• 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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  • Driver charged in fatal hit-and-run testifies he thought he hit a curb

    A driver on trial for an alleged hit-and-run that left a young woman dead told court he thought he’d struck a curb or a pothole when he drove away from the scene. 
    David Gershon Bookhalter, 63, is charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident knowing bodily harm was caused and failure to stop at the scene of an accident knowing death was caused in connection to a collision with a motorcycle on May 11, 2015.
    Court heard Thursday that Bookhalter admits the collision caused th
  • 'Egregious and disturbing': Crown calls for up to 20 years for Edmonton strangling death

    A man who admitted to strangling his girlfriend cast his eyes down as the woman’s family held up photos of her in an Edmonton courtroom Thursday.
    Court heard sentencing submissions for Ryan Thomas Matchee’s manslaughter conviction in the death of Lena Steinhauer, whom he killed in an Edmonton rooming house on Feb. 9, 2015.
    Crown prosecutor Carole Godfrey argued Matchee should be sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison for his “egregious and disturbing” actions against Stein
  • Wide sidewalks, more pedestrian spaces planned for Jasper Avenue

    Shawn Wells read the posters closely and traced the maps with his fingers.
    “I’m not happy,” he said Thursday.
    Wells, who works a lot downtown, was one of the visitors at Jasper Avenue’s New Vision open house, hosted at CKUA Radio, 9808 Jasper Ave.
    He said he did not like the idea of narrowing streets and taking away parking.
    “My big thing is that changes like this are punishments to motorists,” he said.
    City officials envision Jasper Avenue between 96 and 100
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  • 'Oppressive and intimidating': Ex-city police officer says she faced harassment

    Nadine Swist loved being a police officer, until the night she responded to a family violence call and a suspect threw her from a speeding vehicle.
    The trauma and injuries from that night, May 21, 2000, left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, she said, something she still struggles with. But instead of finding support at work, she said she was met with a tough-it-out attitude.
    On Thursday, the former constable told the Edmonton Police Commission that the service shrugs off officers with po
  • David Staples: Dark day as Citadel Theatre snubs controversial author

    We should welcome home controversial professor Jordan Peterson, not snub him as the Citadel Theatre has done.
    While many take issues with Peterson’s ideas, there’s no denying he’s a highly learned, articulate and deep thinker who has earned a huge international audience for his promotion and protection of conservative and classical liberal values.
    Peterson, 55, is a clinical psychologist, former Harvard associate professor and current University of Toronto professor. In his pra
  • Good news: Alberta's economy growing, deficit isn't such a worry, economist says

    Increased exports and strong job creation mean the economy should grow faster in Alberta than in almost any other province this year, RBC chief economist Craig Wright said Thursday.
    He described the 2.3 per cent increase he expects in gross domestic product, exceeded only by the gains in Saskatchewan, as a “bounce” following years of recession, rather than part of Alberta’s traditional boom-bust cycle.
    “We don’t have the big energy investment that we had in the prev
  • Drug expert testifies at Edmonton police steroid-trafficking trial

    Crown prosecutors called their final two witnesses Thursday — including an RCMP drug expert — in the trial of an Edmonton police officer accused of trafficking steroids between 2007 and 2013.
    Det. Greg Lewis, 36, faces three charges of trafficking in a controlled substance after being arrested in March 2016 following a two-year investigation by the province’s police watchdog, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).
    Twenty-two-year veteran Mountie Sgt. Robert Wo
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  • Naloxone kit holders asked to check contents for missing vials

    Naloxone kits should contain two to three vials of antidote, but some incomplete kits were issued, Alberta Health Services warned Thursday.
    Some kits distributed through clinics and pharmacies were missing vials, said a public service announcement.
    Naloxone temporarily reverses the effects of overdose of opioids such as fentanyl and should be followed up with emergency care.
    How the third-party distributor sent out kits without naloxone is currently under investigation and AHS is trying to find
  • Flu-related deaths climb to 46 across Alberta

    The number of flu cases across the province continues to rise, with Alberta Health Services reporting 46 related deaths and more than 1,800 hospitalizations Thursday.
    In less than one month, influenza-related deaths more than doubled provincewide. As of Dec. 16, there were 19 deaths and 867 hospitalizations recorded.
    Upwards of 6,300 cases of flu have been confirmed so far this season in Alberta.
    Calgary was the hardest hit area, with 20 influenza-related deaths and 845 hospitalizations. Edmonto
  • 'We hunted as a pack': Edmonton Amazon HQ bid still worthwhile even though city didn't make the shortlist, economic development head says

