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Michelle Butterfield is The Huffington Post Alberta's Associate News Editor. She was previously an online editor at The Calgary Herald.

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Diner En Blanc Calgary 2015 Draws Thousands Of Picnickers In White (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 12:37 PM

It was a sea of dazzling white in downtown Calgary Thursday evening, as thousands of picnickers descended upon a Calgary park for an annual outdoor dining experience known as Dîner en Blanc.

The event, which originally started in Paris, has attracted a crowd of more than 2,500 Calgarians...

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Alberta's Most Unique Baby Names Include 'Thunderboy,' 'Dazzlin'

(5) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:43 PM

It's no surprise that Olivia and Liam have topped the baby name chart in Alberta for the second year in a row — both are popular names that ride high on many a list lately.

But when the province released their annual baby names list...

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Calgary Mother and Children Sent To Hospital After Hit-And-Run

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 11:37 AM

Calgary police are looking for a driver who hit a mother and her two toddlers before driving away Wednesday evening.

Police say the incident happened around 10 p.m., when a 38-year-old woman, 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk at Temple Drive...

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Majority of Albertans Overweight Or Obese, Report Finds

(5) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 3:31 PM

It appears the majority of Albertans might be struggling with a bit of a weight problem.

A new report from the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) finds six out of 10 Albertans are overweight or obese — compared to five in 10 Canadians who measure the...

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Remains Of Corrie Ottenbreit Found On Property Near Leduc

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Mounties in Alberta say they may be dealing with a serial killer after identifying human remains found on a rural property near Leduc earlier this year as those of Corrie Renee Ottenbreit.

Ottenbreit, an Edmonton sex trade worker, went missing in 2004.

The remains were discovered on April...

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Travel Alberta Forgets Nunavut Is A Canadian Territory

(12) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Nunavut has been a Canadian territory for 16 years, but Alberta's tourism agency let it slip their mind, apparently.

A recent advertisement from Travel Alberta, extolling the province as an affordable option for U.S. travellers, forgot to include Nunavut.

Of course, Reddit users had a field day with the...

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Alberta Golf Course Goes To The Dogs This Season.. Literally

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 12:36 PM

An Alberta golf course is hoping to keep it in the "ruff" this season, by allowing dogs on the course for the first time ever.

Billed as “Alberta’s first pet-friendly course,” the Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie is inviting dog owners to bring along their four-legged friends...

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Alberta Photographer Of The Month: Jamieson Caskenette (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 11:24 AM

When we first came across Jamieson Caskenette's photography, we asked ourselves: "is there anywhere in Alberta this guy hasn't seen?!?"

He travels far and wide, often leaving the beaten path or trail to capture some of the most majestic vistas, be they prairie or alpine.

A professional chef...

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Taylor Hatala, Edmonton-Area Dancer, Runs The World With Killer Dance Routine

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:28 PM

Taylor Hatala is out to prove who runs the world. (Spoiler alert: It's her.)

The 11-year-old dancer, who hails from the Edmonton area, exudes some serious girl power alongside fellow dancer Larsen Thompson, 14, in their latest YouTube video, set to Beyoncé’s "Run the World (Girls)."

The young...

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Person Caught Feeding Bear On Video In Banff Fined $1,000

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 12:43 PM

If they've told us once, they've told us a million times: Stop feeding the animals in our national parks.

Parks Canada released a video Thursday that shows a visitor feeding a black bear from a car on the side of the Highway 93 in Banff National Park last year.

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Chad Pasloski Fired After Being Identified As Racist Calgary Cab Passenger

(27) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:36 PM

A Calgary man caught on video unleashing a racist tirade against a cab driver has been fired from his job, according to reports.

Global News, who first published the video earlier this week, identifies the passenger as Chad Pasloski, an employee at Calgary's Alcro Electric.


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Cats Abandoned Inside Duct-Taped Bin In St. Albert

(6) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Two cats are lucky to be alive after they were discovered duct taped inside a bin behind an veterinary clinic Wednesday.

Staff at the Mission Ridge Animal Hospital in St. Albert, Alta. were alerted to the cats after a passerby noticed a plastic container in the alley,...

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Calgary Tornado 2015: Funnel Cloud Timelapse Shows Storm Take Formation

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 12:40 PM

An astonishing timelapse video shot from the 26th storey of a downtown Calgary office tower shows just how quickly a funnel cloud formed over the city Wednesday.

Captured by Wes Pohl in the Jamieson Place building and posted to Vimeo, the video shows dark storm clouds rotate...

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Calgary Shootings Way Up, Police Concerned About Recent Violence

(4) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Calgary police say shootings are way up in Calgary this year, and the majority of them are related to drugs.

A concerned Calgary Police Service addressed the uptick in gun-play on city streets in a press conference Tuesday.

“We have never before seen this kind of accessibility to...

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Alberta Couple Find Steven Tyler's Dog In An Edmonton Elevator

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 5:31 PM

It's "Love in an Elevator," alright — or puppy love, at least.

A couple from Spruce Grove, Alta. was posing for their wedding photographs at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton Saturday, when they came across a tiny dog alone in an elevator.

Hoping to reunite the dog...

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Shocking Video Shows Horrific Racist Tirade Unleashed On Calgary Cab Driver

(39) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:07 PM

A Calgary cab driver says she's still trying to recover from the emotional wounds of a vicious verbal attack that happened almost two years ago.

Global News released a video Monday that shows an unidentified man unleash a long and abusive racist tirade against Checker Cab driver...

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Edmonton's Most Wanted, July 2015 (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Recognize any of these faces, Edmonton?

The Edmonton Police Service has released an updated list of their most wanted for July 2015.

Some may be wanted for the severity of a single offence, while others may be sought due to the prolific nature of a crime or number...

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'Gluten Pill' Developed To Help Celiac Sufferers Enjoy More Off-Limit Foods

(4) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 1:08 PM

Celiac sufferers tired of sitting out on beer and pizza nights may soon get a bit of a reprieve.

A "gluten pill," developed by scientists at the University of Alberta, aims to help cut down the headaches, intestinal issues and digestive problems faced by that those with celiac disease...

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Priddis Luxury Homes To Hit The Auction Block

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Have an extra $100,000 kicking around? If so, you could buy yourself the right to bid on a couple of multi-million homes just outside Calgary.

Two new luxury homes in Priddis, Alta. will hit the auction block in a few days — a method of selling that has grown...

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Salvaged, Edmonton Pop-Up Restaurant, Uses Ugly And Old Food To Make Culinary Magic

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:16 PM

When it comes to produce we often reach for the roundest red tomato or the least blemished bunch of bananas, but an Edmonton group wants to change how we look at less-than-perfect food.

The Alder Food Security Society rejects the idea that tasty food can only be made using aesthetically...

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