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Stephen Harper leaves politics, gives up House of Commons seat

August 26, 2016
Nearly a year after his federal election defeat, former prime minister Stephen Harper finally resigned his House of Commons seat Friday, ending a career in politics that spanned more than two decades. The former...
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Gov Orders Police To Cut Water Supply To Native Americans As Pipeline Protesters Skyrocket In Number

August 24, 2016
Thousands join protest camp as supporters are holding a rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday outside of Army Corps hearing. Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength ahead of a federal hearing on the controversial project. Support has spread across...
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Canada’s success in Rio comes at a price

August 22, 2016
Canadians understood the thrill of winning gold when they listened to the joy in wrestler Erica Wiebe's voice. "I love this sport and I never thought I'd be an Olympic champion, but today I had my best day. It's amazing," she said. These victories — spelled out in gold, silver and bronze — are easy to measure. But what about...
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Armed man arrested after RCMP gives chase

August 22, 2016
One man is in custody and charged with nine criminal code offenses after leading Cochrane RCMP and the RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) on a chase Aug. 15 through a wooded area on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. “On Aug. 14 we received information that there was a disturbance on Tsuu T’ina Nation involving a male who they believed to be travelling to Stoney Nakoda First Nation,” said Cochrane RCMP Constable Jennifer Brewer. “At 3:30 in the morning...
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Short lived joyride in stolen bus ends in police take down

August 22, 2016
Where is Keanu Reeves when you need him? One man is in custody after a stolen Calgary Transit shuttle bus led police on a short chase. Police said the bus-jacking happened shortly after 10 a.m., when the driver of the bus came to a stop on Shawville Gate S.E., near the Somerset-Bridlewood LRT station. Calgary Transit spokesperson Ron Collins said the...
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Why Olympics opening ceremonies keep getting better

August 5, 2016
The Olympics bring out the most casual of sports fans, for a variety of reasons. Some of those fans are ..
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Montreal First Peoples’ Festival offers chance to connect with aboriginal culture

August 5, 2016
The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival is underway and for many festival-goers, it provides an opportunity to be a part of something different. People can watch great works by First Nations filmmakers or simply enjoy the novelty. “I love the teepees, they’re so cool,” said Minnie Matoush, who was...
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Calgary Entertainment: 4 things to do this weekend

August 5, 2016
From learning how to bachata to rummaging through a country musician's garage sale, this weekend is full of things to do in Calgary. The Homestretch's Lisa Robinson has rounded up some of the highlights...
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Mosquito population lower in Calgary

August 4, 2016
Despite a lot of moisture through July and the first part of August, a common summer pest is still scarcely seen in Calgary. Experts in the city say that mosquito populations are only 10 to 20 percent of normal levels and temperatures could...
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Canada wins 2-0 in Olympic soccer opener in Rio

August 4, 2016
Janine Beckie made Olympic history as Canada earned a dramatic 2-0 win over Australia on Wednesday in the opening women’s soccer match for both teams. Beckie opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the game, an Olympic record. Canada made it...
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Inquiry should shed light on issues facing Calgary’s aboriginal population

August 4, 2016
Calgary is going to have to take a hard look at itself to understand and potentially solve issues facing the city’s indigenous population, according to advocates. On the heels of the federal government announcing its inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women on Wednesday, Josie Nepinak, executive director of the Awo Tann Healing Lodge, says Calgary’s biggest...
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Canada launches inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women

August 3, 2016
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada launched a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women on Wednesday, a long-awaited look into the root causes of decades of violence that have led to more than...
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Game on! Canada kicks off Rio Olympics on soccer field

August 3, 2016
Canada is about to kick off — literally — the Olympic Games as the Canadian women’s soccer team takes on Australia in their first match of the Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Sao Paolo. The games don’t officially begin until...
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26th First People’s Festival showcases aboriginal culture

August 3, 2016
Aboriginal culture will be front and centre as the 26th Montreal’s First People’s Festival (a.k.a. Présence autochtone) showcases a range of aboriginal music, movies and culture from Wednesday to Aug. 10. Place des festivals will be the event’s...
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Economic equality must be part of indigenous reconciliation

August 2, 2016
We cannot reverse hundreds of years of unequal relationships overnight. A history of broken treaties, territorial dispossession, reserves and residential schools will take time to overcome. This sad legacy is reflected in contemporary...
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Justin Trudeau announces new Supreme Court justices selection process

August 2, 2016
The way Supreme Court of Canada justices are selected is about to change. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the application process will be open so any qualified Canadian lawyer or judge who is functionally bilingual and...
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Portraits From The Powwow

