Alberta News and Stories

Alberta News and Stories

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Blue ice and red flags: How to stay safe when skating on lake ice

March 01, 2021 - Maybe it’s happened to you: You’re skating along the frozen surface of a lake, when CRACK! You see a fracture in the ice shoot out from under your skates. Suddenly you’re wondering… How thick is this ice? Should I be this far out?

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Books for Kids: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library returns to Fort McMurray thanks to Red Cross grant

February 18, 2021 - The Imagination Library is the brainchild of country singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton, who was inspired by her own father’s inability to read. In 1995, she started a literacy program for children. Today, the program operates in five countries, with 1.7 million books distributed each month.

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Alberta volunteers awarded prestigious honour

February 17, 2021 - A dedicated emergency management volunteer, a passionate water safety instructor trainer and a loyal educator have received the highest award given by the Canadian Red Cross. 

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Winter in the Backcountry: Tips for being prepared

February 04, 2021 - While a day on snowshoes or skis is a great way to fend off cabin fever, it does come with some risks. Here are some tips for planning and packing for a safe winter excursion.

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Claudine St-Jean

From Alberta to Quebec: Helping in Long Term Care facilities

December 14, 2020 - When Claudine St-Jean saw the posting for people who could assist in Quebec long-term care facilities, she knew immediately she had to put her name forward.

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Red Cross volunteers reach out to seniors with a friendly check-up call

December 08, 2020 - Luisa Castro knows her volunteers have formed a bond with a lonely senior just by looking at their faces when they hang up the phone.

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Alberta Red Crosser lends a hand to recovery efforts in the Bahamas

December 07, 2020 - The Bahamas are more than a year into rebuilding after Hurricane Dorian, which devastated communities across the islands in September 2019. Today, the Red Cross continues to work with the community on the long road to recovery.


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Water and Sanitation assessment in the Old City of Homs.

Armed conflict, insecure environments and disasters in the COVID-19 era

October 21, 2020 - Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in conflict zones work under challenges most of us can’t imagine; treating frequent injuries from bombs and bullets, dealing with disrupted supply lines, and managing hospitals and clinics that are damaged or even under attack. Now imagine adding COVID-19 into that mix.


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Water safety and representation with Justice Vandale-Niccolls

September 08, 2020 -

Justice Vandale-Niccolls is the Alberta Coordinator of the Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety Program for the Canadian Red Cross. 
Red Cross Talks discussed Justice’s passions for swimming and water safety, her job and career goals.

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People participating in online learning sessions.

Community grant helps Calgary Pride take annual festival virtual

September 03, 2020 - A flotilla of rafts bearing rainbow flags on the Bow River, a hotel balcony drag show and a Pride History walk and brunch… These are just some of the events that are brightening Calgary streets this summer as part of the city’s annual Pride Week.

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