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  • 8 hours Corbella: Politics of fear backfired on Notley and will backfire on Trudeau too CH -Local
    Tuesday’s election win that gave Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party a majority government holds many lessons for those who engage in the politics of fear and smear. Not only does it not always work, it can backfire big time. The Alberta NDP ran a disgraceful, cynical campaign of attempted character assassination against United Conservative Party candidates who were called every name in the book, including white supremacists. More than 70 per cent of eligible Alberta voters cast a ballot in this election; 55.2 per cent of them voted for the UCP and just 32 per cent for Rachel Notley’s NDP ... more
  • 18 hours Braid: On day one Kenney mutes threats, seeks provincial allies CH -Local
    UCP Leader Jason Kenney hadn’t been elected for 24 hours — and he won’t be sworn in until April 30 — but already his gunboat diplomacy sounds more like teacup statesmanship. Kenney went quite easy on Ottawa, Quebec and British Columbia at his first postelection news conference. He’s ready to talk to all the leaders about positive things, he said — in fact, he did speak Tuesday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Quebec Premier Francois Legault and B.C. Premier John Horgan. Some voters who loved Kenney’s angry campaign vows of revenge might be puzzled by his milder tone. But others, ... more
  • 19 hours Postmedia Calgary photos recognized in national awards competition CH -Local
    Two photos taken by Calgary visual journalist Leah Hennel have received awards in Canada’s premier photojournalism competition. The first image — a memorial at the scene of the Humboldt bus crash — was the winner in the General News category in the National Pictures of the Year awards. The photo, published in Postmedia newspapers across Canada, also won another award, the Photograph of the Year designation. A second photo by Hennel received a second-place award in the Portrait/Personality category. The photo is of Nya Gatbel, whose family moved to Calgary from Ethiopia when she was just an infant; Gatbel is ... more
  • 19 hours High-profile MLAs among the election casualties in Calgary CH -Local
    Following a tough loss in one of the tightest three-way races of the provincial election, well-regarded Alberta Party MLA Greg Clark says he might be finished with politics. “I think that’s probably it for me in elected office, but there are a lot of ways of building community, which I absolutely plan to do,” Clark said Wednesday as he helped take down signs in the Calgary-Elbow riding. “It’s really has been a great experience. I probably will go back to something in the private sector somewhere and continue to contribute to community in some way. I look forward to exploring ... more
  • 19 hours NDP purge leaves only 3 MLAs standing in Calgary but defiance remains CH -Local
    Joe Ceci watched as most of his fellow Calgary NDP candidates fell to a UCP onslaught Tuesday night. But the former finance minister remained defiant the following morning, insisting part of the election campaign has yet to play out. While only Ceci and two other NDP hopefuls — all ex-cabinet ministers — won their seats out of the 13 the party held before the vote, the UCP and its Leader Jason Kenney shouldn’t feel too comfortable, he said. The results of an Alberta Election Commission and RCMP investigations into improper funding and possible voter fraud in the 2017 UCP leadership ... more
  • 20 hours What could a Kenney cabinet look like? Speculation begins leading up to April 30 CH -Local
    Premier-designate Jason Kenney has a list of more than 60 names to choose from as he begins the process of building his first cabinet. Kenney’s UCP won a strong majority, taking 63 out of a possible 87 seats, according to unofficial tallies. Speaking outside the legislature on Wednesday afternoon, he told reporters his cabinet would be sworn in April 30. But the question remains who will be part of it. “We’ll sit down and make those decisions in the days to come, but we’ve got a great caucus to choose from, a very diverse team,” Kenney said. “This was the ... more
  • 21 hours Chomp, chomp: City aims to unleash army of sheep and goats on city green spaces CH -Local
    More Calgary green spaces will become leafy banquets for hundreds of temporary furry workers this summer, as the city aims to unleash herds of goats and sheep to tackle weeds and keep grass under control. The city is looking to secure about 1,000 of the hoofed gardeners to graze at a half-dozen targeted sites in the city, part of a program that has continued to expand since a pilot project was launched in Confluence Park in 2016 as a more natural way to tackle invasive weeds. Chris Manderson, urban conservation lead with the city, said while the initiative is one ... more
  • 23 hours AHS warns of possible tuberculosis exposure at Calgary daycare CH -Local
    Alberta Health Services says dozens of children and their parents may have been exposed to tuberculosis at a Calgary daycare. The provincial health authority sent letters to 150 people Wednesday, warning they or their child may have come in contact with a confirmed case of tuberculosis at an undisclosed daycare in the Calgary area. Only those who received letters are considered to have been potentially exposed. AHS said the risk of transmission is considered low and the identified case does not present an ongoing risk at the daycare or to the general public, however the provincial agency is informing the ... more
  • 1 day Inside Alberta: UCP dominates Alberta election CH -Local
    The votes are in and polls show that Albertans overwhelmingly voted to have Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party take over as a majority government in the province. In today’s Inside Alberta podcast, Calgary Herald columnists Don Braid and Chris Varcoe discuss the results and talk about what’s to come after this historic victory. Listen to the podcast below:   Stay up-to-date on all of the Inside Alberta podcasts by following us via the following links. iTunes: Soundcloud: LibSyn: ... more
