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Health groups demand that Alberta phase out coal plants

Health groups demand that Alberta phase out coal plants | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A coalition of health organizations is calling on the Alberta government to phase out coal-fired electricity to save lives and cut soaring medical costs.
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Wow. This would make so much sense since:

 

"coal emissions contribute to 100 premature deaths and $300 million in medical expenses in Alberta each year. Asthma sufferers miss 4,800 days of work and school and make 700 emergency-room visits in the province annually, the study said."

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Jim Prentice Budget Speech - now with truthful subtitles. - YouTube

Uh oh. Now we know what Jim Prentice was really thinking. Alberta Budget Speech 2015
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Paula Simons: The lake of fire is just too crowded to burn the Wildrose this time around

Paula Simons: The lake of fire is just too crowded to burn the Wildrose this time around | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Three years ago this week, on April 14, 2012, in the midst of a hotly-contested Alberta election campaign,
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16,000 low-income Alberta diabetics affected by monitoring program cut

16,000 low-income Alberta diabetics affected by monitoring program cut | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A provincial program that provided 16,000 low-income diabetics with funds for medical supplies was cut in the latest provincial budget, leaving recipients wondering if they’ll be eligible for coverage elsewhere. The Alberta Monitoring for Health Program handed out approximately $4.5 million each year to help diabetics cover the cost of items such as test strips to measure blood glucose levels. It is being discontinued as of June 30.
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A provincial program that provided 16,000 low-income diabetics with funds for medical supplies was cut in the latest provincial budget, leaving recipients wondering if they’ll be eligible for coverage elsewhere.

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Wildrose leader punts Calgary candidate Russ Kuykendall over remarks about ‘gay activists’

Wildrose leader punts Calgary candidate Russ Kuykendall over remarks about ‘gay activists’ | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean is kicking one of his candidates to the curb after a troubling post was discovered online accusing “gay activists” of pushing their agenda into churches. Russ Kuykendall, the Wildrose candidates for Calgary-Varsity, was not yet officially…
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Health not going back to regional boards › Medicine Hat News

Health not going back to regional boards › Medicine Hat News | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
RT @palliser_FOM: Health not going back to regional boards http://t.co/5KIrXiuTq5 #medhat #ableg #abhealth #AbVote
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We are not returning to regional health authorities,” said Ken Sauer, chair of the Palliser Triangle Health Advisory Council.

 

An Alberta Health Services announcement on March 18 said between eight and 10 “operational districts” would be created across the province to improve local input, local decision making and streamline decisions. Implementing the change was targeted for July 1.

 

Sauer suggests it may have been a strategic move to take the heat off the health-care debate during the election.

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Lamphier: Conservative budget spares business, hits charities

Lamphier: Conservative budget spares business, hits charities | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
In the 1970s, several years before I became a money-grubbing business writer, I was a social work student. After spending two summers working at a camp for inner-city youth and a third summer at a non-profit that supported the mentally disabled, I figured it would be a fulfilling career.
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Cuts to Alberta Education funding for vulnerable student groups deemed ‘absolutely detrimental’

Cuts to Alberta Education funding for vulnerable student groups deemed ‘absolutely detrimental’ | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Two weeks after Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Education Minister Gordon Dirks sat down with aboriginal learners to discuss how to "close the gap" on First Nations learning, the government introduced a budget that cut into funding supports for those…
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Alberta per-student funding has plunged in recent years

Alberta per-student funding has plunged in recent years | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Per-student dollars in Alberta have been on a downward trajectory over the past half-decade and the head of the provincial teachers' lobby says the current provincial funding model is "not sustainable." Data provided by the Alberta Teachers' Association and independently…
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But correspondence to school boards from Education Minister Gordon Dirks on March 26 laid out new restrictions for using reserves. He stated any use of the banked funds would have to be prioritized and justified to support “transition planning.”

 

“Therefore, no expenditures, even those already planned, are to be funded through your ASO without prior ministerial approval,” reads the letter from Dirks.

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PC hospitals as hollow as their promises

PC hospitals as hollow as their promises | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
“Documents shows nearly 600,000 of square feet of hospitals are standing empty: http://t.co/GbnEGvTADS #ableg #abvote http://t.co/lQ6wHLzWJQ”;
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Building hospitals with no money to sustain them. This has been going on for a long time.
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Edmonton MLA’s $5,000 bill to celebrate one year in office ‘ludicrous': Wildrose

Edmonton MLA’s $5,000 bill to celebrate one year in office ‘ludicrous': Wildrose | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A PC MLA in Edmonton is under fire after filing an expense claim for $5,000 to hold a banquet to celebrate his first year in office. The claim, filed by Edmonton-Mill Woods MLA Sohail Quadri, contains scant information other than…
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Election law muzzles advocacy campaign website that calls for corporate tax increases | Press Release | Alberta Federation of Labour

Election law muzzles advocacy campaign website that calls for corporate tax increases | Press Release | Alberta Federation of Labour | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Official website of Alberta Federation of Labour
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Province on the hook for 19 schools never built

Province on the hook for 19 schools never built | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The provincial government is on the hook for nearly $1.5 million for 19 schools that were never built under the private-public funding (P3) model.
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Former PC president resigns from board, issues letter to 'address rumours'

Former PC president resigns from board, issues letter to 'address rumours' | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The former president of the Progressive Conservatives tore into party leadership Monday in a tersely worded Facebook message, saying he could no longer serve on a board that did not respect its mem...
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Sounds serious...

