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Tories face criticism over delays installing sprinkler systems in seniors homes

Tories face criticism over delays installing sprinkler systems in seniors homes | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
EDMONTON — Less than one-third of the province’s 650 seniors facilities are equipped with sprinkler fire prevention systems, and critics say the PC government is dragging its feet on protecting Alberta’s aging population.
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Simons: Federal Building’s mad makeover a $403-million anti-climax

Simons: Federal Building’s mad makeover a $403-million anti-climax | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta government clearly wanted the press corps to tread softly. That’s why they issued the reporters and photographers who toured the Federal Building with little blue cloth booties.
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Swann returns as interim Liberal leader, party rejects Alberta Party union

Swann returns as interim Liberal leader, party rejects Alberta Party union | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Calgary MLA David Swann is once again the head of the Alberta Liberals, after party directors rejected talk of an Alberta Party union and chose an interim party leader to replace Raj Sherman.
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A big mistake on the part of the executive and likely not supported by party members either.

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School hides student mural of 2 boys kissing after complaints

School hides student mural of 2 boys kissing after complaints | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A school northwest of Edmonton is deciding what to do next after a student’s mural featuring two young men kissing was covered up.
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Paramedic association calls for more PTSD resources in Canada

Paramedic association calls for more PTSD resources in Canada | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The last time Rick Wennerstrom saw his colleague and friend Greg Turner was at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in the summer of 2014.
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Devore believes more needs to be done to help first responders, including a review of the current de-briefing procedures to see whether they are actually effective. According to Devore, the current procedures were developed in the 1980s and haven't been proven scientifically to help. Another thing that needs to change is the culture among the first responders community.

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Jim Prentice knows what needs to be done | Troy Media

Jim Prentice knows what needs to be done | Troy Media | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
While in the best interest of his party, Jim Prentice knows a snap election is not in the best interest of Albertans
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NAFTA probe of Alberta's tailings ponds blocked by Canada

NAFTA probe of Alberta's tailings ponds blocked by Canada | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Canada has succeeded in blocking an investigation into Alberta's tailings ponds by NAFTA's environmental watchdog.
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Alberta Liberal Leader Quits

Alberta Liberal Leader Quits | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman is quitting as the party's boss effective immediately. The two-term Edmonton MLA and emergency room doctor says he will stay on in his seat until the next election — which could come as early as this sprin...
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Wildrose-turn-independent MLA Joe Anglin seeking PC nomination for next election

Wildrose-turn-independent MLA Joe Anglin seeking PC nomination for next election | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Former Wildroser-turn-independant MLA Joe Anglin is looking to change banners in the next election.
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Economic recession likely in Alberta this year

Economic recession likely in Alberta this year | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A recession is the most likely scenario for Alberta in 2015, concludes the Conference Board of Canada's new provincial economic forecast. In a commentary released Monday, the board's chief economis...
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“So if Alberta, for example, decides to dramatically cut spending then that would support the idea that we might be heading for a recession but on the other hand if the government decided ‘do we just tighten our belt and run a deficit for a couple of years’ then that would support the notion that we wouldn’t head to a deficit. So I don’t know what it is they are assuming the Alberta government is going to do.”

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Braid: The tax and the T-Bird; Prentice's tough sell

Braid: The tax and the T-Bird; Prentice's tough sell | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Will Premier Jim Prentice bring in a provincial sales tax? There's a better chance he'll cross the floor to join Wildrose. The sales tax has been floated as a trial balloon many times, usually as c...
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Expecting tough times ahead, Prentice purchases a vintage car for $54K.

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Suzuki denies rumours of federal election run in Harper’s Calgary riding

Suzuki denies rumours of federal election run in Harper’s Calgary riding | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Its goal would have been to make climate change a hot campaign issue by challenging Prime Minister Stephen Harper and some of his top ministers in their home ridings
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Alberta NDP says hospital infrastructure years behind because of neglect

Alberta NDP says hospital infrastructure years behind because of neglect | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta's NDP leader says the safety of patients and health-care workers is at risk because the government has neglected hospital infrastructure for years.
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It's the response from the government that is so aggravating...they basically say, "so what?"

