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Council needs a code of ethics, candidate says Jerry Gautreau For the County News Online (Editor’s note): Four Rocky View County councillors (Margaret Bahcheli, Liz Breakey, Kim Magnuson and Al Sacuta) have signed a draft Code of Ethics on … Continue...
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Alberta's ethics commissioner urges $100 cap on gifts from lobbyists

Alberta's ethics commissioner urges $100 cap on gifts from lobbyists | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta's ethics commissioner says provincial laws should be changed so politicians are banned from accepting any hospitality gifts from lobbyists that exceed $100.
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Braid: The tawdry tale of Lukaszuk's $20,000 cellphone bill

Braid: The tawdry tale of Lukaszuk's $20,000 cellphone bill | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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.

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Husky Energy Spill in Saskatchewan Exposes Major Flaws in Pipeline Monitoring and Cleanup

Husky Energy Spill in Saskatchewan Exposes Major Flaws in Pipeline Monitoring and Cleanup | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
It’s been a full 10 days since a Husky Energy pipeline spewed 250,000 litres of heavy oil and diluent into the North Saskatchewan River near Maidstone, Sask.
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The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us | George Monbiot

The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us | George Monbiot | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The media largely relegate the greatest challenge facing humanity to footnotes as industry and politicians hurtle us towards systemic collapse of the planet
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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."
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Alberta's complex power purchase arrangements and the NDP lawsuit, explained

Alberta's complex power purchase arrangements and the NDP lawsuit, explained | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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.
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Braid: Big pay and tricky problems in Alberta's public agencies

Braid: Big pay and tricky problems in Alberta's public agencies | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The New Democrats had a simple idea — get a grip on outlandish pay in Alberta's public agencies, boards and commissions.
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Alberta Justice Department cleared of gross-mismanagement allegation: report

Alberta Justice Department cleared of gross-mismanagement allegation: report | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta's Justice Department has been cleared of allegations of "gross-mismanagement" and political interference made by a former chief medical examiner.
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Government removes board of Agriculture Financial Service Corporation, suspends three top executives

Government removes board of Agriculture Financial Service Corporation, suspends three top executives | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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.
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"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."
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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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Haida strip two hereditary chiefs of titles for supporting Enbridge

Haida strip two hereditary chiefs of titles for supporting Enbridge | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The rebuke came as the Haida rejected what they call a trend by companies to enlist hereditary chiefs as a way of claiming broad support.
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Paula Simons: How vulnerable is Edmonton's water supply? Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan gives some disturbing answers

Paula Simons: How vulnerable is Edmonton's water supply? Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan gives some disturbing answers | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Paula Simons says an oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River east of Lloydminster underscores the vulnerability of Edmonton's water supply
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Edmonton Public Schools breached transgender student's privacy, arbitrator says

Edmonton Public Schools breached transgender student's privacy, arbitrator says | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
An Edmonton public school breached a transgender girl's privacy when teachers called out her male birth name during attendance at least six times, Alberta's privacy commissioner's office has ruled.
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Frustration grows after Saskatchewan oil spill shuts down running water

Frustration grows after Saskatchewan oil spill shuts down running water | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Three municipalities outside the city have been left without running water, frustrating residents
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Minimum-wage plan brings hope to hardworking Albertans | Alberta.ca

The province is mapping out the next steps toward a $15 minimum wage by 2018 following several weeks of consultation with Albertans. | Alberta.ca
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'We honour those who first settled in Canada:' MP tweets out unfortunate Aboriginal day message

'We honour those who first settled in Canada:' MP tweets out unfortunate Aboriginal day message | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Conservative MP Jason Kenney has been in the news a lot this week, but it's a tweet he posted on National Aboriginal Day that is drawing the attention of the Indigenous community.
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Someone needs to explain the definition of Indigenous to Kenney. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/indigenous
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How to Overcome the Greatest Barriers to Rooftop Solar Power

How to Overcome the Greatest Barriers to Rooftop Solar Power | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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
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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..."
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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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