  • 1 day Anti-Trudeau bloc takes shape with UCP win in Alberta CH -Local
    Alberta became the third major province in Canada over the past year to elect a conservative-leaning government in a growing front of opposition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s liberal vision for the country. The United Conservative Party, founded in 2017 as a merger of two right-of-center groups and led by former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney, won a majority of legislative seats in the oil-rich province. His victory over New Democratic Party Premier Rachel Notley restores the status quo in a province that until her 2015 victory had a decades-long run of conservative leaders. The UCP was leading or had ... more
  • 1 day Three Calgary ridings will be decided by advance vote count CH -Local
    Albertans might be ready to move on from a polarizing election cycle, but a handful of candidates in contentious ridings may want to hold off celebrations until all advance votes are counted later this week. Premier-elect Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party won a commanding majority in Tuesday’s provincial election, projected to take victory in 63 ridings seats compared to the Alberta New Democratic Party’s 24. But the 2019 provincial election marked the first time Elections Alberta allowed voters to cast their ballots at any polling station during advanced voting, regardless of the riding they live in. And with ... more
  • 1 day Rapper Jae Sterling to build a hip-hop community with National Music Centre residency CH -10Ment
    Jae Sterling calls it “the mission.” Certainly, it’s an ambitious enough endeavour to meet that criteria. The Jamaican-born, Calgary-based hip-hop artist began a week-long residency at the National Music Centre on Monday. The specific goals are to produce an EP and documentary using the centre’s instruments, studios and engineers while drawing from the city’s often unheralded hip-hop talent. But the big-picture goal is much grander. “We want a Calgary sound, we want an Alberta sound,” says Sterling, in an interview from his Calgary home. “This is the beginning of that, the genesis of that.” Neither the documentary nor the EP ... more
  • 1 day Hobson’s Choice: Smaller theatre groups engage kids, culture and comfort CH -10Ment
    With offerings from Loose Moose, Sun Ergos and Swallow-A-Bicycle, there’s something for every taste and for all ages in original creations. Loose Moose for Kids is presenting The Further Adventures of the Three Mooseketeers, the final show in its current season of plays for children in the Loose Moose Theatre on Saturdays and Sundays until May 5. Michael Dean Dargie, who plays Athos to Jeremy Schtelzer’s Artemis and Kristen Loader’s Porthos, promises “from a kid’s point of view, this show doesn’t get much sillier or better. “Every member of the cast plays multiple roles and changes scenery in real time, ... more
  • 1 day Calgary indie-pop band the Fragments team up with visual artists to release fifth record CH -10Ment
    When the Fragments hold its CD-release party on Friday at the Ironwood Stage and Grill, it will include some intriguing visual aids. Courtesy of a power-point presentation, all 14 songs on the Calgary indie-pop band’s fifth album, Winter Wasp, will be represented by corresponding artwork by local artists. Some songs have multiple visual interpretations, which run the gamut. “It’s a group of 10 visual artists in Calgary who have been listening to these songs for last couple of months and creating paintings and collages and mixed-media things to show their interpretation of the songs,” says the Fragments’ singer-songwriter, David Martin. ... more
  • 2 days Roundup of Calgary election results CH -Local
    • Calgary-Acadia: Tyler Shandro, UCP • Calgary-Beddington: Josephine Pon, UCP • Calgary-Bow: Demetrios Nicolaides, UCP • Calgary-Cross: Mickey Amery, UCP • Calgary-Currie: Brian Malkinson, NDP; Nicholas Milliken, UCP, too close to call • Calgary-East: Peter Singh, UCP • Calgary-Edgemont: Prasad Panda, UCP • Calgary-Falconridge: Parmeet Singh Boparai, NDP; Devinder Toor, United Conservative Party, too close to call  • Calgary-Fish Creek: Richard Gotfried, UCP • Calgary-Foothills: Jason Luan, UCP • Calgary-Glenmore: Whitney Issik, UCP • Calgary-Hays: Ric McIver, UCP • Calgary-Klein: Jeremy Nixon, UCP • Calgary-Lougheed: Jason Kenney, UCP • Calgary-McCall: Irfan Sabir, NDP • Calgary-North: Muhammad Yaseen, UCP • Calgary-North ... more
  • 2 days Boost in advance voters shows election ‘more exciting, more competitive’ CH -Local
    While official numbers have yet to be calculated, one Calgary political scientist says the fact three times the number of Albertans voted in advance polls leading up to Tuesday’s election than in 2015 suggests the electorate is engaged. Melanee Thomas, assistant professor in the University of Calgary’s political science department, says the surge in numbers isn’t surprising given that people were allowed to vote anywhere in the province rather than only in their electoral division, with Elections Alberta opening 260 locations for the April 9 to 13 period. Of the 696,000 people who voted in advance polls, 223,000 took advantage ... more
  • 2 days UCP sweeps ridings outside cities CH -Local
    Pockets of NDP orange were swallowed by a sea of blue, as a pro-UCP vote washed over rural Alberta in Tuesday’s election. Only one out of 18 southern Alberta rural ridings managed to put up a strong fight in the vote. Incumbent NDP Shannon Phillips went head-to-head with UCP candidate Karri Flatla in Lethbridge-West with just a few dozen ballots making the difference for most of the night until Phillips eventually surpassed her opponent by over 1,000 votes. However, with hundreds of “vote anywhere” ballots still unknown, the lead could swing either way. The new riding of Banff-Kananaskis also teetered ... more
  • 2 days Alberta Election: Rural riding winners in Alberta CH -Local
