Alberta online politics news

  • 04.05.2017 15:38

    Atco chief executive Nancy Southern says a provincial program to compensate coal power producers for shutting plants early gives her competitors an "unfavourable advantage" and should be changed or scrapped. The Alberta government announced last November it will pay Atco, TransAlta Corp. and Capital Power Corp. a total of $97 million annually over 14 years, beginning in 2017, or a total of ...

  • 04.05.2017 02:40

    A contentious change to a proposed mountain development was unanimously rejected by Canmore town council on Wednesday. A motion to amend the area structure plan for Resort Centre lands at the base of Three Sisters Mountain didn't get off the floor as all seven councillors opposed first reading. The proposed changes to the area plan included eliminating golf course lands in favour of expanding the ...

  • 04.05.2017 00:34

    As the Progressive Conservative board meets this weekend for the first time since the party's March leadership convention, there will be a number of empty places around the table. The party confirmed this week that five board members have resigned since Jason Kenney won the party leadership nearly two months ago on a platform of uniting the PCs with the Wildrose in a new party. Connor Turner, Kim ...

  • 03.05.2017 21:58

    Premier Rachel Notley says she doubts British Columbia has the authority to implement a proposed carbon tax on coal exports through its ports, which is feared to damage Alberta's industry. B.C. Premier Christy Clark said this week a Liberal government would tax thermal coal exports from her province to make them uncompetitive, in retaliation to new softwood lumber tariffs imposed by the U.S. government. ...

  • 03.05.2017 19:00

    OTTAWA — After nearly four decades in the workforce, 64-year-old Louise Plouffe is looking ahead to retirement. But Tristan Plummer, 23, is looking for work. Plouffe and Plummer represent opposite ends of the age demographic that defines the Canadian labour force, which is in the throes of unprecedented change, according to Statistics Canada's latest census figures released Wednesday. The proportion ...

  • 03.05.2017 15:56

    In a Canadian first, ordinary citizens will be able to blow the whistle on Alberta MLAs and the premier following changes to the province's Whistleblower Protection Act. Whether Albertans will ever find out about wrongdoings will be in the hands of a commissioner, who will ultimately determine whether public interest outweighs the potential harm to an individual by releasing details. Labour Minister ...

  • 03.05.2017 02:02

    As discussions around conservative unification head towards an initial self-imposed deadline, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says he's still firmly behind the idea that his party should serve as the legal framework for a new united party. Jean and Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney agreed in March to form a discussion group with representatives of each party who were to report back to members ...

  • 02.05.2017 15:26

    The co-chairperson of a group providing oilsands advice to the Alberta government has placed her support firmly behind the anti-pipeline B.C. NDP ahead of that province's election next week. Tzeporah Berman told The Tyee magazine that an NDP government in the province "would be a huge leap forward on climate change." She also criticized David Suzuki's endorsement of the Green Party, ...

  • 02.05.2017 15:26

    A Wildrose MLA's recent conversation with his 11-year-old daughter sparked new legislation protecting Albertans who have intimate images shared without their consent. Bill 202 passed through the legislature Monday with unanimous support from all sides of the political divide. It gives legal recourse for men, women and youth to claim monetary damages if images of them naked, or engaged in sexual ...

  • 01.05.2017 18:12

    Experts warn it is only a matter of time before another community in Canada is ravaged by a sudden intense wildfire similar to the one that hit Fort McMurray. And the insurance industry says governments aren't doing enough to prevent destructive blazes before they happen. In recent years, other big wildfires have caused extensive damage in Kelowna, B.C., and Slave Lake, Alta., or seriously threatened ...

  • 01.05.2017 05:14

    Hundreds of unionized employees rallied outside the Alberta legislature Sunday, calling for amendments to the provincial labour code. “One of the reasons that we haven’t received that dignity, fairness and respect is because of the labour laws that have been passed by successive conservative governments in this province,” said Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour. ...

  • 30.04.2017 23:26

    Demanding that educational democracy be handed back to ordinary people, two local parent groups have launched a petition asking the province to end special interest group financing of trustee elections. As school board candidates prepare for this fall's election, Kids Come First and the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils are collecting hundreds of signatures on a petition urging ...

  • 30.04.2017 22:14

    It is a country, in a continent, that's been ravaged by poverty, political strife, corruption and violence since what seems like the beginning of time. And this year has been particularly treacherous for Kenya, hot and bone-dry amid a painfully long drought that's turned lakes into streams, rivers into sand. But two long-time runners, part of the Old Guys in Action fundraising group, are embarking ...

  • 30.04.2017 04:50

    Putrella the giant corpse flower is in bloom, oozing the foul smell she’s known for with particular fervour. “She’s our rock star plant,” said Muttart Conservatory program manager Alex Hamilton. “This (bloom) in my opinion is the smelliest.” The Muttart Conservatory announced Saturday morning that Putrella — a Titan arum, known for its distinctive smell sometimes ...

  • 30.04.2017 02:20

    It's a communication breakdown that some rural emergency workers fear could cost lives. Issues about cost, interoperability and poor reception have some first responders in rural areas concerned about the Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS), the province's new $370 million radio network, saying lives of both patients and emergency works are being put at risk by spotty ...

  • 28.04.2017 15:44

    An improving provincial economy and a new Progressive Conservative leader have caused barely a tremor on the Alberta political scene so far, with a new poll showing the Wildrose continuing to hold the lead and the NDP remaining in third place. A Mainstreet Research survey conducted for Postmedia shows the Wildrose under Brian Jean on top among leaning and decided voters, at 37%. The PCs, with former ...

  • 28.04.2017 14:50

    Despite years of controversy, Edmonton residents came out strongly in support of new supervised drug injection sites in a city report released Thursday. That's touching the hearts of those on the front line. "Oh my God, that's awesome," said Shanell Twan, a peer support worker for people with addictions who has been attending funeral after funeral as fentanyl and other overdose deaths ...

  • 27.04.2017 07:26

    Alberta teachers and school boards will be asked to ratify a two-year labour deal that includes a wage freeze and a $75-million “classroom improvement fund.” The deal would cover the period from Sept. 1, 2016, to Aug. 31, 2018. The province announced a tentative agreement Wednesday. According to the Alberta Teachers' Association, the parties signed a memorandum of agreement Monday. ...

  • 27.04.2017 04:08

    Alberta's one-time dream of an elected senate appears to be dead but the government leader in the upper house says that's not necessarily a bad thing. Senator Peter Harder was in Calgary Wednesday selling the merits of Justin Trudeau's changes to the red chamber, which include asking Canadians to apply to be senators and screening candidates through an arms-length independent panel before ...

  • 26.04.2017 22:44

    The Alberta Green Party will pick a new leader this fall. In a Wednesday news release, party president Carl Svoboda announced the launch of a leadership race to pick a successor to Calgary lawyer Janet Keeping. The deadline for applications to run is Sept. 10 and party members will elect the new leader in November. "Several people have already said they intend to run for the leadership. We anticipate ...

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