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  • World's Largest Dinosaur Graveyard Found [ Alberta Canada ]

    06/25/2010 7:40:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | Jennifer Viegas
    The world's largest dinosaur graveyard has been discovered in Alberta, Canada, according to David Eberth of the Royal Tyrrell Museum and other scientists working on the project. The Vancouver Sun reports that the massive dinosaur bonebed is 1.43-square miles in size. Eberth says it contains thousands of bones belonging to the dinosaur Centrosaurus, which once lived near what is now the Saskatchewan border. Centrosaurus was a plant-eating, cow-sized dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous, around 75 million years ago. It cut quite a figure back then, with its top-of-the-head frills and rhino-like nose horn. There is some evidence that it engaged...
  • Facing the Big 4-0

    06/09/2010 10:16:33 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 17 replies · 39+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | June 9, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    As I face the beginning of The Mountain of Lifes Ultimate Peak/It's All Downhill From Here/Greying Temples/Wrinkles/The Music's Too Loud/These Little Blue Pills are Great years, I do so sans hesitation or dread.
  • The Alberta Prayer - 2010

    06/04/2010 11:27:22 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 103+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | June 5, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    With oil exploding under the sea, the Alberta oilsands suddenly don't seem that...'dirty'. Now, all we need is to get rid of the idiot in charge.
  • Random Rants: May 2010

    05/02/2010 12:04:03 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 196+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | May 2, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    ...the Tea Party movement has now spilled over the border into Canada. First it was Ann Coulter, now it’s the average American who is teaching Canadians that it is okay to stray from the leftist status quo.....
  • Random Refusal

    03/12/2010 9:27:40 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies · 161+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | March 12, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    However, when I heard that the Conservative government was considering following the lead of countries like Australia by instituting a form of 'random' breathalyser tests, I had so voice my opposition. With all due respect to those fine folks at MADD, there is a danger here that the balance of personal liberty and community safety will be knocked off kilter.
  • Stelmach Ducks

    03/10/2010 12:01:41 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 147+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | March 10, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    I haven't seen this much flip-flopping since a Gull Lake trout hit the bottom of the boat. Or, as an old friend of mine once said, "He's trying so hard to avoid looking at the problem he looks like a tweaking rooster watching ping-pong."
  • Bed, Bath & Backlash

    02/13/2010 11:55:47 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 15 replies · 1,585+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 13, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    "I pulled my hand back and said: '...oh, wait. My husband and I both work in the oil industry, which makes our money dirty and unacceptable to your company. I guess I won't be getting anything today.' And with that, we turned and walked proudly out of the store to the amazement of those around us."
  • 20 Questions with: Danielle Smith

    02/09/2010 5:15:44 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 9, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Recently there has been a troubling trend of vandalism of oil and gas lines in Alberta and British Columbia. Is enough being done to protect our energy sector and our provincial infrastructure overall from the risk of domestic and international terrorism? DS: Some people don't feel proud of the industry the way they should. It provides so much to the Alberta economy in terms of jobs, it provides so much in terms of our growth in GDP, it provides a lot through royalty revenues, but I think that this...government has basically done a terrible job celebrating the things that the...
  • Spliffs Across Canada and Other Random Rants

    02/04/2010 2:49:16 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 215+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 4, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Way back when the Vancouver Olympic torch design was first revealed it caused a buzz because some claimed it resembled to a rolled up marijuana joint - an irony not lost on those who know British Columbia as the weed capital of Canada.....
  • No Separation Anxiety

    01/28/2010 11:17:25 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 3 replies · 162+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 28, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    What is interesting are the emails I get from my American readers, particularly from the Pacific Northwest and Texas. It seems the thirst to escape living under a big government, socialist system extends beyond international borders. Without fail every article receives at least one "...let's both separate and join together", referring to Alberta and whichever state they live in.
  • Stelmach: History Repeats?

    01/27/2010 2:56:49 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 100+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 27, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    With his inability to pull his government out of the vortex of gaffes and blunders it has been stuck in, or slow the popularity freefall they are experiencing, there are some growing backroom whispers which suggest that Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach may try to repeat his strategy of 2008 by calling an early election in the hopes of catching the young Wildrose Alliance party off-guard.
  • Thank You, Ed Stelmach!

