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  • Burnaby Mountain protesters may rue getting their way

    Burnaby Mountain protesters may rue getting their way

    Burnaby Mountain Caretakers ignore shipment of crude oil by rail, which is more dangerous to environment Goodbye facts, hello emotion! RCMP arrest of Kinder Morgan protesters on Burnaby Mountain Thursday means there is now little hope for rationally discussing Western Canada crude oil transport. As of Thursday afternoon, 24 people had been arrested. A group calling itself […]

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    | November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Enmax preparing for future of Alberta renewable energy

    Enmax preparing for future of Alberta renewable energy

    Cost of renewables will drop, fossil fuel costs likely to rise, power grid becomes smarter – Enmax Whither renewable energy in Alberta? The answer to that question, according to Calgary-based Enmax, is really about the provincial power grid becoming much “smarter” and more complex as it integrates new sources of power supply over the next 10 to […]

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    | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Carbon tax based on BC model appears inevitable

    Carbon tax based on BC model appears inevitable

    BC carbon tax hailed as textbook case of good public policy If the CEO of Canada’s largest energy company thinks a Canadian carbon tax is a good thing, is it time to seriously consider one? Two weeks ago, Steve Williams, the man who heads up Suncor Energy, and Jack Mintz, a notoriously anti-tax and pro-oil […]

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    | November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Social licence: Enbridge, Kinder Morgan losing BC battle

    Social licence: Enbridge, Kinder Morgan losing BC battle

    Who could lose social licence to BC eco-activists, who consistently get facts wrong, don’t understand basic technical issues, whose analyses are based on junk methodology? Have pipeline companies lost social licence in British Columbia? This is a claim often heard from pipeline opponents. And while the opponents may be right, they shouldn’t be. Enbridge (Northern Gateway […]

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    | November 15, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Alberta earthquakes not caused by fracking – UofA prof

    Alberta earthquakes not caused by fracking – UofA prof

    13 small Alberta earthquakes caused by nearby wastewater injection well A study by Alberta geo-physicists has established a link between oil and gas activity – a wastewater injection well – and small Alberta earthquakes for the first time. Prof. Jeff Gu, a seismologist at the University of Alberta, is one of three co-authors of a recently […]

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    | November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Gregor Robertson should embrace Canada’s resource economy

    Gregor Robertson should embrace Canada’s resource economy

    Gregor Robertson needs to understand technology industry can’t replace good paying jobs provided by natural resource extraction Vancouver was founded upon the resource economy, 128 years ago – logging and the Hastings Mill, supplying the gold rush, the Canadian Pacific Railway that connected the rest of Canada to its ports. That has not really changed […]

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    | November 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Trans Mountain benefit analysis by SFU just not credible

    Trans Mountain benefit analysis by SFU just not credible

    Economist pokes holes in SFU study of Trans Mountain economic benefits Whose methodology do you believe?  That’s basically the debate between SFU and Kinder Morgan over duelling reports estimating economic benefits and costs of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The SFU School of Public Policy made news Monday by releasing a report critical of the pipeline […]

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    | November 10, 2014 | 2 Comments
  • Penticton Indian Band getting into medical pot business

    Penticton Indian Band getting into medical pot business

    Penticton Indian Band enters joint venture with cannabis producer When Elaine Alec started door knocking in her Penticton Indian Band community to ask families and respected elders if they would approve of an on-reserve medical marijuana grow-op, she braced herself for the worst. “My first line was: ‘So … What do you think of medical […]

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    | November 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Stephen Harper signs trade deals with China, talks Garratts

    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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    | November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Rosetta mission: Canadian firm part of rendezvous with comet

    Rosetta mission: Canadian firm part of rendezvous with comet

    Saskatoon’s SED Systems built ground stations for Rosetta mission A little-known Canadian company is playing a big role in the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, the first in history to rendezvous with a comet. The agency is hoping to drop a lander, the size of a small fridge, on the comet’s surface in the coming days […]

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    | November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Fish habitat protection unchanged after MOU – Fisheries, NEB

