Peter McCartney

Irish lament for Larry O’Brien

Although Larry O’Brien’s supporters had hoped for a victory party, he announced last night they’d have to settle for an Irish wake. “Ottawa’s in good hands with Jim Watson,” he said.Regardless, supporters showered him with cheers in a happy farewell.“I want to commit to all of you that this has...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 11:06 AM

Laptops can help: Study

Tech-savvy students heading back to school next week with laptops will learn more, but only when their teachers keep up, according to researchers at the University of Calgary. Researchers Sharon Friesen and Michele Jacobson studied students at the Calgary Science School who were provided with...

Friday, August 27, 2010, 10:46 AM

Hospital leaked oil into the Bow

Two hundred litres of oil spilled from a Foothills Medical Centre steam generator into the Bow River this week, but it was dealt with swiftly, according to officials. Alberta Health Services learned the generator was the source on Wednesday, and a collaborative effort between the Fire Department,...

Friday, August 27, 2010, 10:44 AM

Support is out there for teen moms: Groups

With second-degree murder charges laid yesterday against Shelby Herchak, the 18-year-old woman accused of killing her month-old baby, many have been left wondering — how could the death have been prevented? While Calgary has many support options for teenage mothers, often those who are overwhelmed...

Thursday, August 26, 2010, 9:30 AM

King of the kernels for sale in Calgary

Corn lovers’ long wait is over — Taber corn has arrived at Kingsland Farmer’s Market after a three-week delay. Picked fresh yesterday morning at around 5 a.m., farmer Garry Valgardson dropped the 5,000 dozen ears of corn off at the market around 11:30 a.m.“People have been waiting for this corn for...

Thursday, August 26, 2010, 9:30 AM

Double-deckers set for suburbia

Commuters in Calgary’s satellite towns will soon have transit access to the city’s downtown core through double-decker buses which were unveiled in Cochrane yesterday. Airdrie will be the first of the towns to get bus service in the fall, followed by Cochrane’s planned service in 2012, with Okotoks...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 11:11 AM

Call Calgary the big smoke

Calgary’s medical officer is warning people with respiratory problems to be cautious as smoke from British Columbia forest fires hangs over the city. Prevailing winds are blowing the smoke into much of Alberta and other weather conditions are keeping it close to the ground, turning normally blue...

Friday, August 20, 2010, 11:00 AM

Eight charged, 1 sought following drug bust

Calgary police are still looking for one man after a major drug bust last Thursday where they seized drugs, equipment, cash and various weapons. There were eight arrests following a tip from the public, with raids on two houses and a restaurant, Subs ’n’ More, at 311 1 Ave. SW. “It’s a significant...

Friday, August 20, 2010, 10:50 AM

Grave mistake has police seeking dead man’s real ID

In Queen’s Park Cemetery, there lies a grave with a headstone much like any other — except that the name belongs to a Calgary man who is still alive.Now police are asking for help to figure out who’s in the ground. In May, police pulled over a man for a routine traffic stop and were quite surprised...

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 11:07 AM

Cops extend Keep It Locked

The Calgary police are extending the Keep It Locked program after high success since its inception in May.Police in District 8 have been leaving door hangers inside or directly informing homeowners when they come across a home which would be easily broken into, often with an open garage door. “...

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 11:02 AM

Laser targeted cops’ chopper, police say

Crew members of a police helicopter are being examined for eye damage to see if they can continue flying, after their craft was targeted by a laser as it flew over the Franklin area Monday night. Calgarian Jason John McConnell, 34, has been charged with one count each of obstructing a peace officer...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 11:17 AM

Man struck, killed by C-Train

Calgary police are investigating the death of a man after he was struck and killed by a train outside Peter Lougheed Centre just before noon yesterday.Sgt. Eric Langlois said a Caucasian male of unknown age was crossing the tracks at 26th Avenue and 36 Street NE as the northbound train was...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 11:14 AM

Man’s flight ‘worth it’: Greenpeace

Greenpeace will “most likely” help a Belgian activist who participated in their Calgary Tower stunt fly back home, despite the carbon footprint necessary for transatlantic travel.Although he acknowledges the emissions necessary to fly between Belgium and Calgary, Greenpeace spokesperson Mike Hudema...

Friday, August 13, 2010, 9:30 AM

Area student receives award, scholarship

Local student Walter Pang has received the Edit Petrovic Memorial Award and a $2,500scholarship from ECO Canada for founding the Youth Earth Ambassadors. “To receive this award was unreal. I probably would not have been able to go to university without it,” said Pang. He plans on attending the...

Friday, August 13, 2010, 9:30 AM

Work begins on new underpass

Trying to get across the tracks in the East Village can be frustrating, but not for long — ground broke Thursday on the 4th Street underpass. The underpass is heavily focused on the needs of pedestrians and cyclists, with LED lighting and a separate bike lane, and will open in late 2012.“We have...

Friday, August 13, 2010, 9:30 AM

Month of Ramadan begins for Muslims

Calgary Muslims yesterday marked the first day of Ramadan, the holy month in Islam where adherents abstain from most activities in which things enter or leave the body. While Muslims across the globe observe Ramadan together in the same way, Muslim youth in western countries have a unique...

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 10:45 AM

Review on falling debris

Calgary officials are hoping that by looking to other cities, they can find ways to prevent debris from falling at downtown construction sites before anyone else is hurt. The city continues to investigate the latest incident at Eighth Avenue Place Tower, where on Tuesday a piece of construction...

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 10:34 AM

Mastering the art a slow brew for barista

While his art only lasts a few seconds before it is sipped away, one Calgary barista masterfully combines espresso and milk foam with the flick of his wrist to make an exquisite drink. Southern Alberta’s number one barista, Brendon Toyne, got his start at a coffee shop his dad’s friend owned in...

Friday, August 6, 2010, 10:36 AM

Thumbing a ride out of Calgary

Thumbs out, eagerly awaiting a ride, hitchhikers will surely be out this long weekend, especially on the western parts of the Trans-Canada just past Canada Olympic Park. Hitchers say the stretch of highway is the best place to get a ride west, even if just to the Petro-Canada off Highway 22 where...

Friday, July 30, 2010, 10:59 AM

Shoulder procedure a success

Doctors in Banff have completed the first documented transplant of living cartilage into a shoulder in a two-hour procedure in March, following 20 years of Alberta-based research.Jim Chebib was the recipient of the cartilage, he said it restored full movement to his shoulder which dislocated eight...

Friday, July 23, 2010, 11:14 AM