By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Sat., May 11, 2019 EDMONTON—You’ll be allowed to spark a joint at folk fest this summer, but you’ll have to go off-site to toke with your food at A Taste of Edmonton or heritage fest. The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is one of the few major local events planning to have a designated cannabis smoking area for the first summer since legalization in Canada. “Can people bring pot down to the folk festival and have a place to smoke it? Yes, that will happen,” festival producer Terry Wickham said. “If we said to people, you can’t smoke in here, everybody would go outside and be smoking in Cloverdale and they wouldn’t like that.” Wickham said he has to talk to city officials to work out exactly what the space, or spaces, will look like when folk fest returns Aug. 8 to Aug. 11 at Gallagher Park. Article Continued Below He acknowledged people already smoked pot on the hill before … [Read more...] about Which Edmonton festivals will welcome weed smokers this summer?
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By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Brennan Doherty Star Calgary Tues., April 30, 2019 EDMONTON—Premier Jason Kenney named 22 cabinet ministers Tuesday, which is almost twice the number the NDP named at its inauguration in 2015 and five more than the NDP had at the end of its tenure. New ministries include one dedicated to eliminating “red tape” for businesses, one dedicated to natural gas, and one to mental health and addictions. Kenney also took one portfolio for himself. The new crop of United Conservative Party ministers includes some fresh political faces working in high-profile portfolios, such as health and energy, and some who have served with previous Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. Name: Jason Kenney Ministry: Intergovernmental affairs Article Continued Below Riding: Calgary-Lougheed Philosophy: “Alberta is an idea,” Kenney said Tuesday. “The idea that strong families, communities … [Read more...] about Meet Alberta’s new United Conservative ministers
By Brennan Doherty Star Calgary Mon., April 29, 2019 CALGARY—Another legal attempt to suspend provincial legislation protecting gay-straight alliances has been blocked by Alberta’s highest court. The clubs are voluntary organizations for LGBTQ students and their allies. While GSAs have been accepted in Alberta schools since 2015, Bill 24 — introduced in 2017 — further protects them. It requires school administrators to accept a GSA if students ask for one and forbids staff from outing members to their parents. Roughly two dozen faith-based schools, parents, and advocacy groups represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms launched an injunction in April 2018 to suspend Bill 24, pending a constitutional review of the law. The group of appellants described GSAs as “ideological sexual clubs” and argued keeping parents out of the loop on their children’s participation in the clubs violated their charter … [Read more...] about Alberta’s top court dismisses appeal in legal battle over gay-straight alliances
By Rosa Saba Star Calgary Mon., April 29, 2019 CALGARY—Premier-designate Jason Kenney thanked an Alberta energy expert Monday for quitting the Alberta Energy Regulator board “a day before we could fire him.” Ed Whittingham resigned from the regulator on Sunday citing “smear” tactics by Kenney and his United Conservative Party as well as fundamental disagreements over the incoming government’s energy policies. The AER is a government corporation that is tasked with overseeing the development and management of the province’s energy resources, while also protecting water and the environment. Whittingham, who led the Pembina Institute environmental think tank from 2011 to 2017 and pushed for a cap on oilsands emissions, was named to the board in February. From Day 1, Whittingham says he was “subjected to a smear campaign without precedent in Alberta for a public appointment held by a private citizen,” according … [Read more...] about Jason Kenney thanks Alberta energy adviser for resigning ‘a day before we could fire him’
By Bill Graveland The Canadian Press Sun., April 28, 2019 TABER, ALTA.—It was a snowy, spring day on April 28, 1999, when an angry teenager walked through the doors of W.R. Myers High School. Wearing a blue trench coat, the 14-year-old pulled out a sawed off .22-calibre rifle and fired four shots in the hallway of the public school in Taber, a small agricultural community in the heart of Alberta’s southern Bible Belt. One bullet struck Jason Lang, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student. His friend Shane Christmas, also 17, was blasted in the stomach. Lang died. Christmas survived. Article Continued Below “It still affects me 20 years later,” says Christmas. “It affects every aspect of my adult life.” Christmas, who now lives in nearby Lethbridge, says in a brief online message that he has since forgiven the gunman, who was arrested by an unarmed school resource officer that day. Court later heard the teen was the victim of bullying. … [Read more...] about ‘Total blackness,’ Remembering Alberta school shooting 20 years later