• 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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  • Edmonton cannabis store owners unsurprised by strong demand

    It’s been half a week since weed became legal in Canada and judging from the lineups outside the stores on Saturday afternoon, it doesn’t look like demand is slowing down.
    People hanging out in their Saturday best getting a little dust blown in their eyes from the gusts in the city were mostly smiles and talking to each other, and the lineups for a lot of the stores snaked around the buildings.
    Nova Cannabis at Namao, located at 16616 95 Street, had a DJ pumping out tunes, handi
  • Keith Gerein: Alberta Party convention offers little to get excited about

    Creating a balanced and sustainable tax model.
    Saving more of Alberta’s energy revenue for a rainy day.
    Making life easier for the province’s businesses.
    That’s the substance of three “priority resolutions” passed Saturday by about 300 Alberta Party members at their fall policy convention in Edmonton.
    If you’re unimpressed, join the club.
    The motions are so vague, so deliberately unobjectionable that you’d think the party could have also approved policie
  • The demand for cannabis was anticipated in Edmonton

    It’s almost been a week of weed being legal in Canada and judging from the lineups outside the stores on Saturday afternoon it doesn’t look like demand is slowing down.
    People hanging out in their Saturday best getting a little dust blown in their eyes from the gusts in the city were mostly smiles and talking to each other, and the lineups for a lot of the stores snaked around the buildings.
    Nova Cannabis at Namao, located at 16616 95 Street, had a DJ pumping out tunes, handing
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  • 'We're screwed': Mandel offers frank pipeline appraisal ahead of Alberta Party policy platform release

    Albertans can expect a full Alberta Party election platform early next year, and leader Stephen Mandel believes it will “absolutely, unequivocally” be distinctive enough to set his party apart from the NDP and UCP.
    Around 485 party party faithful spent Saturday at the Edmonton Expo Centre voting on more than a dozen policy resolutions ahead of the 2019 election, largely centring on health care, poverty and fiscal responsibility.
    Perhaps the most controversial motion — to reduce
  • Face your fears of the dark at Fort Edmonton Park

    In a secluded part of Edmonton’s river valley, screams fill the hall from cages holding the would-be victims of a cult known as the Celebration of Undying Truth. What those victims don’t know is they may end up on the cult’s menu.
    For the first time, Fort Edmonton Park has created an immersive night of horrors that invites visitors to face their fears in three separate haunts designed to terrify. The whole experience is called Dark.
    “We wanted to create something that was
  • Notley not concerned party fundraising lags behind UCP

    The United Conservative Party raised nearly 75 per cent more than the NDP brought in last quarter, according to the latest financial reports from Elections Alberta.
    Despite lagging behind nearly $675,000 in fundraising dollars from July 1 to Sept. 30, Premier Rachel Notley is not overly concerned.
    Notley maintains that the NDP party did not buy it’s way into power four years ago, and it won’t try the that model in 2019 when the next provincial election will be called.
  • 'Then this creature appeared in front of us:' Cougar spotted in Terwillegar Park

    Barb Hepperle was about to let her four-year-old border collie spaniel Koko off his leash to frolic in the dog park when he started acting up.
    The pair had been pounding the trails like they do every morning at around the same time in Terwilligar dog park, that vast expanse of land nestled in the armpit of the North Saskatchewan River in the city’s southwest.
    As they wandered the trails Oct. 12, Koko started getting restless, then a little nervous.
    And then he started barking.
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  • Saturday's letters: Wasteful city spending adds up

    If budget concerns have Mayor Iveson and councillors really upset then look at the things that add up the dollars.
    Why does the city feel the need to have two crosswalk lights within one block of each other. There is a crosswalk at 95 Avenue and 152 Street NW. Now there is another on 95 Avenue and 153 Street NW. That is a complete waste of our tax dollars.
    People of Edmonton must get out and make your concerns known and I, for one, am fed-up with the useless spending here in the west end like th
  • Keith Gerein: Alberta Party faces uphill climb to escape history of obscurity

    What happened to the Alberta Party?
    That was the opening line to a story I wrote back in 2011 about the province’s fledgling political movement that was promising to offer a different style of leadership.
    At the time, there had been a significant amount of early buzz around the group. The party had chosen its first full-time leader — Hinton Mayor Glenn Taylor — held an enthusiastic convention, and was attracting a handful of credible candidates.
    Then the momentum waned. Fundrai
  • Epcor releases maps showing flood risk by sub-basin

