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Edmonton business owner charters plane to airlift supplies to blast-shaken Beirut

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An Edmonton business owner is paying out of his own pocket to send shipments of food and medical supplies to aid blast-shaken Beirut.

Sam Mraiche, the founder of MHCare Medical, arrived in Hamilton, Ont. Thursday night to oversee the second of five planned shipments headed to the Lebanese capital city over the next several weeks. Mraiche, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Lebanon, is covering the cost of the cargo plane as well as some of the supplies.

While he didn’t disclose the cost, he said Cargo Jet is giving him a discount. Each journey takes between 40 to 50 days to arrive in Beirut.

“I have two sisters who live in Lebanon. My nieces and nephews are there. We’ve got a lot of family and friends there. I just felt the need...

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Opinion: Alberta’s labour movement ramping up for a fight

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That’s why we in the Alberta labour movement have begun discussions, internally and with allies around the province, about ramping up protest efforts.

Albertans have been writing letters to their MLAs; they’ve been making calls and sending emails. But it’s clear that the government is not listening.

The only thing that can stop authoritarian-inspired political bullies is an energized, motivated and united citizenry willing to use their democratic right to free speech and free assembly to protect their communities and each other.

Premier Kenney understands this. That’s why, over the summer, he passed Bill 1 (which suppresses the significant aspects of right to protest) and Bill 32 (which attempts to defund unions).

We can’t let these heavy-handed legal ma...

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Saturday’s letters: We can minimize risk in schools

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B.G. MacKay, Edmonton

Loan guarantee differs from investment

Re. “UCP announcement of deficit no surprise,” Letters, Aug. 29

I believe in free speech but let’s try to be factual. Mr. Bizon claims that the UCP gave $7.5 billion to the Keystone XL pipeline. The facts are that $1.5 billion was an investment in the pipeline and $6.0 billion would be in the form of a loan guarantee, next year, to help finance the construction of the pipeline, mainly in the United States.

The implication is that these form part of the current projected deficit which is erroneous as there is a big difference between an investment together with a loan guarantee and an outright gift...

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Edmonton Oilers are still paying for the sins of the past

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At the low end the Bolts have two players in Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow that were acquired for first-round picks at the deadline. A major attraction for both was their relatively cheap cap hit, along with a term that runs through next season.

At the bottom of the pecking order are three youngsters on expiring ELCs, of which at least one, Anthony Cirelli, will have earned a solid raise. But that’s next year’s problem. Edmonton’s one ELC among the forward ranks, Kailer Yamamoto, still has a year to run at what will surely prove to be a bargain rate.


Two very different structures here, even as both clubs have invested similar sums in the blue...

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Alberta’s unemployment rate drops to 11.8 per cent in August as fewer residents search for work

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The recovery plan includes investing $10 billion in infrastructure, reducing the corporate tax rate to eight per cent in an accelerated timeline and creating the Invest Alberta Corporation to promote the province on the global stage.

But NDP Opposition critic Deron Bilous argued the reduction in the amount of Albertans looking for work is proof the government’s plan isn’t working.

“They’re disappointing numbers and unfortunately Alberta is struggling and this government is not doing their job in providing confidence and people are seeing they don’t have a credible plan to help the economic recovery in Alberta,” he told Postmedia. “People are giving up looking for work because they don’t have faith in this government’s policies.”

The unemploym...

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Paul Bunner, speechwriter for Premier Jason Kenney, retiring as of Monday

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He adds in the piece, “On the prairies, if it’s not Asian gangbangers whacking each other and occasionally innocent bystanders, it’s Aboriginal murder and mayhem.”

Bunner tells a story from early in his time at Boston University when “one of the other hockey players, a native Bostonian, invited me into his room to show me the biggest handgun I had ever seen. ‘It’s for the (N-word),’he said.” The original text is not redacted.

In a 1999 piece, Bunner wonders why the case of a man murdered by two gay men in Arkansas did not get as much attention as the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay man from Wyoming who was tied to a fence and beaten to death.

Bunner mentions one anti-gay activist who believes in the “disproportionate involvement of gays in dev...

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Edmonton police lay murder charges in northwest homicide as they continue to search for second suspect

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A 21-year-old man has been charged with second degree murder as city police continue to search for a second suspect in relation to the death of 15-year-old.

Edmonton Police Service officers responded to calls for help from Edmonton Fire Rescue Services at a commercial property near 136 Avenue and 97 Street Wednesday morning. When they arrived, they found a 15-year-old boy in medical distress in the parking lot of a nearby hotel. He was transported to hospital where he died from his injuries.

An autopsy conducted on the victim on Sept. 4 confirmed his death was a homicide and he died from sharp force injuries, said a news release issued Friday. Police have not released the victim’s name.

Bradley Michael Edward Almas, 21, has been charged with second degree murder.


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Edmonton bus companies facing driver shortage partly due to COVID-19 concerns, leading to delays on first week of school

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“ECSD Transportation Services is working daily with carriers on their plans and communicating with families and schools when buses are delayed. We hope to see improvements over the next few weeks,” said Nagy in a statement.

Cory Sandstra, Southland Transportation’s general manager for Northern Alberta, saidthe company has been actively recruiting and training since early June, when the province approved the reopening of driver training schools.

“Southland Transportation is experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers for the start of the school year due to a number of factors, which include anxiety related to COVID-19 exposure, the extension of CERB, and last-minute resignations,” Sandstra said in a statement. 

Golden Arrow Buses general manager Brian...

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Deportation likely fate of Edmonton man who helped kidnap, torture man over drug debt

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“The reality is that he will be deported at the end of his sentence,” he said. “He will have no appeal, given the amendments in the last few years to the Immigration Act, and he will be moving to a place he has no connections.”

He added Musoni’s family continues to support him despite the charges. Musoni is the only member of his family who failed to obtain Canadian citizenship, Claus noted.

During a brief statement to the court, Musoni apologized to Mesquita’s loved ones, as well as his own family.

Aldane ëDaleí Mesquita. (Supplied photo)
Aldane “Dale” Mesquita. Photo by supplied

Tamara Mesquita, mother of Mesquita’s school-age son, submitted a victim impact that described being “haunted” not knowing what happened to her husband...

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Three to See Saturday: no-summer art, Grindstone murals and Class of 1984

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Details: 7 p.m at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $13 at the door or

Mural Massive: Grindstone Theatre in partnership with MinBid and Old Strathcona Business Association presents Mural Massive 2020, featuring seven new murals, music (SWEAT DJs), drinks and underground art auction. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mask!) Artists include Trevor and Annaliza Toledo, Peter Nguyen, Grady Wallace, Wade Stamp, Marcus Coldeway, Michael Rogers and Jai Tanninen.

Trevor Peters and Annaliza Toledo are part of Grindstone’s Mural Massive. Photo by Codie McLachlan /Postmedia

Details: 2 p.m – 11 p.m at The Grindstone (10019 81 Ave.), $10-$20 at

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