T55 Daily News Blast


Tuesday February 27, 2024

  1. The Provincial Government has provided one-time funding of $400,000 to the Peace River Regional Women’s Shelter.
    The Shelter has been closed since Black Mold was discovered last fall during a renovation project.
  2. The provincial government will be investing $1.2M to help repair and maintain affordable and seniors housing.
    Heart River Housing in High Prairie is one of seven groups receiving some of that funding.
  3. Politicians are set to return to the legislature this week for a spring sitting that is expected to see the first steps on sweeping structural reforms to a health-care system.
    The sitting begins Wednesday, followed Thursday by the budget, which Premier Danielle Smith has signalled will not keep pace with Alberta’s growth.
  4. The Alberta government will opt out of the federal government’s pharmacare program covering diabetes medication and birth control.
    Health Minister Adriana LaGrange says the province is unhappy the deal was reached without consulting with the provinces first.
  5. Four Albertans died from overdose every day on average in 2023, breaking the previous record set in 2021, according to data from the provincial government.
    Following the 2023 election, Smith provided the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Dan Williams with a mandate to create a “recovery-oriented Alberta model,”.
  6. Cleanup is underway after a deer broke into the pool area of a LaSalle, Ont. recreation centre.
    Video posted shows a deer being chased by a staff member at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex before the animal jumps into the water.
  7. More than 4,000 visitors are in Calgary for the 2024 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, which run from Feb. 27 to March 2.
    Athletes are now competing in hopes of making Team Canada for the 2025 World Games in Italy.
  8. NPHL Playoffs tonight…
    Game 2, Falher is in Manning, and Dawson Creek is in Spirit River. The Pirates and Canucks took the opening games.
  9. Six Canadian teams hit the ice in the NHL tonight…
    LA’s in Calgary, Pittsburgh is in Vancouver, St. Louis is in Winnipeg, Las Vegas is in Toronto, Arizona is in Montreal, and Ottawa’s in Nashville.
  10. The Extreme Cold Warning has ended in the Mackenzie, but chilly temperatures continue across the Northwerst today.
    Sunny skies are forecasted with digits in the minus-teens, and lows around -20 tonight with a slight chance of flurries.
  11. From thunderstorms to freezing rain to heavy snow, Canadians are experiencing a mix of messy winter weather this week.
    Snow in Ontario, Rain and strong winds in the Maritimes, Cold across the Prairies, Rain and snow for BC, is expected.

Keith Hopper, Trending 55