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President Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Philadelphia. Biden will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden’s State of the Union to tout policy wins on economy

‘Jobs are up, wages are up, inflation is down, and COVID no longer controls our lives’

A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators continue to block the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Lit a match’: Prosecutor says pastor’s fiery speech at Coutts blockade was criminal

The blockade began in late January 2022 to protest COVID-19 health restrictions

Lethbridge Police Headquarters is shown in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter

Suspect in southern Alberta child sex assault, physical assault case retains lawyer

Child’s mother is charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life

Ophelia Cara (also Ophelia Black) is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 17, 2022. The woman is suing the Alberta government for newly imposed regulations that would prevent her from taking hydromorphone, a potent opioid that she takes uses times a day to treat a severe opioid use disorder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary woman suing Alberta government over prescribed opioid use restrictions

Ophelia Black, 21, was diagnosed with the disorder after she developed an opioid dependency as a teen

Ophelia Cara (also Ophelia Black) is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 17, 2022. The woman is suing the Alberta government for newly imposed regulations that would prevent her from taking hydromorphone, a potent opioid that she takes uses times a day to treat a severe opioid use disorder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Matthew de Grood appears in a Calgary court on Tuesday April 22, 2014, in this courtroom sketch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Janice Fletcher

Political interference alleged in assessment hearings in Matthew de Grood case

Lawyer for Matthew de Grood says her client was denied a fair Alberta Review Board hearing last fall

Matthew de Grood appears in a Calgary court on Tuesday April 22, 2014, in this courtroom sketch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Janice Fletcher
A United Conservative Party of Alberta sign is shown in front of the Alberta flag prior to the party’s leadership announcement in Calgary on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. A member of Alberta’s UCP government caucus who was recently named a parliamentary secretary for civil liberties has announced she won’t seek re-election.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta UCP MLA Tracy Allard won’t run again, cites Parkinson’s disease

The Grande Prairie representative was appointed to the parliamentary secretary post in December

A United Conservative Party of Alberta sign is shown in front of the Alberta flag prior to the party’s leadership announcement in Calgary on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. A member of Alberta’s UCP government caucus who was recently named a parliamentary secretary for civil liberties has announced she won’t seek re-election.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, April 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Man dead after police fired during confrontation on an Alberta First Nation

Officers responded to a firearms complaint from a home in Cold Lake First Nation on Saturday morning

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, April 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand holds a media availability on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. The Canadian government says it has sent one of its military planes to Haiti to help the country cope with escalating violence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Canada sends military aircraft into Haiti’s skies as gang violence escalates

UN says gangs are restricting access to necessities like health care and water

Minister of National Defence Anita Anand holds a media availability on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. The Canadian government says it has sent one of its military planes to Haiti to help the country cope with escalating violence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
An emergency worker carries pieces of a sawn tree in front of a residential building which was hit by a Russian rocket at the city center of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)

Ukraine defense minister expects help from Western warplanes

German-made tanks are on the way to Ukraine

An emergency worker carries pieces of a sawn tree in front of a residential building which was hit by a Russian rocket at the city center of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)
A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. China’s ambassador to Canada has been called onto the carpet to explain a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is hovering over the U.S. Global Affairs Canada says Ambassador Cong Peiwu was summoned on Thursday after the balloon was spotted over U.S. airspace. THE CANADIAN PRESS/The Billings Gazette via AP-Larry Mayer

Ottawa tight-lipped on details as Canada, U.S. call out China over balloon

China’s ambassador to Canada was summoned by officials at Global Affairs Canada

A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. China’s ambassador to Canada has been called onto the carpet to explain a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is hovering over the U.S. Global Affairs Canada says Ambassador Cong Peiwu was summoned on Thursday after the balloon was spotted over U.S. airspace. THE CANADIAN PRESS/The Billings Gazette via AP-Larry Mayer
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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Iain Greenshields meets the journalists during an airborne press conference aboard the airplane directed to Rome, at the end of Pope Francis pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo Via AP)

Pope, backed by Anglican and Presbyterian leaders, denounces anti-gay laws

The three Christian leaders spoke out on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Iain Greenshields meets the journalists during an airborne press conference aboard the airplane directed to Rome, at the end of Pope Francis pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo Via AP)
A person walks through a park during frigid temperatures in Montreal, Saturday, February 4, 2023. Environment Canada has issued extreme cold weather alerts impacting six provinces — from Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador, and communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

VIDEO: Extremely cold temperatures prolong cold weather alerts for much of Eastern Canada

