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Thomas Lukaszuk isn't shocked that the 2014 leak of his $20,000 cellphone bill has been tracked back to the office of his former boss, ex-premier Alison Redford. "I'm not surprised at all," the former PC minister said after reading a new report from the provincial privacy commissioner.
The media largely relegate the greatest challenge facing humanity to footnotes as industry and politicians hurtle us towards systemic collapse of the planet
Jody MacPherson's insight:
From the article: "To pretend that newspapers and television channels are neutral arbiters of such matters is to ignore their place at the corrupt heart of the establishment. At the US conventions, to give one small example, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and Politico were paid by the American Petroleum Institute to host a series of discussions, at which climate science deniers were represented. The pen might be mightier than the sword, but the purse is mightier than the pen."
The NDP government dropped a bombshell this week as it launched legal action aimed at preventing power companies from returning money-losing contracts back to the province. The stakes are high, but the issues are complex. Here's a primer on the dispute.
The Alberta government has removed the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation board of directors, suspended three senior executives, and referred an internal audit to police for potential criminal investigation after an anonymous tip exposed improper sole-source contracts, expense claims and lavish gifts.
Jody MacPherson's insight:
"In 2015, CBC News revealed Klak was paid more than $670,000 in 2013-2014, triple the salary of Alberta's premier. Seven other AFSC executives were paid between $237,000 and $384,000 in 2013-14."
The Alberta government titled its 2016 budget “The Alberta Jobs Plan” but there’s one group in the province that’s disappointed it will not see its jobs proposal funded. The reclamation and clean-up of abandoned oil sites was proposed as a potential job creator by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC). With over 37,000 orphaned and inactive wells across the province and thousands of unemployed, highly-skilled workers, PSAC said the provincial government should dedicated funds to well clean-up and reclamation.
PHOTOS: Interim Alberta Tory Leader Ric McIver and another PC are ejected from the Legislature yesterday by the Sergeant at Arms. Actual Alberta MLAs may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The Real Ric McIver and Edmonton Public School Board Chairperson Michael Janz. Has Progressive Conservative Party interim Leader Ric McIver’s motion demanding the Alberta …
PHOTOS: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s misleading “debt clock” trailer back when Alberta’s debt wasn’t $10 billion. Now it isn’t $17 billion. Below: CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson, telling Okotoks Online that 44,000 teachers should all be handed a big pay cut (Okotoks Online photo); Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey and tight-fisted Alberta NDP Finance […] The post Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination appeared first on Alberta Politics.
An innovative program in San Antonio allows consumers to lease panels and utilities to recover costs—eliminating factors that have slowed the adoption of solar
Jody MacPherson's insight:
From the article: "The project, called SolarHost, allows any homeowner in the utility’s territory to apply for free solar panel installation. CPS Energy buys, installs, maintains, and insures the solar panels, and in return the customer leases their rooftop to the utility in exchange for a discounted electricity rate..."
PHOTOS: Tory Dream Team, 2014 edition. From left to right, Jim Prentice, Ric McIver and Thomas Lukaszuk. You’ve got to admit, from the perspective of 2016, Mr. Lukaszuk is lookin’ pretty good, and not just because of the orange tie! Below: Extreme social conservative Craig Chandler, Mr. Chandler’s offending Facebook remark (clip created by Ed …
Discussions about Alberta’s $10 billion deficit and estimated debt of $33 billion by 2018-19 have dominated the media since the introduction of Budget 2016. Parkland Institute Research Managers Ian Hussey and Rebecca Graff-McRae argue that revenue, not debt, is the immediate concern coming out of the budget.
The Liberals promised to “fulfill Canada’s G20 commitment to phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry,” in their election platform. The party singled out the Canadian Exploration Expenses tax deduction as too generous to industry, saying the tax break should only kick in if companies are completely unsuccessful in their resource exploration. “The saving will be redirected to investments in new and clean technologies,” the party platform says. But the Canadian Exploration Expenses tax deduction isn’t the only place where companies can take advantage of a generous subsidy system. So were else is the money coming from and going to?
The Edmonton Public School Board of Trustees will send a letter to Education Minister David Eggen urging him to phase out the public subsidy to private schools and reinvest the money in public education.
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