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COVID-19 leaves cupboards bare at pawnshops

CALGARY — John Sanford has been a pawnbroker for 20 years and says he’s never seen anything like it.

Pawnshops and payday loan lenders have long been harbingers of hard economic times due to health and financial crises.

But Sanford says that hasn’t been the case in the topsy-turvy world of 2020 where the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a recession.

Cattle ranchers waiting for other COVID-19 shoe to drop on industry

CREMONA, Alta. — A cacophony of bellowing cattle makes it hard to hear the other hoof drop, but rancher Bruce Bird knows that it’s coming.

Bird runs a cow-calf operation and had to shout to be heard during annual branding last week on his ranch near Cremona, 80 kilometres northwest of Calgary.

Agriculture wants essential service status

CALGARY—Canada's agriculture sector is warning of higher prices and potential food shortages if it isn't designated an essential service and allowed to do business as usual during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ontario has listed both Agriculture and supply chain industries as essential, allowing food production and distribution to continue to function as normal.

Appeal of verdict in child meningitis death gets set

CALGARY—The Alberta Crown's appeal of the acquittal of a couple in the death of their son is to be heard in June.

David and Collet Stephan were accused of not seeking medical attention sooner for 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in 2012.

They were found not guilty in September on a charge of failing to provide the necessities of life.

Injured Bronco itching to get back on ice after surgery

A hockey player paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says he is thrilled with the progress he's made since receiving spinal surgery in Thailand a month ago.

Doctors implanted an epidural stimulator in Ryan Straschnitzki's spine and one week later injected stem cells above and below the injury to try to reverse some of the damage.

Broncos crash a 'life-altering experience'

Vivian York recalls that the debris was still flying when she drove up to an intersection where the Humboldt Broncos hockey bus and a semi-truck carrying peat moss had just collided.

The nurse was coming home from a haircut and was the first person at the chaotic scene on a highway north of Tisdale, Sask., on April 6, 2018.

Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured.