National Newswatch

MP says Ottawa underestimated Canadians’ desire to travel again after pandemic

Aug 23 2022 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — A member of Parliament says Ottawa may have underestimated Canadians' desire to travel when planning for a return to normal following the end of most pandemic restrictions.  Airlines and airports have been grappling with a surge in customers this summer, compounded by staffing shortages affecting both carriers and federal agencies.  As a result, […]

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 […]