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

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Calgary Zoo Investigating After 7 Penguins Drown

(10) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 4:16 PM

Seven Humboldt penguins were found dead at the Calgary Zoo Thursday morning.

The birds were discovered in the back holding area, where the animals are often housed, according to a news release. A necropsy confirmed that they drowned.

The deaths wiped out one-third of the zoo's Humboldt penguins....

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Climate Change Could Make Sudan Uninhabitable

(19) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 9:10 PM

Sudan is home to over 40 million people. But, thanks to climate change, it could become an uninhabitable desert in the next 100 years.

The North African country has been faced with desertification and severe dust storms.

A report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of...

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Snowboarder Gets Towed By A Jeep

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 7:59 PM

This is probably the most Canadian way to commute.

A Kingston, Ont. snowboarder decided to take advantage of the province's chilly weather last winter and hitch his board to a jeep.

Luckily for the boarder, it looks like the streets were pretty empty except for a few people shovelling...

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Google Will Run Entirely On Renewable Energy By 2017

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 2:13 PM

It takes a lot of energy to process the trillions of Google searches and millions of YouTube videos people access every year.

And, in 2017 the multinational technology company says it will get that energy, along with what's needed to fuel the rest of its operations, entirely from renewable...

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Elana Fric-Shamji Mourned With #SayHerName

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 10:13 PM

Colleagues and friends of a slain Ontario doctor challenged a publication ban with an online hashtag in order to honour her memory.

Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's body was found in a suitcase on the side of a road on Thursday. Her husband, Toronto neurosurgeon Dr. Mohammed Shamji, was arrested...

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Sea Ice Chunk The Size Of India Has Melted Thanks To Climate Change

(44) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 1:39 PM

Record high temperatures have melted an area of sea ice the size of India, according to climate scientists.

"There are some really crazy things going on," Mark Serreze, director of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), told Reuters.

Climate change deniers often argue that...

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Edmonton Police Search For Man Who Allegedly Threatened Women In Hijabs With Noose

(113) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 8:07 PM

UPDATE: Dec. 8, 3:20 p.m. — Police in Edmonton have released a man who was taken into custody after two women wearing hijabs were taunted in what investigators have said could be a hate crime.

No charges have been laid, but police say the man is still a person of...

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'Last Tango In Paris' Rape Scene Controversy Is A 'Misunderstanding:' Bertolucci

(7) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 6:21 PM

The director of "Last Tango In Paris" is backtracking on comments he made in a 2013 interview where he suggested the film's rape scene was non-consensual.

In a 2013 interview, Bernardo Bertolucci said that then 19-year-old actress Maria Schneider was not told about a rape scene where Marlon Brando's character...

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New Brunswick Driver Shares Video Of Snow Smashing His Windshield

(11) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 5:45 PM

On a chilly winter day, it can feel painstakingly slow taking the time to scrape all the ice and snow off your car before heading to work.

But skipping the chore can be seriously dangerous for other drivers.

Kevin McGraw was driving near Moncton, N.B., on Wednesday when he...

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Amy Chang, CEO Of Accompany, Shares Her 'Rule Of Thumb' For Firing Employees

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 4:16 PM

Firing an employee is one of the most difficult decisions a manager has to make, and it can be even trickier to know when it's time to let them go.

Amy Chang, the CEO and founder of virtual assistant app Accompany, says there's one sign that it's time to sever...

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Riz Ahmed, Inflight Magazine Cover Star, Racially Profiled At Airport

(31) Comments | Posted December 4, 2016 | 3:17 PM

Riz Ahmed is a rapper and award-winning actor set to star in the upcoming film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." But his celebrity isn't enough to insulate him from being racially profiled at the airport.

“I mean my day-to-day reality is as contradictory as ever. Every time I get...

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Approval Could Spark '20 Standing Rocks': Chief

(83) Comments | Posted December 4, 2016 | 2:22 PM

If Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline violates First Nation land in B.C., it's going to face serious pushback.

A Quebec Mohawk chief says there will be civil disobedience if the government breaks its promises to First Nations communities.

“If the government insists on ignoring its commitment to...

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Parks Canada's Site Crashes After Releasing Free National Parks Passes

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2016 | 12:40 PM

Canadians are really eager to get their hands on a pass to a national park.

Parks Canada is handing out free 2017 Discovery passes to mark the country's 150th anniversary. The passes will be available for the entire year, but nature lovers were so ready to jump on the...

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Hawaii's Peaks Just Got Blanketed In Half A Metre Of Snow

(13) Comments | Posted December 4, 2016 | 10:22 AM

It's snowing in Hawaii.

The tropical island's highest peaks were blanketed in half a metre of snow Saturday evening, and more is on the way.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the two highest volcanic peaks in the...

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Edmonton Police Release Video In Hate Flyer Investigation

(5) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 4:25 PM

Edmonton police have released surveillance video of a suspect who may be responsible for slipping hate flyers into mailboxes around the city.

In October and November, residents in several neighbourhoods were shocked to find anti-Islamic flyers when they went to collect the mail.

Some flyers read "I hate gays,...

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Cat Scales Rock Climbing Wall With Ease

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 9:01 PM

A rescue cat bested some professional climbers at the Boulbaka bouldering gym in Naha, Japan.

The cat, Lala, lives at the gym and definitely isn't afraid of heights.

She blazed through a two-minute course in just under the challenge time.

"She's learned to stay off the...

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Aleppo Could Become A 'Giant Graveyard,' Warns UN Envoy

(10) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 8:29 PM

One of the UN's top envoys warned that the people of Aleppo "don’t have the means to survive for much longer" as Syrian state forces, Russian forces and the Islamic State encroach on the eastern side of the city.

“For the sake of humanity, we call on, we plead, with...

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Donald Trump's Got A New Red Baseball Cap

(8) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 5:47 PM

Donald Trump has ditched his signature "Make America Great Again" baseball cap for a newer model.

This one is red, white and boxy, just like the old hat, but the text has changed. The front now reads "USA" and the side "45," referring to the fact that he'll soon...

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Says Saudi Women Deserve The Right To Drive

(20) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 4:27 PM

A Saudi prince is urging his country to lift a ban that prevents women from driving.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal tweeted "Stop the debate. Time for women to drive." He followed up with a lengthy blog post making the case that preventing a woman from driving isn't just "

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Joe Bartley, 89-Year-Old Veteran, Wants A Job To Keep From 'Dying Of Boredom'

(11) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 1:21 PM

Joe Bartley retired six years ago, when he was 83. But he's discovered retired life just isn't for him.

The 89-year-old British veteran placed an ad in his local paper, the Herald Express, looking for work:

"Work wanted. Senior citizen 89 seeks employment in...

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