By Andrew Cowie

One year of drug busts

With a little help from friends and neighbours, police are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Report A Drug House Program.Since police launched the drug-bust program, more than 1,000 complaints have been called in, including 50 that led to evictions and nine condemned houses.One of those...

Thursday, June 5, 2008, 7:18 AM

Residents celebrate closing of Windmill

Neighbours, business owners and police are celebrating the closure of the Windmill Bar and Grill at Millbourne Shopping Centre.“The silence has been golden,” said Dave Eccelestone, whose wife manages the nearby Millbourne Mews townhouse complex, referring to evenings free of tire burn-outs, loud...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 6:28 AM

Family violence victim runs to raise awareness

A victim of family violence is running the distance of two marathons to help raise awareness for domestic violence and to support the Domestic Violence Centre Initiative Committee.The Fear Within run fundraiser will be done by city police officer Const. Gareth Scott, who said that his experiences...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 6:45 AM

Streets cleared for hockey

Kids and adults, male and females alike all gathered in and around Churchill Square to play a little street hockey on the weekend.The nationwide CBC Play On! The Official Canadian Street Hockey Tournament started off in Edmonton with tournament play on Saturday that continued with the playoffs and...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 7:08 AM

Battling cancer one ride at a time

Children battling cancer got the chance to ride with the bikers on the weekend at the Parade of Heroes at Hawrelak Park Sunday.The parade is linked to the Kids with Cancer Society’s fundraiser Look and Stepper Home Revving Up For Kids ride, a journey where motorcyclists travel from Edmonton to...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 6:57 AM

Intersection campers make ‘playful’ point

Commuters on the way home from work were surprised to see group of campers sitting out in the rain right beside a busy intersection.A group of outdoor enthusiasts from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Northern Alberta Branch camped on the corner of 109st and Saskatchewan Drive yesterday to...

Friday, May 23, 2008, 7:11 AM

Film festival dreams big

The Dreamspeakers International Film and Television Festival is returning for a four-day celebration of aboriginals and cinematic views of the world around them.Murray Jurak, president of the festival, said that the quantity of films can be lean depending on the year, but he was very happy with the...

Friday, May 23, 2008, 6:51 AM

Feds need to deal with First Nations health issues: Layton

The federal government needs to start to take more responsibility for slowing down the pace of the development and to deal with First Nation health issues, said NDP Leader Jack Layton.Layton, on tour in Edmonton yesterday, said that environment issues are the duty of the Harper government and one...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 7:28 AM

Environment, health linked

Global environment issues are creating greater challenges for local health care officials, says a visiting health-care expert.Dr. Blake Poland from the University of Toronto was in Edmonton yesterday as part of Capital Health’s Public Health Works Speaker Series discussing how global issues like...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 7:23 AM

Puppets and jugglers and live births, oh my!

Visitors at Fort Edmonton Park got a little extra life education at the opening weekend Spring Carnival.One of the park’s sheep, known as Big Momma, gave birth to triplet lambs, two males and one female, only an hour after the park opened, yesterday.Workers ran to get farm workers to aid in the...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 7:02 AM

‘Motorcycle use goes up every year’

With the summer fast approaching police are revving up their efforts as part of the motorcycle enforcement season to battle two-wheeled infractions.Everything from stunting, to not wearing helmets and even noise pollution were things Sgt. Regan James of the Traffic Section, said were issues the...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 7:41 AM

Northwest canoe passage

A group of enthusiastic history buffs duplicating the journey of famed explorer David Thompson floated into Edmonton yesterday on its way to Thunder Bay.The adventurers, calling themselves the David Thompson Brigade, will canoe for 63 days for a distance of 3,600 kilometres. They’ll stop at more...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 7:55 AM

Licence stripped

A notorious south-side bar is on the ropes. The city has revoked the business licence of the Windmill Bar and Grill in Millbourne shopping mall.Sgt. Gary Godziuk of the Public Safety Compliance Team said yesterday police were frequently sent to the Windmill, receiving 67 calls last year alone.“[The...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 7:51 AM

It’s as simple as B&E

Sometimes the easiest solution can be the best solution.Lock your car.Police simulated a vehicle break-in as part of Crime Prevention Week, showing not only how quickly a thief can come and go but also demonstrating that something as simple as locking doors will deter theft.“The majority of (...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 7:42 AM

Nurses rally against shortages

Even with a celebratory tone to mark International Nurses Day and the birth of iconic nurse Florence Nightingale, the message from almost 200 nurses and supporters gathered at the legislature was a stern one.The dwindling number of nurses in health care is causing tension that is affecting not only...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 8:09 AM

Police offer tips on home safety

An Eastwood home was the focus yesterday of a police tour highlighting the do’s and don’t when it comes to home safety.Everything from motion lights, what deadbolts to use and simple things like shutting the windows and doors were discussed as Const. Mike Russell explained the steps to making homes...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 8:02 AM

Food for life on Jasper Ave.

People lined up yesterday just to get a chance to shop at a new grocery store, one that heralds a new beginning for a once-desolate stretch of Jasper Avenue.The Sobeys store, at 104 Street, houses everything from a bistro/tapas bar, a café, all the way to in-store made sushi.Mark Lupien, spokesman...

Friday, May 9, 2008, 7:57 AM

Catch, but no release

Repeat offenders are in the crosshairs of the new head of a province-wide task force on crime.Former New Brunswick Crown prosecutor Bill Wister, flanked by senior Alberta law enforcement figures, was introduced as head of the Safe Communities Secretariat yesterday. The group was created to co-...

Thursday, May 8, 2008, 8:09 AM

89 cents on the dollar

The trend of rising oil prices will soon come crashing down, says a noted economist.Peter Hall of Export Development Canada was in Edmonton yesterday to speak on exports and worldwide economies. He expects the price of oil will see a drop as international economic growth continues to slow.“By the...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 8:01 AM

Gov’t taken to task

Greenpeace is demanding the Alberta Government stage a public inquiry into the deaths of nearly 500 ducks in a Syncrude tailings pond.Mike Hudema of Greenpeace Canada spoke on the legislative grounds, saying while the government is looking into the role Syncrude played in the deaths, no one is...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 7:30 AM