Victoria Handysides/ Metro Edmonton

Fire safety changes come blazing in

Reconstruction of provincial fire and building codes will ensure entire neighbourhoods of sardine-packed homes won’t be destroyed before fire crews arrive, officials said Thursday.“These changes will buy time for people to get out of their homes and for firefighters to respond,” Municipal Affairs...

Friday, March 13, 2009, 11:08 AM

Euthanizing pets to continue: City report

Edmonton’s animal control facility shouldn’t stop euthanizing pets, said a city report released Thursday. “The number of stray and unwanted pets always exceeds the long-term holding capacity of any open admission facility,” the report reads.It was determined that though it may stimulate fundraising...

Friday, March 13, 2009, 10:40 AM

Mom holds hope for son

Surrounded by family and friends, Melanie Alix lit a candle last night for her son Dylan, who disappeared exactly five months ago.“Doing these vigils gives me more hope,” she said from her home in Moose Jaw, Sask.On the 11th day of each month, supporters of Dylan Koshman’s family fill their home,...

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 11:20 AM

Addicts worry shelter staff as mercury drops

The grip of addiction has such a stranglehold on a population of the city’s homeless that many choose to endure sub-zero temperatures rather than give up their fix for the night, officials say.With record-breaking temperatures dropping below -30 C this week, the number of vacant beds at the Hope...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 10:49 AM

Cold dip for protest

Record-breaking sub-zero temperatures weren’t enough to keep financially frustrated post-secondary students from taking a mid-afternoon dip yesterday.“With the high cost of tuition, a little shrinkage wouldn’t be a bad thing,” a NAIT student shouted before jumping half-naked into a freezing dunk...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 10:45 AM

City barista reaches finals in plus-size model search

An Edmonton woman is proving that you don’t have to be a size zero to be beautiful.Chantelle Thompson, 23, will board a plane bound for Toronto next week, to find out if she’s been selected as the winner in Canada’s Plus Size Model Search.The barista was recently selected to be in the top 10 for...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 10:45 AM

Sentencing in Butler murder case begins

The sentencing hearing for a man found guilty of beating his sister-in-law to death with a toilet tank lid began yesterday, with testimony from a Regina police officer and gripping statements from the victim’s family. Kenneth Butler, 26, sat silent in a Court of Queen’s Bench prisoner’s box,...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 10:39 AM

International Women’s Day celebrated

Females across the province celebrated 100 years of triumph yesterday, marking International Women’s Day in the Capital Region.Hundreds gathered around the globe to recognize the successes and challenges faced by women today. “There are so many strong women in our small community,” said Michelle...

Monday, March 9, 2009, 11:23 AM

No hibernation in Strathcona

Winter’s icy stranglehold wasn’t strong enough to force the Old Strathcona community into hibernation, as dozens ventured out to celebrate a yearly tradition yesterday. Bundled up tight, children flooded an outdoor rink as 40 kilometres per hour winds swirled the scent of flame-grilled hamburgers...

Monday, March 9, 2009, 11:17 AM

Local couple, teacher killed in crash

A teacher and an area couple who died in a crash on a B.C. highway have been identified.An SUV carrying four adults home from a ski trip collided head-on with a semi truck near Kamloops Sunday morning.The driver, 55-year-old Brian Warick, was killed instantly. His wife was rushed to a Kamloops...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 11:06 AM

City teen on ‘best job’ shortlist

An Edmonton teen has surpassed almost 35,000 people around the globe who had their sites set on one job.Linda Hoang, 19, was selected as one of the 50 short-listed applicants for the “best job in the world” and is reaching out to fellow Edmontonians to push her across the finish line. “I’m really...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 10:59 AM

Man conned by fake lottery win

Steve Lavergne didn’t care that he had been thrown off a city bus for screaming like a madman Friday afternoon — he’d just received the phone call he assumed would change his life forever. The caller on the other end of the line claimed to be from the Western Canadian Lottery Corp. and said a Lotto...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 10:59 AM

Highway crash kills three city residents

Three Edmontonians are dead and one is in critical condition at a B.C. hospital following a horrific highway crash Sunday. Two local couples were returning from a skiing trip around 9:30 a.m., when their SUV collided head-on with a semi truck. The SUV was travelling northbound on Highway 5, two...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 10:55 AM

Meat scare boosts local food sales

Shoppers are keeping their trust close to home after the most recent listeria scare from a major food producer.More than 26,000 packages of Maple Leaf hot dogs shipped to Alberta and Eastern Canada were recalled earlier this week, after a warning they may be contaminated with listeriosis bacteria....

Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:16 AM

Arsonists torch home

Flames from a blaze believed to be deliberately set lit up a Mill Woods neighbourhood early Thursday morning, the calling card of arsonists who targeted a home while the residents were away. Fire crews were called to the home at 1843 — 45 S. by a neighbour who spotted smoke and flames just after 3...

Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:12 AM

Councillors keep spending in check

Modest spending in uncertain economic times was a common practice for Mayor Stephen Mandel and city council in 2008.Neither the mayor nor any councillor went above their budget constraints, which include travel, communications, research, promotional items, hosting, tickets, memberships, parking and...

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 10:56 AM

Oilers inspire young fans

Dreams came true for a couple young Oilers fans yesterday, who met their hockey heroes in real life.For 17-year-old right-winger Shannon Boese, watching Ales Hemsky glide through practice yesterday was more than a chance to improve her game. The Camrose Grizzly was almost benched permanently, when...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 11:13 AM

Author touts benefits of buying local

In the middle of an economic deep-freeze, individual Edmontonians have the power to warm up the economy by keeping dollars in the pockets and registers of local merchants, a world-renowned author says. Michael Schuman, author of The Small Mart Revolution, will be teaching locals the importance of...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 11:10 AM

Stabbed man was mistaken for someone else: Girlfriend

The girlfriend of a man killed over the weekend claims his death was a result of mistaken identity.“He was walking out, and there was a group of angry people outside waiting for someone else,” Amina Khiat said yesterday from her home in Windsor, Ont. “He tried to stop a fight — they thought he was...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 10:34 AM

Family plans funeral services for slain man

Family members of Edmonton’s fifth homicide victim of 2009 attended his wake yesterday with somber acceptance of his shifty lifestyle, which may have lead to his death.The writing about 24-year-old Landis Tyson Stick’s impending death was on the wall, his aunt Janet Stick said yesterday after his...

Monday, February 23, 2009, 10:59 AM