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Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon is seen during a news conference in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Critics are asking for details on how the Alberta government will "optimize" the province's parks by getting other people to run them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Back in black: Alberta ends latest fiscal year with $3.9B surplus as oil, gas surge

EDMONTON — Alberta is back in the black in a big way…

Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon is seen during a news conference in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Critics are asking for details on how the Alberta government will "optimize" the province's parks by getting other people to run them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Protesters react as Toronto Police mounted unit charge to disperse as police take action to put an end to a protest, which started in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine mandates and grew into a broader anti-government demonstration and occupation, in Ottawa, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. The commissioner of the inquiry examining Ottawa's use of the Emergencies Act to bring an end to the so-called "Freedom Convoy" protest in February has granted standing to the organizers, police and representatives of all three levels of government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Public Order Emergency Commission will hear from convoy leaders, government, police

OTTAWA — The inquiry examining Ottawa’s use of the Emergencies Act during…

Protesters react as Toronto Police mounted unit charge to disperse as police take action to put an end to a protest, which started in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine mandates and grew into a broader anti-government demonstration and occupation, in Ottawa, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. The commissioner of the inquiry examining Ottawa's use of the Emergencies Act to bring an end to the so-called "Freedom Convoy" protest in February has granted standing to the organizers, police and representatives of all three levels of government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chat prior to a meeting with Partner Countries and International Organizations at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau on Monday, June 27, 2022. The Canadian prime minister and his G7 counterparts are expected to end their summit in Germany with a show of support for Ukraine on before all seven leaders will head to a NATO summit in Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canada pledges more aid and loans to Ukraine as G7 targets Russian oil

SCHLOSS ELMAU, GERMANY — Canada is looking at developing new infrastructure to…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chat prior to a meeting with Partner Countries and International Organizations at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau on Monday, June 27, 2022. The Canadian prime minister and his G7 counterparts are expected to end their summit in Germany with a show of support for Ukraine on before all seven leaders will head to a NATO summit in Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Tamara Lich, organizer for a protest convoy by truckers and supporters demanding an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, delivers a statement during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. A lawyer for "Freedom Convoy" organizer Tamara Lich says the Alberta woman has been arrested over what appears to be a matter related to her bail conditions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

‘Freedom Convoy’ organizer Tamara Lich arrested for breach of conditions: police

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Tamara Lich, a key organizer of the “Freedom…

Tamara Lich, organizer for a protest convoy by truckers and supporters demanding an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, delivers a statement during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. A lawyer for "Freedom Convoy" organizer Tamara Lich says the Alberta woman has been arrested over what appears to be a matter related to her bail conditions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A procession makes its way out at the end of a mass at the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage in this undated handout image provided on June 17, 2022, by the Catholic Diocese of Archdiocese of Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Lincoln Ho **MANDATORY CREDIT**

‘Largest spiritual Indigenous gathering’ to return during Pope’s visit to Alberta

By Colette Derworiz in Calgary, with files from Brittany Hobson in Winnipeg…

A procession makes its way out at the end of a mass at the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage in this undated handout image provided on June 17, 2022, by the Catholic Diocese of Archdiocese of Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Lincoln Ho **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Devon Wheeler takes a selfie as he hits the water during the "Slush Cup" at Sunshine Village ski resort near Banff, Alta., Monday, May 19, 2014. This is the 86th annual event and features prizes for the best belly flop, biggest splash and best face plant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Banff Sunshine Village to open to skiers, snowboarders and hikers on Canada Day

BANFF, Alta. — A lingering winter snowpack in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains means…

Devon Wheeler takes a selfie as he hits the water during the "Slush Cup" at Sunshine Village ski resort near Banff, Alta., Monday, May 19, 2014. This is the 86th annual event and features prizes for the best belly flop, biggest splash and best face plant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A man plays a guitar in the shade at Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 28, 2021, during the heat dome event that set temperature records across the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Policy revamp might save lives in next heat dome, but so could community, say B.C. experts

Checking in on neighbours, vulnerable could save lives, experts say

A man plays a guitar in the shade at Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 28, 2021, during the heat dome event that set temperature records across the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A procession makes its way out at the end of a mass at the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage in this undated handout image provided on June 17, 2022, by the Catholic Diocese of Archdiocese of Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Lincoln Ho

‘Largest spiritual Indigenous gathering’ to return during Pope’s visit to Alberta

The papal visit is set to start in Edmonton on July 24

A procession makes its way out at the end of a mass at the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage in this undated handout image provided on June 17, 2022, by the Catholic Diocese of Archdiocese of Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Lincoln Ho
Chris Nowrouzi, CEO and Co-Owner of FlyGTA, is photographed at Buttonville Airport in Markham, Ontario on Saturday June 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Private air travel takes off in Canada— but can it stay aloft?