‘This has been an absolutely record-breaking cold snap for all of Eastern Canada’

A person walks through a park during frigid temperatures in Montreal, Saturday, February 4, 2023. Environment Canada has issued extreme cold weather alerts impacting six provinces — from Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador, and communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
VF Tanker 9 oil tanker ship, which departed from Russian Temryuk port on December 12, sails under the 15 July Martyrs Bridge at the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. The federal Finance Department says Canada is joining forces with its fellow G-7 countries plus Australia to expand caps on Russian oil to include seaborn petroleum products from that country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Emrah Gurel

Ottawa expands price caps to Russian petroleum products to reduce revenues

Russian oil revenues have already declined since the first price cap took effect

VF Tanker 9 oil tanker ship, which departed from Russian Temryuk port on December 12, sails under the 15 July Martyrs Bridge at the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. The federal Finance Department says Canada is joining forces with its fellow G-7 countries plus Australia to expand caps on Russian oil to include seaborn petroleum products from that country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Emrah Gurel
Hunters from Pond Inlet, Nvt. — known as Mittimatalik in Inuktitut — have said they’re seeing fewer narwhal in areas where they were once abundant, making it harder to feed their families, and that the whales’ behaviour is changing. Narwhals swim between sea ice floating in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on Saturday, July 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Goldman
Hunters from Pond Inlet, Nvt. — known as Mittimatalik in Inuktitut — have said they’re seeing fewer narwhal in areas where they were once abundant, making it harder to feed their families, and that the whales’ behaviour is changing. Narwhals swim between sea ice floating in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on Saturday, July 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Goldman
A protester holds up a fragmented piece of a Sponge round used to cause blunt trauma after a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. The federal government says it wants the RCMP to ban the use of two crowd-control tools that forces across the country say they have in their arsenals: sponge rounds and CS gas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kin Cheung

Feds ask RCMP to ban use of sponge rounds, CS gas for crowd control

RCMP declines to say whether or not it will comply with that instruction

A protester holds up a fragmented piece of a Sponge round used to cause blunt trauma after a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. The federal government says it wants the RCMP to ban the use of two crowd-control tools that forces across the country say they have in their arsenals: sponge rounds and CS gas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kin Cheung
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Local IODE chapter supports high school’s EcoVision project

EcoVision is developing an innovative food security project

  • Feb 4, 2023
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Brent van Nieuwkerk founded Lacombe’s Cold Blooded Cornhole league, one of nine in Alberta. Photo submitted

Lacombe’s cornhole league aiming to attract new players

Cornhole - long a very popular game across the United States -…

Brent van Nieuwkerk founded Lacombe’s Cold Blooded Cornhole league, one of nine in Alberta. Photo submitted
This photo made available by NASA shows the planet Jupiter, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, on June 27, 2019. On Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, scientists said they have discovered 12 new moons around the gas giant, putting the total count at a record-breaking 92. That's more than any other planet in our solar system. (NASA, ESA, A. Simon/Goddard Space Flight Center, M.H. Wong/University of California, Berkeley via AP)

Jupiter’s moon count jumps to 92, most in solar system

Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter, putting the total count…

This photo made available by NASA shows the planet Jupiter, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, on June 27, 2019. On Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, scientists said they have discovered 12 new moons around the gas giant, putting the total count at a record-breaking 92. That's more than any other planet in our solar system. (NASA, ESA, A. Simon/Goddard Space Flight Center, M.H. Wong/University of California, Berkeley via AP)
FILE - Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights the torch with the flame during the Olympic flame handover ceremony at Panathinean stadium in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Instead of arriving overland, the symbolic flame alighting the Paris 2024 Games will take to the seas from its birthplace in Greece, arriving aboard a three-masted tall ship in the French port of Marseille. Paris 2024 organizers announced the flame's journey Friday Feb.3, 2023 at City Hall in Marseille, a former Greek colony founded 2,600 years ago. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Olympic flame to take seaborne journey to 2024 Paris Games

The Olympic flame is going for a sail. Instead of arriving overland,…

FILE - Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights the torch with the flame during the Olympic flame handover ceremony at Panathinean stadium in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Instead of arriving overland, the symbolic flame alighting the Paris 2024 Games will take to the seas from its birthplace in Greece, arriving aboard a three-masted tall ship in the French port of Marseille. Paris 2024 organizers announced the flame's journey Friday Feb.3, 2023 at City Hall in Marseille, a former Greek colony founded 2,600 years ago. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)
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