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Alberta's Missed Heritage Fund Opportunity

Mark Milke | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Over the past decade, the province of Alberta treated boom-time resource revenues like a permanent state of affairs. That set the province up for fiscal failure, for multiple lost opportunities. One high-profile example is the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.

Travelling Through the Lens of Canada's Top Instagrammers

Trivago.ca | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

It's safe to say this year's winter definitely had us looking forward to spring! We may have theoretically passed that long-awaited first day of spring, but in Canada, Mother Nature doesn't seem to be ready to give up with grace. To beat back our late winter blues, we rounded up top Canadian Instagrammers who've been capturing the beauty of Canada and the rest of the world, whatever the season.

Why Canada Shouldn't Start Feeling Financially Bulletproof

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

Canadians might be setting themselves up for a bright future and a comfortable retirement. But how are they going to pay the bills today? What about pressing expenses that are stretching budgets thin today? I would pump the breaks before we get into the territory of feeling financially bulletproof.

Welcome to Canada's First Net-Zero Commercial Building

David Dodge | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

The gap from net-zero house to net-zero commercial building has now been bridged. This 30,000 square foot building cost $10.5 million dollars. It's three months ahead of schedule and five per cent under budget. It's bright and roomy with beautiful exposed wood beams, feature stairs and a three storey living wall in the foyer.

Obama's Remarks About Keystone XL Need Some Corrections

Cody Battershill | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

First, Keystone XL does NOT "bypass the United States," as the President claimed it did in the earlier statement. A consultants report from IHS Energy found in February that "Canadian crude making its way to the USGC (the US Gulf Coast) will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States."

Property Rights on the Prairie

Mark Milke | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Once budget matters fade from the news, population growth, oil and gas exploration, agricultural demands, recreational use, and an increasing ecological sensitivity will likely again swirl around land use issues--private property included.

More Jobs Coming to Calgary and Edmonton Despite Oil Price Fears

Ben Myers | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Alberta
Ben Myers

Many buyers are taking a wait and see attitude when it comes to their real estate purchases in Alberta with the last market failure fresh in their minds. Based on historical data and the opinions of the top analysts, it might be much less painful than many anticipate.

The 2015 Canada Winter Games: Sustainable Sport Event Snapshot

Ann Duffy | Posted 03.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Ann Duffy

Sometimes leadership happens off the side of one's desk, while at other times it emerges collaboratively, with the help of community partners to advance shared goals. Here are some ways in which the Canada Winter Games' leadership, particularly around sustainability, rose to the top:

A Tale of Education in Two Cities

Malkin Dare | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

A few months ago, we released a study showing that for at least ten years Edmonton students have consistently and significantly outperformed Calgary students, and furthermore the gap gets larger the longer the students are in school. There is no reason why every city can't get the same great results as Edmonton.

Mad Cow Case Confirmed In Alberta

The Canadian Press | CP | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow from Alberta. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says no part of the animal'...

Mad Cow Case Confirmed In Alberta

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow on an Alberta farm, but the federal agriculture minister says the discovery won't affect C...

With Keystone XL pipeline uncertain, Alberta floats idea of moving tar-sands oil through Alaska

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
Alaska Dispatch News

Officials in the Canadian province of Alberta say they hope to talk to Alaska leaders about shipping tar-sands crude oil through the state as the Keys...

Why Wood Waste to Energy Is a No-Brainer

David Dodge | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada
David Dodge

Wood is certainly not a new fuel. We've been using it since the invention of fire to keep warm, but can it be a big part of our electricity mix in our modern age? Biomass provides green baseload power -- an important consideration for grid operators who want to integrate more renewable energy by balancing the intermittent nature of solar and wind.

David Swann Chosen As Interim Leader Of Alberta Liberals

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta Liberals have chosen MLA David Swann to be the party's interim leader over a caucus colleague who pitched co-operation with the...

How This Conservative Mayor Became a Champion for the Homeless

Andreas Krebs | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

Mayor Ted Clugston of Medicine Hat, Alberta has become the reluctant spokesperson for a controversial approach to reducing homelessness. Reluctant because just a few years ago, he opposed the initiative. Sometime in 2015, Medicine Hat will become the first municipality in Canada to eradicate homelessness.

Why Lower Fuel Prices Are Not a Reason to Celebrate

David Suzuki | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

Some see low fuel prices as good news, but there are many downsides. With driving becoming less costly, more cars and trucks could be on the road, which is good for the auto industry but bad in terms of pollution, climate change and traffic accidents. And because the price of oil is now lower than the cost to extract oilsands bitumen, the industry is starting to put the brakes on rapid expansion plans -- bad news for workers and businesses in Fort McMurray and those heavily invested in the industry but good news for the planet.

'Underneath The Lintel' Has Air Of Unintended Anti-Semitism

Michael Groberman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

Berger's sloppy treatment of the Jewish and anti-Semitic materials gives the play itself an air of anti-Semitism. This naïve, somewhat lazy writing effort seems to go out of control and winds up in unintended territory. Bright comedy devolves to dark disorder.

Why This is the Optimal Time to Seize the Climate Change Moment

Cameron Fenton | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada
Cameron Fenton

This is the climate movement's moment to seize. It's a moment for the labour movement and climate movement to join together to demand investment in re-tooling and re-training workers to build the new economy. It's a moment to divest from dangerous fossil fuels like tar sands and reinvest in the solutions that are here and growing.

Stop the Brutal Slaughter of Wolves in Alberta and B.C.

Chris Genovali | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada
Chris Genovali

Mirroring Alberta, the the government of British Columbia has just announced a plan to kill close to 200 wolves in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions of the province to ostensibly "save caribou." The B.C. cull will employ helicopter gunning of wolves, carried out before the snowmelt.

Prentice Pans Talk Of Alberta Recession

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Premier Jim Prentice is scoffing at a suggestion by the Conference Board of Canada that Alberta is likely to face a recession as crude price...

Frozen Memories: Life-Affirming Trips That Don't Need To Happen In The Summer

Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Travel

Where do you imagine you’ll take your next vacation? If you’re in love with the idea of the Great Canadian Winter, you can have fantastic experien...

Alberta Facing Some Bad Times In 2015

The Canadian Press | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Alberta

The Conference Board of Canada says Alberta will likely face a recession this year due to the plunging price of oil. The economic think tank says A...

Big Biomass 101: When Burning Wood for Energy Makes Sense

David Dodge | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

The great boreal forest straddles the country and provinces from Nova Scotia to British Columbia have ample forestry resources. In a place like Canada biomass to energy can make a lot of sense. So we headed to the largest, closest biomass operation we could find -- the Alberta Pacific Forest Industries (ALPAC) pulp mill.

Stargazing With Chris Hadfield In Jasper

Vacay.ca | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

When Chris Hadfield first visited Jasper, there was a twinkle in his eye but it had nothing to do with the stars. Hadfield was focused on raising a family -- thoughts of heaven secondary to his terrestrial responsibilities. "My wife and I first came to Jasper 29 years ago," recalls Hadfield, Canada's most famous astronaut. "We were here when our son was one-year-old and she was pregnant with our second child."

'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 ...