    While Edmonton didn’t land on Amazon’s short list for a second North American headquarters, it still benefited from making a bid, the city’s head of economic development says.
    “This was a proposal that brought our whole community together in very short order,” Brad Ferguson, president of the Edmonton Economic Development Corp. (EEDC), said Thursday.
    “We hunted as a pack and were able to give a very credible proposal to them.”
    Toronto is the only Canadian
  • Violent offender released from custody in Edmonton

    Edmonton police are warning the public after a violent offender was released from custody.
    Logan Sweezey, 26, will be staying in Edmonton and is to adhere to a series of court-ordered conditions, police said Thursday.
    Sweezey must keep a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, and must not purchase, possess or consume alcohol or be in any establishment where the primary business is selling alcohol.
    Sweezey cannot possess any weapons including knives, unless it is being used to consume a meal, and h
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  • EPA file complaint after union member stifled at police briefing

    The president of the Edmonton Police Association was ordered not to talk to officers about an upcoming election, a complaint filed with the Alberta Labour Relations Board alleges.
    “We’ve got a right to talk to our members,” union president Sgt. Michael Elliot said on Wednesday.
    According to Elliot, on Nov. 22 he was attending a parade in Downtown Division — where officers are briefed at the beginning of their shift — to discuss union business with members.
    “We
  • Edmonton Oilers recall Iiro Pakarinen, put Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injured reserve

    The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Iiro Pakarinen from Bakersfield of the AHL and placed centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injured reserve.
    My takeNo news yet on the extent of RNH’s injury. He took a stiff blow in the Vegas game, but Oilers coach Todd McLellan had indicated then he expected RNH to be back in the line-up after team’s midseason break. Evidently, that’s not to be.
    This isn’t the Oilers year when it comes to nagging or major injury. As my colleague Bruce M
  • Edmonton Amazon HQ bid still worthwhile even though city didn't make the shortlist, economic development head says

    While Edmonton didn’t make Amazon’s short list of locations for a second North American headquarters, it still benefited from making a bid, the city’s head of economic development says.
    “This was a proposal that brought our whole community together in very short order,” Brad Ferguson, president of the Edmonton Economic Development Corp. (EEDC), said Thursday.
    “We hunted as a pack and were able to give a very credible proposal to them.”
    Toronto is the onl
  • Missed curfew in Barrhead results in seizure of drugs, cash and gun

    A missed curfew in Barrhead, Alta., resulted in the seizure of drugs, cash and a stolen semi-automatic shotgun.
    Barrhead RCMP arrested a man last Friday after he allegedly breached his curfew conditions the night before.
    While arresting the man, officers saw drugs, drug paraphernalia and a gun inside the residence.
    After obtaining a search warrant, investigators seized cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, a stolen semi-automatic shotgun and cash.
    “This seizure, arrest and charges are a sig
  • Four charged after alleged Maskwacis home invasion

    Four people are facing charges after three others were stabbed in an alleged home invasion in Maskwacis last week.
    RCMP responded to a call on the Samson First Nation at 12:22 a.m. last Friday. Police believe four armed suspects entered a home on the reserve and threatened the occupants with guns and knives, said an RCMP news release Thursday.
    Three of the residents were treated in hospital for stab wounds. 
    Two of the suspects were arrested at the scene, RCMP said. The other two, who
  • UCP outpaces NDP in fundraising in last quarter of 2017

    The United Conservative Party slipped past the NDP in the latest round of party fundraising. 
    In the final quarter of 2017, the official opposition pulled in $339,991, compared with the NDP’s $335,627.
    The Alberta Party was in third place, tripling donations from the previous quarter to raise $91,017.
    The numbers were released Thursday by Elections Alberta, but they do leave out a chunk of cash. Legislation prevents reporting anything brought in after the Calgary-Lougheed byelection w
  • Notes from the dome: Same-day security licences and Sylvan Lake waterfront plans move ahead

    Security guards and private investigators are among those who will be able to get same-day licences thanks to new provincial rules. 
    Registry agents are now able to give out temporary security licences, but there are exceptions, said a government news release Thursday. The rules don’t apply to those with a criminal record or for those in Canada on a work or study permit. 
    The licensing rules apply to about 25,000 security guards, loss prevention workers, security alarm responders
  • Saxophonist and songwriter pick up musical ideas around the globe

    Keith O’Rourke was born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary. But his music suggests the tenor saxophonist is at home around the world.
    You can get a sense of that Saturday when O’Rourke brings his band to mark the release of his debut album, Sketches From The Road. It’s brimming with a warm, curious spirit, exploratory melodies and some introspective moments, drawing from a wide source of inspirations.
    “I like to try and tell a story in music,” he said, “and I h
  • Indigenous and Ukrainian cultures meet in April Shumka show, Ancestors and Elders

