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

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Pizza, 'World's Saddest Polar Bear,' Lives Inside A Mall

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 7:34 PM

One million people have signed petitions to close an aquarium at a shopping mall in Guangzhou, China, after footage emerged of what activists are calling the "world's saddest polar bear."

The bear, named Pizza, lives in a tiny glass habitat just a few paces across without any natural...

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7 Calgary Halloween Events That Will Put You In The Scary Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2016 | 2:18 PM

It's October and that chilly, autumn breeze is starting to creep in. It means Halloween is coming up fast.

Calgary is known as the headquarters for Screamfest, Canada's biggest (and probably scariest) Halloween event. Its ever-changing selection of haunted houses is a blast, but if you're looking for...

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Portrait Project Challenges Aboriginal Stereotypes

(31) Comments | Posted September 30, 2016 | 1:48 PM

Celestine Many Bears has been called a "dumb Indian." She certainly is not, and in fact, is a grandmother, teacher, Blackfoot-language instructor, and all-star basketball player.

The Blackfoot Kainai woman is one of the models in a thought-provoking art project called "Perception: Lethbridge." The portrait series by artist K.C....

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Saskatoon Police Can't Be Sued Over Dog Attack, Rules Judge

(24) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 1:05 PM

A Saskatoon woman won't be able to sue after a police dog attacked her on her own property, a judge ruled last week.

Sheila Tataquason was in her backyard with a friend in August 2013 when the incident occurred. Police had been investigating a gas station robbery in the...

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University Of Alberta Turban-Tying Event Fights Racism Against The Sikh Community

(4) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 1:20 PM

A University of Alberta event turned racism against the Sikh community into an opportunity to celebrate diversity.

In September, students and staff were shocked after 12 racist, anti-Sikh posters were found around the Edmonton university's campus.

They featured a picture of a Sikh man wearing a turban and...

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Calgary Police Get A Bad Performance Review From Citizens: Poll

(73) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 12:53 PM

Almost one in two Calgarians disapprove of the police, according to a poll by Mainstreet/Postmedia.

"Calgarians have a negative view about the Calgary Police Service with 39 per cent approval compared to 48 per cent disapproval," said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, in a release.

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Power Up Gives Alberta A 'D' For Access To Healthy Food

(8) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 2:15 PM

When it comes to providing healthy food for kids, Alberta barely gets a passing grade.

Power Up, a multi-agency organization funded by the federal government, was given a “D” in Alberta’s 2016 Nutrition Report Card.

“In the last year, Alberta’s grades have gotten significantly worse for children’s...

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Hockey Calgary Outlaws Post-Game Handshakes With Referees

(10) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 12:42 PM

It might look like poor sportsmanship, but Calgary hockey players who don’t shake hands with their referee are just following the rules.

Hockey Calgary has banned post-game handshakes between teams and officials for the 2016-17 season.

"While the post-game handshake between players and officials was a ‘Nice to do’ thing,...

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Trevor Sexsmith Dies After Avalanche Pushes Him Off Cliff On Mount Victoria

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 10:59 AM

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — A skier has died after a small avalanche pushed him over a cliff near Lake Louise, Alta.

Trevor Sexsmith, 27, from Golden, B.C., died Sunday on Mount Victoria.

Tim Haggarty with Parks Canada says the man and his ski partner had climbed up the mountain on...

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Don Iveson Wants To Build An Indigenous History Museum In Edmonton

(75) Comments | Posted September 26, 2016 | 2:28 PM

Edmonton’s mayor wants to turn the Royal Alberta Museum's former home into a national centre to celebrate indigenous heritage.

“We are a capital city in this country and yet we do not have a national institution which many of the other capital cities do,” said Mayor Don Iveson at the...

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Edmonton Heads To Court Over 'Honour Killing' Bus Ads

(116) Comments | Posted September 23, 2016 | 3:29 PM

The City of Edmonton heads to court Friday to defend its decision to remove controversial ads from city buses in 2013.

The ads were posted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI).

The poster read "Muslim Girls Honour Killed By Their Families. Is Your Family Threatening You? Is...

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Alberta Real Estate: These Are The Cheapest Homes For Sale Around The Prairies

(15) Comments | Posted September 23, 2016 | 3:20 PM

Home prices haven't really budged despite the slump in Alberta's housing market.

That being said, there are still some bargains to be had around the Prairies.

The average price of a home sold in the province of Alberta in August was $390,615, according to the Canadian Real Estate...

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Saskatchewan Oil Spill Might Have Left Bigger Mess Than Government Says: Scientist

(48) Comments | Posted September 22, 2016 | 4:27 PM

Last month's oil spill in Saskatchewan might have leaked much more crude into the province's rivers than the government or Husky Energy are letting on.

Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency said 88 per cent of the 250,000 litres of oil that spilled into the North Saskatchewan River had been cleaned up...

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University Of Alberta Project Tests Cars That Can Talk To The Road

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2016 | 12:32 PM

Edmonton is the first city in Canada to test a new type of technology allowing cars to “talk” to objects including stop signs or traffic lights.

With project ACTIVE-AURORA, scientists at the University of Alberta's Centre for Smart Transportation are using wireless devices to improve road safety and...

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Edmonton Humane Society Rescues 71 Dogs

(7) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 1:30 PM

The Edmonton Humane Society saved 71 dogs over the weekend — the organization's largest rescue ever.

Working with Pet Food Bank of Parkland County, the dogs were found in reserve communities near Peace River in northern Alberta.

Staff worked around the clock to transport the dogs, some of...

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Saskatchewan's HIV Crisis Warrants A State Of Emergency, Doctors Say

(8) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 4:32 PM

Doctors in Saskatchewan say it's time for the province to declare a state of emergency as more and more citizens are diagnosed with HIV.

“People are becoming ill and dying from a treatable and preventable disease … the time to act is now,” infectious disease specialist Stephen...

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Keith Urban Pulls 14-Year-Old Fan On Stage To Perform

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 11:44 AM

An Alberta teen's dream came true Friday when she got the chance to perform in front of 20,000 country music fans.

Keith Urban was playing Edmonton's Rogers Place Arena when he spotted 14-year-old Hailey Benedict and her 12-year-old sister Makenna holding shiny guitar-shaped signs in the audience.

He called...

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Edmonton Restaurants That Will Satisfy Your Late-Night Cravings

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2016 | 3:55 PM

Late-night dining doesn't have to be limited to donair or greasy pizza slices — not that there's anything wrong with those options. There are actually tons of great options for Edmontonians struck with nighttime food cravings.

Here are five of the best places for night owls to grab a...

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Alexander First Nation Chief Charged With Sex Assault Must Step Down: Women's Group

(18) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 2:31 PM

Women from a northern Alberta First Nation are holding a protest march to demand the resignation of their chief after he was charged with three counts of sexual assault.

“We can no longer tolerate this hypocrisy,” the Alexander Women Warriors said in a statement to Global News....

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Alberta Grizzlies Invade Family's Backyard

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2016 | 3:30 PM

Imagine seeing not one, not two, but three grizzlies enter your yard in search of a snack.

That's exactly what happened to one Pincher Creek, Alta., family on Thursday.

Kayla Furlotte says three grizzlies were about a kilometre away from her family's yard in southern Alberta when her dad spotted...

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