    Airdrie-Cochrane, Peter Guthrie, United Conservative Party, elected. Airdrie-East, Angela Pitt, United Conservative Party, elected. Banff-Kananaskis, Miranda Rosin, United Conservative Party, leading. Brooks-Medicine Hat, Michaela Glasgo, United Conservative Party, elected. Cardston-Siksika, Joseph Schow, United Conservative Party, elected. Cypress-Medicine Hat, Drew Barnes, United Conservative Party, elected. Highwood, R.J. Sigurdson, United Conservative Party, elected. Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, Devin Dreeshen, United Conservative Party, elected. Lethbridge-East, Nathan Neudorf, United Conservative Party, elected. Livingstone-Macleod, Roger Reid, United Conservative Party, elected. Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, Nathan Cooper, United Conservative Party, elected. Red Deer-North, Adriana LaGrange, United Conservative Party, elected. Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, Jason Nixon, United Conservative Party, elected. Taber-Warner, Grant ... more
  • 2 days UCP rebuilds a stronghold in battleground Calgary CH -Local
    A conservative stronghold has been restored in Calgary, as Tuesday night’s Alberta election saw the United Conservative Party take back many of the previously blue seats which turned NDP orange four years ago. Of the 26 constituencies up for grabs in Calgary, candidates from Jason Kenney’s UCP won, or held the lead, in 21 races as of 10:30 p.m., while Rachel Notley’s NDP took three races. NDP incumbents, including previous cabinet ministers Ricardo Miranda and Craig Coolahan, lost their seats to Mickey Amery and Jeremy Nixon, respectively. Calgary was seen as one of the key battlegrounds of the campaign, as ... more
  • 2 days Alberta Election: Rural ridings of note in Southern Alberta CH -Local
    Lethbridge-West In a toss-up race between incumbent NDP Shannon Phillips and UCP candidate Karri Flatla, the vote difference between these two candidates in Lethbridge-West varied by only a few dozen ballots for much of the night. However, with a close vote count — and 1,751 “vote anywhere” advance ballots still to be counted later this week — the official winner wasn’t declared by press time. This Lethbridge constituency turned NDP orange in 2015, when the party swept away a 44-year Progressive Conservative rule in Alberta. The riding had voted for the PCs for 40 years prior to Phillips’ win, after ... more
  • 2 days Ceci holds onto Calgary-Buffalo amid close races in Calgary CH -Local
    Calgary-Buffalo The NDP’s Joe Ceci managed to keep a seat in Calgary, appearing poised to win in Calgary-Buffalo. The former NDP MLA of Calgary-Fort moved to Calgary-Buffalo after his riding was merged with several others. Ceci, who served as finance minister under Rachel Notley, was previously a Calgary city councillor from 1995 to 2010. He was leading UCP challenger Tom Olsen, a former Calgary Herald journalist and director of media relations under Progressive Conservative premier Ed Stelmach. There were 6,298 anywhere votes for the riding that will begin to be counted on Wednesday. Calgary-Elbow  UCP candidate Doug Schweitzer was ... more
  • 2 days Corbella: Marathon man Jason Kenney performs miracle on the Prairies CH -Local
    The metaphor of a marathon doesn’t begin to describe the journey Jason Kenney embarked upon to become Alberta’s 18th premier with a resounding majority government, making the Alberta NDP the only one-term government in the province’s 114-year history. Even an Ironman metaphor doesn’t adequately symbolize the onerous odyssey that Kenney has undertaken to ensure Premier Rachel Notley’s “job-killing” government was “one and done.” One must go back two years, nine months and 11 days to July 6, 2016. That’s when Kenney announced he would seek the leadership of Alberta’s moribund Progressive Conservative party, with the aim of seeking unity with ... more
  • 2 days Roundup of Calgary election results CH -Local
    • Calgary-Acadia: Tyler Shandro, UCP, leading • Calgary-Beddington: Josephine Pon, UCP, leading • Calgary-Bow: Demetrios Nicolaides, UCP, leading • Calgary-Cross: Mickey Amery, UCP, leading • Calgary-Currie: Brian Malkinson, NDP; Nicholas Milliken, UCP, too close to call • Calgary-East: Peter Singh, UCP, leading • Calgary-Edgemont: Prasad Panda, UCP, leading • Calgary-Falconridge: Parmeet Singh Boparai, NDP; Devinder Toor, United Conservative Party, too close to call  • Calgary-Fish Creek: Richard Gotfried, UCP, leading • Calgary-Foothills: Jason Luan, UCP, leading • Calgary-Glenmore: Whitney Issik, UCP, leading • Calgary-Hays: Ric McIver, UCP, leading • Calgary-Klein: Jeremy Nixon, UCP, leading • Calgary-Lougheed: Jason Kenney, UCP, leading ... more
  • 2 days Braid: Kenney drive NDP from office after epic political odyssey CH -Local
    They arrived on a wind of change in 2015, only to be blown out of office four years later by an even more powerful gale. Rachel Notley’s New Democrats, with all their dreams and hopes and agonies, succumbed exactly as UCP Leader Jason Kenney said they would, overwhelmed by a united conservative bloc that is once again Alberta’s dominant political force. It was a genuine thumping, with the UCP winning more than 60 seats, and the New Democrats largely cornered in their Edmonton stronghold. The Alberta Party and Liberals were shut out. Kenney has been personally demonized in this campaign, ... more
  • 2 days Alberta Election 2019 Live: Kenney gives victory speech as UCP forms majority CH -Local
    Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party has formed a majority government in Alberta. Watch above as he addresses his supporters. Related Alberta Election Live Results: UCP forms majority government Alberta Election 2019 Live Results Alberta Election Live Blog: Follow our analysis as results come in ... more
  • 2 days Smaller parties shoved to the margins in polarizing battle CH -Local
