Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prairies-North News as of 4 P.M. on Friday, July 5, 2013

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prairies-North News as of 4 P.M. on Friday, July 5, 2013

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Top Prairies-North News


Friday, July 5, 2013

4 p.m.


Here are the Top Prairies-North News stories from The Canadian Press as of 4 p.m. All times are local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. Contact the Edmonton bureau News Editor Tim Cook at 780-412-6251 or


Calgarians ready to party their mudboots off


CALGARY -- Water-weary Calgarians are putting their mops and flood gear aside to show visitors what they do best -- throw one heck of a party. Thousands of people have lined what just two weeks ago were the submerged streets of the city's downtown to watch the colourful, noisy parade that kicks off the Calgary Stampede. PHOTO, AUDIO, VIDEO. By Bill Graveland.


Some insurance firms to cover flood sewer backups


CALGARY -- Some flood-weary homeowners in southern Alberta have something to celebrate after their insurance companies had a change of heart about covering sewage backup claims.The basement of Joanne Aime's house in Calgary was completely ruined by sewery water and the stress only got worse when RBC Insurance initially denied a claim for the damage. Moves on national and business wires. AUDIO. By John Cotter in Edmonton.


RCMP boss wants investigation of gun seizures


OTTAWA -- The head of the RCMP is asking for an investigation into the seizure of firearms from homes evacuated during flooding in Alberta after the move was criticized by the Prime Minister's Office. Commissioner Bob Paulson has written to the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP and asked the agency to look into the matter. He says he and a lot of Canadians have questions about the force's actions in the devastated town of High River.


Lack of disaster mitigation gets 'criticism'


OTTAWA -- The national strategy for minimizing the impact of catastrophes such as the Alberta flood has endured "consistent criticism" for not backing up words with financial support, say internal federal documents. …

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