Drayton Valley eyes upcoming election, hoping result will bring boom, not more bust

Drayton Valley has been riding Alberta’s boom-and-bust economy for decades, but many residents say it seems the next boom may never come. The town, southwest of Edmonton, is home to just over 7,000. Many residents rely on the oil and…

Eye-opening wait times for cataract surgery in Alberta

October 3 2019 7:09pm Albertans are waiting longer than many other Canadians for elective cataract surgery. Global’s Tomasia DaSilva has a look at the lengthy wait times, the criticism and what is being done about them. ‘ }); } else…

Alberta wait lists for cataract surgery show no immediate end in sight

Some eye-opening numbers show Albertans continue to wait longer than many other Canadians for cataract surgery. The wait list for elective cataract surgery has continued to creep up over the years, with many wait times depending on where patients live…

Family politics: Staying civil at the dinner table during a heated election campaign

Canadian families are digesting hot, spicy and sometimes bitter conversations for dinner ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election. Sharing a home does not necessarily mean family members share political views. But families can still enjoy a healthy and even…

Why immigration policy means so much to the people of Brooks, Alberta

With a population of just 15,000, Brooks, Alberta is vastly different than the city Deepak Badola once called home. “I’m from India,” the cheerful father of two says from his living room in the southern Alberta city.  “I lived in…

A Liberal fight in Conservative Alberta – what this election could mean to you

The campaign trail is always a long and tiring one. For federal Liberals in Alberta, it might also be an uphill climb. Amarjeet Sohi is one of three Liberals in the province running for re-election. On a sunny evening, just…

Why standardized tests are a controversial subject for Alberta schools

Christopher Kendrick is heading into Grade 6, which means later this year, the Calgary student will write his first provincial achievement test (PAT) — a province-wide standardized test that will measure how well he’s doing in math, language arts, science…

Alberta Matters: The pros and cons of standardized testing

September 3 2019 8:45am Standardized testing is standard practice across Canada but the exams are a source of controversy as well. Heather Yourex-West looks at whether the tears are worth the time, stress and expense. ‘ }); } else {…