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Deck stacked on electoral reform?

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government yesterday was accused of stacking the deck in the Liberal party’s favour as it finally made good on a promise to create a special parliamentary committee on electoral reform.

Democratic Institutions minister Maryam Monsef insisted the government remains open to considering any and all alternatives to the existing first-past-the-post voting system.

Club offers lap dances for evacuees

EDMONTON—Fire evacuees from Fort McMurray have been offered meals, clothing, places to stay, and now an unusual gift—a free lap dance.

An Edmonton strip club is waiving its $9 entry fee and offering one $30 lap dance to any customers from the evacuated city in northern Alberta.

As demonstrated in the days since the fire, the oilsands capital is home to many families.

Natural quadruplets enter world

EDMONTON—An Alberta couple will mark their first wedding anniversary next month not as a couple but as a full family of six.

Bethani and Tim Webb of Hythe, 500 km northwest of Edmonton, became the parents of four identical baby girls on Friday.

Obstetric and neonatal specialists at an Edmonton hospital delivered the naturally-conceived quadruplets by Caesarean section.

No worries for Mad Magazine lookalike

MEDICINE HAT, Alta.—A seven-year-old Medicine Hat, Alta. boy is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame after catching the attention of Mad Magazine due to his marked resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman.

With his red hair, freckles, and missing front tooth, Thomas J Desjarlais was a deadringer for the iconic face of the satiric magazine when his mom Carly posted a picture of him in April.