Calgary Herald

  • Braid: Kenney faces up to first big leadership tolerance tes...
    The “elite media” are the least of Jason Kenney’s worries. The UCP leader is having far more trouble with his own kind. Here’s the latest blast from Independent MLA Derek Fildebrandt, who was ejected by Kenney: “You expect politicians to start acting entitled near the end of a first term… ... more
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  • Former Calgary TV producer convicted for grand larceny and s...
    A former Calgary television producer who was permanently banned from trading by the Alberta Securities Commission in 2015 has been convicted and ordered to pay nearly $3 million to investors in connection with a scheme “to steal millions from unwitting investors,” according to the New York state attorney general. The… ... more
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  • Lost keys put Ghost Lake Good Samaritan in right place and t...
    A set of lost keys led to four people being in the right place and time to help rescue 10 people from the glacial waters of Ghost Lake Reservoir on Saturday. After work on Saturday, Keith Crone and his three coworkers from an RV dealership in Balzac went to the… ... more
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  • Lethbridge hockey player out of intensive care, able to comm...
    An Alberta player with the Western Hockey League who was seriously burned while hanging out at a backyard firepit is out of intensive care. Family of Ryan Vandervlis say the Lethbridge Hurricanes player is fully alert and has been transferred to the Foothill’s Medical Centre burn unit. He is able… ... more
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  • Three members of Calgary family killed in fatal crash on Tex...
    Three people, representing three generations of a Calgary family, were killed in a deadly highway crash in Texas over the weekend, news that’s left family and friends back home reeling. Six members of the Minhas family had been travelling to Houston to visit relatives, a family member told Postmedia, when… ... more
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  • Alberta apologizes to families for cleaning up plane wreckag...
    The Alberta government is apologizing to the families of three people killed in a plane crash almost 65 years ago after cleaning up the wreckage without warning. A memorial site in central Alberta included the debris of the small plane that went down on Nov. 22, 1953. The Cesna-180 was on a… ... more
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  • Calgary teachers travel to battlefields of France and Belgiu...
    Six teachers from the Calgary area will be travelling to Northern France and Belgium this summer for historical training on the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars. The local educators will be part of a group of 23 Canadian teachers taking part in the Juno Beach Centre’s annual… ... more
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  • Calgary motorcyclist killed in collision south of city
    A 65-year-old man is dead following a collision between a motorcycle and an SUV south of Calgary on Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., Okotoks RCMP responded to the collision at the intersection of Hwy 552 and 274 Avenue W. in the MD of Foothills. The 65-year-old motorcycle driver from Calgary was… ... more
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  • Question of the Day: What did you think of this year’s...
    Your boots are back in the closet for another year and its time to reflect on the 2018 Calgary Stampede. We want to know what you thought of this year’s Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Take our poll and tell us your Stampede stories in the comments section below. … ... more
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  • June home sales down 10.7 per cent nationally from year ago
    The Canadian Real Estate Association says the number of homes sold in June was down 10.7 per cent from a year ago. The result was a five-year low for the month of June. However, sales volume was up 4.1 per cent when compared with May. The association says it was the… ... more
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  • Banff holds Indigenous blessing ceremony before letting biso...
    Several Indigenous elders are to be flown by helicopter into the backcountry of Banff National Park today for a blessing ceremony as officials prepare to let recently reintroduced bison roam free. The trip organized by Parks Canada is part of the overall plan to release the bison into a larger… ... more
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  • 2018 Calgary Stampede Rodeo champions
    After nine days of ridin’, ropin’ and racin’ at the 2018 Calgary Stampede Rodeo, it’s now time for these cowboys and cowgirls to rightly claim their crowns. The ‘Richest Day in Rodeo’ will see winners in each event take home a cheque for $100-thousand dollars, a one-of-a-kind bronze statues, and… ... more
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  • Sparkling attendance and a look to the future mark end of 20...
