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Province offers guidelines on learning environments that respect diversity

School boards have a new resource to assist school boards in drafting policies to support welcoming, caring, respectful and safe schools.

Alberta Education’s Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Expressions and Gender Identities “will assist school authorities when addressing the needs of individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and gender identities,” the government said in a release Wednesday. […]


RCMP report reduction in serious traffic incidents over holidays

Traffic fatalities, injuries and damage to property were down between Dec. 23, 2015 and Jan. 3, 2016 compared to the same holiday period of 2014.

Provincial holiday traffic statistics released by the RCMP Jan. 5 show there was one traffic fatality and 95 motor vehicle-related injuries during the period as well as 1204 instances of damaged property. […]

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One-day check stop nabs 153 impaired drivers

RCMP released numbers from their Dec. 4 province-wide check-stop blitz Thursday. Police say results indicate drivers are still getting behind the wheel when they are in no shape to drive. RCMP conducted check-stop operations in 259 locations within local RCMP jurisdictions and on Alberta highways Dec. 4, stopping more than 20,500 vehicles. […]

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Distracted drivers will see increased penalties in new year

Updating your Facebook status behind the wheel could net you three demerits in addition to the current $287 fine after Jan. 1.

The province announced the increase in penalty Dec. 10, citing research they say suggests driver distractions contribute to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions. Further, distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers. […]

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Morinville ranks best in province for business-friendly taxes

Morinville holds a virtuous first place among Alberta municipalities for fair business tax rates, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The CFIB released Dec. 7 Entrepreneurs Deserve Property Tax Fairness, a report targeting the “property tax gap,” the difference between residential owners pay and what commercial property owners are paying. […]