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Some News We Can All Drink (Water) To

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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.

Why Alberta Is A Great Place To Call Home

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Alberta has led all provinces in average annual economic growth over the last 20 years. Our unmatched strengths in agriculture, forestry and petrochemicals have earned us an international reputation but it is the energy sector that is our driving economic force. We are the energy hub in a nation that consistently ranks among the top 10 energy producers in the world. That's huge.

How Solar Power is Driving Costs Down For Canada's Farmers

David Dodge | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

"God hates cowards." That's how Bob Sargent, a farmer who also runs an oilfield services company and serves as a local councillor explains why he ma...

Systemic Misogyny and the Downfall Of Alison Redford

Shannon McClennan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

While there are a myriad of reasons the Premier Redford has faced such heavy criticism, we have to recognize that systemic misogyny -- an entrenched prejudice against women and girls that is inherent in a given system, such as society -- plays at least some part in the story. It's not the only source of the premier's troubles, but it's certainly one piece in the much larger puzzle.

I Fought Misleading Food Advertising – And Won

Sarah Schultz | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Alberta
Sarah Schultz

I have said it before and I'll say it again: I cannot stand this type of advertising and labeling---it is misleading. Why is it misleading, you ask? Because there is no GMO wheat on the market or in our food chain and food labels should not confuse a customer.

Is There Room For Big Oil In Alberta Classrooms?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Alberta
DeSmog Canada

"It's time that the Alberta government realizes that what's good for the oil industry isn't what's good for the rest of Alberta and especially not our children. While oil may run our cars for now it shouldn't run our government or our schools. Ever."

Is Alberta Still Hosting World Economic Forum?

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - With just over six weeks to go before Alberta is to host global leaders at a World Economic Forum event, there is confusion over whether it...

Best Bites This Winter in Jasper

Ayngelina Brogan | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Travel
Ayngelina Brogan

While most venture north to Jasper in the summer to hike through the magnificent Rockies, there's plenty to do in Jasper in the colder temperatures. And after the skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding, downtown Jasper is home to many cozy places to warm up on winter nights.

Catholic Priest Charged In Sex Assault

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Alberta

MANNING, Alta. - A Catholic priest in northwestern Alberta has been charged in the sexual assault of a minor.RCMP say Abraham Azhakathu, 59, of Mannin...

Kicking Alberta's Unfunded Pension Liabilities Down the Road

Mark Milke | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

By again kicking the existing unfunded pension liabilities down the road, the province has exposed taxpayers to future risks and more bailouts, obvious or hidden. The government has also demonstrated that the theory about political behaviour -- politicians mostly act in their own short-term electoral interest and not in the long-term interest of the public -- is regrettably true more often than not.

The MacGyver of Green Energy

David Dodge | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

It's one thing for SolarShare to get $3 million worth of solar projects going in Ontario under that provinces feed-in tariff program but it's quite another thing altogether to start a community solar program in small town Alberta with no government support. And yet that's exactly where some pretty amazing green energy innovation is occurring.

Cogeneration: Coming to a Building Near You

David Dodge | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Cogeneration has returned as a viable technology in North America and it was the industrial energy consumer who brought cogeneration back from the dead. Pulp and paper, manufacturing, oil sands operations all found that given their demands for heat that cogeneration made a heck of a lot of sense.

A Revised History Of Alberta: 2004 - 2014

Greg Clark | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Alberta
Greg Clark

It's February 2014. Our strong energy sector has been the envy of the world ever since Greenpeace used our province as an example of responsible resource development because we've reduced our net carbon emissions every year since 2010, in spite of increased production from our oilsands.

It's Time to Encourage And Nurture Our Youngest Scientists

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

While the return on investment is easy to identify, explaining nanotechnology to little ones isn't always as straightforward. We work in a complex field and it is difficult for both children and adults to understand something they can't see or touch.

Ontario's Beer Cartel Paints Alberta Liquor Privatization as the Bogeyman

Mark Milke | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

It's been two decades since the Alberta government exited the business of selling beer, wine and spirits to consumers and the result is vastly improved product selection, better customer service and price-competition. But the President of Ontario's The Beer Store has warned that if Ontario treads this path, there will be more societal problems.

Government Unions and Pension Fantasies

Mark Milke | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

The government/private sector pension disparity is a problem. Defined benefit pensions promise enrollees guaranteed benefits at a certain retirement age. But when existing contributions and the returns hoped for do not materialize, taxpayers without such guarantees must bail out government plans because of the promised benefits.

What Our Biggest Carbon-Producing Province Can Learn From Washing Machines

David Dodge | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

Standards are also incredibly powerful energy efficiency tools. While it's unlikely that we'll ban top-loading washers like we have incandescent light bulbs, as the price, reliability and efficiency of front-loading washing machines increases the old, inefficient top-loading design will simply fade away.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

What is Alberta Really Doing With Its Carbon Tax Money?

David Dodge | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics
David Dodge

Since 2009, $380 million has been collected with $212 million of it being invested so far. Of the money that's been spent $98 million has been invested in renewables, $38.7 million in energy efficiency with the rest going to greening fossil fuel production and carbon capture and storage. That's 64 per cent of the money invested so far going into renewables and energy efficiency.

Why Phasing Out Coal in Alberta Isn't As Hard As They Say

David Dodge | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

Ontario had exactly the same amount of absolute megawatts derived from coal as we do now and their last plant closes this year. It's a tiny little plant. It's in Thunder Bay which only has 300 megawatts and it's the last one to close and they'll have no more coal-fired power in that province.

Alberta's College of Physicians Snuffs Doc Pot

Sandra Hunter | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Sandra Hunter

The federal government has recently changed the rules for medical marijuana. The new rules were developed, we are told, as the result of legal challenges that determined that the old ones were defective and made it unreasonably difficult for patients to access marijuana for medical purposes. While the federal government is trying to make things easier, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta is working hard to accomplish the opposite.

'10 Reasons Neil Young Is Right About The Tar Sands'

Mike Hudema | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

To say that rock legend Neil Young has been making waves on his ACFN 'Honour the Treaties' tour would be an understatement. His comments about the horrors of the tar sands have made front-page headlines, set social media ablaze, and have brought out more than a few attacks mostly from stalwarts of the oil industry.

Are Neil Young's Oilsands Comments Productive or Polarizing?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

If you're using the Neil Young kerfuffle as a moment to dig your trench a little deeper, remember: if we're going to make progress on energy issues in this country, we're all going to have to stick our heads up, stop seeing the people on the other side of the debate as enemies and find some common ground in the middle.

We Can Disagree Mr. Harper and That's Okay

Kevin Grandia | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to figure out that not everyone is going to agree with him and his government's policies -- and that's okay. Rock legend Neil Young is making his way across Canada this week on a high-profile concert series in support of First Nations who oppose further expansion of oil sands extraction into their lands. Harper, through his spokesperson, responded to Young's concerns with empty talking points, reiterating that the natural resource sector remains a "fundamental part of our country's economy."Okay. Thanks Captain Obvious. Why is it so hard for the Prime Minister to speak with people who disagree with him?