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‘Frenzy of violence:’ Alberta man avoids trial, pleads guilty to triple murder

LETHBRIDGE, Alta.—Family members of three murder victims stabbed a total of 244 times in a “frenzy of violence” at a townhouse say they will never fully recover from the senseless attack. Five knives and a meat cleaver were found at the crime scene. “It’s like a wicked nightmare. I cannot erase it from my mind. …

Supreme Court sets tentative hearing date for parents of boy in meningitis death

CALGARY — The Supreme Court of Canada has set a tentative hearing date for the parents of an Alberta toddler who were convicted after they failed to seek medical attention for their son who died of bacterial meningitis. David Stephan and his wife, Collet, were both found guilty last year of failing to provide the …

‘It’s a tragic situation’: Police searching for mother after body of baby found

CALGARY — A deceased baby girl may have been alive when she was abandoned in a northwest Calgary parking lot on Christmas Eve, police said. “Early findings show the baby may have been alive when she was left first at the scene. The cause of death is undetermined but no trauma was detected,” said Staff …

‘There’s more than oil and gas:’ Wind blowing workers in new direction

LETHBRIDGE, Alta.— The winds of change are pushing Mark Kokas in a new career direction. Nearly two years after being laid off as an electrician in Alberta’s flailing oil and gas sector, the 42-year-old is training to become a wind turbine technician. “It is tough to find work right now. It’s not like it was …

‘A clear message’ UCP Leader Jason Kenney wins Calgary Lougheed byelection

CALGARY — Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney threw down the gauntlet at Premier Rachel Notley late Thursday after an overwhelming byelection victory to earn a seat in the Alberta legislature. “Tonight sends a clear message that we are united, that we are stronger together and that if we stay humble and we work …

Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney seeks seat in Calgary byelection

CALGARY — More than a year after resigning his seat in Parliament, Jason Kenney is hoping to take up a new one next week in the Alberta legislature. The leader and architect of the United Conservative Party — a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties — is running in Thursday’s provincial byelection. A victory would …

‘No one dies alone’: Military family provides comfort and memorial to veteran

STRATHMORE, Alta.— Former Master Cpl. Thomas McKenzie was a solitary man almost to the end of his life. McKenzie, 55, was a Canadian Forces vehicle tech for 12 years before leaving the military. For the past decade he has been alone, with just a single friend and no contact with estranged family members until his …

‘Particularly vulnerable:’ Proposed law offers protection to Alberta pet owners

Davida Marantz got an unwelcome surprise when she got out of hospital in 2014 and went to pick up her beloved Sheltie Libby from friends. The dog needed $4,800 dollars in dental surgery while the Edmonton senior was gone, an amount she felt obligated to pay back. “They were so generous in taking her and …

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 …

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