• Proposed redesign of Confederation Lounge in Hotel Macdonald sparks public uproar online

    The proposed redesign for the historic Confederation Lounge in the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has created a stir online from those attached to the old-school elegance.
    Hundreds of residents took to social media voicing their concerns about the loss of architectural heritage for a more modern look after renderings were released online by the popular downtown hotel Tuesday morning.
    Rendering of the proposed new bar design for the historic Confederation Lounge in the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, initial
  • 'Always laughing, joking': Friend of hookah bar shooting victim saw pal hours before death

    Aklilu Mengiste saw his friend hours before he was shot dead Sunday morning by a gunman who fired into the windows of a Whyte Avenue hookah bar in the city’s latest homicide.
    “He told me, ‘I’ll be back,’ and that’s what happened after,” said Mengiste, of the 1:30 a.m. killing at Xhale Lounge, 8120 101 St.
    Mengiste operates Ertale Lounge at 124 Street and 118 Avenue.
    An autopsy Tuesday morning determined 26-year-old Abubeker Gemechu Abduraman, known to fr
  • Watch: Kenney clarifies his stance on GSAs

    UCP leader Jason Kenney clarified his postion on Gay Straight Alliances in Alberta schools at a media event on Tuesday.
    Kenney said he and his party support GSAs, but using legislation is not a moderate approach.
    “Let highly trained teachers and principles make a decision on a case-by-case basis of what’s in the best interest of the child,” he said.
    Kenney announced Monday that a UCP government would proclaim a seven-year-old piece of education legislation, replacing Alberta&rs
  • Watch: Maintenance to LRT line leading to closed station, temporary changes to service

    Craig McKeown, director of engineering and maintenance for Edmonton Transit, and Brad Smid, acting director of LRT infrastructure delivery, outline upcoming transit changes at Central LRT station in Edmonton, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The station will be closed from April 6-27 for maintenance and upgrades as part of the city’s TLC for LRT program.
    The program will see upgrades and maintenance conducted on the station and on surface tracks. Capital and Metro Line LRT service frequency and
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  • Alberta Teachers' Association slams UCP education platform

    Solutions to the biggest problems facing Alberta’s schools are absent from the United Conservative Party’s K-12 education platform, the Alberta Teachers’ Association said.
    The UCP education platform, released Monday, fails to tackle ballooning Alberta class sizes and an impending crisis of educating children with complex needs, ATA president Greg Jeffery said Tuesday.
    He flagged the UCP’s plan to increase high-stakes testing, roll back protections for students in gay-stra
  • Watch: Kenney unveils skills training program

    UCP leader Jason Kenney rolled out his vision for a more skills training for young people in Alberta if they win the spring election.
    His plan includes more vocational schools, an Alberta trades hall of fame and getting junior high school kids working on job sites.
    At the heart of Kenney’s skills training platform was his belief in a dichotomy between the worth placed on university degrees versus trade qualifications.
    His proposals were largely based on Germany’s trades education mod
  • UCP pushes trades, apprenticeships for young Albertans

    More vocational schools and apprenticeships, $1 million in trades scholarships, junior high students working on job sites, and an Alberta trades hall of fame will be in the cards if the UCP wins the spring election.
    United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney made those promises Tuesday at a transport company in Edmonton.
    At the heart of Kenney’s skills training platform was his belief in a dichotomy between the worth placed on university degrees versus trade qualifications.
    His proposals were
  • Alberta election notebook: Math gaffe, a winning goat, naughty town puns and FCP policy

    UCP candidate for Cypress-Medicine Hat Drew Barnes became Twitter fodder after he made a math mistake in a tweet of his own. 
    Barnes, who served as finance critic, garnered attention when he posted that under the NDP, a passing grade in math has become 42 per cent, meaning that “it has become acceptable for children to not know 68 per cent of the material they are taught in school.”
    But, of course, 42 per cent and 68 per cent adds up to 110 per cent.
    Alberta politics enthusiasts
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  • Alberta Election Day 8: Notley outlines NDP plan to trim surgical wait times, Kenney details UCP skills training plans

    It’s Day 8 of the 2019 Alberta election campaign trail. Here’s what the province’s political parties are doing today.
    Related Alberta Election 2019: Here's what the parties have promised so far
    Notley on reducing surgical wait times, increased emergency care
    NDP Leader Rachel Notley announced this morning in Calgary her government, if elected, would commit $90 million per year to help reduce surgical wait times and to increase emergency care.
    “We have made good progress f
  • Edmonton military officer facing three charges following sexual misconduct allegations

    A Canadian Armed Forces officer with the Edmonton-based 1 Service Battalion is facing three charges under the National Defence Act following reports of sexual misconduct.
    The charges relate to “incidents of a sexual nature” occurring on a number of occasions between June and October 2017, both at the Edmonton Garrison base and while on a job in B.C., the Department of National Defence said in a news release Tuesday.
    The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged the offic
  • 'Forever broken': Victim impact statements for senior slain by stranger in own home

