Alberta

Alberta allows for Public Participation in Resource Development, but what are the Parameters and who are deemed Stakeholders?

Public participation is widely considered to be an essential component of any legitimate exercise of state power over resource development and environmental decision-making.

“Alberta’s War Room” and the “Steve Allan Inquiry”: Worth the Money or Millions Wasted?

After Jason Kenney became Premier of Alberta on April 30, 2019, he followed through on his campaign promise and set in motion the “energy war room” or the Canadian Energy Centre CEC) as it was named when launched in Dec 2019.

What does an Independent Case Study of the Alberta Energy Regulator’s Coal Mining Regulations tell us?

The Grassy Mountain Open-Pit Coal Mine proposed by Benga Mining Ltd., (Riversdale) in the Crowsnest Pass has raised questions and concerns about the regulatory process in Alberta, such as the transparency, independent decision-making, and enforcement capacity of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

With the UCP Government running behind NDP in the Polls halfway through its Mandate, what can they do to re-earn the trust of Albertans?

Following their convincing election victory April 16, 2019, Alberta’s UCP Government led by Jason Kenney, has seen a steady decline in their support from Alberta voters, particularly in Calgary and some urban centers, where the opposition NDP and other parties have made gains according to the latest polls.

Private health care for Alberta: efficiency, effectiveness and equity?

The question of the role of the private sector in providing health care in Canada is both complex and politically charged.

Alberta's Future: A Virtual Conversation with Rachel Notley

Alberta is in the midst of a generational economic shift as we face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look ahead to the post-pandemic recovery, it is time for Albertans to come together to overcome the economic challenges we face as a province.

Coal Mining in the Oldman River Watershed: What is happening and what are the long-term impacts?

There is significant interest in establishing metallurgical coal mining operations throughout the eastern slopes of Alberta. The areas residing within the Oldman watershed are no exception.

Agrifood Trade and Export: Is there a Growing Market for Canadian Farm Produce?

Canada has traditionally been a major exporter of both agricultural commodities, technology, equipment and food. Yet, in many ways, Canada’s position in global food exports indicates good potential for growth.

The Response to COVID-19: Do Lockdowns Cause more Harm than Benefit?

The response to COVID-19 across the world has involved lockdowns in order to “flatten the curve” of cases and deaths. This public health response was initially based on inaccurate estimates of infection mortality rates and high-risk groups, overestimating the threat from COVID-19.

The Politics of Education in Alberta: Is our current Government's approach to Education encouraging privatization of Schools?

Alberta already has the most choice in K-12 education in Canada, with private school pupils being funded to the tune of 70 percent per pupil compared to public school pupils, more than any other province.

In what way are Minimum Wage Increases and Changes to the Provincial Labour Code likely to affect Alberta's Economy?

Alberta’s minimum wage increased to $13.60 on Oct 1, 2017 and is scheduled for a further hike to $15 on Oct 1, 2018.

Turning the Ship of Government Around?

Since the dramatic election results of May 5th swept the NDP into power after the 44-year long reign of the Progressive Conservative Party, there have been a multitude of changes in the government and in Alberta.

Energy superpower or pipeline poverty? That is the question

Studies of Canada’s economy largely demonstrate that Canada’s economic well-being will be reliant on natural resource production, use, and export for decades to come.

Burning Issues Facing Albertans from an Opposition MLA's Perspective

The Alberta Liberal Party has since April, 2012 observed Alberta’s Conservative Government struggle through many controversies including the delivery of health care and several other hot button issues including resource management.

Burning Issues Facing Albertans and their MLA's

The official opposition Wildrose Party has, since April 2012, observed Alberta’s provincial government experience many controversies, including oil sands management, resource development, the delivery of health care and Premier Allison Redford’s style of governing.

Workplace pensions a thing of the past: Will the first generation to enjoy retirement security also be the last?

In the fall of 2013, Alberta’s Finance Minister Doug Horner announced major changes to the pension plans Alberta’s frontline workers in health care, education, emergency services, cities, towns, colleges, and universities pay into.

Cuts to Post-Secondary Education in Alberta

Alberta’s March 7 provincial budget featured a seven percent cut to basic operational grants for post-secondary institutions, compounded by revocation of an earlier promise of a 2% increase.

The kids may not be speaking your language, but they're still alright

Since the dawn of time, people have complained about how ‘young people’ speak. Look in the comments section of any website, especially on an article dealing with language or grammar, and you’ll find ‘purist-and-proud-of-it’ commenters who insist that proper language is necessary for proper comprehension and communication, that the English language as we know it is in a serious state of endangerment.

Is the Idle No More Movement Still Active? – Should We Care?

One year ago, four women in Saskatchewan began exchanging emails about the Harper Governments omnibus budget Bill C-45, better known as the Jobs and Growth Act, which had just been introduced in Ottawa.

