Joel Dryden

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Conservative MP has travelled to California twice since March for 'essential house maintenance'

Calgary-Signal Hill Conservative MP Ron Liepert travelled twice to Palm Desert, Calif. since March, his office confirmed Saturday, dealing with "essential house maintenance issues."

Police takedown of woman in stormtrooper costume won't result in criminal charges

An outside force says no criminal charges are warranted in relation to the handcuffing of a woman in a stormtrooper costume outside a Star Wars-themed business in Lethbridge, Alta., last May.

More people than you think have comorbidities — and why it matters

Alberta recently started reporting "comorbidities," or pre-existing chronic medical conditions, linked to COVID-19 deaths — but the bullet points on each day's list of those lost don't tell the whole story. About one in five Albertans have high blood pressure alone, with experts warning chronic medical conditions are actually very common.

Police arrest 21-year-old at skating rink after bylaw officers say crowd violated COVID-19 regulations

A widely shared video on social media depicts a tense confrontation between a 21-year-old man and Calgary police officers after bylaw services were called to the Southwood community rink on Thursday.

City seeks Green Line consultant report for 'better understanding' of provincial concerns

Calgary officials will make a formal request to the provincial government for confidential access to a consultant's report that they say would help them better understand ongoing disagreements.

Boston TV reporter interviews Flames legend Jarome Iginla and has no idea

On Saturday night, a news piece that aired on a Boston television station reported on poor visibility and challenging road conditions in Massachusetts. One driver quoted in the story just happened to be Calgary Flames legend (and former Boston Bruin) Jarome Iginla.

Provinces should adopt surveillance testing to battle COVID-19, long-term care home review says

One of the largest operators of Canadian seniors' residences and long-term care homes is calling for provinces to adopt widespread surveillance testing as part of an internal review set to be released on Monday.

Black Friday brings massive crowds, multiple fights to Calgary mall

Despite new provincial restrictions introduced this week, large crowds descended on Chinook Centre during Black Friday sales — and Calgary police say a couple of instances quickly got out of control.

2 workers from Calgary hospital in isolation after visitor lies about COVID-19 status

Two health-care workers from Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary are now in isolation after a visitor did not disclose their COVID-19 status during the on-site screening process, AHS has confirmed.

System upgrades at Calgary bank leave e-transfers in limbo, contact centre swamped with calls

A Calgary bank's efforts to implement a "new digital experience" has left a significant number of its members frustrated and angry — some of whom are threatening to leave the financial institution altogether.