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First day of Health Access Inquiry concludes in Edmonton

First day of Health Access Inquiry concludes in Edmonton | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
First day of Health Access Inquiry concludes in Edmonton (Here's a recap from Day 1 of the Health-Care Inquiry: http://t.co/MPvCJhdO #abhealth...)...
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Kenney says he'd work with Wall to sue feds over carbon tax

Kenney says he'd work with Wall to sue feds over carbon tax | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Right after announcing the potential merger of Alberta’s Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties, Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney took aim at Ottawa, saying that he would be willing to sue the federal government if it tries to impose a carbon tax on his oil-rich province.
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Former Tory staffer jumps to Alberta Party, predicts others will follow

Former Tory staffer jumps to Alberta Party, predicts others will follow | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The former executive director of the Progressive Conservative party has joined up with the Alberta Party — and he expects other Tories will also jump ship to the dark horse party.
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Donald Trump helps build the case for Rachel Notley's social license policy on energy exports | rabble.ca

Donald Trump helps build the case for Rachel Notley's social license policy on energy exports | rabble.ca | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
If Alberta's conservatives imagined U.S. President Donald Trump's decision immediately after his election last November to push the Keystone XL Pipeline project forward would provide an opening for them to attack the Alberta NDP government's policy of building social license for export development, they now need to re-examine their assumptions. With his recent decision to attack Canadian trade -- and his inclusion of energy along with milk, cheese and lumber on his grocery list of grievances -- President Trump has risked ruining his Canadian fellow travellers' strategy.
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Alberta government funding could help Indigenous women starting businesses

Alberta government funding could help Indigenous women starting businesses | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta's NDP government has tripled funding for a Status of Women grant program that aims to assist female entrepreneurs.
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Holy smoke! Saskatchewan court’s Catholic education ruling is a bombshell - Alberta Politics

Holy smoke! Saskatchewan court’s Catholic education ruling is a bombshell - Alberta Politics | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
PHOTOS: Calgary Catholic School District headquarters (Screen grab from Google Street View). Below: Mr. Justice Donald Layh being sworn in in 2014 (Yorkton Today), Edmonton Catholic School District Headquarters, Edmonton Public School Trustee Michael Janz. Holy smoke! The ruling Thursday by a Saskatchewan judge that the province’s government may no longer legally fund non-Catholic students …
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Alberta NDP tops fundraising in first quarter of 2017

Alberta NDP tops fundraising in first quarter of 2017 | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta NDP raised $373,060 from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2017. The Official Opposition Wildrose Party came second with $281,607 in donations.
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Alberta aims to ensure local workers hired before temporary foreign workers

Alberta aims to ensure local workers hired before temporary foreign workers | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Christina Gray and Patricia Hadju will announce a new program that focuses on hiring local workers at the NAIT Centre for Applied Technology
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Poll suggests two-thirds of Albertans believe funding for private schools should be phased out

Poll suggests two-thirds of Albertans believe funding for private schools should be phased out | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
An Environics poll released Wednesday suggests a majority of Albertans support or "somewhat support" phasin
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Why Americans Vote ‘Against Their Interest’: Partisanship

Why Americans Vote ‘Against Their Interest’: Partisanship | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Party affiliation is a way to express a bunch of identities - interesting read. #politics #abpoli https://t.co/KOrYWJV523
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From the article: "Party affiliation has become an all-encompassing identity that outweighs the details of specific policies. “Partisan identification is bigger than anything the party does,” said Frances Lee, a professor at the University of Maryland who wrote a book on partisan polarization. Rather, it stems from something much more fundamental: people’s idea of who they are."
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Why Fort McMurray will never be the same - Macleans.ca

Why Fort McMurray will never be the same - Macleans.ca | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
One year after the wildfire, Fort McMurray faces slow growth, unemployment and residents with itchy feet. The boom years never looked so good.
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Kind of a dumb headline but worth a read...

800 jobs may be lost by driverless trucks -- that's technological innovation. The reality is that the city relies on a resource that is waning. There's plenty of time to plan a new path forward for both the community and the individuals living there. But it involves recognizing that change is coming. And forward thinking instead of dwelling on the past.
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Paula Simons: Why is Alberta's information and privacy commissioner being kept in the dark?

Paula Simons: Why is Alberta's information and privacy commissioner being kept in the dark? | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
<p>“It strikes to the very core of my ability to do my job and hold ministries accountable.” — Jill Clayton</p>
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From the article: "Ganley said she’ll now be giving written direction to Alberta Justice staff to only assert privilege when strictly, legally, necessary, when handling FOIP requests. “We’re committed to shifting this culture. And I can say with certainty that this particular government doesn’t have any particular interest in covering up for the previous government."
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Alberta cities, province respond to federal legislation on legalizing marijuana

Alberta cities, province respond to federal legislation on legalizing marijuana | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
One of the most anticipated packages of legislation in recent memory was unveiled Thursday and Alberta municipalities are very concerned about the short time frames for implementing the new laws.
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Chronically clogged Cochrane intersection to be replaced with $50M interchange

