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

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Alberta Craft Beer: 9 Breweries To Visit This Summer

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 4:18 PM

Alberta’s small craft breweries have been prospering ever since the provincial government made a change in the budget to promote local brews.

In late 2015, Alberta lowered the mark-up and liquor tax on local, small brewers which could allow the craft beer industry to grow past 20,000...

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Assisted-Dying Survey Finds Majority Of Albertans Support Legislation

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 12:27 PM

A majority of Albertans support physician-assisted dying and many even believe it should be more permissive than the what the Supreme Court ordered in its ruling, according to the results of two surveys released Thursday.

The surveys were released in advance of June 6 — the date the Supreme Court...

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Shannon Phillips Shows In 1 Tweet Why It Sucks To Be A Woman In Politics

(43) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 3:29 PM

Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is drawing attention to how awful people can be to female politicians.

On Wednesday, Phillips publicly spoke out on Twitter after a man posted that he would like to stomp on her face.

"I have no idea why women might think...

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Naheed Nenshi Says He Won't Run For Stephen Harper's Seat

(6) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 12:03 PM

Stephen Harper is bowing out from politics and Calgary's mayor wants to quash any rumours that he might vie for the former prime minister's seat.

Harper is planning to relinquish his Calgary Heritage seat in the fall after 14 years as a member of Parliament.

Speculation...

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Alberta Grizzly Bear Encounters Prompt Warnings

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 11:50 AM

A number of ursine encounters have prompted officials to issue bear warnings around western Alberta.

Alberta Parks posted a warning this week after a grizzly sidled up to a tent full of campers.

“It looks as if the bear had stepped on the side of the...

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Aaron Voon, Edmonton Man, Facing Child Pornography Charges

(17) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 3:18 PM

An Edmonton man is facing child pornography charges after allegedly videotaping a child in a movie theatre washroom.

An angry father confronted a man in West Edmonton Mall on Sunday afternoon after he allegedly saw him recording a video of his son at a urinal in the Scotiabank Theatre's washroom....

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Alberta's Farm Safety Talks Are Missing Farmers

(26) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 11:44 AM

Alberta's controversial farm safety bill is set to be examined by consultants next month — but only 20 per cent of group are actual farm workers.

Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier and Labour Minister Christina Gray announced on Friday the appointees to working groups that will consult on Bill 6.

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W-18 Overdoses In Alberta May Not Be Curable With Naloxone Kits

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 5:30 PM

Alberta has rolled out thousands of overdose kits to help combat a growing fentanyl crisis in the province, but the kits may be powerless against an even more dangerous new opioid on the market.

Last week, Calgary police confirmed a 35-year-old man's overdose may have been due...

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Alberta's Most Expensive Homes For Sale

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Alberta's housing market may be cooling off, but that hasn't stopped some of the province's priciest properties from hitting the market.

The province has been dealing with an economic downturn, with the average price of a home dropping to $393,285 in April, according to the Canadian Real Estate...

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Calgary Film Centre Hopes To Attract Producers To Alberta

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 1:42 PM

Alberta's economy is about to get a big boost, thanks to the opening of the $28-million Calgary Film Centre.

Alberta has been a destination for filmmakers for decades. From sweeping prairies to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, the province is chock-full of incredible film locations. Now, thanks to the Calgary Film...

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Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum Wins International Award

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 5:08 PM

Move over Royal Tyrell, there's a new dino museum on the block.

Grande Prairie, Alta.'s Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum was recognized last week as one of the top museum openings of 2015 by Conde Nast Traveler.

Traveler writes:

This new museum complex may not be...
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Calgary Police Worry As Domestic Violence Calls Rapidly Increase

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 2:26 PM

Calgary police released statistics Wednesday that suggest domestic violence in the city is growing at an alarming pace.

Police in the city received nearly 19,000 domestic conflict calls last year. Approximately 3,000 of those calls involved domestic violence, which is up 10 per cent from 2014, and...

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Fort McMurray Firefighters To Be Honoured With Sculpture

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 3:16 PM

Call it providence, or remarkable coincidence.

An Ontario-based sculptor was commissioned to create a monument to Fort McMurray's firefighters just two weeks before devastating wildfires swept through the northern Alberta city.

Timothy Schmalz was commissioned in mid-April by the Fort McMurray fire department to create...

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Selena Gomez Shares Dreamy Photos Of Her Calgary Visit

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 2:19 PM

Singer and actress Selena Gomez shared her love of Calgary on Tuesday with some beautiful, behind-the-scenes photos of her day in the city.

The "Hands To Myself" performer swept through Alberta this week as part of her Revival tour, playing Edmonton's Rexall Place on Monday before entertaining a...

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Fort McMurray Fire: Rain Could Be A Double-Edged Sword For Wildfire-Stricken Area

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 5:08 PM

Firefighters near Fort McMurray, Alta., have been anxiously awaiting rain to help extinguish an out-of-control wildfire that has been burning for over two weeks.

The region is expecting high temperatures with low humidity and plenty of wind for the next few days, but there's a strong possibility of...

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Fentanyl Will Now Be Harder To Manufacture In Alberta Thanks To New Bill

(11) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 11:46 AM

The Alberta legislature has unanimously passed a bill that will make it more difficult to manufacture illegal opiates like fentanyl and W-18.

Bill 205, which passed its third reading on Monday, makes licences mandatory for owners of pill or tablet presses.

"This is what Albertans have...

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Fort McMurray Was Not FireSmarted, And Few Alberta Communities Are

(12) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 4:33 PM

Experts are urging Alberta communities to take action and protect themselves from wildfires, after a massive blaze swept through the northern city of Fort McMurray.

Volunteer firefighter Tom Burton says more people need to be prepared.

“Maybe five per cent of communities are FireSmarted,” Burton told the...

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Silverback Gorilla Kakinga Dies At Calgary Zoo

(7) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 3:11 PM

A silverback gorilla has died after developing heart problems at the Calgary Zoo.

The 37-year-old Kakinga passed away Saturday night after developing a large tear in his aorta, ultimately stopping his heart, according to the zoo's veterinary team.

The median life expectancy for gorillas in captivity is 31 years old.

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Fort McMurray Fire: Volunteer Reveals What It Was Like Fighting The Blaze

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 10:44 AM

A volunteer who helped fight the Fort McMurray, Alta. wildfire last week has shared some incredible photos that show what it feels like to battle such a massive blaze.

Ricky Vassberg was part of a group of four volunteers who supported a local fire hall during the crisis.

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Fort McMurray Fire May Have Caused 'Massive Destruction' Of Wildlife

(28) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 3:42 PM

Over 88,000 evacuees safely fled Fort McMurray last week, as a raging wildfire forced the entire northern Alberta community from their homes — sadly, however, the area's wildlife was left behind.

“There’s not very much that can survive those fires,” University of Alberta biology professor Lu Carbyn told...

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