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

‘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

Jason Kenney sidesteps war of words on rumoured PC leadership bid

Jason Kenney, the Conservative MP who has upended right-wing politics in Alberta with the suggestion he's considering a run for the leadership of the PC Party, isn't getting drawn into a war of words on his ambitions. Some party members are none too pleased at the prospect of Kenney as their leader, particularly since the former federal cabinet minister has … Continue reading Jason Kenney sidesteps war of words on rumoured PC leadership bid

Capitalism and catastrophe: an interview with Naomi Klein

Let’s start with a question. What seems like a bigger challenge: fixing a flawed economic system, or dealing with the catastrophic consequences of uncontrolled climate change? How about another one: would you rather hand over billions to bail out a bank, or to help ensure the our planet remains liveable? Extreme, right? No. We’re in … Continue reading Capitalism and catastrophe: an interview with Naomi Klein

Cycling outside of Calgary’s inner city

While cries of social engineering and a war on cars echo off the sides of skyscrapers and condos, the city is busy turning Calgary into a bike-friendly city in newer communities and suburbs without much fuss. Although there has been at least one councillor bemoaning the separated bike lane being built on Northland Drive in … Continue reading Cycling outside of Calgary’s inner city

City of Calgary to tackle affordable housing crisis

There is at least one thing that almost everybody agrees on: there is a housing crisis in Calgary and we need more affordable housing. The devil, as they say, is in the details. The mayor has made the issue a priority and now the city is taking its first tentative steps towards creating an affordable … Continue reading City of Calgary to tackle affordable housing crisis