August 2, 2016
Monica Bear from Whitefish Lake at the Tsuu T'ina Pow Wow east of Bragg Creek, Alta., on Saturday July 30, 2016. Leah Hennel/Postmedia....
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Local country rockers release album

July 28, 2016
White Elk is the country band, White Elk is the rock album, and White Elk is their mother’s maiden name. “Our mother is from the Siksika Nation, and our father is from the Piikani Nation,” said Rick Smith, 53, who plays lead guitar for White Elk. “Our band name comes from the Siksika Nation, because...
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Calgary construction season to hit top gear in August

July 28, 2016
It’s construction season in Calgary and if July seemed busy just wait, because August is when things really pick up. Chris McGeachy with Calgary Roads says the good weather is the main factor. “We actually begin the paving program in June, but it continues from June until the end of...
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Music festival played on despite government, Huron-Wendat opposition over possible sacred sites

July 28, 2016
As The Killers played their last song Sunday wrapping up another year of the massive WayHome music festival, the event’s legal troubles played on. The township says it is investigating the festival for allegedly breaking its permit for the second year in a row, allowing 35,000 campers to set up their tents on portions of the property outside of...
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Council approves steep discount on Calgary Transit passes for those living in poverty

July 27, 2016
Calgary city council unanimously approved a new initiative that will allow those living well below the poverty line to get a bus pass for just over $5 per month. "This makes a huge difference in people's lives," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "It gets them to medical appointments, to schools, to job interviews." The sliding scale will mean those living in extreme poverty, making approximately...
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Canada’s largest aboriginal police force could go on strike

July 27, 2016
There is no police station in Eagle Village. Instead, officers on the Quebec Algonquin reserve work out of a 40-year-old, bungalow-style home that’s been jerry-rigged to fit two jail cells, offices and a tiny armoury. It is a less than ideal arrangement and one that’s proving unsafe. Last month, a fire inspection by Quebec’s Ministry of Public Security gave the makeshift police station a failing grade, citing a number of hazards and building code violations. Eagle Village police chief Nelly Mathias says this is just one example of how...
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Tsuut’ina break ground on new police building

July 27, 2016
Ground was broken Tuesday on a new headquarters for Tsuut'ina Nation Police. It's a long awaited facility for a growing force that currently shares space with a daycare and has some cells in a trailer, according to Tsuut'ina Chief Roy Whitney. He said work on the roughly $5 million...
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Calgary council to discuss request for more police

July 25, 2016
A request for more police officers on Calgary streets will be debated during a council meeting on Monday, in the wake of a Statistics Canada report that showed a jump in crime in 2015. The Calgary Police Service wants to hire an additional 50 officers at a cost of $7.5M per year. The service says...
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Calgary Folk Music Festival ends on high note

July 25, 2016
“Careful now, this is a folk festival.” It was an off-the-cuff comment directed at Bobby Bare Jr. by his chatty keyboardist, Kai Welch, after Bare expressed desire to rock out a bit harder during his fantastic Sunday afternoon set on Prince’s Island Park. Though it was clearly meant as a joke, Welch’s remark also points to...
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Stoney First Nations facing prescription addiction crisis

July 25, 2016
The three First Nations bands near Morley are in a crisis situation over extremely high rates of prescription drug addictions and overdoses among members. With addiction rates surging as high as 60 per cent among adult members of the reserve, Stoney Nakoda has declared a state of emergency. “We had something like 139 deaths attributed to...
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It’s official: Canadian Finals Rodeo riding off to Saskatoon next year

July 22, 2016
The Canadian Finals Rodeo will be held in Edmonton for the final time this fall, then will move to Saskatoon in 2017. The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and the city of Saskatoon have signed a memorandum of understanding that will...
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Six Nations hosts first Aboriginal Summer Games

July 22, 2016
Over 200 Aboriginal teens have gathered from across Ontario to compete in the first Ontario Aboriginal Summer Games. The competition, taking place between July 19 and 21, has gathered youth between the ages of 13 and 18 to Six Nations, near Hamilton. They are competing in sports like...
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Calgary housing vacancy rate hits 12-year high

July 22, 2016
Low energy prices and high unemployment have forced people out of their homes in droves, spiking housing vacancies to levels not seen in well over a decade, census figures show. Calgary’s 2016 civic census revealed that while the city’s population increased slightly to more than 1.2 million in April, more...
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Finally! Sunshine returns to Calgary for the rest of the summer

