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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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We Own The Night Alberta Instagram Captures True Beauty After Dark

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2016 | 11:42 AM


When the sun goes to bed over the Alberta prairie and mountains, there's a subculture of photographers who do their best work under the cloak of night.

Some obsessively follow weather patterns, waiting for clear skies or stunning shows of northern lights. Others...

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Woman Beaten With Hockey Stick In Calgary Road Rage Attack

(14) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 4:54 PM

Calgary police are investigating an incident of serious road rage, where a woman was followed and then attacked with a hockey stick by two men.

Police say a woman was driving south on 4 Street N.W. near the intersection of 40 Street Wednesday afternoon when a BMW unsuccessfully tried to...

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Global News' Fort McMurray Fire Video Makes YouTube Top 10 Of 2016

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 2:35 PM

It's a television moment many Albertans won't soon forget – video of Global News reporter Reid Fiest reporting from the frontlines of the raging Fort McMurray wildfire.

And now it's a video that will go down as one of Canada's top videos of 2016.

YouTube released their...

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Lethbridge Woman Becomes Great-Great-Great-Grandmother

(8) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 2:12 PM

For many parents, becoming a grandparent is something they hope to live long enough to experience.

For Vera Sommerfeld of Lethbridge, Alta., she's lived to be a great-great-great-grandmother.

Yes, you heard that correctly.

Sommerfeld's great-great-granddaughter, Alisa Marsh, welcomed a daughter to the world in October, making 90-year-old...

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Calgary Scooter Guy Gifted A New Car After Deerfoot Video Takes Off

(42) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 11:49 AM

Calgarians captivated by a video of a man riding his scooter in positively frosty conditions have come together to help the cold commuter secure a warmer ride.

In a video posted to Facebook by realtor Kim Star, a man can be seen cruising down the QEII highway in Calgary...

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Medicine Hat Family Devastated After Son's Ashes Stolen From Calgary Hotel Bar

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 4:19 PM

UPDATE: Dec. 8, 2019 — Police have returned the ashes to the family after both the purse and the ashes were recovered on Dec. 7.

A Medicine Hat couple, already heartbroken over the loss of their youngest son, is desperately seeking his ashes which were stolen last week...

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Calgary's Most Wanted - December 2016

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 1:12 PM

Recognize any of these faces, Calgary?

Calgary Crime Stoppers has released an updated list of their most wanted offenders for December 2016.

"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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Alberta Unemployment Rate Hits Highest In 22 Years

(31) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 11:40 AM

Alberta's unemployment rate continued to climb in November, hitting nine per cent and becoming the highest rate the province has seen in 22 years.

Statistic Canada data says the province lost 13,000 jobs last month, combined with an increase of 11,000 people looking for work, which caused...

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Edmonton Inmate Shawn Keepness Says He Was Shot In The Testicles As Payback For Lawsuit

(71) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 4:17 PM

An Edmonton inmate claims he was intentionally shot in the testicles with a rubber bullet over the weekend as payback for a multi-million dollar lawsuit he filed against the Attorney General of Canada.

Shawn Keepness, 31, is one of three inmates who claim to have been kept in segregation...

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Edmonton Inmate Shawn Keepness Says He Was Shot In The Testicles As Payback For Lawsuit

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 3:35 PM

An Edmonton inmate claims he was intentionally shot in the testicles with a rubber bullet over the weekend as payback for a multi-million dollar lawsuit he filed against the Attorney General of Canada.

Shawn Keepness, 31, is one of three inmates who claim to have been kept in segregation...

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Calgary Rental Vacancy Rate Hits 25-Year High

(53) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 3:48 PM

It's never been a better time to rent in Calgary, but it's coming at a cost to landlords.

A recent report published by a Calgary real estate company has found that close to 40 per cent of private rental units currently listed in Calgary are sitting empty.

...
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WestJet Gives Fort McMurray Christmas Miracle Treatment With Free Tickets

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2016 | 11:34 AM

Every holiday season WestJet finds new ways to spread Christmas cheer, and this year was no exception.

The Calgary-based airline gave back to Fort McMurray families who were impacted by May's devastating wildfires, at an event called the Snowflake Soirée on Saturday night.

As a gift to families,...

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Free Things To Do In Alberta This Winter

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2016 | 3:51 PM

Winter can be tough on your budget, especially when there are presents to buy, events to attend and people to host.

But this winter doesn't have to break the bank, and you can certainly keep your budget intact while exploring beautiful Alberta.

We've rounded up dozens of free activities...

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'Silent Santa' Offers Quiet Visit For Edmonton Kids With Autism

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2016 | 1:39 PM

Flashing lights, ringing bells, non-stop carols, packed shopping malls – Christmas can be overwhelming for even the most hardcore fans.

So, as a gift to families with children who have autism, Londonderry Mall in Edmonton is offering a toned-down visit with Santa, minus the sensory overload.

Dubbed "Silent Santa," families...

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Calgary Police Mannequin Challenge Highlights Dangers Of Distracted Driving

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 1:47 PM

The mannequin challenge has been dominating our social feeds for what feels like forever, but this is one you won't want to ignore.

The Calgary Police Service has teamed up with emergency crews and Alberta Health Services to put together the most chilling challenge we've seen – and...

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Tyler Bailer, Wetaskiwin Teen, Honoured By The Queen For Saving Stepdad's Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 12:14 PM

An Alberta teen was honoured for saving his stepdad's life Tuesday – by none other than the Queen of England.

Eighteen-year-old Tyler Bailer, from Wetaskiwin, Alta., was invited to a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II presented him with the Russell Medal.

Last July, Bailer was...

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Bull Escapes Regina Agribition, Goes For A Run On City Streets

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2016 | 3:33 PM

Just call him Unstoppabull.

A rogue bull caught Regina commuters by surprise Tuesday morning after it escaped the Canada Western Agribition and went for a trot on city streets.

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Alt-Right Posters In Edmonton Promote White Nationalism

(88) Comments | Posted November 22, 2016 | 1:32 PM

Edmontonians were shocked to find racist posters promoting white nationalism posted around the downtown core Monday morning.

The posters proclaimed "It's Only Racist When White People Do It," and "Tired of Anti-White Propaganda? You Are Not Alone."

The posters also featured links to various websites and YouTube channels...

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Alberta vs. Texas: Study Shows Why Similar Economies Face Opposite Fiscal Realities

(32) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 12:56 PM

Alberta and Texas – both energy-rich jurisdictions, both coming off economic booms due to falling oil prices, both feeling the pinch.

However, a new study from the Fraser Institute suggests that mismanagement and government spending has left Alberta in a worse slump than the Longhorn...

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Leonardo Duran Ibanez Dead After Random Edmonton Attack

(7) Comments | Posted November 16, 2016 | 12:17 PM

EDMONTON – A visitor from Colombia has been identified as the man killed in what police are calling a random attack by six people in north Edmonton.

Leonardo Duran Ibanez died of injuries consistent with severe head trauma, an autopsy on Tuesday revealed.

His brother-in-law said he and...

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