Why does federal politics remain the domain of men?

Despite the growing gender balance in provincial premiers, elected politics remains the domain of men. According to the 2012 Global Gender Gap Report, Canadian women’s position in politics is 20% of men’s.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Why Does it Matter to Us?

In 2008, Prime Minister Harper apologized for the shared government and church-run Indian Residential School System. As part of that apology, an independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission was struck, using a model practiced by only a handful of countries worldwide.

Is a Provincial Sales Tax or a Revised Tax System in Alberta Inevitable?

Economists agree almost unanimously that a consumption tax could help level out the peaks and valleys of our provincial revenue now tied to the price of fossil fuel.

Are Recent Cuts to Alberta Post-Secondary Education Justifiable?

Special Session in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library Tuesday April 9th from 7-9pm at Lethbridge Public Library Alberta’s March 7 provincial budget featured a 6.

Why is Disparity Running Rampant in Alberta?

Alberta is blessed with abundant and lucrative natural resources. The province is uniquely positioned to lead the nation in quality of life and wellbeing.

Alberta's Health Inquiry: Can Public Trust be Restored?

During January’s Alberta Health Services (AHS) Preferential Access Inquiry in Calgary it was revealed that private patients jumped the line for taxpayer-funded cancer screening tests, thereby prompting a review of how AHS work with private clinics.

Why Will Albertans be Facing a Deficit in the Next Budget?

Premier Alison Redford has given Albertans to understand that there will be some belt tightening and cuts in the next Provincial budget expected later this winter.

Proposed Federal Constituency Boundary Changes: Are They Fair?

SPECIAL SESSION TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19 at NOON at Country Kitchen Catering A government-appointed commission’s latest ideas were put forth recently following a series of public hearings in the fall.

Supporting Sustainable Food – Good, Clean and Fair Food: Panel & Reception

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Location: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 601 - 3 Avenue South, Lethbridge

Are Urgent and Pressing Medicare Issues Facing Albertans in 2013?

Some may think medicare issues have gone away with the election of a more liberal Tory Premier. Are things going just fine with health care in Alberta?

Should public dollars be used to fund private schools?

SACPA and the Lethbridge Public Library present a special evening session of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs on Tuesday Feb 5, 2013 from 7-9pm

Climate and Energy: Does Canada need an Energy Strategy?

Energy drives life. Energy use has been a great advantage to our species. However, we are moving toward a compelling predicament as our societies thrive and our population grows.

Petro States: Oil and the New Servitude

Ancient civilizations routinely relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities.

Biochar – a Product of Ancient Technology with Possible Global Impact and New Opportunities for Alberta

Biochar (the non-fuel use of charcoal) is a carbon-rich residue produced by low-oxygen pyrolysis from biomass (agriculture/forest residues and waste biomass).

What Lessons can be Learned from the E. coli Beef Recall at XL Foods?

On September 27, 2012, nearly two weeks after E. coli 0157:H7 alarm bells first sounded, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) suspended the operating license of XL Foods Inc.

Why the E. coli O157:H7 Puzzle is Not Easily Solved.

Escherichia coli, usually called E. coli, refer to a large group of bacteria that is commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals.

Preparing for the Next Disaster: Experiences from Slave Lake

The May 2011 Wildfires in the Slave Lake area brought international attention to a rural area that was devastated from the aftermath of some of the worst fires in our provincial history.

Resource processing & industrial strategy in Western Canada: What can we learn from Western Australia?

Considering Western Canada’s continued dependence on crude and semi-processed resource exports, it could be argued that Albertans ought to find more sustainable and profitable ways to process their natural resource wealth.

The Development of a Social Policy Framework: How to Move Forward?

A special session of SACPA will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr.

Is Organized Religion Antithetical to Democracy?

In recent years Lethbridge has watched the local Roman Catholic community in tension with Bishop Henry over who has authority to make decisions around the life and future of that parish.

Electrical Deregulation in Alberta: Has it Made Sense?

In 1995 Premier Ralph Klein and the Progressive Conservative party began the restructuring of electricity in Alberta with the introduction of “The Electrical Utilities Act”.

"Same Old Story?" - Unpacking the 2012 Alberta Provincial Election

The front page headline in the Lethbridge Herald April 24 read, “Same Old Story”. Was it really? Was this another automatic victory for the PCs?

Where Did the Nuclear Industry Go Wrong?

When it comes to energy, there seems to be a very large gap between scientific, economic and environmental facts, on the one hand and what the general public believes, on the other.

A New Alberta: Is It Prime Time to Change the Culture of Political Entitlement?

With a provincial election imminent, the leader of the official provincial opposition will suggest and discuss the changes we arguably need in Alberta if we are to meet the challenges facing us on many fronts.

