National Newswatch

Alberta smartphone app intends to reduce overdose deaths in drug users at home

Jun 8 2022 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — The Alberta government has expanded a smartphone app aimed at preventing overdoses in people using drugs alone at home.  Mike Ellis, associate minister of mental health and addictions, said Wednesday the app is confidential, free and available across the province, including in rural and First Nations communities.  The app alerts emergency responders if […]

Prime minister signs historic land claim settlement with Alberta First Nation

Jun 2 2022 — Bill Graveland — SIKSIKA, Alta. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the chief of a southern Alberta First Nation have signed a historic land-claim settlement which the federal government says is one of the largest of its kind in Canada.  Trudeau and Marc Miller, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, participated in a signing ceremony Thursday with Chief Ouray Crowfoot […]

Senior army commander says 90 per cent of military personnel are fully vaccinated

Oct 17 2021 — Bill Graveland — A senior military commander in Western Canada says he doesn't expect much opposition from Canadian Forces personnel over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. Ottawa is requiring federal employees, including members of the military, be fully vaccinated by the end of this month. The government also expects employers in federally regulated industries, including banks and airlines, to do […]

Former Liberal MP Kent Hehr running to be Calgary’s next mayor

Sep 7 2021 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — Former member of Parliament Kent Hehr is throwing his hat in the ring to become Calgary's new mayor.  Hehr has become the 28th candidate seeking to replace longtime Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who announced earlier this year he did not want to seek re-election.  Hehr served two terms as a legislature member for the […]

Feds move ahead with reservoir west of Calgary

Jul 20 2021 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — The federal government has provided the final piece of the puzzle to allow a controversial reservoir that could protect Calgary from future flooding to move forward. Alberta Transportation proposed the $432-million off-stream reservoir near the rural community of Springbank, which is west and upstream of Calgary.  The project, which will divert water from […]

Alberta premier says province will not bring in COVID-19 vaccine passports

Jul 12 2021 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta will not be following the lead of Quebec and Manitoba on vaccine passports. Quebec intends to bring in the passports, beginning in September, for anyone wanting to visit non-essential businesses in parts of the province where the COVID-19 rate is high.  Manitoba has been issuing proof-of-immunization cards to […]