• 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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  • Will Edmonton Oilers retain Todd McLellan as coach? It's not a sure thing after the meltdown of 2017-18

    2017-18 Edmonton Oilers in review:Head coach Todd McLellan
    Is Todd McLellan a bad coach, or is he a good coach who had a bad year? 
    Not sure there’s a viable third theory that somehow absolves the veteran bench boss from the abject failure of his 2017-18 Edmonton Oilers. My own choice is Door #2, and I will proffer the more-nuanced take that sometimes people have a bad year due to circumstances both within their control and beyond it.   
    What was beyond McLellan’s cont
  • Edmonton Talk Back: Coun. Mike Nickel explains his push to use tools of business at City Hall

    Hang around City Hall long and you’re sure to hear Coun. Mike Nickel push the city on its “metrics, targets and outcomes.”
    That constant refrain has had council colleagues rolling their eyes. But after several recent audits questioned how accountable some parts of the organization have been, it feels particularly relevant.
    Now his push is starting to get results. Now every report includes a section where city officials are prompted to include their targets and how they measure
  • Edmonton public school board wants more cash for mental health therapists in schools

    Schools should all have mental health therapists available on site for students grappling with anxiety, depression and trauma, Edmonton public school trustees decided Tuesday.
    The board unanimously supported a motion from trustee Shelagh Dunn to request the province set aside funding to tackle mental health problems in schools, and for government ministries to better work together to station more mental health workers in school buildings.
    “I think for a really long time in our province, th
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  • Edmonton could be leader in developing uses for artificial intelligence, expert says

    Edmonton could become a major centre for developing ways to use the artificial intelligence (AI) that will probably drive the world’s next industrial revolution, a top scientists in the field says.
    “AI could be well thought of as the leading edge in the second industrial revolution; Edmonton is a leader in the science,” University of Alberta computer science professor Richard Sutton said Tuesday.
    “Why can’t we be a player in AI applications?”
    Sutton, who moved
  • Fast-moo'ving cattle lead firefighters, police on lengthy river chase

    A pair of young cattle kept first responders hoofing it Monday night after they hopped a fence and went on the lam along the icy North Saskatchewan River.
    The hours-long chase involved multiple fire crews, two ranchers on horseback and even a police helicopter, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services spokeswoman Maya Filipovic said Tuesday. 
    Two women who farm in the Rabbit Hill area to the southwest of the city had recently purchased a pair of one-year-old calves, which jumped a five-foot-high fence
  • Council backs away from 30 km/h speed limits on local roads, postpones vote to 2019

    Council backed away from a vote Tuesday to reduce speed limits on local, side roads to 30 km/h, opting instead to do more study and debate it again in March 2019. 
    The option several councillors were pushing was to reduce speeds just on the local or residential roads, possibly just in mature neighbourhoods, doing further study on what an appropriate speed for the collector roads or bus routes would be.
    But others on council were hesitant to move too fast on such a change, even if it doesn&r
  • Anti-Semitism on the rise in Alberta: B'nai Brith audit

    Fires set outside a Jewish school, stolen Israeli flags and hate mail sent to synagogues were among 22 cases of anti-Semitism reported in Edmonton last year, according to B’nai Brith Canada.
    The cases contributed to what the Jewish human rights advocacy organization said was a rise in anti-Semitism across the country in 2017.
    The group’s annual audit reported 1,752 hate-related complaints nationwide, a 1.4 per cent increase from 2016.
    Alberta accounted for 206 of those cases.
    In Edmo
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  • David Staples: City officials relying on flawed data in push for 30 km/h speed limit

    If city council is going to make sound decisions, it needs solid information from city administration. It’s not yet getting that in the debate on whether to lower residential neighbourhood speed limits.
    City officials have made exaggerated claims about the unreasonable stubbornness of those who oppose lowering the speed limit and about the overall carnage caused by speeding. Our residential streets have been made out to be much more deadly than they actually are. It’s also being sugg
  • Death of man who vanished in 2017 deemed a homicide

    The death of a man who disappeared last year has been deemed a homicide, police said Tuesday.
    Chad Stevenson, 41, was last seen in the Cy Becker neighbourhood on Nov. 7, 2017. 
    His vehicle, a 2006 Pontiac Montana, was found March 20 near 51 Street and 162 Avenue. Police erected a large white tent nearby.
    Utility workers then discovered Stevenson’s body April 16 in a new residential development north of McConachie Drive and 57 Street. 
     
