• Puljujarvi would need a shot on Oilers' top two lines to prove worth

    Jesse Puljujarvi was in over his head as a teenage pro last season like Leon Draisaitl was in his first kick at the can in the National Hockey League.
    Which begs the question: Can we expect the Finnish winger, whom the Edmonton Oilers took fourth overall in the 2016 draft, to do what the German centre, who went third in 2014, did in Year 2? Or is that giant leap of faith?
    Draisaitl had nine points in 37 games in his freshman NHL year, before going back to junior in Kelowna as he helped the Weste
  • Teenage boy, man taken to hospital in serious condition after fight in St. Albert

    A teenage boy with life-threatening injuries and a man in serious, but stable condition were both taken to hospital.
  • Two hospitalized following 'altercation' in St. Albert, RCMP say

    Two men are in hospital with “undetermined injuries” after an altercation on Everitt Drive in St. Albert that happened around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
    RCMP say both men were taken to hospital by emergency medical services and their condition is not known at this time.
    On Sunday, Cpl. Laurel Kading, media liaison officer for St. Albert RCMP, said around 4 p.m. that the scene is still cordoned off, but expected the road to be re-opened on Monday.
    “We don’t know what we&rs
  • Paint the Rails project to bring life to six Edmonton LRT stations

    A Canada 150 legacy project will help brighten up a few LRT train stations around Edmonton.
    The Paint the Rails project has the John Humphrey Centre and Edmonton Transit Service teaming up to have permanent art installations in six LRT stations around the city.The first mural, called Returning Home, will be painted at the Churchill LRT Station, in the concourse level near the Art Gallery of Alberta entrance.
    The lead artist working on this piece is Carla Rae Taylor, who
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  • Cult of Hockey: Oilers fan fallacies at the 2017-18 quarter pole

    At the quarter point of the 2017-18 NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers are nowhere near where most fans or professional hockey watchers thought they would be: Five points out of a wildcard spot, in the Western Conference.
    Wait. What’s that? You knew all along that this roster was flawed?  That too many Oilers had career years last season, and that there was no way they could even come close to comparing with last year’s results?
    Uh-huh, right  I have encountered all kinds of t
  • University adds new training module for nursing students after attacks

    A “unique cluster” of attacks against nursing students by patients last year prompted the University of Alberta to incorporate a new training module into its curriculum to help protect students on placements. 
    In the span of one week three nursing students suffered non-serious injuries, but it was enough to initiate an internal review by the university’s Environment, Health and Safety, said Faculty of Nursing’s director of undergraduate services Linda Youell.
    A stude
  • Nick Lees: Sorrentino’s family steeped in soccer tradition

    Some 200 million people of Italian descent bowed their heads in embarrassment last week when Italy, for the first time in six decades, failed to qualify for soccer’s World Cup.
    “A national shame,” cried a Rome daily. Another paper announced it was one of the darkest pages in Italy’s sporting history: “a brutal slap beyond incalculable harm for a country that lives and breathes soccer.”
    Disappointment was brief at Sorrentino’s head office on 109 Street, w
  • Say hello to the new Alberta Party, much like the old PC Party

    The Alberta Party is under new management.
    We just don’t know yet who the new manager is. Or where the party is headed.
    We don’t know who the party’s new leader will be and we don’t really know who the new members are.
    Oh, there are a lot of new members.
    Almost 400 packed the party’s annual general meeting in Red Deer on the weekend. That’s compared to 59 who turned up last year.
    There were new, young faces but many sure looked like old, familiar Progressive C
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  • Audit: City's pesticide policy out of date, not clearly communicated

    An audit coming before Edmonton’s audit committee on Monday found deficiencies in the city’s pesticide policy and its communication.
    The audit was done to check the city’s Integrated Pest Management Policy for clarity, determine if local procedures adhered to provincial and federal standards and assess whether the city is disclosing their practices to the public effectively.
    City Auditor David Wiun said pesticides are federally regulated for health, and provincially regula
  • Santa's Parade of Lights takes festive path down Jasper Ave

    Construction in the city centre didn’t keep crowds away from Santa’s Parade of Lights on Saturday.
    Rather than winding downtown, the parade took a straight route down Jasper Avenue. The tens of thousands lining the route mostly were excited for the man himself, Santa, to come down the street in a one-horse open sleigh.
    Holding her light scepter in one hand and an envelope with green lettering addressed to Santa North Pole, six-year-old Aubrey Turner was excitedly waited to see Santa.
  • Candidates in Calgary-Lougheed byelection hit the campaign trail