    Even sharply increasing their share of the popular vote couldn’t save the Alberta Party from being wiped off the electoral map on Tuesday. It was a fate shared by Alberta’s smaller political parties, whose hopes of eking out political bridgeheads was thwarted, caught in the crossfire of a two-combatant race. The Alberta Party, the largest of the smaller electoral players, managed to increase their percentage of support from 2.2 per cent in 2015 to about 10 per cent Tuesday night. But party Leader Stephen Mandel went down to defeat in Edmonton and the party lost its three Calgary ridings. Speaking ... more
  • 2 days Live: Alberta voters head to the polls after intense, nasty campaign CH -Local
    Voting continues at polling places across the province this afternoon in an Alberta election that is bound to make history one way or another. After four weeks of what has been an intense — and at times downright nasty — campaign, voters are set to decide if Rachel Notley will be the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first Alberta political leader to fail to win a renewed mandate on the first try. Polls opened at 9 a.m. and early indications suggest a healthy turnout, with almost 700,000 people voting early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public ... more
  • 2 days Former Calgarian wins Pulitzer for uncovering Trump’s questionable finances CH -Local
    When New York Times reporter Susanne Craig received an anonymous envelope in the mail back in 2016, the former Calgarian says she had no idea the delivery would launch an “odyssey” investigating the finances of U.S. President Donald Trump. Now, after 18 months of digging into even more leaked Trump financial documents, Craig has hit pay dirt in the form of a Pulitzer Prize. One of three journalists awarded the 2019 explanatory reporting Pulitzer Prize on Monday, Craig helped pen five stories on the American president’s “business empire riddled with tax dodges” while debunking “his claims of self-made wealth,” the ... more
  • 2 days Decision day in Alberta: No matter the outcome, history will be made CH -Local
    Voters are heading to the polls in the Alberta election today and advance turnouts suggest it could be busy at the ballot boxes. Almost 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and even an Ikea store. That was well ahead of the 235,000 who came out early in the 2015 election that saw Rachel Notley’s NDP deliver a surprise knockout blow to the 44-year run of the Progressive Conservatives. This time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more. The PCs merged with another right-centre party, the Wildrose, to create the new United Conservatives under former federal ... more
  • 2 days Review: Billy Elliot taps into emotional territory with rousing results CH -10Ment
    When Billy, the hero of Billy Elliot the Musical, auditions for London’s National Ballet, the adjudicators ask what he feels when he dances. He says words are inadequate, but if they really need a word, it’s electricity. I’m going to borrow Billy’s explanation to help describe the experience I had watching Theatre Calgary’s production of Billy Elliot the Musical with the opening night audience. It was electric. There were moments when the shared surges of excitement felt more like being at a rock concert than a play and, when the exuberance of the performers poured from the stage into the ... more
  • 3 days More Calgary prime-aged workers unemployed compared to younger demographics: city CH -Local
    The demographic and age range of unemployed Calgary-area workers has shifted from “youth” to “prime-aged” employees over the last year, according to city economists. The city’s latest Labour Market Review shows some 894,000 people are gainfully employed in the Calgary Economic Region, which includes nearby municipalities like Airdrie, Chestermere, High River and Olds. And while the total number of unemployed Albertans in the region is mostly unchanged from a year ago, the city says there has been a spike in “prime-aged workers” on the unemployment line when looking at year-over-year statistics for the month of March. In March 2018, the ... more
  • 3 days Climate change steering Alberta grizzlies into conflict with humans: study CH -Local
    Alberta’s grizzly bears could be headed towards increased interactions and conflicts with humans as one of their staple food sources may soon be off the menu due to climate change. In a new study from the University of Calgary, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, Dr. Greg McDermid and Dr. David Laskin looked at the links between rising global temperatures and the fruiting of buffaloberries, which make up a large portion of a grizzly bears’ pre-hibernation feast. McDermid found that by 2080 the berries will begin ripening about three weeks earlier than they currently do, changing the bears’ “very ... more
  • 3 days Former Calgary pathologists deny accusations of inappropriately harvesting organs in Texas CH -Local
    Two former Calgary medical examiners under multiple investigations in Texas have denied allegations of inappropriately harvesting organs from deceased children in a response to a pair of civil suits. In separate statements of defence obtained by Lubbock news outlet KLBK TV, Dr. Sam Andrews and Dr. Evan Matshes, who both quit the Calgary medical examiner’s office in 2011, insist they did nothing wrong during a pair of autopsies that prompted lawsuits and ongoing investigations by the Texas Rangers and the Texas Medical Board. The pathologists, who are named along with their California-based pathology company NAAG Pathology Labs, are facing separate ... more
  • 3 days Morrissey postpones Wednesday show in Calgary due to ‘medical emergency’ CH -10Ment
    Morrissey’s April 17 Calgary show at the Jubilee Auditorium will be rescheduled for October after the singer cancelled a number of Canadian shows due to a “medical emergency.” A Canadian publicist for the singer confirmed that all the western Canadian dates will be moved to October, although no date has been set for the Calgary show as of yet. A message on the singer’s Facebook page about the Calgary show read: “All tickets will be valid for the new date and exchanges will not be necessary. Thank you for your understanding. Morrissey looks forward to making his long-awaited return to ... more
