Alberta denies rule changes would create rental suite fire traps

Alberta’s municipal affairs minister says there’s no truth to accusations the government is secretly changing rules that would put renters in fire trap suites.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s municipal affairs minister says there’s no truth to accusations the government is secretly changing rules that would put renters in fire trap suites.

A published report says the government is considering watering down health regulations that currently prevent landlords from building and renting out suites with no bedroom windows.

Doug Griffiths says the health rules are trumped by provincial building and fire codes, which forbid bedrooms from not having windows or other means of safe escape in case of fire.

He says any changes to the rules will only bring them closer in line with the codes.

NDP Leader Brian Mason says there’s no reason to change the rules if the government truly wants to keep Albertans safe.

Health Minister Fred Horne says he has not seen any regulation changes that would allow windowless bedrooms, and says he would have serious reservations if they did.

Just Posted

Updated: Hunting Hills High School student sentenced for making online threat

16-year-old gets a conditional discharge with 12-month probation and 50 hours of community service

Butcher stabbed Johnston in self-defence, lawyer says in closing argument

HALIFAX — Nicholas Butcher was acting in self-defence when he stabbed Kristin… Continue reading

Federal government finalizes regulations to reduce methane emissions

CALGARY — The federal government said Thursday it has finalized regulations that… Continue reading

Man charged with sex offences aiming to resolve charges

Stuart Peter Hunt is facing more than dozen charges related to child sexual exploitation offences

$25-a-day child care program expanded

More affordable child care spaces in Red Deer

WATCH: Thousands of high school students visit Red Deer College for CAREERexpo

The eighth annual CAREERexpo was held at RDC Thursday

Grief over deadly Toronto van attack sinks in days after rampage

TORONTO — Grief over the deadly van attack that took place on… Continue reading

Riggers looking forward to another trip to Nationals with season on the horizon

Season opens on May 15 against the Confederation Park Cubs

Update: Pilot likely disoriented in plane crash that killed former Alberta premier

CALGARY — The Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of a plane… Continue reading

What’s new on Netflix Canada, CraveTV in May

A monthly look at what’s scheduled to be added to the catalogues… Continue reading

Air Canada offers to help passengers stranded by a possible pilot strike

MONTREAL — Air Canada has turned the tables on WestJet by taking… Continue reading

Blackfalds drops front licence plate advocacy efforts

The Town of Blackfalds is no longer pursuing mandatory dual licence plates… Continue reading

How the government hopes to strengthen intellectual property in Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government has unveiled new measures on intellectual property… Continue reading

Innisfail solar project could be powering 4,000 homes in 2019

The Town of Innisfail will soon be home to a solar farm… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month