Sole candidate for Orleans in city election encouraging others to run

One candidate is left in the fight for Orleans in the upcoming city council election after long time councillor Bob Monette announced his retirement this morning. Miranda Gray, a change management consultant, doesn’t want to run uncontested for the seat. She told 580 CFRA that she’d much rather have competition come election day. “I believe … Continue reading Sole candidate for Orleans in city election encouraging others to run

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Local candidates at odds over future of ‘notorious’ Ottawa jail

OTTAWA — After two years in and out of the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre — a jail that has been called “notorious” and a “hellhole” in media reports — Charlotte Smith broke free from her cycle of couch-surfing and using heroin and cocaine. While she was detained at the jail in Orleans, a small suburb on the outskirts of … Continue reading Local candidates at odds over future of ‘notorious’ Ottawa jail

Alberta man brings affordable Wi-Fi to Maskwacis reserve

Bruce Buffalo built two rooftop internet hotspots so the residents of his small rural Alberta town can afford to stay connected. "I just figured it would be useful to create a hotspot so people could use their phones," the Maskwacis, Alta. resident said in an interview Monday. Setting up the wireless hotspot wasn't easy. Buffalo configured the … Continue reading Alberta man brings affordable Wi-Fi to Maskwacis reserve

Democracy or dynasty: 3 Edmonton families running related candidates in municipal elections

Three pairs of family members are running in Edmonton's municipal elections, raising questions about whether, if elected, they could form voting blocs. Rocco Caterina worked with his father for 10 years as his executive assistant at city hall. But after the Oct.16 election, they could both be sitting on council. Caterina is running to represent northeastern Edmontonians in Ward … Continue reading Democracy or dynasty: 3 Edmonton families running related candidates in municipal elections

Leduc paramedic explores PTSD in Edmonton art exhibit

The gory motorcycle accident Daniel Sundahl responded to 13 years ago still haunts him today. The 21-year-old victim had severe injuries and was quickly loaded into the back of a Leduc County ambulance. Sundahl readied the IV bags and tried to patch up his patient's injuries. But the man did not make it. "He was … Continue reading Leduc paramedic explores PTSD in Edmonton art exhibit

LGBTQ Edmontonians anticipate Trudeau apology for purge

When Maj. John McDougall joined the military in 1989, he had to make a choice between his sexual orientation and his job. At the time, being part of the LGBTQ community was illegal in the Canadian Armed Forces. "It was a given ... If you were gay, you do not come out," the Edmonton-based McDougall said. "If you want … Continue reading LGBTQ Edmontonians anticipate Trudeau apology for purge

Pregnancy Pathways program to offer stable housing for homeless mothers

Marissa Nakoochee's baby bump was starting to show when she was evicted from her home 11 years ago. She spent months sleeping on couches, too scared to tell her story to anyone. "I felt so alone in my pregnancy," Nakoochee said Sunday. "I didn't know if I could do it." Now, the 33-year-old Cree woman is … Continue reading Pregnancy Pathways program to offer stable housing for homeless mothers

Day of remembrance a time to reflect on victims of anti-transgender violence

The 20th of November is always a sombre day on Amelia Newbert's calendar — a day she spends thinking about the victims and survivors of anti-transgender violence. "It's heartbreaking to think about all the individuals who aren't here, but I'm immensely, immensely grateful for all of us who are here," Newbert, a co-founder of Calgary trans group Skipping Stone … Continue reading Day of remembrance a time to reflect on victims of anti-transgender violence

‘Aggressive’ online strategy key to ending sex trade, Edmonton police say

Edmonton police say they will broaden their use of social media as part of an "aggressive'" online campaign to investigate the city's sex trade industry. Of the 295 johns arrested and charged in 2017 by the Edmonton Police Service's Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit, 156 were found as a result of online advertising, the police force … Continue reading ‘Aggressive’ online strategy key to ending sex trade, Edmonton police say

Spruce Grove, Alta. to open first after-hours GSA

Hallie Tucker came home from her high school in Spruce Grove, Alta. one day and told her mom Jody about the bullying. The openly non-gender-binary teenager was being stalked and harassed every day by her peers, her mother said. "When it became my problem, and it should have been my problem a long time ago, I decided … Continue reading Spruce Grove, Alta. to open first after-hours GSA