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No leads on stolen bulldog pup

A week after Princess was stolen from her Mill Creek-area home, the bulldog puppy’s owners say the lure of a reward hasn’t proven enough to bring her back. The 13-week-old dog was stolen from Lisa Topolinksy and Damien Boisvert’s apartment last week, along with thousands of dollars in electronics...

Friday, November 20, 2009, 11:01 AM

Pilot projects to fight domestic violence

Two pilot projects announced yesterday will help to treat Albertans involved with domestic violence. The first program, the Red Path Living Without Domestic Violence initiative, hopes to rehabilitate those convicted of domestic violence. Based around the First Nations communities of Alexis and...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 10:52 AM

Queer arts festival spotlights trans issues

On the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Edmonton’s queer arts festival is bringing attention to the plight of transpeople. An event discussing body image and queer-identified people coincides with the day, which recognizes transpeople who have been killed in prejudice-motivated hate crimes....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 10:47 AM

Esks look back on season

After a season-ending defeat on Sunday, the Edmonton Eskimos returned to Commonwealth Stadium yesterday to reflect on their mistakes. In the CFL’s West Division semi-final, the Eskies came up short against the Calgary Stampeders, losing 24-21.Milling around the locker room while filling garbage...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 11:13 AM

Hundreds protest in support of Khadr

Two hundred protestors hoped their cries were heard in Ottawa, at a rally held in Churchill Square yesterday afternoon. The organizers of “We ARE Omar Khadr” are lobbying for the repatriation of Omar Khadr, a Canadian who is currently detained at Guantanamo Bay as an alleged terrorist. The Supreme...

Monday, November 16, 2009, 11:29 AM

Cowboys, cowgirls entertain special-needs children

The cowboys and cowgirls of the Canadian Finals Rodeo climbed out of their saddles on Thursday to spend time with children with special needs. During Rodeo Magic, Rexall Place became a carnival ground for the 150 local kids who met rodeo’s all-stars. Even after a tough night’s competition, cowboys...

Friday, November 13, 2009, 6:57 AM

Urban agriculture stirs ample interest

Edmontonians may have a tasty future if the city proceeds with urban agriculture plans, an audience at city hall heard Thursday. During a public hearing, city councillors discussed policies meant to give Edmonton a sustainable, local food economy. To the rapt attention of council members and the...

Friday, November 13, 2009, 6:52 AM

Day for heroes

Canadian soldiers stationed in Afghanistan were never far from the minds of the crowd yesterday at the Beverly Remembrance Day parade and ceremony. Hundreds gathered outdoors in northeast Edmonton at the province’s oldest cenotaph to honour those who served in past and present wars. “We have less...

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 11:15 AM

Crowds flock to Farmfair

Calgary can no longer lay claim as the cowboy capital, as cowpokes converged at Northlands yesterday for Farmfair International. A trade show for Alberta’s agriculture industry, Farmfair draws attendees from all over Western Canada, during its run from Nov. 6 to Nov. 15. Strutting around in cowboy...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 11:22 AM

Yogathon combats eating disorders

An individual’s struggle with an eating disorder prompted two Edmontonians to organize yesterday’s Yogathon for Charity. Held at the TransAlta Arts barn, the event gathered seasoned yogis with novices to profit a local anti-eating disorder organization. After suffering from an eating disorder a...

Monday, November 9, 2009, 10:47 AM

Caregiver pay in spotlight

Impending cuts to services for the disabled has prompted a new campaign by an Alberta public interest organization. On Thursday, Public Interest Alberta launched “Who Cares? Alberta” to lobby the provincial government to initiate a three-year social infrastructure plan.Their primary area of...

Friday, November 6, 2009, 11:22 AM

Drive ropes in food donations

The countdown to the Canadian Finals Rodeo started yesterday with the start of a cowboy-themed food drive. The Derrick Dodge Round Up for Hunger debuted yesterday with the goal of collecting 30,000 kilograms of food before Nov. 15. To profit the Edmonton Food Bank, Sobeys, the Chamber of Commerce,...

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 11:13 AM

Students aim to freeze at Chillin’ 4 Charity

Bearing their bits to the elements, yesterday students at the University of Alberta held a polar dip to raise funds for the United Way. Hundreds clustered around the University’s central quad to watch “Chillin’ 4 Charity,” as costume-wearing jumpers hopped into an ice-filled pool. “Today I am going...

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 11:10 AM

‘This event is really timely’

Discouraged students met eager recruiters at the University of Alberta yesterday during a career fair for arts students. The faculty-specific career forums were introduced this year to meet the demands of unemployed graduates and current students. “Certainly, the economic situation that we are in...

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 10:35 AM

Officer’s volunteerism honoured

Motorcyclists and police officers united yesterday to recognize Edmonton’s “Top Cop,” Det. John McNeilly. This honour is granted every year by the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton to commend police officers’ volunteerism in the community. McNeilly's leadership with Edmonton Motorcycle Ride for Dad, a...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 10:47 AM

City backs local shopping

Local merchants gathered yesterday at the Walterdale Playhouse for the kick off of Shop Local First Month. In theatrical, town crier style, Coun. Don Iveson read a proclamation from the city recognizing the importance of this initiative. “We are so deeply defined by where we consume and what we...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 10:30 AM

Ski and snowboard fans stock up for winter

Several hundred Edmontonians spent their extra hour of daylight savings yesterday by shopping at the Edmonton Ski and Snowboard Show. Housed at the Northlands Agricom, the two-day trade show drew outdoor enthusiasts to admire the wares of equipment suppliers and winter resorts. “(For) anyone who...

Monday, November 2, 2009, 10:59 AM

Folk music draws awareness at Homefest

A jam-packed musical lineup drew community members to the TransAlta Arts Barn yesterday to mark Homefest 2009. The event, presented by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, aimed to raise awareness while providing an afternoon of entertainment.Shelters alone are not enough to correct...

Monday, November 2, 2009, 10:54 AM

Student spinners hit bikes

Amidst students buried in books at the University of Alberta, some local students are making efforts to keep healthy. Clad in spandex, groups took to stationary bikes yesterday for the Nestea Spinsation. “(In) October, students don’t really take care of themselves. It is mid-term time, we eat junk...

Friday, October 30, 2009, 10:51 AM

Enter, if you dare …

A west-end home becomes a nightmarish landscape every year thanks to Halloween-enthusiast Keith Lorenz. Populated by gargoyles, tombstones and a brutish butler, Lorenz hopes his home will thrill trick-or-treaters this year. “The entire frontyard is surrounded by a homemade, wrought-iron fence which...

Friday, October 30, 2009, 10:46 AM