    On a warm and sunny final day of the Calgary Stampede, the 2018 edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth has been dubbed as “exceptional.” As the annual celebration of the city’s Western roots comes to an end, Stampede brass look back on how the past few days went… ... more
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  • Calgary to begin scorcher of a week with heat warning issued
    A heat warning has been issued for Calgary, with high temperatures hovering around 30 C expected Monday and Tuesday. Overnight temperatures of at least 14 C are also expected. Heat warnings are issued when high temperatures pose an elevated risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. To beat the heat,… ... more
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  • Ten people rescued after boat capsizes at Ghost Lake
    Cochrane RCMP say 10 people were retrieved from Ghost Lake Saturday evening after a boat capsized. The boat passengers ranged in age from 1 to 53, Mounties said Sunday. Const. Jennifer Brewer said when RCMP arrived, a Good Samaritan took the officer directly from the dock to the boat in… ... more
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  • France fans cheer on World Cup champions from Calgary
    France fans gathered at a Calgary restaurant Sunday erupted in cheers when their team captured the World Cup title with a 4-2 win. Supporters at Breizh Bistrot, many of them sporting French flags painted on their faces, leapt to their feet and began chanting “Allez les bleus” and singing “We are… ... more
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  • Indian Village no more: Stampede mainstay now dubbed Elbow R...
    Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede will now be known as Elbow River Camp following a two-year discussion to change the name. The teepee owners of the village that sits on the banks of the Elbow River and Calgary Stampede announced the joint decision to rename Sunday morning. “In the… ... more
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  • Amid provincial crackdown, numbers of unpaid wage complaints...
    While the province has stepped up efforts to ensure deadbeat employers pay up, the flow of workers’ claims alleging they’ve been stiffed hasn’t let up, totalling $19 million last year. In the fiscal year before the NDP government took power, 2014-2015, the province’s labour ministry received 4,728 complaints of unpaid… ... more
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  • Alberta businesses getting behind service dogs with new deca...
    The province has launched a new campaign for businesses to show their support of service dogs and their owners. Alberta businesses, schools and workplaces will be able to let four-legged helpers and their two-legged friends know they are welcome in those establishments by putting new service dog decals in their windows.… ... more
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  • Body of missing Lethbridge boy found in Oldman River
    The mother of a Lethbridge teen, whose body was found after he fell into the Oldman River a week ago, said he was a hero to his peers and will be sorely missed. Mason Soderstrom, 14, went missing on July 6 when the boy, his friend, and his friend’s grandmother were… ... more
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  • Wild winds interrupt Calgary Stampede rides, Indian Village
    Calgary was hit with wild wind gusts Friday night which prompted the periodic closure of some Midway rides at the Calgary Stampede along with a temporary takedown of the Indian Village. A wind warning was issued for Calgary and the surrounding area on Friday, with gusts reaching speeds of… ... more
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  • Calgary weather: Hold on to your cowboy hats, a storm could ...
    It’s officially the last weekend of the 2018 Calgary Stampede. And even though the weather may be a bit wet today, there are bound to be many cowpokes who just can’t stay away from Stampede Park. Environment Canada forecasts a few showers in the morning with a risk of thunderstorm. The… ... more
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  • Powerful windstorm blows over Calgary and area
    Powerful winds, some reaching speeds as high as 80 kilometres per hour, hit the city of Calgary and surrounding area Friday night. Crews responded to 911 calls after reports of high winds and debris in the city’s northeast. Damage included downed power lines as a result of older trees’ limbs… ... more
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  • World’s Most Interesting Man doesn’t always push...
    In what should have been a humdrum trip to my neighbourhood liquor store for cheap booze, I encountered the father of a million martini-dry social media memes. All of that would have been true and even more fascinating if I hadn’t received an out-of-the-blue invitation from a New York-based PR… ... more
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  • Extreme senior takes on all challengers in cowboy racing
    Doris Heintz has been on horseback as long as she can remember being alive. “My mom used to go get the cows when she pregnant with me and my twin brother on her horse, so I’ve ridden horses, literally, all my life,” Heintz says. The 82-year-old High River woman continues… ... more
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  • Stampede set to rename Indian Village
    A key part of the annual Stampede is set for a name change as the Indian Village, as it has been known for over a century, will be getting a new name. “We’ve had some positive discussions and we look forward to sharing it with you,” said Stampede spokeswoman Jennifer… ... more
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  • Calgary Stampede: Last chance to take in all the action down...
    It’s been eight days of bucking broncos, dizzying rides and indulgent deep fried everything down on the Calgary Stampede grounds. With only two days left of the 2018 Calgary Stampede, organizers say this year’s event has seen an increased number of people coming through the gates of Stampede Park. As… ... more
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  • How Calgary politicians survive the Stampede politicking sea...
    For Calgary politicians, the Stampede is a test of political endurance: 10 days of breakfasts, barbecues and boots that pinch your toes, while doing your level best to appear authentic and comfortable amid the crowds and hot grills. And from finding just the right footwear to taking private horse riding… ... more
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  • With Friday the 13th upon us, cowboys talk superstitions at ...
