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Duncan Kinney

Executive director of Progress Alberta, an independent non-profit dedicated to building a better Alberta

Duncan KInney is the executive director of Progress Alberta, a non-profit dedicated to building a stronger, more organized progressive movement in Alberta.
Alberta Should Be Proud Of Gay-Straight Alliances In Its

Alberta Should Be Proud Of Gay-Straight Alliances In Its Schools

It takes an incredible amount of courage and leadership to actually go to the principal at an outwardly Christian school and ask to start a GSA. To those students, you have my admiration and my respect. Students all over Alberta need to know that it can happen at their school, too.
01/06/2017 02:02 EST
Tories Failed To Act On Red Flags At Home-Schooling

Tories Failed To Act On Red Flags At Home-Schooling Association

It is always much easier not to do the responsible, adult thing. No one gets pleasure from taking care of that sink full of dishes that collected over the weekend. If only we had the good luck to be the Alberta Tories, we could just ignore our responsibilities for years and then have someone else clean up.
12/12/2016 01:55 EST
The Days Of Alberta's Topsy-Turvy Electricity Market Are

The Days Of Alberta's Topsy-Turvy Electricity Market Are Over

In what shall forever be known as Electricity Week, the Alberta government managed to flip the switch on five massive changes to the province's electricity system. Alberta's electricity market was broken. Now the Alberta government has fixed it.
12/05/2016 02:16 EST
Brad Wall's Sask. A Wild West Of Corporate Political

Brad Wall's Sask. A Wild West Of Corporate Political Donations

Not only are out-of-province donations OK in Brad Wall's Saskatchewan, but so are corporate and union donations. There are no donation limits of any kind, and out-of-country corporate donations are allowed as long as that corporation has a Canadian presence. It really is the Wild West out in Saskatchewan.
11/04/2016 10:44 EDT
Jason Kenney's Campaign Corp Is Anything But A

Jason Kenney's Campaign Corp Is Anything But A Non-Profit

Jason Kenney has assured Albertans that even though his campaign isn't obligated to follow the rules everything would be above board. However, Kenney's campaign has chosen to go with the least transparent organizational structure available and Kenney has publicly misidentified Unite Alberta as a non-profit.
08/25/2016 03:00 EDT
Alberta Utilities Want To Privatize Profits And Socialize

Alberta Utilities Want To Privatize Profits And Socialize Risks

Alberta's big utilities and the right-wing anger machine have been busy whipping up misplaced fear and being hilariously wrong over what is a fairly complex subject: the government's plan to sue utilities into honouring their electricity power purchase arrangements, or PPAs.
07/29/2016 02:01 EDT
Welcome Back To A (Much) More Progressive Alberta, Jason

Welcome Back To A (Much) More Progressive Alberta, Jason Kenney

A lot has changed here since you left for Ottawa in 1997. Here are the Coles Notes. Almost 980,000 people have moved here since you were first elected as a 29-year old Reform Party MP. And this new mass of Albertans does not have a deep connection to traditional conservative Alberta politics.
07/11/2016 11:18 EDT
Brian Jean Didn't Get The Memo That Conservatives Support Carbon

Brian Jean Didn't Get The Memo That Conservatives Support Carbon Taxes

Conservative leaders across the country are just now poking their heads out of their foxholes and acknowledging that yes, carbon taxes are not the job-killing boogeyman the Harper government tried (and tried and tried) to frame them as. These same conservative leaders are now going on the record on carbon taxes and blazing a trail that Wildrose leader Brian Jean is studiously ignoring.
06/01/2016 04:04 EDT
500 Albertan Schools Just Committed To Wind

500 Albertan Schools Just Committed To Wind Energy

As Alberta rolls out its climate plan this kind of deal starts to make more and more sense. Hedging yourself and your organization against future carbon risk is just the smart and money-saving thing to do. As other school boards and municipalities start to complain about the carbon tax it's worth holding up these 25 school boards as an example of what you can do to mitigate carbon risk.
05/30/2016 02:23 EDT
Is Brian Jean A Climate Change

Is Brian Jean A Climate Change Hypocrite?

