National Newswatch

Former Eskimo who took Grey Cup to Nunavut thinks name change a good gesture

Nov 29 2015 — Rob Drinkwater — EDMONTON - A former Edmonton Eskimo who once visited Nunavut with the Grey Cup says it's time to respect that the team's name is considered offensive to aboriginals."We have to honour the aboriginal communities of our great country and respect the fact that the name is deemed offensive and oppressive to these communities," Andre Talbot […]

Officers who died in the line of duty are honoured in cross-country services

Sep 27 2015 — Rob Drinkwater — EDMONTON - As memorial services across Canada recognized peace officers who have died in the line of duty, two cases in northern Alberta this past year showed just how dangerous their jobs can be.RCMP Const. David Wynn was shot while attempting to apprehend a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation north of Edmonton in January, […]

Municipal leaders release platform to help voters in 2015 federal election

Jun 8 2015 — Rob Drinkwater — EDMONTON - Canada's municipal leaders have produced a platform they hope voters will use to rank parties in the upcoming federal election on issues ranging from transit to housing to expanding disaster assistance programs.The Federation of Canadian Municipalities wants the political parties to commit to increasing funding to core infrastructure like roads, bridges and water […]

Alberta allowing disposal of dialysis equipment as general waste: NDP

Apr 11 2015 — Rob Drinkwater — EDMONTON - Alberta's NDP is accusing the province of pinching pennies by relaxing rules for the disposal of dialysis equipment.The party released what it claims is a leaked Alberta Health Services presentation that outlines a decision to reclassify dialysis waste as general rather than biomedical waste.The party says the policy change affects blood-filled tubes and […]

Lawsuit filed over Saskatchewan card game

Oct 5 2014 — Rob Drinkwater — At the Caleb Village seniors home in North Battleford, Sask., a group gathers every week to play — sometimes as late as midnight — a card game called Kaiser that traces its roots to Saskatchewan and parts of Quebec.There's another group that plays it at the legion in Nipawin, Sask. One of those players says […]

Trudeau draws crowd at Edmonton rally

Aug 20 2014 — Rob Drinkwater — EDMONTON - Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau paid tribute to what he called Alberta's "entrepreneurial spirit" as he took the stage during a rally Tuesday night in a downtown Edmonton park.Trudeau said it's Alberta's drive to succeed that turns "resource opportunities" into economic realities" and attracts people from across Canada and around the world.But he […]

Trudeau draws crowd at Edmonton rally

Aug 20 2014 — Rob Drinkwater — Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau paid tribute to what he called Alberta’s “entrepreneurial spirit” as he took the stage during a rally Tuesday night in a downtown Edmonton park. Trudeau said it’s Alberta’s drive to succeed that turns “resource opportunities” into economic realities” and attracts people from across Canada and around the world.

Court rules terrorism suspect can be extradited

Aug 12 2014 — Rob Drinkwater — EDMONTON - The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled that an Edmonton man should be extradited to the United States to face terrorism and murder charges.Sayfildin Tahir Sharif is accused of murder and supporting a terrorist group that took part in suicide bombings in his native Iraq.The Americans allege Sharif worked from Edmonton to help […]

Bookings altered for Redford flights: report

Jul 30 2014 — Rob Drinkwater — EDMONTON - Former Alberta premier Alison Redford is denying any personal wrongdoing associated with findings by the auditor general that passenger lists on government aircraft were altered so she could fly alone.Redford issued the denial via Twitter on Tuesday, noting she has not been able to read the auditor general's draft report because it has […]

Tenderized beef will soon need labels

Jul 20 2014 — Rob Drinkwater — EDMONTON - Canadian shoppers will be able to see next month if the beef they're buying has been mechanically tenderized. Labelling regulations to take effect Aug. 21 are designed to protect consumers after the largest meat recall in the country's history two years ago.Health Canada says beef that has been mechanically tenderized must have a […]