Prairies

  • Keegan Spearchief, violent sex offender, wanted by police in southern Alberta CBC - 47 minutes ago

    Police have issued a warrant for high-risk sex offender Keegan Spearchief after he failed to appear at court for sentencing. At age 17, he became the first young offender … More »Keegan Spearchief, violent sex offender, wanted by police in southern Alberta

    Police have issued a warrant for high-risk sex offender Keegan Spearchief after he failed to appear at court for sentencing. At age 17, he became the first young offender in Canada sentenced as an adult under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In June 2003, Spearchief sexually assaulted two women in separate attacks in  …

  • Alberta wildfire near Water Valley out of control
    Alberta wildfire near Water Valley out of control CBC - 15 hours ago

    The 63-hectare fire is burning north of Highway 579 just west of Water Valley, and heavy smoke is reducing visibility in the area. It covers campfires in campgrounds, … More »Alberta wildfire near Water Valley out of control

    Alberta wildfire near Water Valley out of control

    The 63-hectare fire is burning north of Highway 579 just west of Water Valley, and heavy smoke is reducing visibility in the area. It covers campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas.

  • Pierre Cloutier moves across Canada in horse-drawn wagons CBC - 8 hours ago

    Pierre Cloutier got his first horse when he was 12-years-old. By the time he was 16, he started building two covered wagons in his father's yard, dreaming of the day … More »Pierre Cloutier moves across Canada in horse-drawn wagons

    Pierre Cloutier got his first horse when he was 12-years-old. By the time he was 16, he started building two covered wagons in his father's yard, dreaming of the day he would cross the country in the style of the pioneers.

  • Ghost Reservoir levels to be lowered for flood prevention CBC - 11 hours ago

    TransAlta has lowered the levels at the Ghost Reservoir on the Bow River upstream of Calgary again this year to help with flood mitigation efforts. The $2-million agreement … More »Ghost Reservoir levels to be lowered for flood prevention

    TransAlta has lowered the levels at the Ghost Reservoir on the Bow River upstream of Calgary again this year to help with flood mitigation efforts. The $2-million agreement with the provincial government, which lasts a year, saw TransAlta gradually bring water levels down six meters — four metres more than last year's …

  • Marg McCuaig-Boyd: Meet Alberta's new energy minister CBC - 8 hours ago

    McCuaig-Boyd was named energy minister on Sunday and has a big job ahead of her. For starters, she lacks any direct experience working in the oil and gas industry.  … More »Marg McCuaig-Boyd: Meet Alberta's new energy minister

    McCuaig-Boyd was named energy minister on Sunday and has a big job ahead of her. For starters, she lacks any direct experience working in the oil and gas industry. By profession, she was a teacher and administrator with the Peace River School Division.

  • Clareview condo fire started by cigarette discarded in diaper pail
    Clareview condo fire started by cigarette discarded in diaper pail CBC - 7 hours ago

    "This was a devastating fire, we are extremely fortunate that there were no fatalities and no major injuries sustained by citizens or our crews," said fire chief Ken … More »Clareview condo fire started by cigarette discarded in diaper pail

    Clareview condo fire started by cigarette discarded in diaper pail

    "This was a devastating fire, we are extremely fortunate that there were no fatalities and no major injuries sustained by citizens or our crews," said fire chief Ken Block. "It stinks inside, soaked with water.

  • Edmonton police scrambling for recruits in competitive market
    Edmonton police scrambling for recruits in competitive market CBC - 10 hours ago

    The Edmonton Police Service must shoulder some of the blame for the shortage of candidates wanting to become officers, says Chief Rod Knecht. "We made the assumption … More »Edmonton police scrambling for recruits in competitive market

    Edmonton police scrambling for recruits in competitive market

    The Edmonton Police Service must shoulder some of the blame for the shortage of candidates wanting to become officers, says Chief Rod Knecht. "We made the assumption that everybody wants to become a police officer. Ten or 20 years ago candidates were lining up to become police officers, he said.

  • Alberta wildfire near Wabasca forces 5,000 people from homes
    Alberta wildfire near Wabasca forces 5,000 people from homes CBC - 14 hours ago

    About 5,000 people have been evacuated from the path of a wildfire that has prompted the northern Alberta hamlet of Wabasca to declare a local state of emergency. On … More »Alberta wildfire near Wabasca forces 5,000 people from homes

    Alberta wildfire near Wabasca forces 5,000 people from homes

    About 5,000 people have been evacuated from the path of a wildfire that has prompted the northern Alberta hamlet of Wabasca to declare a local state of emergency. On Saturday, Martin Beaver says he was at the heart of the wildfire now burning out of control. "I started fighting the fire," said Beaver, saying it had started …

  • Edmonton inmate stomped to death owed $287 LRT fine
    Edmonton inmate stomped to death owed $287 LRT fine CBC - 10 hours ago

    Barry Stewart owed $287. Two days into his sentence, in the small hours of the morning, he was stomped to death by a fellow inmate, a mentally ill man he should not … More »Edmonton inmate stomped to death owed $287 LRT fine

    Edmonton inmate stomped to death owed $287 LRT fine

    Barry Stewart owed $287. Two days into his sentence, in the small hours of the morning, he was stomped to death by a fellow inmate, a mentally ill man he should not have shared a cell with. There were two inmates in tank 10 on morning of May 12, 2011, but there was only one mattress, said Robert Andraidt, deputy director …

  • Downtown Edmonton will host outdoor Santa Claus parade in November
    Downtown Edmonton will host outdoor Santa Claus parade in November CBC - 9 hours ago

    Better watch out, don't cry or pout … because Santa Claus is definitely coming to town — six months from now. Edmonton's first Santa Parade of Lights will be held outdoors … More »Downtown Edmonton will host outdoor Santa Claus parade in November

    Downtown Edmonton will host outdoor Santa Claus parade in November

    Better watch out, don't cry or pout … because Santa Claus is definitely coming to town — six months from now. Edmonton's first Santa Parade of Lights will be held outdoors and downtown this coming November. RWE Events is organizing the parade.

  • Man shot by RCMP near Morinville, Alta., armed with two rifles, police say

    A man shot and killed by RCMP Friday was armed with two rifles and was prohibited from being on the rural property. Officers were called to the home on a trespassing complaint around 8 p.m., said a news release from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team which is investigating the shooting. The shooting is the eighth …

  • Not much more city can do about dandelion scourge, councillor told

    The city appears to have lost the war against dandelions, says Coun. "I think we'd have to cut on a cycle that would be unreasonable," said community services manager Linda Cochrane. In May, the city usually gets about 1,000 complaints about dandelions.

  • People living in Mortonville, a community on the Old Smith Highway in northern Alberta are being forced from their homes as fire threatens houses and businesses in the area. 

  • A month after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a female patient, Edmonton doctor Ismail Taher has voluntarily stopped practising medicine. In April Taher was found guilty of groping a woman, who is now 20, during a routine medicentre visit in Sherwood Park in August 2013. Taher was sentenced to 12 months probation …

  • RCMP say he was going 209 km/h while the posted limit on the Bow Valley Parkway — the old 1A Highway west of Banff — is 60 km/h. The man now faces dangerous driving charges under the Criminal Code and other traffic safety offences. Anyone who acts as a supervisor for a driver with a learner's permit can be held accountable …

  • Nenshi sings Frozen's Let It Go in Calgary chambers after losing playoff bet

    Naheed Nenshi wore a Ducks jersey in council chambers today while he sang a Disney song in order to pay off his debt to the mayor of Anaheim. As part of his playoff wager with the mayor of Anaheim, Nenshi had to wear the other team's jersey, donated to an Anaheim youth program called Accelerate Change Together and sing …

  • Swimmable mermaid tails are not marketed as toys and all purchased tails come with usage and supervision recommendations," Jamie Boutin of Red Deer, Alta., wrote in an email. "As our mermaid tail is intended to be used in the water, we focus on and emphasize safety first. Mermaid tails are not just for kids.

  • A new report says a pipeline that would carry one million barrels of oil daily from Alberta to the East Coast would threaten the drinking water of more than 60 per cent of Manitoba residents. The report by the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition said a rupture on the proposed Energy East pipeline would seep into any number …

  • Morris the sheepdog comforts mourners at Wetaskiwin funeral home

    The couple didn't expect to put Morris to work. Soon, Morris was working his way through the woman's entire family, Jason said, allowing himself to be petted. Cuddling with Morris seemed to comfort the grieving family in a way that nothing else did.

  • Calgary city council: 3 things to watch at today's meeting

    There will be a little bit of light-hearted theatre at Monday's city council meeting (see below). If you ever watched the Hollywood movie The Devil's Brigade on late night TV, you know loosely the story of a truly unique Canadian-American unit of soldiers who made things miserable for the Nazis in Italy and France in the …