• '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
  • Alberta increases rebate rates for installing solar panels

    The province is boosting solar power rebate rates for homeowners and doubling the cap on returns for businesses that install solar panels.
    The industry has grown by 500 per cent since 2015, said a government news release Monday.
    Energy Efficiency Alberta has pegged rebate rates for homeowners at $0.90 per watt, marking a 15 per cent increase, with a cap of $10,000. Non-profits will receive $1 per watt, totalling a 25 per cent increase, and businesses maintain a rate of $0.75 per watt.
    But the ca
  • Think-tank calls for increased private school enrolment in Alberta

    Alberta should gradually double or triple the number of students enrolled in independent schools to foster innovation and reduce the “monopoly” of teachers’ associations, says a new position paper from a faith-based think-tank.
    With 4.4 per cent of Alberta students enrolled in Alberta private schools in the 2014-15 school year, the province could create incentives to increase that enrolment without disrupting the public school system, said Cardus president and CEO Michael Van P
  • The Edmonton Oilers get thoroughly dominated by the Colorado Avalanche in a sobering 4-1 defeat

    The Edmonton Oilers played their worst game of the season Sunday evening, falling 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche.
    It was a game the host squad was never really in. The set-back drops the Oilers W-L record back down to .500 (8-8-1), the team itself out of a playoff spot, and extends the Oilers losing streak to 4. Speaking of 4…this was also the fourth consecutive game that the club spotted their opposition a deuce and were forced to try and come all of the way back. That’s obviously g
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  • Fire rescue blocked roads at downtown Edmonton tower

    Police and fire crews worked to rescue a person who climbed a crane in downtown Edmonton Sunday night.
    Fire spokesperson Maya Filipovic said crews were called to an under-construction residential tower at 103 Street and 103 Avenue around 6 p.m.
    Responders closed roads and shined a spotlight on the crane as they prepared to undertake the rescue.
    Five fire units responded including a technical rescue unit.
    Just before 7:30 p.m., Filipovic said crews had searched the building and couldn’
  • Semi driver escapes injury after straw bale slams into windshield

    The driver of a semi truck walked away unscathed after a straw bale flew off a trailer and slammed through his windshield.
    The collision happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday along Highway 21 south of New Sarepta, a rural hamlet outside Camrose.
    An RCMP news release said the bale fell off the back of a southbound flatbed truck and hit the northbound semi.
    The bale caved-in the truck’s windshield, blinding the driver.
    The collision happened five km south of New Sarepta on Nov. 10, 2018.
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  • 'Courage and sacrifice': Edmontonians gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies

    It was 2 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 when the newswire message arrived in the office of the Edmonton Bulletin: “Armistice signed.”
    Soon, car horns were blaring, firefighters sounded sirens and joyful people streamed into the streets, lighting a bonfire at Jasper Avenue and 101 Street downtown.
    On Sunday afternoon, volunteers and performers at Armistice 100: A Tribute held a Remembrance Day event to mark a century since the First World War ended. Part memorial tribute, part historical re-en
  • Edmonton man plays role in major peace deal between Ethiopia, Somali group

    Ahmed Abdulkadir figured one of two things could happen when his plane touched down in Ethiopia.
    Things might go according to plan: he would be greeted by supporters of the armed liberation movement who’d asked for his help negotiating peace with the Ethiopian government, and they would get to work.
    Or, he might be thrown in jail.
    “I was scared to death … going there,” said Abdulkadir, an Edmonton community organizer. “I did not know what to expect. I was expecting
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  • Former Edmonton Oilers player Iiro Pakarinen complains of lack of communication from coaches

    What do we take from Pakarinen’s comments, especially in relation to Puljujarvi? Hmm
    This in from Ilari Savonen, a reporter for the biggest private TV network in Finland, his interview with Finnish forward Iiro Pakarinen, where the former Oilers forward criticizes the Oilers coaching staff and organization for a failure to communicate with players, especially when it comes to giving players reasons they’re not being played, something Pakarinen experienced quite often in his four year
  • 'Courage and sacrifice': Edmontonians gather at Butterdome for Remembrance Day ceremony

    Jennifer Graham’s father never talked about his time in the Royal Canadian Navy.
    Second World War veteran Larry Powell served overseas as a radar operator, sleuthing out U-boats. It’s him she was thinking of Sunday as servicewomen and men of all stripes paraded around the University of Alberta’s Butterdome to mark Remembrance Day.
    She comes every year to give thanks for their service and her freedom, she says.
    Hundreds of spectators looked on Sunday morning as members of the ai
  • Police launch manhunt after death of man on Sunchild First Nation

