Joel Dryden

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Class-action lawsuit filed against Cargill meat-packing plant

A Calgary law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Cargill Ltd. in connection to a COVID-19 outbreak that was at one point the largest in North America, at the company's beef-processing plant near High River, Alta.

Most Canadians opposed to Wexit, but poll finds new party could pose challenge to Conservatives

Most Canadians remain opposed to the concept of the four most western provinces separating from Canada, but a new poll suggests any support for the Wexit party could come at the expense of the federal Conservatives in the next election.

Statues honouring Calgary police and firefighters vandalized

Two statues dedicated to the city's police officers and firefighters at Calgary's city hall were vandalized sometime in the past 24 hours, though much of it had been cleaned off by Friday afternoon.

Calgary's mayor usually attends up to 25 events a day during Stampede — not this year

Mini doughnuts, barbecues, the parade — the Calgary Stampede is a time for politicians to be seen shaking hands and flipping flapjacks, and doubly so for the city's mayor.

Blackfoot Confederacy calls for Jason Kenney to fire speechwriter

The Blackfoot Confederacy is the latest group of Indigenous Albertans calling for the firing of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter after a 2013 column resurfaced that called residential schools a "bogus genocide story."

Up to 70% of Alberta tourism businesses could close without help, report predicts

The pandemic has decimated the travel industry in Alberta and the weeks and months ahead appear bleak, says a new report from the Tourism Industry of Alberta Association.

Airdrie rainbow crosswalk tarred and feathered just one week after being vandalized with slurs

Last weekend, residents of Airdrie discovered that the town's rainbow crosswalk had been vandalized with anti-gay slurs.

Alberta treaty nation demands resignation of Jason Kenney's speechwriter

Alberta First Nations members from Treaty Six are calling for the resignation of Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter for his 2013 column dismissing what he called the 'bogus genocide story' of Canada's residential school system.

Kenney speechwriter said homosexuality is 'socially destructive' and called First Nation an oppressive regime

Further writings by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter came to light Friday, columns stating that homosexuality was "individually and socially destructive" and characterizing an Alberta First Nation as an "oppressive, collectivist regime."

Kenney resists calls to fire speechwriter who said residential schools were a 'bogus genocide story'

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Thursday that he "fundamentally disagrees" with the contents of an article written in 2013 by his speechwriter that dismissed the 'bogus genocide story' of Canada's residential school system.

'I don't have another country to belong to yet': Wexit Canada interim leader won't give up federal pension

Veteran conservative politician Jay Hill says Premier Jason Kenney is mistaken if he thinks Alberta will ever get a "fair deal" from Ottawa — something he believes only the separation of the western provinces will achieve.

Municipal election funding legislation contains 'one enormous mistake,' Nenshi says

Proposed changes under a new municipal election financing bill represent a mixed bag for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi — but without one major change, the legislation won't receive his support.

RCMP fined 7 Americans last week for stopping to sightsee in Banff National Park

Alberta RCMP issued seven tickets to Americans who stopped in Banff National Park to see the sights last week despite rules observed by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Black Diamond evacuation ends after 'significant' gas leak

Residents and businesses near downtown Black Diamond, Alta., were forced to evacuate Saturday morning while officials responded to a "significant" gas leak.

Last weekend's massive storm likely damaged 20,000 Calgary homes, officials say

As Calgarians continue to assess the damage after last weekend's torrential rain and hail, the city's leaders charted the next steps in Calgary's response.