    01/14/2010 1:12:10 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 193+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 14, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    You have given us years of directionless, big-spending government, and now we’re supposed to believe that you and your rearranged Gang of Usual Idiots have suddenly become born again fiscal conservatives?
  • Leigh Patrick Sullivan Exposed!

    01/06/2010 11:19:32 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 285+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 7, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    It isn't often that I hand over that power and subject myself to the will and the questions of another, but that's just what I did a few nights back when I sat down and opened up for an interview by blogmeister Manganic.
  • Squirrel is surprise star of holiday photo

    08/13/2009 1:51:40 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 472 replies · 14,939+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Aug 2009 | Our Foreign Staff
    Melissa Brandts and her husband were surprised to find a squirrel posing with them in a photo taken on holiday. The couple had set the timer on their camera while posing at a lakeside in a national park in Canada. Just as they were about to be captured on camera the cheeky squirrel popped up in the foreground and stole the show. The picture was taken at the side of the stunning Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada. Mrs Brandts said: "We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when...
  • Typical Ontario and Quebec

    12/23/2009 3:39:41 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 9 replies · 601+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 23, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Really, if you could live in Calgary with its fairly mild winters, closeness to the Rocky Mountains, professional hockey team, and citizens who shower, who the hell would choose to live in Toronto?
  • Province scraps controversial change at Alberta Hospital

    12/22/2009 3:05:50 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies · 248+ views
    CTV ^ | December 20th | Sonia Sunger
    A policy that would have seen toiletries and snacks taken away from mental health patients at Alberta Hospital is being reversed by the Alberta government just days after it became public. The policy was part of an implementation plan to standardize supplies across the province and was supposed to save Alberta Health Services $70,000 a year.
  • Rearranging the Deckchairs

    12/17/2009 10:16:09 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 222+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 17, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    In being witness to the plight Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has found himself in, I cannot help but recall the final year or so of the Bush administration.
  • Heads Stuck in the (Oil)Sand

    12/09/2009 10:03:12 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 293+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 9, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Politicians and their advisors are frantically trying to decide if the public mood has changed and by how much, and even more critically trying to balance the appeasement of the people and the appeasement of the still pro-environment business community (aka: their real friend$.)
  • Limiting Growth in 2 Provinces Is the Key to Canada’s Greenhouse Goals, Study Finds

    11/01/2009 7:38:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 860+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 30, 2009 | Ian Austen
    A report by two environmental groups and financed by Toronto-Dominion Bank finds that Canada can meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets only by limiting economic growth in the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The report, from the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, broadly concludes that Canada can lower greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent compared with 1990 levels by 2020 while maintaining a “strong, growing economy, a quality of life higher than Canadians enjoy today, and continued steady job creation across the country.” But the study, which relies on an economic model from M.K. Jaccard and Associates,...
  • Getting a Head Start on the Gift List

    11/01/2009 5:38:15 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies · 299+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | November 1, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    As the kids display symptoms of post-Halloween MSIH (Massive Sugar Intake High) on this first night of November, I thought I'd take the opportunity to get a head start on this years Christmas list.
  • Time for Alberta's Bill 101?

    10/27/2009 1:53:05 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 191+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | October 27, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    We promise to keep French on our cereal boxes if we don’t have to subject our children to the joys of ‘French immersion’ programs in our schools. And no Celine Dion. Ever.
  • Police negotiating with gunman reported to be holding hostages in Workers' Comp office (ALBERTA)

    10/21/2009 4:19:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies · 816+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/21/09 | AP
    Police are negotiating with a gunman reported to be holding as many as nine hostages in the Workers' Compensation Board building in downtown Edmonton. Edmonton police spokesman Jeff Wuite said authorities received a report Wednesday of a man armed with a hunting rifle inside the building, which is close to the legislature for the western Canadian province. "Now that we have communication with the suspect, we feel good that we can move forward to resolving it," Wuite said. "We want to find out what this guy wants and what we can do to end this peacefully."
  • Case of Gender-Confused Teacher against Catholic School Board Accepted by HRC

    10/19/2009 9:11:54 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 7 replies · 627+ views
    Lifesitenews ^ | October 16, 2009 | Patrick B. Craine
    The Alberta Human Rights Commission has accepted a complaint brought against an Edmonton-area Catholic school board by a substitute teacher who was let go after she announced she was 'becoming' a man. Janet Buterman, 39, had been employed by the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board for about four months when, in June 2008, she informed deputy superintendent Steve Bayus that she was undergoing a 'sex change' and now wished to be treated as a man. The following October, Mr. Bayus responded with a letter indicating that Buterman had been removed from the substitute teacher list because the procedures she...
  • Alberta Political Cartoons

