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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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Wildrose Staffer Sends Smashed Coffee Mug Picture To MLA Kerry Towle

(7) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 12:41 PM

For some it might just be a smashed coffee mug, but for MLA Kerry Towle it's a sign of hurtful disrespect.

Towle, the former Wildrose seniors critic and MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, crossed the floor to join the Progressive Conservative government earlier this week. And while...

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Alberta Photographer Of The Month: Marc Fariaz (PHOTOS)

(7) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 2:12 PM

There's no doubt Alberta-based photographer Marc Fariaz is having a serious love affair with Alberta's spectacular wilderness.

Flipping through his Instagram account, we were blown away by his attention to detail, the raw beauty of his photographs and his apparent willingness to do whatever it takes to get an...

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Calgary 'Grandparent Scam' On The Rise

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Calgary police have once again issued a warning about a type of telephone fraud nicknamed the "grandparent scam."

Police have fielded 86 reports of the scam so far this year.

Scam artists will contact potential victims, who are often elderly, and pose as a relative or loved one in...

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Britannia Residents Throw Rocks, Insults At Calgary Fence Builders

(15) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 1:21 PM

They may just be the most unneighbourly neighbours ever.

Residents of an upscale Calgary community have been throwing rocks and hurling hurtful words at city fence builders who are trying to protect an important enscarpment overlooking the city.

According to Global News, workers have been erecting...

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Alberta Flat Tax Could Be Coming To An End

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Are Alberta's days of a 10 per cent flat tax coming to an end?

Premier Jim Prentice says while the province won't consider a sales tax, he hasn't ruled out changes to the flat tax on income in the face of falling energy revenues.

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith questioned...

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Alberta Income Inequality Is Worse Than In The U.S.

(35) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 11:54 AM

In Alberta, the rich keep getting richer, but where does that leave the rest of us?

StatsCan’s new survey of top income taxfilers shows Alberta leads the country when it comes to unequal income. In fact, Alberta is the only province in Canada where the top 10 per...

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Eli The Pot-Bellied Pig Is Not A Pet In Sherwood Park, Says Court

(39) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Lesson learned: you can't keep a pot-bellied pig as a pet in this Alberta city.

Michelle Kropp of Sherwood Park was ordered Monday to give up her family's pet pig, after court found Kropp guilty of harbouring livestock within city limits.

Kropp was also told to pay a...

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How Will Falling Oil Prices Affect Alberta?

(88) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 3:51 PM

A slump in Alberta's crude oil prices means the province's economy is slowing down, and many want to know what the future holds.

Todd Hirsch, chief economist at ATB Financial, told Bloomberg News that in 2015 Alberta will see the slowest economic growth it's faced in five...

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Stunning Timelapse Illuminates Evening Sky In Alberta Rockies (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Night sky photographer Alan Dyer recorded this timelapse montage at the Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes National Parks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains over the summer of 2014.

All we can say is "Wow!"

At night, he said, these sites are “quiet and deserted, unlike by day...

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#yegsnowfight: Giant, Impromptu Snowball Fight Planned For Edmonton

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Heads up, Edmonton. If you're not careful you could soon find yourself caught in the middle of a massive, impromptu snowball fight.

Organizers of the upcoming fight, Jeff Chase and Robin Mazumder, won't say where or when the snowballs will fly. But they'll wait for a weekend or evening...

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Calgary Snow To Continue, Cold Weather To Persist

(7) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:07 PM

We hate to say it, but the snow and cold are not over yet, Alberta.

Calgary's warm and sunny fall came to an abrupt end Sunday morning, when the temperature dropped and snow began to fly.

More than 20 centimetres fell on parts of southern Alberta as of Monday...

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Official Suggests Pedestrians Carry Flags, Calgary Just Laughs

(26) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 2:03 PM

"This is a joke, right?"

That was pretty much the reaction from every Calgarian who read Metro Calgary's article detailing a suggestion from the city that pedestrians carry fluorescent flags across busy crosswalks to avoid being hit by cars.

Tony Churchill, the city's leader of traffic safety operations,...

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Alberta Ski Hills' Opening Days Are Creeping Up

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Rejoice, skiers and snowboarders! Lake Louise Ski Resort officially opens this week.

And while Lake Louise is the first hill to open in Alberta, the other resorts aren't too far behind. Soon you'll be able to rip down many of the mountains in the southern part of the province.

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Pharaohs Tattooing Shut Down Over Unsanitary Conditions

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Pharaohs Tattooing in Calgary has been shut down, and anyone who may have had ink work done at the home-based parlour is being urged to get tested.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) ordered the shop's closure, located at 3519 Centre Street N.W., on Oct. 30. On Wednesday, they issued a...

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Puppies And Kittens Rescued From Dump South Of Calgary (PHOTOS)

(15) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 2:38 PM

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) has rescued dozens of puppies and kittens from a rural dump south of Calgary.

According to an AARCS Facebook post, rescue volunteers went to the landfill Sunday morning to check on the status of a couple of dogs, but once there they...

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Alison Redford Could Face Criminal Charges: Review

(23) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Less than a week after Alberta RCMP confirmed an investigation into Alison Redford's spending, an internal government review has concluded the former premier could face criminal charges.

In August, Justice Minister Jonathan Denis informed then interim premier Dave Hancock of the findings of a special prosecutor, according...

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Calgary Police To Use Facial Recognition

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Calgary police will add facial recognition software to their arsenal of crime-fighting tools.

The facial recognition program will allow police to cross-reference video footage and photos of potential suspects with the CPS mugshot database.

This is the first time the software will be used in Canada,...

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Alberta Oil Jobs: How Much Can Be Made Working In The Oil Patch

(37) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 12:10 PM

Alberta is leading the way in job creation, and people across the country continue to flock to the province to stake out their fortune in black gold found in the province's oilsands.

Some people come to work in comfortable corporate office towers in the big cities, while...

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi Shortlisted For World Mayor Prize

(25) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has made the official short list for the 2014 World Mayor Prize, an international search for the world's best mayor.

Nenshi, who has been elected twice as mayor, is just one of four North American mayors, and 26 mayors worldwide, to...

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Albertans Plan To Spend The Most The Holiday Season

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:48 PM

There will be nothing Grinchy about Albertans' spending this holiday season.

Albertans plan to shell out the most cash of all Canadians this year, according to a recent Bank of Montreal survey, with the average person predicting they'll spend approximately $1,947 over the holiday season.

By contrast, Quebecers...

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