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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 Photographer Of The Month: Priya And Archie Photography (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Photography is a powerful tool — one that can evoke emotion and transport people into other worlds.

When we came across the work of Priya and Archie, two Edmonton-based landscape photographers, we felt an instant emotional connection with their stunning photographs, full of life and texture.

Priya and...

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14 Awesome Activities To Try In Alberta This Fall

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:25 PM

September means shoulder season in Alberta, where it's not quite summer, but not yet ski season, either.

But just because we can no longer frolic near the lake and it's too early to hit the slopes, doesn't mean there's nothing to do in Alberta in the fall.


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Larry Kowalczyk Stands By Comments That Transgender Students Have 'Mental Disorder'

(35) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 6:56 PM

Alberta's education minister has made it clear that the Edmonton Catholic School Board had better get on-side with inclusive policies for transgender students, despite the recent controversial comments made by trustee Larry Kowalczyk.

Kowalczyk told CBC News Tuesday that he considers transgender people the same as those...

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Condolences, Tributes Pour In For Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, Terry Blanchette

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 2:27 PM

As the tragic news of the deaths of toddler Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and her father Terry Blanchette washed over the small town of Blairmore, Alta., prayers and condolences poured in from across the country.

The girl's body was found Tuesday near Blairmore and her father's body was discovered...

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Banff Fruit Tree-Removal Funds Set Aside To Protect Bears

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 1:08 PM

Crab apple trees that are proving irresistible for Banff bears could soon be a thing of the past.

On Monday night, town council agreed to set funds aside that would help homeowners pay for tree removal and replacement on their properties, reports the Calgary Herald.


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Jesse Rau, Calgary Transit Driver, Says He Was Fired Over Pride Bus Stance

(136) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 6:12 PM

The Calgary Transit bus driver who refused to drive a rainbow-wrapped city bus during the city's Gay Pride festival claims he has been fired.

Jesse Rau said in a statement via his church that he was called in to work Thursday and told be was being dismissed.

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Alberta Has The Most Expensive Rental Market In Canada

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Alberta's economy has no doubt slowed in recent months, but renters are still feeling the pinch of some of the country's highest residential rental rates, according to a new report.

The Canadian Rental Housing Index April 2015 found that Alberta has the highest residential rates...

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Bears Attracted To Canmore Crab Apple Trees

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Black bears are making their presence known in southern Alberta's Bow Valley as they try to pack on the pounds for the winter ahead, and it's causing problems for both humans and bruins, alike.

According to the Calgary Herald, bears have regularly been visiting the towns of Exshaw, Canmore, Lac...

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Bag Of Vomit Thrown At Calgary Taxi Driver, Woman Charged

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 3:48 PM

CALGARY — A 33-year-old woman has been charged with assault after a bag of vomit was thrown at a Calgary cab driver.

Police say a taxi driver picked up a woman early Sunday morning. She grew nauseous during the trip and the driver handed her a bag to vomit...

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Customer Leaves $525 Tip At Calgary Bakery

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 6:35 PM

UPDATE: Sept. 9, 9:45 a.m.: Sidewalk Citizen Bakery has found the overgenerous tipper they were looking for.

Customer Pat Benedict said she's grateful for the vigilance of the bakery staff.

"They said, 'do you know you left about a $525 tip?' I said 'no, I didn't know I...

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Bill Nye Calls Alberta Oilsands 'Depressive'

(86) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 3:39 PM

Bill Nye (yes, The Science Guy) went on an aerial tour of the Alberta oilsands, and has nothing good to say about what he saw.

In an interview with APTN's Brandi Morin, the television show host described the experience as "depressive."

According to APTN, Nye took...

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Alberta Oilpatch Layoffs Total 35,000, Says CAPP

(28) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 2:32 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

(4) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 12:44 PM

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 | 3:45 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

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 5:58 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 | 3:50 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

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 1:47 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 | 1:00 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

(9) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:43 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 | 1:12 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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