July 21, 2016
After a soggy start to the summer, Calgarians finally have some sunshine to look forward to. Warm temperatures and mostly clear skies are in the forecast for the week ahead, and, according to Environment Canada, trends suggest the rest of the summer will be drier than average. “Not to say there might...
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Canada’s crime index rises for 1st time in 12 years, lifted by spike in Alberta

July 21, 2016
A "notable" uptick in police-reported crime in Alberta contributed to the first increase in the national rate in 12 years, Statistics Canada says. The national Crime Severity Index (CSI), which measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime, jumped five per cent from 2014 to 2015, the federal agency said Wednesday. An 18 per cent increase in Alberta, combined with smaller increases in British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan, contributed to push the CSI up. In all, eight out...
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Premiers near agreement on inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women

July 21, 2016
WHITEHORSE -- Aboriginal leaders and provincial premiers say there's no need to wait for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women to get to work on the issues behind the problem. "Governments don't have to wait for the outcome of the inquiry," said National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations after a meeting with Canada's premiers and territorial leaders Wednesday in Yukon. "Governments can make investments to end violence amongst...
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Uber appears to be ready to re-launch in Calgary

July 20, 2016
There are new signs that Uber will soon re-enter the Calgary market. City council passed a new bylaw last February which permits "transportation network companies" like Uber to operate in Calgary. Uber, however, said it could not operate under the city's rules. The...
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The whole world is a playground: Pokemon Go creates new rules of play

July 20, 2016
It is officially the summer of Pokemon Go, and now that the viral phenomenon has come to Canada it is pretty much guaranteed that either you're playing, or that someone else is playing — on your front lawn. The game uses a phone's GPS to determine where in the real world to spawn virtual characters, and then uses the phone's camera and augmented reality to make those characters appear on the screen. Players are...
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Half of aboriginal families on reserve could miss new child benefit

July 20, 2016
OTTAWA -- Half of the country's aboriginal families living on reserve could miss out on the federal government's new child benefit aimed at raising hundreds of thousands of Canadians out of poverty. Tax returns are the basis for calculating how much a family receives under the new benefit and internal government estimates peg the tax filing rate on reserves at about 50 per cent. That means millions intended to help indigenous children could...
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Turkish warplanes patrol skies as country remains on edge after failed coup

July 18, 2016
Warplanes patrolled Turkey's skies overnight in a sign that authorities feared that the threat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government was not yet over, despite official assurances that life has returned to normal after a failed coup. The state-run Anadolu news agency said Erdogan ordered...
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Indigenous youth bring zombie films to life at Saskatchewan summer camp

July 18, 2016
Indigenous youth from Saskatchewan are set to soon premier three films that they produced from scratch in just two days. The theme? Zombies.
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Soggy Stampede weather dampens attendance by 6.9%

July 18, 2016
The Calgary Stampede wrapped up Sunday night, after one of the wettest years on record pushed down total attendance numbers by seven per cent, or more than 175,000, compared to last year. Despite all the rain, the...
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Justin Trudeau heads to Calgary with ‘heavy heart’ for Stampede visit

July 15, 2016
Justin Trudeau is no stranger to the Calgary Stampede but today's visit will be his first as prime minister. He tweeted Friday morning that he was heading to the city with a heavy heart after news that five-year-old Taliyah Marsman's body was discovered three days after her mother was...
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Calgary family, police ‘devastated’ as charges laid in deaths of Taliyah Marsman, mother

July 15, 2016
The body of five-year-old Calgary girl Taliyah Marsman has been found days after her mother was discovered dead, and Edward Downey, 46, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. "We are very saddened to be announcing today that we believe we have found the body of five-year-old Taliyah Marsman," Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin told a news conference Thursday night. He said the discovery has been a brutal...
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$5 admission drew so many people, the Stampede is doing it again this evening

July 15, 2016
Stampede officials said they wanted to “get more people on park to celebrate” when they cut the admission price to $5 for two hours Thursday evening. The move worked so well, the Stampede will try it again tonight between 5 and 7 p.m. Overall attendance this year is...
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Truck plows into Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, 84 dead

July 15, 2016
A large truck plowed through revellers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing at least 84 people and sending others fleeing into the sea as it bore down for two kilometres along the French Riviera city's famed waterfront promenade. The driver was...
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Tsuut’ina First Nation plans major commercial development at Calgary’s southwest edge

July 11, 2016
Tsuut'ina First Nation announced plans Monday for a massive series of commercial developments along a 10-kilometre stretch of Calgary's future southwest ring road. "Tsuut'ina will be home to one of the largest, if not the largest, First Nations development partnerships in Canada," Chief Roy Whitney said, adding that the project has been...
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