• Saturday's letters: Premier's mansplaining remark is sexist

    The premier dismisses a comment because of the gender of the speaker, with the dismissive term mansplaining.
    This dismissal is wrong, in either direction. I am old enough to remember the Alberta legislature when there was one female MLA: the patronizing condescension was dismissive, and appalling.
    It is equally wrong, and appalling, to watch this in reverse today. But the premier can dismiss this letter: I am male.
    Peter Flynn, Edmonton
    No gov’t help for couples wanting children
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  • Four reports aiming to quell family violence released by government committee

    Two children killed during a court-authorized, unsupervised weekend visit. A man who died in hospital after being stabbed by his partner. A woman who died in her family home as a result of blunt-force trauma. A victim killed by a same-sex partner following their arrival in Canada as refugees.
    These cases were reviewed in four reports recently released by a government committee that aims to curb domestic violence in Alberta.
    The family violence death review committee, which reports to the ministr
  • 'It takes a small army': K-Days workers get orientation ahead of exhibition

    Temporary workers learned policy and procedure in the relaxed atmosphere of a banquet hall Monday, ahead of the 10-day bonanza that will be this year’s K-Days.
    “We’ve hosted millions of people over the years,” said Kevin Gunderman, interim president of Northlands, to the crowd of employees gathered at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. This upcoming K-Days, running July 20-29, will be the 139th iteration of the annual Edmonton fair, featuring rides, live performances and every man
  • Paula Simons: Shhhh. Don't worry. It's just a little private homicide

    Her name was Carrie Shannon Paton.
    She was passionate about her garden. Primroses were her favourite spring flowers.
    She was fascinated by the Middle Ages. She’d been a member of both the Knights of the Northern Realm and the Knygts Erraunt, living history clubs where she dressed in medieval gowns, engaged in swordplay and learned to make her own soap.
    She was interested in politics. She was a conservative, who disliked the New Democrats and supported Brian Jean. She also followed Don Ives
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  • Graham Thomson: Are the UCP's internal scuffles a sign of scandal or success?

    Pop quiz!
    The recent internal troubles at the United Conservative Party are proof that:
    a) the party is attracting unethical, extreme and power-hungry people who do not reflect the values of most Albertans;
    b) the party has a vigorous vetting process that is working well to screen out people who do not reflect the values of most Albertans.
    The correct answer is, of course, in the eye of the beholder.
    For critics of the UCP (hello NDP), the past week has revealed a troubling peek behind the cu
  • Live-painting of giant mural summons steady crowds in Old Strathcona

    Like roots from a tree, an energized and curious atmosphere has been growing at the base of an iconic new mural in Old Strathcona being painted by Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel and his team.
    The colourful six-storey mural of a giant humanoid dog, two cats and three trees started Saturday and is due to be finished Tuesday — a staggering pace for public art.
    At the foot of the Crawford Block (10318 83 Ave.), onlookers and fans of the artist have been taking selfies, testing their Spanish a
  • Mountain pine beetle takes over Jasper National Park forests

    The iconic pine trees blanketing Jasper National Park may never be the same as a mountain pine beetle epidemic has infected nearly half of the park’s pine forest.
    The area affected in the 11,000-square-kilometre park is approximately doubling each year, said Dave Argument, resource conservation manager with Jasper National Park, in a Monday interview. Sections of the forest have turned bright red as larvae feed on phloem in the tree trunks and kill them.
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  • Heat warning for Edmonton continues into Tuesday

    A heat warning continues to be in effect for the city of Edmonton and much of the southeastern portion of the province.
    Maximum daily temperatures near 29 C or above and overnight temperatures near 14 C or above are expected Tuesday, Environment Canada said Monday.
    People are being advised to take precautions including rescheduling outdoor activities until cooler periods, taking frequent breaks, spending time indoors and drinking water and non-dehydrating beverages.
    Heat warnings are issued
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  • NDP plans to announce week celebrating Alberta music industry

    The province is gearing up to announce a week that will celebrate the Alberta music industry, according to an internal email sent to industry members.
    Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda is set to make the official declaration in Calgary Thursday, launching Alberta Music Week from July 19-26.
    “We know that Alberta musicians are extraordinary and certainly deserve recognition for their talent and accomplishments,” he said in a statement Friday.
    Miranda, who wouldn’t com
  • Man convicted in $600,000 Canada Revenue fraud to be sentenced in September

    A tax-preparer found responsible for filing $2.9 million in false claims to the Canada Revenue Agency will be sentenced in September.
    Provincial court Judge Joyce Lester convicted Chander Mohan Sharma of one count of defrauding the Canada Revenue Agency of more than $5,000 in August 2017.
    The result of filing nearly $3 million in false claims was a fraud of about $600,000 in tax revenue owed to the Government of Canada, Lester found at the time.
    Lester relied on evidence from 11 of Sharma’
  • St. Albert boy with mobility issues robbed of his specialty bike

