Sarah MacDonald

Sarah MacDonald is a music and culture writer whose work has appeared in The Walrus, Flare, NOW, and many more. Previously, she was an associate editor at Noisey Canada. She's happy to be here.

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Couple found dead near Jasper remembered as dedicated volunteer firefighters

Matthew Kozak and Zabrina Ferrier died while hiking in Jasper National Park. At the small fire department where the couple served as volunteers, they are being remembered for their passion and dedication.

He saved a neighbour from her attacker. Now he's getting a top award for civilian bravery.

Cable installer Ken Stead saw his neighbour lying motionless on her living-room floor, her wild-eyed assailant standing over her. Instinct took over.

COVID-triggered closure of troubled Grande Cache mine leaves workers in limbo

Four months after it was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grande Cache coal mine remains inactive, leaving more than 200 workers in limbo. 

At least 1,000 Edmonton students and school staff now in isolation due to COVID-19

In the two weeks since classes resumed across the province, at least 1,000 students and staff in schools across Edmonton have been ordered into isolation after potential exposure to COVID-19.

Man sentenced to 7 years in gas-and-dash death of Alberta gas station owner

A Spruce Grove, Alta., man has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the 2017 death of a Thorsby gas station owner who was run over and killed as he tried to halt a gas-and-dash.

Speeding Tesla driver caught napping behind the wheel on Alberta highway

A 20-year-old B.C. motorist who who found reclining behind the wheel of a Tesla while the electric vehicle was on autopilot has been charged by the RCMP in Alberta with speeding.

Fired Edmonton woman files human rights complaint for dress-code discrimination at car dealership

Legal experts say Caitlin Bernier's dismissal is a case study in the constrained, complex rights of probationary workers, Alberta human rights law and the ongoing discrimination women face in male-dominated industries.

RCMP investigate hit-and-run at anti-racism protest in Ponoka

RCMP are investigating after an anti-racism protester was struck by a passing vehicle during a heated demonstration Thursday in Ponoka, 100 kilometres south of Edmonton.

Loss of funding for intensive opioid therapy program will have fatal consequences, critics warn

The government's plan to close clinics in Edmonton and Calgary offering what is considered a last-resort treatment for opioid addiction will put lives at risk, advocates warned in an open letter to the province Wednesday.

'My 13-year-old is a hero': Teen saves her family from early morning duplex fire

A mother and father who escaped an early morning fire inside a north Edmonton duplex are crediting their 13-year-old daughter with getting them out safely. 

Monuments honouring fallen Edmonton police officers defaced with graffiti

Edmonton police are investigating after of monuments paying tribute to Const. Ezio Faraone and Const. William Nixon were defaced by vandals. 

Alberta court ruling upholds automatic registration for convicted sex offenders

The 2-1 ruling from Alberta's highest court means an Edmonton man who has fought to dismantle a section of Canada's sex offender laws can appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

COVID-19 triggers school bus driver shortage in Edmonton

Fears over the spread of COVID-19 on Edmonton school buses are contributing to a city-wide driver shortage — and students are expected to face delays in getting to class for weeks to come.

A millionaire made: Winner of historic Oilers 50/50 raffle claims $7M

Daryl Tyrlik is $7,088,425 richer after claiming his share of a record-breaking 50/50 raffle on Monday.

Edmonton software engineer says Iranian regime attempted to make him their spy

Seven months after an Edmonton software engineer was arrested by Iranian intelligence agents, imprisoned, interrogated and coerced into becoming a state informant under threat of death, he still feels trapped.