    Stevenson died as a res
  • Roads washed out, homes at risk of flooding east of Edmonton

    More than a dozen Alberta communities remained on alert Tuesday as melting snow and high water levels washed out rural roads and threatened some properties.
    To the east of Edmonton, a few farm houses in the northern portion of Strathcona County near Astotin Creek were at risk of flooding.
    Water levels were high in the Astotin and Ross Creek areas, said David Churchill, Strathcona County’s director transportation and agriculture services.
    “The creeks have spilled their banks,” h
  • WATCH: Suspicious death in Kildare neighbourhood

    Neighbours of a Kildare bungalow where city homicide detectives were investigating the suspicious death of a 25-year-old woman say police have visited the home in the past.
    Officers found the injured woman when called to the home near 78 Street and 143 Avenue while responding to a weapons complaint about 1:50 p.m. Monday. The woman was pronounced dead in hospital. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
    Residents living near the bungalow said people often came and went from the home.
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  • Alberta premier calls on public to boost support for Trans Mountain pipeline

    Sherwood Park — Premier Rachel Notley reiterated her pro-pipeline message Tuesday in the province’s industrial heartland, where she called on Albertans to shore up support for the Trans Mountain project. “Not far from here is where the Trans Mountain pipeline originates, and where it has operated safely for decades,” she said in a speech to the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce. 
    “I need you to get on the phone and to get online &hel
  • Notes from the Dome: Pine beetles attack, job program funding, revisiting fur trade

    Beetle battle
    The Alberta government is waging war against the mountain pine beetle, which threatens six million hectares of forest in the province, said a government news release Monday. 
    Yellowhead County, east of Jasper National Park, received $150,000 in government funding to eradicate the pine beetle on municipal and private lands. 
    The move is part of a grant funding program to help communities combat pine beetle infestations. 
    In 2017, more than 92,000 trees were cut and bu
  • Homicide files mount in April, detectives probe woman's suspicious death

    Neighbours of a Kildare bungalow where city homicide detectives were investigating the suspicious death of a 25-year-old woman say police have visited the home in the past.
    Officers found the injured woman when called to the home near 78 Street and 143 Avenue while responding to a weapons complaint about 1:50 p.m. Monday. The woman was pronounced dead in hospital. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
    Residents living near the bungalow said many people came and went from the home.
    Tom and
  • Manor Bistro owners opening new wine bar in High Street

    Edmontonians appetite for cozy wine bars featuring savoury nibbles seems to know no bounds. To meet the demand, another tiny bôite, called Partake, is set to open in the 124 Street area, care of chef Cyrille Koppert and his business partner, Lisa Dungale.
    The two restaurateurs, who own Urban Diner (12427 102 Ave.) and The Manor Bistro (10109 125 St.), shared the news Monday at an open house at The Manor, designed to celebrate the restaurant’s 25 years in the business. It was the firs
  • 'We're charging too much': Edmonton council votes to cut fees for minor-home businesses

    Council voted to cut fees for photographers, accountants and other minor home-based business operators Tuesday and launch a review to re-examine what it charges all other businesses.
    These small businesses — which have less than one visit a day from a client and no visual impact to the neighbourhood — were being charged the highest start-up costs in the region.
    “I saw an urgent need to reduce those fees,” said Mayor Don Iveson, who campaigned on reducing or eliminating fe
  • Woman's head hit repeatedly against vehicle in random parking lot attack

    Police are searching for a male suspect after a woman was randomly attacked as she was leaving her vehicle in the Clareview Transit Centre parking lot on April 11.
    About 6 a.m., the woman, 41, was grabbed from behind while searching inside her vehicle, police allege. The suspect then grabbed the woman’s hair and repeatedly hit her head on the vehicle. The woman was kicked several times after she fell to the ground.
    A female witness was pushed to the ground by the attacker after attempting
  • Thieves nab $210k worth of silver bars from Edmonton-area acreage

    Police are searching for suspects after thieves made off with more than $210,000 in silver bars from an acreage north of Edmonton.
    About 5:45 p.m. on April 11, police were called to the acreage of an Edmonton retiree after a complaint about a break and enter.
    Police were told the thieves cut the lock off a vehicle gate in the driveway before breaking into the residence. Inside, the thieves made off with $20,000 worth of registered firearms and a large amount of ammunition.
    Police said the thieve
  • David Turpin: Suzuki controversy shows U of A champions freedom of thought

    David Suzuki is controversial figure. A Companion of the Order of Canada, his promotion of science literacy and education has been an inspiration to many across the world and a force for major societal change.
    He has also attracted strong criticism for the positions he advocates. Since the University of Alberta announced we will confer an honorary degree on Suzuki at our spring convocation, that controversy has flared.
    Suzuki is a vocal critic of Alberta’s energy industry. I have heard fro
  • Homicide files mount in April, detectives now probing Monday suspicious death

