Leo Paré

Men charged in multimillion-dollar smuggling and trafficking ring

A routine traffic stop in Nevada more than a year ago has led to charges against three Calgary men allegedly at the centre of a multimillion-dollar smuggling and trafficking operation.

  • Jan 22, 2014

Beaver documentary nominated for award

A beaver documentary that involved filming at the Ellis Bird Farm by two local videographers has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

Bodies of Canadians killed in Kabul suicide attack to return home Wednesday

The bodies of two Canadian accountants who were killed in a Taliban suicide attack in Afghanistan last week are on their way home.

  • Jan 21, 2014

One injured in Monday morning fire

One person was treated with minor injuries after a fire broke out in a Red Deer home on Monday morning.

Skiers aren’t complaining about big-snow winter

Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. While that chorus may not be on the lips of legions of exasperated snow shovellers, its sweet music to those who like their winters white.

Trudeau has a lot riding on Colorado pot plot

When Justin Trudeau dove into the legalized marijuana debate last summer, it initially looked like an unnecessarily polarizing position that too easily allowed his opponents to depict him as a lightweight unable to grapple with more pressing issues.

Swedish doctors transplant wombs

Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed.

  • Jan 15, 2014

Man gunned down at US theatre for texting

An argument over texting in a Florida movie theatre ended with a retired police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.

  • Jan 15, 2014

Principle aims to end persecution

Joe, an alcoholic with a history of 16 convictions for drunk driving, seemed unaffected by a series of jail sentences he served as a result. An aboriginal man in his 60s, Joe (not his real name) would be charged, convicted and quietly serve his time, and then resume his old habits as soon as he got out of jail.

Blood donations sought

Weather-related cancellations have prompted Canadian Blood Services to make a call for blood donations across Canada.

Building regulations changing in Lacombe

Lacombe builders face new deadlines for submitting building applications before new regulations kick in. The changes are happening because the growing city can no longer guarantee a 10-minute fire response 90 per cent of the time. That means certain building exemptions no longer apply.

What are the economic alternatives?

Why do some editors seem to shy away from letters from socialists? Maybe this is because socialists are gloomy with regard to the prospects of the Canadian economy and indeed the world economy in general. However, socialists are not alone in their prognosis.

  • Jan 14, 2014

Food industry cuts 6.4 trillion calories from products

Some of the nation’s largest food companies have cut daily calorie counts by an average of 78 per person, a new study says, more than four times the amount the industry pledged to slash by next year.

  • Jan 13, 2014

Two sides of Blue Rodeo

The hand-scrawled placards came out halfway through this week’s Blue Rodeo concert at the Centrium in Red Deer.

Strike vote may be held

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees say a strike vote may be in the future for 115 nursing and support staff at an Innisfail seniors facility. According to a Tuesday press release, AUPE employees will plan a strike vote after their employer rejected an independent mediator’s recommended settlement. The employees who may have to vote on whether job action is necessary work at Sunset Manor/Country Lodge, which is owned by Chantelle Management.

Drunken tirades land man in jail

A former university instructor who threatened to shoot a Red Deer Mountie in the head and massacre up to 200 more police officers has been sentenced to 60 days in jail, minus time served.

Lubicon Lake First Nation appealing injunction against blockade at drilling site

A First Nation is appealing a court injunction against a blockade of an energy company’s drilling site in northern Alberta.

  • Jan 7, 2014

Communities fighting to stay a step ahead of snow

Sylvan Lake’s social media-savvy mayor used his tweeting skills to help residents who were stuck in the snow on Friday.

Abusive boyfriend jailed for two years

A “toxic relationship” fraught with alcohol and drug abuse, assaults and ignorance of court orders has landed a man in jail for two years.