Alberta Government

Alberta's 'Fingers-Crossed' Budget Drips Red Ink

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2017 | Canada Alberta

A new hospital, new schools and more money for seniors.

Here's An Idea – B.C. Should Disclose Direct Award Contracts Online

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction. The contracts ranged in value from $30,373 to $900,000, but that's only for the awards the utility disclosed.

Restoring Fort McMurray's Urban Forest Our Greatest Challenge Yet

Michael Rosen | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.

Alberta Unveils App To Check Fort McMurray Fire Damage

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2017 | Canada Alberta

The maps will show a high-level satellite overview of the city's status.

Albertans Will Pay The Price For Notley's Accelerated Spending

Charles Lammam | Posted 04.23.2017 | Canada Alberta
Charles Lammam

The combination of worsening economic conditions and the government's refusal to change course on spending means Alberta will rack up debt more quickly, with a projected budget deficit of $28.9 billion over the next three years. For context, that's roughly 50 per cent more than currently sits in the Heritage Fund, a "nest egg" that took decades to build.

Notley Won't Limit Media Access To Government News Conferences

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2016 | Canada Alberta

The province is reviewing its media policies.

Alberta Government Releases Sole-Source Contracts To Public

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Alberta

The contracts will be posted to the public online and updated on a quarterly basis.

Alberta Protesters Rally, Demand Budget Within 30 Days

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Alberta

A budget was introduced, but never passed, by Jim Prentice's government before it was defeated by Notley.

Alberta Sales Of This Haven't Been So Bad In 20 Years

CP | Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Alberta

"It's absolutely the worst that we've seen the 21 years that I've been doing this."

Watchdog Finds Wrongdoing From 3 Government Managers

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Alberta

"We were able to confirm the frequency, duration and nature of the manipulations were a clear departure from the approved process and objective of open procurement."

Alberta Government Warns Against Uber

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Alberta

The Alberta government says people are taking a risk if they use ride-sharing services such as Uber.

Alberta Downplays Climate Change Announcement.. But Why?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Alberta

WINNIPEG - Alberta's new environment minister says the province is still consulting on its climate change strategy, just days before a much-anticipate...

Alberta Legislature To Begin Session Under NDP

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Alberta

Alberta's Opposition Wildrose party is urging Premier Rachel Notley's NDP not launch its new era Monday by spending billions of dollars with little explanation.

Rachel Notley, Alberta NDP Caucus Hold First Meeting

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's premier-designate Rachel Notley and the rest of her caucus met up Saturday for the first time since their historic election win."...

Alberta Changes Stance On Gay-Straight Alliances In Schools

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Alberta

The alliances are peer-support groups for gay students aimed at making them feel welcome and at helping to prevent them from being bullied.

Alberta Already Tried to Diversify Her Economy -- and Failed

Mark Milke | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

With the price of oil plunging to below $50 per barrel and the outlook for Alberta's economy and provincial budget revenues falling in tandem, an oft-heard piece of advice is being recycled: Alberta should diversify its economy.

20 New Year's Resolutions For The Alberta Government In 2015

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Alberta

To say 2014 was a rough year for the Alberta government would be an understatement. It was a year plagued by spending scandals, resignations, and ...

Alberta Tories Have Plan To Straighten Out Mangled Image

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta introduced new rules Monday to help clean up government, but opponents say the real test is whether Premier Jim Prentice's team wil...

Increase Supply to Make Housing More Affordable

Mark Milke | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

When I first came to Alberta a quarter-century ago, vacancy rates in Calgary and Edmonton exceeded 10 per cent. In Edmonton, where I lived in 1988, landlords often gave one month free on an already cheap 12-month lease. Sometimes utilities and cable were included.

Has Alberta Turned A Financial Corner?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says rising energy prices and a stronger than expected economy means the province will have to borrow almost $3 bill...

Alberta Tightens Use Of Government Planes After Redford Scandal

CP | Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is tightening rules for government aircraft following a harsh report that outlined inappropriate use of the planes b...

How Alberta Blew Through an Extra $41 Billion

Mark Milke | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Governments, like families, have choices. And governments, as with families, sometimes make picks that close off other options. Spend a lot of money on having dinner out every night and that might foreclose the purchase of a nicer automobile.

Bread, Circuses and the Great Alberta Licence Plate Debate

Susan Wright | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
Susan Wright

Mr Hancock's attempt at "bread and circuses" backfired because it showed us how petty the PC party really is. However even a backfire is successful if it draws the public's attention away from the critical issues facing the province--mounting debt, no long term energy strategy, inadequate healthcare, education, infrastructure--all of which are the direct result of years of inept PC government.

Will This Be the Thing that Pushes the Alberta Tories Over the Edge?

Greg Clark | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Alberta
Greg Clark

Recall back in early March, then-Premier Alison Redford asked for an audit of the government's travel and expense policy and the use of government aircraft. The audit is due any time now and I expect it will be a doozy.

So Much For The Tory Salary Freeze..

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government acknowledged Monday that it broke its promise to freeze salaries for top managers and has instead given them seven p...