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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.

First Nations rally for treaty rights Special

Edmonton - First Nations from Treaty 6-8 joined with Idle No More for a Peaceful Solidarity Rally with Indigenous People and Canadians, on November 28, 2013 at the Alberta Legislature building.

Alberta's arcane attractions

The Rocky Mountains aren't the only reason visitors have their collective breaths taken away when they visit Alberta. Some artificial structures evoke interesting reactions as well.

Chagall works at AGA

Edmonton - More than 60 lithographs by legendary modernist Marc Chagall, inspired by a Greek fable, have made their way to western Canada for a featured exhibition at the Alberta Art Gallery in Edmonton.

Inside Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park

Located in the badlands of Alberta, Canada is a place of such stellar beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes, it takes your breath away. Dinosaur Provincial Park is not only a place great creatures roamed 75 million years ago, it's also their graveyard.

UBCIC Grand Chief endorses collective vision for Canada - Part 2 Special

Vancouver - UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip warns that a human rights conflict is imminent if the Indian Act is dissolved, dismantling Indigenous land rights and allowing unprecedented resource development by foreign investors causing environmental consequences.
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A picture of Calgary in the evening.
A picture of Calgary in the evening.
naserke, Flickr
Souljah Fyah entertaining at the protest to stop funding cuts to distance education.
Souljah Fyah entertaining at the protest to stop funding cuts to distance education.
This album features the Calgary Zoo before the June flood 2013. I was about to revisit the Calgary Z...
This album features the Calgary Zoo before the June flood 2013. I was about to revisit the Calgary Zoo on the June 21 weekend, but the flood happened which disrupted the animals and forced them from their home at the zoo. This album honors their presence and how much joy and amusement they bring to the people of Calgary and other visitors.
Two birds sitting on a wire fence at the Calgary Zoo early one morning.
Two birds sitting on a wire fence at the Calgary Zoo early one morning.
This was once a house  built around 1900.
This was once a house, built around 1900.
Chickadee eating seeds at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in winter  Calgary  Alberta.
Chickadee eating seeds at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in winter, Calgary, Alberta.
Rally for Retirement Security  March 2  2014
Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014
Alberta tarsands  Syncrude site.
Alberta tarsands, Syncrude site.
Janice Pitman
Protesting cuts to distance education in Alberta.
Protesting cuts to distance education in Alberta.
A Hairy Woodpecker.
A Hairy Woodpecker.
Swan Hill: Oil and Gas Industry
Swan Hill: Oil and Gas Industry
File photo: AlbertaFirst.com
A Horned Owl.
A Horned Owl.
Rachel Notley reveals the NDP election platform on April 19  2015.
Rachel Notley reveals the NDP election platform on April 19, 2015.
Butterflies drinking from a puddle  after a summer rain. They are important pollinators.
Butterflies drinking from a puddle, after a summer rain. They are important pollinators.
Deron Bilous  MLA Edmonton-Beverly-Clairview
Deron Bilous, MLA Edmonton-Beverly-Clairview
A long cabin  age unknown. There could be as many as nine or ten people  living in a house this size...
A long cabin, age unknown. There could be as many as nine or ten people, living in a house this size.
Canadian geese  flying south.
Canadian geese, flying south.
A Yellow Bellied Sapsucker  one of 21 species of woodpeckers in Alberta.
A Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, one of 21 species of woodpeckers in Alberta.
Rally for Retirement Security  March 2  2014
Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014
A home in the neighbourhood of Elbow Park following heavy flooding in Calgary  Alberta.
A home in the neighbourhood of Elbow Park following heavy flooding in Calgary, Alberta.
ndy van der Raadt

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