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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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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.

Think Long Term on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Matt Grant | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Alberta
Matt Grant

The government created major problems for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program when it began to loosen the rules in 2006; it created an approval process with little oversight that largely amounted to rubber stamping applications, which has directly led to Canadians losing their jobs to temporary foreign workers.

GE's CEO Can Rescue the Oil Sands

Diane Francis | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 08.16.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.03.2014 | 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...