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H1N1 deaths reported in Calgary and Edmonton

Author: | December 25th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

Gallery: Zoo animals overseas unwrap their Christmas gifts At zoos in Japan and France, bears, chimpanzees, otters and lemurs are all unwrapping their Christmas… more » Source Article from http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/H1N1+deaths+Calgary+Edmonton+immunization+clinics+open+over/9322769/story.html

Canada makes claims about North Pole, while Russia acts

Author: | December 25th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

The Harper government made a far-fetched bid for international attention earlier this month by claiming the North Pole belonged to Canada. Lost a bit in the noise was that Ottawa botched a longestabl ished deadline for submitting evidence to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf when it said it needed more time to scientifically link the Canadian land mass (Ellesmere Island) to the Lomonosov Ridge. … Read more »

Homeowner stabbed in home invasion in McKenzie Towne

Author: | December 25th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

Gallery: Zoo animals overseas unwrap their Christmas gifts At zoos in Japan and France, bears, chimpanzees, otters and lemurs are all unwrapping their Christmas… more » Source Article from http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/crime-and-justice/McKenzie+Towne+homeowner+stabbed+home+invasion/9322760/story.html

Pope Francis celebrates the season with first papal Christmas Eve Mass at Vatican

Author: | December 25th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis lauded Jesus’ humble beginning as a poor and vulnerable baby as he celebrated his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff Tuesday in St. Peter’s Basilica. “You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich, and you made yourself poor; you are all-powerful and you made yourself vulnerable,” Francis said of Jesus as he delivered his homily in the basilica, packed with faithful. Francis … Read more »

NORAD tracks Santa heading for Calgary

Author: | December 25th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

Gallery: Zoo animals overseas unwrap their Christmas gifts At zoos in Japan and France, bears, chimpanzees, otters and lemurs are all unwrapping their Christmas… more » Source Article from http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/NORAD+tracks+Santa+heading+Calgary/9322739/story.html

Flames roar back to beat St. Louis 4-3 in shootout

Author: | December 24th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

The St. Louis Blues, according to statistics, are nearly invincible with the lead. Ahead after the first period — which they were — they had been 14-0-1. Ahead after the second period — which they were — they had been 16-0-2. But the Calgary Flames, turning into late-game buzz saws, took care of that — and them. Trailing 3-1 in the third period, Michael Cammalleri counted. Then Mark Giordano — … Read more »

Flames’ Craig Conroy to embark on World Junior scouting mission

Author: | December 24th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

For his overseas trip, Craig Conroy will not be packing lightly. On top of everything else he’s lugging to the upcoming world junior championship in Sweden, the Calgary Flames executive will tote three lists: * Flames prospects to watch (Jon Gillies, starting goalie for the U.S.; perhaps Rushan Rafikov, defenceman for Russia) * Undrafted hotshots to watch (centres Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid of Canada, for example) … Read more »

Family mourn much-loved grandfather after fatal crash

Author: | December 24th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

On Dec. 18, Terry Chicilo kissed his wife goodbye twice, got in his pickup truck and left his Strathmore home for Bruce Farms, where he worked as an office manager. Chicilo, 49, had almost reached the feedlot, located at the corner of Highway 22X and Highway 24, when a semi-trailer clipped three vehicles and smashed into his truck on Highway 24 south of Township Road 240 around 8 a.m. The … Read more »

Wildrose leader calls for system overhaul following floods

Author: | December 24th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

In the wake of this year’s devastating southern Alberta flood, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says it’s time for a complete overhaul of the province’s privatized system for handling disaster assistance payments, and its emergency management structure. While Premier Alison Redford said she’s pleased with the Tory government’s response to the disaster — the most expensive in Canadian history — she has asked ministers to review both systems. And newly-appointed Municipal … Read more »

Convicted murderer denied parole for AA meetings

Author: | December 24th, 2013 | Category : Alberta

A surreal crack-buzz of a video starring Rob Ford as… …Miley Cyrus, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Kim Kardashian. All to a soundtrack by the late, great Lou… more » Source Article from http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Convicted+murderer+Gregory+Hetrick+denied+parole+meetings/9320043/story.html

Access denied: how perceived info blocking has dogged Tories in Newfoundland

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Kathy Dunderdale was defiant during a recent exchange in the legislature when she touted Newfoundland and Labrador as one of Canada’s most open governments. It’s a claim she has made repeatedly over the last 18 months after her Progressive Conservatives passed access to information changes that national accountability watchdogs called shockingly regressive. Amendments to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act in June … Read more »

Syrian government airstrikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo kill at least 32, activists say

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

BEIRUT – Syrian aircraft pummeled opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 32 people and extending the government’s furious aerial bombardment of the rebel-held half of the divided city to an eighth consecutive day. Since it began on Dec. 15, the government’s unusually heavy air campaign in Aleppo has killed more than 200 people, smashed residential buildings and overwhelmed the city’s hospitals with casualties. … Read more »

