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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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Smoky Whisky Captures Flavour Of Fort McMurray Wildfires

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 2:51 PM

A Fort McMurray brewery has, somewhat accidentally, found a way to bottle the smoky flavour of the spring's wildfires.

The Wood Buffalo Brewing Co. is preparing to distill a batch of double-smoked whisky, crafted using a pallet of grain left behind on the patio after a

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Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund Lives Out Dream Banff Vacation

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 5:45 PM

Move over, Banff Squirrel. There's a new contender for the Canadian Rockies' cutest mascot.

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund spent a week living his best life in Banff National Park, and we have to admit that we're pretty jealous.

After undergoing surgery for his back...

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Calgary Police Report Details Sexual Assault, Bullying Inside Force

(8) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 1:09 PM

A troubling report revealing claims of sexual assault, harassment and bullying inside the Calgary Police Service (CPS) is being addressed, but those behaviours are not the norm, the police association says.

A spokesman for the Calgary Police Association (CPA) told Global News that while some of the...

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Precision Drilling Hires 1,000 In Oilpatch

(5) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 3:41 PM

Don't call it a comeback, exactly, but maybe think of it as a bright spot on an otherwise dim Alberta jobs front.

Precision Drilling Corp., one of Canada’s largest drilling companies, announced late last week that they have hired 1,000 employees — many of them former Precision employees who...

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Canada's Best Restroom: Whitecourt Gas Station Bathroom Named To Top 5

(6) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 2:33 PM

Alberta is clearly killing it when it comes to nice places to primp and pee.

Three bathrooms around the province have been nominated in Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest.

And for a second time, an Alberta gas station bathroom has made the Top 5.


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Haunted Edmonton: 9 Spooky Places That Will Scare Your Socks Off

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 3:51 PM

When we started to dig into some of Edmonton's spookiest places, we didn't expect to uncover much. Edmonton is a relatively young city in a young province.

But we were wrong. Dead wrong. There has been no shortage of ghastly ghosts, strange sightings and mysterious happenings in Alberta's capital...

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Creepy Clown Costumes Banned At Fort McMurray Schools

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2016 | 4:49 PM

A northern Alberta school board has banned students from wearing clown costumes this Halloween in an effort to curb any anxietes brought on by a rash of recent creepy clown sightings.

The Fort McMurray Public School District has outlawed any such outfits as it does "not want any...

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Original Joe's Rewards Customer With Free Chicken For Not Drinking And Driving

(4) Comments | Posted October 20, 2016 | 12:25 PM

Leave it to an Edmonton-area restaurant to come up with the perfect reward for not driving home after drinking: free chicken.

Original Joe's in Sherwood Park is offering incentive to customers who leave their cars in the parking lot after having a few too many — in the...

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A Mother's Beauty Project Captures Gorgeous, Unedited Moms

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 1:56 PM

"When my children look back on their childhood, I want them to remember it with me in it."

It's a statement that resonates with many moms, and it's one that Alberta photographers Aimee and Jenna Hobbs are on a mission to fulfill.

The sisters-in-law, who live near Stony Plain, Alta.,...

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Jim Prentice Remembered By Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Hours after it was confirmed Jim Prentice had died in a small place accident in British Columbia, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi released a touching statement remembering the former Alberta premier.

The political friends - and occasional foes - worked side-by-side, helping to lead Alberta and its...

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Rogers Place Announces New Arena Burger, Edmonton Commenters Have A Heyday

(6) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 2:37 PM

When the owners of Edmonton’s new arena, Rogers Place, announced a new burger named after one of the city’s sport bigwigs, they probably weren’t expecting quite so much sarcasm.

Because, really, it’s just a burger, right?


The Bobby Nick’s burger, named after Oilers Entertainment...

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

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 10:43 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 | 4:25 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'

(31) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:56 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 | 1:27 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 | 12:08 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

(135) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 5:12 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 | 1:36 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 | 2:59 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 | 2:48 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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