• 'They feel … betrayed': Pockets of toxic workplace culture drive some city employees to quit

    The City of Edmonton is overhauling its workplace complaints process in the face of serious concerns about pockets of festering harassment and discrimination.
    Past and current employees in multiple city departments told Postmedia the system allows a toxic work culture to develop in pockets of the city administration. Their stories — along with city surveys evaluating employee satisfaction, interviews with councillors hearing staff complaints, and union officials managing an increasing numb
  • School closures eyed in Britannia school consolidation plans

    Public schools in the Britannia area need replacements, not modernizations, as the Edmonton public school district looks to consolidate four schools into one or two, officials said Wednesday.
    The district is hosting five meetings within three weeks in northwest Edmonton to look for community guidance on how best to replace four aging schools in the area, three of which are substantially underused.
    “We love this school, so it’s disappointing there’s a possibility we’d have
  • Man's leg 'nearly severed' after he reportedly kicked LRT train

    A man whose leg was “nearly severed” was in critical condition Wednesday night after reportedly kicking an LRT train, say police. 
    Northeast division Staff Sgt. Paul Czerwonka said police officers at the Belvedere LRT station for an unrelated complaint were called over by witnesses and found a young man in his late teens or early 20s lying on the platform with his leg “nearly severed.” The incident happened just after 8 p.m. 
    Officers heard the man had become &l
  • VIDEO: Fundraising campaign kicks off to celebrate 50th anniversary of Cross Cancer Institute

    For 50 years, the Cross Cancer Institute has been delivering world-class treatment and care to Albertans and Canadians facing cancer.A passionate group of community business leaders has come together to celebrate this facility by launching a fundraising campaign that will continue to support the institute for years.
    This new community campaign honours five decades of compassionate care at Alberta Health Service’s Cross Cancer Institute and takes place over the next six months.  
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  • Estranged husband fails in bid to have chunk of wife's lottery win put in trust

    An Alberta man does not have grounds to force his estranged wife to pay into a trust part of her share of a record-setting lottery win, a Court of Queen’s Bench justice ruled Tuesday. 
    Lonnie Darrel Roth applied to have $15 million paid into a trust and $200,000 in advance costs from Robin Nicole Walker, according to a written decision from Justice D.A. Sulyma, released Wednesday. 
    Roth and Walker’s marriage broke up in 2009. In 2015, Walker began a relationship with Brett
  • Edmonton Eskimos president battling cancer helps launch Cross Cancer Institute campaign

    Len Rhodes, president of the Edmonton Eskimos, who has been battling prostate cancer, announced Wednesday the team will be dedicating a home game to the Cross Cancer Institute’s 50th anniversary fundraising campaign.
    The institute officially launched its Show the Love campaign Wednesday, which will run for the remainder of the year, with a goal of raising $5 million.
    Rhodes, having undergone treatment at the institute, will be helping reach that goal by dedicating an Eskimos home game Oct.
  • 'Gotta wait until it's dark to do my thing': Crown argues alleged triple murderer planned killings

    Court heard divergent theories Wednesday about what a man on trial for three counts of first-degree murder was planning to do the night a family was shot to death in a rural residence near Edson. 
    “Mickell Bailey had a plan, and set that plan in motion on Nov. 27, 2015,” prosecutor Brandy Shaw told court Wednesday as she delivered the Crown’s closing argument.
    Bailey is charged in the deaths of his aunt by marriage Roxanne Berube, her boyfriend, Daniel Miller, and Ber
  • Police seek armed and dangerous suspect in slaying of woman in Kildare neighbourhood

    City police are on the hunt for a 35-year-old suspect they allege broke into a north Edmonton home and killed a woman. 
    Kenneth Richards, who is considered armed and dangerous, is wanted on a string of charges, including second-degree murder, in connection with the death of Brittany Vande Lagemaat, 25. 
    Police responded to a weapons complaint at a single-family home near 78 Street and 143 Avenue at around 1:50 p.m. Monday. Officers had received a report that Richards had broken in
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  • Scarce dollars for affordable housing mean tough choices for city council

    Even the billions promised for affordable housing across Canada will barely scratch the need here, council heard Wednesday.
    But deciding where to put scarce dollars will be difficult. More than 22,000 low-income households spend more than half their income on rent in Edmonton, likely struggling to meet other basic needs, according to the 2016 federal census.
    Redeveloping and expanding Edmonton’s social housing stock will help. 
    But another 916 units of deeply subsidized units with nur
  • Kris Russell no longer welcome in Edmonton? Huh?!

