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Red tape worsens Alberta labour shortages

Nimble immigration policies will be needed if Alberta is to cope with a looming shortage of skilled workers that threatens to stall the rush of projects planned in the energy sector.
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Health inquiry won’t include intimidation allegations

Health inquiry won’t include intimidation allegations | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

Health Minister Fred Horne stood his ground on the nature of the province’s public health-care inquiry Saturday, indicating recent calls from representatives of Alberta’s 7,200 doctors to expand the probe’s scope to look at alleged physician would not sway his government.

 

Horne noted he also met with the medical association last week: “I’m not sure exactly what he’s looking for. I certainly expressed my regret and the regret of the government yesterday when I spoke to doctors (about) the experiences that many of them have reported enduring and I’ll continue to do that every opportunity I get.”

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Received this in response to my tweet to a link about the Edmonton Journal story on physician intimidation by Jodie Sinnema.

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Debate hosted by the Alberta Teachers' Association

albertateachers @ USTREAM: The Alberta Teachers' Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safegua...
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MLAs paid nearly $1M after 14 minutes of work

Ray Prins, the chairman of “The Committee-That-Never-Meets,” made it clear during its last meeting 40 months ago that the next meeting “could be 20 years from now.”

In case that wasn’t clear enough or might be interpreted as a turn of phrase, he also said, “there are probably no more meetings scheduled any time soon.”

And yet Prins, who is paid $18,000 a year to chair the standing committee on privileges and elections, standing orders and printing, was quoted in Friday’s Herald saying: “I have done nothing wrong. Why would I give money back?”

 

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In praise of (some) politicians - Canada.com

In praise of (some) politiciansCanada.comWe are just days from the official launch of the campaign and all the parties are fuelling up on rhetoric getting ready for blast off.
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Koch Exploration wins conditional approval for oilsands project

Koch Exploration wins conditional approval for oilsands project | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta regulators are poised to conditionally approve Koch Exploration Canada's Gemini thermal oilsands project in the Cold Lake region of northeastern Alberta.
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Big builds to shape Canadian economy: Jim Prentice

Big builds to shape Canadian economy: Jim Prentice | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

"In a low-carbon world, energy leadership and environmental leadership are two sides of the same coin. We are an energy superpower and we have the capability to become a clean energy superpower. Premier Redford has supported this view. We can’t promote oil sands development without credible, science-based data. Setting tougher targets and benchmarks with respect to impacts on water, air and land; making the investments to meet those targets; and implementing robust monitoring to prove the successes, are all critical."

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Tories vow positive campaign - Calgary Herald

Tories vow positive campaignCalgary HeraldWildrose appears to be the biggest threat to the Tories' 41year dynasty, though neither Redford nor Hancock mentioned the party by name.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: SEPT. 2007: Liberal MLA gives back committee pay

EDMONTON - Alberta Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman gave more than $3,000 back to the government this month after she was paid for membership on a committee that stopped doing work...

 

 

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Foundation for Democratic Advancement: Sherman and McDonald Expose Linkage between PC Party and Significant Money Interests

In the 2012 FDA Electoral Fairness Audit Report on Alberta, the FDA measured severe unfairness in the area of electoral finance. The FDA auditors measured the $30,000 cap on contributions to political parties as high, in which only 23.6% of Albertans can afford, not including corporations and unions. In addition, there is no campaign expenditure limit, which contributes to an unequal playing field for candidates and parties.

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With newly opened schools already full, parents want expansion, and some answers

Three of Edmonton’s newest schools are already so full that whole grades might be bused to other schools as early as next fall if the buildings can’t expand, according to options being considered by the two boards.
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Yes! Big Ideas about Post-Secondary Education

Yes! Big Ideas about Post-Secondary Education | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

Yes! Kent Hehr and the Alberta Liberal Party have some Big Ideas about improving post-secondary education in Alberta… Alberta’s present is grounded in natural resources, but our future lies in an educated, knowledge-based workforce.

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Little support for land-use laws | Local News | Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge Herald is the leading paper in the Lethbridge, Alberta, area. Our local paper has been serving southern Alberta since 1905.
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Grit leader Raj Sherman to the rescue in rollover

Grit leader Raj Sherman to the rescue in rollover | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
It’s a situation Liberal party Leader Raj Sherman where knew what to do, courtesy of his work as an emergency room doctor.
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2012-03-28 (Talk) Water for Tomorrow — AlbertaWilderness

2012-03-28 (Talk) Water for Tomorrow — AlbertaWilderness | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta Wilderness Association Tuesday Talks Program Presents an All-Party Candidates Forum in Calgary on Water Issues.
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Anonymous donors revealed: Numbered companies gave $191,000 to Tory leadership | Edmonton Journal

Who owns the numbered companies that gave thousands to Tory leadership candidates? The six would-be leaders accepted nearly $200,000 from nameless numbered companies during the 2011 leadership race, allowing key donors to remain anonymous.
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Bell: Tories spurn 'nasty' attacks

The punching bag punches back. Dave Hancock, minister of human services and the individual in charge of quarterbacking Tory plans through the legislature, steps into the ring for a little pre-election political pugilism.

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Fight the good fight? Not in politics - Lloydminster Meridian Booster - Alberta, CA

There are those who fight for basic freedoms, such as free speech and freedom of religion.
There are those who fight for the freedom of others...
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Braid: Mighty election battle looms for gaffe-prone PCs

Braid: Mighty election battle looms for gaffe-prone PCs | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
For Alberta’s venerable PC government, the usual slow waltz to another election victory has suddenly become a wild two-step through puddles of trouble. (Can the PCs recover from their self-inflicted "weeks of hell" in the campaign?
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Doctors accuse province of ‘stonewalling’ on intimidation charges

Doctors accuse province of ‘stonewalling’ on intimidation charges | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
In a strongly worded statement that accuses the government of “stonewalling” and brushing over an “inconvenient truth” on the eve of an election, physician representatives of all 7,200 provincial doctors are calling on Albertans to bring in a...
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Alberta Government set to forego $55 billion in oil and gas royalties over next three years : Red Deer Beacon

With a provincial election only weeks away a new report says Alberta is being far too generous to the energy sector

 

The University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute says that despite a provincial deficit, the Alberta government will forego some $55 billion in potential revenue over the next three years as a result of overly generous cuts to oil and gas royalties and the government’s failure to meet even the modest targets set by previous administrations.

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ThreeHundredEight.com: Alberta Tories slip as Liberals make gains

ThreeHundredEight.com: Alberta Tories slip as Liberals make gains | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it

A new poll by Abacus Data for the QMI Agency indicates that the Progressive Conservatives are losing ground in Alberta, but unlike some other polls they appear to be losing some of their support to the provincial Liberals.

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More students could solve nursing crunch

Alberta health officials have looked out of province — even out of country — to find hospital workers, but some university officials believe allowing more students into local classrooms would provide a much-needed injection of staff.
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