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Evacuees can return home

May 26, 2015 / 10:35 pm

Many of the nearly 5,000 Albertans evacuated from their homes due to forest fires have started to be allowed to return home. Late Tuesday night, the Municipal District of Opportunity announced an evacuation order had been lifted for residents of the hamlet of Wabasca. The MD said RCMP would...

Trapped miners freed

May 26, 2015 / 9:46 pm

Nine miners who were trapped underground in northwestern Quebec have been rescued and are not injured. Mine manager Sylvain Lehoux said that after being trapped for nearly 18 hours, the evacuated miners were exhausted but were able to talk to family members. They were rescued by a tunnelling...

Calgary's code-breaker

May 26, 2015 / 9:43 pm

An 88-year-old Calgary woman has been honoured for her work as a code-breaker in the Second World War. Marion Booth received the Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge on Tuesday in recognition of her "vital, secret service" as an employee of the British government's code and cypher...

Defence not all that lame

May 26, 2015 / 4:01 pm

Canada's military is doing a better job of protecting Arctic sovereignty in an increasingly busy North than Canadians think, says a new think-tank report. "Canadians need to understand what I believe the military already understands," said Adam Lajeunesse of the Canadian Defence...

Senate's new expense cop

May 26, 2015 / 2:41 pm

The Senate is turning to a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada to referee any disputes arising among senators over dubious expense claims flagged by the auditor general. It's the latest attempt by the Senate to get ahead of what is widely expected to be a critical report on past...

Fires force out thousands

May 26, 2015 / 10:57 am

About 5,000 people remained out from their homes Tuesday as wildfires continued to burn in north-central Alberta. The evacuees included people from Wabasca, the Bigstone Cree First Nation and two municipal districts in a rural area north of Edmonton. Reeve Murray Kerik of the Municipal...

Hundreds mourn girl

May 26, 2015 / 8:40 am

More than 200 mourners have attended a memorial service in Winnipeg for an 11-year-old girl whose partial remains were found on a northern Manitoba reserve. At first officials on the Garden Hill First Nation thought Teresa Robinson had been the victim of a bear attack, but RCMP later determined...

B.C. Salmonella outbreak

May 25, 2015 / 7:15 pm

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it's investigating an outbreak of salmonella in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan linked to live chicks from an Alberta hatchery. Thirty-four people reported getting sick — 17 in Alberta, 13 in B.C. and four in Saskatchewan —...

Coach faces sex charges

May 25, 2015 / 2:08 pm

Convicted pedophile and former junior hockey coach Graham James is facing more sex-related charges. RCMP in Swift Current, Sask., say James is charged with sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred when he was coaching the Swift Current Broncos in the early 1990s. The Mounties say they...

Canada blocks nuke ban

May 25, 2015 / 12:55 pm

Israel is thanking Canada for helping to block a major international plan to work towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons. But there is also widespread international disappointment that Canada, which along with Britain, supported the United States in opposing the adoption of the document at...

2,000 evacuated

May 25, 2015 / 11:19 am

A wildfire burning in northern Alberta has forced about 2,000 people from their homes. Cyndi Taron with the Municipal District of Opportunity says a state of emergency is in place for the area, about 330 kilometres north of Edmonton. She says about 1,000 residents of Wabasca and another 1,000...

Amber Alerts go social

May 25, 2015 / 9:26 am

Facebook Canada will start sending Amber Alerts about missing children to users who are in the immediate vicinity of the disappearance. The alerts will provide all available details of the missing child and can be easily shared, to help spread the word. The social media network says it will...

Debate antics par for course

May 25, 2015 / 6:10 am

The Tories walk away from the election debate negotiations, the Liberals make a set of demands to suit their leader, and the smaller parties balk at being shut out. That was 1968. Nearly a half-century after the first televised match-up between Canada's federal party leaders, some of the...

Transitions to power

May 24, 2015 / 4:43 pm

Rachel Notley officially became Alberta's 17th premier on Sunday when she and her cabinet were sworn in, 19 days after the New Democrats won a majority in the May 5 election. Here is a look at the length of some power transitions in other provinces: British Columbia: On May 16, 2001, voters...

Alberta premier sworn in

May 24, 2015 / 1:54 pm

New Democrat Rachel Notley has been sworn in as Alberta's 17th premier, bringing to an official end nearly 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule in the province. Notley took her oath on the steps of the legislature building in front of hundreds of people who stopped to watch on a warm,...

Diplomat's son seeks bail

May 24, 2015 / 8:42 am

A Canadian teenager caught up in a double killing in Florida will ask a judge on Wednesday to grant him bail pending a trial that could lead to his life-long imprisonment. Marc Wabafiyebazu has pleaded not guilty to felony first-degree murder and other charges in a drug-related shootout in March...

Notley takes the helm

May 24, 2015 / 7:04 am

New Democrat Rachel Notley becomes Alberta premier today when she and her cabinet are sworn in on the grounds of the legislature in Edmonton. It will also be the official end of the 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty. Notley has promised a family-friendly affair instead of the usually...

Fire hampers plane search

May 24, 2015 / 7:01 am

Police say wildfire conditions at the scene of the crash of a firefighting plane in northern Alberta are making it difficult for investigators to reach the site. Mounties say the site is inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, an area used by military pilots for weapons training. RCMP Cpl....

Firefighting plane crashes

May 23, 2015 / 9:12 am

UPDATE 9 A.M. A small air tanker used for fire suppression crashed Friday afternoon about 100 kilometres east of Lac La Biche, Alta., killing the 37-year-old pilot and sole passenger. Jeff Barry of Conair Aerial Firefighting, a contractor for the Alberta government, said the pilot was in his...

Hana the dolphin 'critical'

May 22, 2015 / 3:53 pm

One of two Pacific white-sided dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium is in critical condition after groundbreaking emergency surgery for a gastrointestinal disorder. Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena said that while the procedure was successful, 21-year-old Hana is being watched around the...

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