Alberta

05/05/16
Author: 
Ivan Semeniuk

Even fire scientists are stunned by the scale of disruption and damage wrought by an out-of-control wildfire that swept into Fort McMurray, Alta., on Tuesday. But when it comes to the underlying factors that allowed the blaze to become so severe so quickly, experts say larger forces are at play and there is a growing risk of similar events occurring across the northwest.

05/05/16
Author: 
Roger Annis
Wildfire burns city of Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 3, 4, 2016 (Tim Fortin, Flikr Commons)

Unseasonably dry and hot weather in Fort McMurray, northern Alberta has inflicted disaster on the city.

26/04/16
Author: 
CRYSTAL LAMEMAN
Apr. 22, 2016 

Crystal Lameman is a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, a single mother of two, and the treaty co-ordinator and communications manager for Intergovernmental Affairs and Industry Relations in the Beaver Lake Cree Nation.

I was one of the first to sign the Leap Manifesto, and I helped write it.

24/04/16
Author: 
Mike Hudema

It’s no secret that the drop in the price of oil has hit Alberta’s fossil fuel economy hard and hit Albertan families even harder. Our province lost over 51,000 oil-related jobs in 2015 and there’s no sign of them coming back any time soon.

The good news is that with increased provincial leadership and with the right policies and investments in the green economy we can put people back to work and create jobs in a province that desperately needs them.

21/04/16
Author: 
Jeff English, Andrew Rowe, Peter Wild, Bryson Robertson

Recent proposals to use B.C. hydropower as a substitute for coal power in Alberta should be viewed in light of new research showing that in the long-term, B.C. has little energy to spare, and that any substitute power would in fact be originating from the United States.

20/04/16
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer

[Website editor:  Alberta could 'potentially reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of oilsands operations by 13 to 16 per cent' by using hydroelectric power. Why trash just one region when we can trash two in order to trash the world's climate even more?]

VICTORIA — The B.C. Liberals have lately promoted building a new electrical transmission link to Alberta as a way to sell green power to a neighbour while attracting federal infrastructure dollars for job creation.

18/04/16
Author: 
Paul Weinberg

April 13, 2016 - When Rachel Notley's NDP came to power last spring in Alberta, Gordon Laxer's book, After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians, on ecological renewal and Canadian petro-politics was already at the publisher. And so, he was given a week to do some major rewriting because he had not foreseen this political earthquake in the making.

18/04/16
Author: 
James Laxer; David Climenhaga

Why Leap isn’t a manifesto for the people

By James Laxer

11/04/16
Author: 
Ross Belot

“I won’t let up,” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told delegates to the NDP’s national convention last week. “We must get to ‘yes’ on a pipeline.” She repeated that message Saturday, asking the convention to support “pipelines to tidewater that allow us to diversify our markets.”

In doing so, Premier Notley just became the latest Canadian politician to play games with pipelines. She’s telling Albertans a pipeline to tidewater can cure what ails the industry. It won’t — it can’t — because the problem a pipeline to tidewater was intended to address doesn’t exist anymore.

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