• 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
  • Edmonton food bank launches new effort to connect clients to more services

    Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. That seems to be Edmonton Food Bank’s new mantra.
    On Wednesday, the organization formally unveiled its new program, Beyond Food, at 11434-120 Street, available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The service began in November and has served about 200 people so far. It addresses some of the many challenges Edmontonians face.
    “We’re here to link people to what we can do and also
  • Seniors coach seniors on health literacy in new University of Alberta program

    Two years ago, Joyce Schwan, 77, had a stroke that paralyzed the right side of her body and took away her ability to speak and walk.
    But with encouragement and healthy active living options, Schwan went from 200 steps a day to over 6,000 and decided to re-enter the workforce as a part-time office assistant with the Royal Canadian Legion. 
    Now, Schwan is interested in learning more tools to live a healthy lifestyle through a new University of Alberta program offering peer-to-peer health lite
  • Aggravated assault charges laid after soccer player attacked in St. Albert

    A verbal disagreement at a soccer game in St. Albert ended up with one man being sent to an Edmonton hospital with serious facial injuries and two men being charged with aggravated assault.
    Mounties said the 50-year-old victim, whose injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening, was assaulted last Friday at Lions Park at around 8:30 p.m.
    In a release Wednesday, RCMP said the man had been playing soccer with other people in the park when a disagreement erupted between the victim and three mal
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  • Cyclist sought as possible eyewitness to city's latest homicide

    A cyclist riding near where a man was shot in the Callingwood neighbourhood last week is being sought as a potential witness to the city’s latest homicide, police said Wednesday. 
    Ibrahim Zoker became the 12th homicide victim of 2018 when he was shot on a west Edmonton school ground. Officers found the injured man near 172 Street and 64 Avenue around 11 p.m. on May 16. He later died in hospital.
    Homicide detectives said a cyclist was seen travelling westbound on a path just north
  • Warning from Moody's as Alberta spurns agreement at western premiers'conference over pipeline spat

    Alberta’s signature will be conspicuously absent from a communique Canada’s western premiers have agreed to send Ottawa.
    Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman wanted the final letter from the Western Premiers’ Conference in Yellowknife to express support for the Trans Mountain pipeline from every premier at the table, but that didn’t happen. 
    So Alberta said “No thank you” to signing its support to shared priorities around a multitude of issues, includin
  • City council votes to explore multiple beaches in river valley

    Edmonton’s accidental beaches could multiply.
    City councillors voted Wednesday to further explore the feasibility of encouraging multiple beaches for public use all through the river valley, replicating last year’s Accidental Beach in Cloverdale. 
    But that’s going to require Edmonton beachgoers to clean up their act, said Mayor Don Iveson. 
    “For me, quite frankly, the beach is a little bit on probation. … But if we can make this thing work, why wouldn&rsq
  • Spider-bite victim enters guilty plea in 'novel' weapons trafficking case

    An Edmonton man will be the first person sentenced in Alberta for a so-called “straw purchasing” offence related to domestic weapons trafficking.
    Justin Scott Shipowich, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession of restricted firearms for the purposes of trafficking.
    Court heard that straw purchasing is when a person with a non-existent or minor criminal record buys weapons and then sells them to someone who wouldn’t legally be able to themselves. 
    According
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  • Edmonton preparing to get stinky as corpse flower prepares to bloom

    Edmonton is about to get a little bit stinky. 
    The Muttart Conservatory is expecting one of its younger Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a corpse flower, to bloom soon and if it’s anything like last year when Putrella the giant corpse flower blossomed, interest will be high.
    Maybe it was because there have been fewer than 200 corpse flower blooms recorded in conservatories around the world that Putrella attracted thousands of visitors to the conservatory
  • Court hears guilty plea in 'novel' domestic weapons trafficking case

    An Edmonton man will be the first person sentenced in Alberta for a so-called ‘straw purchasing’ offence related to domestic weapons trafficking.
    Justin Scott Shipowich, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession of restricted firearms for the purposing of trafficking.
    Court heard that straw purchasing is when a person with a non-existent or minor criminal record buys weapons and then sells the firearms to other people. 
    According to an agreed statement of facts, Sh
  • 'Make it so': Iveson wants Patrick Stewart to be the voice of Edmonton transit

