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'All About That Bass' Parody Makes A Really Good Point

The Huffington Post Alberta | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Alberta

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” was arguably the song of the summer this year, but Albertan singer/songwriter Natty Valencia created her ...

Walking On Water: The Best Places To Ice Walk In Alberta

Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Travel

Once the snow has really set in, the Rocky Mountains of Alberta truly become a winter wonderland where the colder temperatures transform the stunning ...

Why Western Canada Has More Money, Jobs and Security Than the East

Mark Milke | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Sort through the statistics and the surprise is how consistently Ontario and Quebec now mimic the weak economic opportunities in the Maritimes instead of the bright economic opportunities available in the West. There's no great mystery as to why. Provinces with substantial private sector investment -- something the West has attracted with pro-entrepreneur policies and by simply saying "yes" to resource extraction in specific -- end up with enhanced employment opportunities, higher incomes and better prospects to enjoy a middle-class lifestyle.

Why We May See More Homeless Seniors in Calgary's Future

Lee Tunstall | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lee Tunstall

Twenty per cent of older adults live with a mental health issue. In Calgary alone, that equates to over 21,000 older adults, with between 1,000 and 2,000 living with severe and persistent psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and delusional disorder. These figures do not take into account individuals between 45 and 65 who have lived a higher-risk lifestyle and been intermittently homeless. Such individuals age more quickly than the general population, and often present as "functionally geriatric" well before the age of 65.

The New West: Money, Jobs and a Flood of Young Adults

Mark Milke | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Question: If you're young, or have very little education, where's the best place in the country to find a job, make a decent income and prosper? Answer: Alberta, followed by Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Alberta Wants Feds To Lift Cap On Immigrant Job Nominations

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta wants the federal government to lift the lid on the number of economic immigrants it can nominate each year for permanent residence...

Alberta Government Amends Gay-Straight Alliance Bill

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's Progressive Conservatives, facing mounting resistance on a controversial bill, have passed an amendment that opponents say opens ...

Clean-Up Of Pipeline Leak Almost Complete

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said Monday that it's working with the Alberta Energy Regulator to find out what caused 60,000 litres of cru...

How Wind and Solar Lower Your Electricity Bill in Alberta

David Dodge | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Solar energy in Alberta is still a tiny fraction of the total electricity mix, only five megawatts, but it's growing. Higher prices for solar electricity would certainly accelerate the process and get more clean solar energy on the grid more quickly, also helping Alberta with one of the biggest challenges it faces - reducing emissions in our fossil-fuel economy.

LOOK: Proof Alberta Is The Prettiest Province In Winter

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Alberta

It's been pretty cold in Alberta the past few days. Like, -40 C-with-the-windchill cold. But, instead of complaining, Travel Alberta is reminding ...

Pipeline Spills 60,000 Litres Of Crude Oil In Northern Alberta

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

RED EARTH CREEK, Alta. - The Alberta Energy Regulator says close to 60,000 litres of crude oil have spilled into muskeg in the province's north.An inc...

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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.07.2014 | 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.