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Welcome to Canada's 1st Concentrated Solar Thermal Plant

David Dodge | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

And while this is the farthest north that a concentrated solar thermal project has ever been built solar makes sense in Medicine Hat. As Clugston reminds us, Medicine Hat is the sunniest city in Canada and they get more direct annual sunlight than Miami, Florida.

Action Heroes Wanted: Planning Your Adventure Vacation In Alberta

Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Travel

Let’s be real: you're no average winter sports enthusiast. While the rest of us are sauntering down the mountain anticipating the chalet, you're bom...

WATCH: Alberta Fishermen Make Once-In-A-Lifetime Discovery

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

DRUMHELLER, Alta. - Severe flooding in southwestern Alberta in 2013 may be responsible for two fishermen discovering the 80-million-year-old fossil of...

Echohaven: An Environmentally Friendly, Energy Efficient Suburb

David Dodge | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

To borrow a popular internet meme, what if I told you we could build suburbs that preserved the natural landscape, had super energy efficient homes, built a sense of community and had no vinyl siding. Well we can, and the neighborhood of Echohaven, in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge in Calgary is doing precisely that. The homes of Echohaven must be super energy efficient, collect rainwater and are located in an oasis of nature. Echohaven has turned the modern process of building a neighbourhood on its ear

Greenpeace Scales Oil Derrick to Send Solar Message

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Alberta has the best solar and wind potential in all of Canada more than enough to power the entire province yet utilizes less than 1per cent of it. Alberta also has a highly skilled, trained workforce. Alberta has the welders, it has the electricians, it has the engineers, the machinists, it has all the people power it needs to make the solar powered leap.

Alberta Poiltics: Bananas Over Bed-blockers

Kent Hehr | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

The reason that these acute care beds are filled is because we have not funded long term beds in Alberta. The long term policies have given rise to these systemic crises. Between the privatization of home and long-term care, the province's avoidance of fixing its broken fiscal structure and the lack of a long-term vision for long-term care, the problem is less with the people in the beds and more with the people who long term policy of this government.

Allowing Private MRI Clinics Does Not Shorten Wait Times in Public Healthcare Systems

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

Along with failing to increase affordability and access, private MRIs pose a more insidious threat to publicly-funded health care. The more Canadians believe that they have to pay out of their own pocket for necessary care, the more we will see confidence in and commitment to medicare eroded. We need strategies to improve access to diagnostic technologies that strengthen medicare rather than undermining it.

Photo Radar Totin' Edmonton Mayor Gets an Earful

Ian Tootill | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Ian Tootill

On the subject of photo radar and speed limits, Alberta seems to have come to the party an uncharacteristic two decades late. However, the online petition, flurry of recent news, oped pieces and increasing hostility towards photo radar apologists gives us hope that Albertans will reject big brother and demand reasonable speed limits on Alberta highways.

Turning 500 Tonnes of Cow Poop a Day into Renewable Energy

David Dodge | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Bern Kotelko grew up farming near Vegreville near Edmonton in Alberta. When you start having that many cows in one place the poop starts to pile up. Rather than see that as a problem Kotelko and his business partners saw it as an opportunity.

Premiers, Pumpkins, and a Bonus Soup Recipe

Shannon McClennan | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

. Growing up, we've all heard the story of Cinderella, and how a pumpkin was transformed into a magnificent coach. But this is the first time I've heard of a premier turning into a pumpkin, or vice versa, as the case may be.

Proud to Live in the 5th Best City in the World

Cody Battershill | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

Just over a month ago now the Economist Magazines Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its annua Livability Survey Report, which found Calgary to be tied with Adelaide, Australia as the fifth most livable city in the world!

Is Alberta Canada's Next Big Solar Market?

David Dodge | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

On a bright fall day in early October in a packed ballroom in a downtown Calgary hotel Alberta's new energy minister, Frank Oberle, made his first spe...

NatGeo Awards Alberta Couple On Never-Ending Trip

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Alberta

An Alberta couple who are seeing the world on a never-ending trip have been awarded by National Geographic. Dalene and Pete Heck packed up their O...

Want Smarter Government? Focus it

Mark Milke | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

There are multiple reasons why governments choose the policy paths they do. Political survival is perhaps the most obvious explanation. But as with any organization, divesting of unnecessary businesses, projects and tasks that are off-mission helps sharpen the focus. That matters if one cares about smarter, more effective government.

What Naomi Klein Needs To Learn About Alberta vs. Other Oil Jurisdictions

Cody Battershill | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

There's something about a new Naomi Klein book that always seems to attract a lot of attention. And not just from middle-of-the-road Western Canadians like myself who work hard for a living and enjoy the beautiful, natural settings where we live, work and raise our families. No, Klein even seems to attract the ire of -- you guessed it -- "big environmentalism." It's a credit to her proven ability to lay out the controversial argument. People love that.

WATCH: 10,000 Reasons To Smile For Alberta Dad

Excel Homes | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada Alberta
Excel Homes

As Barrett Budgell pulled up to his new home in Cochrane, Alberta, he immediately knew something was up when he saw a massive red bow wrapped around his garage. The single father of four-year-old twin boys, Lucas and Logan, moved into Cochrane to make the commute back and forth to Fort McMurrary for work easier on his family.

Alberta PCs Voting For New Leader

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Members of Alberta's PC party are voting today for a new leader and premier.Ric McIver, Thomas Lukaszuk and Jim Prentice will continue tryi...

Bumpy Start For Alberta Conservative Leadership Vote

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's governing Progressive Conservative party got off to a rocky start Friday in its first foray into picking a new leader by electron...

Travel Request By Alberta Priest Accused Of Sex Assault Rejected

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Alberta

PEACE RIVER, Alta. - A Catholic priest in northwestern Alberta who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor has been told he cannot travel outside Ca...

How Canadian Companies Are Adding Emerging Markets To Their Export Strategy

Peter Hall | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

The tech wreck, the thickening border with the U.S. and the soaring loonie in the mid-2000's turned the attention of Canada's exporters to fast-growing emerging markets. In a relatively short time span, our trade with this rapidly-rising part of the global economy has risen from less than 5 per cent to almost 13 per cent of our merchandise exports.

Alberta's Winning Licence Plate Design Revealed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Online polling to choose a new Alberta licence plate has closed and the most realistic of three designs has come out on top.Kathleen Range ...

The Truest Ice Bucket Challenge Yet

The Huffington Post Alberta | Maham Abedi | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Alberta

While many of us are just learning what ALS is through the Ice Bucket Challenge, Alberta's John Tuckwell knows the disease firsthand. Tuckwell was ...

RCMP Injured In Violent Grande Prairie Arrest

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Alberta

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. - A Taser electronic stun gun was used by the RCMP in northwestern Alberta to subdue a man who had rammed a police vehicle and t...

I've Got Some (Nanotechnology) Explaining To Do

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

We use jargon and complicate things with acronyms that are meaningless to those who aren't in the loop. But most importantly, we miss the opportunity to engage, excite and empower others with our news. As academics, scientists and researchers, we have a unique responsibility to ensure our findings extend well beyond the lab bench.

Health Care Wait Times in Alberta Improving

Don Dick | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
Don Dick

Alberta is building a culture of continuous improvement in health care. This culture is founded on more and better data, innovative thinking, an extraordinary effort to share information, and unprecedented action on the front lines. Wait time reports cards need to examine performance at this level, and Canadians should have this kind of information to grade their health system.