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Health officials admit Merali was fired without cause, pay $900,000 in damages

edmontonjournal.com — Taxpayers will shell out $900,000 to former high-ranking health official Allaudin Merali, who was fired without cause after revelations of his lavish taxpayer-funded lifestyle ignited a political firestorm in August 2012.
Oct 31, 2014

Govt. should fight this. Disgusting. Health officials admit Merali was fired without cause, pay $900,000 in damages calgaryherald.com/news/edmonton/…

Oct 31, 2014

This makes me sick.Health officials admit Merali was fired without cause, pay $900,000 in damages calgaryherald.com/news/edmonton/…

Oct 31, 2014

Alberta must pay $900K in damages to health official fired for lavish expenses (including butler), by @ablegreporter calgaryherald.com/news/edmonton/…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @calgaryherald: Alberta to pay $900,000 in damages to former executive who billed taxpayers for butler services, car upgrades. bit.ly/1wOMPSg

Oct 31, 2014

Health officials admit Merali was fired without cause, pay $900,000 in damages edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/… via @edmontonjournal

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RCMP investigate Redford administration

edmontonjournal.com — The RCMP's Serious and Organized Crime Branch is investigating allegations Alberta's auditor general levelled against former premier Alison Redford and her administration last summer, a source close to the police investigation confirmed Thursday. The August report from Auditor General Merwan Saher found Redford and her office used taxpayer-funded planes "inappropriately" and for "personal and partisan purposes."
Oct 31, 2014

ICYMI (though not sure how you could): RCMP investigate Redford administration ow.ly/DDCwV #ableg

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AblegReporter: Exclusive: RCMP confirm criminal investigation underway into Redford administration: ow.ly/DBbUA #ableg

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AblegReporter: Exclusive: RCMP confirm criminal investigation underway into Redford administration: ow.ly/DBbUA #ableg

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AblegReporter: Exclusive: RCMP confirm criminal investigation underway into Redford administration: ow.ly/DBbUA #ableg

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Delta Zero: Downtown Edmonton’s crime pocket

blogs.edmontonjournal.com — Last Friday, 50 per cent of violent crime in Edmonton occurred in downtown division. Of that, 50 per cent occurred in a zone known to police as Delta Zero, which includes the arena redevelopment district. Breaking that down further, 50 per cent of the crime in Delta Zero occurred along the 101st Street corridor.

Edmonton Oilers player grades, Games 1-10 - Oilers needed to improve, & they have … slightly

blogs.edmontonjournal.com — Time flies, except when it doesn't. After what seemed like an 18-month off-season, the puck dropped on Edmonton Oilers 2014-15 season just yesterday (I think it was), and here he are already at the 10-game mark. It's been a spotty showing to this point.
Oct 31, 2014

CULT OF HOCKEY: #Oilers player grades, Games 1-10 — Oil needed to improve, & they have … slightly shar.es/1079tL by @BruceMcCurdy

Lions’ Elimimian on verge of breaking Sherritt’s CFL record for tackles with the Eskimos

edmontonjournal.com — On Halloween, Oct. 31, Northlands held a news conference to announce that it was striking a 17-member committee to investigate and report on the future of Rexall Place. Committee delegates will visit Columbus and Kansas City to see how their sports districts work. They'll be holding consultation meetings with neighbouring communities.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @edmontonjournal: Lions’ Elimimian on verge of breaking Sherritt’s CFL record for tackles with the Eskimos edmjr.nl/1uf7Esg

Lamphier: Edgewater Village injects new life on Jasper East

edmontonjournal.com — On Halloween, Oct. 31, Northlands held a news conference to announce that it was striking a 17-member committee to investigate and report on the future of Rexall Place. Committee delegates will visit Columbus and Kansas City to see how their sports districts work. They'll be holding consultation meetings with neighbouring communities.

Get ready for Fleetwood Mac and Flashdance in November

edmontonjournal.com — Northlands has taken the first step on deciding what to do with Rexall Place when the new downtown arena opens in 2016. The board for the agricultural, event and exhibition group agreed Thursday to form an arena strategy committee.

