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'Everyone's a loser in this case': Final witness called in de Grood murder trial

CALGARY — The final witness in the murder trial of Matthew de Grood bolstered the defence's case that he was not criminally responsible when he stabbed five young people to death at a Calgary house party two years ago.

"I believe on the balance of probabilities he had a legitimate psychotic disorder," Andrew Haag, who has a doctorate in forensic psychology and works at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, said Thursday. READ

Alberta judge quashes decision that ruled against Suncor random drug tests

Oilsands giant Suncor Energy has won the latest round in its push to randomly test thousands of workers for drugs and alcohol in northern Alberta. READ

Amid opposition protest, Liberals cut short debate on assisted-death bill

The Liberal government has successfully cut short debate on its controversial assisted-dying bill — but not without a whole lot of protest from opposition MPs. READ

Mass killer suffered psychotic episode before Calgary house party: psychiatrist

A Calgary man heard what he thought was the voice of the devil before he stabbed five people to death at a Calgary house party two years ago, says a psychiatric report introduced Wednesday at his murder trial. READ

University researcher tracking health of firefighters in Fort McMurray blaze

A researcher has started tracking the health of firefighters helping battle a massive Fort McMurray wildfire. READ

People could be allowed back to fire-ravaged Fort McMurray as early as June 1

The Alberta government says people from the fire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray could return home starting on June 1 if conditions are deemed to be safe. READ

Families of Calgary mass murder victims address court mid-trial

The families of five young people killed in a stabbing at a house party in Calgary two years ago were given an opportunity to share their grief and anger Tuesday in front of the man who took their loved ones' lives. READ

Safety commission says no danger from radiological devices after Alberta wildfire

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission says there is no risk to the public or the environment from radiological devices that could have been affected by the wildfire in Fort McMurray. READ

Wildfire's return stalls recovery plans for Fort McMurray oilsands industry

Plans to quickly restart oilsands production in northern Alberta were turned upside down Tuesday after the Fort McMurray wildfire erupted with renewed vengeance, forcing thousands of workers to scramble to safety. READ

Air quality in Fort McMurray a 'significant issue:' Alberta premier

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the air quality in Fort McMurray almost two weeks after a vicious wildfire hit the city is a significant issue. READ

Calgary man admits to stabbing five young people

Friends and family sobbed and gasped with horror Monday as they heard graphic details about how five young people at a house party were slain by a man who believed he was killing Medusas and werewolves for the son of God. READ

Fort McMurray's fire chief gets a rest as city moves toward recovery

The man who has been the face of the fire fight in Fort McMurray is taking some time off. READ

Slave Lake experience suggests fire cleanup to test Fort McMurray

Cleaning up Fort McMurray's wildfire will test the city's ability to handle everything from asbestos to rotting food and leave a lasting legacy of higher costs and dangerous residue. READ

Big banks shave 2016 growth outlooks for Canada in wake of Alberta wildfire

The effects of the enormous Alberta wildfire on the ever-crucial oil sector have prompted forecasters to trim their 2016 economic growth predictions for the entire country. READ

Volunteers provide critter care for Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees

A petite woman strains to keep hold of the leash attached to a big, shaggy and very happy dog. READ

Red Cross providing cash: Fire evacuee weeps upon hearing money on its way

Carol Christian and her son fled the forest fire in Fort McMurray with little more than a suitcase, photo albums and their cat. READ

Ottawa puts all hands on deck for Fort McMurray in advance of Trudeau visit

The federal Liberals are putting all hands on deck with a special cabinet committee to co-ordinate Fort McMurray aid and reconstruction efforts in advance of the prime minister's visit to the fire-ravaged region on Friday. READ

Care must be taken in restoring utilities to Fort McMurray: ATCO boss

Crews are working around the clock to restore power and natural gas to the fire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray, but the chief operating officer of the utility that serves the area says it's impossible to say how soon residents will be able to go home. READ

In Fort McMurray, stark contrast between devastated and untouched neighbourhoods

It's impossible to tell where one house ended and the next began. READ

Shell Canada reopens first oilsands mine shut due to Alberta wildfire

The first oilsands mine shut down by wildfires in the Fort McMurray region a week ago has been restarted. READ

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