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Precision Drilling moves to cut costs and capital spending plan

Precision Drilling moves to cut costs and capital spending plan

CALGARY — Precision Drilling Corp. says it is reducing staff, cutting salaries and lowering its capital spending plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and current market conditions.

Police arrest man in alleged sexual assault of eight-year-old girl in Edmonton

EDMONTON — A man has been arrested in Edmonton in a case where police alleged an eight-year-old girl was abducted and sexually assaulted by a stranger while she walked home.
Kenney says 'special place in hell' for hoarders, scammers during pandemic

Kenney says 'special place in hell' for hoarders, scammers during pandemic

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says there's "a special place in hell" for hoarders and scammers during the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 a 'devastating blow' to mountain towns that rely on tourism

COVID-19 a 'devastating blow' to mountain towns that rely on tourism

CALGARY — The COVID-19 pandemic has walloped tourism-dependent mountain towns by cutting short what had been shaping up to be a great ski season in Western Canada.

Banff World Media Festival slated for June cancelled over COVID-19

BANFF, Alta. — Another major entertainment event has been cancelled because of COVID-19, this time the Banff World Media Festival in Alberta.
Calgary reducing numbers in homeless shelters; relocating some to hotels

Calgary reducing numbers in homeless shelters; relocating some to hotels

CALGARY — The City of Calgary will be decreasing the number of people staying in homeless shelters and housing some of them in hotels to try to limit the effect of COVID-19. The city said it is shrinking the total number of shelter spaces by 400.
Spruce Meadows cancels summer show jumping series because of COVID-19

Spruce Meadows cancels summer show jumping series because of COVID-19

CALGARY — World-renowned in the equestrian community, Spruce Meadows has cancelled its summer tournament season because of COVID-19.
Ensign Energy Services cuts capital spending plan, executive salaries

Ensign Energy Services cuts capital spending plan, executive salaries

CALGARY — Ensign Energy Services Inc. is cutting its capital budget and says its top executives will take a pay cut as it moves to deal with the crash in the oilpatch due to COVID-19 and the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Dancers strip from homes when pandemic prompts cancellation of burlesque show

Dancers strip from homes when pandemic prompts cancellation of burlesque show

EDMONTON — When social distancing prompted the cancellation of a sold-out burlesque show at a downtown Edmonton bar on Friday, organizers kept the show going with livestreamed stripteases direct from the performers' own living rooms.
'No new anything:' Guards union says prison needle exchange expansion on hold

'No new anything:' Guards union says prison needle exchange expansion on hold

CALGARY — The union representing Canadian correctional officers says a program making clean needles available to inmates at a number of prisons across the country won't be expanding to new institutions during the COVID-19 crisis.