    Some cowboys go to great lengths with their superstitions, like a certain chuckwagon driver who once went three years wearing the same underwear. Doug Irvine, who has been racing chuckwagons for 21 years, said he had a winning streak when he wore the same underwear every race for three years.… ... more
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  • Bucking horses and charging bulls: The best of the Stampede ...
    At eye level with the dirt or standing above the chute, our team of photojournalists goes to great lengths to capture the Calgary Stampede rodeo. Here are a few of our favourite shots from the week. Bullfighter Scott Waye, left, steps in during a wreck involving bull rider Chase Outlaw… ... more
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  • Police reviewing nearly 90 closed sexual assault cases under...
    Nearly one-third of all sexual-assault cases reported in the first quarter of 2018 are being re-examined by the Calgary Police Service under the Philadelphia Model pilot project. Named after the city where the program originated, the Philadelphia Model allows independent agencies to work with police to review cases of sexual… ... more
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  • Millarville replacing caved-in multipurpose arena in time fo...
    The Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society will build a $1.4-million multipurpose arena to replace the former facility that was damaged beyond repair. In late March, the building’s ceiling collapsed under the weight of a spring snowfall, causing extensive damage that required the structure to be torn down in April. The… ... more
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  • Dr. Howard Gimbel to transition to teaching after undergoing...
    After a 54-year surgical career, Dr. Howard Gimbel is set to change his focus to teaching and mentoring as he prepares to undergo a procedure to remove a cancerous tumour. Gimbel, 84, said a mild symptom brought him to a doctor and led to the discovery of a tumour beside his… ... more
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  • Yodel Boy Mason Ramsey doubling Calgary concerts, will perfo...
    YouTube-sensation Yodel Boy will be taking Calgary by storm on Friday with two performances, offering double the chance of hearing Mason Ramsey’s yodelling talent. Ramsey will begin his day with an hour-long concert on the second floor of The Core shopping centre. The free performance will take place on Cowboys’… ... more
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  • Build-A-Bear pay your age day draws hundreds to Chinook Cent...
    Hundreds of Calgary shoppers packed into Chinook Centre on Thursday to wait in a nearly unbearable line for the opportunity to “pay their age” for teddy bears. The promotion proved so popular for Build-A-Bear Workshop that it had to turn away customers at some locations. The company wrote in a Facebook… ... more
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  • Province officially re-opens Harvie Passage
    With a ministerial shooting of the rapids Thursday, one rough stretch for Calgary’s Harvie Passage officially flowed into much more welcomed turbulence. Five years and $8 million later, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips donned a wet suit, helmet and life jacket to help navigate a red canoe through one of the… ... more
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  • Send in the clown: Doo Doo a 20-year staple at Stampede
    It was 35 years ago when the laughter began. A young Doo Doo the Clown, or Shane Farberman, as he was then known, was a high school student working part-time at a restaurant, earning $2.30 an hour. His friend was doing some entertainment work at a Toronto hospital and enlisted Farberman… ... more
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  • UCP deputy whip Prab Gill resigns role amid ballot-stuffing ...
    UCP Deputy Whip Prab Gill has resigned his role within the party after he was alleged to be involved in voting irregularities during a recent constituency meeting. UCP spokeswoman Christine Myatt confirmed Gill, who also serves as the MLA for Calgary-Greenway, stepped aside pending the outcome of the investigation. “In… ... more
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  • Outrider horse at Calgary Stampede euthanized after breaking...
    An outrider horse has been euthanized after suffering a lower front leg fracture, the Stampede said Thursday. The horse suffered the injury during Wednesday night’s chuckwagon races. It was assessed by a veterinarian who determined it needed to be euthanized. Officials say this type of injury is known in racing horses… ... more
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  • Province to celebrate re-opening of Bow River’s Harvie...
    Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips will be in Calgary Thursday morning for the reopening of Harvie Passage. Phillips will canoe down the reconstructed passage with local whitewater paddlers. The passage filled with artificial pools and rapids was built for rafters and kayakers in 2012 and replaced the old weir,… ... more
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  • Calgary weather: Another warm one – oh, the humidity!
    It might get a little muggy today if you’re down at the Calgary Stampede. Environment Canada is calling for a sunny day on Thursday with a high of 27 C to keep you in the Stampede swing of things. But the Humidex will be at 30, which is just past… ... more
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  • Calgary wrestling royalty airing dirty laundry in duelling a...
