Alberta

New Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping takes his mask off to give a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta to spend $300M on new critical care beds

$100 million of that will be spent this year to create 50 permanent ICU beds

New Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping takes his mask off to give a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney fist bumps an MLA after Finance Minister Travis Toews delivered the 2022 budget in Edmonton on Thursday February 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Experts question Alberta budget claims of diversifying away from oil and gas revenues

FInance Minister Travis Toews said diversification is underway

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney fist bumps an MLA after Finance Minister Travis Toews delivered the 2022 budget in Edmonton on Thursday February 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta finance minister Travis Toews and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney Lieutenant Governor chat during the speech from the throne in Edmonton Alta, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. It’s budget day in Alberta, and Kenney says there will be a massive infusion of money for the health-care system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta aiming for budget rebound on soaring oil and natural gas prices

Kenney promises budget will include natural gas rebates

Alberta finance minister Travis Toews and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney Lieutenant Governor chat during the speech from the throne in Edmonton Alta, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. It’s budget day in Alberta, and Kenney says there will be a massive infusion of money for the health-care system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani is pictured in Edmonton on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Alberta’s United Conservative government is getting ready for a speech from the throne to open a legislative session. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta aiming to double private surgeries in public health-care system

Jason Kenney aims to boost number of private operations to 30 per cent over two years,

Alberta Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani is pictured in Edmonton on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Alberta’s United Conservative government is getting ready for a speech from the throne to open a legislative session. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Court denies challenge of government decision to lift mask mandate in Alberta schools

Judge rejects Alberta Federation of Labour appeal, citing ‘no evidence of irreparable harm’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A pedestrian walks on a trail with the Calgary skyline in the background on Thursday, July 15, 2021.Once Canada’s boomtown, the latest census from Statistics Canada suggests Wild Rose Country is becoming just another Canadian province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Census data suggests Alberta economy shifting but growth expected to stay strong

Canada’s former boom province has actually fallen behind the national average in growth

A pedestrian walks on a trail with the Calgary skyline in the background on Thursday, July 15, 2021.Once Canada’s boomtown, the latest census from Statistics Canada suggests Wild Rose Country is becoming just another Canadian province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to the media while attending the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary Chamber of Commerce slams Alberta’s move to cancel vaccine passport program

Program first to go as part of the province’s three-step plan to lift public health restrictions

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to the media while attending the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Clarence (Big) Miller is seen during a performance at the Yardbird Suite, a jazz club in Edmonton, in an undated handout photo. The biggest thing about Big Miller may have been the legacy he left in his adopted home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Yardbird Suite Society, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

‘I’m an Albertan’: Jazz legend Big Miller left swinging legacy in his adopted home

Clarence (Big) Horatius Miller was born in 1922 and grew up in Kansas

Clarence (Big) Miller is seen during a performance at the Yardbird Suite, a jazz club in Edmonton, in an undated handout photo. The biggest thing about Big Miller may have been the legacy he left in his adopted home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Yardbird Suite Society, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, in Edmonton on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Kenney set to announce end date of Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine passport next week

Alberta also to unveil a plan that will see it remove almost all restrictions by month’s end

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, in Edmonton on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Kaycee Madu after he was sworn in as minister of municipal affairs in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. A retired judge from Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench is to determine whether Madu, now suspended as justice minister, interfered with the administration of justice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Former judge to review call from suspended Alberta justice minister to police chief

Adele Kent will investigate call made 10 months ago regarding a traffic ticket

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Kaycee Madu after he was sworn in as minister of municipal affairs in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. A retired judge from Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench is to determine whether Madu, now suspended as justice minister, interfered with the administration of justice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A processing unit is shown at Suncor Fort Hills facility in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday September 10, 2018. Alberta doesn’t have a good grasp of the overall environmental impacts of the oilsands a decade after implementing the monitoring that was supposed to provide it, internal government documents suggest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Survey finds Alberta oilsands environmental monitoring ineffective after 10 years

Most survey respondents reported there was little communication and co-ordination between scientific groups

A processing unit is shown at Suncor Fort Hills facility in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday September 10, 2018. Alberta doesn’t have a good grasp of the overall environmental impacts of the oilsands a decade after implementing the monitoring that was supposed to provide it, internal government documents suggest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Darin Keewatin is pictured in Edmonton on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Keewatin is concerned about slow movement on federal legislation allowing Indigenous groups to take control of child welfare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

First Nation says Alberta is preventing it from taking control of child welfare

Louis Bull Tribe asked to enter an agreement with Alberta and Canada in October 2020

Darin Keewatin is pictured in Edmonton on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Keewatin is concerned about slow movement on federal legislation allowing Indigenous groups to take control of child welfare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A warrant has been issued for Malin Nyhus with charges of abduction. Supplied/ Alberta RCMP
A warrant has been issued for Malin Nyhus with charges of abduction. Supplied/ Alberta RCMP
Manager of H.E.L.P. Team Boyle Street Community Services Doug Cooke, right, and outreach and support services manager Jared Tkachuk, left, check on a homeless person’s well-being in Edmonton on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Peril or promise’: Long-term solution needed to help homeless in Alberta cities

Homeless shelters are near capacity but open their doors to all when temperatures become unbearable

Manager of H.E.L.P. Team Boyle Street Community Services Doug Cooke, right, and outreach and support services manager Jared Tkachuk, left, check on a homeless person’s well-being in Edmonton on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta UCP holds Christmas party after health minister asked all to cancel plans

Government had asked workplaces to cancel their holiday social gatherings on Tuesday

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
RCMP attend the scene of a sightseeing bus rollover at the Columbia Icefields near Jasper, Alta., on July 19, 2020. A man who lost his wife when an all-terrain tour bus rolled at the Columbia Icefield in the Rocky Mountains is pressing the RCMP for answers about what happened. Three people were killed and 14 others had life-threatening injuries on July 18, 2020, when the red-and-white Ice Explorer lost control on the road to the Athabasca Glacier, about 100 kilometres southeast of Jasper, Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘She is no more’: Alberta icefield rollover survivor who lost wife wants report released

Bus with 27 people on board rolled about 50 metres down an embankment before coming to rest on its roof

RCMP attend the scene of a sightseeing bus rollover at the Columbia Icefields near Jasper, Alta., on July 19, 2020. A man who lost his wife when an all-terrain tour bus rolled at the Columbia Icefield in the Rocky Mountains is pressing the RCMP for answers about what happened. Three people were killed and 14 others had life-threatening injuries on July 18, 2020, when the red-and-white Ice Explorer lost control on the road to the Athabasca Glacier, about 100 kilometres southeast of Jasper, Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Supporters gather as a fence is put up around GraceLife Church near Edmonton on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The Alberta government closed down and fenced off a church that had been charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta braces for more Omicron, ramps up COVID-19 testing but loosens health rules

Premier Jason Kenney says it’s best to be cautious given Omicron’s rapid spread

Supporters gather as a fence is put up around GraceLife Church near Edmonton on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The Alberta government closed down and fenced off a church that had been charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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Sharon Durham pictured in Edmonton on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Durham’s surgery for a rare cancer in her face was cancelled in Alberta during the peak of the province’s fourth wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
Sharon Durham pictured in Edmonton on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Durham’s surgery for a rare cancer in her face was cancelled in Alberta during the peak of the province’s fourth wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.