Liens, eggs and scams: ‘Phantom RV’ fraudster fleeced dozens of victims

edmontonjournal.com — On Halloween, Oct. 31, Northlands held a news conference to announce that it was striking a 17-member committee to investigate and report on the future of Rexall Place. Committee delegates will visit Columbus and Kansas City to see how their sports districts work. They'll be holding consultation meetings with neighbouring communities.
Oct 31, 2014

Waiting for Trick or Treaters? Why not read my feature on Arnold Donszelmann: Liens, eggs and scams edmontonjournal.com/Liens+eggs+sca… #ejlive #yeg

Simons: Reimagining Rexall: What’s the future for Northlands, and Edmonton?

edmontonjournal.com — On Halloween, Oct. 31, Northlands held a news conference to announce that it was striking a 17-member committee to investigate and report on the future of Rexall Place. Committee delegates will visit Columbus and Kansas City to see how their sports districts work. They'll be holding consultation meetings with neighbouring communities.
Oct 31, 2014

Reimagining Rexall: What’s the future for Northlands, and Edmonton? edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/… #yeg #yegcc #yegdt #yegarena

Deaths leave unfillable holes in the lives of loved ones

edmontonjournal.com — It has been called a death highway, a raceway and a lifeline to the oilsands. Alberta Provincial Highway No. 63, as it is more formally known, is all of those things. The mostly two-lane ribbon of asphalt skirts villages and hamlets along its southern run, then meanders through a vast expanse of farmland and boreal forest up north.

The Press Gallery #62: The Exorcism Edition (with video)

edmontonjournal.com — After the Progressive Conservatives scored wins in all four of the week's big city byelections, The Press Gallery convenes to look at the tricks and treats from the campaign. Is it safe to say that Premier Jim Prentice successfully purged the Progressive Conservatives of the ghost of former premier Alison Redford?

November signals the start of holiday food and craft fairs

blogs.edmontonjournal.com — The St. Albert Place Visual Arts Council takes over City Hall in St. Albert on Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16 for its 30th annual Country Craft Fair. There will be lots of visual arts and crafts, but lots of edible creations as well.

Oilers great Grant Fuhr shows comfort in life and decisions in new book

edmontonjournal.com — TORONTO - Grant Fuhr partied like a rock star, or a Stanley Cup-winning NHL superstar during the prime of his career.
Oct 31, 2014

Maybe the only shocking thing about Grant Fuhr’s book is that Buffalo has country clubs. Buffalo! edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/…

Taylor Hall is hot, Nail Yakupov is not on the Oilers power play

blogs.edmontonjournal.com — Yakupov's talent is obvious, but he's got to see the ice better, make better heads-up plays on the power play Taylor Hall was a monster on the power play last year, charging up the ice, winning puck, making sharp passes and even sharper shots.
Oct 31, 2014

Taylor Hall is hot, Nail Yakupov is not on the #Oilers power play. Yak needs to calm down, make "eyes up" plays. blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/10/31/tay…

Theatre review: Citadel’s One Man, Two Guvnors a giddy triumph

edmontonjournal.com — There's a moment when all hope of good order, seriousness and sane plot development disappears from your evening at the Citadel. Blimey, it probably happens when you're parking before the show, and your tickets are still in your pocket. Go with it, my friends.

Northlands starts planning future of Rexall Place

edmontonjournal.com — Annie Lelievre returned to Fort McMurray on Thursday night after a long, sad trip to Edmonton. On the way there and back on Highway 63, she drove past the spot where her son died in a four-vehicle smash-up in 2011, and the place where her ex-husband died in another accident on Oct.

Staples: Native elder’s banning from Edmonton mall is a wake up call

edmontonjournal.com — It's a small slip of paper, but it's ignited a bonfire. The paper reads: "I have been warned that should I be found on ANY properties owned or managed by Oxford Properties for the duration of my ban I was be charged under the Trespass To Premises Act."

Checking a bag? Check your wallet; Canadian airlines start charging $25 fee

edmontonjournal.com — If you're determined to spend $25 at a Canadian airport, you can check a bag or buy yourself a one-litre bottle of Skyy vodka at any duty-free shop. Or 18 chocolate chunks at Cookies by George in the Edmonton International Airport. Or a smoked meat plate and a drink at Moe's in the Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.
Oct 31, 2014

Checking a bag? Check your wallet; Canadian airlines start charging $25 fee bit.ly/1E8zuYp ow.ly/i/7qhRx

The Edmonton Oilers fleeced the Calgary Flames when they traded Ladislav Smid

blogs.edmontonjournal.com — It wasn't a popular trade when it was made. Superficially, Ladislav Smid was a top-four defenceman who injected some necessary size, toughness and defensive ability on the back end. The players coming back were marginal prospects with some positive points (Roman Horak's playing nicely in the KHL these days, Laurent Brossoit has shown flashes in the ECHL) but nothing worth moving a quality player from a position of strength.
Oct 31, 2014

It wasn't as bad as Staios, but I'm with @JonathanWillis: Oilers fleeced Flames with Ladislav Smid trade shar.es/10ubDy #yyc #yeg

Oct 30, 2014

I assume Burke does "this deal is getting worse all the time" in his best Calrissian voice when he thinks of Smid: bit.ly/1wJpIIR