  • 3 days Bryan Adams headlines Oxford Stomp CH -10Ment
    Bryan Adams will be coming to the Calgary Stampede for Oxford Stomp, the producers of the annual concert announced today. The Canadian rock legend will be joined by Amanda Marshall and Vancouver pop-rockers Odds at Shaw Millennium Park on July 12. There will also be an additional special guest to be announced later. The concert will also raise money for the Military Family Resource Centre. Last year’s event featured John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, The Skydiggers and Barney Bentall. Tickets, $99, go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. at ... more
  • 3 days Bryan Adams to headline Oxford Stomp this summer CH -Local
    Bryan Adams fans in Calgary will be on cloud nine when the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee closes out the annual Oxford Stomp concert this Stampede season. Adams will be joined by an all-Canadian all-star lineup of openers including Amanda Marshall, who went to number one on the Canadian charts with her hit song Dark Horse, and ’90s pop-rock hit makers Odds. Early-bird tickets for this year’s Oxford Stomp will also include passes to the Stampede Roundup concert, giving concert-goers “opportunity to see eight internationally acclaimed recording artists” at a discounted price. The show will run on July 12 ... more
  • 3 days Bryan Adams to headline Oxford Stomp this summer CH -10Ment
    Bryan Adams fans in Calgary will be on cloud nine when the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee closes out the annual Oxford Stomp concert this Stampede season. Adams will be joined by an all-Canadian all-star lineup of openers including Amanda Marshall, who went to number one on the Canadian charts with her hit song Dark Horse, and ’90s pop-rock hit makers Odds. Early-bird tickets for this year’s Oxford Stomp will also include passes to the Stampede Roundup concert, giving concert-goers “opportunity to see eight internationally acclaimed recording artists” at a discounted price. The show will run on July 12 ... more
  • 3 days Calgary man to drive 33 days, more than 15,000 km to Brazil CH -Local
    Fifteen countries. Thirty-three days. More than 15,000 kilometres. After more than a decade in Calgary, Stephan Prando is packing his life into a 2014 Mustang to drive to his hometown in Brazil. By plane, the trek would take about 18 hours, an exhausting trip for any traveller, but to Prando that would be a speedy ride compared to the cross-continent road trip he plans to embark on next month. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of,” said the 27-year-old. “I feel excited to start over again. I have been looking forward to this change, to something new.” If he could, he ... more
  • 4 days Braid: As campaign comes to angry end, Kenney should drop oil-cut talk CH -Local
    This election campaign comes to no gentle end. Rather, it slams into the finish line, brakes screeching, as hot and emotional as ever. On Sunday, Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel charged that phoney robocalls are going out with a voice that sounds like his, saying that he wants people to vote for UCP Leader Jason Kenney. Kenney’s camp denies all knowledge. Indeed, it’s the kind of stunt that could only hurt the UCP, which has plenty more to deal with — from an RCMP raid on the office of candidate Peter Singh, to continuing questions about the UCP leadership campaign. ... more
  • 4 days Alberta Liberals announce plan for AGLC reforms CH -Local
    Just days before the provincial vote, Liberal Leader David Khan announced plans to relax drug and alcohol regulations governing Albertans if elected. Khan said his party would reform the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission to “grow business and boost lifestyle choices” for Alberta residents by loosening the reins on where people are allowed to drink or sell alcohol, and ending the AGLC cannabis distribution monopoly. “We will reform AGLC to create jobs and add a little fun,” said Khan. “We will allow liquor at festivals. We will allow liquor at picnics in public parks. We will make it easier ... more
  • 4 days Next premier faces rallies, protests and conspiracy theories: pundits CH -Local
    Political pundits say whichever party walks away with a win after Tuesday’s provincial election will have to deal with mounting opposition from both political rivals and dejected voters after a hard-fought, and sometimes nasty, campaign. With negative attack ads, social media mining for buried so-called Bozo eruptions and polls showing a tightening race between Jason Kenny’s United Conservative Party and Rachel Notley’s New Democrats, Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt is calling this “the most unique election in Alberta’s history.” That uniqueness could have long-lasting ripple effects for either leader as they try to govern Albertans disappointed with whichever ... more
  • 4 days On the Road: Crocus crawl CH -Local
    This week, Calgary photographer and videographer Mike Drew had the chance to get up close and personal with crocuses with the help of a super macro lens. Follow his journey in the above video. ... more
  • 5 days Calgary area’s best in residential building industry honoured at gala CH -Local
    Calgary area’s building industry celebrated its exceptional leaders in new homes, new communities, sales and marketing on Saturday night at the BILD Calgary Region Awards Gala. Crowning the event held at the Telus Convention Centre were six Grand BILD Awards, recognizing overall excellence in particular categories. Morrison Homes proved 13 to be a lucky number, capturing the Single Family Builder of the Year Large Volume for the 13th time, including for a 10-year stretch from 2001 to 2010. “To get onto this stage, we know the hard work and the positive attitude it takes to achieve that. I just wanted ... more
  • 5 days Notley says Kenney should drop UCP candidate under RCMP investigation CH -Local
