Feature News Stories
- Written by Ashley Materi Ashley Materi
- Published: 07 June 2016 07 June 2016
Alberta drug educators say today’s approaches are more effective, but improvements still need to be made
For decades, experts and politicians have tried to educate children about drug and alcohol use by concentrating on the message, “Just say no.”
Studies, however, show campaigns such as Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) had little to no impact. Experts say, once kids discovered that they could use drugs without dying or suffering permanent damage, they realized that much of what they were told about drugs was a lie.
- Written by Laura Stewart Laura Stewart
- Published: 02 June 2016 02 June 2016
Province’s report on important river may understate risks for downstream residents
As it flows from the oilsands region towards Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta, the Athabasca River appeared to be healthy this past winter.
“Right now everything is all frozen, and it all looks beautiful right now,” said Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in early March.
But the way he sees it, water beneath the ice is “the hidden grim reaper.”
First Nations people living along the river say the water is not the same as it was four decades ago, when they could safely drink and fish from it.
- Written by Alannah Page Alannah Page
- Published: 01 June 2016 01 June 2016
Clinical trials on human patients are ongoing, and promising, at the University of Alberta
A piece of technology is being forecast to provide many Type 1 diabetics with freedom from the disease for up to a year at a time.
Though it won’t be widely available for some time, the device is currently undergoing clinical trials and results are promising according to Dr. James Shapiro, a researcher at the University of Alberta.
- Written by Michaela Ritchie Michaela Ritchie
- Published: 29 May 2016 29 May 2016
Major facelift of 17th Avenue too disruptive for at least one business
Coming in from the east, making a right turn off First Street, S.E., you ponder the probability of your car veering up over the street-level curb as you navigate the bustling intersection of two exceptionally narrow roads in an effort to avoid less diligent drivers. Telephone wires crisscross overhead, cutting up what would have been a decent view of the downtown core as you head west. A pedestrian cuts in front of you on an otherwise invisible crossing.