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Nursing students rally against hiring freeze

Many nursing students fear they’ll be jobless after graduation, despite what they say is a nursing shortage in Alberta.A group of University of Alberta nursing students met at the legislature Thursday to protest against Alberta Health Service’s freeze on hiring registered nurses. They say the...

Friday, September 25, 2009, 10:39 AM

Feeling the heat

It was a record-breaking scorcher of a day in Edmonton yesterday. Environment Canada reported a high of 33 C at Edmonton City Centre Airport at 3 p.m. The previous record for Sept. 23 was set in 1950 with a high of 30 C. Average temperatures for this time of year are highs of 16 C and lows of 1 C....

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 10:47 AM

Residents honoured for their Edmonton stories

A few Edmontonians, some newcomers and those born-and-raised here, were awarded for their stories about what makes Edmonton special yesterday.Mayor Stephen Mandel doled out prizes to residents who contributed to edmontonstories.ca at city hall. The site was launched last May to heighten positive...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 11:20 AM

A wake-up call on climate

Dozens of cellphone alarms went off simultaneously at the University of Alberta yesterday as a “wake-up call” for action on climate change.Greenpeace on Campus organized a flash mob as one of 2,300 events that took place worldwide. Students held their ringing phones in the air before calling...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 10:56 AM

Work begins on ring road interchanges

Representatives from both the provincial and federal governments broke ground on two interchanges in southwest Edmonton yesterday.MP Mike Lake and Luke Ouellette, Alberta minister of transportation, said the two ring road interchanges on Anthony Henday Drive will relieve traffic congestion, improve...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 10:55 AM

NAIT raising teepees, raising awareness

They were a few poles short and it took a couple tries, but aboriginal students managed to raise a teepee on NAIT grounds.The teepee-raising kicked off Aboriginal Awareness week at NAIT. Each day this week, students can participate in different interactive events that showcase Inuit, First Nations...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 10:33 AM

Wedding recession?

There’s a myth floating around that the multibillion-dollar wedding industry is recession-proof. Now that the recession here has come and gone, how did vendors in Edmonton fare?The Bridal Conference kicked off the 2010 wedding season yesterday, and starry-eyed brides flooded Northlands searching...

Monday, September 21, 2009, 11:03 AM

One-stop shop for volunteers

event Everyone for Edmonton returned for its second year to prove Edmontonians have heart — and a lot of it.About 150 non-profit organizations, ranging from social advocacy to education, set up booths in the Shaw Conference Centre yesterday to promote their cause and recruit volunteers.Cliff...

Monday, September 21, 2009, 10:57 AM

Alberta Health Service tells police bed closures no strain

Alberta Health Services tried to reassure the Edmonton Police Commission last night that the closure of mental-health beds at Alberta Hospital Edmonton won’t affect policing.AHS recently announced the closure of 246 beds at Alberta Hospital Edmonton over the next three years. AHS plans to move some...

Friday, September 18, 2009, 11:22 AM

Film festival goes retro

It’s that time of year again; the leaves are changing colour, hockey’s back on the tube, and filmmakers and movie buffs are taking over downtown.The Edmonton International Film Festival returns for its 23rd year from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3. at Empire City Centre 9 Cinemas. Fifty-one feature films and...

Friday, September 18, 2009, 11:16 AM

Farley Flexes some charity muscle

Farley Flex was in Edmonton Thursday night, but not for judging Canadian Idol hopefuls. Instead, he was raising money for impoverished children in Malawi.Flex, an ambassador for UNICEF Canada, helped launch the first Unite for Children Gala at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. The evening featured a...

Friday, September 18, 2009, 11:13 AM

Fashionistas get ready

Edmonton isn’t always considered a “fashionable” city, but starting today an army of designers, models and stylists will storm the runway to prove how fashion-forward Edmontonians really are.Edmonton Fashion Week kicks off its ninth season today at the TransAlta Arts Barns in Old Strathcona. The...

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 10:44 AM

Celebrating 100 years of VON

Nurses strutted their stuff in replicas of vintage Victorian Order of Nurses uniforms yesterday.VON Edmonton celebrated its centennial anniversary at Capilano Elementary School with a fashion show, school choir performance and, of course, cake.VON has provided medical care and services for...

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 10:37 AM

Drug-resistant swine flu case discovered in province

Alberta Health Services has confirmed Alberta’s first case of drug-resistant swine flu.Laboratory testing confirmed that a sample taken from an adult Alberta woman in August was oseltamivir-resistant. Senior medical officer Dr. Gerry Predy said the findings are significant because oseltamivir, or...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:29 AM

Swine flu confirmed

Alberta Health Services has confirmed Alberta’s first case of drug-resistant influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu. Laboratory testing confirmed that a sample taken from an adult Alberta woman in August was oseltamivir-resistant. Senior medical officer Dr. Gerry Predy said the findings are...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:15 AM

Group fighting school cuts

Public Interest Alberta launched an advocacy campaign yesterday to challenge government cuts to post-secondary education.PIA says investing in post-secondary education is “vital in these difficult economic times,” and that deeper cuts will reduce the quality of education in Alberta. Bill Moore-...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:10 AM

Coalition launches anti-nuclear campaign

The Coalition for a Nuclear Free Alberta launched a campaign yesterday to show Albertans that there are energy alternatives to nuclear power.Members of the CNFA gave out green ribbons on the steps of the legislature building and carried a banner displaying their slogan: A Truly Green Energy Future...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 11:04 AM

Garrison bids troops farewell

Hot dogs, bouncy houses and live music typically mean “celebration,” but yesterday’s festivities at the Edmonton Garrison marked a farewell.Starting this week, 2,500 troops from CFB Edmonton will leave for a six-month tour of Afghan­istan. Canadian Forces threw a barbecue lunch to acknowledge the...

Monday, September 14, 2009, 11:11 AM

Bosco Homes strikes deal to remain open

Bosco Homes announced yesterday that it won’t be closing all its doors.The organization reached an agreement with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to continue operating its group homes for troubled youth in Edmonton, Stony Plain, Parkland County, Innisfail and Ponoka. Bosco Homes’...

Monday, September 14, 2009, 10:35 AM

Feds give boost to Kaleido fest

The Kaleido Family Arts Festival received a boost from the federal government yesterday.MP Peter Goldring presented Christy Morin, the festival’s producer, with a cheque for $33,900 at the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse on 118 Avenue. Goldring said the grant is in recognition of the Kaleido...

Friday, September 11, 2009, 11:27 AM