    Rachel Notley condemned UCP leader Jason Kenney’s response to an RCMP raid of a Calgary candidate’s business this week as she rallied with over 1,000 orange-clad supporters in the city’s downtown core Saturday. On Thursday, Calgary-East hopeful Peter Singh’s southeast auto-repair shop was searched by Mounties, where they seized a computer hard drive, other electronic devices and a suitcase. The RCMP would not comment on the nature of the investigation. Notley told reporters it is “quite striking and shocking” that Singh is still a candidate for the UCP. “Mr. Kenney should have come out immediately and told us that Mr. ... more
  • 5 days Landlord apologizes to Alberta Party candidate for campaign sign confrontation CH -Local
    A Calgary landlord who was filmed ripping a campaign sign off his lawn has apologized to the candidate involved. Gar Gar, who is running for the Alberta Party in Calgary-East, posted a video on Twitter Wednesday showing a man breaking the sign after Gar had installed it at a renter’s request. On Friday, the candidate posted an update on social media that the landlord, identified as Steve, had contacted him by email to apologize and to offer to pay for any damage to the sign. A few hours later, Gar shared a photo of the pair shaking hands over cups ... more
  • 5 days David Khan announces Liberal plan for small businesses CH -Local
    The Alberta Liberals unveiled the party’s plan to help small businesses Saturday, including pledges such as granting them a “tax holiday” for their first three years. Leader David Khan said the measure, which would apply to incorporated and unincorporated small businesses, would help new firms find their financial footing and become profitable in their most challenging years. Khan said $100 billion a year is injected into the Alberta economy by small businesses. “That is reflective of the strong entrepreneurial spirit in Alberta,” he said in a news release. “We want to fully unleash the economic power of that spirit with ... more
  • 5 days Trail in Banff National Park closed until November to protect wildlife CH -Local
    Starting Monday a trail in Banff National Park will be closed until mid-November to protect wildlife in the area. The Spray River Valley will be closed at Canyon Dam to the point where Goat Creek and the Spray River meet. The area also includes the drainage from Sundance Pass south into the Spray River. more
  • 5 days CUPE files to represent WestJet Encore flight attendants CH -Local
    The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has filed an application with the Canada Industrial Relations Board to represent WestJet Encore flight attendants. A majority of WestJet Encore flight attendants have signed cards supporting unionization with CUPE, the union said. The reasons for flight attendants seeking to unionize include better schedules and better opportunities for career advancement, CUPE said in a news release. CUPE national president Mark Hancock said the union has “industry-leading experience and expertise in improving the working conditions and the lives of our flight attendant members.” “We look forward to adding Encore flight attendants to our airline ... more
  • 5 days Keenan: A magic gadget for male stress?   CH -10Ment
    Stress affects everyone, and it’s not all bad. Without some positive stress, we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning, or run that marathon, or write the great Canadian novel. Still, the negative impacts of stress are well known, ranging from psychological issues like anger, irritability and loss of sex drive, to physical symptoms like chest pain, indigestion and even skin eruptions. Most studies show a higher percentage of women report being stressed, but men may simply be reluctant to admit it. Denying stress and holding it in may cause even more problems. Wouldn’t it be great if there ... more
  • 5 days Brooks: Theatre Calgary’s ENCORE Gala showcases outstanding talent CH -10Ment
    Theatre Calgary’s 2019 fundraising gala ENCORE, held March 30 in the newly renovated Big Four Roadhouse at Stampede Park, featured outstanding talent, awesome auction items (both live and silent), a premium wine raffle, themed libation, a three-course meal created by executive chef Derek Dale, and even makeup touch-ups courtesy of Artists Within Makeup Academy. Presented by Mawer Investment Management, the gala raised more than $100,00 for Theatre Calgary. Headlining the gala this night were a ‘Big Four’ of musical talent including: Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young of American Idol fame and seasoned Broadway performers, Canada’s Elizabeth Stanley and Paul Nolan. ... more
  • 5 days Preview: Wolf on the Ringstrasse latest tortured soul for local actor CH -10Ment
    For his forays into live theatre, Calgary film and television actor David Haysom is drawn to tortured souls. He has played the mentally challenged Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men, Tennessee Williams’ brutish Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and the self-destructive painter Vincent van Gogh in Vincent. “I kind of like going crazy on stage. It’s probably a safe way of exorcising my own demons. What I find most attractive in such characters is the beauty that often surrounds their intensity,” says Haysom, who will next inhabit the soul of tortured 19th-century Austrian composer Hugo Wolf. Wolf ... more
  • 5 days Brooks: DLA Piper reception supports U of C artists CH -Local
    Since inception 12 years ago, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Annual Art & Martini Reception has facilitated the sale of nearly 700 works of art created by graduating students from the University of Calgary’s Department of Art. The art sales to private collectors have raised more than $75,000 for the benefit of U of C art students. And this year’s reception, held March 20 in the Winter Garden at Jamieson Place, was attended by more than 300 of DLA Piper’s clients and guests. Art sales during the evening garnered $3,800 with all the proceeds going to the graduating art students. Artists ... more
  • 5 days Brooks: DLA Piper reception supports U of C artists CH -10Ment