    This in from writer Jim Parsons of  TheSportser, his list called “Get out of Town: 25 NHL Stars No Longer Welcome In Their City,” which has Milan Lucic of the Edmonton Oilers ranked 24th on the list and Kris Russell of the Oilers ranked 7th overall.
    Writes Parsons: “Kris Russell is a top-four defenseman in the NHL. Perhaps he’s making a little more than he should be but that’s not really the problem. In Edmonton, he’s viewed as grossly overpaid for what h
  • Edmonton police didn't notify public of murder charge laid in baby girl's death

    Edmonton police did not release any public information about a murder charge laid in a baby girl’s 2016 death because of “unusual circumstances,” a spokeswoman says.
    Brandon James Calahoo, 22, pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing the death of Raelyn Supernant in Edmonton’s Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday. 
    Supernant was taken off life support and died in hospital in 2016 after Calahoo shook her and left her in her crib for several hours without med
  • Cappies reviews: The Life of Galileo

    By Haley Kuchar
    St. Albert Catholic High School
    Picture yourself living in Italy as the Renaissance takes hold. New ideas are everywhere, challenging the status quo at every turn. One of the people at the centre of this revolution is Galileo Galilei, a scientist who pushes the boundaries of what people accept as reality. He was also the protagonist of J.H. Picard’s production, The Life of Galileo.
    Written by Bertolt Brecht and translated by David Hare, the show follows Galileo as he strugg
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  • Edmonton sports fields to begin opening Friday

    The games are on. 
    Beginning Friday, the city’s rectangular sports fields will be open for use. About 300 staff are mowing, aerating and managing the fields across the city.
    The city maintains about 1,200 fields, including soccer pitches, baseball diamonds and football venues.
    “The majority of the city fields will be open this Friday, and line marking will occur starting next week along with the opening of our shale (dirt) baseball fields,” Travis Kennedy, the city&rs
  • Notes from the Dome: Transport for seniors, a Twitter kerfuffle

    Independent MLA Derek Fildebrandt has been slamming his former party, the United Conservatives, on social media.  
    It started with an open house the member for Strathmore-Brooks hosted in his riding Monday night.
    There, he repeated his February assertion that leader Jason Kenney gave him an ultimatum — if he wanted to return to caucus, he wasn’t allowed to run in his redrawn constituency against fellow UCP MLA Leela Aheer, whose riding swallowed parts of Fildebrandt&rs
  • VIDEO: Edmonton's sports fields set to open Friday

    Beginning Friday, the city’s rectangular sports fields will be open for use. 
    The city maintains about 1,200 fields, including soccer pitches, baseball diamonds and football venues. Shale diamond baseball fields will take longer to open, and the city will release more information about that on Monday. Grass baseball fields will be open sooner. 
    “The majority of the city fields will be open this Friday and line marking will occur starting next week along with the openin
  • E. coli outbreak linked to pork from meat shop in central Alberta

    An E. coli outbreak in Edmonton has been linked to a meat shop south of the city, an Alberta Health Services investigation has concluded.
    The source of the outbreak is pork products distributed by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven in Wetaskiwin County.
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning for certain pork products sold by the shop between February 19 and April 24.
    The number of lab-confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 has increased to 36, including 11 patients who have ne
  • Premier not 'big fan' of Suzuki's honorary degree, but respects choice

    Premier Rachel Notley weighed in on the University of Alberta’s decision to grant environmentalist David Suzuki an honorary doctorate, saying that while she wouldn’t have picked him to receive the honour, it’s ultimately the university’s call. 
    “Speaking personally as an alumni, I’m not a big fan of this decision,” Notley told reporters Wednesday. 
    But she stressed it’s up to the university who gets an honorary degree.
    “It
  • Deputy city manager job posting paints a rosy picture of Edmonton

