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Jason Kenney to seek seat in Calgary byelection after winning United Conservative leadership

CALGARY — Alberta’s newly annointed conservative leader is wasting little time in pursuing his desire to go head-to-head with NDP Premier Rachel Notley. Less than 24 hours after winning 61 per cent of the vote in the fledgling United Conservative Party leadership – former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney already has a Calgary riding in which …

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

CALGARY— 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 …

Calgary mayor’s race most high profile in Alberta municipal elections

CALGARY — Municipal elections are being held in Alberta today and the race for the mayor’s chair in Calgary is drawing the most attention. Naheed Nenshi is seeking his third term, but a victory is far from guaranteed. Nenshi was the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city when he was first elected …

Wildlife officers capture grizzly bear in Calgary; will be relocated

CALGARY — A grizzly bear that had residents in a southwest Calgary neighbourhood looking nervously over their shoulders for the past week has been captured by fish and wildlife officers. The bruin’s arrival led to the closure of Griffith Woods Park after the bear was spotted by a jogger and four other residents of the …

‘Every day I punish myself:’ Calgary mom guilty in son’s strep death apologizes

CALGARY — A woman who treated her seven-year-old boy with holistic remedies before he died of a strep infection says every day is a painful reminder that an error in judgment led to her son’s death. Tamara Lovett, 48, was found guilty in January of criminal negligence causing death by a judge who said Lovett …

Sentencing arguments for Calgary man who killed wife, buried body in basement

CALGARY — Sentencing arguments are to be heard today for a man who said he acted in self-defence when he strangled his wife and entombed her body in their basement. In May, a judge found Allan Shyback, 40, guilty of manslaughter in the 2012 death of his wife Lisa Mitchell in the couple’s Calgary home. Justice Rosemary Nation …

‘Fear is the greatest factor:’ Survey finds Canadians worry about rise of racism

CALGARY — A survey suggests Canadians have a generally positive impression of Muslims but that view doesn’t apply to some of the religion’s leadership and beliefs. The poll, commissioned by Think for Actions and Insights Matter, found 78 per cent of Canadians agreed Muslims should adopt Canadian customs and values but maintain their religious and …

‘A really good aura:’ Calgary office tower dog friendly to attract tenants

CALGARY — Man’s best friend is moving on up — to the 16th floor of a downtown Calgary office building. As the city continues to suffer from a severe economic downturn caused by low oil prices, real estate firms are struggling to fill a glut of empty office buildings. When Aspen Properties took over The …

‘It’s the best way’ Trudeau sells carbon pricing in Saskatoon

SASKATOON— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touched on the thorny issue of carbon pricing in a fundraising speech in Saskatoon on Thursday night. Outgoing Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has threatened to challenge the carbon pricing plan in court, saying it would be disproportionately punitive to Saskatchewan and doesn’t take into account measures already taken to reduce …

Sentencing for Alberta man convicted of killing father, daughter and senior

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — An Alberta man who butchered a father, his two-year-old daughter and a woman is expected to learn his fate today. Derek Saretzky was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in June for the deaths of Terry Blanchette, his daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech in September, 2015. The 24-year-old was …

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