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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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Danielle Smith Recall Petition Started By Angry Albertans

(13) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Are you one of the thousands of Albertans who are upset with Danielle Smith and the eight other Wildrose MLAs who crossed the floor to join the PC government yesterday?

Here's a way to express your indignation.

A group of angry Albertans have created a website, demanding that the former...

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Fish Creek Park Photos Prompt Calgary Police Probe

(28) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Calgary police are investigating the discovery of some strange and disturbing photos found hanging in Fish Creek Park.

The photos could be linked to the disappearance of 25-year-old actress Shannon Burgess (nee Madill), multiple sources told the Calgary Sun, although police are not confirming a connection at this...

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'Make Your Move' Campaign Launched By Edmonton Cops To Prevent Sexual Assault (PHOTOS)

(17) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Following the irrefutable success of a clever and effective anti-sexual assault campaign, Edmonton police have rolled out another set of ads, this time targetting bar patrons.

The "Make Your Move" campaign is meant to educate Edmontonians on ways they can help stop sexual violence – even as...

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Where To Find Christmas Dinner In Calgary 2014

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:42 PM

If you're anything like us, you love to eat Christmas dinner but aren't keen on preparing it due to the extensive organization, prep work and clean-up involved.

Well, these Calgary restaurants want to make your holiday a little bit brighter by taking the work off your hands.


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Baby Kangaroo Finds New Home At Okotoks Pet Store

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 3:09 PM

A baby red kangaroo is adjusting to its new home at an Okotoks pet store after it was turned over by a private breeder when it was abandoned by its mother.

The Exotic Animal House told CBC News it took in the baby 'roo, named Dingo, so it could...

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Best Restaurants In Canmore: Locals Share Their Top Picks

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 2:09 PM

There's never been a better time to visit Canmore's food scene.

So many restaurants in the quiet mountain town are doing remarkable things, from serving up eclectic menus chock full of seafood and game meat, to offering some of the best poutine, brunch, and coffee to be found in Alberta....

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Skinny Puppy Spotted In Edmonton Pet Store, Investigation Underway

(9) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 3:56 PM

A photo of an emaciated-looking puppy spotted in an Edmonton pet store has sparked an investigation with animal protection officers.

Justine Elliot posted the photo to Facebook after a trip to My Pets pet store in West Edmonton Mall on Monday night.

In the photo, the...

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Edmonton Cat Found Living In Wall 4 Months After Condo Fire

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:19 PM

For months Megan Martin thought she has lost her cat, Harmony, to an Edmonton condo fire.

Earlier this week, the pair were reunited in an astonishing story that proves the resilience of animals.

Martin was one of the victims of a July 21 condo fire, that...

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Edmonton Winter Bingo Is So, So True

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Edmonton Winter Bingo: Where all your weather complaints and depressing observations are turned into a fun game.

Cartoonist Chad Huculak has come up with the clever bingo card to describe winter in Alberta's capital city and it couldn't be closer to the truth.

"Guy in Shorts." "Windrows." "Clueless...

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Hawk The Trauma Dog Comforts Children During Calgary Sex Abuse Trial

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 12:40 PM

For the first time in Canadian history, a trauma dog is providing comfort to two children in court as they testify about sexual abuse.

Hawk, a four-year-old Labrador retriever, is on loan to the Calgary Police Service, trained to work as a trauma dog in...

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Calgary Service Dog Access Worst In Canada

(13) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:16 PM

If you live in Calgary, you shouldn't expect service with a service dog by your side.

A concerning study released Monday found that Calgary's intolerance of service dogs leads the nation, despite the pooches being some of the best trained animals out there.

Courageous Companions, a Canadian...

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Stamps Celebrate Grey Cup Win With Hilarious Photo Shoot (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:08 PM

This is how we think all CFL teams should celebrate a Grey Cup win.

The Calgary Stampeders starred in their own mini-photo shoot following their Grey Cup victory Sunday night, away from the field and fans.

Vancouver photographer Jimmy Jeong captured the fellas posing with cigars and champagne against...

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Edmonton Drag Queen Says He Was Kicked Out Of Taxi

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 1:00 PM

An Edmonton cab company is investigating after man says he was kicked out a cab for being dressed as a woman.

Binki, a local drag queen who only wants to be identified by his stage name, told the Edmonton Journal a Yellow Cab driver tossed him from...

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Grey Cup Rally For Calgary Stampeders Slated For Tuesday

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:45 AM

Go, Stamps, Go!

Eager to celebrate the Calgary Stampeders' Grey Cup win on city soil, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has announced a free rally for the team.

Calgarians are invited to Olympic Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 to celebrate with...

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Calgary Cold Weather Sets In, Avalanche Warning Issued

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Calgary is no longer facing snow squall conditions, but a deep freeze is settling over the city and much of southern Alberta.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Friday, saying the heavy bands of snow originally anticipated are not expected to be as severe.

However, the...

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Edmonton Snow, Cold Weather Won't End Any Time Soon

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Sorry, Edmonton. There's plenty more snow and cold weather to come.

Alberta's capital city has been pummeled by as much as 30 centimetres of snow over the past two days, and there's no sign of it coming to an end any time soon.

Environment Canada issued...

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#Winterlust Photos Prove Alberta's The Prettiest Province In Winter

(21) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 4:53 PM

It's been pretty cold in Alberta the past few days. Like, -40 C-with-the-windchill cold.

But, instead of complaining, Travel Alberta is reminding you to embrace the frosty weather and appreciate the province's wintry beauty.

Using the hashtag #winterlust, the tourism group has...

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Wildrose Staffer Sends Smashed Coffee Mug Picture To MLA Kerry Towle

(31) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 12:41 PM

For some it might just be a smashed coffee mug, but for MLA Kerry Towle it's a sign of hurtful disrespect.

Towle, the former Wildrose seniors critic and MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, crossed the floor to join the Progressive Conservative government earlier this week. And while...

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Alberta Photographer Of The Month: Marc Fariaz (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 2:12 PM

There's no doubt Alberta-based photographer Marc Fariaz is having a serious love affair with Alberta's spectacular wilderness.

Flipping through his Instagram account, we were blown away by his attention to detail, the raw beauty of his photographs and his apparent willingness to do whatever it takes to get an...

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Calgary 'Grandparent Scam' On The Rise

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Calgary police have once again issued a warning about a type of telephone fraud nicknamed the "grandparent scam."

Police have fielded 86 reports of the scam so far this year.

Scam artists will contact potential victims, who are often elderly, and pose as a relative or loved one in...

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