    Police launched a manhunt Saturday after the death of a man at a gas station on the Sunchild First Nation in central Alberta. 
    At around 4 p.m. Saturday, RCMP issued a press release saying an emergency response team was conducting an operation at the O’Chiese First Nation as a result of an investigation that began that morning. Police told people to avoid the area, and not to post the locations of police officers on social media.
    On Saturday night, police issued an update, saying
  • Law students come to defence of Edmonton homicide detective

    A group of law students have come to the defence of a veteran homicide detective whose guest lecture in their class prompted an official complaint to Edmonton’s police chief.
    On Wednesday, second-year University of Alberta law student Caitlin Dick said Staff Sgt. Bill Clark — a senior officer in the city police homicide section — should be suspended over comments he made during a Nov. 1 class on policing law.
    Dick claimed that Clark used derogatory language to describe defence
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  • Three to See on Monday, November 12

    Princess Mononoke
    One of the most beautiful films ever animated, something that makes Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 classic extra brilliant is how every conflicting party in the film has an absolutely justifiable position, simultaneous, contradictory truths of survival.
    Set in the late Muromachi period of Japan —approximately 1336 to 1573 — with jaw-dropping fantasy elements, the story follows the young Emishi prince Ashitaka’s involvement in a struggle between the gods of a fore
  • Nick Lees: Time is now to support $15-million campaign to build Edmonton hospice facility

    The number of Albertans dying each year will double over the next 10 to 20 years, says Dr. Donna A. Wilson, a University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing professor and researcher.
    And now, she says, is the critical time to make sure Pilgrims Hospice Society’s $15-million capital campaign to build a first for Edmonton, free-standing residential-style community hospice succeeds.
    “Currently in Alberta there are 25,000 deaths each year and 80 per cent of these people are elderly,” Wil
  • 'Several' people in police custody after emergency response team called to O'Chiese First Nation

    Police are releasing little information about events that unfolded Saturday at a central Alberta First Nation where officers took “several people” into custody.
    At around 4 p.m. Saturday, RCMP issued a press release saying an emergency response team was conducting an operation at the O’Chiese First Nation as a result of an investigation that began that morning. Police told people to avoid the area, and not to post the locations of police officers on social media.
    On Saturday ni
  • Edmonton weather: Chance of flurries with a bit of windchill

    A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.
    Sunday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measure -7.9 C with 11 km/h winds out of the northeast contributing to a -13 windchill.
    It’s a bit chilly out there with the wind today so if you’re planning on heading out to any Remembrance Day ceremonies be sure to bundle up and stay warm.
    Weather forecast
    Today: Mainly cloudy with 30 per cent chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon.
  • 'It really hit Edmonton hard': First World War took a toll that took decades to recover

    The Edmonton Journal’s front page on Nov. 11, 1918 is a picture of triumph.
    “HUN SUBMITS” shouted the main headline, in two-inch type. Below a cartoon of a British lion smacks his lips after devouring a German general. “‘Nuff Sed,” reads the caption over the big cat. Details of the German surrender fill the eight dense columns.
    The armistice that ended what came to be known as the Great War was greeted with celebrations in allied countries around the world. Bu
  • The Edmonton Oilers Look to end a 3-losing losing skid, host the Avalanche at Rogers Place: 9 Things

    The Edmonton Oilers have made a significant roster shuffle, on the tail of a 3-game losing streak. And one more is likely coming today.
    As The Cult of Hockey’s Bruce McCurdy explains here, big winger Jesse Puljujarvi and his more diminutive linemate Kailer Yamamoto have been sent to Bakersfield of the AHL. Both players had tremendous training camps and deserved to make the club out of camp on merit. But as the games have grown faster and the opposition more intense, their impact on games h
  • The Edmonton Oilers look to end a 3-game losing losing skid, host the Avalanche at Rogers Place: 9 Things

    The Edmonton Oilers have made a significant roster shuffle, on the tail of a 3-game losing streak.
    As The Cult of Hockey’s Bruce McCurdy explains here, big winger Jesse Puljujarvi and his more diminutive linemate Kailer Yamamoto have been sent to Bakersfield of the AHL. Both players had tremendous training camps and deserved to make the club out of camp on merit. But as the games have grown faster and the opposition more intense, their impact on games has significantly diminished.
    Back up
  • Nod to diversity in new Alberta judge appointments

    Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay’s plan to become an architect were foiled early on when she realized in Grade 10 she simply could not draw.
    She pursued her next choice — law — and last week became one of Alberta’s three new judicial appointments to the provincial court.
    Arcand-Kootenay laughs when asked if she’s disappointed her architectural dreams didn’t pan out.
    “No. I’ve totally loved and enjoyed my career and the colleagues and the friends I’ve m
  • City's latest homicide victim had brain injury, history of vicious assaults

