Wearing a cardigan and other style choices in Fort McMurray

If there's one thing that apparently stands out in the northern Alberta city of Fort McMurray, it's a navy blue cardigan. The old man/woman looking type. Something that's not sold in the Mark's Work Warehouse or any of the shops in Peter Pond Mall like Volcom or Supreme Apparel. In a sea of tight t-shirts,… Continue reading Wearing a cardigan and other style choices in Fort McMurray

The QE2 Code

To be on the safe side, I googled the QE2 Code, the Queen Elizabeth Highway 2 Code and the Alberta Highway 2 Code and didn't find anything so I hope I'm not stepping on somebody's toes with this. Sometimes referred to as the QE2, Alberta's Highway 2 stretches from north of Edmonton to south of… Continue reading The QE2 Code

Lady Macs drop home opener against Barbarians

The newly-christened Lady Macs roller derby team battled hard, but lost their debut bout of the season against a more experienced side from Kimberley, B.C. at Thelma Crowe arena in Canmore, Saturday (April 27). Despite dropping the bout 246-132, the home opener against the Bavarian Barbarians representing the East Kootenay Roller Derby League was an… Continue reading Lady Macs drop home opener against Barbarians

Masked rioters bill approved by senate committee

A bill proposed by local member of Parliament Blake Richards that would make it illegal to wear a mask during a riot or unlawful assembly has cleared a major hurdle and could become law sometime this summer. Following first, second and third reading in the House of Commons, Bill C-309, otherwise known as the Concealment… Continue reading Masked rioters bill approved by senate committee

New business recycles pesky propane bombs

Roughly 500,000 propane cylinders are sold in Alberta each year for various uses such as camping, but what happens to all those potentially explosive materials when they’re eventually discarded? While some municipalities offer services to collect these cylinders and other types of hazardous waste like paint and solvents, there remains a contingent of people, particularly… Continue reading New business recycles pesky propane bombs

Alberta between mild and extreme ‘petrostate’

Oil is by far the most popular natural resource making headlines on a weekly basis in Alberta and for good reason – the Province has relied on its vast reserves of petroleum for both economic and political reasons. With impending decisions to be made regarding the future transport of this coveted resource, whether it be… Continue reading Alberta between mild and extreme ‘petrostate’

Canadian Rockies supports teachers’ agreement

The Canadian Rockies Public School (CRPS) board has vowed to support an agreement reached last week between the Province and the Alberta Teachers Association which outlines salaries for teachers, workload and hours of instruction. Trustees from the CRPS board unanimously voted in favour of the tentative four-year agreement during the in-camera portion of its regular… Continue reading Canadian Rockies supports teachers’ agreement

Economists toy with sales tax idea for Alberta

Following an announcement by Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner that the Province’s projected deficit leading into the 2012/13 budget will be around $4 billion, the idea of implementing a sales tax as a way out has once again reared its way back into the conversation. During an economic summit a few weeks ago in Calgary,… Continue reading Economists toy with sales tax idea for Alberta

Slow year ahead for Alberta as price of black gold drops

Oil is Alberta’s business, however, the price of Western Canadian Select, which is made up of heavy conventional and bitumen crude oil, has been decreasing. With the Province’s reliance on this huge energy commodity, both politicians and economists point to a sluggish Alberta economy limping into next year’s fiscal budget, which will be made public… Continue reading Slow year ahead for Alberta as price of black gold drops

Winter in the Canmore mines

Every winter the old lamp house located beneath Three Sisters Parkway in Canmore groans with age. The windows have all been knocked out, the roof is in disrepair and the frost has taken its toll on the walls with those that are still in tact subjected to graffiti. It’s safe to say the building, which… Continue reading Winter in the Canmore mines