    10/09/2009 12:33:53 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 473+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | October 9, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    A random sampling of the best by the best.
  • 20 dumb questions Banff tour operators hear on the job

    09/06/2009 7:52:54 PM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 49 replies · 1,807+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | Sept. 6, 2009 | Lisa Monforton
    It could be all that fresh mountain air. Or maybe it's the altitude, a different time zone or even jet lag. Otherwise there's no excuse for what makes tourists ask the dumbest questions. There are some real gems, and it happens all the time. Just ask the patient and good-natured folks who make a living showing tourists around Banff National Park. "We get a broader range of people (in summer)," says Daymon Miller, general manager of Discover Banff Tours. "They're coming from a broad range of urban centres with generally no concept of the wilderness." When the speak-before-thinking zinger is...
  • Canada to apply existing laws to PetroChina bid

    09/02/2009 4:21:43 AM PDT · by Clive · 6 replies · 469+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | 2009-09-02
    CALGARY - Canada will apply existing foreign ownership laws to PetroChina’s bid to buy Canadian oilsands assets but will not introduce further barriers to investing in the country, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday. PetroChina, the world’s most valuable oil company, is set to pay $1.9 billion for a 60 per cent stake in two planned Canadian oilsands projects. It’s the biggest Chinese investment yet in Canada’s oilsands, which have reserves second only to Saudi Arabia, and a test of the Canadian government’s bid to thaw once-frosty relations with Beijing. Harper said he recognized that PetroChina’s plans were controversial, but...
  • Shifting Oil Sands

    09/01/2009 5:03:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 1,027+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 1, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: We balk at importing "dirty" oil from Canada, but others aren't so reluctant. Exempt as a "developing" nation from Kyoto-like agreements, China has decided to help Canada develop its energy-rich oil sands.The Financial Post reports that PetroChina International Investment Co. has struck a deal to buy a 60% interest in Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.'s McKay River and Dover projects for $1.9 billion. China has been establishing energy beachheads around the world in its quest to keep its growing economy fueled. With possible conflict brewing between Israel and Iran, Beijing recognizes the need for reliable suppliers like Canada in an...
  • PetroChina takes $1.9-billion stake in oil sands

    08/31/2009 11:46:49 AM PDT · by Clive · 44 replies · 3,925+ views
    Financial Post ^ | 2009-08-31 | Carrie Tait
    CALGARY -- China has used its significant financial firepower to once again wiggle its way into Canada's oil sands, home to the largest source of crude outside Saudi Arabia. PetroChina International Investment Company Ltd. has struck a deal to buy a 60% working interest in Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.'s MacKay River and Dover oil sands projects for $1.9-billion, as well as "certain financing arrangements" for AOSC. "Oil sands projects are very capital-intensive long-term investments and difficult to fully finance in the traditional equity market," said Bill Gallacher, AOSC's chairman said in a statement. "AOSC therefore decided to look for joint...
  • In Enemy Territory

    08/17/2009 1:43:51 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 217+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | August 17, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The people are becoming restless and, more potentially damaging to Stelmach, they are beginning to lose faith. Descriptions like ‘aloof’ and ‘the Les Nessman of Alberta politics’ are replacing ‘nice guy’ regarding Ed. Notice: at no time do you hear the Premier described as ‘leader’.
  • Send Out the Clowns

    07/27/2009 9:25:26 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 288+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | July 27, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Anytime a fresh political movement begins to gain momentum and begins to enjoy a higher level of credibility in the critical eye of the media, not to mention the public, there grows a danger of attracting the more controversial members of society.
  • And the Endorsement Goes to...

