By Jeff Cummings

Valley park gets $50M boost

An enormous park, stretching over 7,300 hectares of river valley — from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan — is one step closer to reality after Alberta’s government infused the movement with a $50-million boost in funding.Sol Rolinger, chair of a group representing volunteers and mayors dedicated to...

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 7:37 AM

Micro-bugs discovered

Scientists at the Royal Alberta Museum believe they may have discovered 24 tiny new bugs: microscopic creatures dozens of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.After completing a large monitoring program last year where more than 4,500 microscopic specimens were obtained from...

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 7:20 AM

Youths given top provincial awards

Five Edmonton area youths were given the province’s top honours when it comes to making a difference in their schools and communities yesterday during the provincial government’s annual Great Kids Awards Gala.The group from Edmonton was among 16 children and teens who were handpicked from 450...

Monday, June 23, 2008, 7:15 AM

Premier slams carbon tax plan

Low-income families in Alberta would be hit hard in their pocketbooks under federal Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion’s recent carbon tax scheme, said Premier Ed Stelmach yesterday.“My greatest fear is for those who are on fixed income because your heating costs will go up, and with their grandkids, the...

Monday, June 23, 2008, 7:09 AM

Upgraders ramp up toxic fears

Some residents who live in Alberta’s “Upgrader Alley” say they don’t want to have their farms and acreages swallowed up by any more towering oilsands plants.In fact, they expect to flood a boardroom in Fort Saskatchewan Monday for a public hearing to review Petro-Canada’s bid to build a $14-billion...

Friday, June 20, 2008, 6:14 AM

Alberta has licence to change

Alberta drivers can expect to see new and colourful licence plates by next spring and that could include scrapping the slogan “Wild Rose Country.”But don’t expect to see the new plates on the front of vehicles anytime soon, says the provincial government, despite public pressures from law...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 7:25 AM

Albertans ready for their licence

Alberta drivers can expect to see new and colourful licence plates by next spring and that could include scrapping the slogan “Wild Rose Country.”But don’t expect to see the new plates on the front of vehicles anytime soon, says the provincial government, despite public pressures from law...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 6:34 AM

Svekla gets life sentence

Convicted killer Thomas Svekla won’t be eligible for parole for 17 years while he serves out a life sentence in jail, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sterling Sanderman ruled yesterday.Svekla, convicted June 3 of second-degree murder in the death of Theresa Innes, a 36-year-old mother of two,...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 6:41 AM

Body found near downtown

Homicide detectives believe a man whose body was found in a wooded slope near 124 Street and Jasper Avenue yesterday wasn’t a victim of foul play.Until a medical examiner completes an autopsy today, however, the case is still considered suspicious, said police spokeswoman Karen Carlson.“He has been...

Friday, June 13, 2008, 7:15 AM

Controversial exhibit lands in Edmonton

Visitors to a controversial travelling exhibit opening today at the Telus World of Science will have an educational out-of-body experience, organizers boast.Body Worlds 1 features 200 specimens of real human bodies and body parts, preserved in plastic. Each item has been dissected differently to...

Friday, June 13, 2008, 7:02 AM

MADD angry over decision

Anti-drunk driving activists are furious that a notorious northern Alberta drunk driver who killed a mother and three children in an alcohol-fuelled, head-on crash will not be declared a dangerous offender.“How many more people does he need to kill before he is considered a dangerous offender?”...

Friday, June 13, 2008, 6:32 AM

Soldier killed in fall down well

An Edmonton-based soldier described as a role model to Afghan troops in the country’s Zhari District was killed on the weekend after falling 20 metres down a well while on night patrol.Capt. Jonathan (Jon) Sutherland Snyder was a member of the First Battalion with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian...

Monday, June 9, 2008, 6:52 AM

Pilot, 77, injured in crash

An Edmonton pilot flying to an annual fly-in breakfast at Lacombe airport was airlifted to an Edmonton hospital with serious head injuries yesterday after his homemade aircraft crashed and split in two in a nearby field.Herman Oostlander, 77, the only occupant of the two-seat, single-wing plane,...

Monday, June 2, 2008, 6:52 AM

Stelmach has carbon date in Saskatchewan

Alberta’s Ed Stelmach will talk trade concerns and try to ignore the fact his provincial pockets are bulging with energy loot when he meets with western premiers at a conference today in Prince Albert, Sask.Stelmach will be trying to pitch the idea of removing trade barriers. He says the economic...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 6:42 AM

Grits find leak report

Tainted water has been leaking into the Athabasca River at a rate of 67 litres per second for more than 30 years from an old oilsands tailings pond owned by Suncor, says a report obtained by the Alberta Liberals yesterday.The expert report, prepared for Suncor for its Tar Island Dyke in November...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 6:23 AM

Human body exhibit alarms cleric

The city’s Catholic archbishop is reminding followers of the religion to have a critical eye when it comes to visiting the upcoming controversial Body Worlds exhibit, an educational show that includes human bodies that have been preserved in plastic.Archbishop Richard Smith says the show, slated to...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 6:39 AM

Man jailed for threatening premier

A construction worker who verbally menaced Premier Ed Stelmach, along with threatening to head to his farm to kill his cattle, apologized in a long statement posted on Facebook after being sentenced to a four-month jail term, to be served on weekends.“I understand from watching the news that he and...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 6:33 AM

Price of gas on fire

Gasoline prices in Edmonton reached record levels this weekend, and experts see them headed only one way from the current level of about $1.30 per litre: Up, up, up.Prices of 1.45 to 1.50 per litre in the weeks ahead are expected thanks to crude oil prices, which have surged close to $135 per...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 6:41 AM

Oil leaked into river: Report

An investigation into a 2007 leak of nearly one million litres of oily water from a wastewater pond at a Suncor oilsands site near Fort McMurray is continuing, says Premier Ed Stelmach.The response comes hours after Alberta Liberal environment critic David Swann yesterday released a leaked internal...

Friday, May 23, 2008, 7:14 AM

City unveils its 30-year vision

Alberta’s capital city will have a thriving arts community, a clean environment, big, beautiful parks, a powerful economy and a unique look when it comes to urban design in 2040, as stated in the city’s 30-year vision unveiled yesterday by city councillors.The new plan, created by the city after...

Friday, May 23, 2008, 6:59 AM