Alberta Politics: UCP’s instinct for making things worse turns Alberta’s ongoing hospital capacity crisis into a catastrophe

Alberta’s Kenney Government has an instinctive ability to make things worse in a crisis.  Much worse. Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (Photo: Red Deer Regional Health Foundation). Consider the capacity crisis now roiling Alberta’s hospitals. As of Friday, surgical patients at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre were being diverted

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Alberta Politics: Whitemud Walking, by Edmonton author Matthew James Weigel, tops Alberta Independent Bookshops’ non-fiction bestseller list

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, April 24, 2022. The lists are compiled by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and include sales at Audreys Books and Glass Bookshop in Edmonton. Perennial fiction favourite Five Little

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Alberta Politics: It’s a big deal when a judge rules that if cabinet secrecy isn’t in the public interest it can be tossed aside

The British North America Act of 1867 said Canada would have “a constitution similar in principle to that of the United Kingdom,” and cabinet confidentiality is part of the bedrock upon which the unwritten British Constitution and therefore Canada’s Parliamentary government rests. Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw

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Alberta Politics: A party divided against itself cannot stand – especially when so many members can’t stand their leader

A house divided against itself cannot stand.  That goes for political parties too, I daresay.  Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). And I’d say the United Conservative Party led by Jason Kenney is getting perilously close to the point it’s so divided against itself that if nothing changes it’ll

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Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney tells ‘Alberta at Work’ news conference a spectre is haunting Alberta – the spectre of public auto insurance!

Did Alberta Premier Jason Kenney just win the next Alberta election for the NDP?  Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). This is a serious question, people. Responding to a question about Alberta’s escalating auto instance premiums yesterday from Postmedia political columnist Rick Bell at news conference on another

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Alberta Politics: Michelle Good’s perennial favourite, Five Little Indians, remains atop Alberta independent bookshops’ bestseller list

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, April 10, 2022. The lists are compiled by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and include sales at Audreys Books and Glass Bookshop in Edmonton. ALBERTA FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Five

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Alberta Politics: On the 40th anniversary of proclamation of the Constitution Act, Conservative distrust of the Charter still runs deep

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982 – including, importantly, our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The English-language version of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Image: Government of Canada). Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau

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Alberta Politics: Advanced Education Minister pushes back at Athabasca University president’s plans – how will they square this circle?

Happy Easter!  Alberta Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). On Monday we asked if Athabasca University’s administration had gone rogue and was defying the Kenney Government with plans to let faculty, administration and staff live where they pleased, or if the premier and members of his cabinet were

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Alberta Politics: Despite Jason Kenney’s assurances, Athabasca University’s fate in the Town of Athabasca remains unsettled

Is the Kenney Government committed to keeping Athabasca University in the Town of Athabasca as it says?  Athabasca University President Peter Scott (Photo: Athabasca University). Are the university’s board and administration ignoring the government’s orders to stay put?  Signals that citizens of the community of 3,000 people 145 kilometres north

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Alberta Politics: Five Little Indians, Atlas of the Heart, perennial favourites, return to top of independent bookshops’ bestseller lists

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, April 3, 2022. The lists are compiled by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and include sales at Audreys Books and Glass Bookshop in Edmonton. ALBERTA FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Five

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Alberta Politics: ATA calls UCP bill to strip it of disciplinary role ‘vindictive attack’ and ‘sad effort’ to distract from premier’s failures

The Alberta Teachers Association yesterday accused the Kenney Government of planning “a massive power grab” with Bill 15, legislation to strip the association of its power to discipline members and replace it with a politicized process run by a government-appointed commissioner. The bill isn’t what’s best for students or education,

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