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Elite team of sniffer dogs smack down zebra mussel invasion

No zebra mussels have invaded B.C. waters yet, and an Alberta-based team that uses mussel-sniffing dogs intends to keep it that way. Discovered in the U.S. 20 years ago, it's believed the tiny critters hitchhiked in the ballast tanks of European ships.

Photo essay: Alberta's winter bird species Special

As winter sets in across Alberta many bird species head south, but even with the cold weather and deep snow some birds stick around. They are the hardy few, which make Alberta and Canada their year-round home.

Op-Ed: Few drops of orange and red in huge lake of blue in Alberta race

Edmonton - There may have been an orange crush by the New Democratic Party in the last Alberta provincial election, but this will not translate into a gain of many if any seats in the federal election.

Premier Rachel Notley and cabinet sworn in while thousands watch Special

Edmonton - Thousands of people packed the grounds of the Alberta Legislature to see Premier Rachel Notley and her cabinet be sworn in as the new government of Alberta.

Notley packs room with final pre-election rally Special

Edmonton - Rachel Notley, leader of Alberta's NDP, drew a crowd of over 1,000 to the Kingsway Ramada on May 3 for the "Rally for Change."

Leader of Alberta's NDP Rachel Notley reveals election platform Special

Edmonton - Rachel Notley, leader of Alberta's New Democrats, revealed her party's election platform at a press conference in Edmonton on April 19.

Western Canada will lose 70% of its glaciers by 2100

The loss of glacial ice in British Columbia and Alberta could profoundly affect not only local ecosystems but power supplies and water quality. As much as 70 percent of glaciers will disappear by the end of the 21st century.

Actions in Edmonton concerning government, equality of women Special

Edmonton - Several politically-motivated actions in Edmonton on March 7 and 8 brought out hundreds of concerned citizens on a range of current events.

Notley tears into Tories in speech to Provincial NDP Council Special

Edmonton - Rachel Notley, leader of Alberta's New Democrats, tore into Premier Jim Prentice's Conservatives in her speech January 31 to the NDP Provincial Council.

Edmonton city hosts its first commercial drone flight Special

Edmonton - The city of Edmonton added a new chapter to its history by hosting the first sanctioned commercial drone operation on Wednesday.

Rally calls for post-secondary education to be a priority Special

Edmonton - Several hundred students from three cities in Alberta gathered at the Legislature on November 17 to call for their education to be a priority.

Murray Grovum on why Calgary is one of the hottest up-and-coming cities in the world right now Commissioned

Calgary - The Canadian Prairies have been historically known largely for flat land and long, cold winters. However, Calgary, located in south central Alberta, is currently one of the world's hottest buzz-worthy cities.

Op-Ed: FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations – Don Davies Special

Vancouver - Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the NDP representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and its future impact on Canada and First Nations.

Op-Ed: Law professor Gus Van Harten discusses recent approval of FIPA Special

Toronto - Law professor Gus Van Harten at Osgoode Hall Law School, discusses the recent ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and what it means for Canada. FIPA came into effect on October 1, 2014.

Canada, U.S. tribes sign treaty to restore bison to Great Plains

Browning - A historic event took place on Tuesday when leaders from 11 native tribes in Alberta and Montana signed a treaty establishing an inter-tribal alliance that will restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.

Canadian town of Vulcan using Indiegogo in a unique way

In what might one of the most unique ways to try and draw people to a town anywhere, Vulcan, Alberta is at the center of an Indiegogo campaign.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project controversy rages on Special

Calgary - The long awaited Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project was approved on June 17th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper amid controversy and objection by First Nations groups, environmentalists, concerned Canadians and the political opposition parties.

May Day highlights labour issues in Alberta Special

Edmonton - The annual May Day march in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada addressed some specific issues of concern to workers' rights in the province.

Renaissance Tower opens in Boyle Street Special

Edmonton - A new affordable housing project aimed at low-income seniors and people with disabilities opened on April 29 in the Boyle Street neighbourhood of Edmonton.

U.S. delays Keystone pipeline decision until next year

Washington - Approval of a new pipeline to bring controversial fracked crude oil from Canada to Texas for refining has been delayed for at least a year, U.S. officials announced last week.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford resigns

Edmonton - In an emotional speech early Wednesday evening, Alberta's Premier Alison Redford announced her resignation, effective this Sunday, March 23.

