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

Entries by Sarah Rieger

Exploding E-Cigarette Battery Severely Burns Calgarian

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2017 | 8:31 PM

A Calgary man will likely need skin grafts after his e-cigarette's battery exploded in his pocket on Friday.

Terrence Johnson and his wife Rachel Rex had just finished eating dinner at The Embarcadero on 17 Ave. and were chatting with their waiter outside when their conversation was interrupted with a...

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Kimberlee Kasatkin's Partner Arrested In Connection With Her Disappearance

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2017 | 2:16 PM

A B.C. woman's disappearance from her home in Peru last year is now being investigated as a homicide.

Kimberlee Kasatkin's parents last heard from their daughter on Nov. 26. The 41-year-old, who is originally from Abbotsford, had been living in Lima with her common-law partner Christopher Franz and her...

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Canada Commits 'Human Rights Violations' By Locking Up Children: Report

(13) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 8:43 PM

An average of at least 48 Canadian children are being held in immigration detention centres every year, harming their mental and physical health, according to a report from the University of Toronto's International Human Rights Program released Thursday.

The report, titled "Invisible Citizens: Canadian Children in Immigration Detention," called the...

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Pope Francis Suggests Atheists Are Better Than Hypocritical Christians

(131) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 1:26 PM

Pope Francis criticized Catholics who live a double life, suggesting that it is better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Christian.

Francis made the comments Thursday during his private morning mass at his home in Casa Santa Marta in Vatican City.

"Scandal is saying one thing...

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Nova Scotia Family's Powerful Snow Sculptures Honour Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

(19) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 9:34 PM

A snow sculpting contest on a Nova Scotia First Nation was not only an opportunity for one family to build a powerful memorial to a slain relative, but also to cast a spotlight on Canada's missing and murdered indigneous women.

Mirya Obomsawin's grandmother was inspired by something in her home...

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Superbugs Kill 25,000 People In The EU Each Year: Report

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 1:54 PM

Over 25,000 people in the EU are dying each year thanks to superbugs caused by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, safety experts warn.

The EU's commissioner for health and safety said the rise in antimicrobial resistance is "alarming," and that it's putting both humans and animals in danger....

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Canada's Glaciers Are Causing Global Sea Levels To Rise

(61) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 8:07 PM

Canada's melting glaciers have become a major contributor to the globe's rising sea levels, according to a study out of the University of California, Irvine.

Between 2005 and 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers on the Queen Elizabeth Islands (the cluster of islands at the...

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Mexican Church Resurfaces After Being Flooded In 1960s

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2017 | 5:23 PM

A 16th-century church in Mexico has resurfaced after being submerged in water for nearly 60 years.

The church, which is located in the southern state of Oaxaca, was completely submerged in the early 1960s when the Presidente Benito Juarez dam was built.

The top of the church has occasionally...

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Yukon Hair-Freezing Contestants Have Some Stiff Competition

(10) Comments | Posted February 19, 2017 | 12:14 PM

A Whitehorse, Yukon, hot spring is hosting a competition to find out who has the coolest hair — literally.

Visitors to the Takhini Hot Pools are invited to submit photos of their frozen hair in the hopes of winning $750.

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Sean Spicer Is A 'Melissa McCarthy Impersonator,' According To This Cheeky Toronto Paper

(16) Comments | Posted February 16, 2017 | 5:01 PM

A Toronto newspaper cheekily trolled White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after he misspoke, calling Canada's Prime Minister "Joe Trudeau."

Spicer made the flub during his Tuesday morning press briefing, when he said, “Yesterday the president ... had an incredibly productive set of meetings and discussions with Prime...

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Deer Lake Highway In Newfoundland Blocked By Herd Of Caribou

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2017 | 9:04 PM

There wasn't a deer to be seen on the highway outside of Deer Lake, N.L., but there were plenty of caribou.

Charlie Hamlyn was driving west on the Trans-Canada Highway just outside of the town when he spotted this herd of caribou blocking the road. The large mammals were attracted...

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UBC Scientists Engineer Mice That Can't Get Addicted To Cocaine

(6) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 9:13 PM

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have genetically engineered mice that can't be tempted by cocaine, or get addicted to it.

The mice were created to have higher levels of a protein called cadherin, which helps strengthen synapses between neurons in the brain. Learning, or recalling memories, requires strong...

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Squirrel Battles Crow Over Piece Of Pizza In Nova Scotia

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 7:36 PM

Talk about a battle for the ages.

James Cooper in Greenwood, N.S., captured a video of an epic fight between a squirrel and a crow in late January. The squirrel has a slice of pizza, and there is no way it's giving it up.

Unfortunately, the video ends on...

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WestJet Pilot Treats Stranded Air Canada Flight To Pizza

(13) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 6:13 PM

A WestJet pilot made some hungry Air Canada passengers very happy last week after they were stranded in New Brunswick.

On Feb. 8, an Air Canada flight from Toronto to St. John's was forced to land in Fredericton thanks to the weather.

Passenger John Samms wrote on Facebook...

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Never Spilled In Jasper: Kinder Morgan Alternative Fact

(49) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 1:26 PM

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will, when complete, triple the amount of oil that moves through Alberta's Jasper National Park.

Attendees to the project's open house in Jasper on Jan. 26 were told by a Trans Mountain employee that no pipeline leaks or spills had ever...

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Tribe Called Quest's Powerful Anti-Trump Performance At The Grammys

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2017 | 11:54 PM

A Tribe Called Quest kicked down a literal wall in a powerful anti-Trump protest at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Legendary hip-hop performers Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White took the stage along with rappers Busta Rhymes, Consequence and Anderson .Paak, to perform their protest anthem "We The People"...

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Katy Perry Gets Political With 'Persist' Armband And Pantsuit At Grammys

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2017 | 10:52 PM

Katy Perry made a bold political statement with her performance at the 59th Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The pop star donned an armband that read "PERSIST," as well as a Planned Parenthood pin for the first performance of her new single "Chained to the Rhythm."

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Paris Jackson Promotes #NoDAPL Protests At The Grammys

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2017 | 9:21 PM

Paris Jackson used her stage time at Sunday's Grammy Awards to bring attention to the anti-pipeline protests in Standing Rock.

"We could use this kind of excitement at a pipeline protest guys. #NoDAPL," she told the enthusiastic crowd, before announcing a performance by Daft Punk and The Weeknd at the...

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Frank Ocean Slams Grammys For Picking Taylor Swift Over Kendrick Lamar

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2017 | 8:11 PM

Frank Ocean clapped back at Grammy producers after they criticized his boycott of the award show.

In November, 2016, Ocean called the award show "dated" and didn't submit his album for consideration. He told The New York Times that sitting out on the show would be his...

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Grammys Producer Says The Show Will Be 'Politically Charged'

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2017 | 6:39 PM

Turbulent times often make for great art, and the 59th Grammy Awards is likely to feature some bold statements, musical or otherwise — remember Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes?

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich welcomes artists using their acceptance speech as a chance to speak out.

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