Alberta government orders schools to remove ‘public’ from their names, at unknown cost

New provincial legislation from the UCP has removed the word "public" from all Alberta school boards, affecting eight of 41 divisions across the province. Educators and administrators are scrambling to make sense of the sweeping change, which took effect Sept. 1. Colin Aitchison, the press secretary for Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, said the removal of the word was done as part of a streamlining process. "The removal of the word public w..

Cellular companies attempt to restore service following Dorian

Cellular companies are working to fix network problems now that Dorian has left Nova Scotia. Although widespread power outages are the main problem, during and in the aftermath of the storm that made landfall in Nova Scotia on Saturday, some customers have experienced cellular network outages or inconsistencies. Rogers spokesperson Bill Killorn said the company's cell towers are powered by hydroelectricity and they use backup generators wh..

Nova Scotians grapple with aftermath of powerful Dorian

Nova Scotians were dealing Sunday with streets littered with massive downed trees, branches and snapped power lines in the wake of Dorian — a powerful storm that battered the province with torrential rain and hurricane-force winds. Halifax was hit particularly hard by the storm, which arrived in the region Saturday afternoon as a fierce Category 2 hurricane and was downgraded to a post-tropical storm later in the evening when it made landfall nea..

NASA astronaut stands in as ‘mother goose’ for UBC study on high-flying geese

The bar-headed goose, native to Central Asia, is one of the world's highest-flying birds. From spending the winter months in South Asia as far south as the southern tip of India, the bird migrates over the world's tallest mountains peaks in the Himalayas to its summer grounds in Tibet, Kazakhstan and Russia. So it would make sense that a NASA astronaut would be the one to teach a group of bar-headed goslings how to fly in a wind tunne..

Truck of former reservist with alleged neo-Nazi ties found near U.S.-Canada border

A truck belonging to a former military reservist linked to a global neo-Nazi group has been found in southern Manitoba near the U.S.-Canada border, but there was otherwiseno sign of Patrik Mathews, according to the RCMP. Mathews has been missing for more than a week and the RCMP confirmed Tuesday his red Dodge pickup was found Monday on a rural property in Sprague, Man., off Highway 12 near Road 81E, about 145 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg. ..

Edmonton mothers plead guilty to beating little girls, confining them in basement

The basement was their prison. For six weeks, two Edmonton sisters, aged six and three, were locked up in a townhouse basement with only a mattress on the floor. Sometimes, one girl was confined inside a cardboard moving box, the lid taped shut, a rug placed on top. Both girls were often denied food and water and repeatedly beaten with belts. Their mother, J.L., admits she disciplined the girls by making them stand in the corner while she hit ..

Far-right group accused of white nationalism closer to party status — and increased scrutiny

An anti-hate group says it plans to expose the identities of more than 250 Canadians who signed an Elections Canada application allowing a far-right group to move one step closer to getting on the ballot this fall. The Canadian Nationalist Party (CNP) became eligible today to register as an official political party. Elections Canada is now compelled by law to release a document containing party members' names and addresses to anyone who asks..

Saskatchewan family seeks sibling separated in Sixties Scoop as deadline looms

With the deadline to register for Sixties Scoop compensation closing in, two siblings are desperately searching for a lost relative to make sure she's got everything in order. Darren Lachance thought for most of his life that he was the oldest of three siblings. But in 2011, a few months before his mother died, she told him she had another child who was placed into care and adopted. He contacted social services to find out more information..

Air Canada ordered to pay French-speaking couple $21K over language violations

The Federal Court has ordered Air Canada to pay $21,000 to an Ottawa couple for repeated violations of their French-language language rights, including seatbelts on which the instruction to "lift" the buckle was marked only in English. Michel and Lynda Thibodeau filed 22 complaints in 2016 with the commissioner of official languages for alleged offences under the Official Languages Act. The pair complained that planes' emergency exit door s..

Federal NDP leader Singh makes stop in Edmonton, party’s lone Alberta riding

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh visited the party's lone riding in Alberta on Saturday in an effort to build momentum in the province ahead of the fall election. The New Democrats have failed to translate strong support for the Alberta NDP into gains at the federal level. Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan, who is not seeking re-election, has been the sole NDP member in Alberta since 2008. To make gains in Alberta, Singh said the party is..

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