National Newswatch

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 […]

Lethbridge Police Service submits revamped improvement plan following controversies

Jun 26 2021 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — The Lethbridge Police Service has delivered a revamped plan to the province's justice minister aimed at fixing problems that led to a threat that the service could be disbanded.  The department in Alberta's third-largest city has, among other things, faced allegations of officers conducting illegal database searches for personal use.  Police Chief Shahin […]

‘A cautious relief:’ COVID-19 vaccinations begin at two Alberta meat plants

Apr 29 2021 — Bill Graveland — HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Jamie Welsh-Rollo was all smiles Thursday as COVID-19 vaccination clinics began at two of Canada's largest beef-packing plants in southern Alberta. Welsh-Rollo, who is a union steward and works on the line packaging meat at Cargill, said there was an "air of excitement" inside the plant, which employs 2,200 people. "It's […]