    A bold new production by Shumka will pair Indigenous and Ukrainian cultures in a program making its world premiere at the Jubilee Auditorium April 27 and 28.
    According to Shumka’s website, the multiple disciplinary show titled Ancestors and Elders “is a project borne from a desire to connect the Ukrainian settler experience to that of the indigenous people of Treaty 6 territory. In a production to feature a cast of Shumka Dancers and multidisciplinary Indigenous artists, our goal is
  • Petrolia residents eat their greens as new vegan restaurant opens

    What started as a family experiment has turned into a family business for the Robinsons.
    Daughter Michelle Robinson, a chef, has been the driving force behind Good Stock (11409 40 Ave.), a new vegan and vegetarian restaurant located in Petrolia. But it took the combined effort of parents Deborah Robinson and Brian Robinson, and younger brother Alex Robinson, to get the business off the ground. Open since June, the 50-seat restaurant also does a thriving takeout business in everything from fresh
  • 10 things to do in Edmonton this week: Paul Mecurio, The Sash Maker, and Brent Butt

    Paul Mecurio
    The worlds of investment banking and comedy don’t often collide, but they have in the case of Paul Mecurio. The former banker and corporate lawyer made a sudden right turn on the career path a number of years back when Jay Leno hired him to write for his late night show, after which he made the leap to performing for Jon Stewart, followed by his current gig with Stephen Colbert. A constant presence on the full alphabet of TV stations (CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and more), Mercurio h
  • Final witnesses to testify in EPS steroid-trafficking trial

    The final two witnesses are expected to testify Thursday at the trial of an Edmonton police officer accused of trafficking steroids to other officers between 2007 and 2013.
    Det. Greg Lewis, 36, faces three charges of trafficking in a controlled substance after being arrested in March 2016 following a two-year investigation by the province’s police watchdog, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.
    On Wednesday, court heard from three police officers who said they had bought a variety of
  • More police officers testify to buying steroids from EPS colleague

    More Edmonton police officers testified to buying anabolic steroids from Det. Greg Lewis a steroid-trafficking trial heard Wednesday.
    Lewis, 36, faces three charges of trafficking in a controlled substance after being arrested in March 2016 following a two-year investigation by the province’s police watchdog, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.
    Court heard that Const. Kevin Yaremchuk placed one order for liquid steroids Testosterone Cypionate and Deca Durabolin in 2009 and another
  • Testing new tools for concussions

     A rsesearcher at the University of Alberta is developing a new suite of tests that he believes can better diagnose issues in balance and co-ordination suffered by youth healing from sports related concussions that could be missed with current tests. 
    Thaer Manaseer, a PhD student with the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, believes the tests can better diagnose issues in balance and co-ordination suffered by youth healing from sports-related concussions t
  • Don't wash your car: Temperatures are going to soar to 6 C today

    It is going to be a mucky day out, so best keep your good shoes at home.
    Temperatures are forecast to reach a high of 6 C today. Tonight’s low is 0 C.
    The mild weather is expected to last for several days, with highs of 3 C on Friday, -1 C on Saturday and -4 C on Sunday.
  • Sorry Edmonton. Toronto only Canadian city on Amazon HQ shortlist.

    Toronto is the only Canadian city on Amazon Inc.’s short list of 20 candidates for a second North American headquarters. 
    Edmonton had bid on the new headquarters.
    The e-commerce giant received 238 applications for the opportunity and says narrowing it down to 20 was very tough.
    The other 19 locations it will consider are all in the U.S. and include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Nashville.
    Amazon says it plans to choose the location later this year aft
  • Industry experts question council's focus on LRT-related infill

    Edmonton’s best opportunity to create new walkable, mixed-use districts isn’t around LRT stations, but around malls, according to an industry report.
    Intelligence House and Colliers International identified six malls that have spent the most money upgrading since 2009: Londonderry, Kingsway, Southgate, Northgate/North Town, Capilano and Westmount. The report was commissioned by the City of Edmonton and released in December.
    Of course, an existing mall on a new LRT line is the very be
  • U-Haul donates $6,300 to Edmonton Police Foundation following truck attack

    After a U-Haul was used in an attack that injured four pedestrians on Jasper Avenue on Oct. 1, the company is making a donation to the Edmonton Police Foundation.
    The $6,302 gift was prompted by local U-Haul employees, according to a statement from the company Wednesday.
    “This gift originated with our local team and their families who felt compelled to chip in as a gesture of appreciation for everything the constable and the Edmonton police officers did — and do — on a regular

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