    The death of a 25-year-old woman found by police after a weapons call in north Edmonton on Monday will be the ninth homicide of the year if confirmed.
    The death follows three April homicides and two in March. There were no homicides in February. The city recorded three killings in January.
    At this time last year, on April 24, Edmonton had at total of 15 homicides. 
    Officers found the woman suffering injuries after they were called to the Kildare home near 78 Street and 143 Avenue around 1:5
  • Live: Council debates lowering local-road speed limit to 30 km/h

    Council could vote Tuesday on a push for speed limits as low as 30 kilometres per hour on the local roads that run past peoples’ homes.
    But some councillors are hesitant to move too fast on a change like that, even if it doesn’t affect the larger collector and arterial roads. Councillors Tim Cartmell and Andrew Knack have both said they’d like further research and consultation to make sure all the speed limits are appropriate. 
    The debate has been made time specific f
  • Live: Business friendly? Council debates home-based business fees

    A simple debate on home-based business fees set for council Tuesday threatens to get much bigger. 
    Already, council has heard Edmonton’s fees are the highest in the region. But when that news broke two weeks ago, many other business owners piped up on social media, frustrated Edmonton charges what it does to anyone. 
    That annual $235 fee in addition to property tax is just irritating, said small business owner Dana DiTomaso. “I get taxes. I’m not against paying money
  • Edmonton weather: No more work. Must find patio.

    A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.
    Tuesday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measure 1.9 C with a 9 km/h wind coming from the southwest. We’re expected to hit 21 C today, which seems insane considering where we were just a week ago (See: I am slowly going crazy). With the exception of Wednesday, which we’ve established no one likes anyway, this week is shaping up to be a gorgeous one with a forecast temperature of 20 C on Thursday, 2
  • Homicide detectives investigating suspicious death in north Edmonton

    Police are investigating a suspicious death after heavily armed police converged on a north Edmonton townhouse complex after a weapons call at a nearby home Monday afternoon. 
    According to a Tuesday news release, police were called about a weapons complaint at 1:50 p.m. in the area of 78 Street and 143 Avenue. Upon arrival police found an injured 25-year-old woman. Police said she was treated at the scene and taken to hospital where she later died.
    Homicide detectives have taken over the in
  • Tuesday's letters: Ban plastic drinking straws

    I want the government of Canada, and the provincial and territorial governments, to develop anti-plastic policies, ban single-use plastics of all varieties, and plastic straws.
    Brad Jones, Edmonton
    Anti-pipeline B.C. allows mine waste into lake
    I wish to alert people to an ongoing crisis in B.C. The B.C. Ministry of Environment has quietly granted Mount Polley Mining Corporation permission to drain mining waste directly into Quesnel Lake, B.C.’s deepest fjord lake.
    This lake was the only s
  • Opinion: Rushed consultation compromises decisions on public land use

    The month-long public consultation process regarding the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Footprint and Recreation Plans will soon wrap up.
    Online surveys are available to Albertans as a means of providing feedback on those plans. Anyone who completed the surveys, or attempted to, can attest to the fact that it was a time-consuming and onerous process. From a public consultation perspective, that raises a red flag. One might ask if the process was undertaken more for optics than true consultat
  • Editorial: A true champion

    “Don’t try to ride two horses at once. I’ve always been straight up. And I’ve never backed down from a fight. If you believe in something, you fight for it.”
    Those were a few parting words from Ron Hayter in 2010 when he announced that he was retiring after a record-breaking 33 years on council.
    Leave it to perhaps the best orator ever at city hall to sum up concisely the qualities that made him the hard-nosed champion for Edmonton that he was.
    In an era when politi
  • New details unveiled on Metro Line LRT signals as contract deadline looms

    Thales Canada on Tuesday has just seven days left to get the Metro LRT Line running properly or face “serious consequences” city council threatened in December.
    That’s up to and including legal action and finding a new contractor, even if that means reverting to “flagmen,” said Mayor Don Iveson last December after council voted unanimously for the deadline.
    But are flagmen really an option? Can Edmonton fire Thales?
    City officials are working on a plan, but ind
  • Why is it taking so long for the Edmonton Oilers to review coaching staff?

    Iiro Pakarinen is reportedly leaving the Oilers for the KHL, while goalie Mikko Koskinen is reportedly coming to the Oilers from the KHL. David Staples and Bruce McCurdy dig into both moves, and whether or not Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is finally making the right move to solve the Oil’s back-up goalie woes.
    Patience required to get it right with coaching staff
    The Calgary Flames have fired their old coach and hired a new one. The New York Rangers fired Alain Vigneault. The Chicago Blackha

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