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Politics before workers?

Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in Alberta. The rates of workplace injury and workplace fatality are among the highest of all jobs in the province. In 2013 alone, 16 farm workers die...
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New year, old climate framework

The Alberta government has a problem: it needs to find a way to keep doing absolutely nothing while trying to look proactive and progressive. That problem is more difficult to solve than you might im...
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The more things change

For a province where the same party has been in power for 43 years, it is surprising how interesting and dynamic Alberta politics can actually be on occasion. The year 2014, it could be argued, has b...
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The real winners of the Bill 10 battle

Activists and opposition parties in Alberta were quick to declare victory last week upon learning that Premier Jim Prentice had placed Bill 10 on hold “pending further consultation with Alberta...
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More crisis for health-care system

If it wasn’t so frightening, it would make for the beginning of a potentially hilarious joke, or perhaps a sitcom. A former big-city mayor, with absolutely no experience in health care, gets ap...
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Climate change requires action now

It’s time for a drastic change in direction. Actually, it was time for a drastic change in direction 20 years ago, and we’ve spent the past two decades moving ever further away from where...
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Whose interest is the AER serving?

Do you feel like you have a say in how our province’s energy resources, in particular the oilsands, are developed? Do you feel like you are able to put a stop to any project that would cause ir...
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Mandel and the Miz

Last week, in the midst of the provincial by-election in Edmonton Whitemud, by-election candidate and current provincial Health Minister Stephen Mandel responded to a rally by the New Democrats deman...
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Prentice two weeks in

Shortly after winning the Conservative leadership race, Jim Prentice told the media, “After two weeks with me as the Premier, there will be no doubts in anyone’s minds that this a time of renew...
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Moving from one hotel to the next

The beginning of a new school year can be stressful for children and parents at the best of times. Parents worry about money for supplies, clothes and fees. Children worry about meeting new schoolmat...