Category Archives: Alberta

Edmonton Fringe Festival kicks off Thursday night

Workers bustle around Murray Utas as he holds up a playbill and staples it next to dozens of others on the poster wall next to Orange Hall.  Putting up 880 playbills is one of the last tasks for the artistic director to check off his list before the 36th annual Edmonton International Fringe Festival kicks…

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Canadian Derby throughbred race location still uncertain for 2018

As the 88th Canadian Derby gets under way this weekend in Edmonton, the future of Western Canada’s biggest annual thoroughbred race remains uncertain. Northlands president Tim Reid said there is a possibility the derby will remain at Northlands Racetrack and Casino, where it has been for decades, in 2018 , due to delays in developing a new track just…

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Alberta's opioid death toll continues to climb, new statistics show

The provincial government announced a $1.2-million grant to upgrade Calgary’s Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, which applied for permission from Health Canada in May to open a supervised drug injection site in the city’s downtown core.  The announcement, made Wednesday, comes hot on the heels of the latest opioid crisis statistics, which show a record 241 people in Alberta died from fentanyl-related…

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'You get caught, you pay the price': Derek Fildebrandt's constituents speak out on his scandals

Voters in Derek Fildebrandt’s home riding have mixed feelings about their MLA’s decision to leave the United Conservative Party caucus after a series of controversies. “He’s a nice guy and he represents Strathmore and the community well, but then again, you get caught, you pay the price,” said Sandy Watson, a resident of the Strathmore-Brooks constituency east of…

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