    The City of Edmonton is searching for a person to head up the city’s communications department.
    The job posting points to the positives of the city and  praise for our river valley, our public school system, our festivals, our bike lanes, our entrepreneurial culture, our affordable housing prices.
    But there is also a line in the post that puts the city on a pedestal that is just plain false. 
    “We are … a safe inclusive city that’s free from racism. No one lives
  • Simons: Fantastical city job posting should embarrass Edmontonians

    Welcome to Edmonton.
    The world’s most perfect city. 
    Don’t believe me? Well, golly gosh, you cynic. You clearly didn’t read the latest job posting for a new deputy city manager. 
    Yes. The City of Edmonton has launched a “world wide” executive search for a person to head up the city’s communications department. And let’s just say, someone really wanted to sell the city to applicants who might not know about Edmonton.
    The job posting invites peop
  • E. coli outbreak linked to pork from meat shop south of Edmonton

    An E. coli outbreak in Edmonton has been linked to a meat shop south of the city, an Alberta Health Services investigation has concluded.
    The source of the outbreak is pork products distributed by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven in Westaskiwin County.
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning for certain pork products sold by the shop between February 19 and April 24.
    The number of lab-confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 has increased to 36, including 11 patients who have n
  • Alberta NDP boosts number of $25-a-day childcare spots

    Premier Rachel Notley announced 100 new childcare centres across Alberta at a cost of $25 per day for parents.
    The move expands an existing $10-million pilot project that saw the creation of 22 centres in 2017.
    Notley announced 82 locations Wednesday — the rest will be made public later. She said most centres will be operational in June and it adds 6,000 new spaces. 
    “It is a number one priority for us as our finances increase to be able to invest in this,” she told report
  • Edmonton soccer fields to open Friday

    The games are on. 
    Beginning Friday, the city’s rectangular sports fields will be open for use. 
    The city maintains about 1,200 fields, including soccer pitches, baseball diamonds and football venues. Shale diamond baseball fields will take longer to open, and the city will release more information about that on Monday. Grass baseball fields will be open sooner. 
    “The majority of the city fields will be open this Friday and line marking will occur starting next we
  • City's new names for West LRT stations are … logical

    City officials announced the new names for stations along the west extension of the Valley Line LRT Wednesday morning and they’re as straightforward as you could wish for.
    The Alex Decoteau stop will be located near Alex Decoteau Park at 105 Street and 102 Avenue in downtown Edmonton. The Norquest Stop is near Norquest and the MacEwan Arts/112 St. Stop is exactly where you would expect.
    The fanciest name might be “The Yards,” but even that stop is given the full name: The Yards
  • 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.
  • Fleetwood Mac coming back Nov. 10 to Rogers Place

    Yesterday’s gone, but guess who’s returning to town Nov. 10 anyway, daddy?
    That’s right — Grammy-winning Fleetwood Mac is back, Rogers Place being their 17th stop on a 50-plus date North American tour.
    The lineup will include veteran members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with “newcomers” Mike Campbell (longtime Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers lead guitar) and Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz replacing Lindsey
  • Edmonton weather: Welcome to not-so-warm Wednesday

    A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.
    Wednesday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measure 7.6 C with a 15 km/h wind coming from the northwest. After hitting a high of 21.7 C Tuesday things are cooling down today because Wednesday hates us. Thursday is still shaping up to be nice with sunshine and 18 C but things are really looking bright for Friday and Saturday as temperatures for both days are expected to reach 23 C with plenty of sun and a possib
  • Wednesday's letters: U of A right to represent diverse views

    Re. “U of A doctorate for Suzuki meets with opposition,” April 24
    The dean of engineering at the University of Alberta declares that honouring Suzuki is a betrayal of “fundamental values.”
    There is a betrayal here, but it is not the award to Suzuki. Rather, it is the betrayal by the dean to question the university’s responsibility to promote open expression of knowledge and recognize achievements of people like Suzuki.
    The dean is vehement in his opposition to
  • Opinion: How 30 km/h prevents deaths and preserves lives

    James can’t remember the accident. A year after leaving the intensive care unit and struggling through his rehabilitation at the Glenrose Hospital, relearning how to speak and walk and trying to step back into the life he left behind on the that fateful September morning, James still can’t remember being hit by the car.
    The paramedics found him face-down in a residential road, his face covered in blood. His body had been flung 10 metres from the skid marks. He had been in the crosswa
  • 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

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