    07/21/2009 11:50:23 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 143+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | July 21, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    If the most difficult aspect of democracy is finding yourself having to make a choice from a group of sub-par and undeserving candidates, then deciding who to vote for between two exceptional candidates has to be considered a very close second.
  • More Lipstick for the Pig

    06/25/2009 12:36:03 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 239+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | June 25, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Alberta’s Energy guru Mel Knight made yet another Energy sector-friendly ‘incentive’ announcement today, bringing the number of similar updates/boosts/don’t-admit-we-screwed-up-…royally announcements to at least three. Do you hear the sound of kissing lips every time Knight holds a presser, or is it just me?
  • 'Be Quebec' and Other Winning Ideas

    05/23/2009 2:32:51 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 9 replies · 487+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | May 23, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Talk about a good gig – every once in a while you throw a referendum (French for ‘tantrum’) that you never intend on winning, thereby ensuring another decade or two of pandering and bigger cheques from Ottawa. Crafty, them Quebecers.
  • Alberta pigs said to be infected with flu

    05/02/2009 2:29:35 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 20 replies · 957+ views ^ | 05/02/09 | The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA — The Canadian Press has learned federal officials are set to announce the swine flu virus is believed to have infected pigs in Alberta. A government source says the animals were thought to be infected by a farm worker who had recently been to Mexico and fell ill upon his return. This may be the first time this particular swine flu virus has been found in pigs. The H1N1 virus, which is made up of swine flu genes, is believed to have jumped to humans some time back and has been passing person to person. The World Health Organization...
  • Wildrose Alliance Better Off Because of Hinman

    04/21/2009 6:48:18 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 159+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | April 21, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Ironically, the very things Morgan was accused of saying – questioning of Hinman had the ‘charisma’ to attract voters – is something I had brought up before.
  • Crossing the Floor

    04/09/2009 11:33:33 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies · 311+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | April 10, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Then Evans made what could be regarded in the future as The Exact Moment Her Career Died when she did not rule out the idea of a provincial sales tax. For the uninitiated in the Alberta culture, let me explain: we are the only province that does not have a sales tax. The very idea is so poisonous, so distasteful, so completely unacceptable under any circumstances, it has been responsible for the deaths of an astronomical number of political dreams. Simply put: we will not have it.
  • Ducks in a Row

    04/01/2009 9:21:57 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 5 replies · 385+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | April 1, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    But my party – my government – lied to me. The party I have supported since becoming politically aware has destroyed my trust in them. I find myself as many Albertans do today, wondering if the next sound bite or government statement is the truth or another ‘its in the courts’ untruth.
  • Falling interest rates tempt Alberta to consider going into debt for the first time since 2004

    03/10/2009 10:34:28 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 303+ views
    The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Ontario ^ | 2009-03-10 | Jim MacDonald
    EDMONTON -- Alberta appears ready to give up its bragging rights as a debt-free province as the government adjusts to a new economic reality. Premier Ed Stelmach is musing about using Alberta's gold-plated credit rating to borrow money at low interest rates to catch up with road, school and hospital building projects. This would be a major policy switch for Alberta's Progressive Conservative government, which shunned debt and borrowing for years when Ralph Klein was premier. "The province of Alberta has a triple-A credit rating," Mr. Stelmach told the legislature yesterday. "We also have $6-billion cash in the bank to...
  • National Geographic Gets Dirty

    02/28/2009 12:23:45 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 16 replies · 930+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 28, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Complete with what has been described as ‘stark’ photos of tailing ponds, made famous by the discovery of about 500 dead ducks that caused every leftwing granola eaters head to explode, the article itself is said to contain the fair and balanced description of the scene – smoke stacks and mills chugging away – as ‘dark’ and, I’m not kidding here, ‘satanic’.
  • It's Official: Sheldon Johnston Resigns

    01/05/2009 12:38:34 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 408+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 5, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Today I received a message from WBTA V.P. Daniel Doherty which should put the issue to rest. Doherty confirmed that the WBTA has received correspondence from Johnston in which he officially resigned his position.
  • Driver's Seat Open

    01/02/2009 1:03:32 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 213+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 2, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Back then, the issues were the usual suspects: the flawed multi-cultural policy that has exposed gaps in our national security, forced English/French bilingualism, the national attitudes towards the West (Lesson One: stereotyping an Albertan on the CBC is comedy, stereotyping a French Quebecer is racism. Test to follow).....
  • Regarding the WBTA

    12/20/2008 9:43:05 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 252+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 20, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    They have been creating a little bit of a buzz, to be sure. But are they for real? Can they break away from the long-standing shackles that have held the pro-independence movement back? After lots of consideration, it appears the answer is no.
  • New York Governor's Soda Tax Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews

    12/16/2008 7:43:43 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 50 replies · 1,940+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 12/16/08 | Marrecca Fiore
    You drink diet soda, so you must be healthier. Right? That's what New York Gov. David Paterson is talking about with his proposal for an "obesity tax" — a 15 percent slap on non-diet sugary soft drinks. Think $1 for a Diet Coke, $1.15 for a Coke. There's just one problem: Studies have found links between drinking diet sodas and obesity and diabetes. A 2005 study at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and separate studies released in 2007 at the University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Massachusetts found that diet soda drinkers were...
  • Wildrose Alliance: Alberta Independence?

