Category Archives: Prairies/BC

Enforcement begins on Alberta’s K-Country pass; NDP Opposition promises to axe it

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has begun enforcing a pass for visitors to the popular Kananaskis Country mountain parks, but the NDP Opposition says it will scrap the fee if the party wins next year's election.  Leader Rachel Notley says having

Saskatchewan premier’s brother among those pardoned for traffic offences

REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has signed off on dozens of pardons for people with traffic offences, including his own brother. An order-in-council was signed by the premier on May 19 granting clemency to about 30 people who had been

Cool spring, less lightning bring easy start to B.C. wildfire season, says forecaster

VANCOUVER — British Columbia has spent and prepared like never before to fight wildfires, only to find this year's fire season is off to a damp start.  Cooler temperatures, spring rains and fewer lightning strikes are contributing to a slower-than-norm...

Evacuation alert, flood and thunderstorm watches as B.C. braces for rain, snowmelt

VANCOUVER — The threat of flooding has prompted evacuation alerts in two communities in B.C.'s southern Interior, while several high streamflow advisories in the region have been upgraded to flood watches. The Regional District of Similkameen-Okanagan ...

Big-city mayors say they are facing housing affordability challenges

REGINA — Canada's big-city mayors say they want to work with the federal government to fix Canada's housing crisis.  Housing was the leading topic Thursday at the annual conference of big-city mayors in Regina.  Big City Mayors' Caucus Chair and Halifa...

Alberta expands contract with private lab service to open more centres

EDMONTON — The Alberta government says a private laboratory service that collects blood and other samples for medical testing will be expanding its operations. Health Minister Jason Copping says DynaLIFE (DYE'-nah-life) Medical Labs, which already oper...

Independent legislature member enters Alberta UCP leadership race

EDMONTON — The first United Conservative backbencher to publicly call for Premier Jason Kenney to quit says he is running to replace him. “The last couple of years people in Alberta have felt ignored,” Todd Loewen said in an interview Thursday,

NDP ‘out of touch,’ downfall forecast, say Liberals, Greens as spring sitting ends

VICTORIA — British Columbia's opposition parties left the legislature Thursday saying Premier John Horgan's New Democrats have lost touch with the realities facing the province and its people, while predicting the government's electoral defeat over a m...

Alberta accepts bid for private hip-knee surgical clinic on First Nation land

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has approved a bid by the Enoch Cree Nation near Edmonton to build a private clinic to perform thousands of publicly covered hip and knee surgeries. Health Minister Jason Copping says the clinic is to be

Minimum wage bill and others expected to pass before Manitoba legislature break

WINNIPEG — Politicians at the Manitoba legislature were preparing to pass more than 20 bills into law Wednesday night, including one to increase the minimum wage, before breaking for the summer. The bills, some of which were first put before the