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

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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

Education minister praises Catholic school board trustees on GSA issue at general meeting

Alberta Education Minister David Eggen praised Alberta's Catholic school board trustees for their work on gay-straight alliances, even though they have vocally fought the bill for years. "I thank you for all of the work that you've done," Eggen said to thunderous applause at the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association's (ACSTA) annual general meeting on … Continue reading Education minister praises Catholic school board trustees on GSA issue at general meeting

Indigenous chef visiting Maskwacis explores reconciliation through food

A well-known Indigenous chef making an episode of a travel and food show in the central Alberta community of Maskwacis says it will centre on the healing power of food. The program "will bring that positive message to our community that food can be used for healing and for bringing friends and family together," Rich … Continue reading Indigenous chef visiting Maskwacis explores reconciliation through food