County ready to contribute up to $5m on pool

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

Plebiscite planned for early in the New Year, possibly March Barrhead County Council is prepared to contribute up to $5 million to a new aquatic centre. The money would come from borrowing. Early in the New Year, County residents will be able to vote on the municipalitys financial commitment to the pool project. A date for the plebiscite has not been … Read more »

New warning about snow ridge problem

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

Householder produces photo showing potential danger to motorists A photo taken by Barrhead County resident Peter Nesterchuk appears to highlight the potential danger of careless snow clearing. The picture shows icy ridges on the road. Its a big problem for drivers, said Nesterchuk, who lives in Bloomsbury. You could hit one of these ridges and land in … Read more »

New Parks and Recreation director announced

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

Aquatics supervisor also appointed Two key Town of Barrhead posts have been filled by women with outstanding qualifications. Sue Keenan, executive director at BC School Sports in B.C. for more than 10 years, has been appointed Parks and Recreation Department director. She starts on Jan. 6. Meanwhile, Debbie Crossland last week started work as Aquatic Supervisor. The Towns Chief Administrative Officer … Read more »

Nativity pageant production at Heritage Park is still going strong after 50 years

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

She’d been riding horses since she was knee high to a grasshopper. So when Linda Kearl’s dad asked her to hop on a donkey one cold winter’s day back in 1963, she didn’t hesitate. “‘What’s the difference between a horse and a donkey?’ I thought,â€� says Kearl of her naive 18-year-old self. “That was until I fell off the donkey and found myself sitting on the ground, laughing my … Read more »

AMA calls for renewed talks about private health care

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

A longtime Calgary surgeon’s decision to opt out of the public medical system should reinvigorate discussion about private care and how to deal with long wait lists, empty operating suites and specialists who can’t find work, says the head of the Alberta Medical Association. “People are waiting too long. We need to talk more,â€� said Dr. Allan Garbutt, in a letter to the province’s doctors following news of Dr. … Read more »

Girl in critical condition after skiing into a tree

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

A surreal crack-buzz of a video starring Rob Ford as… …Miley Cyrus, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Kim Kardashian. All to a soundtrack by the late, great Lou… more » Source Article from http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/Girl+critical+condition+after+skiing+into+tree/9316571/story.html

Taxpayer group pushes city to publish top staff salaries

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

Calgary municipal workers will be exempt from a new policy of naming nearly all Alberta’s public employees who earn more than $100,000, but city council could change that next year. Last week, the Redford government announced it will become the sixth province to annually disclose the identities of all the higher-end earners on government and agency payrolls. But unlike Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba, cities in Alberta will get … Read more »

Separation and divorce an added stress during holidays

Author: | December 23rd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

While Christmas is a happy time for most families, others experience sadness or stress because of divorce. For the family and friends of Crystal Trotchie, this Christmas will be spent mourning the mother who was killed along with her estranged husband during a police chase near Redcliff in November, They hope that others might learn from Trotchie’s death and reach out for help as emotions run high during the holiday … Read more »

Louisiana Lt Gov: If A&E boots Duck Dynasty, he could help match Robertsons with new producers

Author: | December 22nd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana’s lieutenant governor says the “Duck Dynasty” reality TV show is important to state tourism — and he could help connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach agreement with the A&E network. In an emailed statement, Jay Dardenne (DAHR-dn) says the state “has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking program.” Dardenne authored the state’s film and TV tax credit program. He … Read more »

Despite scandal, Senate unlikely to be reformed, abolished, experts say

Author: | December 22nd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

OTTAWA – Some of the heaviest hitters in the decades-long crusade for reform of Canada’s unelected Senate have given up hope that the much-maligned upper house can ever be changed. Their pessimism suggests all the sound and fury over the Senate during the past year — and the tempest to come in the new year as the red chamber continues to grapple with the most serious, protracted scandal in its … Read more »

Avalanche victim identified

Author: | December 22nd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

Friends have identified the Alberta man killed in an avalanche near Golden B.C. on Friday as 29-year-old Shane Schroeder. Schroeder, an electrician from Edmonton, was caught in an avalanche out-of-bounds at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort during an outing with friends. Friends say Schroeder was an avid snowboarder with a big heart. A Facebook memorial page has been set up here: https://www.facebook.com/shane.schroeder.79?fref=ts Source Article from http://www.660news.com/2013/12/22/avalanche-victim-identified/

Hospital: 17-year-old student who was shot in head by classmate at Colorado high school dies

Author: | December 22nd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

LITTLETON, Colo. – A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials and her family said. Claire Davis, 17, was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. “It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her … Read more »

A list of Rob Ford’s apologies during so-called crack video scandal

Author: | December 22nd, 2013 | Category : Alberta

TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been forced to publicly apologize for various behaviours and off-colour or insulting remarks since the so-called crack video scandal broke in May. Some of Ford’s apologies: May 27: Apologizes to reporters for calling them a “bunch of maggots” during his radio show. “I’m sure you understand this has been a very stressful week for myself and my family, but that doesn’t justify using … Read more »