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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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These Alberta Teachers Just Made The Best Video For Their Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 1:50 PM

The world needs more teachers like these. Seriously.

The faculty and staff at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park, Alta. got together to create a congratulations video for their 2015 grads, and it is nothing short of awesome.

The costumes, the music, the...

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Deborah Drever Apologizes For 'Gay Boyz' Photo, Won't Quit Her Job

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:23 AM

Deborah Drever, the rookie Alberta legislature member who was suspended from the NDP caucus last week by Premier Rachel Notley, has apologized for a "problematic" photo posted to her Instagram account, but says she won't quit her job.

In a post to Facebook Tuesday, Drever...

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Alberta Wildfires Force More Evacuations

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Wildfires have forced about 5,000 people from their homes in north-central Alberta but officials don't believe any houses have been lost.

Cyndi Taron with the Municipal District of Opportunity says 3,700 people have registered as evacuees from Wabasca and Bigstone Cree Nation.

Rural residents in the Municipal District of Lesser...

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Help Heal Henry: Edmonton Kitten Needs Help After Getting Hit By Car

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 4:11 PM

Canada, meet Henry The Kitten.

Henry is currently in the care of an Edmonton foster family and the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) after he was hit by a car two weeks ago.

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi Sings 'Let It Go' To Make Good On Playoff Bet

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 1:33 PM

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is a lot of things — Best Mayor In The World, social media superstar, Harvard grad — but he proved today that he is definitely not a vocalist.

To make good on a bet he lost to the mayor of Anaheim, Calif. earlier...

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Alberta Photographer Of The Month: Stephen Underhay

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Stephen Underhay hasn't been in the photography game for very long, but what he's captured so far is very impressive.

He picked up his first DSLR camera last year, in advance of a trip to Africa, and hasn't put it down since.

The firefighter, who currently calls Red...

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Calgary Stampede 2015 Coke Stage Lineup Announced

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 12:22 PM

The Calgary Stampede has unveiled the lineup the 2015s Coca-Cola Stage, and it looks like it will especially appeal to pop fans.

The free concert series, which takes place on park every evening, is always a hit with Stampede goers, and this year features two top Alberta acts —...

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Timeline: Layoffs In Alberta's Energy Sector

(9) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 3:06 PM

A new report says the Canadian energy industry could see as many as 185,000 direct and indirect job losses this year — a figure that does not bode well for Alberta, Canada's oil and gas capital.

The report, released earlier this week by the labour market division...

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Alberta Summer Weather Forecast Calling For Warmer Temperatures Than Usual

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Get out those kiddie pools, Alberta — it looks like our prairie province is in for a summer of hot, dry weather.

Accuweather predicts western Canada is in for a very warm summer. In fact, they are calling for a higher number of days this year where the...

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Alberta MLA Deborah Drever Given Homework To Help Repair Damage Done By Photos

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 10:55 AM

Alberta's Premier-designate Rachel Notley won't ask rookie MLA-elect Deborah Drever to step down over some "highly inappropriate" social media photos, but she's not letting her young candidate walk away without discipline, either.

Drever, a 26-year-old Mount Royal Student student who won the riding of Calgary-Bow for the Alberta NDP...

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Nickelback Is Now The Butt Of Australian Police Jokes

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Nickelback, the Canadian music industry's favourite punching bag, is now taking shots from Australian cops.

"Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians," the Queesland Police Service said in a BOLO (be on the lookout) posted to Facebook Wednesday, alongside a...

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Camera Captures Black Bear Atop Power Line To Eat Raven Eggs

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 11:11 AM

Bears will go to great lengths to sate their springtime appetite, but we've never seen anything quite like this.

A video and photos circulating online show a bear atop a power tower, picking through a raven's nest for eggs.

bear transmission line

The...

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Calgary's Most Wanted - May 2015 (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 11:51 AM

Recognize any of these faces, Calgary?

Calgary Crime Stoppers has released an updated list of their most wanted offenders for May 2015.

"A person of interest is anyone wanted on outstanding criminal warrants for which they can be arrested, who is actively evading capture, and who...

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Calgary Dog Attacks Prompt Talk Of Muzzles, Fines, Breed Ban

(63) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:50 PM

A rash of serious dog attacks in Calgary has at least once city councillor suggesting all dogs be muzzled for their first year of life.

Ward 2 Coun. Joe Magliocca told The Calgary Herald he will put forward a motion that would require all dog breeds to wear a...

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Alberta Royalty Review Will Happen This Term: Notley

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:33 PM

Like it or not, a royalty review will happen in Alberta.

Premier-designate Rachel Notley told reporters Tuesday that a royalty review will take place in this term of the incoming NDP government, but did not announce an exact timing.

“I’m not going to make any specific determinations around...

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Edmonton Pools Ban Mermaid Tails

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Edmonton kids aspiring to be the next Ariel are going to have to keep using their imaginations, for now.

In a bid to keep kids safe in the water, city pools have banned a swimming toy designed to look like a mermaid tail.

The fabric toy, which slips...

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University Of Calgary Outdoor Centre Sets Up Crash Pads For Goslings

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:51 AM

The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre has taken some of their mats designed to keep rock climbers safe and turned them into landing pads for several baby geese taking the first leap toward flying.

The pads, set up along the perimeter of the building, are designed to cushion the...

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Edmonton Eskimos Mock The Calgary Flames After Loss To Anaheim

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 1:41 PM

A longstanding rivalry between Calgary and Edmonton took a turn into some pretty nasty territory last night, after a Twitter account belonging to the Edmonton Eskimos openly mocked Calgary fans moments after the Flames were ousted from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"#QuackQuackQuack @calstampeders @NHLFlames," the Eskimos tweeted...

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Peter MacKay 'Albertastan' Comments Are Now On A T-Shirt

(27) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 3:13 PM

The mocking of Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay's "Albertastan" comment was fast and furious, and now there's a commemorative t-shirt to immortalize the reference.

Edmonton graphic designer Laura Lynn Johnston is selling shirts with "The People's Republic of Albertastan" emblazoned across the front — and proceeds will...

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Calgary Airbnb 'Orgy' Was Financed With Stolen Credit Cards: Police

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:05 PM

A "drug-induced orgy" that took place at a Calgary Airbnb rental was financed by fraudulent credit cards, and police are on the hunt for those responsible.

Calgary police say they are using CCTV footage in an effort to determine who rented the house, and also looking for...

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