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Moila Aokuso and friends perform Haka at Magrath Chamber of Commerce Gala, 2014

Moila Aokuso and friends.
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good times last year at the Gala .. this year it will be Mardi Gras .. see magrathchamber.com

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New provincial park a special gift to all Albertans | Alberta.ca

New provincial park a special gift to all Albertans | Alberta.ca | all things magrath | Scoop.it
Three hundred and eighty hectares of undisturbed native grassland has been donated to Alberta’s provincial parks system.     | Alberta.ca
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Amazing Wildlife on Twitter

Amazing Wildlife on Twitter | all things magrath | Scoop.it
A guy went into his backyard in Alberta, Canada. And there he found a fox, peacefully asleep. pic.twitter.com/9kqvk0dbs6
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Identical Alberta triplets celebrate major milestone - Globalnews.ca

Identical Alberta triplets celebrate major milestone - Globalnews.ca | all things magrath | Scoop.it
Mason, Thomas and Luke Low — brothers born with a rare eye cancer — are celebrating their first birthday.
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Whooping cough outbreak declared in Alberta's central region - Globalnews.ca

Whooping cough outbreak declared in Alberta's central region - Globalnews.ca | all things magrath | Scoop.it
Due to a continued rise in the number of whooping cough (or pertussis) cases, Alberta Health Services has declared an outbreak in its Central Zone.
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Alberta economy to grow at a slower rate - Calgary Herald

Alberta economy to grow at a slower rate - Calgary Herald | all things magrath | Scoop.it
RBC is warning that falling oil prices will be a drag on Alberta's economy in 2015. The bank's latest provincial outlook, released Friday, lowered its real GDP growth forecast to a "respectable" 2....
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H3N2 flu strain seen in majority of confirmed cases in Alberta this season - CBC.ca

H3N2 flu strain seen in majority of confirmed cases in Alberta this season - CBC.ca | all things magrath | Scoop.it
Although it's still too early to tell, statistics from Alberta Health Services (AHS) suggest the 2014 vaccine may not be as effective as hoped against this year's most prominent influenza strain.
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What Computer Science Education Can Tell Us About The Future Of Schools - Education Next

What Computer Science Education Can Tell Us About The Future Of Schools - Education Next | all things magrath | Scoop.it
Some of the pedagogical models we see emerging in computer science may be a harbinger of not just what we need to teach in the 21st century, but how we may come to teach it.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Magrath's Got Talent! - YouTube

Magrath's Got Talent! http://t.co/OPt9pljc7j
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Alberta honey bee winterkill drops in 2013-14 : the most likely cause of winterkill to be cold spring and poor quality queens.

Alberta honey bee winterkill drops in 2013-14 : the most likely cause of winterkill to be cold spring and poor quality queens. | all things magrath | Scoop.it

July 23, 2014 - Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) recently released the results of its survey of winterkill of honey bees in 2014. Seventy-six per cent of commercial beekeepers who own 400 or more colonies responded took part in the survey. This group of beekeepers operates over 90 per cent of honey bee colonies in Alberta.

"The surveyed beekeepers reported wintering 197,038 honey bee colonies and nuclei,' says Medhat Nasr, provincial apiculturist, ARD, Edmonton. "Overall, beekeepers reported that 18.5 per cent of Alberta bees died during the 2013-2014 winter."

The reported winterkill varied from region to region. The lowest winterkill (15.1 per cent) was reported in southern Alberta south of Calgary (Region 1). The winterkill was 16.7 per cent in Region 2, which is north of Calgary to south of Edmonton. In the northeast central/St. Paul area (Region 3), the winterkill was 20.6 per cent. In the northwest (Region 4) beekeepers reported 16.5 per cent winterkill. In the Peace (Region 5) beekeepers reported 23.2 per cent winterkill.

"It is notable that the winterkill significantly decreased to 18.6 per cent in regions 2 and 3 this year in comparison to 2012-2013 where the reported winterkill was 37.5 per cent," says Nasr. "Beekeepers who wintered full size bee colonies in British Colombia reported the lowest winterkill in recent years at 10.5 per cent."

The survey included a list of suspected causes that could lead to killing bee colonies in winter. "This year, losses may be attributed to one or a combination of several factors that acted synergistically to kill bee colonies," says Nasr. "Beekeepers reported the most likely cause of winterkill to be cold spring and poor quality queens. In early March, 2014, beekeepers were reporting normal mortality (10-15 per cent) and the bees were looking good for that time of the year. However, because of a large snow pack and extreme unsettled conditions in the spring, the bee population dwindled and more bee colonies died. Surviving colonies were slightly weaker than normal colony strength."

Despite beekeepers having requeened their colonies in 2013 season, beekeepers complained about poor performance of imported queens and a high rate of supercedure. Nosema was the second cause of high winterkill cited by beekeepers. A Nosema outbreak was most likely associated with the late spring, resulting in confinement of bees inside bee hives for a longer period of time during the winter extending to spring. Starvation and small clusters of bees were mentioned as possible causes of winterkill but ranked very low.

Surprisingly enough, says Nasr, the Varroa infestation was ranked on the bottom of the list of possible causes of bee colony mortality. "It was reported that Varroa was under control in most operations in 2013-2014. Apivar continues to work effectively. The application of Apivar in early spring for Varroa control has proven at this point to be the most effective treatment time to keep healthy colonies through the season and for wintering. Fall treatment was late in some operations and consequently these operations reported high winterkill."

