Alberta online politics news

  • 17.04.2017 23:22

    TORONTO -  Omar Khadr’s official criminal record in Canada contains oddities and errors that are at odds with how the federal government viewed him on his return from the notorious prison on the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The record, obtained by The Canadian Press, makes no reference to the fact that Khadr, 30, was convicted by an internationally condemned U.S. military ...

  • 17.04.2017 23:00

    TORONTO — Omar Khadr's official criminal record in Canada contains oddities and errors that are at odds with how the federal government viewed him on his return from the notorious prison on the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The record, obtained by The Canadian Press, makes no reference to the fact that Khadr, 30, was convicted by an internationally condemned U.S. military commission ...

  • 17.04.2017 20:50

    EDMONTON — Michael Janz and Sally Tang hide two-month-old Miles as if he was a bag of drugs when they walk between their car and their suburban Edmonton condo. "We call him Baby Moses because he's not allowed in Egypt, and we have to carry him under our coat if we're going through the parkade," Janz said. "It's the glances and stares you get from your neighbours," ...

  • 17.04.2017 06:02

    The Health Quality Council of Alberta has scrapped a long-running survey on patient satisfaction with the health system, as the organization tries to fine-tune its approach moving forward. Since 2003, the HQCA — a government agency mandated to monitor health services and patient safety — has conducted a survey every two years to rate the quality of care received. But the provincial health ...

  • 17.04.2017 04:08

    Centrist-leaning politicians looking for their own way to unite in a politically divided Alberta huddled for a private weekend meeting in Red Deer. Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark was one of around 50 people in attendance Saturday, and while he denied any talk of party mergers, he said the meeting was successful in bringing together self-described centrists “looking for a new home.” “We’ve ...

  • 15.04.2017 08:08

    As centrist politicians in Alberta try to find common ground across party lines, the issue is exposing a longstanding divide in the provincial Liberal party. Former Edmonton mayor and Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Stephen Mandel is one of the organizers of a private meeting in Red Deer Saturday to discuss the possibility of unity or cooperation among self-described centrists. Alberta Party ...

  • 15.04.2017 08:08

    Alberta's NDP government is calling for a new "targeted approach" to women's health but details of what that will mean are sketchy. In the 2017-20 Health ministry business plan released with the provincial budget, the government says that in many families women have not only their own complex health needs to consider but are also responsible for the health and wellness of their partners, ...

  • 14.04.2017 02:26

    As Canada heads toward legalization of marijuana, Alberta producer Aurora Cannabis is focused on expansion with ambitions to raise a $160-million "war chest" from investors who are anxious to profit from what is expected to be a multibillion industry. According to one analyst, Aurora has been raising more money recently than any other cannabis company in Canada, and perhaps beyond, to prepare ...

  • 13.04.2017 19:26

    It was an unexpected slap in the face for a widowed Drayton Valley mom, which came a week after the province vowed it would no longer ask grieving families to repay carbon tax rebates. Krista Ahtila went to her mailbox Tuesday to find a letter addressed to the estate of her husband, who died in February at age 37 following a massive heart attack at work. Hoping it may be some news about financial relief, ...

  • 13.04.2017 04:20

    Alberta's NDP government is moving forward in its attempt to have a role in the legal battle around the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline. The province formally filed its application for intervener status with the Federal Court of Appeal on Wednesday as multiple British Columbia municipalities, First Nations and environmental groups seek a judicial review of the ...

  • 12.04.2017 01:32

    Opponents of the proposed Springbank dry dam argued Tuesday Ottawa's decision to spare the project from a higher environmental review endangers their land. But lawyers for the federal and provincial governments and supporters of the structure meant to prevent 2013-scale flooding of Calgary insisted that refusal still leaves plenty of environmental oversight. In federal court, lawyer John Gruber, ...

  • 11.04.2017 16:18

    Can you lose by winning? It's not a riddle, it's a fair question. Surveying the wreckage that now litters the Conservative landscape, it's a timely question, too. Because, make no mistake: the Conservatives' leadership race has dramatically set back their party, perhaps for years to come. Among other things, it has revealed the once-great Conservative Party of Canada to be nasty, brutish ...

  • 11.04.2017 15:38

    The Town of Drayton Valley has scrapped its photo radar program after putting the debate to a public vote. “The public expressed themselves very clearly, at least the public that showed up at the polls did,” Drayton Valley Mayor Glenn McLean said Monday. “Fair enough, that’s democracy, so we acted swiftly.” McLean said when he was knocking on doors as part of his campaign ...

  • 11.04.2017 15:38

    A video comparing abortion to the Holocaust shown to Red Deer Catholic students prompted the education minister to share the government's "deep concern" with the board Monday. "They agree that the video was inappropriate and are taking steps to ensure it won’t be shown again," David Eggen said in an emailed statement Monday. "Let me be clear, there is no ...

  • 11.04.2017 15:38

    One could call this the provincial nudging act. The New Democrats introduced a third set of updates to the Municipal Government Act in the house Monday, but on several key points, the legislation does more to nudge municipalities into co-operation and equitable behaviour than legislate. The changes encourage, for example, municipalities to voluntarily work with First Nations reserves or Métis ...

  • 11.04.2017 02:50

    The new head of an integrated provincial unit that targets organized and serious crime says law enforcement in Alberta will continue to focus on taking action against the distribution of the deadly drug fentanyl. Insp. Chad Coles, who has been appointed chief executive officer of ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams), said his number one priority will be the safety of Albertans and focusing ...

  • 10.04.2017 16:42

    A leadership race is an opportunity to promote bold ideas and invigorate a political movement. Canada's right-wing party seems to understand this, the left not so much. In recent months, Conservative Party leadership contenders have promoted a bevy of extremist ideas. Recently the spokesperson for Conservative contender Brad Trost boasted that his candidate is "not entirely comfortable with ...

  • 10.04.2017 01:44

    The NDP government will unveil new amendments to the Municipal Government Act Monday, setting off a period of major changes to the powers of the province's municipalities and the relationship between themselves and the province. Ward 3 city councillor Jim Stevenson, a member of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association board, said the alterations to the MGA are the product of consultations between ...

  • 08.04.2017 06:14

    Smilin’ Joe Ceci is smiling just a little wider but he’s not reaching for the bubbly just yet. He hasn’t even bought the bottle. Still, it’s one of his better days. “It’s becoming clear our plan is working. We’re showing clear signs of recovery,” says Ceci, the NDP budget boss, adding he does feel good. “But we’re not hanging out any Mission ...

  • 08.04.2017 02:38

    Canada's new interprovincial free trade deal will give Alberta companies greater access to out-of-province government contracts, but does little to address ongoing cross-border squabbling over the craft beer sector. Signed Friday by federal, provincial and territorial trade ministers, the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement aims to break down barriers to internal trade by establishing a clear set ...

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