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  • Danielle Smith betrayal one of epic proportions

    Danielle Smith betrayal one of epic proportions

    Was Danielle Smith undermining WRP by-election campaigns while negotiating with Prentice? Two and a half years ago, Beacon News was blackballed by the Wildrose Party for a story about leader Danielle Smith on the campaign trail. The piece, by Christopher Walsh, was a throw back to Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism style of the 1970s. […]

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    | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • European fuel quality directive almost fails vote

    European fuel quality directive almost fails vote

    European fuel quality directive will be voted on in 2015 Canadian oilsands exporters narrowly survived a vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday that could have once again penalized Alberta bitumen as dirty oil. A proposed fuel quality directive for European Union refineries has been the subject of a well-funded Canadian lobbying campaign for more […]

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    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Tsilhqot’in Nation decision means new relationship with resource developers

    Tsilhqot’in Nation decision means new relationship with resource developers

    Tsilhqot’in Nation insists it will be a partner in resource development When the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a land title decision in favour of British Columbia’s Tsilhqot’in Nation, aboriginal leaders celebrated saying it gives their group a solid legal weapon to remind governments and potential industrial developers of who holds the power. It’s […]

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    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Wildrose Party down by 7 MLAs after defections

    Wildrose Party down by 7 MLAs after defections

    Wildrose Party could lose more MLAs in coming days Sources say seven members of the Opposition Wildrose Party, including leader Danielle Smith, will seek to cross the floor to the governing Progressive Conservatives. The party sources, who spoke with The Canadian Press on the condition of anonymity, say house leader Rob Anderson is also on […]

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    | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Wildrose defections part of Prentice fiscal master plan?

    Wildrose defections part of Prentice fiscal master plan?

    Are Danielle Smith and her Wildrose Party colleagues a Trojan Horse inside the PCAA? Albertans awoke Tuesday to discover the Official Opposition Wildrose Party is considering deserting en masse to the government benches. The question Martha and Henry are likely asking as they rub sleep from their eyes is, Why? The Canadian Press is reporting the […]

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    | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Oil prices continue to plunge – Good or bad news?

    Oil prices continue to plunge – Good or bad news?

    Do low oil prices signal trouble for the global economy? Oil prices have fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling, and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of a barrel of oil is just under $58, […]

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    | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • North Pole: Santa Claus about to become Danish?

    North Pole: Santa Claus about to become Danish?

    13% of world’s undiscovered oil and 30% of untapped gas under North Pole Scientific data shows Greenland’s continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it, Denmark’s foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said Denmark will deliver […]

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    | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Nicolino Camardi pleads guilty to ‘horrific’ animal abuse

    Nicolino Camardi pleads guilty to ‘horrific’ animal abuse

    Dog, cat starved and beaten by Nicolino Camardi Nicolino Camardi has pleaded guilty to using Kijiji to find pets, then methodically abusing and dumping their bodies in an alley with their mouths taped shut. Nicolino Camardi, 19, who has been in custody since he was arrested in May, was facing two charges of wilfully causing unnecessary […]

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    | December 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • COP20 does little to combat climate change

    COP20 does little to combat climate change

    COP20 steps back from apocalyptic statements of earlier climate talks As predicted, COP20 – the climate change talks in Lima, Peru – ended with an agreement which is both a “breakthrough” and which everyone dislikes. It asks UN member nations to volunteer information about their strategic intentions with respect to emissions reductions and encourages “rich” […]

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    | December 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • North American oil cartel coming to challenge OPEC?

    North American oil cartel coming to challenge OPEC?

    Tighter integration of energy markets could lead to North American oil cartel A North American oil cartel alternative to OPEC and the Saudi’s power over international crude oil prices may be on the table as energy ministers meet Monday. The falling price of oil and what to do about it, the Keystone XL pipeline, and Mexico’s major […]

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    | December 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Bill Cosby Canadian shows draw controversy, criticism

    Bill Cosby Canadian shows draw controversy, criticism

    15 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of drugging, then raping them For five decades, Bill Cosby maintained a busy stand-up career even as his TV visibility rose and fell and new generations of comedians took centre stage. But the renewal of sexual assault claims that have soured TV and other comeback deals for Cosby […]

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    | December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Chinese hackers attack National Research Council computers

    Chinese hackers attack National Research Council computers

    National Research Council conducts scientific research with private sector partners Chinese hackers used tempting emails, malware and password theft to worm their way into National Research Council computers in pursuit of valuable scientific and trade secrets, a newly released federal analysis reveals. The attack, which prompted a shutdown of the government research council’s computer network […]