Chronically clogged Cochrane intersection to be replaced with $50M interchange | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The province is going to spend up to $50 million on a new interchange to get traffic moving at one of the most frustratingly slow intersections in southern Alberta.
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Paula Simons: Crisis management for Alberta's two-tier child welfare system

Paula Simons: Crisis management for Alberta's two-tier child welfare system | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
<p>“Having two caseworkers looking after 56 cases, it’s just not doable. It’s straight crisis management.” </p>
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Simons: "In truth, there’s little this panel — or the Notley government — can do to force Ottawa to provide the funds our bands need, beyond some overdue public shaming. But Alberta could finally step in to bridge the gap, especially it comes to early intervention and preventative care, to make kids on reserve equal Albertans. Beyond money, we need to knit together our fractured system. Alberta’s 17 DFNAs operate in isolation from one another. Wouldn’t it make sense for neighbouring agencies to share resources and expertise, to work together on things like staff recruitment and training and hiring specialized services? And for DFNAs to work as true and respected partners to the rest of the child welfare system, instead of being treated as Cinderella stepchildren."
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Cyberbullying bill passes 3rd reading in Alberta legislature

Cyberbullying bill passes 3rd reading in Alberta legislature | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A Wildrose MLA's private member's bill, aimed at protecting people from having intimate images of them distributed over the Internet, passed third reading in the Alberta legislature on Monday.
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It’s Official: Coal Just Became Uneconomic in Canada

It’s Official: Coal Just Became Uneconomic in Canada | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Marijuana wasn’t the only green thing being celebrated on April 20. In a somewhat unexpected move, the Calgary-based electricity company TransAlta announced it will accelerate the phase-out of eight coal-fired power units — representing almost 3,000 megawatts of generating capacity — with six of those to be converted to gas-fired generation between 2021 and 2023. The remaining two will be closed on Jan. 1, 2018. “It makes complete economic sense that they did that,” says Binnu Jeyakumar, electricity program director at the Pembina Institute, pointing to expiring power purchase agreements (PPAs) and an increasing inability for coal to compete with natural gas and renewables. While calculations vary, it’s estimated that the conversion of the six coal plants to simple cycle gas operations — a process that will cost around $300 million in total — will cut emissions by between 30 and 40 per cent per megawatt hour of electricity produced.
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Instant rebates for energy-efficient products | Alberta.ca

Instant rebates for energy-efficient products | Alberta.ca | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Albertans will save money with instant rebates at stores for energy-efficient home products, with a new retail campaign running April 28 to June 11.  | Alberta.ca
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Alberta promises to offer universal access to the abortion pill - The Globe and Mail

Alberta promises to offer universal access to the abortion pill - The Globe and Mail | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The decision by Rachel Notley’s NDP government makes Alberta the second province to say it will offer Mifegymiso free of charge
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Alberta finds international partner on climate action

Alberta finds international partner on climate action | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
China’s climate actions are showing promising results. New data shows that China’s overall levels of carbon pollution decreased in 2015 for the first time in over a decade. This is promising news, and confirms that Alberta’s clean technology partnership could yield important market opportunities.
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From the article: Experts now say China is likely to peak its emissions five years earlier than its 2030 commitment. This is promising news, and confirms that Alberta’s clean technology partnership could yield important market opportunities for our entrepreneurs.”
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Need a lawyer but don't qualify for legal aid? Project aims to slash fees for Albertans

Need a lawyer but don't qualify for legal aid? Project aims to slash fees for Albertans | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Middle-income Albertans who can't afford legal services but don't qualify for aid may now have an alternative — a few dozen lawyers in the province have teamed up to offer limited help at a cheaper cost.
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One big problem for Alberta's 'unite-the-centre' effort: The NDP is already there | rabble.ca

One big problem for Alberta's 'unite-the-centre' effort: The NDP is already there | rabble.ca | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The effort by a group of politicians previously associated with the Progressive Conservative, Liberal and Alberta parties to "unite the centre" suggests divisive social conservative doctrines that increasingly dominate the Wildrose and PC parties are starting to seriously worry economic conservatives.
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Private Health, Public Risk?

Private Health, Public Risk? | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
How the Alberta government allowed a private foundation to offer an unproven 'experimental' health program to its citizens
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University of Alberta researcher calls for refugee health-care clinic in Edmonton

University of Alberta researcher calls for refugee health-care clinic in Edmonton | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Edmonton needs a specialized refugee health clinic similar to one in Calgary, says a University of Alberta researcher who spent four months interviewing Syrian families struggling to access health care in this city.
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Calgary police chief backs supervised consumption site amid opioid crisis

Calgary police chief backs supervised consumption site amid opioid crisis | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin has spoken in support of the establishment of a local supervised consumption site, describing the measure as the "best opportunity" to help direct people with addictions into treatment services.
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Government pledges millions to improve flood preparedness in Calgary

Government pledges millions to improve flood preparedness in Calgary | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta government is moving ahead with a pledge to invest $13.4M to help the City of Calgary boost flood readiness.
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