    A man stabbed to death at his Edmonton home last weekend was put behind bars in 2010 for three separate attacks where he kicked and stomped his victims.
    Christopher Michael Antoniuk, 56, was found unresponsive in his Rundle Heights home near 109 Avenue and 31 Street around 6:40 p.m. last Friday, after police received a call about an assault.
    He was treated by emergency responders and transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
    No one has been charged in the case, Edmonton’s
  • Canada's largest indoor Christmas lights show to glow in Edmonton area over the holidays

    A new winter festival is preparing to blast through the Edmonton area and shine a bright light on local artisans and food vendors.
    In its second year, the B.C.-based Christmas Glow festival will feature a light show containing over a million lights and a large Christmas market at The Enjoy Centre in St. Albert from Nov. 22 to Jan. 19. This is one of two new Christmas Glow festivals across the country, also making a stop in Barrie, Ont.
    “We love our festivals and I think especially in winte
  • Fleetwood Mac reschedules Edmonton concert after band member falls ill

    Fleetwood Mac has rescheduled a pair of Alberta shows into next year after a band member fell ill before their concert at Rogers Place.
    The band was set to play in Edmonton Saturday evening, but did not go on.
    Sandra Merz, a spokesperson for Live Nation, said in an email to Postmedia that “band member illness” had forced the group to reschedule its Alberta dates. She did not specify which musician was ill.
    The Edmonton show was rescheduled to Saturday, April 13, 2019, while the Calga
  • Edmonton Oilers make the right moves in (finally) sending out Puljujarvi, Yamomoto to AHL

    Big news from Edmonton Oilers camp on Saturday afternoon. The club has reached a simultaneous decision point on two important young players:
    The #Oilers have assigned forwards Jesse Puljujarvi & Kailer Yamamoto to the Bakersfield @Condors. pic.twitter.com/94P6AtXR09
    — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 10, 2018No word yet on replacements, but expect them soon given the Oilers are now down to 12 forwards and will want at least one extra one on hand by the time they host the Colo
  • PHOTOS: Former Edmonton Oiler "Cujo" Book Signing

    Hundreds of fans lined up to meet former Edmonton Oiler goalie Curtis “Cujo” Joseph, who signed copies of his new book “Cujo: The Untold Story of My Life on and Off the Ice” at the south Edmonton Costco store on Saturday November 10, 2018.
    Curtis Joseph, known affectionately to hockey fans around the world as Cujo, was an unlikely NHL superstar. The boy from Keswick, Ontario, didn’t put on a pair of skates until most kids his age were already far along in organized
  • Three people, including 14-year-old, charged in Fort Saskatchewan armed robbery

    Three people including a 14-year-old boy have been charged after an armed robbery at an electronics store in Fort Saskatchewan earlier this week.
    Police say the robbery happened just before 3 p.m. on Nov. 8. Two men allegedly entered the Telus store on 94 Street and attempted to steal cell phones before attacking an employee who confronted them.
    The employee was rushed to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries after the males fled the store in a vehicle.
    A witness was able to pr
  • Three to See on Sunday, November 11

    Redpatch
    There couldn’t be a more fitting performance for Remembrance Day — the story of a Nuu-chah-nulth Nation member from Vancouver Island, fighting on the not-so-quiet Western Front during the First World War.
    Our own Liane Faulder notes, ‘The play weaves a complex array of connections into a story that moves briskly… [Half-Blood’s] journey resonates, regardless of one’s background or culture.” The cast is all Indigenous actors, and it’s
  • Edmonton police called in to investigate Inuvik man's death

    RCMP have called in Edmonton police to investigate after a wanted man from Inuvik, NT, went missing and was found dead last weekend.
    Northwest Territories RCMP said Richard Binder Jr., 35, had several warrants out for his arrest when he was reported missing on Oct. 28.
    In a Monday news release, RCMP said they received a call at 9 p.m. on Nov. 3 from someone who found a body on a trail by Big Lake, near Inuvik.
    On Thursday, RCMP identified the man as Binder, and said it had asked Edmonton police
  • RCMP say first explosion in Sherwood Park parkade was 'deliberately' set; Multiple firearms seized from vehicle

    The explosion that rocked a community centre parkade in Sherwood Park earlier this week originated underneath a half ton truck and damaged nine cars parked in the same row, causing a second vehicle’s gas tank to explode two stalls away, police confirmed Saturday.
    Speaking to media at the Sherwood Park detachment on Saturday morning, RCMP Supt. Dave Kalist confirmed, for the first time, that “more than five” registered firearms — including hunting rifles, shotguns and
  • Mountie charged in home invasion was Musical Ride member

    An RCMP member who allegedly committed an off-duty home invasion and assault in Tofield was once a member of the force’s famous Musical Ride.
    Const. Dane McCarty, a member of Tofield RCMP, was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with offences including housebreaking to commit assault, assault, and two counts of mischief under $5,000.
    He made his first appearance in Vegreville provincial court last Monday.
    RCMP officials would not confirm that McCarty participated in the Musical Ride, but said the

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