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Alberta COVID cases continue to fall, province set to fully reopen as planned

Jun 29 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says COVID-19 numbers continue to fall but the plan is to remain vigilant as the province prepares to fully reopen Thursday. “Across the board, our numbers are moving in the right direction,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday in her final scheduled news conference, the last of about […]

Alberta commits $8 million to locate and honour victims at residential school sites

Jun 23 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — The Alberta government is contributing $8 million in grants to assist First Nations and Métis communities locate the remains and honour the memories of residential schoolchildren. Premier Jason Kenney says the horror of the schools remains difficult to comprehend. "The discovery of 215 remains of students at the former Kamloops residential school has […]

Alberta COVID-19 lottery adds hundreds of Stampede tickets, giveaways

Jun 21 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta's COVID-19 vaccine lottery offering million-dollar cash awards and trips to Cancun is adding the Calgary Stampede to its stable of prizes. More than 70 per cent of Albertans have received at least one vaccine dose, but Premier Jason Kenney says the government is still hoping to entice more. "We've still got a […]

Alberta premier says sorry for breaking COVID-19 health rules with rooftop dinner

Jun 7 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, facing mounting criticism in cabinet and caucus, says he is sorry for breaking COVID-19 rules at a dinner party caught on camera. Kenney says he thought he and other cabinet ministers were keeping the required two-metre distance, but they have since measured between chairs and realized they were not […]

Alberta NDP’s Notley promises to make Alberta green energy powerhouse

Jun 6 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta Opposition Leader Rachel Notley says if elected in 2023, her NDP will work to make the province a powerhouse in renewable energy. Notley says that includes moving Alberta’s electricity grid to net-zero emissions by the year 2035. She says an NDP government will also develop geothermal energy, hydrogen fuel and manufacturing of […]

Kenney says ‘reasonable effort’ made to follow COVID-19 rules at whiskey dinner

Jun 3 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he and his ministers made every reasonable effort to comply with health rules during a surreptitiously photographed whiskey-drinks dinner on the patio of the infamous "Sky Palace." Kenney says they paid for the meal themselves, and he dismissed accusations of elitist imbibing, calling Jameson Irish whiskey a budget […]

Kenney criticized for cancel culture remarks amid renewed residential school debate

Jun 2 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — A western Canadian Indigenous leader is condemning cancel culture remarks made by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, and says it reinforces a recent decision to scrap a formal working agreement with the province. Kenney spoke Tuesday about cancel culture when asked about Calgary Board of Education trustees voting this week to immediately rename the […]