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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 Oilpatch Layoffs Total 35,000, Says CAPP

(18) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Once upon a time Alberta was the province to which Canadians flocked in search of high-wage jobs and an excellent chance of employment.

But experts say that is no longer the case.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) says the energy capital of Canada has already

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Adorable Bobcat Kittens Make Surprise Appearance On Calgary Step

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 11:44 AM

It's not every day a litter of kittens this cute shows up on your doorstep, and it's an encounter one Calgary woman won't soon forget.

Kathy Reiffenstein got a bit of a shock last Friday when she found a mama bobcat and her kittens checking out the front step...

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Fluffy, Calgary Humane Society Dog, Finally Finds His Forever Home

(4) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 2:45 PM

A heartwarming video put out by the Calgary Humane Society last week is an excellent reminder that every shelter animal deserves a forever home.

Fluffy, a four-year-old Presa Canario, had spent more than 100 days at the shelter after being surrendered in early June by his owner.

A big...

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Ashley Burnham, Mrs. Universe 2015, Embraced Cree Culture To Survive Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 4:58 PM

An aboriginal woman from Alberta who was crowned Mrs. Universe 2015 says she will channel the attention she's received into educating people about childhood abuse.

Ashley Burnham, 25, won the international pageant for married women in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday. It was the first time a Canadian,...

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Calgary Couple Celebrates Divorce With Happy #DivorceSelfie

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 2:50 PM

It's not often that you see divorce being celebrated between the two parties splitting up, but that's how one Calgary couple has chosen to mark their soon-to-be separation.

Shannon and Chris Neuman took a selfie outside the Calgary Courts Centre last week, both parties beaming into the camera after...

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Calgary Hospital Home Lottery Grand Prize Home Is A $2.3 Million Stunner

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:47 PM

The thought of island living in Calgary may seem impossible in the landlocked city, but the Calgary Hospital Home Lottery is out to prove anything is possible.

Located on the residential island in Calgary's community of Mahogany, the $2.3 million grand prize dream home is...

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Edmonton Cold Cases That Have Never Been Solved

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Cold cases: they make for great late-night television, intense silver screen crime-dramas, and guilty pleasure reads.

However, true crime is rarely wrapped up in a suspenseful but neat narrative. Despite the best efforts of law enforcement, some cases go "cold" over time, when no new information is available to...

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Vitality Air: Edmonton Entrepreneurs Sell Banff Bottled Air

(7) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Living so close to the Canadian Rockies, we often take the fresh air afforded to us for granted.

But it turns out the pure, mountain air is quite the commodity, and two Edmontonians are taking advantage of that.

Moses Lam and Troy Paquette are selling bottles of air...

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Spider Climbs Into Calgary Air Quality Monitoring Machine, Totally Skews Readings

(7) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 12:12 PM

The isty-bitsy spider climbed up the Alberta air quality monitoring machine and spun a wicked web of lies this week.

No, seriously.

Staff from the Calgary Region Airshed Zone (CRAZ) said a pesky arachnid was found inside the equipment at one monitoring station Wednesday, leading to extraordinarily high...

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Edmonton's Jasper Place Residents Fed Up With Sewer Smell

(6) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:04 PM

The smell of sewer is so bad in one west Edmonton neighbourhood that residents say they can taste it.

Those living in West Jasper Place are becoming increasingly fed up with the constant stench that's emanating from a nearby sewer construction site, making the whole neighbourhood reek of rotten...

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Calgary Smoke Advisory Continues For Third Day, Produces Amazing Red Moon

(10) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Calgary's air quality continues to be a concern, as smoke from wildfires in B.C. and northwestern U.S. wafts over the mountains.

It's the third day in a row the city has been blanketed by a thick, smoky haze.

An air quality official says the smoke has made the quality...

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Benjamin Dennis Danby Charged After Young Canmore Girl Assaulted

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 11:14 AM

A Canmore man has been arrested after a 10-year-old girl was lured from her home and assaulted earlier this month.

Benjamin Dennis Danby, 20, was arrested and charged Tuesday.

Police say the young girl was approached by an adult male outside her home around 4:15 p.m. on Aug....

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Wildfire Smoke Continues To Plague Southern Alberta Amid Air Quality Advisories

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:25 PM

An already hazy situation in Alberta is deteriorating, as wildfire smoke continues to drift into the southern part of the province.

Air quality advisories issued by Environment Canada are still in effect, with high-risk areas that include Calgary, Banff, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.

The...

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Man Hurls Rock At Edmonton Photo Radar Van

(22) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:19 PM

Some people really dislike photo radar, but one Edmonton man has taken his hatred to another level.

Edmonton police are looking for a person responsible for throwing a rock at a photo radar van earlier this month on Whitemud Drive near 53 Avenue.

Police say the male suspect...

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Wildfire Smoke Drifts Into Alberta, Environment Canada Issues Weather Statement

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Smoke from wildfires burning in Washington state and British Columbia has drifted into Alberta, causing Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement.

Calgary, Edmonton and much of the southern and central portions of the province are being warned about poor air quality and visibility reductions.

"The smoke...

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Alberta Photographer Of The Month: Alexia Foster-Williamson

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Alberta photographer Alexia Foster-Williamson might be new to the photography game, but she's not letting that slow her down.

Relatively fresh out of photography school, she's already blazing a trail as an up-and-coming shooter, and doesn't back down from any challenge. Her enthusiasm for capturing beautiful images is evident...

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August Snow Falls Across Alberta

(28) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 5:04 PM

The first snowfall of the year always comes as a bit of a surprise, especially when it happens in August.

Snow began to fall in Alberta's Rocky Mountains Friday, as well as in several areas of western and southern Alberta.

The folks at Lake Louise ski resort...

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The Best Beaches And Places To Swim In Alberta

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Unlike some of Canada's coastal provinces, Alberta may not be known for its epic swimming destinations, being a land-locked province and all.

But you'd be surprised at how many glassy mountain swimming holes and large prairie lakes there are across the province that offer the perfect place to cool off,...

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Calgary Humane Society's Used Cat Salesman Delivers One Hell Of A Pitch

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:26 PM

We're all a little wary of the used car salesman, but how about a used cat salesman?

The Calgary Humane Society has put out a paws-itively delightful little video advertising their "August adoption party extravaganza."

Featuring a mustachioed pitchman sporting a flashy suit and a greasy coif, "Pre-Owned...

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Raymond Scott Of Fort Kent, Alta. Wins $50 Million LOTTO MAX Jackpot

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Raymond Scott is Canada's newest $50 million LOTTO MAX winner — but his wife didn't believe him at first.

Scott, who lives in Fort Kent, Alta., said he's always joked about winning the lottery, so when he told his wife they had actually hit the jackpot she was dubious....

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