    Family members of an Edmonton senior killed in his own home by a man recently released from prison read out victim impact statements in court Tuesday morning.
    Walter Jenkins pleaded guilty in February to the second-degree murder of 67-year-old Frederick John Dunn. Dunn’s body was found at the bottom of his basement stairs on May 20, 2017, days after Jenkins broke into his home and attacked him.
    Dunn’s sister, Betty Ann Brandt, read out the first of six victim impact statements heard
  • UCP education platform reignites fierce debate over rules around gay-straight alliances in Alberta schools

    UCP Leader Jason Kenney has rekindled a debate over gay-straight alliances in schools after doubling down on an education plan that would do away with some of the legal protections for Alberta LGBTQ students and school staff.
    “We support GSAs, we think kids should be able to set them up,” he said Tuesday in Edmonton, where he was releasing a plan on skills training. “However using the blunt instrument of the law to tell a teacher that under no circumstances can they communicate
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  • City shares plans for summer, spring LRT projects

    The city is asking transit riders for patience as it dives into a slew of LRT maintenance projects that will require station closures and decreased train frequencies.
    Between April and August, the city will repair tracks, fix-up the 66 Street tunnel, update platforms and more in an effort to bring the 41-year-old LRT system up to snuff.
    “That maintenance is a key part of providing safe and reliable service on our LRT system,” said Brad Smid, acting director of LRT infrastructure deli
  • If Edmonton Oilers want to grow an organizational "culture", maybe they could try hanging on to their own players

    Game Day 76: Kings at OilersSam Gagner plays his 500th game as an Edmonton Oiler tonight. He’ll become just the 23rd player in the 40-year, 39-season NHL history of the franchise to do so.
    Even rarer, Gagner is poised to become the first drafted Oiler to spend his 30th birthday — upcoming this August — as a member of the club since Ales Hemsky. Of course in Sam’s case there is a huge asterisk in that he was traded away from the organization at age 24 and was reacquired ne
  • Quick change artist: Kat Sandler connects past and present in dynamic duo at Citadel

    There’s a lot of details to think about when writing and directing a play. But calculating how long it takes for the entire cast to pelt between two theatres is a new consideration for Kat Sandler.
    The Toronto playwright is the author of two shows — The Party and The Candidate — appearing in the Citadel’s Rice and MacLab theatres, starting at month’s end. Both plays focus on the campaign trail of two very different candidates during an election year, culminating in
  • Red, white and blues: Lighthouse, Colin James offer up choice of classic Canadiana

    You’ve certainly got your choice of classic Canadiana to check out on Thursday night.
    First up is Lighthouse, one of Canada’s biggest success stories in the late ’60s and ’70s. Often compared to fellow fusion pioneers Chicago, Lighthouse went even further in their quest to go beyond rock, adding classical to their mix of jazz and rock, upping the musical ante with such huge hits as One Fine Morning, Pretty Lady, and Sunny Days. They broke up in 1974, came together for fou
  • Funk band comes to play their way, no singer needed

    George Clinton used to claim that “funk is its own reward” and you sense most of the members of Five Alarm Funk would agree with that.
    As a staple of Vancouver’s music scene since 2003, and regular visitors to the Edmonton area over 10 times now, this devoted, largely instrumental dance band will win you over even if you aren’t familiar with the historical particulars of funk.
    “Funk is just a driving, driving groove that always makes you feel good,” asserts Ta
  • 10 things to do in Edmonton this week: Middletown, The Crystal Method, and Drags Benny

    Middletown
    The universal need for love, warmth, and human contact is examined in Middletown, showing until April 6 at the Timms Centre. Will Eno’s dark comedy looks at the minutiae of life in the fictional town of the title, focusing on the friendship that develops between a handyman and a pregnant woman. Sandra M. Nichols directs, with Melanie Bahniuk and Michael Anderson starring.
    When: Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, April 6. All evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., with a 12:30 p.m.
  • Alberta Election Day 8: Notley outlines NDP plan to trim surgical wait times, Kenney to detail UCP skills training plans in Edmonton

    It’s Day 8 of the 2019 Alberta election campaign trail. Here’s what the province’s political parties are doing today.
    Related Alberta Election 2019: Here's what the parties have promised so far
    Notley in Calgary
    NDP Leader Rachel Notley announced this morning in Calgary her government, if elected, would commit $90 million per year to help reduce surgical wait times and to increase emergency care.
    “We have made good progress fighting for quality public healthcare, but we k
  • One person dead after car, semi-truck collide in Sherwood Park

    A 25-year-old man is dead after a car and a semi-truck crashed in Sherwood Park Tuesday morning.
    Around 3:20 a.m., Strathcona County RCMP responded to a call for a collision between a car and semi-trailer on Highway 14 near Range Road 232, said RCMP in a Tuesday release.
    Police said the car was travelling westbound in the eastbound lane when it collided with the semi.
    The 25-year-old man driving the car was fatally injured and pronounced dead on scene. There was no one else in the car. The semi
  • Alberta Election Day 8: Kenney to detail UCP skills training plans in Edmonton, Notley to make announcement in Calgary

    It’s Day 8 of the 2019 Alberta election campaign trail. Here’s what the province’s political parties are doing today.
    Related Alberta Election 2019: Here's what the parties have promised so far
    Notley in Calgary
    NDP Leader Rachel Notley will visit Wellspring Calgary Carma House, 1404 Home Road NW, at 10 a.m. for an announcement.
    Kenney in Edmonton
    United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney will give details on how his party plans to advance skills training in Alberta at 11 a
  • Edmonton weather: Cloudy with a chance of NOT SNOW!