Challenges and Advantages of Dealing with a Disability or Mental Illness in a Small Town vs. a Large City

The speaker will illustrate the different types of stigma experienced by people with mental illness and examine whether living in a rural or urban community makes life easier for them.

Will Alberta's New Premier Seek Broad Political Cooperation ?

Alberta’s political leaders have long cast themselves as the tough-talking lone wolf, eager to take on foes in Ottawa and around the world.

Is the Alberta Government Investing in What Matters to Albertans?

The latest provincial budget is going to impact on many Alberta families and communities very hard. We are told that there needs to be cuts to many essential public services due to the current deficit, but when you look deeper at the budget, you see that there are many choices that the government is making that clearly do not support what matters most to Albertans.

Alberta's Looming Water Market: Is Public Consultation Necessary?

Alberta appears to be moving towards a serious water crisis. Climate change is causing rapid melting of the glaciers and decreasing snowpack on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the source of most Alberta’s water.

Why Political Revival in Alberta?

The historically low voter turnout at Alberta'’s general election last year is cause for concern about the health of democracy in our province.

Have Albertans Given the Stelmach Government a Free Ride?

Only 41% of registered voters actually voted in Alberta’s last general election in March this year – an historical low for the province.

Should Alberta be Kept Free of Nuclear Power?

The wheels have been set in motion to build western Canada’s first nuclear power plant. Bruce Power Alberta bought the assets of Energy Alberta Corporation and filed an application with the federal government to build a nuclear power plant earlier this year.

Is TILMA the Model for Internal Trade in Canada? Part 2: The argument for

TILMA is the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement between Alberta and British Columbia. It provides for a virtual economic union between the two provinces.

Is TILMA the Model for Internal Trade in Canada? Part 1: The argument against

TILMA is the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement between Alberta and British Columbia. The agreement was signed in 2006 without public consultation or debate in any legislature.

Have Albertans Given the Stelmach Government a Free Ride?

At the recent Alberta general election, a historically low 41% of registered voters exercised their right to vote. Although those that did gave the Stelmach government a massive majority of 86 percent of the seats at the Legislature, the mandate, in fact, came from less than one-quarter of the electorate.

Key Issues Facing Alberta

Largely because of increasing global oil shortages, Alberta’s economy continues to boom. But what is happening to our quality of life?

Royalties Debate Proved Acid Test

Oil prices are at record levels. But who will benefit in Alberta: the oil companies or Albertans? The above headline from the Calgary Herald article “2007, THE YEAR IN POLITICS” calls the Alberta Royalty Review “the most important economic decision in Canada this year”.

Is Nuclear Energy Right for Alberta... or Not?

Over the past year we have heard much of the possibility of nuclear energy in the small town farming country of northern Alberta.

Is Nuclear Energy Right for Alberta... or Not?

Over the past year we have heard much of the possibility of nuclear energy in the small town farming country of northern Alberta.

New Year, New Leaders, New Elections?

Alberta has a brand new Provincial government under Ed Stelmach and Canada is now in the 2nd year of a minority PC government.

New Year, New Leaders, New Elections?

Alberta has a brand new Provincial government under Ed Stelmach and Canada is now in the 2nd year of a minority PC government.

Oil Sands Fever: The Environmental Implications of Alberta's Oil Sands Rush

SACPA, in partnership with The University of Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group and Student Union is pleased to announce a special SACPA- on-Campus session on this very important issue.

Oil Sands Fever: The Environmental Implications of Alberta's Oil Sands Rush

SACPA, in partnership with The University of Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group and Student Union is pleased to announce a special SACPA- on-Campus session on this very important issue.

Deregulation: Friend or Foe of Green Energy in Alberta?

Alberta has become Canada'’s wind energy leader, in great part due to electricity deregulation. More than half of Canada¹s total wind generation capacity, about 110 megawatts, is situated in southern Alberta, where there are currently twelve wind projects producing EcoLogo certified Green Energy® Electricity, Green Energy® Tags and Verified Emissions Reductions (CO2 offsets).

Deregulation: Friend or Foe of Green Energy in Alberta?

Alberta has become Canada'’s wind energy leader, in great part due to electricity deregulation. More than half of Canada¹s total wind generation capacity, about 110 megawatts, is situated in southern Alberta, where there are currently twelve wind projects producing EcoLogo certified Green Energy® Electricity, Green Energy® Tags and Verified Emissions Reductions (CO2 offsets).

New and Alternative Religions in Southern Alberta

Are cults headed by greedy, demented leaders that lure the gullible and enthrall them using mind-control tactics? Are their followers the emotionally vulnerable who live on the fringes of society?

New and Alternative Religions in Southern Alberta

Are cults headed by greedy, demented leaders that lure the gullible and enthrall them using mind-control tactics? Are their followers the emotionally vulnerable who live on the fringes of society?