12-year-old Edmontonian competes as finalist in Braille Challenge

Steve Kiema, 12, has spent each day this summer studying, as he prepared to write a unique exam. On Thursday, Kiema competed remotely in the Braille Challenge against students from all over Canada and the United States. The four-stage competition…

‘Having trouble getting staff’: Alberta stakeholders say CERB keeping workers at home

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit helps Canadians who lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, paying $2,000 a month to recipients. However, concerns are being raised in Alberta that the program may be serving as a disincentive to work…

Alberta Health reports 71 new COVID-19 cases as total case number surpasses 8,000

Alberta Health confirmed an additional 71 cases of COVID-19 in the province over the past 24 hours as Alberta’s total number of cases since the pandemic reached 8,067 on Monday. Of those cases, 7,354 people have recovered. Of the 559…

Young Alberta writers explore the world through words during COVID-19 pandemic

A summer program for young writers in Alberta has gone digital. The Writer’s Guild of Alberta usually puts together a week-long residency program for youth, to help young minds explore the world of writing. This year, a new edition of…

Health experts say COVID-19 cases will go up as Alberta reopens many activities

Health experts say it makes sense for Alberta to take the next step in reopening its economy, but warn there will be an uptick in COVID-19 cases due to an inability to physically distance in some situations. Premier Jason Kenney…

University of Alberta Botanic Garden reopens amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta’s largest botanical garden reopened on Monday and those who run it say they expect it to become a popular place to go during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re just so grateful that we can open the doors and be…

The New Reality: Canadian restaurants in peril, delivery apps not helping: owners

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to decimate the restaurant industry in Canada, according to analysts and restaurant owners who run both eat-in and take-out venues. And instead of helping restaurants survive in a crisis, some say popular delivery apps marketed…

Coronavirus reproduction number slowly dropping in Alberta

The R number, or reproduction number, of the novel coronavirus in Alberta has been trending down the last couple months, according to numbers provided by Alberta Health on Thursday. READ MORE: What the coronavirus reproduction number is, and why we…

Coronavirus: Alberta dental hygienists, assistants raising alarm over reopening

As dentist offices begin to reopen across Alberta, there are growing concerns about safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We gave a lot of our [personal protective equipment] away when we were told to support our front-line workers,” Melanie Johnston-Dore, a…