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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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Alberta Photographer Of The Month: Randee Armstrong (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 10:27 AM

Never before have we seen such a dreamy Alberta.

We became introduced to Edmonton wedding and lifestyle photographer Randee Armstrong's work a few months back and could not wait to feature her creative and emotional work as March's Alberta Photographer of the Month.

Randee's photography is a...

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Edmonton's Muttart Conservatory Corpse Flower, Putrella, Will Bloom Again

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Edmonton's stinkiest flower is getting set to bloom again.

Putrella, the cleverly-named corpse flower at the Muttart Conservatory, will unleash her putrid smell upon visitors once again, the City of Edmonton confirmed on Twitter earlier this week.

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Alberta Budget: Video Mocks What Prentice Was Really Thinking In Televised Address

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:33 PM

The folks over at The Hill have done it again. Months after bringing us a side-splitting parody of the Alberta PC party's woes, this time they've created a clever send-up of Alberta Premier Jim Prentice's televised address from earlier this week. While a very serious Prentice...

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Edmonton Tunnel Is A Total Mystery

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 3:07 PM

It turns out Toronto is not the only Canadian city that can lay claim to a mysterious underground tunnel.

An Edmonton restaurant owner has discovered a tunnel in his building's basement, and he's offering a free meal to anyone who can solve the mystery.

Mike Bhatnagar,...

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Students FED UP With Sexism In Edmonton's Restaurant Scene

(11) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Fed up with sexism in Edmonton's restaurant scene, four University of Alberta students are taking it upon themselves to call out the most offensive establishments.

The Women's Studies students have created F.E.D. U.P. YEG — Feminist Eatery Database Undercover Project — a website where people can anonymously...

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Alberta Men Tom Hamilton And Curtis Fries Killed In B.C. Avalanche

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:09 PM

Two Alberta snowmobilers are dead after getting caught in an avalanche near McBride in eastern British Columbia on Saturday.

RCMP Cpl. Dave Tyreman says the two victims were among three men hit by the slide when they were snowmobiling in the Lower Dore Mountain Range.

The third man was...

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Wi-Fi In Schools To Be Debated By Alberta Parents

(118) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Concerned with the effects Wi-Fi in schools may have on their children's health, some Alberta parents are fighting to have better wireless management protocols in place.

Edmonton parent and public teacher Marcey Kliparchuk says she started to investigate the dangers of Wi-Fi four years ago, when a cell phone tower...

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Stanislaw Maguder, Calgary Cab Driver, Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 11:09 AM

A 70-year-old Calgary cab driver has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run that left a 16-year-old girl dead.

Stanislaw Maguder is charged with hit-and-run causing death.

Police responded to a call around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, where they found a body on the road outside a Calgary Co-op store...

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Nexen, Talisman And ConocoPhillips Announce Calgary Layoffs

(35) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 1:29 PM

The casualties of falling oil prices keep adding up in Alberta's oil and gas capital, as several companies announced rounds of layoffs this week, leaving hundreds out of work.

Nexen Energy, Talisman Energy, and ConocoPhillips are the latest oilsands giants to announce layoffs that will affect employees in both...

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Aurora Borealis Put On Spectacular Display In Alberta (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Around the world, people in the northern hemisphere were treated to a spectacular display of aurora borealis last night, but the lucky folk in northern Alberta have been witness to the light show almost all week.

Earth underwent a particularly severe solar storm yesterday, with a...

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Peters' Drive-In Taking Shape In Red Deer

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 4:56 PM

Peters' Drive-In is beginning to take shape in its new Red Deer location.

Posts to the restaurant's Twitter account show the new building outfitted with windows and a concrete floor, with the promise to be open sometime this spring.

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Calgary Cyclist Threatened With Sexual Assault After Being Hit

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:22 PM

Calgary police are investigating after a woman said she was threatened with sexual assault by a man after she was struck by a car.

A Radisson Heights resident contacted police around 5 a.m. on March 7, after an injured woman showed up at his door.

The woman, in...

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Alberta's Construction Industry Faces Three Years Of Job Losses

(12) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:46 AM

After years of rapid growth, Alberta's construction industry can expect an extended downturn that will result in project delays, cancellations and job layoffs, says a new report.

The good news, however, is that it won't last forever.

"While oil prices have sent construction into a downturn, the...

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Terry Murphy Defies Cancer Prognosis To Marry Rachelle Kennedy

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Despite all odds, Terry Murphy tied the knot Saturday afternoon.

The Calgary man planned to marry his girlfriend, Rachelle Kennedy, this coming summer in Vancouver, but a terminal cancer diagnosis put the plan in fast forward.

Murphy was diagnosed with liver cancer 23 months ago, when Kennedy was

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The Most Expensive Homes For Sale In Edmonton (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 12:01 PM

The effects of a cooling housing market are being felt across Canada, perhaps nowhere more than in Alberta at the moment.

Home sales in January fell nearly 26 per cent year-over year in Edmonton, reports the Edmonton Journal, making it the lowest January number in five years....

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'House Of Cards': Alberta Government Edition (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:42 PM

The Alberta government has received the 'House of Cards' treatment once again.

Organizers at the Canadian Strategy Group's 'House of Cards' theme event, held Wednesday night in Edmonton, had some of the biggest names on the Alberta political scene pose for portraits. Slogans were added to the pictures, inspired...

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Husky Energy Unexpectedly Lays Off 1,100 Workers From Sunrise Project

(23) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:00 PM

Husky Energy Inc. has unexpectedly laid off 1,100 workers at its Sunrise oilsands project, as they reported oil has started to flow from the northeastern Alberta site.

Izzy Huygen, a representative of the Christian Labor Association of Canada, told Reuters the layoffs came as a shock to...

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Taber, Alta. Needs Kevin Bacon's Dance Skills To Help Fight Bylaw

(8) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 3:03 PM

Attention Kevin Bacon. Taber needs your help.

That's the message a group of concerned Albertans are sending to the star of the 1984 Hollywood dance classic "Footloose," after the small town's council passed a bylaw that seriously prohibits fun.

Taber, population 8,104, has brought in a bylaw to

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Fort McMurray Tim Hortons Is A Traffic Hazard: RCMP

(46) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:40 PM

It's a problem that likely plagues hundreds of Tim Horton's location across the country each day, but RCMP in Fort McMurray are finally putting an end to it.

Drivers in the oil capital of Alberta now face a $172 fine and demerit points if they stop on the...

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Calgary Century Home Is A Rare Gem In An Area Of Infills

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 5:27 PM

In Calgary, where development seems to follow a motto of "build up and build out," it's rare to find what remains of the city's Maverick days, especially when looking for real estate.

But a small home for sale in Calgary's Killarney neighbourhood reminds us of a time...

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