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Student guilty of sexual interference would be escorted off campus: university

CALGARY— The University of Calgary says a student who has been convicted of sexual interference would be escorted off campus if he tried to return and a student sexual assault prevention club says it’s been working hard to respond to the emotional fallout of the controversy. Provost Dru Marshall said Connor Neurauter, 21, has been …

University of Calgary says no grounds to expel student convicted of sex crime

CALGARY — The University of Calgary says it has no grounds to expel a student convicted of sexual interference of a 13-year-old girl in British Columbia. The administration made the comment Thursday in the face of a petition signed by a growing number of people that calls for the expulsion of Connor Neurauter. University Provost …

Aging inmates: Correctional Service of Canada has strategy in the works

Canada’s prison population is getting greyer, and the Correctional Service of Canada expects to soon complete a strategy for how to deal with aging inmates. The Office of the Correctional Investigator — the ombudsman for federal prisoners — has been pressing the service to do that for several years. Inmates 50 and older are considered …

‘Everybody is getting older:’ Aging population challenges justice system

CALGARY — Fred van Zuiden turned 87 last month at a secure psychiatric hospital. Visitors sang “Happy Birthday” in Dutch, as his English is fading. Cake was allowed, but it had to be served with plastic cutlery and without candles. Van Zuiden has dementia. In October 2016, Calgary police charged him with second-degree murder in …

As pot becomes legal, parallels drawn to the waning days of alcohol prohibition

COLEMAN, Alta. — A notorious 1922 police shooting in southwestern Alberta and the sensational trial that followed caused many to wonder whether enforcing alcohol prohibition was worth the trouble. Alberta’s move to outlaw drinking in 1916 was wildly unpopular in the Crowsnest Pass, a cluster of coal mining towns nestled in the Rocky Mountains not …

Shock at pricey tampons at Calgary airport, but that’s the norm in the north

CALGARY—A $15 box of tampons sold at the Calgary International Airport may have elicited shock online, but it’s common for feminine hygiene products to cost that much — or more — in many remote northern communities. Carlee Field was waiting for a flight from Calgary to Vancouver last month when she stopped to use the …

Rat owners need not apply: germ free lab opens at University of Calgary

CALGARY—There’s no such thing as an easy coffee run or a quick bathroom break for the dozen or so staffers at a new laboratory opening in Calgary on Thursday. That’s because anyone and anything entering the facility—part of the Western Canadian Microbiome Centre at the University of Calgary—must be thoroughly cleansed of bacteria, viruses, fungi …

Manitoba production of ‘Madama Butterfly’ sparks discussion around race

WINNIPEG — An upcoming Manitoba Opera production of “Madama Butterfly” has sparked debate over how the more than century-old tale of a doomed marriage between a Japanese teenager and an older American man fits with modern views about race. The opera company’s website describes Giacomo Puccini’s famous work as “the intensely moving story of a …

Bodies removed from B.C. arena following ammonia leak, evacuation order persists

FERNIE, B.C. — One of the three men who died following an ammonia leak at an ice rink in southeastern British Columbia has been identified as Lloyd Smith, an off-duty part time paramedic. BC Emergency Health Services said in a statement Thursday that Smith, who began his career as a paramedic with the agency in 1996, was …

B.C. mayor says workers were doing maintenance when killed at Fernie hockey rink

FERNIE, B.C. — Officials made plans Wednesday to safely regain access to an arena in Fernie, B.C., to contain an ammonia leak after three workers died a day earlier while emergency maintenance was being done on refrigeration equipment. Mayor Mary Giuliano said the city was not identifying those who died in order to respect the …

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