    If not Morgan Freeman, then who should be the voice on Edmonton’s transit services?
    Well, Mayor Don Iveson’s office asked that very question, and he says his wife Sarah Chan suggested — wait for it — Patrick Stewart.
    That’s right. 
    If Ms. Sarah Chan has her way, Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s soothing baritones might help LRT and bus riders journey to … well, the different parts of Edmonton.
    Iveson said he was “was all in for that. Make it so
  • Edmonton man who babysat charged with sexual assault, making child porn

    A 50-year-old Edmonton man has been charged with sexual offences against two children who he frequently babysat, say police. 
    Alberta’s Internet Child Exploitation unit (ICE), part of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), announced Wednesday it had charged the man and investigators believe there may be other victims. 
    Police allege the man on two separate occasions over a year ago sexually assaulted two young children that he knew. Investigators say he was a friend
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  • Alberta spurns agreement at Western Premiers' Conference over pipeline spat

    Alberta’s signature will be conspicuously absent from a communique Canada’s western premiers agreed Wednesday to send off to Ottawa.
    Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman wanted the final letter from the Western Premiers’ Conference in Yellowknife to express support for the Trans Mountain pipeline from every premier around the table, but that didn’t happen. 
    So Alberta said “No thank you” to signing its support to shared priorities around a multitude of
  • City council votes to explore multiple beaches in the river valley

    Edmonton’s accidental beaches could multiply.
    City councillors voted Wednesday to further explore the feasibility of encouraging multiple beaches for public use all through the river valley, replicating last year’s accidental beach to spread out the impact. 
    But that’s going to require Edmonton beach goers to clean up their act, said Mayor Don Iveson. 
    “For me, quite frankly, the beach is a little bit on probation. … But if we can make this thing work, wh
  • Is Solo: A Star Wars Story one worth telling in the first place?

    (First thing: this opinion piece is SPOILER FREE. I haven’t seen the new Star Wars film or read any reviews. We good? OK, read on!)
    You’re sitting there in the dark theatre this weekend, and just imagine it, the name of the movie’s main character jumps onto the big screen: LANDO! Cheers, applause and underwear-flinging all around!
    OK, it’s hard not to want to leap headfirst on the Donald Glover hover-bandwagon right now: his This Is America video performing as Childish Ga
  • Vancouver has Morgan Freeman. So who should voice Edmonton's transit?

    If not Morgan Freeman, then who?
    That’s what Edmontonians are debating after news broke Wednesday of a partnership deal between VISA and Vancouver’s TransLink that will have transit riders listening to the soothing voice of Freeman making announcements at select SkyTrain stations.
    “Hello bus riders. This is a smoke-free bus, but I’m sure you already knew that,” says one track. “What you might not know, however, is that you can now tap your Visa to go anywhere
  • Can 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' live up to the hype? We discuss.

    Fish Griwkowsky holds a panel discussion on his sofa with Mike Borchert, of the Borchelli Brothers podcast, and local musician Curtis Ross talking about the latest Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars story.
    The movie opens in theatres on Friday, May 25.
     
  • Smoky Lake-area man charged with 23 arsons going back years: New RCMP forestry crimes unit

    A Smoky Lake-area man is facing 23 counts of arson in the wake of two dozen fires dating back to 2012, say RCMP. 
    The charges come after an “in-depth” investigation by the Alberta RCMP’s forestry crimes unit, created in January to probe suspicious fires. 
    “This is a good success already for this unit,” RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott said Wednesday. 
    The unit — with the help of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry along with Smoky Lake County Emergency Servi
  • 'Clothing itself isn’t a distraction': Board urges Edmonton schools to rework dress codes

    Public schools should rework dress codes to remove references to girls’ or boys’ clothing and nix rules that could single out races, religions, or body shapes, the Edmonton public school board says.
    The school board voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to encourage school administrators to revise policies with a critical eye to language that could discriminate against any group of students.
    “It shouldn’t say, ‘Now, girls, it’s spring time. Don’t wear t
  • Valley Line LRT work continues after car-sized concrete slab delays construction

    Construction of the Valley Line LRT bridge across the North Saskatchewan River has resumed after a partially buried concrete slab temporarily halted work in March.
    Crews discovered the car-sized piece of concrete buried nine metres deep under a berm platform where cofferdam construction was underway for the Tawatinâ Bridge on the north side of the river near Grierson Hill. 
    Trans Ed, the group building the line, released a statement Wednesday saying crews have now begun working safely
  • Live: Edmonton debates keeping the Accidental each

