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Brett McKay, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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Keep councils ‘free of political vitriol,’ Alberta municipalities tell province

Keep councils ‘free of political vitriol,’ Alberta municipalities tell province

Political parties have no place in Alberta's municipal politics said Alberta Municipalities President Tyler Gandam at a press event Feb. 22.
$3.8 million will be distributed to Alberta municipalities for first responders

$3.8 million will be distributed to Alberta municipalities for first responders

In total, $3.8 million will be distributed through the MFR Program to participating fire departments, urban, remote and rural municipalities and Indigenous communities. 
Auto theft has Albertans stressed, survey says

Auto theft has Albertans stressed, survey says

Statistics show growing organized crime involvement in stolen cars in Alberta and across the country.
Controversial Pride flag and crosswalk plebiscite being held in Westlock tomorrow

Controversial Pride flag and crosswalk plebiscite being held in Westlock tomorrow

Proponents of a bylaw to have only standard crosswalks in Westlock have raised concerns about whether it is legal or ethical for members of council to campaign for or against an upcoming plebiscite.
Use of bees in agriculture common link between Alberta's threatened bees

Use of bees in agriculture common link between Alberta's threatened bees

The relative abundance of all native bees in Alberta isn't falling at the same pace.
Generational shift adding to Alberta's EMS staffing challenges, can the industry adapt?

Generational shift adding to Alberta's EMS staffing challenges, can the industry adapt?

Rural EMS has long had staffing challenges, but a generational shift in values is making it more difficult to fill schedules and keep ambulances ready to respond.
Alberta educator says restrictions will have 'chilling effect' on sex ed

Alberta educator says restrictions will have 'chilling effect' on sex ed

Fears proposed policies would limit information about health, relationships
Advocate says rural Alberta's 2SLGBTQI+ youth most affected by new policies

Advocate says rural Alberta's 2SLGBTQI+ youth most affected by new policies

Access to support and resources for 2SLGBTQI+ community is limited outside of major cities in Alberta.
ER closures adding stress throughout Alberta's health care system

ER closures adding stress throughout Alberta's health care system

Rural communities are increasingly finding themselves without an emergency department
Alberta announces $1.2 million in grants for community justice

Alberta announces $1.2 million in grants for community justice

The Government of Alberta is giving $1.2 million in one-time grants to community-based groups that provide access to justice outside of the formal court system.
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