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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 NDP Pull Ahead After Leaders' Debate: Poll

(16) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 2:31 PM

A new poll shows Alberta's NDP are pulling ahead of the pack, with almost 38 per cent of Albertans planning to cast their vote for the underdog party on election day.

The Forum Research poll, conducted the night before and the night of the provincial party leaders'...

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'Legislative Assembly Of Cards' Might As Well Be Edmonton's Official Tourism Video

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:22 PM

It's no secret politics in Alberta has gotten downright dirty in the past couple of years.

From spending scandals and floor-crossings, to back-stabbings and betrayals, at times it's felt as though the Alberta Legislature would make the perfect backdrop for a primetime political drama.

So, a "House of...

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Calgarians Fed Up With Red Mile Harassment Are Pushing Back

(23) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Calgarians concerned with the safety of the city's Red Mile during post-playoff game celebrations are speaking out, and it appears the pressure might be working.

Backlash against a #cansformonahan hashtag and website that appeared last week — both which encouraged woman to flash their breasts in support of the...

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Calgary's Village Ice Cream With Give Out Free Cones For Votes

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 3:52 PM

Village Ice Cream in Calgary doesn't care who gets your vote on May 5 — they just want to see you head to the polls.

The independent ice cream shop shared a tweet Monday, promising a free cone to anyone who snaps a selfie outside their polling...

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Jim Prentice's Bus Read-Ended By Member Of His Security Detail

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:47 PM

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. - Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice's campaign bus was rear-ended by a member of his own security team Tuesday afternoon.

RCMP say they responded to the accident around 1:45 p.m. near Rocky Mountain House, after an SUV crashed into the bus.

B-94 reporter...

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Calgary Mayor Nenshi Eats Canucks Toast For Breakfast

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:32 PM

Behold, this is why Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is considered a social media superstar.

In a short NHL playoff promo shot by the Calgary Eyeopener and posted to CBC's Twitter feed Tuesday, Nenshi can be seen toasting up a couple pieces of Canucks-branded bread, before taking a...

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Calgary Man Kyle MacQuarrie Will Attempt To Eat 49 Poutines For Charity

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:45 PM

It's a challenge not for the weak of heart...or for anyone suffering from a heart condition, for that matter.

Calgary's Kyle MacQuarrie, a self-described "amateur professional eater," is attempting to chow his way through 49 different poutines this week as part of a charity endeavour.

While...

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FHRITP, Obscene Prank, Disrespects Reporters On Calgary's Red Mile

(33) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:39 PM

With the Calgary Flames now in full playoff mode, a disgusting prank has descended on the city's notorious "Red Mile."

Two journalists have been subject to the obscene "joke" in the past week, while covering playoff-related stories on 17th Avenue Southwest.

It first happened to Global Calgary's Stefan Keyes last...

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Edmonton's Best Bakeries Serve Up Delicious Sweets And Pastries

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 10:57 AM

Edmonton is a city with a burgeoning food scene that seems to grow better and more creative by the month.

But it's not just the city's savoury restaurants that are leading the way — there are plenty of bakeries making their mark on Edmontonian palates, as well.

Duchess...

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What Happens When You Give Calgary Zoo Gorillas A Vancouver Canucks Jersey

(6) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 6:44 PM

In a silly bit of western hockey rivalry, the Calgary Zoo stuffed a Vancouver Canucks jersey and left it inside the gorilla pen Friday.

What happens next is pretty darn adorable.

Check out the antics in the video above.

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Elvis Xerri, Priddis Man, Fights Off Cougar Attacking Girlfriend's Dog

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 1:52 PM

It's a battle no one hopes to ever encounter in Alberta, but Elvis Xerri has lived to tell the tale.

The Priddis man has a few bumps and bruises, but is lucky he wasn't more seriously injured after fighting off a cougar that attacked his girlfriend's dog Monday morning....

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Nenshi Asks For Input Into Bet Against Vancouver Mayor

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 2:02 PM

For the first time in six years the Calgary Flames have made the NHL playoffs, leaving Mayor Naheed Nenshi wondering what's the perfect wager in a bet against Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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Bubbles Urges Nenshi To Halt Closure Of Calgary Trailer Park

(15) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:25 AM

Bubbles, one of Canada's most recognized trailer park residents, has a few words for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The star of "The Trailer Park Boys" went to bat for the residents of Calgary's Midfield Mobile Home Park Monday, asking Nenshi to save the trailer park that is

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Piano-Playing Rescue Dog From Edmonton Is Totally Talented

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:15 PM

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Sadie, a German Shepherd/Border Collie-cross from Edmonton, proves that dogs are keen to pick up new talents when patience and practice are allowed.

In a video posted to YouTube last week, the musical rescue dog is seen

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Little Boy's Heart Breaks After Goldfish Flush (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Our hearts, they have been broken.

Alberta mom Brooke Geherman recently uploaded a video of her young son, Kowen, saying goodbye to his beloved pet goldfish, "Top."

The video, posted to YouTube last month, shows the small boy give the fish a few sweet departing kisses, before

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Free Things To Do In Alberta This Summer

(3) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Summer can be tough on your budget, especially when there are so many awesome activities, festivals, and events to attend.

But this summer 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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Calgary Bus Driver Returns Wallet Containing $1,500 Cash

(11) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Fred Bediako had already kissed his wallet — and the $1,500 US cash inside — goodbye.

The Calgary man realized he had misplaced his wallet after reaching for his transfer when transferring buses Monday.

He thought it was gone for good, he told the Calgary Sun.

“They...

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Marilyn Manson May Press Charges After Lethbridge Denny's Punch

(14) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:39 PM

Marilyn Manson may press charges after he was punched in the face while enjoying a late-night meal at a Denny's restaurant in Lethbridge, Alta. last weekend, his manager has confirmed.

Manson's manager told TMZ the shock rocker was approached by two females in the restaurant...

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Alberta Election Warm-Up Music Is A Nickelback Song Full Of Swears

(31) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 3:04 PM

Surely the Alberta PC government didn't mean to choose such terrible (and offensive) warm-up music for today's election announcement, did they?

Observers waiting for Alberta Premier Jim Prentice's election call on Tuesday morning were shocked to hear an unedited version of Nickelback's "Burn It To The Ground" blasting...

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Edmonton Corpse Flower Blooms Once Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Alberta stinkiest flower has bloomed once more!

"Putrella," the corpse flower at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, opened up overnight Monday, welcoming gardeners and staff with its terrible scent when they arrived to work Tuesday morning.

“It finally happened this morning at 3 a.m.!!,” a status update...

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