    Members of the Hart family, Calgary’s pro-wrestling royalty, are having a public throw-down about why the late Owen Hart hasn’t been added to the WWE Hall of Fame. Owen Hart, the younger brother of former heavyweight champion Bret (The Hitman) Hart, died in 1999 when he fell more than eight stories… ... more
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  • New to Stampede and loving every minute of it
    I’d spent a grand total of seven days of my life in Calgary before moving here last month, just in time for Stampede, though I will admit I have been to Stampede once before. The year was 2005 and I was 13 years old when my parents took my sister… ... more
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  • ‘The little country that could’: Calgary’s...
    It was 20 years in the making. Grown adults weeping, old friends hugging, children cheering. Croatia’s thrilling semifinal victory over England at the World Cup on Wednesday was felt in northeast Calgary. “Euphoria. Nobody expected us to get there, we did it,” said Ivan Pocrnic, one of hundreds of fans… ... more
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  • Parks Canada looking for bear that trampled tent at Lake Min...
    Parks Canada is still trying to determine which bear is responsible for a close encounter with campers that has resulted in a full closure at Lake Minnewanka. Since the campers didn’t see the bear, they couldn’t say if it was a black bear or grizzly. “Very few of our bears… ... more
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  • Interest rate hike bad news for debt-burdened Calgarians, st...
    Debt-burdened Calgarians won’t face an easier road after the Bank of Canada hiked its benchmark interest rate to 1.5 per cent Wednesday, says a local bankruptcy adviser. While news of the rate hike comes as no surprise, it should force some in the city to take a closer look at… ... more
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  • Braid: After preaching exit from oil, NDP talks like a wildc...
    Premier Rachel Notley needs a zip line for Calgary’s economy — one that goes up, not down. Her acrobatic Stampede over, she and her ministers are drifting back to Edmonton. Calgary is left with the familiar malaise — a sputtering economy that shows promise but never quite relaunches. Businesses keep… ... more
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  • Alberta considers taking driver road tests back from private...
    EDMONTON — Alberta says it might take driver road tests back from the private sector due to concerns about oversight and high fees compared with the rest of Canada. Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson says all options will be discussed in coming months, and changes could come as early as… ... more
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  • The cowboy way is still alive and well in southern Alberta
    Born to buck, the horses that call the Calgary Stampede Ranch home are some of the best rodeo stock in the world.  The ranch sprawls across 23,000 acres of prairie on the eastern slopes of the Hand Hills just south of Hanna. It is here that equine superstars are bred, born… ... more
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  • Chestermere man suffers severe brain trauma after wasp sting
    A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of a Chestermere man who suffered severe brain trauma after being stung by a wasp. According to the GoFundMe page, Reg Avery was picking up his trailer on June 26 when he was stung and went into anaphylactic shock. He… ... more
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  • Trudeau announces new Canada-led training mission in Iraq
    The Canadian military will command a new NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq for its first year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Brussels on Wednesday as part of the alliance’s annual summit. He said the mission, to begin in the fall of 2018 in Baghdad and the… ... more
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  • West Nile virus dropped off the radar in Alberta but here...
    With temperatures warming and mosquitos coming out of hiding, Alberta Health Services is once again reminding the public about the threat of West Nile Virus — something that just won’t go away. Alberta saw seven cases of the virus last year compared to the five seen in 2016 and between… ... more
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  • Gallery: The most stunning photos from Stampede
    Our team of dedicated photo journalists have been on the grounds all week capturing the 2018 Calgary Stampede. Here are a few of our favourite photos from Tuesday (it was difficult to choose just a few). Tuf Cooper from Weatherford, Texas during during tie-down roping at the Calgary Stampede in… ... more
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  • Question of the Day: Will oil boom again in Alberta?
    The president of Husky Energy told a Calgary crowd he thinks the period of of people looking at oil and gas as a “twilight industry” is coming to an end. CEO Rob Peabody added there was a “hugeâ€� demand for oil products for at least the next 50 years. Peabody… ... more
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  • Fortney: From Iditarod to stock dogs, former Calgarian loves...
