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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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White House LGBT Rights Page Scrubbed From Website

(197) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 3:36 PM

Well, this is interesting.

The same day Donald Trump officially became the 45th president of the United States, many noticed that a page specific to LGBT rights had been wiped from the official White House website.

In fact, there are no longer any LGBT...

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Calgary Billionaire Clay Riddell's Home For Sale

(44) Comments | Posted January 19, 2017 | 1:33 PM

The luxury home of Calgary billionaire Clay Riddell is on the market — and while you don't need a billion dollars to buy it, the $9.9 million price tag will set you back a few bucks.

Located in the Municipal District of Foothills, south of Calgary, the

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Esther The Wonder Pig Is Now The Size Of A Polar Bear

(76) Comments | Posted January 18, 2017 | 2:21 PM

When The Huffington Post Canada last checked in on Esther the Wonder Pig almost three years ago, she was tipping the scales at a whopping 300 pounds. At the time, her owners expected her to gain a couple hundred more.

But since then, Esther has more than...

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Alberta Puppy Spent 12 Hours In A Ditch With A Broken Pelvis

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2017 | 11:52 AM

An Alberta puppy has a new lease on life after it was rescued from a ditch over the weekend.

According to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), Nutmeg was found on the side of the road lying in a pile of snow after she was hit by a car.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Booed At Edmonton Oilers Hockey Game

(115) Comments | Posted January 16, 2017 | 5:34 PM

Just one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's suggestion that Canada should "phase out" the oilsands, Edmonton hockey fans were ready to let him know what they think of that idea. (Obvious Spoiler: they don't exactly love the plan.)

On Saturday night, fans gathered at Rogers Place Arena...

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More Canadian Students Turning To 'Sugar Daddies' To Help Pay For Tuition, Website Says

(18) Comments | Posted January 16, 2017 | 2:25 PM

It may not be the most conventional way to pay for university, but in 2016 hundreds of students across Canada signed up to find "sugar daddies" to raise the funds they need to get them through post-secondary education.

Matchmaking website Seekingarrangement.com released figures last week that...

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Zach Galifianakis Wears Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark T-Shirt To Zoo

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2017 | 4:02 PM

The bromance between Zach Galifianakis and Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark continues.

Clark tweeted a photo Friday morning of the Hollywood comedian wearing a "Charlie Clark Mayor 2016" shirt while visiting the Los Angeles Zoo.

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Calgary Police Helicopter Video Shows How Reckless A Stolen Car Can Be

(7) Comments | Posted January 13, 2017 | 11:59 AM

If Calgary police have said it once, they've said it a hundred times: Don't leave your car unattended and running.

To drive their point home, they've released dramatic helicopter footage that highlights the potential dangers the public faces when cars are stolen or hijacked.

The video,...

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How To Merge: Zipper Merge Is Best Way To Cut Down On Bottleneck Traffic, Says AMA

(18) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 2:03 PM

We've all been there — sitting patiently in traffic when a car flies by on the right, passing dozens of other vehicles, and cuts in at the last second.

"What an a**hole," you think.

Turns out you — yes, YOU, mannerly citizen — are likely the a-hole who's at...

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Sports Bras OK'd For Edmonton City Gyms

(8) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 1:32 PM

Women no longer need to keep their shirts on while working out at Edmonton's city gyms — a new rule change says a sports bra is an appropriate amount of cover-up.

In a bid to stay, um, abreast of changing workout fashion, gym-goers can now wear cropped shirts and...

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Cody Scott Leads Rescue Of Horse From Icy Creek Near Rimbey, Alta.

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 12:31 PM

For Cody Scott, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save an animal's life — and an ordeal he says he hopes to never face again.

Scott, 20, was out on his snowmobile Monday afternoon looking for a neighbour's Clydesdale horse that had gone missing near the town of Rimbey,...

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Jane Fonda In Alberta To Protest Oilsands, Pro-Oil Groups Not Impressed

(133) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 4:15 PM

Fitness guru and political activist Jane Fonda says Canada needs to listen to the concerns of Indigenous peoples when it comes to the oilsands.

"We don't want these two new pipelines (Kinder Morgan and Energy East) and we don't want any future agreements between Trump and Trudeau to go...

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Mark Twitchell, Edmonton's 'Dexter Killer,' Posts Online Dating Ad

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 10:52 AM

Alberta's notorious "Dexter Killer" is looking to find love online.

Mark Twitchell, currently serving life in prison for murdering a man in his Edmonton garage, has set up an online dating profile using Canadian Inmates Connect Ltd.

In his profile, he admits...

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Seb Toots Video Shows Pro Snowboarder Shredding Streets Of Montreal

(4) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 4:44 PM

Sebastien Toutant isn't about to let a few rules stand in the way of his snowboard.

The Montreal pro snowboarder — more commonly known as Seb Toots — is the star of a new video (watch above) where he can be seen riding and shredding down Montreal's Mount Royal,...

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Cat And Dog Abandoned In Calgary Storage Unit

(37) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 1:16 PM

A pet cat and dog are recovering after they were rescued from a freezing-cold Calgary storage unit, discovered in kennels buried under piles of boxes last Friday.

A detective told Global News that black tape had been used around the cat's head to tape its mouth shut....

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Aaliyah And Shanna Desmond, Mother And Daughter Killed In Murder-Suicide, Remembered

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 12:06 PM

The obituaries for Shanna Desmond and Aaliyah Desmond describe the mother and daughter as kind and loving people who shared the same big smile.

Aaliyah, 10, and Shanna, 31, were found shot dead in a murder-suicide in Nova Scotia last week. It is believed Aaliyah's father, Lionel...

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Alberta Advantage Gone Under NDP Government, Fraser Institute Finds

(98) Comments | Posted January 6, 2017 | 11:44 AM

The Alberta Advantage is no more, according to a new analysis from The Fraser Institute.

The think tank argues that the personal and corporate tax advantages that once attracted citizens and businesses to Alberta have been eroded almost entirely under the NDP government.

“Alberta used to enjoy...

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Nova Scotia Wind Turbine Snaps In Two After High Winds

(8) Comments | Posted January 5, 2017 | 3:41 PM

You'd think wind turbines would be built to withstand things like, oh, wind gusts, for example?

After all, isn't that their purpose? To harness the power of the wind into energy?

Well, this Cape Breton turbine didn't get the message.

Residents in Grand Étang, N.S. woke up Wednesday to...

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Sarah Hoffman Fat-Shamed By Postmedia Headline

(22) Comments | Posted January 5, 2017 | 12:15 PM

In case anyone is confused about the definition of the term "micro-aggression," this headline from Postmedia should clear things up:

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Edmonton ATM Thief Uses Loader For Getaway Vehicle, Low Speed Chase Ensues

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2016 | 2:29 PM

An Edmonton man tried to make off with a stolen ATM Friday — but was foiled when his getaway vehicle would only hit a top speed of about 20 km/h.

According to police, a man used a front-end loader to smash in the entire storefront of a Cashco Loans...

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