    Candidates vying to represent Calgary-Lougheed are hitting the campaign trail ahead of a Dec. 14 byelection.
    On Thursday, Premier Rachel Notley confirmed the byelection to fill the seat of long-time representative Dave Rodney.
    Rodney, a former Progressive Conservative who has held the seat since 2004, stepped down to pave the way for Jason Kenney after he was elected leader of the United Conservative Party in October.
    Kenney, who said he starting door-knocking on Friday, repeatedly asked fo
  • Eskimos fans travel to Calgary for CFL West Final

    Eskimos fans are hyped for the West Final Sunday. 
    The game pits Edmonton’s team against the the Stampeders at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium. 
    The last time the teams met was back in October, when the Eskimos won 29-20, and one fan from the city is predicting a repeat. 
    “The Edmonton Eskimos will beat the Calgary Stampeders, guaranteed,” said Esks fan Matt Machado. 
    Machado, who has been organizing road trips to Calgary for Eskimos games for a few yea
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  • Rising road deaths on Highway 628 prompt families to demand safety measures

    Kirsten MacNeil still goes out to the side of Highway 628 and tries to sleep at the spot where her son, Luke MacNeil, died in a car crash on July 6.
    Luke is not the only one who has died on the gravel road between Edmonton and Stony Plain, and a growing number of families are calling for improvements.
    Wendy Wagner, Luke’s aunt and Kirsten’s sister, was 4,000 miles away when she heard the news and arrived to the family having to deal with cremation, funeral arrangements and choosing s
  • Cult of Hockey Game Grades: Oilers stumble to 6-3 loss in Dallas

    Something is not right with this hockey team.
    The Edmonton Oilers reached the quarter-pole of their season today, and did not have the legs to finish down the stretch, in a game there for the taking.  Now, with just 7 wins on the season, something has to give, and fast, to turn this around. This, with four games still to come on a grueling five-game road trip.
    The “turning point” of today’s loss arguably came when Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock pulled his starter for Ben Bisho
  • Toasting the best wine-by-the-glass no-reservation spots in south Edmonton

    Edmonton is getting well-deserved national attention for its top-quality food scene. To achieve this status, these restaurants all have some things in common — talented chefs with a “vision,” using quality ingredients, plus they all have excellent wine lists with equal creativity and consideration. Thankfully, we are seeing wine-by-the-glass programs improving as well, and they deserve some recognition. Here’s a look at my top wine-by-the-glass spots with no-reservation b
  • City shares concepts for reimagined Beaumaris Lake

    The city is asking for your feedback on the redesign of a popular park.
    The almost 40-year-old Beaumaris Lake, the city’s first and largest stormwater lake has three concepts for a re-design that the public can look at.
    “Today we have brought back concepts for Beaumaris Lake, based on information we collected from citizens using the area,” said Marlis Foth, director of open space planning and design for the City of Edmonton.
    Easels with concept art encircled the
  • Sold-out Alberta Party meeting draws former Progressive Conservatives

    Former Progressive Conservatives bolstered the 400-strong crowd at the Alberta Party’s annual general meeting as members brand it as a party still defining itself.
    “It’s not surprising,” said outgoing Alberta Party president Pat Cochrane on Saturday. “If you look back at Peter Lougheed and that Progressive Conservative Party that he established, a lot of those people are here.
    “We’ve had an influx of new members,” she added.
    The Alberta Party, slat
  • Critical lack of depth scoring from kids and vets alike a crippling factor for Edmonton Oilers

    Game Day 20: Oilers at Stars
    One year later, the Edmonton Oilers find themselves in the same place but a different space. 52 weeks ago on this day, the Oilers visited Dallas in the throes of a five-game regulation losing streak, their longest of the season. After a terrific start that saw them win 7 of their first 8 games, the Oilers had blown nearly all of that early capital but nonetheless arrived in Dallas with a 9-8-1 record that saw them hanging around in second place in a weak-ish Pacific
  • Alberta Party kicks off sold-out AGM in Red Deer

    About 400 people converged in Red Deer this weekend for the Alberta Party’s annual general meeting as members gear up for a leadership race.
    MLA for Calgary-Elbow Greg Clark said his decision to step down as leader on Nov. 11 was made in order to grow membership before the next provincial election. 
    Saturday’s meeting at the Radisson Hotel was sold out.
    MLA Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill Karen McPherson gave a speech to open the meeting. The former NDP MLA became the second Alber
  • Saturday's letters: Edmonton needs more Indigenous names

    Someone is offended that we have finally used an Indigenous name for a street in Edmonton.
    I love Edmonton; I just don’t love winter, so my wife and I escape to Maui for some time against the cold weather. Our favourite mall is the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. We also love going up to Haleakala National Park and to the winery in Ulupalakua, or to Ma’alaea to go whale watching. Get the point?  
    When we first went to Maui, we couldn’t pronounce these, or many other na
  • Opinion: Investing in pure research is unpredictable but essential