Albertans rally for retirement security Special

Edmonton - Around 1,000 people from across the province of Alberta rallied at Churchill Square in Edmonton on March 2 to protest changes to the province's pension plan, proposed by Premier Alison Redford.

High River couple gets new home after the flood - for free!

High River - A couple in High River, Alberta, has a new home thanks to the generosity of Calgary country singer Jason Hastie and his wife Gina.

Op-Ed: Neil Young — Attacking the messenger

Neil Young's Honour the Treaties tour with Diana Krall has concluded, but the massive attacks directed at him for his criticism of Alberta's tar sands continue.

Alberta, Canada confirms first H5N1 avian flu death

The H5N1 avian influenza virus has generally been confined to China and other Asian countries. Commonly reported in poultry, when humans become infected with the virus, the mortality rate is about 60 percent.

Alberta bears hit the big time, globally, after video goes viral

Edmonton - Videos go viral for many reasons but footage of grizzly bears in Alberta became an unlikely global sensation, after Glenn Naylor, 58, an Alberta Parks officer, uploaded 'What goes on when you are not around'.

Elk puts on unusual Christmas display for Banff residents

Homeowners don't just decorate their homes with holiday lights and other festive signs of the season, but many enshrine their shrubbery and trees with the twinkling lights. This may all be well and good, but for wildlife it's another story.

Joint Review Panel urges approval of Northern Gateway pipeline

Calgary - Today, the long awaited Joint Review Panel released a lengthy report recommending approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline but with 209 conditions. Environmental groups vow to stop it for the sake of our climate, land and water.

Photo Essay: Candy Cane Lane Special

Edmonton - Candy Cane Lane is an annual Christmas tradition in Edmonton. Every year people come to the west end neighbourhood of Crestwood to see the lights and decorations.

Distance education funding cuts protested in Alberta Special

Edmonton - Distance learning has always been an option for students in Alberta's public school system. However, recent cuts to distance learning has many teachers, students, and parents concerned.
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An old log barn during winter.
An old log barn during winter.
A view of Calgary immersed in flood waters
A view of Calgary immersed in flood waters
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Protesters demanding the government honour treaties with First Nations groups.
Protesters demanding the government honour treaties with First Nations groups.
A hawk rests on a tree branch before taking flight at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo...
A hawk rests on a tree branch before taking flight at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
Protesting cuts to distance education in Alberta.
Protesting cuts to distance education in Alberta.
Seniors occupy Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne s Office to protest changes to the seniors drug pl...
Seniors occupy Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne's Office to protest changes to the seniors drug plan.
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Peregrine Falcon at the live Birds of Prey exhibit  Festival of Eagles  Canmore  Alberta.
Peregrine Falcon at the live Birds of Prey exhibit, Festival of Eagles, Canmore, Alberta.
A caribou sleeps at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo...
A caribou sleeps at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
Helicopters are able to fly in stronger winds then plains  this one fly’s towards the Boyle fire.
Helicopters are able to fly in stronger winds then plains, this one fly’s towards the Boyle fire.
Last day of the Keepers of the Water Athabasca conference
Last day of the Keepers of the Water Athabasca conference
Protesters rally against cuts to distance education in Alberta.
Protesters rally against cuts to distance education in Alberta.
Close-up of a camel at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary ...
Close-up of a camel at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
Red ant carrying a piece of a black ant  after severing its head.
Red ant carrying a piece of a black ant, after severing its head.
Northern Lights in central Alberta.
Northern Lights in central Alberta.
A Golden-mantled ground squirrel at the top of Bear’s Hump  Crandell Mountain  Waterton Lakes Nati...
A Golden-mantled ground squirrel at the top of Bear’s Hump, Crandell Mountain, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
Rachel Notley reveals the NDP election platform on April 19  2015.
Rachel Notley reveals the NDP election platform on April 19, 2015.
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From left: new cabinet ministers Shannon Phillips  Lori Sigurdson  Sarah Hoffman  Joe Ceci  and Davi...
From left: new cabinet ministers Shannon Phillips, Lori Sigurdson, Sarah Hoffman, Joe Ceci, and David Eggen.