    Three of Edmonton’s eight hospitals and urgent care facilities are in areas at a “high risk” for flooding, according to a report that delves into the city’s risk of floods due to extreme weather.
    But Epcor officials say they’re optimistic that some of the areas identified in flood risk maps published Friday could be fixed with solutions that may not be costly or complicated — and that a citywide flood mitigation plan could take less time and cost less than the
  • Police search for suspects after death of man found injured in alleyway

    Edmonton police are searching for suspects — and dash cam footage — after the death of a man found injured in an alley Wednesday.
    Police said Friday the death of 36-year-old Virgil Quinn has been ruled a homicide.
    Officers responded to a call about an injured man in an alley near 118 Avenue and 82 Street at around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, a news release said.  Paramedics transported the man, who had serious injuries, to hospital, where he died Thursday evening.
    An autopsy Frida
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  • Notes from the Dome: New WCB leader and a heritage fund AGM

    Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board has appointed Grace Thostenson as its new chairwoman effective next Wednesday.
    Thostenson has been a member of the WCB board since 2012. A graduate of the Labour College of Canada, she holds certificates in human resource management and job evaluation, and is a compensation management specialist.
    She is also vice-president of the Alberta Federation of Labour and has been a business manager of the United Utility Workers’ Association for the
  • Press Gallery podcast #247: The 'Old News' Is Still News edition

    Media coverage of a speech by UCP Leader Jason Kenney drew the ire of his office’s official Twitter account this week — not because of any mistakes, but because he decided covering his party’s policy was “old news.”
    Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Sarah O’Donnell, Keith Gerein and Janet French to talk about what happened when the leader of the official Opposition accused media of taking its marching orders from government.
    The team also talks a
  • Learning Canada's game: New residents pick up hockey sticks for the first time at NorQuest College tournament

    NorQuest College student Jasraj Singh struggled to pull down his jersey, entered the caged-in playing area on the college parking lot and picked up a hockey stick for the first time.
    Singh moved to Edmonton from India two months ago and the closest he came to playing Canada’s game was field hockey.
    It didn’t take long for Singh to get the hang of it, putting the ball in the back of the net early for his Students’ Association of NorQuest College team’s first goal.
    “I
  • Edmonton Oilers recall Kevin Gravel, but it's Oscar Klefbom who is real story

    This in from the Edmonton Oilers: “The Oilers have recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Condors & have placed Matt Benning on Injured Reserve.”
    My takeAs I wrote on Thursday, this is the logical move from the Oilers, as Gravel has been playing well in Bakersfield, he did well in training camp, and for my taste he’s a better third-pairing option right now than Jason Garrison. I hope to see him teamed up on the third pairing with Evan Bouchard.
    The third-pairing woes &md
  • Edmonton Oilers feed off youthful enthusiasm as they prepare for Nashville Predators

    The Edmonton Oilers talk about building momentum at Rogers Place on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, before their next home game against Nashville on Saturday.
    In this video following team practice at Rogers Place — their home arena in downtown Edmonton — head coach Todd McLellan plus forwards Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Strome talk about the enthusiasm for young players and their success.
    On Thursday against the Boston Bruins, the Oilers were down to five defencemen and 11 forwards for more than
  • UCP charges ahead in third-quarter fundraising

    The United Conservative Party raised nearly 75 per cent more than the NDP brought in last quarter, according to the latest financial reports from Elections Alberta.
    From July 1 to Sept. 30, the UCP central party and its constituency associations brought in $1.18 million, compared to $676,450 by the NDP.
    That puts the UCP comfortably at the head of the pack for year-to-date donations, having raised almost $2.7 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year so far. The NDP has raised $1.86 million.
    Despi
  • Concert review: Colter Wall conducts living history lesson at Union Hall

    There’s plenty of room for everyone in a cowboy hat in that luminous circle, but when Colter Wall makes music live, you just can’t help but feel the difference between name-dropping history and actually paying legitimate service to its continuity.
    A keen moment of this, and you could pick from a dozen at Union Hall Thursday night, was Wall enthusiastically playing Wilf Carter’s Calgary Roundup: Saskatchewan paying tribute to Nova Scotia paying tribute to Alberta.
    This sort of c
  • COMMENTARY: Charles Adler calls on the cowards of St. Albert to turn themselves in

    Dear Coward, in this country, neighbours treat neighbours like neighbours, Charles Adler says.
  • Baby sea monster discovery: U of A scientists help identify world's smallest Tylosaurus

