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AHS trims fat, sort of - FFWD

AHS trims fat, sort of - FFWD | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
CBC.ca AHS trims fat, sort of FFWD “I don't think shuffling around a few senior health executives at the top of our giant bureaucracy is going to mean very much in the way of treating more patients,” Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith said in a...
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Oh exasperation...

 

"While the initial steps appear to have dropped 70 people from the senior executive team, only five positions have actually been eliminated. The other 65 will receive new job titles and be “repositioned to where they can better support front-line activities,” according to Eagle. The termination of five senior staff members will result in $2.1 million in severance pay."

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Don’t blame loudmouth extremist Craig Chandler for PC Leader Ric McIver’s troubles – they’re all his own - Alberta Politics

Don’t blame loudmouth extremist Craig Chandler for PC Leader Ric McIver’s troubles – they’re all his own - Alberta Politics | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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 …
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Alberta's immediate concern is limited revenue, not debt

Alberta's immediate concern is limited revenue, not debt | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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.
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Canada Subsidizes the Fossil Fuel Industry by $2.7 Billion Every Year. Where Does That Money Go?

Canada Subsidizes the Fossil Fuel Industry by $2.7 Billion Every Year. Where Does That Money Go? | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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?
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Edmonton Public urges Alberta NDP to stop public funding of private schools

Edmonton Public urges Alberta NDP to stop public funding of private schools | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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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Calgary neuroscientist leading the way in robotic surgery

Calgary neuroscientist leading the way in robotic surgery | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A University of Calgary neuroscientist is leading the way in the field of robotic surgery​ with a device called the neuroArm
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Why so many Moms-to-be are turned away from Calgary’s South Hospital

Why so many Moms-to-be are turned away from Calgary’s South Hospital | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
According to the Department Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Calgary, the maternity ward at the South Health Campus is much smaller than the wards at Calgary's three other adult hospitals. "The reality is that it is only half the size it was planned to be," said Dr. Doug Wilson "We had hoped to have a whole new women's health centre with 5,000 deliveries."
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Operating costs for the Calgary South Hospital were never properly accounted for in budgets prepared by the previous PC government. It's a real mess inherited by the NDP and another example of a lack of fiscal responsibility demonstrated by the conservatives while they were in power.
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#Kudatah Report: How a right wing rally started off being funny and ended up being scary

#Kudatah Report: How a right wing rally started off being funny and ended up being scary | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
RT @duncankinney: ICYMI: The moment George Clark's #kudatah stopped being funny https://t.co/ZyXIKQSYll #ableg
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Paula Simons: If Covenant Health won't obey law, it shouldn't get public funds to run public hospitals

Paula Simons: If Covenant Health won't obey law, it shouldn't get public funds to run public hospitals | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

Covenant Health, Alberta's parallel Catholic health system, is the legacy of the Grey Nuns, the Catholic nursing sisters who founded the province's first hospitals more than 100 years ago.

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Ricardo Miranda says his journey into cabinet reflects changing face of Alberta

Ricardo Miranda says his journey into cabinet reflects changing face of Alberta | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Calgary-Cross MLA Ricardo Miranda took charge of Alberta's Culture and Tourism Department on Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay cabinet minister in the province's history.
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Alberta Wildrose Will Continue Efforts To Unite With PCs, Leader Says

Alberta Wildrose Will Continue Efforts To Unite With PCs, Leader Says | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

"I don't believe I was elected to unite the PCs and the Wildrose. I believe I was there to fight (them)."

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Wesley Mather Remembered

Wesley Mather Remembered | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
To show that Liberals stand up for what is right, that we protect the vulnerable and that we can balance the books.
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A much-beloved and admirable woman. 

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An Alberta MLA's harrowing story of domestic assault - Macleans.ca

An Alberta MLA's harrowing story of domestic assault - Macleans.ca | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Maria Fitzpatrick, a first-term NDP MLA, spoke for an anti-domestic-violence bill with her own story of abuse and survival that left MLAs in tears
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Rally in K-Country to protest clearcut logging by Spray Lakes Sawmills

Rally in K-Country to protest clearcut logging by Spray Lakes Sawmills | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Concern from some residents of Kananaskis Country, over land they say needs to be protected.
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“If you pour water on your table it would simply run off, it wouldn’t be absorbed by the wood on the table. The land does the same thing, once it hardens it simply allows the water to run off very quickly,” said rally organizer Hugh Pepper.

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Alberta's Abandoned Wells Quadrupled in Last 12 Months. Who Will Clean Them Up?

Alberta's Abandoned Wells Quadrupled in Last 12 Months. Who Will Clean Them Up? | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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.
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Paula Simons: Vacuous new mental health review no cure for our crisis

Paula Simons: Vacuous new mental health review no cure for our crisis | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The word "psychiatrist" never appears once - not once - in the 37-page report.
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Motion demanding public support for private and charter schools backfires on Alberta Tory Leader - Alberta Politics

Motion demanding public support for private and charter schools backfires on Alberta Tory Leader - Alberta Politics | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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 …
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Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination

Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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 […]
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Oilsands workers call on Alberta government to retrain electricians as solar installation specialists

Oilsands workers call on Alberta government to retrain electricians as solar installation specialists | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Green energy is finding champions in Alberta oil and gas workers, and the provincial government says it's willing to listen to what they have to say.
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CBE set for public engagement amid serious financial transportation challenges

CBE set for public engagement amid serious financial transportation challenges | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Calgary's public school board - facing a funding gap of $13 million to transportation funding - will meet with the public next month over a range of challenges that could mean either cuts to bus service or a hike in fees.
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Ezra Levant's The Rebel gets its cause

Ezra Levant's The Rebel gets its cause | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

The best gift the Alberta NDP premier could ever give Ezra Levant was to try to ban The Rebel website

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Alberta labour leader Gil McGowan pushes back against Premier Rachel Notley's royalty U-turn

Alberta labour leader Gil McGowan pushes back against Premier Rachel Notley's royalty U-turn | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

When the cause you’ve been fighting for
has been betrayed you don’t take it
sitting down.

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Alberta's Government Shredded Records With No Penalties: Report

Alberta's Government Shredded Records With No Penalties: Report | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

344 boxes of high-level records were destroyed.

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Women of the year: 30 Canadians who rocked 2015

Women of the year: 30 Canadians who rocked 2015 | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
It was a big year for Canada, and at the centre of it all were strong, determined women. Here are the 30 women who made our list of women of the year.
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Alberta's climate change strategy targets carbon, coal, emissions

Alberta's climate change strategy targets carbon, coal, emissions | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta's climate change strategy includes a tax on carbon, a cap on oilsands emissions, a phasing out of coal-fired electricity and an emphasis on wind power.
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Notley is a national hero today. Finally someone with the guts to tackle the biggest challenge facing Alberta and Canada in my lifetime -- climate change.

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Wildrose budget response an opportunity overshadowed by 'childish behaviour'

Wildrose budget response an opportunity overshadowed by 'childish behaviour' | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
CBC's Rob Brown takes a look at what he calls a missed opportunity for Alberta's Official Opposition after the budget was unveiled earlier this week.
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Worse than childish, this is undemocratic behaviour from Fildebrandt.

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