Airport delays and chaos pushing more wealthy people to fly privately

Chris Nowrouzi, CEO and Co-Owner of FlyGTA, is photographed at Buttonville Airport in Markham, Ontario on Saturday June 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Public safety minister eyes steps to strengthen oversight of the RCMP

Minister Mendicino hopes to increase independence of RCMP’s management advisory board

Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
The statue representing justice looks out from the Supreme Court of Canada over the Parliamentary precinct in Ottawa on Thursday March 25, 2021. Canada’s top court has sent the case of two men convicted in the slayings of three family members back to the Alberta Court of Appeal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Alberta’s top court reduces parole ineligibilities in 3 multiple murder cases

The move follows Supreme Court ruling on parole eligibility

The statue representing justice looks out from the Supreme Court of Canada over the Parliamentary precinct in Ottawa on Thursday March 25, 2021. Canada’s top court has sent the case of two men convicted in the slayings of three family members back to the Alberta Court of Appeal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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Indigenous conservation Canada’s way of the future environmentalism

There are now about 80 Indigenous protected areas in Canada

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday, June 24, 2022. Joly says Canada will be bringing the concerns of smaller Commonwealth nations to the G7 leaders in Germany Sunday, particularly the growing threat of famine.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Commonwealth falls short of condemning Russia as Trudeau prepares for G7

Canada will be raising the growing threat of famine at the G7

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday, June 24, 2022. Joly says Canada will be bringing the concerns of smaller Commonwealth nations to the G7 leaders in Germany Sunday, particularly the growing threat of famine.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. he federal Liberal government has not called their disability benefit legislation for debate before Parliament breaks for summer, despite promised action since 2020 and recent pleas from organizations across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals leave disability benefit bill in limbo as Parliament breaks for summer

“I’m angry. Because nobody should have to live like this because they have a disability”

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. he federal Liberal government has not called their disability benefit legislation for debate before Parliament breaks for summer, despite promised action since 2020 and recent pleas from organizations across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People gather at English Bay Beach amidst a heat wave, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Experts caution against becoming ‘air-conditioned society’ as heat waves get hotter

Energy demand from air conditioning expected to triple by 2050

People gather at English Bay Beach amidst a heat wave, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
After more than two years of economic turbulence through the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s workforce participation overall appears quite rosy for women. But experts say the uneven recovery has not uplifted all groups of women equally. (File photo)

Uneven economic recovery does not bring all Canadian women with it: experts

Women did much worse during the pandemic compared to previous recessions

After more than two years of economic turbulence through the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s workforce participation overall appears quite rosy for women. But experts say the uneven recovery has not uplifted all groups of women equally. (File photo)
Afghans dig a trench for a common grave for their relatives killed in an earthquake to a buria site l in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. Some Afghan-Canadians say they are worried Wednesday’s magnitude 6 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan could heighten the country’s already dire humanitarian crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ebrahim Nooroozi

‘Heartbreaking’: Afghan-Canadians say earthquake could make humanitarian crisis worse

So far, the humanitarian response has lagged in both size and speed

Afghans dig a trench for a common grave for their relatives killed in an earthquake to a buria site l in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. Some Afghan-Canadians say they are worried Wednesday’s magnitude 6 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan could heighten the country’s already dire humanitarian crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ebrahim Nooroozi
Jason Klaus (left) and Joshua Frank in a pickup truck before Frank spoke to an undercover RCMP officer he believed was an organized crime boss about the murders of Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus. (Photo contributed by RCMP)

Castor triple murder sentencing sent back to appeal court

OTTAWA — Canada’s top court has sent the case of two men…

Jason Klaus (left) and Joshua Frank in a pickup truck before Frank spoke to an undercover RCMP officer he believed was an organized crime boss about the murders of Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus. (Photo contributed by RCMP)
This photo posted by Cukr magazine on April 19, 2022 shows the wreckage of a home after shelling in the town of Klymentove, Sumy, Ukraine. Retired general Rick Hillier is lamenting what he sees as waning Canadian interest in the war in Ukraine as public and political attention turns increasingly toward the rising rate of inflation and other issues closer to home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Cukr

Hillier calls on Ottawa to provide aid to Ukraine, laments waning interest in war

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Retired general Rick Hillier is…

This photo posted by Cukr magazine on April 19, 2022 shows the wreckage of a home after shelling in the town of Klymentove, Sumy, Ukraine. Retired general Rick Hillier is lamenting what he sees as waning Canadian interest in the war in Ukraine as public and political attention turns increasingly toward the rising rate of inflation and other issues closer to home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Cukr
Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith tells reporters in Calgary, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014, she has requested a leadership review after failing to win any of Alberta's four byelections. Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith is coming back to Alberta politics and says she will vote against Premier Jason Kenney at the upcoming United Conservative Party leadership review. CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Alberta UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith promises immediate sovereignty act

EDMONTON — One of the front-runners to replace Jason Kenney as Alberta’s…

Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith tells reporters in Calgary, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014, she has requested a leadership review after failing to win any of Alberta's four byelections. Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith is coming back to Alberta politics and says she will vote against Premier Jason Kenney at the upcoming United Conservative Party leadership review. CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland