Noemi Lopinto

Students aiming to inspire good deeds

The Grade 11 class at Victoria School of Visual and Performing Arts were the first to try it.Some students put toonies in envelopes all over the city. Some distributed free hot chocolate in downtown Edmonton.Kimee Lewis, 16, left small gifts all over her mom’s office where morale is low after...

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 10:58 AM

Crowds gather for panel on health

More than 400 people filled the ballroom at the Polish Hall in Edmonton yesterday to listen anxiously to three panellists talk about the future of Alberta’s health-care system.The meeting is part of a series of town hall-style gatherings organized by Friends of Medicare across the province.“The...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 11:22 AM

California Cuties seek homes

Dozens of tiny, four-legged imports boarded an international flight to colder climates and a new lease on life yesterday. Phase 3 of Operation California Cuties got its wings thanks to a private Edmonton Humane Society supporter, who flew the designer dogs to the 780 in a private jet from...

Friday, October 9, 2009, 7:42 AM

Students seek funds for Africa

Adventure cyclist Ryan Correy realizes his state-of-the-art mountain bike is a luxury people in developing countries can’t afford.“Biking is my passion,” he said, “but there are places where people have no choice but to ride one every day for hours.”The 2012 Olympic hopeful, UNICEF Alberta’s...

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 11:28 AM

Cops nab suspected bike attacker

City cops have arrested a man they believe responsible for a series of pedestrian attacks stretching back to July. Between July and September, complainants reported a man on a bicycle waged verbal attacks, swerved toward them, grabbed, kicked or punched them, then rode away.The assaults took place...

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 11:20 AM

West Coast violence

Edmonton police believe a small, but aggressive Surrey, B.C.-based gang is behind a rash of violent jewelry store robberies, and fear the city may not have seen the last of Lower Mainland gangsters. The South Slope gang are “extending their crime spree to Alberta,” Robbery section Det. Ron Gamble...

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 11:15 AM

Province seeks input on hospital transition

The provincial government has said it will assemble a committee of representatives from mental health and patient advocate sectors to guide its planned transition of Alberta Hospital patients to community-based care. The announcement came one day after hundreds of protesters marched against planned...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 10:35 AM

Entertainment centre to liven up hospital visits for kids

The hospital can be a pretty boring place for William Kinsella.The four-year-old spent the last week at the Stollery Children’s Hospital while waiting for treatment for an infected femur bone.Add an IV drip to the mix, and you have one frustrated kid, said his father, Doug.“He’s normally pretty...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 10:52 AM

Festival puts geekdom front and centre

The only Edmonton venue where you can hotly debate discrepancies in Harry Potter books, or learn how to prepare for a zombie invasion, has left the space/time continuum.The Pure Speculation Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival took place at the Shaw Conference Centre over the weekend.This year’s...

Monday, October 5, 2009, 11:26 AM

Hope hits city streets

Thousands of Edmontonians jammed the city core yesterday and added a pink hue to a grey autumn afternoon. Emily Hopgood came to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure to show support for her best friend: Her mom, diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2009.“I love her more...

Monday, October 5, 2009, 11:17 AM

Boy on a mission

When Finn Case heard that some children had to walk hours every day just to get drinking water, “he just wouldn’t let up on it,” said his mother Angelique Case.In Grade 1, Finn built a kinetic well out of a bucket for a school project on wheels, pulleys and levers at the Child Study Centre on the...

Friday, October 2, 2009, 11:08 AM

Fewer beds undermine proposal: NDP MLA

Critics reacted yesterday to proposed changes to mental health law in the province.The Mental Health Amendment Act 2007 was proclaimed yesterday, three days after a father killed his 11-year-old autistic son and then himself in a basement in northeast Edmonton.The act calls for changes to...

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 11:05 AM

Native artist joins students for arts workshop

When the bell rang for morning recess yesterday at Prince Charles Elementary School, George Littlechild had to push four 10-year-old boys from their desks and outside to play.“Go on,” he said. “It’ll still be here when you get back.”The renowned First Nations artist, who holds degrees from Red Deer...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 11:21 AM

Story of survival

While many people will put their focus this week on breast cancer, at least one survivor knows that can be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dealing with various incarnations of the affliction. Christy Soholt was only 28 when she was diagnosed in May of last year with an aggressive form of...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 11:29 AM

ETS draws up Intergraph to monitor delays, crime

The Edmonton Transit System Control Centre’s new integrated transportation security system will keep the public abreast of accidents and delays and help prevent crimes.The new system, called Intergraph, is the same technology used by the Edmonton Police Service and the Edmonton Emergency Response...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 10:36 AM

Police lauded at ceremony

Hundreds gathered at the legislature grounds yesterday to commemorate Albertan peace and police officers who have died while in the line of duty. Family members, government, provincial and municipal police association representatives stood at attention for over an hour in tribute to the 94 dead...

Monday, September 28, 2009, 11:06 AM