Over the winter of 2013–2014, 25 per cent of managed honey bee colonies died in Canada. The highest winterkill was 58 per cent reported in Ontario but the rest of the provinces averaged 19.3 per cent. The lowest winterkill was reported in British Colombia at 15 per cent.

"It was encouraging to hear that Quebec reported 18 per cent winterkill in 2014," says Nasr. "This is the lowest reported winterkill in Quebec in comparison to previous years. It is particularly remarkable that Alberta has decreased its bee winterkill rates by 50 per cent, going from 30 to 40 per cent from 2007-2010 down to 15 to 24 per cent in the last four years. Overall the average winterkill in Alberta is 20 per cent in the past four years. The significant decrease in winterkill rates has been attributed to the use of Varroa mite control products and the adoption of effective bee surveillance and management systems."

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Family of Alberta triplets with rare cancer overwhelmed by open doors in Toronto - Toronto Star

Family of Alberta triplets with rare cancer overwhelmed by open doors in Toronto - Toronto Star | all things magrath | Scoop.it
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Family of Alberta triplets with rare cancer overwhelmed by open doors in Toronto.
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Licence plate furor a bad sign for Alberta Tories: Steward - Toronto Star

Licence plate furor a bad sign for Alberta Tories: Steward - Toronto Star | all things magrath | Scoop.it
Licence plate furor a bad sign for Alberta Tories: Steward Toronto Star Right or wrong, this was somewhat embarrassing for the government because it stirred memories of a photo of a beach in northern England that appeared in 2009 as part of...
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or just leave the licence plates be .. how much will it cost to change them all over? lots what difference will it make? none .. and when the Wildrose takes over from the Tories they will just have to change them all back again .. :)

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Legal drinking age in Alberta will change to 25 as of January 2015

Legal drinking age in Alberta will change to 25 as of January 2015 | all things magrath | Scoop.it
More than have of Albertan Voters have agreed to change the legal drinking age to 25 as of January 2015. This is due to the increasing amount of DUI's in Calgary this year.

Via Velvet Martin
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Some Alberta continuing care residents still not getting two baths per week

Some Alberta continuing care residents still not getting two baths per week | all things magrath | Scoop.it
More than a year and a half after the province announced new rules for continuing care residents to receive at least two baths a week, facilities across Alberta are still falling short.
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Keep fire safety in mind this holiday season | Alberta.ca

Keep fire safety in mind this holiday season | Alberta.ca | all things magrath | Scoop.it
As fire-related deaths in Alberta double during the winter holiday season, help keep you and your family safe by following a few important safety tips.  | Alberta.ca
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From burst pipes to invading ant colonies, problems plague Alberta's hospitals - Edmonton Journal

From burst pipes to invading ant colonies, problems plague Alberta's hospitals - Edmonton Journal | all things magrath | Scoop.it
At the hospital in Cardston, water lines freeze and rupture during the winter because they were installed too close to the building’s exterior walls. In the east wing of the Sundre Hospital, ant colonies have infiltrated the ceiling.
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Alberta beekeepers oppose pesticide ban

Alberta beekeepers oppose pesticide ban | all things magrath | Scoop.it
Alberta farmers and beekeepers say the Ontario government is making a mistake with its plan to restrict certain agricultural pesticides in an effort to combat bee deaths.
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Government proposing 50 changes to Alberta's condo property law - Edmonton Journal

Government proposing 50 changes to Alberta's condo property law - Edmonton Journal | all things magrath | Scoop.it
The Alberta government has unveiled an overhaul of its condominium law, but a condo-owners advocate says it doesn’t go far enough to protect consumers.
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#Winterlust Photos Prove Alberta's The Prettiest Province In Winter - Huffington Post Canada

#Winterlust Photos Prove Alberta's The Prettiest Province In Winter - Huffington Post Canada | all things magrath | Scoop.it
It's been pretty cold in Alberta the past few days. Like, -40 C-with-the-windchill cold.

But, instead of complaining, Travel Alberta is reminding you to embrace the frosty weather and appreciate the province's wintry beauty.
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LDS Church History: Lorenzo Snow, Jul 26, 1901; Friday

LDS Church History: Lorenzo Snow, Jul 26, 1901; Friday | all things magrath | Scoop.it
A letter from Elder John W. Taylor, dated Magrath [Canada] 23rd ult. was read. He stated that the crops of that region of country never looked so promising before. Mr. Haultain, President of the Northwest Council and Mr.
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'Earthship' takes shape on Alberta prairie

'Earthship' takes shape on Alberta prairie | all things magrath | Scoop.it
A family is building a so-called Earthship on the southern Alberta prairie, and plans to move in by the end of the year.
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Beavers do landscaping for Alberta family - CBC.ca

Beavers do landscaping for Alberta family - CBC.ca | all things magrath | Scoop.it
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Beavers do landscaping for Alberta family
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After years of trying unsuccessfully to build a pond on their property, an Alberta family decided to call in some experts — beavers.
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Alberta PC government quietly approved a pay hike for senior government ... - Calgary Sun

Alberta PC government quietly approved a pay hike for senior government ... - Calgary Sun | all things magrath | Scoop.it
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Electricity consumption spikes with hot weather across Alberta - CBC.ca

Electricity consumption spikes with hot weather across Alberta - CBC.ca | all things magrath | Scoop.it
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Typically each summer and winter, a new record is set for power usage as the number of people and businesses in Alberta continues to rise.
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