afternoon, RCMP say. The incident saw 12 cars overturn on the railway in Sturgeon County, northwest of Edmonton at about 2 p.m. RCMP asked residents in the River’s Edge and Noroncal neighbourhoods to evacuate their homes…

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Alberta author explores Canada and motherhood with memoir Confederation Drive

Edmonton author Janice MacDonald is best known as the creator of the Randy Craig Mysteries — a six-novel series following the adventures of a university English instructor with a knack for finding murder and trouble wherever she goes. MacDonald took a departure from Craig for her latest work, deciding instead to take a trip through her own childhood  and across Canada to…

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'Makes it more extreme:' Prof says climate change added to historic fire season

Climate change didn’t directly cause major wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia this year but it did contribute to their extreme nature, says a University of Alberta researcher. B.C. recorded its worst-ever fire season. Wildfires that began in early April scorched just over 12,000 square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland and at their height…

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Charges pending after teen allegedly punches eight people at McDonald's restaurant

Edmonton police are looking to speak with witnesses after a teen allegedly punched eight people at a McDonald’s restaurant north of downtown on Saturday. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. at the McDonald’s at 105th Street and 111th Avenue, police said in a media release. The 19-year-old suspect appeared to be intoxicated, McDonald’s manager Connie Domingo…

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'I hope that it will carry on': Cree artist hopes Canada 150 project connects youth to carving

Sitting on wooden braces in a shed on the Alexander First Nation, a 5,000-lb slab of Vancouver Island marble slowly gives way to the sculpture Nature’s Harmony. Emerging from the stone are faces of a woman, a man, an eagle, a bear and a buffalo, important spiritual images for the Alberta Cree artist Leo Arcand. Arcand’s scale maquette…

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