    She’s the first Canadian woman to have finished the Iditarod, the world-famous, 1,600-kilometre Alaskan dog sled race that takes the mushers and their dog teams over treacherous mountain ranges, desolate tundra and frozen rivers. This week, though, Karen Ramstead is staying warm and dry at the Calgary Stampede, as she… ... more
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  • Calgary Weather: Tuesday showers bring us Wednesday sun
    Wednesday marks day six of the Stampede — a day that will see temperatures hit 24 degrees this afternoon. Environment Canada says to expect a mix of sun and cloud and winds gusting up to 40 km/h this afternoon. The UV Index is listed at 8, or very high, which… ... more
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  • Chuckwagon driver injured in Tuesday night Stampede races
    Veteran Chuckwagon driver Obrey Motowylo was flung from his wagon and then run over by it in the eighth-heat of Tuesday night’s chuckwagon races. In a statement, the Stampede said Motowylo “required medical attention and was removed from the track by ambulance.” Motowylo, a native of Bluffton, hit a barrel near the start… ... more
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  • Corbella: Canadians were key players in saving the Thai boys
    There are moments when the world really does seem like a small place — a global village where everyone comes together for a common goal. That’s certainly been the case with the Thai soccer team of 12 boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach, who were trapped in… ... more
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  • Spurred by Humboldt Broncos bus crash, Alberta overhauls tru...
    The Humboldt Broncos bus crash is the “impetus” behind a mandatory training program for truck drivers being introduced early next year, says Alberta Transportation. Transportation Minister Brian Mason made the announcement in Calgary on Tuesday, a little more than three months after the April 6 crash at a rural intersection in… ... more
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  • Bear causes closure of Lake Minnewanka trails and campground...
    Parks Canada is warning visitors to Banff National Park to stay away from parts of Lake Minnewanka after a bear tore through a backcountry campsite. All trails and campgrounds along the northern shore of Lake Minnewanka, just northeast of the Banff townsite, have been closed until further notice after a… ... more
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  • Local woman with ties to Stampede hired as an employee on th...
    Jessica Melville comes from a long line of chuckwagon champions — from her legendary grandfather Orville Strandquist to her uncle Eddie Melville, who retired last year from outriding — and the Stampede has always been a big part of her life. But this year for the first time, she gets to experience… ... more
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  • Tourism to Calgary strong as hotel rooms sold for Stampede t...
    It’s only partway through the Stampede, but the number of hotel rooms booked across the city is already on pace to exceed last year’s record-setting tally. The official figures won’t be available until the end of the month, but the Calgary Hotel Association says this year’s 10-day festival is trending… ... more
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  • Fortney: Rodeo’s newest clown star follows in dad̵...
    He’s a baby-faced 24-year-old whose Snidely Whiplash-style ‘stache utterly fails to age him by even a minute. Still, the last time Brinson James Harris presented himself in the Calgary Stampede rodeo ring, he was, well, a baby. “We had this act where my dad would carry me in a laundry… ... more
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  • Alberta Transportation to introduce mandatory training progr...
    Alberta will have a mandatory entry-level training program in place for its trucking companies for January 2019. Transportation Minister Brian Mason said the province had been working on introducing mandatory training requirements last summer, but said the Humboldt crash “underlined the urgency on moving forward.â€� Mason said the province will… ... more
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  • ROVING REPORTER: Lots of family fun to be found at Stampede
    The Calgary Stampede is a great place for family fun, as roving reporter Cayla Spiess found out when asking people of all ages what they loved most about attending. From the midway to the rodeo to the deep-fried Oreos and animals, what gets you down to the grounds? ... more
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  • ROVING REPORTER: What is it you love most about the Stampede...
    What is it you love most about going to the Calgary Stampede? Is it the food, the rodeo, the fun atmosphere, or something else entirely? Roving reporter Cayla Spiess asked around the grounds to find out what some patrons love most about attending the 10-day festival. ... more
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  • ROVING REPORTER: Western Heritage
    Roving reporter Cayla Spiess asks Stampede-goers what their favourite part of the show is.   ... more
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  • ROVING REPORTER: BMO Farm Family Awards
    Stampede roving reporter Cayla Spiess takes us behind the scenes of the BMO Farm Family Awards.   ... more
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  • Question of the Day: Will you be impacted by Greyhound’...
    Do you rely on Greyhound buses to travel across this province and others? We want to hear your story. The company announced this week it is ending its bus services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and cancelling all but one route in B.C. Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick said… ... more
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  • Calgary weather: Thunderstorm threats this afternoon
    Day five of the Stampede is going to be slightly less than ideal with showers and thunderstorms rolling in this afternoon. Environment Canada says there will a be 30 per cent chance of showers this morning before showers begin around noon. A risk of thunderstorms will run into the afternoon,… ... more
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