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As time ticks by, my Mom has been waiting over two years to access a promising new drug. She is only sixty years old, mother to three and grandmother to six. In Canada there are significant roadblocks regarding access to treatments which means that she, like so many others, could die while waiting for access to a drug that could give her substantially more time with her family.
A new hospital, new schools and more money for seniors.
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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.
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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.
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The maps will show a high-level satellite overview of the city's status.
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.
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The province is reviewing its media policies.
The contracts will be posted to the public online and updated on a quarterly basis.
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A budget was introduced, but never passed, by Jim Prentice's government before it was defeated by Notley.
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"It's absolutely the worst that we've seen the 21 years that I've been doing this."
"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."
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The Alberta government says people are taking a risk if they use ride-sharing services such as Uber.
WINNIPEG - Alberta's new environment minister says the province is still consulting on its climate change strategy, just days before a much-anticipated announcement on the issue is expected.Shannon Ph...
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.
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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."This morning our caucus is meeting to roll up our...
The alliances are peer-support groups for gay students aimed at making them feel welcome and at helping to prevent them from being bullied.
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.
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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 licence place debates. We saw three people take title...
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EDMONTON - Alberta introduced new rules Monday to help clean up government, but opponents say the real test is whether Premier Jim Prentice's team will actually follow them.The changes are contained i...
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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.
EDMONTON - The Alberta government says rising energy prices and a stronger than expected economy means the province will have to borrow almost $3 billion less than it had planned this year to build ro...
EDMONTON - The Alberta government is tightening rules for government aircraft following a harsh report that outlined inappropriate use of the planes by former premier Alison Redford.Finance Minister D...
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.
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.
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.
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EDMONTON - The Alberta government acknowledged Monday that it broke its promise to freeze salaries for top managers and has instead given them seven per cent raises.That will boost salaries for top ci...
EDMONTON - Alberta has turned the corner following the global economic meltdown of 2008, according to budget numbers released Monday.The final report for the 2013-14 fiscal year shows a $755 million s...
An Alberta non-profit dedicated to addressing climate change announced Monday that it will be shutting down, two years after the provincial government pulled its funding for the group. The Alberta go...
How can regular Albertans hold their government to account and have a debate about priorities and trade-offs when the province's Auditor General can't even determine the true state of the government's finances?
Beyond higher taxes or more debt, there has always been another option: prudent spending. However, that is something the Alberta government has been less than adept at in some years. For instance, had the province increased program spending after 2005/06 and to 2012/2013 but only in line with inflation and population growth, it would have spent $22 billion less compared to what it actually sent out the door.
As Albertans approach another provincial budget, the usual fables about Alberta's finances often crop up. To inoculate ourselves in advance, let's ponder two myths. Myth number one: "Alberta's wealth is a result of luck." This tall tale assumes that the existence of natural resources automatically results in wealth creation, jobs, and a higher standard of living. That's hardly the case. Plenty of jurisdictions have little in the way of natural resources but prosper, while others have plentiful natural resources yet flounder. Let's investigate myth number two: "Alberta is undertaxed."
EDMONTON - The man who suffered a stunning defeat to Alison Redford for the premiership of Alberta is now earning well over $300,000 as the provincial trade representative in Asia.Gary Mar earned $322...