Joel Dryden

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The so-called 'gig economy' is on the rise — here's what that means for Alberta workers

They're the people who pick you up in an Uber or deliver groceries to your door — so-called gig workers, referred to as "independent contractors" by the companies for which they work — and across Canada, there's an ongoing debate about the future of their industry.

Hearing held as part of class-action lawsuit filed against Cargill meat-packing plant

A hearing in the class-action lawsuit against the Cargill meat-packing plant near High River, Alta., was held Thursday in Calgary with the judge reserving a decision on how the case will proceed.

Cargill meat plant seeing at least 45 new cases of COVID-19: union

The Cargill meat-processing plant located near High River, Alta. is facing at least 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the union that represents the workers.

Public inquiry ordered by justice minister into Lethbridge police to proceed

A public inquiry into practices and policies of the Lethbridge Police Service is set to proceed this year in the wake of multiple instances of unauthorized access of police databases.

Manic episode was 'complete chaos' for Lethbridge man who hopes his story helps those suffering

Lethbridge resident Jason Wegner suffered a serious manic episode in 2017. Now in treatment, he's sharing his story in a memoir to help those who may find themselves in a similar situation.

As opioid deaths spike among Blood Tribe in southern Alberta, some share stories of hope

Earlier this month, the Blood Tribe sent an alert to its members warning of a particularly poisonous batch of opioids making its way through the community. While it has led to deaths, others are raising their voices to light a way forward.

Doctor shortage in Lethbridge, Alta., continues to impact residents as province looks for answers

A shortage of family doctors in Lethbridge, Alta., will stretch into 2022 — and residents say that's placing significant pressure on them as the months drag on and as health problems persist.

Alberta man says 'drug treatment court' pulled him out of life of addiction and crime

The aim of drug treatment courts is to provide an alternative to prison for nonviolent offenders. One Alberta man says the Lethbridge program helped pull him out of a life of crime.

Renovations unveiled at Lethbridge Airport with hope for future growth

Fresh renovations were revealed Tuesday at the Lethbridge Airport, including enhancements in the passenger hold room as well as airfield upgrades and pavement rehabilitation.

2 Lethbridge police officers demoted for their roles in 'MemeGate'

Sanctions were handed out on Tuesday against two Lethbridge Police Service officers who tendered guilty pleas to some Alberta Police Act charges earlier this month.