    Where will the next important research breakthrough come from? How will it revolutionize the way we live? It is impossible to predict. We can only be sure of where the journey begins: with a curious researcher testing and analyzing new, untried ideas and theories.
    Fundamental research — research that has no immediate goal — underlies every great invention and every great economic change. It’s risky and unpredictable but it’s essential to the future.
    When the federal Funda
  • Looks like the whole neighbourhood is out for brunch at Mill Creek Cafe

    It’s around noon on a Sunday and, as usual, the Mill Creek Cafe is hopping, with almost every seat filled by a mix of millennials, parents with young kids, seniors and sporty types.
    The cafe, located next to Scona Cycle near the edge of the Mill Creek Ravine, has been a hangout for people seeking good casual eats for more than 15 years, and each weekend a crowd comes out to do brunch.
    Many of those diners live in the area and arrive on foot, a lucky thing given the tight parking on the str
  • Catholic education under attack in Alberta, retired bishop Frederick Henry tells trustees

    Catholic education is under attack and school trustees must celebrate, preserve, promote and enhance it.
    That was the message to delegates as the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association opened its annual general meeting Friday at the Westin hotel with a keynote address from Calgary’s retired bishop Frederick Henry.
    Henry also said society is overloading children with data on sex without giving them the ability to deal with what they are hearing.
    Children, he said, face “a
  • 'Smallest distillery in North America' starting retail sales in Old Strathcona operation

    Strathcona Spirits owner Adam Smith is so keen to put local ingredients in his company’s booze, he flavours the gin with wild juniper berries and sea buckthorn he picks himself.
    What Smith claims is North America’s smallest distillery opened last December in a 69-square-metre former radiator shop on a gentrifying Old Strathcona industrial block, outfitted with a $100,000 custom-made still he and a friend drove 10,000 km to pick up in the Ozarks.
    Although Strathcona Spirits has b
  • Edmonton playwright gets six months for possession of child porn

    An Edmonton playwright has been handed a jail sentence after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. 
    David Belke was sentenced to six months behind bars in an Edmonton courtroom Friday, according to court records. 
    The 57-year-old playwright, performer and former substitute teacher pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography Oct. 26. He was arrested March 17 after turning himself in to police. 
    Belke came under investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcem
  • Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits Edmonton but doesn't meet with Premier Rachel Notley

    Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh heaped praise on Premier Rachel Notley during his first official visit to Edmonton on Friday, but the two leaders failed to meet to discuss disagreements over pipeline projects considered vital to the provincial economy.
    “I think Premier Notley is an incredible premier … Someone who I have personally always really respected and looked up to and continue to do so,” Singh told Postmedia following a tour of the Alternative Energy Centre at the Nor
  • Mayor Don Iveson wants extra design review for developments near major LRT stations

    Mayor Don Iveson said he’ll push for all major new developments around LRT stations to get an additional design review after more than two dozen people turned out Friday to oppose towers proposed for Holyrood Gardens.
    The project would have three 22- and 18-storey towers lining 85 Street in the Holyrood neighbourhood, but neighbours worry new site rules sought by Regency Developments are too vague.
    Residents say the buildings don’t follow Edmonton’s planning guidelines, put tow
  • Students' union won't replace smashed piano installed in mental health initiative

    A mental health initiative at the University of Alberta has been smashed.
    Two “street pianos” had been installed above the Health Sciences LRT station pedway as part of a mental-health initiative in 2015 by then students’ union president William Lau.
    “The street piano initiative has ended, and plans were underway to donate the pianos to another organization,” said Alix Kemp, speaking on behalf of the University of Alberta Students’ Union.
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  • Santa Claus parade set for Jasper Avenue on Saturday

    Santa Claus is coming to downtown Edmonton with a modified route from previous years.
    The Santa’s Parade of Lights will start on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Jasper Avenue and 100 Street and travel westbound to end at Jasper Avenue and 108 Street, organizers said.
    Food trucks and Porta Potties will be located north of Jasper Avenue at 105 Street in Beaver Hills Park and south of Jasper Avenue near 102 Street.
    Jasper Avenue will be closed to traffic for the length of the parade, but north-south
  • Paula Simons: Fixing "abysmal" Edmonton corporate culture a tall order

    According to a disturbing new report by City of Edmonton auditor David Wiun, almost 20 per cent of city staff feel they’ve been victims of workplace harassment or bullying. 
    Of those, only 36 per cent reported the alleged abuse. As an investigation this week by my Postmedia colleague Elise Stolte revealed, many city employees have lost faith in a complaints system which, they say, does little or nothing to stop abusers, and which brings down means of retribution on those who speak up.

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