    Since inception 12 years ago, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Annual Art & Martini Reception has facilitated the sale of nearly 700 works of art created by graduating students from the University of Calgary’s Department of Art. The art sales to private collectors have raised more than $75,000 for the benefit of U of C art students. And this year’s reception, held March 20 in the Winter Garden at Jamieson Place, was attended by more than 300 of DLA Piper’s clients and guests. Art sales during the evening garnered $3,800 with all the proceeds going to the graduating art students. Artists ... more
  • 5 days Arts roundup: Walk Off the Earth, Corb Lund, cannabis and authors on tap CH -10Ment
    Canadian band Walk Off The Earth will play an outdoors show at Drumheller this summer. Outdoor concert to heat up the Badlands amphitheatre Walk Off the Earth is coming to the Badlands AMP near Drumheller this summer. The Juno-winning Canadian rock band will be joined Aug. 24 by The Static Shift, the precocious Calgary blues rock band that was first brought to national attention on CTV’s The Launch. “If you’ve never been to a Badlands AMP concert, this is a chance for you to bring the whole family to this all-ages show and experience the natural beauty of our amphitheatre,” ... more
  • 5 days Russell Brand to bring his wild humour and personal story to addictions fundraiser CH -10Ment
    Well-recognized British comedian Russell Brand is bringing his unique sense of humour to Calgary for a charity show. He’ll also, more importantly, bring an honest perspective and personal experience when he hosts Russell Brand Live on June 15 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium as a fundraiser for Fresh Start Recovery Centre. Brand has had a successful TV, film and writing career with bestselling book titles including his 2017 book Recovery, which outlines the 12-step program which gave Russell freedom from addictions. Recovery became an instant New York Times Best Seller and Sunday Times Number 1 Bestseller. “We are grateful ... more
  • 5 days Preview: Dance show is all fun and video games CH -10Ment
    Alberta theatre and dance artists Mark Kunji Ikeda and Richard Lee Hsi have created a dance show for people who insist they don’t like dance, claim not to be good dancers themselves or have never been to a dance show. They describe 8 Bit: The Video Game Dance Show as a high-energy journey through video game culture that proves dance, and even extremely technical dance, can be accessible and fun. 8 Bit, which premiered at the Calgary Fringe Festival in 2013, is the story of what happens when a science experiment goes wrong and two brothers get trapped in a ... more
  • 6 days City councillors raise spectre of job cuts as bargaining continues with unions CH -Local
    With the city in the middle of finalizing contracts with unionized workers, some members of city council say Calgary’s prolonged economic doldrums mean municipal service cuts and job losses lie ahead. More than half a dozen collective agreements are still being hashed out by the city after contracts with municipal public sector workers expired in 2018. But amid a stalled economic recovery and with city council preparing to look at budget cuts over the next few months to avoid further tax hikes, political scrutiny of labour costs has ramped up. Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart says the city has never had to ... more
  • 6 days Corbella: Hoping I don’t feel nauseous again on election night CH -Local
    During Alberta’s last election night on May 5, 2015, I was so nauseous I had to have a bowl on my lap just in case. Earlier that morning, I had received my first chemotherapy session for the triple-negative breast cancer I’d been diagnosed with that February. I was much too ill to stay up to wait for the results. When I woke up in the morning and grabbed my newspapers off the front stoop, my stomach lurched. Was it the news of an NDP majority government that turned my stomach? I don’t think so. I had decided I would give ... more
  • 6 days Ex-MLAs lament “toxic” election campaign CH -Local
    Out on the hustings to support Alberta Party candidates, Karen McPherson said she witnessed a measure of this election campaign’s vitriol she never expected. “People sometimes refuse to put a lawn sign up because they were afraid of what will happen,” said the former Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill MLA who chose not to run again. “Putting up a sign shouldn’t make you afraid — I’ve never seen it like this. Even just watching it has still stressed me out.” McPherson and other former MLAs say this provincial campaign has been the nastiest, most personal political slugfest they’ve ever seen, with after-effects that ... more
  • 6 days Workers voice support for Notley’s plan for energy sector CH -Local
    Workers from Alberta’s oil and gas sector backed Unifor representatives at a news conference in downtown Calgary Friday to speak out in support of the NDP’s energy policies. Scott Doherty, executive assistant to the union’s national president, said the event was organized to “send a message” to Albertans about NDP Leader Rachel Notley’s plans for the sector. “We believe that (UCP Leader Jason) Kenney’s plan … will have a negative impact in the industry and in the long-term and will not have the emission reductions that are necessary to expand in this industry,” Doherty said. Kim Conway, an oilsands worker ... more
  • 6 days As campaign winds down, Notley latches on to tightening race with UCP CH -Local
    With the provincial election battle winding down, NDP Leader Rachel Notley pointed to the bright side of the polls that show her party trailing the UCP by double digits. An online Angus Reid survey of 807 people conducted April 5-8 and released Friday suggests her party is behind Jason Kenney’s UCP by 13 points provincewide and by 11 points in Calgary, a city considered crucial in deciding the outcome of Tuesday’s vote. The polling firm said those results indicate “the United Conservative Party appears poised to form Alberta’s next government.” But Notley zeroed in on that poll and others that ... more