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    | December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Barack Obama oversees huge growth in ‘dirty fuel’ exports

    Barack Obama oversees huge growth in ‘dirty fuel’ exports

    Barack Obama holds up Keystone XL pipeline over environmental concerns, while America becomes energy superpower So much for the legacy of American President Barack Obama as a climate change fighter. While the US is cutting carbon emissions at home, it is exporting record amounts of gasoline and other fuels. Pollution linked to global warming keep rising […]

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    | December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Energy East pipeline talks good news – Brad Wall

    Energy East pipeline talks good news – Brad Wall

    Mostly conventional crude oil will be carried by Energy East pipeline Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the latest interprovincial discussion on the Energy East pipeline proposal is “very good news” for the $12-billion project. Ontario’s concerns about the potential environmental impact of the pipeline narrowed considerably Wednesday following a meeting between Premier Kathleen Wynne and […]

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    | December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canadian jobs numbers dip slightly in November

    Canadian jobs numbers dip slightly in November

    Economy lost 10,700 net Canadian jobs, but within margin of statistical error The loonie pulled back Friday as the latest Canadian jobs figures offered little to be enthused about and commodity prices weakened. The loonie moved down 0.44 of a cent to end at 87.47 cents US. Statistics Canada said the economy shed 10,700 net Canadian jobs last […]

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    | December 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Alberta oil sands: Ontario, American manufacturing firms lining up

    Alberta oil sands: Ontario, American manufacturing firms lining up

    Alberta oil sands investing $30 billion a year in capital projects American and Ontario manufacturers are trekking to Calgary to persuade Alberta oil sands companies they can meet the demands of multi-billion dollar projects. Take Kevin Schildroth of Abuma Manufacturing – a custom metal fabricator with a 100,000 square foot shop and the latest fabrication […]

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    | December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Business

Christmas advertising dollars moving online

| November 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Christmas advertising dollars moving online

Online Christmas advertising grows every year in Canada Retailers spend millions over the holiday period to get consumers to open their wallets and that Christmas advertising is increasingly online. Christmas advertising campaigns are increasingly allocating more funds to target online shoppers, in addition to traditional newspaper ads, radio and television commercials and glossy catalogues. “Retailers now […]

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Canadian economic power shifting to western urban centres

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian economic power shifting to western urban centres

Commodity boom, industrial malaise fuelling shift of Canadian economic power Troy Media By Livio Di Matteo Statistics Canada has released experimental estimates of gross domestic product for the period 2001 to 2009 for 33 census metropolitan areas. The results reinforce what we already know – that Canada’s economic activity is concentrated in its cities and […]

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Stephen Harper signs trade deals with China, talks Garratts

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Stephen Harper signs trade deals with China, talks Garratts

Canadian couple arrested for espionage in August, Stephen Harper quietly presses their cause Stephen Harper and Chinese officials signed a flurry of trade and currency deals on Saturday worth as much as $2.5 billion while tensions seemingly lingered between the two countries about the detention of a Canadian couple accused of espionage. The prime minister […]

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Canada

Massive BC gold mine near Alaska gets environmental approval

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Massive BC gold mine near Alaska gets environmental approval

BC gold mine also has copper, silver and molybdenum deposits The federal government approved the environmental assessment application on Friday for the massive KSM gold and copper mine in northwestern British Columbia near the Alaska border. The mine, which is owned by Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX:SEA), is considered the largest undeveloped gold reserve in the […]

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How to create an affordable prescription drug plan

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
How to create an affordable prescription drug plan

Affordable prescription drug plan could save hundreds of millions, ensure citizens have access to necessary drugs By Steve Morgan for Troy Media The Liberal government of New Brunswick appears to be stepping back from the brink of mandatory prescription drug insurance. And so they should. The Conservatives had pitched the drug plan as a better […]

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141 people killed in Pakistan school massacre

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
141 people killed in Pakistan school massacre

Stephen Harper offers condolences following Pakistan school massacre Prime Minister Stephen Harper is offering his condolences to the families of the victims and others impacted by the deadly attacks in Australia and Pakistan. Harper says it’s hard enough to understand the motives that underlie a terrorist attack, but even more so when the targets of […]

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Politics

Prentice says Wildrose migration to PCs a month in the making

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prentice says Wildrose migration to PCs a month in the making

Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith says some party members wanted to take party in opposite direction Quiet talks to unite the Opposition caucus with Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservatives were already underway when Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith denounced two of her colleagues who had crossed the floor. Premier Jim Prentice says an emissary from the Wildrose […]

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Danielle Smith betrayal one of epic proportions

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith betrayal one of epic proportions

Was Danielle Smith undermining WRP by-election campaigns while negotiating with Prentice? Two and a half years ago, Beacon News was blackballed by the Wildrose Party for a story about leader Danielle Smith on the campaign trail. The piece, by Christopher Walsh, was a throw back to Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism style of the 1970s. […]

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How Redford’s missteps led to downfall of the Wildrose

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
How Redford’s missteps led to downfall of the Wildrose

Talk of merger between Wildrose and Tories following Jim Prentice leadership win By Peter Stockland for Troy Media The late, great Rod Love believed fervently that democracy turns on small things. Over a longish lunch at Buon Giorno restaurant on 17th Avenue S.W. many years ago, Love related to a listening reporter the lesson he […]

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Opinion

Ontario AG did not say that P3s cost taxpayers $8 billion

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ontario AG did not say that P3s cost taxpayers $8 billion

AG report does not contain indictment of P3s By Steve Lafleur, Frontier Centre for Public Policy The Auditor General of Ontario’s report is a technical document that few people actually read. Bullet points from executive summaries of such reports are often used as the basis for newspaper columns and political talking points in the grown […]

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Canadian democracy: Breathing new life into our faltering democracy

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian democracy: Breathing new life into our faltering democracy

Canadian democracy could be improved by teaching ethics, civics By Phil Elder for Troy Media   What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving, how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god!      Hamlet, […]

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Capturing the internet revolution for a healthy planet

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Capturing the internet revolution for a healthy planet

Successful shift to a sustainable future may hinge on internet revolution By Barry Wilson for Troy Media As a systems ecologist, I’m always thinking about the cumulative effects of the combined activities of humanity and the natural world. I think broadly about the outcomes linked to our daily decisions and choices for society, the environment […]

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Energy

Canadian Natural Resources leak fouls aquifer

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian Natural Resources leak fouls aquifer

Canadian Natural Resources “huff and puff” operations have had other releases in area A Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. operation that has contaminated a groundwater aquifer is renewing questions about a technology that has already been linked to another serious leak in northern Alberta. The Alberta Energy Regulator says Canadian Natural Resources reported a break in a […]

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Obama on the Republican Keystone bill: ‘I’ll see what they do,’

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Obama on the Republican Keystone bill: ‘I’ll see what they do,’

President Obama key player in Keystone debate U.S. President Barack Obama spent five minutes disparaging the potential benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline Friday. He then kept it alive with five words. At a wide-ranging year-end news conference Friday, Obama maintained his recent pattern of expressed skepticism about the project: He played down its job […]

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Burnaby seeks to force Kinder Morgan to pay for cleanup, policing

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Burnaby seeks to force Kinder Morgan to pay for cleanup, policing

Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan wants Kinder Morgan to pay $1 million to $2 million policing costs The city of Burnaby, B.C. is asking the National Energy Board to hand Kinder Morgan a bill that could be worth more than $2 million for policing and cleanup costs after pipeline work was targeted by protesters last month. Environmental […]

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Events

Edmonton Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Edmonton Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday

Edmonton Transgender Day of Remembrance Thursday, 7 p.m. Please join the Edmonton trans community for its 10th annual commemoration of those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The Edmonton Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at Boyle Street Plaza, 9538-103A Avenue.  The guest speaker will be Ivan Coyote. […]

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Early Music Voices presents Renaissance lute songs in Calgary

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Early Music Voices presents Renaissance lute songs in Calgary

La Nef ensemble, American tenor Michael Slattery perform Renaissance lute compositions – Early Music Voices Early Music Voices presents a concert for Calgary fans of Celtic and Renaissance music featuring La Nef ensemble and American tenor Michael Slattery at Christ Church Elbow Park on Oct. 6. Was England’s first great composer actually Irish? La Nef ensemble and American […]

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Kryosphere – Metal band on ‘West Koast Katastrophe’ tour

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Kryosphere – Metal band on ‘West Koast Katastrophe’ tour

Metal Band Kryosphere tour stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer Formed in 2008 by drummer Brent Bell (ex-Spawned by Rot, ex-Butcher’d), Kryosphere played its first show opening for Dead Jesus in 2009. And Beacon News is proud to provide a FREE download of the Kryosphere SOL EP (click here to access free download) […]

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