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?
By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Thu., May 2, 2019 EDMONTON–Police Chief Dale McFee will offer an apology to the city’s LGBTQ community Friday. The Edmonton Police Service issued a press release Thursday stating McFee will address the community Friday morning as “part of a reconciliation process with members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Two-Spirit community.” Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin formally apologized in summer 2018 for the service’s role in the marginalization of and discrimination against LGBTQ Calgarians, but Edmonton’s former chief Rod Knecht had declined to do the same. McFee was sworn in as EPS chief in February. The Edmonton Pride Festival banned uniformed officers from marching after a protest at last year’s event. In April, festival organizers announced this year’s event would be cancelled. Article Continued Below Read more: Former Edmonton police commissioner calls on … [Read more...] about Edmonton police chief will apologize to LGBTQ community
By Brennan Doherty Star Calgary Sun., April 28, 2019 CALGARY—WestJet is suspending several of its routes across Canada, including an international run from Halifax to Paris, for at least a month due to the ongoing suspension of Boeing 737 Max aircraft after two catastrophic crashes. The 737 Max was grounded by governments and airlines around the world after a Max flown by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa last March, killing 157 passengers and crew. Another 189 passengers and crew died in a similar crash last year after a 737 owned by Lion Air went down in Indonesian seas. It isn’t clear when the aircraft will return to service. In the meantime, WestJet — with 13 Max-8 aircraft stuck on the tarmac — has swapped them out for different aircraft and adjusted their schedules. But the Calgary-based airline also “made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend a small number of routes where no … [Read more...] about WestJet suspends several routes due to Max aircraft grounding, reroutes passengers
By Kashmala Fida Star Edmonton Sun., April 28, 2019 EDMONTON— Fulfil all your Mission Impossible and Matrix fantasies with a good mix of puzzle solving at North America’s newest and largest escape room, opening in Edmonton this Wednesday. An escape room is an adventure-based game in which players solve a series riddles using clues and strategy to complete objectives in an immersive theme room setting. While Escape Hour will offer seven different rooms that cover 9,400 square feet of the Edmonton City Centre mall, one room offers a unique adventure unlike any other in the country. The Action 5 Lives is the only escape room in Canada that requires physical prowess to solve. If you want to test your brain and brawn — requiring some push-ups, crawling through spaces and dodging lasers — this is the escape room for you. Alex Tereshchenko, creator of Escape Hour, says although each adventure is tailored to a main character, teamwork is … [Read more...] about North America’s largest escape room set to unlock its doors in Edmonton
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