Alberta online politics news

  • 15.05.2017 04:02

    University of Alberta researchers studying malaria in Africa have found evidence that education of women may provide a more effective “social vaccine” for reducing childhood infection rates than the variety injected through a syringe. “We found a surprisingly protective effect — surprising in terms of the magnitude — of maternal education. The rates of malaria were strikingly ...

  • 14.05.2017 01:32

    A specialized RCMP drug unit in Grande Prairie is having some success in the battle against fentanyl, says the officer in charge. Cpl. Eldon Chillog, who supervises the five-man unit established in the fall, told County of Grande Prairie councillors this week that his team has made several big fentanyl busts over the last six months or so. In November the team wrapped up one of the biggest cases, a ...

  • 13.05.2017 17:56

    Alberta’s $240-million Primary Care Network system is set for a major funding and governance overhaul in the months ahead under an important new deal aimed at providing patients more consistent and comprehensive health care outside the hospital. The proposed agreement between the province and the Alberta Medical Association — still to be ratified by physicians — is also touted ...

  • 12.05.2017 22:44

     Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion should go ahead regardless of the uncertain outcome of the British Columbia election. Notley supports the $7.4 billion project proposed by Texas-based Kinder Morgan to triple the amount of crude that flows from the Edmonton area to the B.C. Lower Mainland. The B.C. election earlier this week left Christy Clark’s Liberals ...

  • 12.05.2017 15:32

     With only three weeks left of the scheduled legislative session, MLAs might catch themselves a break.    The government is considering a third constituency week for the spring session, potentially after the May long weekend, and there are rumblings the legislative sitting might then be extended for a week. (Sittings are adjourned during constituency weeks, when MLAs theoretically head ...

  • 12.05.2017 15:32

    When Dara Sutton read the new Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) Sexual Violence Action Plan, she couldn’t help but think about how her own experience with sexual assault could have been much different.   “Change is the only guarantee in life, so let’s make it count,” said Sutton, a sexual assault survivor, AASAS board member and executive director of ...

  • 11.05.2017 23:56

    Three Alberta energy companies will receive a total of $26.2 million in government funding to help them bring clean technology projects to commercial demonstration. Cenovus Energy, MEG Energy, and Field Upgrading were each selected as successful applicants under the federal government's Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program, a two-year initiative that provides financial support to new technology aimed ...

  • 11.05.2017 15:14

    On the second anniversary of the party forming government and ending decades of Progressive Conservative rule, the NDP is trying to recapture some of that old magic. An email to supporters urges them to vote on their favourite NDP-themed T-shirt and then pre-order the eventual winner. The slogans on the shirt read, "A women's place is in the legislature," "Rachel Notley's got ...

  • 11.05.2017 15:14

    A day after news broke that children were still living in a home where a girl died while in government care, Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee said the opposition and media have been using outdated facts. Larivee, however, wouldn't provide new information to correct the record, citing privacy laws. Media reports and questions from the Opposition in question period stated that six ...

  • 10.05.2017 16:06

    Children are still living in the household where a girl in government care suffered from malnutrition, hypothermia and eventual death from a traumatic head injury, Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee confirmed Tuesday. Larivee said only evidence of abuse or neglect could lead to the children being apprehended and the ministry has been closely monitoring the household since Serenity died ...

  • 10.05.2017 06:14

    Alberta's electricity market watchdog is investigating a provincial agency for its handling of controversial power contracts that are losing billions of dollars. The Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) says it's investigating complaints lodged against Alberta's Balancing Pool, the arm's length agency that has been dealing with money-losing power contracts after they were dropped ...

  • 09.05.2017 07:38

    The Alberta government is boosting protections for investors as part of a broader effort to streamline and harmonize securities regulators across Canada. A bill tabled Monday by Finance Minister Joe Ceci will give the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association the same powers as the Alberta Securities Commission. That means the two organizations ...

  • 08.05.2017 21:22

    With a potential trade war brewing, Alberta’s NDP government has hired Gary Doer to advocate for the province’s softwood lumber industry in Washington, D.C. Doer served as Canada’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that, he was the NDP premier of Manitoba from 1999 to 2009. “I am excited to be supporting the Alberta government and Premier (Rachel) Notley ...

  • 08.05.2017 05:08

    The absent space in Alberta’s oval office was officially filled Saturday afternoon as Edmonton lawyer Len Thom accepted the role as the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta’s (PCAA) new president. A little surprised at how quickly his appointment came about, Thom said he’s excited to work with PC party leader Jason Kenney on rebuilding after a pretty rocky year for the ...

  • 08.05.2017 01:38

    The health union that represents the majority of Alberta's laboratory workers is slamming a proposal to have the government establish a new public agency to deliver medical testing across the province. The Health Sciences Association of Alberta said it supports the idea of consolidating lab services under a single, publicly run organization, but feels that organization should be Alberta Health ...

  • 05.05.2017 15:26

    Management of Alberta’s $700-million lab services system should be handed over to a new public agency that would be responsible for delivering all medical testing across the province, a new report recommends. In a 158-page analysis, the Health Quality Council of Alberta says consolidating medical labs under a central organization provides the best option to address of number of issues stemming ...

  • 05.05.2017 05:34

    Jason Kenney was with Stephen Harper, the prime minister of the day, at a secret Canadian special forces base in Iraq when he heard the NDP had won the May 5, 2015, election in Alberta. “I turned to him and said: Maybe we should just stay here.” Kenney is now here, leader of the Progressive Conservatives in this province, pushing hard for one new united conservative party to go toe-to-toe ...

  • 05.05.2017 05:34

    The government introduced legislation Thursday that it hopes will put shoddy homebuilders out of business. The new program requires builders to have an active licence to build homes, which confirms they have the proper skills and are in good financial standing. The government will also now have the authority to cancel or suspend those licences when a builder is known for inferior work. Until the program ...

  • 05.05.2017 04:44

    As Alberta marks two years since the election that brought the NDP to power on Friday, Premier Rachel Notley's government faces an ongoing challenge in its relationship with Calgary. When the NDP made its stunning breakthrough in the May 5, 2015 election, the party won an unprecedented 15 Calgary ridings — the party's first seats in Alberta's largest city since 1993, when it lost ...

  • 05.05.2017 00:38

    Secondary suites should be an election issue, says a city councillor who used money from his office budget to study a painstaking system that's unheard of for a city of Calgary's size. Ward 11 Coun. Brian Pincott, who is not seeking re-election this fall, and Ward 7 Coun. Druh Farrell paid $2,500 each for a study that analyzed 265 secondary suite applications council heard from 2014 to 2016. ...

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