    His mom Andrea Cenek said her son has a gross motor delay, which makes balancing on a two-wheeler difficult. Two years ago, the family bought Caleb a Mobo Triton.
  • Edmonton's 18th homicide victim of the year identified as Carrie Paton, 38

    The victim of a homicide last week in Edmonton’s Blue Quill neighbourhood was 38-year old Carrie Paton, a family member confirmed Monday
    Donald Paton told Postmedia he will release a statement on behalf of the family.
    Police discovered the bodies of a 35-year-old man and 38-year-old woman at the home near 112 Street and 27 Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy confirmed Paton to be the city’s 18th homicide victim of the year, police said in a Saturday statement. Her cause
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  • Internationally-renowned artist Okuda San Miguel creates a six-storey tall mural in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona

    Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel started his six-storey high mural on Saturday and should be finished by Monday evening. He has two people with him to help out. He does the sketch and then his helpers assist by spraying in the colour.
  • Edmonton city manager Linda Cochrane to stay on until fall 2020

    City council has agreed to an 18-month contract extension for city manager Linda Cochrane that will keep her in the role until September 2020.
    Cochrane’s three-year contract was set to expire next March, putting councillors under some pressure to decide whether to keep her.
    Conducting a search for a new city manager is typically a long process that can go on for several months. The extension gives council more time to decide the long-term future of the role.
    “This contract extension
  • Rating Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli this summer: two good bets and one weak on major positional needs

    Did Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli answer the team’s three biggest roster questions heading into this summer: a back-up goalie, a puck-moving right shot d-man and a winger or two to who can play on one of the top three lines?
    The short answer is that Chiarelli attempted to answer each of the questions and found answers within the budget constraints faced by the Oilers, and he did so without trading low on any veteran player who had a down year in 2017-18, d-men like Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larss
  • Courtney Barnett brings her humble superstar vibe to Interstellar Rodeo

    To say Courtney Barnett is an exceptional songwriter is an understatement — her unpretentious, gum-chewing lyrical swagger is familiar to anyone who’s ever told it like it is, or even wanted to.
    This she pairs with such a straightforward, playful, softcore punk vibe — start somewhere in the neighbourhood of Patti Smith and Elastica — which she then cranks up to knock over crowds a la Sauron in the opening flashback of Lord of the Rings, all the kids from Smells
  • Underwear shortage: Bissell Centre asking for 5,000 new pairs in week-long campaign

    With nothing left on the shelves for those in need, Bissell Centre is asking Edmontonians to “Drop Your Gonch” and donate new underwear for the city’s homeless.
    The 5th annual week-long campaign launched Monday is hoping to collect 5,000 pairs of new undergarments for men and women to meet the demand throughout the summer.
    “Underwear donations are so hard to come by, we’ve been completely out for months,” marketing and communications manager Devin Komarniski s
  • Calgary Stampede mainstay Indian Village renamed as Elbow River Camp

    The Calgary Stampede’s Indian Village will now be known as Elbow River Camp following a two-year discussion to change the name.
    The Stampede and the teepee owners of the village, which sits on the banks of the Elbow River, announced the joint decision to rename Sunday morning.
    “In the camp, we all put names forward from each teepee and from that we whittled it down to two names. It was Elbow River Camp or Treaty 7 Camp,” said Michael Meguinis, Calgary Stampede teepee owner
  • Protester removed from Trump-Putin news conference

    An apparent protester has been escorted out of a joint press conference between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The individual seated with the American press corps was holding a sign about nuclear weapons.
    He identified himself as a reporter from the liberal magazine ‘The Nation.’
    A U.S. Secret Service agent spoke with the unidentified man, before Finnish security physically escorted him from the room minutes before the two presidents entered to begin the
  • The Top 25 Edmonton Oilers prospects for 2018: #25, D Ryan Mantha

    Prospect rankings change for all kinds of reasons.
    But it really sucks, for both the team and the player, when it does so because of injury.
    2018 Edmonton Oilers Prospects
    This year’s rankings were obtained by the average of five raters: our homegrown trio of David Staples, Bruce McCurdy and yours truly, along with Matt Mosewich of Edmonton Prospect Watch (@EDProspectWatch) and Sean Patrick Ryan of The Oil Knight (TheOilNight.ca).#25 Ryan Mantha
    Once upon a time the name Ryan Mantha w
  • Edmonton weather: Prepare city for ludicrous heat

    A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.
    Monday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measure 16 C with a 18 km/h wind coming from the south.
    Heat Warning in effect
    A heat warning is in effect for the city of Edmonton and much of the southeastern portion of the province.
    Maximum daily temperatures near 29 C or above and overnight temperatures near 14 C or above are expected Monday and Tuesday, Environment Canada said.
    People are being advised to take prec
  • 'Mandatory dispute resolution': Court of Queen's Bench takes aim at civil trial delays

    A proposal to introduce mandatory dispute resolution ahead of civil trials as a way to help clear a backlog in Alberta’s superior court would be a “small attempt to solve a much bigger problem,” a senior Edmonton civil litigator says.
    The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta announced this month it is seeking feedback on a proposed pilot that would lift a suspension on rules requiring parties to attempt dispute resolution before going to trial on civil matters.
    “Our ab
  • Grassy Mountain coal project at centre of provincial, federal review

    An Alberta coal mine slated to open in 2021 is at the centre of a review by the provincial and federal governments.
    The Grassy Mountain Coal Project is a proposed open-pit metallurgical coal mine planned for a legacy mining area near Blairmore in southwestern Alberta.
    According to government documents, the Riversdale Resources mine is set to cover 2,800 hectares around 150 kilometres southwest of Calgary, 13 kilometres east of the B.C. border. It will have the capacity to produce
  • Edmonton engineering students build bridge in Bolivia

    A small community in Bolivia has a new stone and concrete bridge after the help of several Edmonton engineering students.
    University of Alberta students spent the month of May in the South American village of Chavarria building a 39-metre cable suspension bridge through collaboration with Bridges to Prosperity, a United States-based non-profit.The goal was to give farming families across the river from the village a way to cross during the rainy season, said U of A club president Mabel Smit
  • Boarders and BMXers perform tricks to inspire youngsters in crowd

    From the handlebar twists of BMX champs to rail grinds of pro skateboarders, Louise McKinney Riverfront Park was alive with international competitors this past weekend.
    The FISE World Series came to Edmonton for its third summer in a row with international BMX, skateboard and scooter competitions. FISE sports director Johan Berthonneau said Sunday the Edmonton crowd had a good energy.
    “What the riders love at FISE is the energy,” he said on the final day of competition. “Having
  • Heat warnings issued for greater Edmonton, southeastern Alberta

    Heat warnings were issued for much of the southeastern portion of the province Sunday.
    Maximum daily temperatures near 29 C or above and overnight temperatures near 14 C or above are expected Monday and Tuesday, Environment Canada said.
    People are being advised to take precautions including rescheduling outdoor activities until cooler periods, taking frequent breaks, spending time indoors and drinking water and non-dehydrating beverages.
    Motorists are not to leave people or pets inside a closed
  • Heat warnings issued for Edmonton, much of Alberta

    Heat warnings have been issued for much of the southeastern portion of the province.
    Maximum daily temperatures near 29C or above and overnight temperatures near 14C or above are expected Monday and Tuesday, Environment Canada said in a notice issued issued Sunday afternoon.
    People are being advised to take precautions including rescheduling outdoor activities until cooler periods, taking frequent breaks, spending time indoors and drinking water and non-dehydrating beverages.
    It’s also rec
  • 'We are champions now': Edmonton soccer fans cheer FIFA World Cup teams in final

    As the final seconds of the World Cup final ticked over, the noise inside Cafe Bicyclette in Edmonton grew louder, French flags pulled tighter around shoulders.
    After five minutes of stoppage time, the final whistle blew.
    The room erupted.
    Joris Desares-Decaux hails from Normandy, France, and remembers the World Cup fever that gripped his home in 1998.
    Now in Edmonton, he ventured to the city’s francophone hotspot to watch the game with around 150 other France fans.
    The final whistle hadn&
  • PHOTOS: Ecstasy and agony for 2018 World Cup soccer fans in Edmonton

    World Cup soccer fans in Edmonton, Canada watched France defeat Croatia by a score of 4-2 at the World Cup soccer final in Moscow, Russia on Sunday July 15, 2018. Fans of Team Croatia gathered at the Edmonton Croatia Football Club and fans of Team France watched the game at La Cite Francophone. (PHOTOS BY LARRY WONG/POSTMEDIA)
    Fans of Team France celebrate at La Cite Francophone in Edmonton on Sunday July 15, 2018. France defeated Croatia by a score of 4-2 at the 2018 soccer World Cup final in M
  • Nick Lees: Cardinal shines as Shakespeare's tortured prince

    Shakespeare’s plays have been performed around the world for more than 400 years and Edmontonian Hunter Cardinal, I believe, must be one of the best actors ever to play Hamlet.
    Cardinal had audiences at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival performances in Hawrelak Park last week as jubilant at his performance in the title role as fans at some rock concerts.
    As Cardinal delivered a well-known Hamlet soliloquy Thursday night, my spine tingled the way it did decades ago when I first heard it as

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