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GE's CEO Can Rescue the Oil Sands

Diane Francis | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

General Electric Co. chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Immelt is just what Canada needs to develop its oil sands -- an American leader with stature in Washington, Wall Street, the oil patch and Silicon Valley.

Chasing Net-Zero Through Location and Innovation

David Dodge | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Building a net-zero home is an intricate dance between design, technology and location. But if you build a net-zero home in the wilds, far from your work, school and entertainment, with no infrastructure and an hour-long commute how sustainable is it?

Small-Town Alberta Theatre Is A Big Deal

Vacay.ca | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

As I watched Rosebud Theatre's brilliant performance of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" on stage for the first time, I began to quickly see why so many people from Alberta make the trip to Rosebud, located 35 kilometres southwest of Drumheller (a 25-minute drive) and 100 km (one-hour drive) northeast of the Calgary airport.

New Poll: Canadians Think Oilsands Contribute Way More to the Economy Than They Actually Do

Carol Linnitt | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Business
Carol Linnitt

According to the poll, conducted by Environics and commissioned by Environmental Defence, 41 per cent of Canadians believe the importance of the oilsands to the economy is six to 24 times higher than it actually is. And a full 57 per cent of Canadians overestimate the value of oilsands to the country's economy.

Want a Middle Class? Imitate Alberta and Saskatchewan

Mark Milke | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

There has been much hand-wringing over the claimed disappearance of the middle class. At the national level important policy such as a stable currency and domestic peace matter to the creation of prosperity and the formation of the middle class. But domestically, consider one issue -- tax rates -- that can be easily compared across provinces and which has an effect upon wealth creation and thus opportunities and jobs.

Plains Midstream Settlement Shows Lack Of Pipeline Accountability

Ecojustice | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Alberta
Ecojustice

While we're pleased that federal and provincial regulators finally took action and laid charges against Plains Midstream, the size and nature of the settlements is somewhat disconcerting. It raises a number of questions and once again sheds light on the major weaknesses in Canada's environmental law and enforcement framework.

Bye, Bye Eli

CBC | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Alberta

A family in Sherwood Park, Alta., has to give up its pet potbellied pig named Eli because county law doesn’t allow livestock to be kept inside hom...

Lack Of Funding Forces Climate Change Non-Profit To Close

Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

An Alberta non-profit dedicated to addressing climate change announced Monday that it will be shutting down, two years after the provincial government...

McIver Suggests Treatment, Not Jail, For Mentally Ill Offenders

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Tory leadership candidate Ric McIver wants direct action on helping the mentally ill, including having those who commit crimes sent...

Oilsands Worker Dies After On-Site Injury

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A man has died while working on a giant bulldozer in Alberta's oilsands.The provincial government says the 37-year-old was doin...

MORE Insane Questions Tourists Ask When They Come To Alberta

Michelle Butterfield | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Michelle Butterfield

Last year I shared a post of some of the crazy questions I fielded from tourists while working one summer in Lake Louise. Here are some more doozies like "Which one is the Rocky Mountain?" shared by our readers.

Homeless Edmonton Man 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Assault

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Edmonton police are investigating a brutal assault on a homeless man found under a bridge in the city's northeast.Police say the victim was...

'You Do Know What You Should Do' About Pipeline

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he has come to northern Alberta not as an expert on climate change, but hoping to br...

Alberta Wants More Control Over TFW Program

CBC | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Alberta

Kyle Fawcett, Alberta's labour minister, is pushing Ottawa for more control over the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Fawcett says the prov...

Alberta's $2 Billion Plan For Building Schools

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's top infrastructure bureaucrat says the province still plans to build 50 new schools by the spring of 2016, even though no ground ...

Canada's Lowest Minimum Wage Going Up

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

Alberta’s minimum wage is set to rise once again this September, but critics claim the change isn’t enough. At $9.95, Alberta currently has th...

RCMP Investigate Death Of Alberta Infant

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

GLEICHEN, Alta. - RCMP are investigating the death of an infant in southern Alberta.Police say the nine-month-old girl was found unresponsive Sunday a...

Time For The Alberta Energy Regulator To Prove It's 'Best In Class'

Ecojustice | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Ecojustice

While the Alberta Energy Regulator has made regulatory orders in some cases, no charges have been laid related to any of the oil spills that made headlines last summer. And for the most part, the public remains in the dark about how those spills have affected their communities and the environment. As the AER enters its second year, it has a golden opportunity to live up to its big promises.

Have You Seen This Stolen Donkey?

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Alberta

RCMP in Leduc are asking for the public's help in locating a stolen donkey. Police say two females were spotted with the donkey in the back of thei...

Alberta To Boycott Russia Petroleum Summit

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta is pulling out of next month's World Petroleum Congress in Moscow to protest Russia's actions in Ukraine."The message we're sending...

The University of Calgary Club That Built an Electric Motorcycle

David Dodge | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

If you go to the University of Calgary you don't suffer from a lack of choice when it comes to Students Union clubs. There are options for everything from swing dancing to politics to Bronies. But the most interesting club in our view is one called Team Zeus. It's only three years old but these undergrads are building an electric racing motorcycle.

Flood Prevention Projects Won't Be Quick

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - The Alberta government has narrowed down the flood-prevention projects it will fund after the deluge that devastated the southern part of th...

Canada's Future Lies in Small Politics

Cole Hogan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Canadians' politics are local, not national. The lack of confidence in governments to take on the country's big issues means Canadians trust their governments with smaller, achievable goals. Affordable, doable policy solutions trump vague, grand promises, programs, or visions.

Some News We Can All Drink (Water) To

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Although water treatment and purification technology offer hope, most current desalination technologies are based on energy-intensive processes that are limited and carry a big price tag.

Why Solar Hot Water Systems Are a Good Hedge Against Rising Energy Prices

David Dodge | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

While some might turn their noses up at the current economics of solar thermal hot water systems less developed countries without our huge natural gas grid are jumping all over the opportunity. China has by far the most installed capacity with 117,600 megawatts of domestic solar thermal hot water systems as of 2010.