A Westlock, Alta., aerial-spraying company faces four charges for alleged failure to comply with regulations. This photo of a spray plane at work was taken in 2007. | File photo

Alta. crop sprayer faces charges

A Westlock, Alta., aerial-spraying company faces four charges for alleged failure to comply with regulations. Western Air Spray Inc. and Bobby Fred Hnatko each face three charges resulting from incidents that occurred in 2016. In an Aug. 10 news release, the Alberta government itemized the charges: • Commencing an activity without being the holder of […] Read more

It's hot and dry in southern Alberta, and the provincial agriculture department has imposed a ban on open fires on private land, the back country and non-designated camping sites due to the high fire hazard risk. | File photo

Alberta imposes fire ban

It’s hot and dry in southern Alberta, and the provincial agriculture department has imposed a ban on open fires on private land, the back country and non-designated camping sites due to the high fire hazard risk. The ban, effective today affects the Calgary Forest Area, which extends south of Highway 32 along the mountains and […] Read more

Another chicken product recalled

A third recall in as many days has been announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to possible contamination with salmonella. The $10 Chicken Fries, a frozen breaded product distributed nationally by Loblaws, join another chicken recall of No Name brand Chicken Nuggets announced last week along with an apparently unrelated recall of Ritz […] Read more


CFIA issues food recalls

Ritz Bits and chicken nuggets are subjects of two separate recalls announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency July 20. The cheese and pizza flavours of Ritz Bits Sandwiches in various package sizes and distributed nationally by Mondelez Canada may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The same type of bacteria may have contaminated No Name […] Read more

Some packages of frozen fruit are being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination. | CFIA photo

Frozen fruit recalled

Some packages of frozen fruit are being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination. Europe’s Best field berry mix in the 600-gram package and Europe’s Best four-field berry mix in the two-kilogram package, both with best before dates in May 2020, should be discarded or returned to place of purchase. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said […] Read more


The product has been distributed nationally and bears a best-before date of Feb. 6, 2019 on the outer package. | CFIA photo

Chicken burgers recalled

The one-kilogram packages of no name chicken burgers sold through Loblaw Companies are subject to recall due to possible salmonella contamination following an investigation in which at least 59 people in eight provinces became ill. The product has been distributed nationally and bears a best-before date of Feb. 6, 2019 on the outer package. The […] Read more

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier officially launched the app today, noting it is a way to help people remain aware of risk and plan their summer activities accordingly. | Screencap via albertafirebans.ca

Alberta launches fire ban app

Albertans now have access to a mobile fire ban app so they can keep track of fire risk. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier officially launched the app today, noting it is a way to help people remain aware of risk and plan their summer activities accordingly. The app is available for Android and […] Read more

Last September, base personnel detonated unexploded ordinance that started a prairie wildfire that spread from the base onto surrounding land. It killed cattle, burned thousands of acres of grasslands and one rancher's home, as well as stored feed, fences and other private property. | File photo

Base to carry out live round exercises; firefighters standing by

Live-fire training season has begun at Canadian Forces Base Suffield in southeastern Alberta and those in the area may notice loud noises, use of weapons and various other activities on site. The base issued a news release last week informing the public that Exercise Prairie Storm, a training program for the British Army, will run […] Read more


Alta. man charged in stolen horse case

Charges have been laid after a man is alleged to have sold two horses for slaughter without the owner’s consent. RCMP in Raymond, Alta., have charged Wayne Jubb with theft, trafficking stolen property and uttering forged documents. He is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge court May 23. The matter arose when RCMP were informed April […] Read more

May 5 is the day for Alberta's annual highway cleanup, in which young volunteers pick up trash in the ditches and raise money for their respective clubs and causes. | Government of Alberta photo

Highway cleanup takes place in Alberta Saturday

May 5 is the day for Alberta’s annual highway cleanup, in which young volunteers pick up trash in the ditches and raise money for their respective clubs and causes. Alberta Transportation organizes the event, which is run annually in the first or second week of May. Volunteers are expected to wear orange safety vests and […] Read more