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‘A Lot of People:’ Calgary Zoo Reports Record Attendance Thanks to Panda Family

‘A Lot of People:’ Calgary Zoo Reports Record Attendance Thanks to Panda Family

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

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Da Mao, an adult male panda bear, looks on as media photograph him at the Calgary Zoo during the opening of its giant panda habitat, Panda Passage, in Calgary, Alta., Monday, May 7, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY – The arrival of a family of giant pandas to the Calgary Zoo last spring created a stampede of visitors once the guests on loan from China were introduced to an eager public.

The zoo surpassed previous records for both attendance and memberships.

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Ski Program for Indigenous Youth Expanding to Manitoba

Ski Program for Indigenous Youth Expanding to Manitoba

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

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Participants in the Spirit North program are shown in a handout photo. The program, run by former Canadian Olympian Beckie Scott in Alberta and B.C., is for Indigenous youth to use sports and play to improve social and economic outcomes. It’s expanding to Saskatchewan and Manitoba in 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Spirit North)

EDMONTON – A charity that runs cross-country ski programs for Indigenous youth is expanding across Western Canada.

Spirit North, which was founded in 2009, started in four First Nation communities in northern Alberta to improve the health and well being of Indigenous youth through outdoor sport and play.

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‘Grossly Disproportional:’ Ski Resort Appeals $2M Fine for Cutting Trees

‘Grossly Disproportional:’ Ski Resort Appeals $2M Fine for Cutting Trees

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

Lake Louise Ski Resort
A skier passes trees on a ski run at Lake Louise Ski Resort in Lake Louise, Alta., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY – A world-renowned Alberta ski resort is appealing a $2.1-million-dollar fine it received for cutting down endangered trees five years ago.

Lake Louise Ski Resort pleaded guilty last December to taking down a stand of trees, including 38 endangered whitebark pine, along a ski run in 2013.

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Cost of Ebooks, Audiobooks ‘Not a Sustainable Model,’ Library Council Says

Cost of Ebooks, Audiobooks ‘Not a Sustainable Model,’ Library Council Says

The Canadian Press

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EDMONTON – If your holiday plans include downloading an audiobook of Margaret Atwood’s “A Handmaid’s Tale” from a public library collection, or unwinding with an electronic copy of Justin Trudeau’s “Common Ground,” you could be out of luck.

Libraries across Canada are running into barriers in accessing both ebooks and digital audiobooks for their patrons.

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Revived Cuban Lunch Bars Met with Huge Demand, Wrapper Supply Snafus

Revived Cuban Lunch Bars Met with Huge Demand, Wrapper Supply Snafus

By The Canadian Press

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Crystal Regehr Westergard holds a Cuban Lunch, a rectangular peanut-and-chocolate confection, in an undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

CAMROSE, Alta. – A peanut-and-chocolate candy popular decades ago has been flying off shelves since an Alberta couple revived it earlier this year.

The Cuban Lunch bar disappeared in 1991 when the Paulins factory in Winnipeg stopped making it.

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Former Winnipeg Broadcaster, Suspect in Multiple Bank Robberies to Get Mental Assessment

Former Winnipeg Broadcaster, Suspect in Multiple Bank Robberies to Get Mental Assessment

By The Canadian Press

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MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — A former Winnipeg broadcaster and journalism instructor accused of several bank robberies in Saskatchewan and Alberta is to undergo a psychiatric assessment.

A Queen’s Bench justice in Medicine Hat, Alta., granted a defence application for the mental review.

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Girl Opens Christmas Present She Gave to Boy When She Dumped Him in 1971

Girl Opens Christmas Present She Gave to Boy When She Dumped Him in 1971

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

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Adrian Pearce and his ex high school girlfriend Vicki Allen open the 47-year-old gift, a book called Love Is, which she gave him when they broke up in 1971, in St. Albert, Alta., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. 47 years ago Adrian Pearce was given the gift the same day Vicki Allen broke up with him and he never opened it until now. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – A man in Edmonton who made international headlines for holding onto a wrapped Christmas gift from a high-school girlfriend who dumped him nearly 50 years ago finally learned what it was on Thursday when she travelled to the city and opened it for him.

Adrian Pearce, now a married father of two, received the small present wrapped in shiny, purple paper shortly before Christmas 1971 from Vicki Allen, who was his very first sweetheart at George S. Henry Secondary School in Toronto.

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‘Reckless’: Judge Fines Lake Louise Ski Resort $2M for Cutting Endangered Trees

‘Reckless’: Judge Fines Lake Louise Ski Resort $2M for Cutting Endangered Trees

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

Lake Louise Ski Resort
A skier passes trees on a ski run at Lake Louise ski resort in Lake Louise, Alta., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. A judge is to sentence a world-renowned Alberta ski resort today for cutting down endangered trees five years ago. The Lake Louise resort in Banff National Park pleaded guilty last December to taking down a stand of trees, including some whitebark pine, along a ski run in 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY – A judge had harsh words Friday for a world-renowned Alberta ski resort as she fined it $2.1 million for recklessly cutting down endangered trees five years ago.

Lake Louise Ski Resort pleaded guilty last December to taking down a stand of trees, including 38 endangered whitebark pine, along a ski run in 2013.

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