Sarah Rieger
Sarah Rieger is a news editor at The Huffington Post Alberta.

Entries by Sarah Rieger

Calgary Transit Will Soon Offer Low-Income Passes For Just $5

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 4:55 PM

Calgarians struggling to make ends meet will soon be able to get a bus pass for just $5 per month.

Calgary city council voted unanimously Monday to introduce sliding scale fees for low-income Calgary Transit passengers.

That means that those riders will be able to buy a bus pass...

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The Best And Worst Canadian Provinces For Surviving A Zombie Apocalypse

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 3:29 PM

Congratulations Saskatchewaners — if a zombie apocalypse breaks out you've got it made.

Saskatchewan is the safest province to wait out a zombie apocalypse, according to U.S. real estate site Estately.

The blog ranked each Canadian region by five criteria:

  • Fewest people per square mile
  • ...
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Alberta Judge Slams Ruling On Sexual Assault Case

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 1:29 PM

An Alberta judge overturned a ruling on a sexual assault charge and took the opportunity to deliver a scathing lecture on consent.

"Consent in the context of sexual activity is not a difficult concept," writes Justice Juliana Topolniski in the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench judgment.

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Dawn Marie Marchand Named Edmonton's First Indigenous Artist In Residence

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 3:22 PM

The City of Edmonton has named Dawn Marie Marchand its first Indigenous artist in residence.

Marchand, who is Métis and a member of Cold Lake First Nation, will spend the next year working within Edmonton’s Indigenous Relations Office to develop a body of paintings and photography based on historical records...

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Gender-Neutral Washrooms May Be Coming To Calgary

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 1:46 PM

A Calgary councillor hopes to make all of the city's single-occupancy bathrooms gender neutral.

"The City of Calgary's Action Plan is moving Calgary towards a bold vision for the future by improving livability for people of all abilities and backgrounds, and by developing facilities and infrastructure that are...

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Bear Attacks Alberta: What To Do If You Run Into A Bear This Summer

(14) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 3:24 PM

In the span of two days, two Albertans have been attacked by bears. One woman was having a picnic with her boyfriend, the other riding a bike.

Both victims are recovering, but the incidents are an important reminder to be prepared when you head out into the...

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World's First In-Vitro Bison Calves Born At University Of Saskatchewan

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 2:00 PM

Four wood bison calves born at the University of Saskatchewan might hold the secret to the species' revival.

Three of the calves were born using in-vitro fertilization, while the fourth was reproduced via a frozen embryo.

"The whole objective of our program is to conserve the species. I think...

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Activist Wants Calgary Pride To 'Bar' Police From Parade

(85) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 5:08 PM

A Calgary group is calling for Calgary Pride to "act in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Toronto movement" and "bar any police representation" from this year's Pride parade and affiliated events.

An open letter to the organization was posted on the Generation Forum website on July 10, two weeks...

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Alberta Wolf Is In Danger Of Becoming Food Conditioned

(4) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 12:22 PM

Messy campers could lead to another loss for Alberta's Bow Valley Wolf Pack, Parks Canada staff warn.

On Tuesday, a yearling grey wolf entered a campground in Johnston Canyon, attracted by the smell of garbage that wasn't properly disposed of.

Steve Michel, a human-wildlife contact specialist, says staff are...

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LeftOvers Calgary Saves More Than A Tonne Of Calgary Stampede Food From The Landfill

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 11:28 AM

The Calgary Stampede welcomes more than one million visitors every year. That includes serving up a lot of food — and seeing a lot of food waste.

This year, a Calgary non-profit group stepped in and saved more than a tonne of leftovers.

LeftOvers Calgary rescues...

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Kaitlyn Byers, Edmonton Hockey Player, Says She Was Threatened With Rape On The Ice

(39) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 1:20 PM

An Edmonton hockey player who claims she faced rape threats and violence on the ice says Hockey Alberta hasn't done enough to combat sexual harassment in the arena.

Kaitlyn Byers, 18, has played minor hockey for 10 years. At first, as the only woman playing for the Spruce Grove Highlanders...

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Alberta Is Using Birth Control To Keep Its Wild Horse Population In Check

(10) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 2:05 PM

A plan to manage Alberta's wild horse population with birth control could save the animals from a cull, says a non-profit group.

A government survey last year counted over 700 feral horses in the province. With few natural limits on that population, an annual cull rounds up some...

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Blood Tribe Signs Land Settlement With Government, After 75 Years

(21) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 2:49 PM

Canada's Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs visited southern Alberta this weekend to commemorate the settlement of a First Nation claim that dates back to the Second World War.

The Department of National Defense confiscated 55,000 acres of land in the Blood Reserve, near Lethbridge, more than 75 years ago,...

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Edmonton Turkish Festival Cancelled In Wake Of Attempted Coup

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 11:42 AM

The Edmonton Turkish Festival has been indefinitely postponed in the wake of an attempted military coup in Turkey.

The decision was announced on the festival's website on Saturday just hours before the event— which features Turkish food, crafts, music and dance — was set to begin.

“We don’t...

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Calgary Stampede Tourist Charged After He Allegedly Tried To Grab Officer's Taser

(43) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 12:54 PM

Calgary police say video of an arrest circulating online shows the aftermath of what happened when an intoxicated tourist tried to grab an officer's taser.

On Wednesday evening police responded to reports of a belligerent drunk man who refused to leave the Calgary Stampede grounds and attempted...

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Jason Kenney Slams Alberta's New Beer Tax

(113) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 3:22 PM

Alberta is changing its beer tax for the second time in just under a year, and Tory MP Jason Kenney is none too pleased.

The NDP announced Tuesday it would be updating the markup on all beer sold in Alberta to $1.25 per litre, regardless of a company's...

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Calgary Stampede Goers Warned To Steer Clear Of Dive-Bombing Hawk

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 12:26 PM

Calgary Stampede revellers might want to keep a firm grip on their cowboy hats after reports a hawk has been swooping down to attack passersby.

A Swainson's hawk is nesting with her two babies north of Stampede grounds, near the Remington parking lot just outside one of the park's entrances....

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Jason Kenney's PC Leadership Bid Has Albertans Divided: Poll

(29) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 11:53 AM

Albertans are seriously divided over whether or not they'd like to see Jason Kenney as the next premier, a new poll has found.

An online survey by Insights West released Thursday found 34 per cent of Albertans would like to see Kenney, who recently announced a bid...

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Sara Baillie Remembered By Friends, Family As Hard-Working Single Mom

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 3:14 PM

Friends and family are remembering Sara Baillie as a loving and kind mother as the search for her missing daughter enters its second day.

Baillie's coworkers knew something was wrong Monday when she failed to show up for work at Chili’s Texas Grill at the Calgary International Airport.


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Edmonton Council Votes To Review Privacy Policies Over Secrecy Concerns

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 12:01 PM

The city of Edmonton has voted unanimously to work on its privacy policies, days after a coucillor accused council of keeping too many secrets.

Coun. Mike Nickel raised his concerns before council on Tuesday morning, citing concerns that the city's privacy rules are not transparent enough.

He says rulings have...

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