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Waste plan to draw debate

Notices of the city's introduction of curbside organic pickup are hitting St. Albert mailboxes but the program is far from a done deal in the minds of some city councillors.

Study finds weight divide between urban, rural kids

Overweight children outside of the metro Edmonton region tend to be larger than their city counterparts and pediatric weight management services must be designed to optimize access to health services in rural areas, according to a new University of A

Salvation Army recovers toys

The toys reported stolen from a Salvation Army collection bin at the St. Albert Walmart have been recovered. It turns out they were never stolen in the first place.

Former minister says axe separate schools

A petition that aims to give Albertans the ability to decide whether to dissolve separate school boards has garnered more than 560 signatures since it was launched earlier this month.

Court Briefs

A man whose criminal record dated back over half a century added to it again in court this week and will spend the next eight months in jail. Victor Eli Balan, 73 pleaded guilty to a single count of theft.

Oilsands threaten treaty rights, say natives

Low water levels in the Athabasca River are cutting off aboriginals from their treaty rights, says a new report. Athabasca region residents held a press conference at the Edmonton Chateau Lacombe Hotel Thursday to release a new report.

Birders celebrate 20 years of counting

Bird counts were a simple affair back in 1964, according to Peter Demulder. It was Demulder's first Christmas bird count, and he was roaming the University of Alberta in search of feathered friends.

Policing stats show drop in thefts from vehicles

One of the city’s most common crimes took a major dip this summer with a 43 per cent drop in the number of thefts from vehicles. While the drastic decline didn’t continue into the fall, detachment commander Insp.

Mayor floats cut to public works salt monitoring

A budget cut proposed by the mayor related to the old public works yard could yield environmental fines from the province if passed. Council worked its way through a flurry of budget motions this week, many of which were related to the environment.

Provincial Digest

New hip and knee surgery centre A new state-of-the-art surgical facility in Edmonton will focus exclusively on hip and knee surgery, according to Alberta Health Services (AHS).