Canada Alberta

Half Measures Aren't Enough To Save Caribou

David Suzuki | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Federal assessments show high levels of oil, gas and forestry activity mean no boreal Caribou herd in Alberta is likely to survive without significant changes in habitat management. In 2011, the range of the Little Smoky herd was assessed as being 95 per cent disturbed by industrial activity, and oil, gas and forestry have since caused further damage.

Edmonton Council Powers Up To Control Tree Removal On Your Property

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Alberta
Terezia Farkas

Edmonton City Council is asking Rachel Notley's government for the green light to create a bylaw to govern tree removal on private property. If Notley's government approves the ask, Edmonton City Council will make a bylaw that regulates what you can do to trees on your property.

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.

Bob Chelmick's Solar-Powered Cabin In The Woods

David Dodge | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada
David Dodge

Chelmick's getaway required the hard work of clearing brush and laying a foundation. The original cabin was 600 square feet and solar-powered, complete with battery storage. Why solar? Chelmick recalls seeing brown streaks across the sky near Lake Wabamun.

Jesse Ferreras

Homeowners Are Stuck On Canada's Broken Property Ladder

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Business

Is upgrading to a bigger home just a pipe dream these days?

Jasper: Small-Town Vibes And Scenic Views Of The Rockies

Shanelle Kaul | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Travel
Shanelle Kaul

The town of jasper is quaint, lined with little bistros and boutiques. Like most ski towns, the people are friendly and its long summer days make it the perfect place to spend an adventure-filled weekend.

Iron And Earth: Oilsands Workers Call For Training In Renewable Energy

David Dodge | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Lliam Hildebrand is first and foremost a boilermaker. On his last oilsands project in northern Alberta, a colleague said to him over lunch, "Man, oil prices are still dropping. They're going to go below $30 soon, and if we don't start diversifying our jobs into renewables, our union is screwed."

5 Reasons To Travel By Train Across Western Canada

Lisa Jackson | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

If you're going to travel across Western Canada, you'd be remiss to not take the scenic route. And there's nothing more scenic than a train. All aboard!

Discover Beautiful Banff

Vitamin Daily | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Travel
Vitamin Daily

The views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, lush forests and glacial lakes so vivid they'll look photoshopped in your pictures, make going for hikes a must.

The Crisis For Fort McMurray's Animals Is Just Beginning

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Alberta
Barbara Cartwright

While the Fort McMurray SPCA is working diligently to develop strategies for keeping pets with their families, regardless of their housing status, pet surrender rates are likely to go up and adoption rates will most certainly go down as the community struggles to get back on its feet.

Return To Fort McMurray Is Just The Beginning

Jerry Dias | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Alberta
Jerry Dias

This week's return is a welcome end to the wait for things to begin turning around. But it also a beginning -- the very important beginning to the rebuilding of their vibrant community. The road ahead, after all, will be difficult. Much of the city has been burned to the ground -- though, thankfully, not nearly as much as had been feared -- and much rebuilding remains.

Wynne Ridiculed By Wildrose Party During Visit To Alberta Legislature

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics

"Invite Premier Wall here! Invite Premier Wall."

Cannabis Industry Unexpected Boost For Alberta's Struggling Economy

Marc Davis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Marc Davis

Canada's recreational market promises to be worth billions of dollars annually if it proves to be anywhere near as successful as in Colorado, which has a population seven times smaller than Canada's 35 million. Last year, legal recreational sales in Colorado almost topped one billion U.S. dollars.

Home Builders Step Up To Aid In Fort McMurray Recovery

YPNextHome | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Alberta
YPNextHome

When the Fort McMurray and surrounding community was left reeling from the recent wildfire disaster, it wasn't just Alberta communities, governments and the Canadian Red Cross that pitched in to help out. The home building industry in the province also stepped up to lend a helping hand.

Alberta's LGBTQ Students Have The Right To Own Their Narrative

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Today in Alberta there is a debate about parental rights v. the rights of LGBTQ kids. It centres around the obligation of a school teacher to whom a student discloses their orientation or gender identity to tell that student's parents. I was fortunate that my parents were supportive and understanding. Not all kids are so fortunate.

Support For Fort McMurray Makes Me Proud To Be Canadian

Cody Battershill | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

Albertans and Canadians -- and even many outside our borders -- have shown a level of giving, selflessness and strength that is hard to imagine. But you have to see that generosity in action to believe it. It's all very, very inspiring.

Visual Proof That The Alberta Wildfires Are Unlikely To End Soon

Rachael Petersen | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Alberta
Rachael Petersen

Fires are a natural part of many boreal forest ecosystems, but the massive blaze raging in Alberta is a catastrophe that threatens human health, the economy and the environment. This current episode in the Fort McMurray area is remarkable in its size, extent and human impact. Data from the Global Forest Watch platform provide context on what's going on with Alberta's forest fires

Fort McMurray's Greatest Asset Cannot Be Burned Away

Lucas Welsh | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Alberta
Lucas Welsh

The truth is, fire has no conscience. It burns up everything in its path with no remorse. But the one thing it cannot destroy is the unshakable heart and soul of the men and women who call this beautiful city home. It tried to end us, but it has only made us stronger.

Canada Steps Up In Support Of Fort McMurray

Jerry Dias | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Alberta
Jerry Dias

The startling images that have come out of Fort McMurray over the past week have shaken this country to its core. Canadians held their breath, hoping for the best as families fled, often unsure where they would end up, hoping with the rest of the nation that they would find someplace safe to lay their heads.

Why You Shouldn't Donate Physical Goods During A Disaster

Edward McIntyre | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Alberta
Edward McIntyre

I have been fortunate to be able to assist on the ground with disaster relief in communities across Alberta including the Slave Lake fire in 2011 and the Calgary floods in 2013, and I've learned that cash donations, even small ones, are by far the most effective way to help those recovering from a disaster.

9 Signs That Alberta Is Really, Truly F***ed Right Now

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Alberta

At least we can watch hockey for escapism! Oh, wait...

The Writing Is On The Wall For Alberta's Obsolete Oil Industry

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

I can understand that Alberta faces economic hardships; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the cabinet meeting would examine the challenges that Alberta has to face because the price of petroleum has fallen through the floor. But in 2015-16, is the building of pipelines an appropriate remedy for the economic woes of Alberta?

How Calgary Is Looking Ahead And Embracing Clean Energy

David Dodge | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Alberta's carbon tax is expected to have a relatively minor impact on middle to lower income folks, but what about a major city that buys $60 million worth of power every year? That's going to cut into some budgets! It turns out there's one municipality that's positioned very well for a carbon tax but its name might surprise you.

How To Take Control Of Your Finances

Brian Gervais | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Brian Gervais

Currently job losses have been concentrated in the energy sector, but more job losses are expected across industries that depend on investment and activities in the energy sector. This rising unemployment coupled with a correction in the housing market is putting a further strain on indebted households.

If You're Offended By Rihanna's Nudity You're Missing The Point

Nina Raynars | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Nina Raynars

Rihanna's bra-less, erotica-thriller fuelled videos are deconstructing social norms that place gender limitations on how women choose to express their sexual liberty, or how they should expand it or simply own it.