National Newswatch

Parks Canada sets new rules for climbing Canada’s highest peak

Jan 16 2020 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — Parks Canada has brought in new rules for climbers on the country's highest peak after having to rescue eight people in seven years. The rules, which are posted on the agency's website, include a ban on solo climbing on 5,959-metre Mount Logan and a moratorium on winter mountaineering expeditions in Kluane National Park in Yukon. Climbers are also required to have […]

Father guilty of manslaughter in death of toddler found outside Edmonton church

Jan 10 2020 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Dalyce Raine stood outside an Edmonton courthouse Friday in the bitter cold, unable to speak. She wiped away tears under her sunglasses. She had just heard that Joey Crier, her son's father, was convicted of manslaughter in the toddler's death. Anthony Joseph Raine, who was 19-months old, was found dead outside the city's Good Shepherd Anglican Church […]

Alberta reports first severe vaping-related lung illness to Public Health Agency

Jan 2 2020 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta has reported its first case of a severe vaping-related lung illness after treating a patient in hospital who was having difficulty breathing. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said officials confirmed the case earlier this week. "In this particular case, the person had coughing, shortness of breath and needed […]

Experts call for ice climbers to wear avalanche safety gear in the mountains

Dec 22 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — BANFF, Alta. — Outdoor experts are hoping that an avalanche that killed three world-class climbers last spring will lead to improved safety in the sport. American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer disappeared in April as they tried to descend Howse Peak in the Rocky Mountains. Rescuers have said the search was challenging because the three weren't wearing […]