As a backbencher in Ottawa, no one paid much attention to Brian Jean. But now that's he's the leader of the Official Opposition here in Alberta, what has he actually said -- on the record -- about the environment, climate change, wind energy and carbon pricing? Let's look and see.
05/27/2016 10:29 EDT
Affordable Payday Loan Alternatives Help End Cycle Of

Affordable Payday Loan Alternatives Help End Cycle Of Poverty

We're looking at roughly 220,000 payday lending customers here in Alberta. Thankfully the NDP government here in Alberta has announced new legislation on payday lending. The government is proposing the lowest payday lending rates in the county while simultaneously fostering better alternatives to help people get short-term credit.
05/24/2016 02:28 EDT
Why Are Coal Executives Shocked At Their Own Bad

Why Are Coal Executives Shocked At Their Own Bad Decisions?

Transalta is one of Alberta's largest electricity generation companies and they own and operate a lot of Alberta's thermal coal generation assets. They recently held their annual general meeting and the news and quotes coming out of it are enough to give you pause. So let's look into this.
04/26/2016 04:45 EDT
Alberta's Big Solar Boom Is

Alberta's Big Solar Boom Is Coming

Now human minds aren't really built to understand exponential growth curves but we are right at the beginning of one. The size of the solar PV market in Alberta has increased by 107 per cent in the last year. Based on what's in the development pipeline this little graph will look very different in just a couple of years. There are many different projects in various stages of pre-development that would bring 385 megawatts of solar PV online.
03/24/2016 12:20 EDT
Alberta's Oilsands Workers Are Re-training For Renewable

Alberta's Oilsands Workers Are Re-training For Renewable Energy

The workers and tradespeople who make up the oilsands sector have been hard hit by the recent oil slump. But a new group that is launching today is aiming to put oilsands workers back to work in the renewable energy sector and are calling on the Alberta government for support. Iron and Earth is a non-profit led by oilsands workers who want retrain 1000 electrical workers on 100 different solar projects.
03/22/2016 11:55 EDT
Big Coal And Its Effect On

Big Coal And Its Effect On Alberta

While coal phaseout and the clean energy transition is the right decision for Alberta, towns like Hanna, Forestburg, Wabamun, and more are going to be very affected by the change in the short and medium term. We need a high quality employment and investment strategy that supports workers, families and communities affected by the clean energy transition.
03/09/2016 10:28 EST
The Moment George Clark's 'Revolution' Stopped Being

The Moment George Clark's 'Revolution' Stopped Being Funny

George Clark is pretty easy to laugh off. But when March 8 rolled around, I found myself on the Alberta Legislature grounds with a crowd of a couple hundred overwhelmingly white people gathered for George Clark's glorious revolution. And while it started out as funny, by the time it was over it had gotten a little scary.
03/09/2016 04:09 EST
Uber's License Demands Need To

Uber's License Demands Need To Stop

Whether you use Uber or not, Uber drivers are going to be on the road. They are going to be carrying your loved ones, and they'll be next to you when you're driving. Inadequate insurance and minimal training for Uber drivers is an unacceptable risk to all of us. The safety of everyone on our roads isn't "red tape" and no company, disruptive or not, should receive special permission to shortcut around safety and licensing regulations.
02/29/2016 02:17 EST
Poll Predicting A Unified PC/Wildrose Victory Doesn't Add

Poll Predicting A Unified PC/Wildrose Victory Doesn't Add Up

As you might imagine the Alberta Prosperity Fund poll finds a small majority, 52 per cent, would vote for a newly formed PC/Wildrose party. Maggi is the CEO of Mainstreet Research, the pollster for Postmedia and he correctly called the majorities for both the federal Liberals and the provincial New Democrats. He has three major concerns.
02/19/2016 12:16 EST