Health budget should pay for increased Kananaskis use

After all, the high demand for outdoor activities springs from a need for physical activity provoked by government Covid-19 restrictions

Health budget should pay for increased Kananaskis useRising costs to operate Alberta’s Kananaskis parks should come out of the province’s health budget. As soon as the provincial government imposed a lockdown in March 2020, Albertans headed outdoors in greater numbers than ever. However, the province and municipal governments soon restricted outdoor gatherings as well. Recall the hysterical complaints about seeing people walking…

Preserving the history of Alberta’s Black heritage

Great-granddaughter of an early settler, Debbie Beaver is preserving a vital part of a province’s history

Preserving the history of Alberta’s Black heritageEvery time someone asks Debbie Beaver where she’s from, she has to shake her head. When she answers, “I’m Canadian,” there’s the inevitable followup question: “OK, but where are you really from?” “It still irritates me to this day,” said the administrative assistant in the University of Alberta’s Department of Psychology, who co-founded the Black Settlers of…

Don’t feed the bears! How parks get visitors to protect nature

Interpretive programs can improve visitors' attitudes about nature-friendly behaviour, but longer-term effects less certain: U of A researchers

Don’t feed the bears! How parks get visitors to protect natureBy Glen Hvenegaard and Elizabeth Halpenny University of Alberta After weeks of pandemic lockdown and closures, families keen on camping holidays and getting outdoors are relieved that many of our parks are reopening. Canada’s national parks partially opened on June 1 for day use; camping will be closed until at least June 21 while authorities assess safety.…

Alberta leads Canada in launch of new breweries in 2018

Imported beer sales declined across the country for the first time, down 3.4%, according to report

Alberta leads Canada in launch of new breweries in 2018Alberta led the country in 2018 with the number of new breweries launched, according to Beer Canada’s Industry Trends report released on Monday. The report said the number of licensed brewing facilities operating in Canada increased to 995 in 2018, more than double the number in operation just five years ago. “Alberta led the way…

Shoppers Drug Mart launches medical cannabis online platform

Albertans can now have a variety of products delivered to their doors

Shoppers Drug Mart launches medical cannabis online platformShoppers Drug Mart has expanded its online platform for the sale of medical cannabis to patients in Alberta. “As trusted medication experts, pharmacists have an important role to play in the safe and informed use of medical cannabis. This launch in Alberta is a leap forward for those looking for professional oversight and trusted support…

Preserving Bighorn too important for political squabbles

Natural beauty distinguishes Alberta from so many places. Let’s follow the will of the majority and protect this beautiful region

Preserving Bighorn too important for political squabblesIt’s disappointing to see that the Alberta government's proposal to create new protected areas in west-central Alberta has led to a partisan political brawl.  Over the last week, the government cancelled public information sessions for the Bighorn Country proposal because of reports of intimidation and threats by opponents to the proposal. The local MLA, Jason…

Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century Alberta

Christmas was more primitive in the 18th  and mid-19th century, but it was still Christmas – joy and fellowship were, and are, its primary expression

Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century AlbertaTurn the clock back to the late 18th century and mid-19th century Alberta, and chances are you’d be eating fish, beavertail, and stewed moose rather than roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham for Christmas dinner. Instead of rockin’ to tunes emanating from audio systems and iPods, you’re more likely to be dancing the jig to the sounds of…

Albertans appetite for eating out continues unabated

Increased sales across the country can be partially attributed to many summer festivals with favourable weather

Albertans appetite for eating out continues unabatedEven though the economy is still struggling and recovering slowly, people in Alberta continue to have an appetite for eating and drinking out. Sales in the food services and drinking place sector continue to rise in the province. On Tuesday, Statistics Canada reported that those sales climbed to $798.9 million in July, up 0.8 per…