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

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Alberta's Roadside Attractions Are Delightfully Weird

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 10:03 PM

Alberta's got plenty of stunning and popular tourist destinations.

It also has some that are just plain odd.

What better way to explore the province than by discovering how weird it can get?

Cheesy Edmonton-based polka band the Kubasonics — yes, like kielbasa — has an ode to some...

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Calgary Zoo Giraffe Delivers Stillborn Calf While Being Transported

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 3:40 PM

A giraffe that was travelling from the San Diego Zoo to the Calgary Zoo prematurely delivered a "non-viable" calf on Monday.

“This is very difficult news to share with our community,” said Jamie Dorgan, director of animal care at the Calgary Zoo, in a release.

“Transporting animals is...

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South African Firefighters Paid According To Alberta Labour Laws

(49) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 12:57 PM

The Alberta government confirmed Wednesday that South African firefighters who came to the province's aid in Fort McMurray were paid properly under labour laws.

The 300 international firefighters left Fort McMurray just over a week after they arrived, due to the pay dispute.

In response, the province said...

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PermaCorp Apologizes For Note Telling Workers To Be 'Thankful' For Their Jobs

(15) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 5:40 PM

An Edmonton company has apologized after a photo of a whiteboard note telling workers they should be "thankful" for their jobs went viral.

On Monday, a Reddit user shared the picture, calling it a "sickening piece of corporate propaganda."

A sickening piece of corporate propaganda...
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Best Of Calgary Symposium Holds All-White Panel On 'Inclusivity'

(101) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 1:53 PM

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Photos of the panelists at the "inclusivity" -themed event, taken from the Best Of Calgary website. (Photos: Best Of Calgary)

A symposium held Wednesday to honour Calgary's best had what appeared to be only white and mostly male speakers discuss the theme of...

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Alberta Storm Brings Hail And Fire And Floods (Oh My)

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 12:15 PM

A severe thunderstorm hit southern Alberta Tuesday afternoon, bringing huge chunks of hail and flash floods.

Calgary firefighters also responded to two house fires caused by lightning strikes and over 60 emergency calls related to the storm.

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RCMP Ask For Return Of Their Stolen Teepee, 'No Questions Asked'

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 2:03 PM

Alberta RCMP have taken to Facebook to politely ask for their missing teepee to be returned.

The Gleichen RCMP detachment set up a teepee to advertise a local cadet and RCMP constable program, Siksika First Nation's justice department wrote in a statement.

When the Mounties returned to pack...

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Grande Prairie Sued By Pro-Life Group Over Bus Ads

(159) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 11:49 AM

A pro-life group is suing Grande Prairie, Alta. for the right to display graphic images of fetuses on bus ads.

The Calgary-based Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBER) submitted a banner ad to the city showing fetuses at different stages of development before an image of a smear of...

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Red Crow Community College Hopes To Rebuild After Arson

(12) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 6:12 PM

An Alberta First Nation is asking the public for donations to rebuild its community college after it was destroyed in a fire.

On Aug. 14, 2015, a fire broke out in the main building of Red Crow Community College on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta.

The 98-year-old former...

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Canmore Could Boost Calgary's 2026 Winter Olympics Bid

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 3:31 PM

Calgary's potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics is picking up some support within the province — and a possible co-host.

Canmore Mayor John Borrowman reached out to both Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and the Calgary Sports and Tourism Association to say Canmore "would be very happy...

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'The Solutrean' Under Investigation After 5 Alberta Bison Were Allegedly Killed

(7) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 1:26 PM

The American Humane Association (AHA) is investigating after reports that bison were killed for a Hollywood production filmed in Alberta.

Five bison were slaughtered and skinned in April to be used in a scene for "The Solutrean," under the direction of Alberta animal wrangler John Scott, according...

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Calgary Drop-In Centre Will Turn Hotel Into Affordable Housing

(26) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 3:47 PM

A controversial new affordable housing facility in Calgary will be going ahead, despite the opposition of nearby communities.

On Thursday, the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board approved the project, dubbed Centre 4800, to convert the old hotel — albeit with several new conditions.

In the...

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Nasra Adem Named Edmonton's New Youth Poet Laureate

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 12:37 PM

Poet Nasra Adem says Edmonton didn't begin to feel like home until she found the city's arts community.

Now, she wants to help other young people fall in love with the spoken word.

On Wednesday, Adem was named the city's second-ever Youth Poet Laureate. She told The Huffington Post...

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Victoria School Of The Arts Swaps Outdated 'Redmen' Logo For Indigenous Mural

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 6:05 PM

An Edmonton arts school celebrated National Aboriginal Day by replacing its outdated sports team logo with an updated mural.

Victoria School of the Arts' sports teams were called the Redmen up until 2011, when the school deemed the former logo racist and removed it from use. But paintings of...

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Vegreville Mom Pushes For Dog That Attacked Her Daughters To Be Euthanized

(53) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 2:16 PM

A mom is furious after a bulldog that mauled her twin four-year-old daughters was returned to its Edmonton owner.

On May 5, the two girls were visiting a garage sale in Vegreville, Alta. when a dog ran out from the yard and attacked them.

RCMP reported the two suffered...

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2016 NHL Draft A Dream Trip For 9-Year-Old Alberta Hockey Player

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 12:25 PM

A nine-year-old Alberta boy is headed to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Jaxon Melnychuk of Whitecourt, Alta., is an avid hockey player. When his mom, Stacy Crossland, heard about a contest promising to send winners to Buffalo, N.Y., for a VIP draft party, she knew she had to enter....

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Edmonton Pride Festival Faces Uncertain Future

(15) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 5:01 PM

Edmonton is known to locals as Festival City — but organizers are scared high city fees could force that moniker to change.

Council voted Tuesday to consider financial relief after festivals reported city fees were growing by the tens — or hundreds — of thousands for events.


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Joey English's Cousin Reminds Us Why Aboriginal Issues Matter

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 2:30 PM

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A relative of a Calgary woman found dead in a park is speaking out about the damage intergenerational trauma leaves on Aboriginal families.

The dismembered remains of Joey English, 25, were found hidden in a northeast Calgary park on June 8.

Her cousin,...

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Strathmore Gay Rodeo Shuttered Thanks To Alberta's Economic Downturn

(35) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 2:05 PM

Canada's largest gay rodeo has been cancelled and organizers are placing the blame on Alberta's poor economy.

The Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association (ARGRA) announced in May it would be cancelling the Strathmore event that's been a fixture in the small, southern Alberta town for 23 years.


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Calgary To Discuss 2026 Winter Olympic Bid

(12) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 10:55 AM

Calgary city council is set to meet behind closed doors Monday to discuss whether or not the city should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The Calgary Sport Tourism Authority will be briefing council on the idea, CBC News reported.

If the city is interested in...

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