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As Fort McMurray rebuilds, fire chief wants more wildfire resilience

FORT MCMURRAY — The man who led the fight against the wildfire that devastated parts of Fort McMurray in May is urging changes to the way homes are rebuilt to avoid similar destruction in the future.

Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen says houses in the northern Alberta city should be built much further away from the dense boreal forest that surrounds them and be made out of materials that prevent fire from spreading as easily -- from the kind of shingles used to a home's siding. READ

Alberta announces sweeping six-year overhaul of school curricula at cost of $64M

Education Minister David Eggen says Alberta's overhaul of its education curricula will include topics such as climate change, gender diversity and sexual orientation. READ

Pipeline leak fouls creek near grizzly management area in northwestern Alberta

A pipeline leak has spilled an estimated 380,000 litres of light petroleum within five kilometres of a provincially designated grizzly bear management zone in northwestern Alberta, and an undetermined amount of it has reached a nearby creek. READ

Fatality inquiry into caregivers death told client had long history of violence

A fatality inquiry into the death of a mental health worker who was killed in a client's home in 2011 has been told that the client had a long history of aggressive, violent incidents with caregivers. READ

Suncor restocking Petro-Canada stations after Edmonton refinery restart

Suncor Energy says its Edmonton refinery is working to restock Petro-Canada stations after fuel shortages across Western Canada. READ

Edmonton doctor's appeal of sex assault conviction on patient turned down

The Alberta Court of Appeal has denied a doctor's appeal of his sexual assault conviction. READ

Alberta organizes centralized donation drive for residents of Fort McMurray

Alberta is organizing a centralized donation program for residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray and says it will avoid mistakes from the Slave Lake fire when new clothes ended up in the garbage dump. READ

Cenovus significantly scales up caribou protection efforts with $32M project

Cenovus is planning a $32-million project that aims to restore the habitat of dwindling caribou populations around its oilsands sites in northeastern Alberta over the next 10 years. READ

'She and God were going to prove us wrong:' Doctor recalls diabetic teen's mom

The pediatrician who initially dealt with a starved, diabetic child years before his death said the boy's mother believed her son was misdiagnosed and that "she and God" were going to prove the doctors wrong. READ

'Utter neglect:' Expert tells trial starving, diabetic teen likely had scurvy

A medical expert says a starving diabetic teen was literally skin and bones and appeared to be suffering from scurvy when he died at his family's home. READ

Wrestler Teddy Hart no longer facing assault, sex assault charges in Alberta

The Crown has dropped criminal charges against Teddy Hart, a member of Canada's legendary Hart wrestling family and known for his daredevil antics both inside and outside the ring as well as for his breeding of Persian cats. READ

Fire threat in northern Alberta eases, Cenovus and CNRL restore production

Operations are returning to normal in the Wabasca area of northern Alberta after a wildfire prompted two companies to cut back heavy oil production earlier this week. READ

Notley says South African firefighters need to be paid according to Alberta laws

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is promising 300 South African firefighters who helped out with the Fort McMurray blaze will get the wages they were promised for coming to Canada. READ

University of Calgary case highlights criminal demands for computer 'ransom'

Ransomware attacks, such as one that recently saw the University of Calgary pay cyber criminals $20,000 to unlock its computer systems, are on the rise around the globe. READ

Premier Brad Wall says oil and gas industry losing public relations battle

The energy industry is losing the public relations battle against environmentalists and needs to redouble efforts to get out its side of the story, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Wednesday. READ

Residents to take stock, retrieve belongings in hardest-hit Fort McMurray areas

Residents of three neighbourhoods most badly damaged by a Fort McMurray wildfire are expected to get a look at their homes -- or what's left of them — today. READ

Alberta considers fencing off calving pens to help caribou in forests

Scientists are putting Alberta at the head of the herd among provinces with a strategy to preserve threatened caribou that includes sectioning off forest to protect calving cows. READ

Alberta carbon tax prompts fierce oil and gas competitiveness debate

The impact of Alberta's new carbon levy on the oil and gas industry was hotly debated in Calgary on Wednesday, a day after it was passed by the NDP government. READ

Former journalist Arthur Kent wins 'Dud Scud' defamation lawsuit against Postmedia

Former television war correspondent Arthur Kent choked back tears Wednesday after winning an eight-year-old lawsuit against one of Canada's largest media companies over a column that called him "Dud Scud." READ

Alberta Appeal Court orders new trial for man accused of abusing stepdaughters

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a Calgary man accused of abusing his two stepdaughters. READ

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