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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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Vitality Air: Edmonton Entrepreneurs Sell Banff Bottled Air

(3) 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

(0) 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

(4) 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

(9) 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

(0) 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.


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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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Reg Hampton, CTV Journalist, Says Son 'Improving Dramatically' After Fentanyl Overdose

(16) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 2:11 PM

A Calgary teen who was paralyzed and left with serious brain damage after unknowingly taking fentanyl is "improving dramatically," according to a Facebook post from his father.

Anthony Hampton, 18, was rushed to the hospital last month after after he took a pill that he thought was...

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Alberta Has 3 Of Canada's 5 Nicest Restrooms

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 5:04 PM

If you're searching for the perfect public restroom in Canada, look no further than Alberta.

Cintas Canada's Best Restroom Contest announced its top five finalists for the most marvelous loo in the country, and three of them are located in the Wild Rose province.

In Calgary,...

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Edmonton Transit Campaign Uses Blunt Posters To Fight Harassment

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Edmonton Transit System officials want riders to know there's zero tolerance for sexual harassment, and a series of new posters have been unveiled to help educate the public.

The public safety campaign was launched Tuesday, and is designed to make riders feel safer on the LRT and buses.

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2 Wolves Attack And Kill Deer In Banff Townsite

(9) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 1:24 PM

It's not often we're witness to an animal-versus-animal attack in our national parks, but one such encounter occurred in a very public location last week in Banff.

According to Parks Canada, two wolves chased a killed a deer in the middle of the Banff townsite, just one block off...

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Alberta Fall Forecast Calls For Hot, Dry Weather, Late Start To Ski Season

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

Albertans looking forward to a bountiful ski and snowboard season should not hold their breath, if the latest fall forecast from Accuweather is any indication.

In a forecast released today, the weather agency says an abnormally warm fall, with a stubborn high-pressure system that will keep Arctic fronts away...

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'F*CK HARPER' Sign Leads To $543 Fine For Edmonton Man

(178) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 3:53 PM

An Alberta man has been slapped with a $543 fine after placing a bold political message targetting Tory Leader Stephen Harper in the back window of his car.

Rob Wells placed a hot pink sign reading "F*CK HARPER" in his hatchback recently, and was pulled over by...

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Calgary Firefighters Hijack Man's Facebook To Reunite Him With His Lost Phone

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 1:32 PM

A group of Calgary firefighters played a pretty sweet prank this week on a man who thought he lost his phone to the bottom of the Bow River for good.

A firefighter with Downtown Fire Station 1 was paddleboarding to work recently when he spotted a white Samsung phone...

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