    Edmonton city councillors will get their first chance to really dig into the possibility of keeping the accidental beach in Cloverdale Wednesday. 
    The first comprehensive report on what it would take to keep the beach is going to council’s executive committee and is first on the agenda. A feasibility study by the consultant Stantec looked at six different locations for beaches in Edmonton, all along existing sandbars, and concluded the Cloverdale option is the best in terms of slope s
  • 109 Street bar owner says rooftop patio tied up with red tape

    With summer comes patio season, but one restaurant seems to be getting some shade from the city.
    The Why Not Cafe & Bar, a small eatery on 109 Street just north of Whyte Avenue, found a notice from the city tacked to its door Tuesday morning that said it did not have a permit for a rooftop patio, and had seven days to obtain the required permit.
    “If I could get it done in seven days … I’ve been trying to get it for eight weeks now,” a frustrated sounding Levi Biddlec
  • Will a top young d-man prospects like Noah Dobson fall to the Edmonton Oilers? Maybe

    Will Noah Dobson fall to the Edmonton Oilers? Surely this question has been on the mind of the Oilers faithful these past few days as young Dobson rips it up at the Memorial Cup championships. 
    Dobson, 18, is a skilled and strapping young d-man for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He’s not as fluid or athletic-looking as Mikhail Sergachev, but he skates well and handles the puck better than did Sergachev in his draft year. Dobson is able to make quick cuts and dekes to shake off forechecker
  • Permit problem puts small eatery's rooftop patio in jeopardy

    Levi Biddlecombe and Adrienne Livingston, owner-operators of the Why Not Cafe & Bar in Edmonton, received a non-compliance order from the City of Edmonton that prevents them from serving customers on their rooftop patio.
    The order stated that the cafe did not have a permit for a rooftop patio, and had seven days to obtain the required permit.
    “If I could get it done in seven days … I’ve been trying to get it for eight weeks now,” said Biddlecombe. The small busi
  • Edmonton weather: I think it's safe to take off the winter tires now

    A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.
    Wednesday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measure 15.2 C with a 4 km/h wind coming from the south. A heat warning remains in effect for Edmonton, and much of the northern portion of the the province.
    Heat Warnings are issued when very high temperature conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
    Today: Sunny. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h n
  • Wednesday's letters: Will council slow down LRT next?

    So, a pedestrian was struck and killed by the LRT south of the Clareview Station. Will our over-reactive city council consider reducing the speed limit of trains to further impair the movement of traffic in our city?  
    Perhaps it makes more sense to educate people about the dangers from traffic, trains and other distractions such as electronic device usage. Reducing speed limits and punishing the masses is not a sensible safety measure.
    Dale Hrdlicka, Edmonton
    NDP capping more crash in
  • Opinion: Affordable rent not just a big-city problem

    Despite a significant public focus on the issue, affordable rental housing continues to be an issue across Canada and Alberta.
    The 2018 www.rentalhousingindex.ca, a comprehensive database of rental housing statistics based on 2016 census data from Statistics Canada, provides information for over 800 cities and regions.
    We need to pay attention to rental housing trends because for the first time since 1971, there has been an increase in rental households across Canada compared to home owners
  • Enjoy safe swimming in the North Saskatchewan River

    While columnist David Staples is a big booster of the river valley, he wants you to be very careful when swimming in the North Saskatchewan this summer. The physical hazards of the current and the river’s water quality should not be taken for granted. It’s recommended swimmers wear a lifejacket and never swim alone.
  • David Staples: Accidental Beach needs to become Permanent Beach

    Local politicians and government administrators face a major test of their competency and flexibility.
    Out of nowhere and completely by accident, Edmonton was handed a great gift in Accidental Beach last year, which owed its existence to berms built for LRT bridge construction. Thousands flocked to the beach in the river valley after word got out of its existence.
    But will we squander this opportunity?
    Will bureaucratic complexities, red tape and risk aversion stop the beach from becoming perman
  • Alberta seeks 'creative disrupters' to drive digital innovation in government

    The province will launch a new digital innovation office this summer, and is searching for someone to lead it.  
    That someone will be paid up to $241,410 per year as chief of an office dedicated to “driving digital innovation across government.”
    According to the job posting, the office’s goal is to “deliver simpler, efficient and better services for the citizens of Alberta in the digital age.”
    It will be composed of a small team of “progressive think

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