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Council opposes smaller lots

City council has opted to leave residential lot sizes as is for now, despite requests by some homebuilders to allow smaller lots in St. Albert. Members of council recently went behind closed doors to review lot mix ratios in St.

Boards can handle teacher pay increase

Local schools boards will dip into reserves to pay for an arbitrated teacher salary increase but expect reimbursement from the province in the next budget year. Alberta Education announced Wednesday an arbitrator had decided teachers should get a 5.

SAIF gets boost from sorority

The agency that provides free counselling to people experiencing violence at home got a boost from the local chapter of a non-profit women's organization.

Environment File

A new study suggests that in terms of air pollution, Alberta’s oilsands aren’t that hard on the environment. Alberta’s oilsands are often criticized for their effects on the north’s air, land and water.

Camp fYrefly gala sells out in three days

Tickets for this year’s highly anticipated Camp fYrefly Gala Wine Tasting and Silent Auction went on sale Tuesday but every single one was snapped up by Thursday.

Akinsdale land sale an ethical question, resident

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Oiler shirks copper and blue for pink

Patrick O’Sullivan is feeling a bit more breeze as he skates down the ice these days. The Edmonton Oilers right winger spent Tuesday afternoon getting his hair bleached and dyed pink before having it all shaved off.

Court Briefs

A 16-year-old who brought a hunting knife to a local high school last fall was handed a conditional discharge and 25 community service hours. The young man pleaded guilty to charges of carrying a concealed weapon and was handed the term.

New trails at Poundmaker

A St. Albert ski club is helping recovering addicts kick drugs for the great outdoors. The St. Albert Nordic Ski Club (STANSKI) has teamed up with Poundmaker's Lodge to set ski trails on the centre's property.

New course brings native history online

Local elders have teamed up with an Edmonton college to teach the Internet about aboriginals. Staff at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) launched their first-ever online Aboriginal Awareness course last week.