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Highly concentrated ownership of Canadian fossil fuel sector leaves little incentive for change, study indicates
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Highly concentrated corporate ownership of Canada’s energy sector and lack of government influence means there’s very little incentive for the fossil fuel industry to pay attention to the dangers of global climate change or worry about the communities and workers that depend on it. That’s the tou...
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Hugh MacDonald, four-term Edmonton MLA and scourge of Tory governments, quietly resurfaces
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With an election in the wind, it’s always worth remembering there’s life after politics. Consider Hugh MacDonald, once renowned as Alberta’s hardest-working MLA. The former Alberta Liberal Party stalwart served four terms as MLA for Edmonton-Gold Bar and certainly would have been elected to a fif...
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UCP Leader Jason Kenney drops hints of radical plans during policy fan dance before Calgary Chamber of Commerce
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A recent speech by Jason Kenney to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce indicates the Alberta Opposition leader intends to ram a radical program through the Legislature with minimal public consultation if his United Conservative Party wins the election likely to be held in 2019. Oddly, it took almost ...
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Unfazed by Donald Trump, what will Stephen Harper make of far-right revival in Bavaria?
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I wonder what former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper will make of the success of the scary far-right Alternative für Deutschland party in Sunday’s elections in the South German state of Bavaria? Apparently, significant numbers of Bavarian voters have concluded nothing could possibly go wro...
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Rachel Notley and Tzeporah Berman present starkly different views of Alberta’s energy future
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Thanks to invitations from the province’s teachers’ union, the two most influential people in Alberta presented their starkly different visions of the energy future in the same room yesterday. I speak, of course, of environmentalist Tzeporah Berman and … Premier Rachel Notley. I jest. Ms. Berman ...
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UCP finally – after an ever-so-excruciating wait – shows rogue nomination candidate Lance Coulter the door
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Give Lance Coulter credit: The guy seems to be a very hard worker. Leastways, the United Conservative Party nomination candidate in the Edmonton-Henday West Riding certainly had to work extremely hard to get himself kicked out of the party’s nomination process. Finally, late yesterday morning, th...
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Colourful former Wildrose MLA Joe Anglin finds another windmill to tilt at, for Freedom Conservative Party
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Last observed pursuing a claim against Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer alleging abuse of process, colourful former MLA Joe Anglin has found a new way to tilt at Alberta’s perpetually swirling political windmill. Mr. Anglin, 63, who is both the former Wildrose Party MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain...
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Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq leads Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List for fiction
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Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended Oct. 7, 2018. The lists are compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Split Tooth – Tanya Tagaq 2. Starlight –...
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Stand by for renewed attacks on Tzeporah Berman as UCP tries to change channel on ‘Soldiers of Odin’ embarrassment
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After a difficult weekend doing damage control about how members of an anti-immigration group with white supremacist links were welcomed to a United Conservative Party beer-and-selfies night last Friday by an Edmonton constituency association, expect the right-wing Opposition party to dip into it...
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UCP candidates’ reaction to storm over photos with ‘Soldiers of Odin’: We had no idea!
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They crashed the party, did they? But I wonder why they picked a United Conservative Party affair to crash? I speak, of course, of the “Soldiers of Odin,” the unsavoury anti-immigrant group founded by a Finnish white supremacist whose Edmonton chapter’s members dress like bikers and have been mak...
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Carbon taxes are the Obamacare of Canada: invented, then cynically abandoned, by the right
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“Putting a price on carbon” was always going to be unpopular with people who use fossil fuels out of necessity and for fun – viz., a large portion of the population in a well-off northern country that, climate change notwithstanding, still gets pretty cold in the winter. In other words, Canadians...
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The Bromantics on stage: Jason Kenney and Doug Ford mount the rostrum in Calgary to attack Justin Trudeau and carbon tax
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Give Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party their due: They got a large and enthusiastic crowd out last night to their rally in Calgary against taking action on climate change. Leastways, I’d say 1,500 warm bodies at a rally on any topic should concern the government they came out to yell...
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There’s a meeting in Calgary tonight, and the people there are going to be very, very angry
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Two well-heeled older men who never wanted for anything during their upbringings and now live comfortable, privileged lives will be getting together in Calgary this evening to talk about just how very, very angry they are. The idea of a $15-per-hour minimum wage makes them very, very angry. The i...
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Free advice to Senator Paula Simons: When in doubt, don’t file an expense claim; avoid sparring with PM
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I imagine most journos working nowadays for the moribund and increasingly far-right Postmedia newspaper chain daydream about making a miraculous escape from their travails – perhaps a modest Lotto 6/49 win or a generous inheritance from a beloved auntie. But you have to admit that Paula Simons, u...
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Conservatives would have fought harder to protect Canadian dairy farmers? Don’t believe it!
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A lot of Canada’s Conservatives were wearing long faces yesterday about the impact of the freshly inked United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on this country’s dairy industry. As political sins go, this small hypocrisy is a minor one. Why not let the sitting government take the rap fo...
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