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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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Calgary Zoo Opens Voting For Canada's Greatest Animal

(9) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 5:30 PM

What's so great about beavers, anyway?

It's a question being posed by the Calgary Zoo, as they reopen the debate to find Canada's Greatest Animal.

Sure, the beaver has been an emblamatic animal in Canada since, well, forever — it's even sat on the throne as...

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Quebec Tourism Ad Offers Lucky Couple A New, Surprise View Each Morning

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 12:07 PM

Imagine going on a vacation where you wake up each morning not knowing where you are.

To the Type A traveller, this probably sounds like hell.

But for anyone who likes to throw a little caution to the wind, the latest travel campaign from Quebec Tourism...

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Pope Francis Has His Hat Stolen By Little Girl

(11) Comments | Posted March 22, 2017 | 3:26 PM

Leave it to a toddler to pull this stunt.

A young girl, meeting Pope Francis while on her first trip to Rome, wasted no time in stealing the pontiff's skullcap.

Three-year-old Estella was lifted up by a Vatican aide, and plucked off the Pope's zucchetto as he leaned in...

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Kellyanne Conway Says She Helped Pay For Friend's Abortion

(21) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 4:49 PM

It's an admission you would never expect from U.S. President Donald Trump's advisor Kellyanne Conway.

The pro-life advocate says she's "sympathetic" to women who undergo abortions — and even says she's helped a friend fund the procedure in the past.

"Do I know anybody who ever got an abortion?...

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Calgary Escape Room Offers Donald Trump Experience

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 1:15 PM

It's safe to say there's no shortage of people who wish they could oust U.S. President Donald Trump from power.

Now, thanks to one Calgary company, you can role-play that fantasy and take down The Donald.

Confined Escape, a company specializing in escape room scenarios, has launched...

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Calgary Minor Hockey Playoff Game Decided By Coin Toss.. And Parents Are Not Happy

(8) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 4:42 PM

Calgary hockey parents are crying foul after a victory at a minor hockey tournament over the weekend was decided by a coin toss.

Saturday's AA Bantam quarter-final city championship game between the Calgary Royals and Calgary Buffalo Wranglers ended in a 4-4 tie after a full three...

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Canada Spring Forecast 2017 Will See Warmer Than Usual Temperatures.. Eventually

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 2:24 PM

It may be the first day of spring across Canada, but "don't write the obituary on winter quite yet," says Environment Canada's top climatologist.

Senior climatologist David Phillips says Western Canadians, already feeling down after a harsh winter season, will continue to see more cold temperatures and snow "probably for...

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Merkel Read Trump's Playboy Interview To Prepare For Meeting With U.S. President

(18) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 2:52 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared extensively for a Friday meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump — preparations that included flipping through the pages of Playboy to gain insight into how Trump sees the world.

German officials told Reuters Merkel fastidiously studied past Trump interviews and speeches, including...

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New York Amtrak Train Showers Commuters With Snow In Wake Of Winter Storm Stella

(8) Comments | Posted March 16, 2017 | 1:56 PM

How's this for a morning wake-up call?

Commuters waiting for the Amtrak train in Rhinecliff, New York Wednesday morning got a first-hand look at one of the most effective snow-removal jobs ever caught on tape.

Unfortunately for them, it also meant being pummeled by a massive wall...

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Benjamin Wasick, 10-Year-Old Pendleton, N.Y. Boy, Dies After Being Trapped By Collapsed Snow Fort

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2017 | 1:56 PM

For the second time this winter, a young boy in New York state has died after becoming trapped under a collapsed snow fort.

Benjamin Wasik, 10, was digging a tunnel in a pile of snow in the town of Pendleton Wednesday afternoon, when it collapsed on him,...

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Dear Toronto, Please Stop Freaking Out About A Bit Of Snow

(13) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 4:14 PM

Listen up, Toronto. We need to talk about your irrational response to a tiny bit of snow.

Earlier on Monday, Environment Canada was calling for as much as 30 centimetres of snowfall in the GTA overnight. That amount has now been downgraded to about 15 centimetres.

But you're...

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Footage From Royal Caribbean Cruise Captures Terrifying Encounter With Hurricane-Force Winds

(31) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 12:56 PM

Cruises — a calm, stress-free way to see the world, right?

Video that has recently emerged from aboard a storm-whipped cruise ship is so intense and, frankly, terrifying, it may change the way you think about this mode of transportation.

Stephen Burke was a passenger on Royal...

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Everything You Need To Know About A Trip To See The Polar Bears In Churchill, Man.

(8) Comments | Posted March 10, 2017 | 12:51 PM

It's no secret to Canadians that our country is home to one of the world's best places to view polar bears in their natural habitat — and getting there is pretty easy.

Churchill, Man. is just a short flight from Winnipeg and, depending on when you visit, there's a good...

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Calgary Woman Sexually Assaulted By Man Posing As Ride-Share Driver: Police

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 2:43 PM

Calgary police are looking for a man they say posed as a ride-share driver and sexually assaulted his unsuspecting passenger.

Early Sunday morning, a woman was waiting for a pre-arranged ride-share outside a downtown restaurant in the 300 block of 11th Avenue S.W.

A driver pulled up in...

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N.S. First Nation Wants To Join Bands Who Banish Drug Dealers

(18) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 1:34 PM

The former chief of a Nova Scotia First Nation says a Molotov cocktail thrown at his truck last week was an act of revenge taken by drug dealers — and it's time for the Mi'kmaq community to start banning such individuals.

Alex McDonald, a longtime band councillor,...

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Hinterland Who's Who Parody Of Lion Pug Is So Cute And Perfect

(4) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 11:36 AM

Canadiana lovers, prepare yourselves.

This "lion pug" documentary will put a chortle to your belly — and maybe bring a tear to your eye.

Peterborough, Ont. radio DJ Jay Sharp dressed up his pug, Dewey, in a lion mane to pay homage to the Hinterland Who's...

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'Feminism Is Cancer': Wildrose On Campus In Hot Water Over Email

(22) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 10:30 AM

A university campus division of an Alberta political party is apologizing after an email stating "feminism is cancer" was sent to followers.

Wildrose on Campus sent the email to supporters Monday, promoting an upcoming screening of the 2016 documentary "The Red Pill" at the University of Calgary.

"You and...

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RCMP Warn Against Sharing Missing Child Posts On Facebook

(135) Comments | Posted March 6, 2017 | 4:02 PM

You're scrolling through Facebook when you see a post about a missing child. Your first inclination is to share it.

Anything to help a child get home safe, right?

Not so fast, say RCMP.

In a PSA-style post to Facebook, RCMP in Kindersley, Sask., are warning about the...

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Nova Scotia's Historic Mounce Mansion Sells For More Than Asking Price

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2017 | 11:27 AM

A 7,000 sq.-ft. historic Nova Scotia mansion has sold for more than asking price — but still less than what you'd pay for an average condo in Toronto or Vancouver.

The Mounce Mansion, located on the shores of the Avon River in the Annapolis Valley, generated worldwide interest when...

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Anna and Kym Hakze, Lethbridge Sisters Missing For More Than 30 Years, Found Living In U.S.

(16) Comments | Posted March 2, 2017 | 2:35 PM

More than 30 years since they were last seen in Alberta, two Lethbridge sisters have been located in the United States, said police.

Anna and Kym Hakze's mother reported them missing in 2003, after she failed to see or hear from either of them in more than...

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