    12/14/2008 7:18:52 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 13 replies · 830+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 14, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    In what could be more than just an astute political move, the upstart Wildrose Alliance party has come out as supporting the idea of taking the idea of Alberta separation to the people via a provincial referendum.
  • The Neo-Separatists

    12/13/2008 2:22:46 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 17 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 13, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Once thought of as a fringe movement populated mostly by the far rightwing and the over 50 crowd, those Albertans who now publicly support the idea of independence in the face of yet another Eastern hijacking of national power – and an unmistakable rejection of Albertan and Western Canadian values – are from every background, race, religion, and financial spectrum.
  • Hinman to Stelmach: Show Leadership Against New Libs on the Bloc

    12/02/2008 1:04:36 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 301+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 2, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Hinman says that as long as Quebec separatists are calling the shots in Ottawa, Stelmach should do three things immediately: 1. Serve notice of Alberta's intent to withdraw from the current Federal Transfer Program. (brilliant!) 2. Initiate measures for Alberta to begin collecting its own taxes; (....again!) 3. Initiate discussions on a Regional Equalization Program involving the four Western Provinces. (three for three!)
  • Facebook 'Kick a Ginger' campaign prompts attacks on redheads

    11/23/2008 2:21:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 91 replies · 17,489+ views
    The Telegraph, London, UK ^ | 2008-11-23 | Matthew Moore
    The teenager behind a "Kick a Ginger" group on Facebook is being investigated by police after reports of attacks on redhead children. Nearly 5,000 people joined the online campaign which urged members to "get them steel toes ready" for a day of booting this week. The website appears to have been inspired by a recent episode of the cartoon South Park, in which a young character called Cartman describes people with red hair as evil and soulless. Dozens of children left messages on the page claiming to have carried out attacks on "National Kick a Ginger Day" on Thursday,...
  • Meteor seemed really close, many western Canadians report

    11/22/2008 7:58:28 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 1,140+ views
    From Edmonton to Edgeley, Sask., and points in between, people reported that the brilliant fireball streaking across western Canadian skies on Thursday seemed mighty close. Hundreds flooded phone lines at police stations and media outlets with accounts of a multicoloured meteor. No meteorite fragments have been found yet, but some of the witnesses who said they saw something fall are likely right, said Dr. Christopher Herd, a University of Alberta earth and atmospheric sciences professor. Herd was getting reports of the meteor touching down in all parts of Alberta. "It's a massive fireball; it's one of the brightest that we've...
  • Alberta patients potentially infected by re-used syringes

    10/27/2008 1:19:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 698+ views ^ | 10-27-08 | Jim Macdonald and Dean Bennett
    HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta. — About 2,700 patients — including hundreds of children — need to be tested for HIV and hepatitis because a handful of hospital staff in a northern Alberta farming community administered drugs with dirty syringes for nearly two decades. Health officials said Monday they want to perform blood tests on 1,300 patients who had endoscopy procedures at the High Prairie Health Complex over four years dating back to March 2004. Officials said fewer than five staffers were routinely injecting pain killers into intravenous lines with syringes that had already been used in lines attached to other patients....
  • B.C. pipeline explosion likely terrorism: ex-CSIS official

    10/15/2008 11:31:48 PM PDT · by Robert357 · 22 replies · 1,658+ views
    Canadian Broadcast Corp News website ^ | Oct 16, 2008 | CBC News
    Former CSIS strategist David Harris says a weekend explosion near the town of Dawson Creek in northeastern B.C. fits the description of terrorism, despite police statements to the contrary. Sometime overnight Saturday, someone detonated a large explosion next to the sour gas pipeline about 50 kilometres from the B.C.-Alberta border. The blast did not rupture the pipeline but blew a 1.8-metre crater in the ground, which was discovered by a hunter on Sunday. "How on earth anyone could declare this was not terrorism at this early stage is beyond me. Terrorism is associated with an attempt by threat or actual...