Alberta Politics: Motion to debate mediator’s recommended contract sets stage for confrontation at Alberta Teachers Association meeting today 

Delegates to the Alberta Teachers Association annual meeting in Calgary who agree with three former ATA presidents that a mediator’s recommended contract would be “wholly inadequate” hope to get a motion on the agenda this morning to have the assembly consider and debate the recommended settlement. ATA President Jason Schilling

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Alberta Politics: Three former Alberta Teachers Association presidents urge teachers to reject mediator’s recommended contract

Three former presidents of the Alberta Teachers Association have written a strongly worded open letter to Alberta public, Catholic and francophone schoolteachers throughout the province urging them to reject an “unacceptable” recommended settlement by a mediator in their current round of contract negotiations. Former ATA president Frank Bruseker, at right,

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Alberta Politics: After 51% vote, Jason Kenney announces he’ll quit as UCP leader and Alberta premier – but maybe not just yet … 

Short days ago, Jason Kenney boasted to a right-wing podcaster in Washington, D.C., that he’d never lost an election.  Likely UCP leadership candidate Brian Jean (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). That changed yesterday with the result of a vote that, ironically, Alberta’s premier technically won by a hair.  But while Mr.

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Alberta Politics: Alberta premier prematurely celebrates court’s view Ottawa’s environmental assessment law is unconstitutional 

Jason Kenney and his allies in the United Conservative Party are noisily celebrating the Alberta Court of Appeal’s opinion yesterday that the federal government’s environmental assessment law is unconstitutional, and who can blame them?  Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). The 4-1 opinion in the Alberta government’s reference case

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Alberta Politics: 4,000 UCP memberships bought with six credit cards? Dodgy practice, legal or not, likely to come back to bite Jason Kenney

It might have seemed like a good idea when the Kenney Government passed legislation last year allowing bulk purchases of party memberships, but it was probably inevitable that an idea that dodgy would cause trouble for the United Conservative Party sooner or later.  Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr).

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Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney attempts to show he’s still relevant with risible legal intervention in Emergencies Act challenges

What’s that annoying buzz? Justice Minister Tyler Shandro, the latest occupant of Alberta’s revolving-door justice minister’s office (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). It’s too early in the reluctant Alberta springtime for it to be a fly trapped between the blind and the window.  And we’re too far away from Havana for it

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Alberta Politics: Will students learn ‘financial literacy’ or corporate propaganda from Alberta’s $5M curriculum ‘investment’? 

There’s nothing wrong with a little financial education, but is that what Alberta students will be getting from the grade school “financial literacy” program Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced at a news conference yesterday? Alberta Teachers Association President Jason Schilling (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). Ms. LaGrange said the United

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Alberta Politics: Elections Alberta contributions report shows NDP leading first-quarter fund-raising with more than $1M raised

Albertans donated just over a million dollars to the New Democratic Party Opposition in the first quarter of 2022, according to contribution records released yesterday by Elections Alberta.  Contributions of $1,037,511.32 placed the NDP well ahead of the governing United Conservative Party’s fund-raising total of $887,974.49 as reported by the

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Alberta Politics: Canadian Conservatives, heavily influenced by Republican ideology, are keen to squelch debate about U.S. Supreme Court’s planned abortion ruling

Canada’s conservative political parties are desperately trying to declare discussion of the leaked United States Supreme Court draft ruling on abortion a political no-fly zone.  The young Jason Kenney, now Premier of Alberta (Photo: Screenshot of YouTube video). The powerful and extensive influence of radical social conservative opponents of women’s

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Alberta Politics: Open Letter from 58 researchers and docs assails safe drug supply study prepared for Alberta Legislature committee

A damning open letter signed by 58 physicians and research scientists assails a study commissioned by an Alberta Legislature committee examining safe supply programs for users of addictive drugs as being of “critically low quality” and rife with omissions and misrepresentations. UCP MLA Jeremy Nixon, chair of the Select Special

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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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