COVID denialism and the Alberta context

Originally published on Jan. 16, 2021 at CBC Calgary. In the summer, with half of Memorial Drive in Calgary shut down to traffic, a group of protesters set up near the Peace Bridge to draw attention to a bewildering array of grievances. One sign attacked Justin Trudeau, another warned of 5G networks, some supported oil and … Continue reading COVID denialism and the Alberta context

With pandemic travel scandal, Kenney faces conservative kryptonite: elitism

(Monty Kruger/CBC) Originally published Jan. 5, 2021 at CBC Calgary. How long do Albertans remember a scandal? It sort of depends. How long do Albertans remember missing out on their mom's funeral?  In the midst of a pandemic that has forced governments around the world to initiate sweeping invasions into the personal and professional lives … Continue reading With pandemic travel scandal, Kenney faces conservative kryptonite: elitism

Alberta government wants to rewrite the water use rules along eastern slopes of Rockies

This article was originally published on Dec. 7, 2021 at CBC Calgary. The Alberta government wants to rewrite the rules on water use along the eastern slopes of the Rockies as part of its economic recovery plan, including a push for new coal developments in the area.   Water use is highly restricted in southern Alberta due … Continue reading Alberta government wants to rewrite the water use rules along eastern slopes of Rockies

Personal responsibility, government inaction and Alberta’s COVID response

This article was originally published on Nov. 24, 2020 at CBC Calgary. When COVID-19 first appeared and spread across the globe, people and governments reacted with alarm. Action was swift.  In Alberta, businesses shuttered as the government imposed restrictions, some for good. People mostly stayed inside. Premier Jason Kenney said it was a generational challenge … Continue reading Personal responsibility, government inaction and Alberta’s COVID response

UCP confirms it is in contact with RCMP over leadership voter fraud allegations

Alberta's United Conservative Party says it is helping the RCMP investigate voter fraud allegations tied to the party's 2017 leadership race.  "Happy Mann and Prab Gill have been spreading outright lies for months about the 2017 UCP Leadership Contest. Upon hearing that these lies were referred to the RCMP, we wrote to the RCMP to offer … Continue reading UCP confirms it is in contact with RCMP over leadership voter fraud allegations

‘Left with fines, charges and shame’: Calgary political insider alleges voter fraud in UCP leadership campaign

Originally published March 27, 2019. Alberta's election commissioner has ruled that Hardyal Mann made irregular political contributions, and the Calgary political operative alleges the existence of a plan to commit voter fraud in order to secure the election of Jason Kenney as United Conservative Party leader — a controversy that's erupting in the midst of … Continue reading ‘Left with fines, charges and shame’: Calgary political insider alleges voter fraud in UCP leadership campaign

Optimism and anger as Albertans react to pipelines

  Industry in Alberta was quick to celebrate the federal government's approval of the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines on Tuesday, but opponents vow to delay or kill the projects by any means possible. "I think that Canada's reputation as a place that can move projects forward took a step forward today," said Tim McMillan, … Continue reading Optimism and anger as Albertans react to pipelines

Alberta MLA Sandra Jansen latest in long string of female politicians to face abuse

  Alberta MLA Sandra Jansen isn't the first female politician to look at a screen and see words like "bitch" and "bimbo" and "dumb broad" staring back at her. Jansen, who recently crossed the floor from her longtime home in the Progressive Conservative party to the ruling NDP, stood up in the Alberta legislature Tuesday and … Continue reading Alberta MLA Sandra Jansen latest in long string of female politicians to face abuse

Alberta micro-maltsters serve exploding craft beer scene

  Alberta might not have the hop prowess of our western neighbours in B.C., but as the craft beer scene rapidly expands under new provincial rules, micro-maltsters are popping up to bring local barley to local brews. "We're a craft maltster, so we're producing specialty malts for the craft brewing industry here in Alberta," explains … Continue reading Alberta micro-maltsters serve exploding craft beer scene

Report looks at costs and causes of Alberta’s PPA fight

A new report calls into question the Alberta government's cost estimates in relation to power companies walking away from agreements and outlines the combination of factors that are making those agreements unprofitable. Written by economists Trevor Tombe and Andrew Leach — who chaired the province's climate change advisory panel — and published by the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, the report deals … Continue reading Report looks at costs and causes of Alberta’s PPA fight