  • 6 days ‘You made things safer’: Five quick-thinking youth honoured at 911 awards CH -Local
    Twelve-year-old Maryam Yasir was the only person awake in her home when she witnessed intruders climbing onto the house’s rear-facing balcony. She remembers the door being open and fearing the group would come inside. Quickly, Yasir ran to wake up her mother and then called 911. Overcoming her fear, she quickly and accurately answered every question the operator asked, including which direction the thieves went, what they stole and where she lived. Yasir, now 13, is one of five young Calgarians honoured at Friday’s 911 Heroes Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes young people for their courage and quick thinking leading ... more
  • 6 days Rozsa Foundation announces new award recognizing arts board leaders CH -10Ment
    The Rozsa Foundation is introducing a new award recognizing board of directors chairpersons, the philanthropic organization announced today in a press release. “The Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership will celebrate an outstanding chairperson of a board of directors of a mid-to-large sized arts organization,” the press release said. “An effective board chair leads through the productive relationships they have with the rest of the board, executive director, artistic director, members, funders and public as well as through the effective practices they put in place. The board chair does not just lead the board meetings, but leads the board ... more
  • 6 days Dave Kelly spends an evening with Jann Arden CH -10Ment
    Dave Kelly is promising his 23rd show in his Live series is going to be extremely lively because his guest is Calgary superstar Jann Arden. “It’s not going to be a concert. I might try to convince Jann to sing a song with me at the end of the show, otherwise it’s going to be us having a chat. And if anyone can fill 90 minutes, it’s Jann Arden. “Jann has led an incredible life, but these past 12 months in particular have been a major shift in her life,” says Kelly. Arden has a popular CTV television show (Jann), ... more
  • 6 days Lunchbox Theatre’s celebrates new season and new artistic producer CH -10Ment
    Lunchbox Theatre has a new season of plays and a new artistic producer. Shari Wattling, who was interim artistic director at Theatre Calgary between the outgoing Dennis Garnhum and the current Stafford Arima, will replace Samantha MacDonald as Lunchbox Theatre’s artistic producer to lead the company’s 45th season. During her more than five years as an associate artistic director at TC, Wattling was in charge of its FUSE program of new play development. She oversaw the development of seven premieres at TC, including W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid, Cathy Ostlere’s Lost: A Memoir and David van Belle’s Liberation Days ... more
  • 6 days Heartland’s spinoff web series Hudson puts spotlight on rebellious bronc rider Jade CH -10Ment
    Sam Muik, Bianca Caroca and Madison Cheeatow in Hudson. Courtesy, CBC. The opening scene in the first episode of the web series Hudson shows a group of young people stealing a cartoonish native chief cut-out from the sidewalk outside a store. It’s an act of political protest. Our heroine Jade (Madison Cheeatow) sees the display ... more
  • 6 days Varcoe: Election scrap over carbon tax, emissions cap splits Alberta’s oilpatch CH -Local
    When Rachel Notley unveiled her signature climate change strategy in 2015, four oilpatch heavy-hitters stood directly behind her — and Alberta’s plans for taxing carbon and capping oilsands emissions. Leaders of Suncor Energy, Canadian Natural Resources, Shell Canada and Cenovus Energy endorsed the idea of limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands to 100 megatonnes and backed a new carbon-pricing regime. “Today’s announcement is a significant step forward for Alberta and for the industry,” declared Murray Edwards, chairman of Canadian Natural Resources. Fast-forward 40 months. The tandem issues of a carbon tax and an emissions cap are taking centre stage ... more
  • 6 days ‘Activists at heart whether we want to be or not’: Calgary punkers Shiverettes shake things up with sophomore record CH -10Ment
    Call it the paradox of the artistic activist. Even if the anger that fuels your activism proves cathartic and inspiring, the end goal of every passionate fight is to bring about change so you no longer have to fight. So it’s perhaps not overly surprising that Kaely Cormack, guitarist of the politically charged Calgary punk band The Shiverettes, sounds a bit weary when the topic of Alberta politics is raised and, specifically, the prospect of the province taking a significant turn to the right if United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney becomes our new premier. Sure, conservative rule usually proves ... more
  • 7 days ‘You got to come out’: Flames fans brave snow and cold for playoff action CH -Local
    As far as Calgary Flames fans were concerned, the only avalanche worth mentioning on Thursday was a little bit of snow that did nothing to keep spectators away from Stampede Park. The Flames organization hosted its first Red Lot viewing party during Game 1 of the first round of NHL playoff action as the team took on the Colorado Avalanche. The gates opened at 5 p.m. and, even though it took a few hours for the critical mass of fans to gather thanks to some falling snow and cold weather, spirits were red hot for Calgary’s team. “We came out ... more
  • 7 days Braid: The anger driven by UCP and NDP campaigns could do lasting harm CH -Local
    Alberta needs an anger management course. Maybe the old dear should tuck up her borders and go for counselling. For now, the province is stuck with two amateur therapists who are not doing great things for collective mental health. There’s UCP Leader Jason Kenney, who believes the best medicine is to spray the anger in every direction, from B.C. to Ottawa and many directions here at home. more
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