National Newswatch

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 […]

Alberta First Nations say provincially regulated gambling website unauthorized

Apr 7 2021 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — Two First Nations are taking the Alberta government and its gaming commission to court over the province's entry into the online gambling sector. Play Alberta, a provincially regulated site launched last fall, offers virtual slots and table games while casinos remain shut down due to COVID-19. The province has said it expects the […]

Deadline approaching: Ottawa wants answer from Prairies on AgriStability program

Mar 17 2021 — Bill Graveland — The federal government wants a yes or no from the three Prairie provinces on proposed upgrades to a program that protects farmers against large declines in income.  Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau held a news conference Wednesday to give an update on planned changes to the AgriStability program that would increase payouts for production losses, […]

Alberta NDP proposes legislation to ban coal mining in Rocky Mountains

Mar 15 2021 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — Longtime southern Alberta landowner Bobbi Lambright says she isn't about to let emotion colour her concerns about coal mining activities on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.  She was at a news conference in Calgary Monday as Alberta's opposition NDP announced plans to introduce a private member's bill that would ban future […]

‘Patchwork quilt’ approach to COVID-19 vaccine rollout frustrates worker groups

Mar 14 2021 — Bill Graveland — CALGARY — The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations across the country is frustrating several groups of workers who identify as front-line employees and want to be bumped up in the queue.  The National Advisory Committee on Immunization makes recommendations for the use of vaccines and groups that should be prioritized, but each province has the responsibility […]

‘Vast majority’ of officers committed to bias-free policing: Alberta police chief

Mar 10 2021 — Bill Graveland — LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, CANADA — The chief of the Lethbridge Police Service in southern Alberta says it will co-operate fully with an investigation into officers who allegedly made unauthorized checks on a provincial cabinet minister.Shahin Mehdizadeh says the force takes the matter involving Shannon Phillips seriously and the “vast majority” of officers and staff are committed […]