 

“I cannot and will not participate on a board where the head has no respect for it, its role and its members, regardless of letter, the intent, the spirit of the constitution, thus exposing volunteers to personal liability,” McCormick wrote."

 

"McCormick said he resigned from the board of directors on March 24 after “taking guidance from legal counsel,” but provided no further details explaining his decision."

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Alberta PC caucus didn't understand plant would leave taxpayers on hook for $26B, former finance minister says

Alberta PC caucus didn't understand plant would leave taxpayers on hook for $26B, former finance minister says | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Morton said economic diversification projects often tend to be motivated by politics rather than economic viability, and the economic risks are seldom assessed by high-quality, independent professionals.

Morton said there is also a tendency for government to take most of the risks, provide most of the capital and receive little of the profits.
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Morton said economic diversification projects often tend to be motivated by politics rather than economic viability, and the economic risks are seldom assessed by high-quality, independent professionals.

Morton said there is also a tendency for government to take most of the risks, provide most of the capital and receive little of the profits.

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Liberal leader launches platform, takes aim at Alberta Party

Liberal leader launches platform, takes aim at Alberta Party | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta Liberals released their election platform Thursday, focusing on improving health care in the province while taking aim at the rival Alberta Party. "This election is about trust," said i...
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No comment necessary. Embarrassment all round for Dr. Swann.

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Decide For Yourself - Alberta Provincial Election 2015 - YouTube

Don't let others decide for you. Vote. Alberta's 29th General Election takes place on May 5, 2015. Advance polls are open to all electors from April 29 to Ma...
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Gotta love how this is all-male. 

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Alberta Liberals continue downward slide - Edmonton Sun

Alberta Liberals continue downward slide - Edmonton Sun | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
In 1993, when the Alberta Liberals were led by former Edmonton mayor Laurence Decore, they came close to unseating the Tories, who in that election were led by then-rookie Premier Ralph Klein.
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Prentice promises review of controversial land-use laws

Prentice promises review of controversial land-use laws | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice pledged to protect landowners by reviewing controversial land-use legislation.
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And I believe Alison Redford promised to stop Bill 36 altogether: http://www.water-matters.org/story/454

 

But trust the PCs. Again. I'm sure they mean to follow through on their promises.

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Expert questions secret deal as golf course tab tops $9.3 million

Expert questions secret deal as golf course tab tops $9.3 million | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Payments by the Tory government to a company with party ties that operates the Kananaskis Country Golf Course have surged to more than $9.3 million. The new tally comes amid questions about whether...
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Students upset as province cancels Speak Out conference

Students upset as province cancels Speak Out conference | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
High-school students are frustrated that an Edmonton conference they spent months organizing has been abruptly cancelled by the provincial government. The seventh annual Speak Out conference was to have been held April 17-19 at the Westin Edmonton.
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Another reason for fixed election dates.

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Other Alberta parties trail Tories in size of election war chests - Edmonton Journal

Other Alberta parties trail Tories in size of election war chests - Edmonton Journal | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
“Albertans are bracing for the onslaught of political advertising that comes with an election campaign, but party financial records show only the Progressive Conservatives have enough money in their war chest to dominate the airwaves.”
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Prentice to Albertans: I’ve listened. You don’t want an election. You’re getting one anyway!

Prentice to Albertans: I’ve listened. You don’t want an election. You’re getting one anyway! | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
PHOTOS: A group of Albertans enjoys the ride aboard the Progressive Conservative oil price and budgeting roller coaster. Actual Alberta PC supporters may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, recently departed PC Party president Jim McCormick, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen and reputed genius Albert Einstein. “Choose Alberta’s Future?” If …
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ThreeHundredEight.com: 2015 Alberta election projection

ThreeHundredEight.com: 2015 Alberta election projection | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Interesting: @308dotcom gives #abndp 53% chance of knocking off #pcaa @SMandel_yeg in #yeg-whitemud. #abvote http://t.co/haH9SwOZp8
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CBE predicts $29.3M shortfall will affect every student

CBE predicts $29.3M shortfall will affect every student | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Calgary’s public school board has calculated the financial damage from the recent provincial budget: a shortfall of $29.3 million. "We want parents to know that we are concerned about this budget,"...
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We’re looking at everything,” said Brad Grundy, sitting in front of a chart that showed a steady decrease in per-student funding from $9,558 in 2012, to the current $9,366, to a projected $9,067 next school year and $8,830 in the next.

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Alberta Wildrose party leader envisions a different-looking oilpatch

Alberta Wildrose party leader envisions a different-looking oilpatch | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Brian Jean, the newly elected leader of Alberta’s Wildrose Party, doesn’t put much stock in opinion polls, even as they show he’s got a fighting chance
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Taxpayers hit with double-bogey for flood-damaged golf course

Taxpayers hit with double-bogey for flood-damaged golf course | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Provincial taxpayers are paying the property taxes for the private operator of a flood-damaged golf course, as well as millions of dollars more in compensation while the government-owned facility i...
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Gee, you'd think you might remember giving away $90K of taxpayer dollars to a private golf course.

 

Not Susan Billington, PC candidate in Calgary-Varsity. She can't recall it...

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