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Thomson: Is it time for Albertans to head for the bunker over budget crunch?

Thomson: Is it time for Albertans to head for the bunker over budget crunch? | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The world didn’t end on Friday but the apocalyptic predictions, I assure you, will continue. You won’t be able to open a newspaper, tune in the radio or turn on the television in 2013 without getting a blast of bad news about the future.
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Calgary housing for Albertans overcoming addiction | Alberta.ca

Calgary housing for Albertans overcoming addiction | Alberta.ca | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A $7-million investment will support 46 individuals and their families in Calgary who are recovering from addictions. | Alberta.ca
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An estimated $4.1 million in costs will be saved annually by the Government of Alberta by building this new facility.
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New jobs, investment to come from renewables | Alberta.ca

New jobs, investment to come from renewables | Alberta.ca | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program is expected to attract at least $10.5 billion of investment into the Alberta economy by 2030, creating more than 7,200 jobs for Albertans. | Alberta.ca
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"The Alberta Electric System Operator is set to open the first of a series of competitions to create greener energy in the province, putting Alberta on track to achieve its target of 30 per cent renewable electricity by 2030."
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What The Oilsands Sell-Off Actually Means

What The Oilsands Sell-Off Actually Means | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The last few months have been marked by some massive shifts in the oilsands. In December, there was the $830 million Statoil sale to Athabasca Oil, followed in January and February by the writing down of billions of barrels of reserves by Imperial Oil, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil. On March 9, Shell sold a majority of its oilsands assets to Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) in a huge $7.25 billion sale, while Marathon Oil split its Canadian subsidiary between Shell and CNRL for a total of $2.5 billion. The question is: why are all of these companies selling their oilsands assets? While some celebrate the moves as successes for the climate movement, others blame the Alberta NDP for the exodus of internationals. But experts say the reality has more to do with a broader economic shift that’s made oilsands uneconomical — for the time being at least.
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Notley says no Alberta PST without election mandate

Notley says no Alberta PST without election mandate | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
STONY PLAIN — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wouldn’t bring in a provincial sales tax without seeking a mandate from voters. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said this week his government is considering an increase to consumption taxes as it wrestles with a budget deficit brought on i
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Oh slam. Notley vs Wall.
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New bill removes 2-year limit for victims to sue attackers

New bill removes 2-year limit for victims to sue attackers | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
For survivors of sexual assault and sexual misconduct who wish to sue their attackers, the bill removes the two-year deadline that is the standard for civil actions.
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Very pleased to see this bill going forward.
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U.S. officials understand Buy American impact, Rachel Notley says

U.S. officials understand Buy American impact, Rachel Notley says | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says American officials would have understood the potential impact on the economy had they introduced Buy American provisions to the Keystone XL pipeline extension.
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Notley government cutting executives’ pay at 23 agencies, boards and commissions

Notley government cutting executives’ pay at 23 agencies, boards and commissions | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta government is cutting the pay of the highest-earning executives at 23 agencies, boards and commissions.
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"Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province is also eliminating bonus payments and market modifiers as well as capping severance pay to one year, for an estimated savings of $16 million a year."
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Oilsands may not hit emissions cap in twenty years, research shows

Oilsands may not hit emissions cap in twenty years, research shows | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
While federal pipeline approvals have stoked fears Alberta's oilsands will grow unabated to the environment's peril, new research suggests producers will not hit a legislated emissions cap in the next 20 years.
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Rona Ambrose backs united provincial right; PC member files complaint against Kenney

Rona Ambrose backs united provincial right; PC member files complaint against Kenney | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Rona Ambrose says the future of Alberta
depends on provincial conservatives uniting
into a single party.In a speech Thursday
night to the Alberta Can't Wait pro-unity
group, the interim federal Conservative
leader reiterated that she wants members of
the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose
to bridge the current divide and join
together.
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Oil, coal use to peak in 2020 before being replaced by electric, solar: report

Oil, coal use to peak in 2020 before being replaced by electric, solar: report | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The demand for oil and coal will hit its peak in 2020, before slowly succumbing to green technologies.
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From the article: The researchers predict demand for coal will peak in 2020 and fall to half 2012 levels by 2050, while oil demand will plateau from 2020 to 2030 before seeing a steady decline.
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Notley stops short of asking unions for wage freeze in bargaining

Notley stops short of asking unions for wage freeze in bargaining | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
MEDICINE HAT — Premier Rachel Notley says her government will be prudent with public money in upcoming contract talks with civil servants. But she's stopping short of committing to a wage freeze that is being called for by the Opposition.
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In Trumpland, you must decide if you are a Sally or a Sean: Mallick | Toronto Star

In Trumpland, you must decide if you are a Sally or a Sean: Mallick  | Toronto Star | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
You must determine your moral stance now, because when they come for you, decisions will have to be made quickly.
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Alberta would accept more refugees if Ottawa lifts cap, says Premier Notley