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Braid: Low oil price no excuse for backing out of cancer hospital

Braid: Low oil price no excuse for backing out of cancer hospital | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
What project will be finished first — Calgary's new cancer centre, the ring road through the Tsuu T'ina, or the colonization of Mars? Call it a toss-up. After all the planning, politics and promise...
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Huge salaries and bonuses excluded from Alberta's sunshine list

Huge salaries and bonuses excluded from Alberta's sunshine list | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Some of the largest salaries paid to provincial bureaucrats won't be posted on Alberta's sunshine list if Premier Jim Prentice exempts financial and energy-related agencies from having to disclose ...
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Gay-straight alliances: civil liberties group holds public hearings

Gay-straight alliances: civil liberties group holds public hearings | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
An Alberta civil liberties group is holding hearings to find out what the public thinks about legislation regarding gay-straight alliances (GSAs).
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Meanwhile, we await the government's promise of consultation on this issue -- it has not done anything as of yet.

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Braid: After cutting his own pay, how far will Prentice go?

Braid: After cutting his own pay, how far will Prentice go? | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
How's that for pressure? By cutting his own pay and his cabinet's by five per cent, Premier Jim Prentice tells every public-sector worker in Alberta: now we're coming at you.
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Pre-election posturing...MLA pay cuts sure to be reversed post-election.

 

Emulating Klein is nothing to be proud of...

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Many Calgary schools holding lotteries for new students

Many Calgary schools holding lotteries for new students | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Next month, the first of two public school lotteries will be held in Calgary. A look at why thousands of Calgary parents are entering their children into lotteries for a spot in a public school.
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We want growth but don't want to pay to accommodate it? This is insanity!

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40% more CBE schools could be forced to turn to enrolment lotteries this year

40% more CBE schools could be forced to turn to enrolment lotteries this year | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The impact of surging student enrolment will be felt "citywide," says a public school official, and families in dozens of communities may be left with little choice but to try their luck in an enrolment lottery.
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Derek Fildebrandt To Seek Wildrose Nomination In Strathmore-Brooks

Seeking the Wildrose nomination in Strathmore-Brooks
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Tory members Kennedy-Glans, Griffiths, Jablonski leaving politics

Tory members Kennedy-Glans, Griffiths, Jablonski leaving politics | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Longtime Alberta Progressive Conservative politician Doug Griffiths has resigned. The four-term MLA for Battle River-Wainwright says he is quitting immediately because it's time for fresh faces in ...
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Fun, fun, fun as Prentice drives a T-Bird away

Fun, fun, fun as Prentice drives a T-Bird away | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Jim Prentice travelled to Arizona on Sunday where he apparently purchased a 1956 Ford Thunderbird at a Barrett-Jackson auction that was live-streamed on the Internet.
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...he paid for both the flights and the car with his own money...

 

 

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Albertan Graffiti: Jim Prentice buys a 1956 Ford Thunderbird | daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics

Albertan Graffiti: Jim Prentice buys a 1956 Ford Thunderbird | daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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Fundraising for cancer centre on hold due to project's uncertain future

Fundraising for cancer centre on hold due to project's uncertain future | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta Cancer Foundation has stopped fundraising for a new cancer centre in Calgary after receiving no firm assurances from government that the facility will go ahead as planned and provide co...
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Public rink scrapped in Edmonton but province still bought a Zamboni garage

Public rink scrapped in Edmonton but province still bought a Zamboni garage | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A planned public skating rink near Edmonton's $375-million Federal Building may have been put on ice but the province still spent $832,000 on a Zamboni garage -- with no Zamboni to park inside.
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But no money for a cancer hospital...

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Keystone XL opponents in Nebraska file 2 new lawsuits

Keystone XL opponents in Nebraska file 2 new lawsuits | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Nebraska reignited a legal fight Friday that could delay the entire 1,897-kilometre project, filing two new lawsuits over its proposed route.
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