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Brett McKay, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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Alberta wants final OK for federal funding agreements with municipalities

Alberta wants final OK for federal funding agreements with municipalities

Alberta’s government has introduced legislation requiring all federal funding agreements with provincial entities be approved by the province.
Data errors paint unreal picture of housing development in small communities

Data errors paint unreal picture of housing development in small communities

An error that would go unnoticed in Edmonton can obliterate small town statistics.
Closure of Northern Alberta youth treatment centre hurts families: Union

Closure of Northern Alberta youth treatment centre hurts families: Union

The High Prairie Campus Based Treatment Centre, which provides care for youth with serious behavioural issues, was damaged by a fire in Nov. 2023. Rather than refurbish the facility, the Government of Alberta plans to keep the centre closed indefinitely and transfer children hundreds of kilometres away for treatment,
Alberta municipalities waiting on 2023 payments for wildfire costs

Alberta municipalities waiting on 2023 payments for wildfire costs

As of March 1, fire season is officially underway in the Alberta. But rural municipalities say they're still waiting on millions in provincial support payments to help cover costs incurred during 2023's disastrous wildfires. 
Short-term drought harder on grasslands than previously thought

Short-term drought harder on grasslands than previously thought

The impacts of projected increases in drought severity have been "substantially underestimated,", according to a global study.
Why do fewer bisexual people have employer drug coverage?

Why do fewer bisexual people have employer drug coverage?

Bisexual people are significantly less likely to have drug coverage from their employer than either heterosexual, gay, or lesbian men and women, and more likely to rely on government-sponsored coverage.
NDP alleges UCP instructed AHS to delete sex health social media

NDP alleges UCP instructed AHS to delete sex health social media

AHS denies the organization was instructed by the Government of Alberta to remove the sexual health education content, and that they were deleted as part of a consolidation of all AHS media accounts.
Alberta government to fund wetland restoration projects

Alberta government to fund wetland restoration projects

Conservationists say more is needed to protect Alberta's wetlands in the first place.
Alberta talks water emergency and long-term planning

Alberta talks water emergency and long-term planning

To help mitigate the impact of future droughts on communities and "maximize" water use, the government of Alberta is putting $35 million towards water-management and conservation initiatives
Alberta Health budget forecasts record number of private surgeries

Alberta Health budget forecasts record number of private surgeries

Alberta Health has plans to boost the number of surgeries performed in the province in 2024 and is counting on a record number of procedures being contracted to private, for-profit facilities to meet its target.
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