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The signers, who include a Nobel laureate, 12 fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, and 22 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, offer 10 arguments for a moratorium, “each grounded in science.” For example, they write, a 2014 report by the government of Alberta—where large oil sands deposits are located—suggests that less than 0.2% of the area affected by oil sands mining has been reclaimed, despite the industry’s assurances. They also note that studies suggest Canada can’t meet its existing commitments to curb carbon emissions if mining expands.
Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said Tuesday the flat-rate living allowance enjoyed by MLAs who live more than 60 kilometres from the provincial legislature is too generous and offers no incentive to save public dollars.
The Progressive Conservative party that dominated Alberta politics for four decades has laid off all but one of its staff members and plans to close its two offices in Edmonton and Calgary following last week’s election loss, former party president Bill Smith said Friday. Smith, co-chair of a postelection transition committee with party president Terri […]
Pop culture crossed with politics today when reporters asked Rachel Notely and Jim Prentice which Star Wars character they were. And both picked Han Solo, because why wouldn't you? But we think you have better ideas.
Alberta's NDP government is set to make an announcement about provincial education funding on Thursday as Alberta school boards grapple with a
Jody MacPherson's insight:
Alberta Teachers Association President Mark Ramsankar is encouraging school boards to "just spend some time and wait for the new numbers" in order to avoid making unnecessary reductions to staff. He said the ATA is aware of some memos circulating "showing support staff being used as part of a target to balance budgets."
"I don't believe making plans or building a budget on numbers that are old because they're the only ones available," Ramsankar said, adding teachers need employment certainty soon so they before the school year begins in September.
The orange tsunami that hit Alberta on Tuesday night was not a freak storm. When Rachel Notley’s NDP won a commanding 53-seat majority, pundits said the victory was “stunning,” “shocking,” even “a lesson from the increasingly unpredictable voter.”
Jody MacPherson's insight:
...Third, have the leader say: “My name is Rachel Notley, and I’m running to be your premier.” That way, you’re not asking Albertans to become New Democrats, you’re asking them to ask themselves: Who do I like best as my premier?
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