Alberta would accept more refugees if Ottawa lifts cap, says Premier Notley | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta is able and willing to take in more refugees if the federal government raises the number Canada takes in, Premier Rachel Notley said Wednesday. In response to U.S.
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Education minister orders 2 Christian schools to allow LGBTQ groups

Education minister orders 2 Christian schools to allow LGBTQ groups | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Minister David Eggen issued the ministerial order Thursday to Meadows Baptist Academy in Edmonton and Harvest Baptist Academy in Parkland County north of Spruce Grove.
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Rachel Notley a 'vicious, poisonous, toxic cocktail' of mediocrity, Kevin O'Leary charges

Rachel Notley a 'vicious, poisonous, toxic cocktail' of mediocrity, Kevin O'Leary charges | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Kevin O’Leary slammed Rachel Notley again on Thursday, this time calling the Alberta premier a “vicious, poisonous, toxic cocktail” of mediocrity and incompetence who requires “an extreme amount of adult supervision.”
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Alberta government announces 26 new school projects

Alberta government announces 26 new school projects | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Rachel Notley and Education Minister David Eggen are in Spruce Grove today to announce new school projects from the 2017 budget.
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Former Jason Kenney organizer charged with assault after arrest at PC convention

Former Jason Kenney organizer charged with assault after arrest at PC convention | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

Albertans will know the next leader of the province’s Progressive Conservative party tonight.


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It's common for parties of all stripes to think campaign managers can, and even should, be bullies and assholes. This needs to change and Alan Hallman is just one example of how and why we must stop being silent bystanders to this kind of behaviour. And then we wonder why people have a low opinion of parties and politics. These are the people we put in positions of power and influence?

All political parties need to pay attention to this story. For those who say this is an indictment of the conservatives, the sad truth is that it is not. These bullies exist in all parties. It is an indictment of the current way of "doing" politics.
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Who wants to be leader of Alberta’s Liberal Party? Nolan Crouse does. | daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics

Who wants to be leader of Alberta’s Liberal Party? Nolan Crouse does. | daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse announced this week that he will run for the leadership of Alberta’s Liberal Party, becoming the first and so far the only candidate to announce plans to run for the job. The party is holding a leadership vote in June 2017 to fill the position being vacated by Calgary-Mountain View MLA David Swann, a […]
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GUEST POST: Living in a small town scandal amplified by Jason Kenney

GUEST POST:  Living in a small town scandal amplified by Jason Kenney | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
What it's like when Jason Kenney turns your small town into cheap campaign fodder
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"At this point, as a resident of Ryley and Alberta I am confused. How can this Progressive Conservative party leadership candidate steamroll right over our village administration? He did not call the councillors or administration office nor did he even stop into town to see how we felt or thought.. I personally reached out to him, tried phoning, emailing, social media and even engaged a delegate from my area. Crickets."
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Premier Notley responds to Trump’s travel ban ‘Alberta embraces the value of diversity’

Premier Notley responds to Trump’s travel ban ‘Alberta embraces the value of diversity’ | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
As U.S. President Donald Trump works on a new executive order to replace his controversial directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries, Albert…
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Graham Thomson: Alberta PC party careening down the tracks to leadership vote

Graham Thomson: Alberta PC party careening down the tracks to leadership vote | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
If you want a better idea of what’s happening in the race for the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party, think of it as a runaway train filled with dynamite that’s rushing down the tracks towards a bridge that’s on fire. And everyone on board is having a fist fight.
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NDP ministers scale back from international travel spending of Tories

NDP ministers scale back from international travel spending of Tories | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
As Premier Rachel Notley makes plans to visit Washington, D.C., figures released on the NDP government's international travel spending are well below those of previous Progressive Conservative governments.
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Premier Notley reveals new initiative to combat racism in Alberta

Premier Notley reveals new initiative to combat racism in Alberta | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Rachel Notley says the Alberta
government plans to take new steps to combat
racism in the province.
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Labour Minister Christina Gray and Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda will be responsible for the new initiatives, which will be rolled out "in the weeks and months to come." The premier visited an Edmonton mosque and attended a vigil for the Quebec City victims on Monday. She spoke personally to Quebec Premier Philipe Couillard Thursday to offer Alberta's condolences.
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Graham Thomson: Year of the Rooster? In Alberta, it's the Year of the Public Sector Contract Talks

Graham Thomson: Year of the Rooster? In Alberta, it's the Year of the Public Sector Contract Talks | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
We are just beginning the Year of the Rooster, according to the Chinese calendar. Politically speaking, though, we in Alberta are well into the Year of the Contract Negotiation.
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Canadians Remind Kenney Of His Complicated Past With Muslims

Canadians Remind Kenney Of His Complicated Past With Muslims | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Is this the same Jason Kenney?
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