    An ancient baby sea monster discovered in Kansas has finally been identified with the help of University of Alberta scientists.
    “Having looked at the specimen in 2004 for the first time myself, it too took me nearly 10 years to think outside the box and realize what it really was — a baby Tylosaurus yet to develop such a snout,” said U of A alumnus Takuya Konishi, now a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati and lead author on the study.
    The Tylosaurus specimen —
  • Growing Things: Boost sunshine to prevent spindly sunflowers

    Q: I had a problem this year with my sunflowers — they grew but were very spindly. The problem was so bad that I tried tying my sunflowers to stakes, but even then they kept falling over. What could have caused them to become so spindly?
    A: It seems most likely that the sunflowers were not getting enough sun. Most sunflowers like to be in full sun for the majority of the day. If they are not, or are shaded, they will stretch for the sun so much that they make themselves spindly in the
  • Inspiration by design: Edmonton Fall Home Show offers something for everyone

    Homeowners may just fall in love with this year’s edition of the Edmonton Fall Home Show. Why? Because Colin and Justin will show you how to love it — your home, that is.
    But if they can’t convince you to stay in a redesigned masterpiece then there’s Todd Talbot, the expert you’ll need if you want to list it.
    Or if you’re sitting on the fence and can’t decide which way to go, professional organizer Helen Youn, the only certified KonMari consultant on thi
  • Attainable aspirations: Design duo Colin & Justin continue battle against bad taste

    They may blow a fuse when it comes to bad design, but when it comes to cabins this dynamic duo knows how to deal with the pressure.
    Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, stars of How Not to Decorate and Cabin Pressure, and the headliners of the 2018 Edmonton Fall Home Show — being held October 26 through 28 at the Edmonton Expo Centre — keep working to rid Canada of bad design, a mission they undertook some eight years ago with their plan of attack on Home Heist.
    “I hope so,”
  • Oilers in 60: Way to go Kailer Yamamoto

    The Oilers got off to a bit of a rocky start Thursday as the Boston Bruins came to town in the season home opener at Rogers Place. The Oilers mustered just two shots in the opening 13 minutes of the game and were outshot 12-5 in the first frame as Cam Talbot basically stood on his head the entire period.
    Things picked up in the second period, though. The Bruins opened the scoring 9 minutes in but the Oilers responded in the form of rookie Kailer Yamamoto who sniped home his first NHL goal. Way t
  • Edmonton weather: Clear skies and sunshine as far as the eye can see

    A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.
    Friday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measure 1.7 C with 3 km/h winds out of the west.
    Today’s weather is much like yesterday’s weather, and tomorrow’s weather. And the day after that. And the day after that. And so on. And so on. Looking at the seven-day forecast for the city reminds me of a broken record spinning the same lines over and over again. Sunny. Clear. Sunny. Clear. Sunny. Clear
  • Opinion: Aga Khan Garden offers paradise of a different sort

    Any list of world-renowned parks and gardens is likely to feature the great gardens of the western world.
    London’s Hyde Park and New York’s Central Park stand as two iconic examples. Yet the Middle East and Asia would also be well-represented. The gardens of the Al-hambra in Spain, Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, and the gardens of Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, are all magnificent reminders of the Muslim contribution to the world’s horticultural heritage.
    Thanks to His Highness the Ag
  • Friday's letters: People at RAM offer bridge to the past

    I attended the grand opening of the Royal Alberta Museum last week and spent five-and-a-half hours there, most of it in the human history gallery.
    I was expecting more interactive displays, but the new museum displayed human, cultural and natural exhibits very thoughtfully.
    I spoke to a Blackfoot woman who had repaired some of the warrior regalia on display and she told me about the significance of coloured beads and the weasel tails on the shirts. I learned the bison on display had been named E
  • Editorial: Pot pardons the next step

    On Wednesday, Canada became the second, and largest, country to legalize recreational cannabis.
    On the same day, the federal government followed up on its sea-changing new law by announcing it would also introduce legislation that makes it easier to obtain a criminal pardon for past convictions of simple pot possession.
    At any other time in modern history, such a move would have been as momentous as legalized weed itself. Today, in this new era where Canadians can visit a government-sanctioned c
  • School trustee says everyone should have a vote in Catholic school board elections

    Alberta voters should be able to cast ballots for both public and Catholic school board candidates, an Edmonton public school trustee says.
    Trustee Cheryl Johner, who represents north Edmonton on the board, said her colleagues should ask school trustees across the province to advocate for the provincial government to amend the law to allow votes for both publicly funded school boards where their boundaries overlap.
    “A lot of people don’t know what they don’t know. A lot of peop

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