Bill Graveland

Bill Graveland is a Calgary-based reporter for The Canadian Press.

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'I love this country': Brazilian cowboy nears end of epic horse ride in Calgary

Filipe Masetti Leite stops for a break from another long day in the saddle on his year-long trek encountering bugs, bears, buffalo and bad weather.

Injured Broncos player continues rehab after pandemic lockdown

Ryan Straschnitzki, the former Humboldt Broncos hockey player paralyzed from the chest down two years ago in a Saskatchewan bus crash, isn't letting the pandemic prevent him from his reaching goal of making the national sledge team.

'Life has to continue': Using sensors to track health risks in post-COVID world

A University of Calgary researcher says key cards, lanyards with sensors and wrist devices similar to Fitbits could help make schools and workplaces safer as people adjust to living with the novel coronavirus.

Union representing Alberta Safeway workers frustrated over contract talks

The union representing Canada Safeway workers in Alberta says it is consulting with its members about a possible strike vote.

Pawnshops, payday lenders shocked at the topsy-turvy way the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting them

High unemployment means not as many people are using payday lenders and pawnshop owners say their shelves are bare as people stay home and are also eligible for government funding.

Calgary homeless sleep outdoors over fears of catching COVID-19

Gordon Kelter has something to fear more than not having a bed to sleep in at night — catching COVID-19.

Pandemic causing 'unprecedented' threat to beef and pork producers, industry group says

Canadian livestock groups say producers are suffering since COVID-19 outbreaks have caused closures and slowdowns at meat-processing plants across the country.

Lawyers and advocates ponder future of jury system in era of COVID-19

The president of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers is worried the justice system will try to delay jury trials as it deals with COVID-19 at the expense of the rights of those accused of a crime.

Preventive measures at Alberta meat plants came too late to stop COVID-19 outbreaks, union says

"If you're in a meat plant with 2,000 other staff, you can't stay six feet away from folks at all times. You're going to the lunchroom. You're going to the wash stations to clean up.... You're going to the locker room to don on or off your clothing and equipment. And you're going to the washroom. So it's impossible to maintain that social distancing."

One trip per week. One person per household. That should be the law for grocery buying, union says

Western Canada's largest private-sector union is proposing that people be limited to one trip to the grocery store each week to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among customers and workers.

'I really felt that maybe I'm not going to be OK': Alberta teen recounts brush with death from COVID-19

Matt Greenshields never worried about COVID-19 until he found himself thinking about death as he was being wheeled down the empty, darkened hallways of a hospital on his way to intensive care.

Taste of home schooling generating new interest among parents

Many parents are in uncharted territory with the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are getting a taste of having their children learn outside a school context.

'Always new expenses': Lawsuits filed as anniversary of Broncos bus crash nears

It's been almost two years since the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan and with the solemn anniversary comes a closing legal window that has seen several lawsuits filed in court.

Union wants safety guarantee before meat inspectors return to plant where worker had COVID-19

The union representing federal meat inspectors says its members will be back at work Monday at a meatpacking plant just north of Calgary if the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reassured that it's safe.

Agriculture sector scrambling to offset consequences of COVID-19 crisis

Canada's agriculture sector is warning of higher prices and potential food shortages if it it isn't designated an essential service and allowed to do business as usual during the COVID-19 crisis.