Alberta online politics news

  • 21.05.2017 04:30

    As fentanyl overdose deaths in Alberta rise, a Vancouver-based advocate says Alberta would do well to follow her province's lead in declaring opioid-related deaths a public health emergency. On the front lines in B.C.'s battle against their ongoing overdose crisis, Leslie McBain said Alberta's rising numbers of overdose deaths isn't going to slow without decisive action from the provincial ...

  • 21.05.2017 02:26

    The use of Alberta’s controversial Student Learning Assessment at the start of the Grade 3 year will now be left up to each teacher’s discretion, Education Minister David Eggen said Saturday. “Teachers will be able to use their professional judgment to decide for themselves whether using the SLA will benefit their students in the classroom,” Eggen told the annual representative ...

  • 20.05.2017 03:50

    Wildrose leader Brian Jean is blunt this morning at Calgary’s Blackfoot Diner even though his breakfast eggs are perfectly sunny side up. He says from now until July 22 is not going to be easy. When asked if he thinks 75% of Wildrosers would thumbs-up uniting with the PCs into one conservative party today he’s “not confident.” That’s the percentage needed from Wildrosers ...

  • 19.05.2017 23:02

    A Wildrose MLA says a plan to unify his party with the Progressive Conservatives could still be derailed by Wildrose members' uncertainty about the deal. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Leader Jason Kenney announced on Thursday a tentative agreement to join together in a new "United Conservative Party." To go forward, the deal needs to be ratified by members of both parties, with the ...

  • 19.05.2017 15:50

     Those crossing their fingers for conservative unity have a long way to go yet, despite the agreement unveiled Thursday afternoon.    The first hurdle? Getting a majority of Progressive Conservative and Wildrose members to ratify the deal.    For the PCs, it will take 50 per cent plus one, but the Wildrose will need to secure 75 per cent of membership approval to make the necessary ...

  • 18.05.2017 22:02

    The Alberta government will loan an industry group $235 million to accelerate the cleanup of oil and gas wells left behind by bankrupt producers after a prolonged downturn crippled many operators. The industry-funded Orphan Well Association will use the loan to cut its inventory of wells in need of cleanup by about a third over three years, which could translate to roughly 700 wells. The group will ...

  • 18.05.2017 19:14

    The Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservatives are expected to announce a unity agreement today. The committee that has been negotiating a possible merger of the two parties has scheduled a news conference at 1 p.m. today in Edmonton. The panel has been discussing the issues involved in a unified party since March, shortly after Jason Kenney won the PC leadership contest. In a recent Postmedia/Mainstreet ...

  • 18.05.2017 15:32

    The Alberta government is closing an embarrassing loophole that saw the Canadian Revenue Agency claw back carbon tax rebates due to the death of someone in a household. Premier Rachel Notley vowed in the legislature to put a stop to the clawbacks after incensed families complained about the notices issued while they mourned a family member. Any households that received clawback notices will not have ...

  • 18.05.2017 15:32

    Serenity’s family is demanding a public inquiry into the little girl’s death. They sat in the legislative gallery Wednesday, stone-faced as they surveyed question period below. The family members made their way to the legislative building in Edmonton to get answers about the little girl who died, aged four, after a traumatic head injury while in kinship care. Under the provisions of the ...

  • 18.05.2017 15:32

    Leduc — Alberta is on the cusp of seeing a united conservative political force, believes Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt, and he hasn’t ruled out running as its leader.   At a Wednesday night event in Leduc billed as a "Unite the Right town hall," about 50 conservatives gathered in the Maclab Centre for Performing Arts, determined to know exactly where plans to bring them ...

  • 17.05.2017 17:20

    A cyber threat left the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) offline for two days in December and all its employees were sent home as its information technology department dealt with the issue. Hackers have been at the forefront of Service Alberta's mind this week after an online attack shut down the Saskatchewan government's website and affected government emails.  Minister Stephanie McLean said ...

  • 17.05.2017 02:44

    While Alberta's health minister promises to 'monitor' issues surrounding rural EMS dispatch, regional 911 officials say lives are still at risk in the province's southwest. The latest salvo in the ongoing dispute between the Foothills Regional Emergency Services Commission (FRESC) and the provincial government regarding errors and delays relating to EMS dispatch consolidation came Tuesday, ...

  • 16.05.2017 21:32

    Premier Rachel Notley says any British Columbia government will be told they do not have the authority to stop the expansion of the TransMountain pipeline. “At the end of the day, this is a federal decision,” Notley said at an 11 a.m. press conference at the legislature. She acknowledged that some disagree with the pipeline expansion project, but believes they should not be allowed to hold ...

  • 16.05.2017 21:32

    Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta's NDP government stands opposed to any attempt to move the National Energy Board out of Calgary. A report from a federally-appointed review panel released Monday called for the NEB to be split into two agencies, the Canadian Energy Transmission Commission (CETC) and the Canadian Energy Information Agency (CEIA). It recommended that the CEIA be located in Ottawa, ...

  • 16.05.2017 21:32

    Nearly two-thirds of Calgarians and Bow Valley residents support a bid for the 2026 Olympics while 17 per cent oppose pursuing the Winter Games, according to a survey from the group spending $5 million to study a potential bid. The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee, formed in September 2016 and chaired by former police chief Rick Hanson, released results Tuesday of a telephone and online survey conducted ...

  • 16.05.2017 07:38

     A cheap and effective fentanyl-testing kit that has reduced overdoses at a Vancouver supervised injection site has health authorities looking at bringing it to Alberta.   Fentanyl overdoses have been a growing problem in Alberta, with the government reporting 349 deaths last year and 51 deaths in the first six weeks of 2017 — nearly double the numbers from last year.   Clients ...

  • 15.05.2017 21:06

    OTTAWA — A panel advising the government on how to overhaul the National Energy Board says the regulator should be dismantled and replaced with two new agencies, all within a more coherent national energy policy. The five-member panel, appointed last fall, presented its report this morning to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. After months of public hearings and talking to stakeholders, the panel ...

  • 15.05.2017 19:48

    Donald Trump is a liar, a criminal, and a danger to all of us. Everyone who is sane knows that. He is a draft dodger. He is a racist. He sexually assaults women and brags about it. He violated the Cuba embargo. He has long been linked to organized crime. He condones violence against those who disagree with him. He's had multiple bankruptcies. His ex-wife says he raped her, and treats his current ...

  • 15.05.2017 15:44

    An estimate by a Calgary economist puts Alberta at the top of the charts for the average household cost of the federal carbon tax, mainly due to high energy use in the province. The carbon tax instituted by the provincial government this year starts at $20/tonne and will soon be superseded by a federal tax that will rise to $50/tonne by 2022. According to estimates by University of Calgary economist ...

  • 15.05.2017 15:44

    The Alberta Liberal Party will have a new leader in three weeks, and both candidates hope it's a bright new beginning for a party cast into the political wilderness.  The leadership race has largely flown under the radar. David Khan and Kerry Cundal, both lawyers, are the only two candidates vying to win, and only around 200 Albertans have grabbed a party membership. Still, interim leader ...

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