    A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.
    Tuesday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measured 1 C with calm winds.
    It looks like the high today is only going to be 4 C with 60 per cent chance of rain, so hooray maybe I don’t need to wash my car now and just let mother nature take off all that dirt and grim I left on it all winter.
     
    Today’s forecast
    Today: Cloudy with 60 per cent chance of rain showers or flurries. Risk o
  • Tuesday's letters: Oilers overlook backyard gems

    Re. “Golden Bears’ Philp signs NHL contract despite injury in national final,” March 21
    Isn’t it curious that Luke Philp was scouted and signed by the Calgary Flames?
    The last time I looked, the U of A was in Edmonton, the home of the Golden Bears hockey team and the Edmonton Oilers.
    Why are the Oilers not looking closely at what is arguably the best hockey in the city and seeing what players they could sign? Even if they don’t make the team, they could definitely h
  • Editorial: Safety drives 40-km/h limit

    As city hall renews the debate over dropping speed limits on local residential roads to 40-km/h from 50, expect to see the usual roadblocks thrown up.
    There will be loud protests about a confusing patchwork of speed limits from 30 km/h to 100 and all possible variants in between. Some motorists will complain that it will be hard to keep track of ever-changing speed zones. But driving, by its nature, demands constant environmental awareness on the part of drivers.
    The fact is, not all roads are e
  • Keith Gerein: Beware of politicians with a microphone and a penchant for 'poetic licence'

    It is a common point of pride in Canada that our politics haven’t reached the level of absurdity that colours campaigns in the United States.
    But if the early part of Alberta’s provincial election is any indication, we’re starting to teeter down that same cliff.
    Throughout the first six days of rampaging rhetoric and pounded podiums, truth has been something of a fluid concept.
    Campaigns have produced enough distortions, evasions, half-truths, and unproven allegations to fill a
  • Unpopular opinion: Tyler Benson & Cooper Marody can make it as NHLers without being "over ripe"

    Just 31 of the NHL’s 180 first and second line forwards were “over ripe” minor leaguers
    The most over-used phrase of the Edmonton Oilers season? Over ripe.
    You hear it on Oilers Now. You hear it from Oilers management types. You hear it from Oilers fans.
    Over ripe. As in the notion that the Oilers will finally keep prospects down in the American Hockey League until they are completely and utterly ready for the NHL and then some, as opposed to promoting them to the bigs when the
  • Former NAIT women's hockey coach under fire in new role at University of Windsor

    Windsor, Ont. — The former head coach of the NAIT Ooks women’s hockey program is under fire in her new job as head coach of the University of Windsor women’s hockey team.
    A number of U of W players have accused Deanna Iwanicka of verbal and mental abuse.
    University officials offered no timeline for when an investigation into Iwanicka would be complete.
    “An outside investigator has been appointed,” said John Coleman, the university’s director of public affairs
  • No charges for city police officer who punched intoxicated 65-year-old man: ASIRT

    An Edmonton police officer will not face criminal charges following an investigation after he punched a 65-year-old man in the face, knocking him unconscious and resulting in a broken jaw.
    The Alberta Crown Prosecutors Service determined, based on evidence provided by ASIRT, that the matter didn’t meet the standards for prosecution, said ASIRT in a news release Monday afternoon.
    In March 2018, the province’s police watchdog was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding th
  • School trustees push for school board funding to keep pace with growth

    The next Alberta government must provide funding for new students enrolling in the province’s publicly funded schools, school trustees say.
    Gathered outside Rogers Place in Edmonton and the Saddledome in Calgary, shivering trustees from across Alberta pointed to the arenas to give perspective to the 15,000 more students expected to enrol in Alberta schools by September 2019 compared to September 2018.
    “Even a freeze in funding for growth will effectively be a cut,” Edmonton pub
  • Emergency drainage works prompts lane closures at Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard: Epcor

    Emergency drainage work at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard and Whyte Avenue has prompted lane closures.
    Epcor spokeswoman Kelly Struski said Monday repairs are underway to stop water pooling in the intersection.
    That means motorists can’t turn left from Gateway Boulevard onto Whyte Avenue. Inside lanes on Whyte leading up to the intersection with Gateway for both east and westbound traffic are also closed.
    Good aft #yeg motorists: WB & EB inside lanes of 82 Ave are closed before

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