May 10, 2016
IF THERE were a place that you could call Ground Zero in the wars over climate change, it might be the Canadian province of Alberta. In the latest chapter in humankind's opioid-like addiction to fossil fuels, energy companies have been extracting dense, dirty oil from that region's deposits of tar sands -- a kind of fuel that is wasteful to extract and emits more carbon pollution when it's finally burned. The added burden of the tar sands oil on our looming global-warming crisis caused U.S. activists to raise a tremendous stink over the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have shipped this dirty fuel right through the American Heartland on its way to Gulf Coast ports and then to foreign markets like China.
June 22, 2013 |
CALGARY, Alberta - Floodwaters that devastated much of southern Alberta left at least two people dead and forced officials in the western Canadian city of Calgary on Friday to order the evacuation of its entire downtown, as the waters reached the 10th row of the city's hockey arena. Overflowing rivers washed out roads and bridges, soaked homes, and turned streets into dirt-brown waterways around southern Alberta. Police also said a woman who was reported missing after she was swept with her camper into the Highwood River in the Longview area has not been found.
May 25, 2013 |
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - The trucker was hauling a load of drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him. Two vehicles fell into the icy Skagit River. Amazingly, nobody was killed. The three people who fell into the water escaped with only minor injuries. Officials are trying to find out whether the collapse of a bridge on one of the West's most important roadways was a fluke - or a sign of a problem with thousands of bridges across the United States.
October 12, 2012 |
The Flyers are supposed to open the 2012-13 season Thursday night by facing the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center. Instead, the NHL has gone dark, and the "Negotiations to Nowhere" continue in New York City. Representatives from the league and the players union met Wednesday. Once again, there was little progress to report. The lockout has reached 26 days since the collective-bargaining agreement expired Sept. 15. Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, estimated the league had lost $240 million with the cancellation of preseason games and the first two weeks of the regular season.
September 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - As hockey prepared for its first work stoppage since the 2004-05 season was wiped out, the NHL Players Association planned to challenge a lockout before labor boards in Quebec and Alberta. The moves, if successful, could force teams to pay players on the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers during a work stoppage. The sport's labor contract expires at midnight Saturday night, and a lockout appears certain. It would be the league's fourth work stoppage since 1992.
February 2, 2012 |
Alberta Martin, 92, of Mount Airy, a groundbreaking African American nurse and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Tuesday, Jan. 24, at her nephew Albert Martin's home in Collegeville. Miss Martin grew up with eight siblings in South Carolina and North Philadelphia. She graduated from William Penn High School in 1936 and graduated from Mercy-Douglass Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia in 1942. She then tried to enlist in the Army Nurse Corps. In autobiographical notes, she wrote that her application was denied because there was a quota for black nurses.
August 17, 2011 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Rick Rypien was scheduled to fly to Winnipeg on Sunday night to have his knee checked out. He left a message for a Jets official that morning asking whether there was ice he could skate on. But he never boarded the flight. Rypien had been dealing with depression for at least a decade, said Jets assistant general manager Craig Heisinger, who was the GM of the Manitoba Moose when Rypien played for the AHL team. The 27-year-old former Vancouver Canuck was found dead in his Alberta home Monday.
February 1, 2011 |
IF YOU THINK a church usher is just someone who greets you at the door and leads you to your seat, then comes around later to collect your offering, you're only half right. Ushering is a calling, an important part of any worship service, and ushers must be seriously devoted to their work. We speak of Alberta M. Ranton, described by her family as an "usher extraordinaire. " Alberta, a retired dietitian for the school district, was a senior usher at Shalom Baptist Church and held leadership positions in local, state and national usher organizations.
January 31, 2009 |
Leo McDonnell, 82, of Upper Providence, Delaware County, a retired Scott Paper Co. engineer who volunteered technical assistance to developing countries, died of septic shock Wednesday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Mr. McDonnell earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Alberta. He earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wis., where he met his future wife, Donna Callahan.
July 16, 2008 |
New to North America? Seeking a job and permanent residency? Why not try Alberta, Canada, eh? Congolese cousins Manu Mabila, 26, and Lila Ntumbe, 24, university students on temporary U.S. visas, say they certainly are open to the lure of the resource-rich but labor-starved province, which this week began recruiting skilled foreign workers here with a hard sell that drew 300 immigrants, and a few native Americans, to a ballroom of the Westin Hotel...