Alberta online politics news

  • 07.04.2017 23:20

    A much-travelled intersection in Cochrane is getting a new interchange. The NDP government announced Friday that a new interchange will be built at the intersection of Highways 1A and 22 at a cost of $40 to $50 million. The project will include the twinning of Highway 1A under a new twinned Highway 22 bridge, ramps to access both roads and Highway 1A bridges over Big Hill Creek. "Building this ...

  • 07.04.2017 05:56

    We’re back on the economy and those suffering because of it. Ric McIver had a reputation as a pretty straight shooter when he was on Calgary city council. On Thursday, as the Progressive Conservative legislature quarterback, he does not disappoint. “They’re drinking their own bathwater and claiming that it tastes good,” says McIver, of the Notley NDP government. “But nobody ...

  • 07.04.2017 01:06

    Don't Miss These Hard-to-Forget Restaurants in Calgary If you are looking for a unique dining experience in YYC, you'll want to check out any of these restaurants with insane levels of character -- and delicious food, I might add! These establishments each have a more-than-memorable ambiance made possible by the stylish and sometimes historical buildings they reside in. Combined with a unique ...

  • 06.04.2017 15:56

    For Alberta's NDP government and the province's unions, 2017 will be the year of bargaining. Seventy-four collective bargaining agreements expired March 31 and more than 400 will expire in 2017 in total. The sheer number of contracts expiring is a "rare occurrence," according to Alberta Finance officials, and it's the biggest year of negotiations in the history of the Alberta ...

  • 06.04.2017 03:26

    While Alberta has committed for years to increasing the number of First Nations and Metis children in care who are placed with indigenous families, Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee acknowledges that efforts to do so have been stalled. The NDP government's strategic plan, released in concert with the provincial budget last month, says that 40 per cent of indigenous children in foster ...

  • 06.04.2017 01:32

    Families of Albertans who died after receiving carbon tax rebate cheques will no longer be asked to return the money, the province says. And officials said they're working on finding a solution for those who had previously received the notices, admitting they deserve better than to be billed while they're still in mourning. Alberta's NDP government came under fire last month when a number ...

  • 05.04.2017 21:56

    David Khan says he doesn't underestimate the challenges facing the Alberta Liberals but he believes there is space for the party to grow and thrive in the province. The 42-year-old lawyer formally announced Wednesday he would run for the Liberal leadership. A decade ago the Liberals appeared to be a real possibility to form government in Alberta but the party now holds a single seat — Liberal ...

  • 05.04.2017 21:42

    Facebook is cracking down on so-called "revenge porn" and announced Wednesday it has added tools that make it easier for users to report the practice. Facebook says it can now prevent intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram — by allowing users to specifically select a picture as a "nude photo of me" in the "Report" tool. Photo-matching technology ...

  • 05.04.2017 16:20

    Scientists are joining the battle over a plan to phase out the use of off-highway vehicles in two ecologically sensitive parks in southwestern Alberta. Last January, the province announced a draft plan for the Castle Wildland Provincial Park and Castle Provincial Park to preserve just over 1,000 square kilometres of mountains and foothills. Since then, groups that represent people who drive ATVs, trucks ...

  • 05.04.2017 16:20

    The firming of oil prices means Alberta should have one of Canada's fastest-growing economies this year, BMO Financial Group chief economist Douglas Porter says. Porter, in Edmonton this week for client presentations, said Tuesday improvements will also be assisted by government spending and stronger retail sales. Here's a condensed, edited version of an interview with Porter: ...

  • 05.04.2017 06:14

    A lot of you probably remember Monday’s story. Wildrose leader Brian Jean says parents shouldn’t be notified when their child joins a gay-straight alliance, or GSA as it is commonly known. The newshounds had their quotes and wrote their copy. Here was Jean, seen in sharp contrast with PC leader Jason Kenney, who believes parents should be notified if their kid joins a GSA except where those ...

  • 05.04.2017 04:02

    Alberta farmers who historically have profited from having oil and gas wells on their land have a new opportunity blowing in the wind, though experts advise landowners seek legal counsel before signing contracts. The province's planned move toward 30 per cent renewable electricity by 2030 has made Alberta the most attractive jurisdiction in the country for new renewable energy investment. Last ...

  • 04.04.2017 22:26

    Wildrose says the government is operating under a veil of secrecy, and its "toxic disrespect" for freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation is just one example. Alberta's FOIP system is broken, democracy and accountability critic Nathan Cooper said Tuesday. Cooper and Service Alberta critic Scott Cyr unveiled a ream of system changes they say need to be made, including ...

  • 04.04.2017 18:18

    From the very beginning, my voice has been ignored by the bulk of the media to the point that many people still do not even know I am running in the Conservative party leadership race. This in itself illustrates a growing lack of respect for anyone wishing to participate in our democracy, which should raise concern across the board. Furthermore, I find it equally alarming that articles are being written ...

  • 04.04.2017 15:08

    Progressive Conservative house leader Ric McIver was forced to apologize to the legislature Monday, but used it as an opportunity to take a swipe at the NDP. Speaker Robert Wanner interrupted McIver six times as the Calgary-Hays MLA spoke, instructing McIver not to use his apology to make a political point. "Speak to the matter of the point of order, not to the other members of this legislature ...

  • 04.04.2017 15:08

     Another investigation has cleared former Alberta premier Alison Redford of wrongdoing on how she selected a law firm to sue tobacco companies on behalf of the province. Redford was Alberta's justice minister in 2010 when she chose a consortium of law firms that included a company that employed her former husband. The $10-billion lawsuit is to recover smoking related health-care costs. An ...

  • 04.04.2017 06:30

    OTTAWA — Upstart Conservative and New Democrat candidates gave their heavily favoured Liberal rivals a bit of a scare Monday in a pair of byelections in Ontario where some of Justin Trudeau's policies and promises played a central role. In the Toronto-area riding of Markham-Thornhill, Liberal candidate and former PMO staffer Mary Ng pulled away from Ragavan Paranchothy by a margin of more than ...

  • 04.04.2017 04:14

    EDMONTON — Another investigation has cleared former Alberta premier Alison Redford of wrongdoing on how she selected a law firm to sue tobacco companies on behalf of the province. Redford was Alberta’s justice minister in 2010 when she chose a consortium of law firms that included a company that employed her former husband. The $10-billion lawsuit is to recover smoking related health-care ...

  • 03.04.2017 17:50

    The federal political parties will put their popularity to the test today in five byelections. There are two seats up for grabs in Alberta, two in Ontario and one in Quebec, all of which were held by high-profile politicians. Calgary Heritage was previously held by former prime minister Stephen Harper who stepped down last year, while Calgary Midnapore was occupied by former Conservative cabinet minister ...

  • 02.04.2017 19:32

    A panel is to get an update this week on the mental-health treatment of a man who stabbed five young people to death at a house party three years ago. A judge found Matthew de Grood not criminally responsible in the deaths of Zackariah Rathwell, 21; Jordan Segura, 22; Josh Hunter, 23; Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27. Justice Eric Macklin said in his ruling that de Grood was suffering from ...

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