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Cannabis seller rakes in $4 million in sales; could have been much more with better supply

Pot shortages held revenues for Canada’s largest cannabis retailer to about $4 million since the weed went legal in October, said the company’s CEO. And National Access Cannabis’ (NAC) Mark Goliger said the black market marijuana trade is playing a useful role in filling the void left by the...

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UCP investigating fraud allegations against Calgary candidate; NDP calls for police probe

Allegations of fraud and bribery against one of its Calgary candidate’s nomination campaign are being investigated by the UCP, party leader Jason Kenney said Thursday. But Alberta’s governing NDP say that’s not good enough. The alleged use of a woman’s credit card by Calgary-East UCP...

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Calgary ecologists work to save nearly extinct species in Washington state

The Calgary Zoo is helping bring a species of weasel back from the brink of extinction through a conservation partnership with ecologists in the United States. Fishers — which are about the size of a house cat — were wiped out in Washington state’s North Cascade mountain range in the 1900s....

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Salvation Army in Calgary lacking toy donations, closes warehouse

The Salvation Army in Calgary says it has had to cancel volunteer shifts and close a warehouse because the agency hasn’t received enough Christmas toys for workers to sort. There are 7,000 children under the age of 14 registered for the agency’s toy program in the city. Officials say 18,000 toys...

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Infographic: Tracking Calgary's most — and least — crowded public schools

As many as 40 public schools in Calgary are operating at more than 100 per cent capacity, according to the latest enrolment numbers released by the Calgary Board of Education. Pockets of overcrowding exist in newer communities in the deep south, such as Sundance, where Centennial High School is...

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Beer and cocktails to be served with popcorn at adult theatre in University District

Movie-going just got a little more upscale in Calgary. Cineplex announced plans Thursday to open a stand-alone, adults-only VIP Cinemas theatre in the University District. Slated to open in late 2021, it will be one of only two Cineplex theatres in Canada dedicated to adult moviegoers with five...

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Calgary's Ryan Belleville faces tragedy and rediscovers the saving power of comedy

When Ryan Belleville was learning his craft at Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre, he would play a game called “What Comes Next?” It was simple enough, an elemental exercise that pioneering Loose Moose founder Keith Johnstone adopted to move storylines along when working with eager improv...

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You might call it the holiday season, but for ballet fans and dancers it’s Nutcracker season. Alberta Ballet had already sold out three nights at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre to rave reviews when choreographer Edmund Stripe took time to speak about the company’s 10th season with its current...

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Christmas Fund: Closer to Home helps vulnerable families cope

Nybol suffered her first losses years before she came to Calgary. While she was fleeing a civil war in her native Sudan, her infant daughter succumbed to a fever. Her first husband died of cancer. It was considerable emotional baggage to bring to Canada. But her problems didn’t end when she...

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Review: Fast-paced action and laughs in ATP's family-friendly Zorro

There’s plenty of swashbuckling family fun in Alberta Theatre Projects’ holiday show Zorro: Family Code. Rebecca Northan, Bruce Horak and Christian Goutsis have crafted a rambunctious tale of a late-life mission for the masked avenger who, like so many other superheroes, vows to right as many...

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Calgary filmmaker Geordie Day looks at the hard life of NHL enforcer Bob Probert

At some point, everyone who was interviewed in Geordie Day’s new documentary, Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story, was asked the same sort of question. What drove Bob Probert’s demons? Why did he have them? Why was he so self-destructive? “It’s a hard answer to give and I understand why people...

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Varcoe: Trade risks vs. spending rewards emerge in Alberta's oil plan

Two powerful symbols emerged this week to demonstrate what’s at stake in Alberta’s new oil curtailment plan. One is a reward: the potential for more oilpatch investment, if the price discount on western Canadian crude continues to shrink. The other is a risk: the possibility of getting offside...

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Nelson: Notley learns hard lesson — never trust a Liberal, especially a Trudeau

Peter Lougheed would later admit it was the biggest mistake of his long and successful political life. It was, of course, allowing himself to be photographed clinking champagne glasses with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau back in 1981 after the pair had made some tweaks in Alberta’s favour to the...

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Calgary's Airbnb hosts urge cautious approach to regulating short-term rentals

A parade of Airbnb hosts and other tourism industry advocates appeared before a city council committee Wednesday to weigh in on proposed regulations for Calgary’s short-term rental market. The city is looking at introducing a new “tiered” category of business licence for short-term rentals...

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Losing candidates demand UCP overturn 'fraudulent' Calgary-East nomination vote

The UCP should investigate and nullify a deeply fraudulent nomination in the Calgary-East riding, losing candidates say in a letter to the party. Peter Singh won the vote Nov. 3 on the first ballot, but did so through fraud, bribery, forgery and improper inducement, claims a Nov. 30 letter sent to...

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