    Fish habitat protection unchanged after MOU – Fisheries, NEB

    MOU eliminates Fisheries review of fish habitat, which parties say was duplication of effort Federal officials say an agreement between Fisheries and the national energy regulator to “eliminate overlap” during regulatory reviews does not reduce protection of fish or fish habitat. The National Energy Board will now “be responsible for assessing potential impacts to fisheries […]

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    | November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Republican win good for Keystone XL – Kenney

    Republican win good for Keystone XL – Kenney

    Republican win could advance free trade, tax reform, immigration Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the big Republican win last night could be good news for a number of Canadian-American issues, including the Keystone XL pipeline. It didn’t take the Canadian government long to note the far-reaching policy implications of the Republican wave in Tuesday’s […]

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    | November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Nova natural gas pipeline: TransCanada plans $2.7 billion expansion

    Nova natural gas pipeline: TransCanada plans $2.7 billion expansion

    Nova natural gas pipeline system construction begins in 2016 TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) is planning to expand its Nova natural gas pipeline system by 2017 at a cost of $2.7 billion. The system currently carries about three-quarters of the gas produced in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin that has been a major source of Alberta’s conventional […]

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    | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • American oil producers say slowdown not all bad

    American oil producers say slowdown not all bad

    American oil production will soften after increasing by 70% over past 6 years High prices created an almost unprecedented boom in the American oil industry, but the drop to $80 crude will slow activity and give companies – and oil towns – a chance to catch their breath. Marcus Jundt moved to Williston from Minnesota almost four […]

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    | November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Oil companies ready to weather downturn in crude price

    Oil companies ready to weather downturn in crude price

    Big oil companies say they have flexibility in capital spending to cope with lower prices Executives with two big Canadian oil companies are taking recent oil price weakness in stride, signalling no immediate plans to throttle back spending, but ensuring they have the flexibility to do so if needed. Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) and Husky […]

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    | October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Canada should fight harder against radicalization – Kenney

    Canada should fight harder against radicalization – Kenney

    BC Muslim Association agrees with Kenney, says radicalization has no place in Canada As Canada mourns two slain soldiers, the association representing a mosque that ejected the gunman who killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo says people who commit such acts have no religion and no country. In separate news conferences, the B.C. Muslim Association and Canada’s Multiculturalism […]

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    | October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Business

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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Rosetta mission: Canadian firm part of rendezvous with comet

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Rosetta mission: Canadian firm part of rendezvous with comet

Saskatoon’s SED Systems built ground stations for Rosetta mission A little-known Canadian company is playing a big role in the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, the first in history to rendezvous with a comet. The agency is hoping to drop a lander, the size of a small fridge, on the comet’s surface in the coming days […]

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Canada

Jian Ghomeshi charged with multiple sexual assault counts

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jian Ghomeshi charged with multiple sexual assault counts

Jian Ghomeshi facing four sexual assault charges Ghomeshi, who sparked a national conversation on sexual assault and hasn’t been seen or heard from in weeks, surrendered to authorities on Wednesday, police said. He is facing four charges of sexual assault and one charge of what police called “overcome resistance – choking.” Ghomeshi, 47, was scheduled to […]

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Jian Ghomeshi reaches agreement with CBC, gets nothing in lawsuit

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jian Ghomeshi reaches agreement with CBC, gets nothing in lawsuit

Jian Ghomeshi on the hook for CBC legal fees Scandal-plagued former radio host Jian Ghomeshi has reached an agreement with the CBC to withdraw his $55-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster, a CBC spokesman said on Tuesday. Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC last month amid allegations of “abusive behaviour” from numerous women, claims which he […]

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Mount Polley breach clean-up to take years: BC gov’t

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mount Polley breach clean-up to take years:  BC gov’t

Mount Polley mine employees now working on clean up Four months after a torrent of mine water and waste gushed into two south-central British Columbia lakes, the province says the mine’s owner is only at the forefront of a clean-up that is expected to take years. The B.C. environment ministry released its first progress report Monday […]

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Politics

Alberta budget: despite falling oil prices, province in the black

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta budget: despite falling oil prices, province in the black

Alberta budget revised, surplus reduced The Alberta budget will stay in the black this year despite plunging oil prices. Finance Minister Robin Campbell says in his second-quarter update that the forecast budget surplus for this fiscal year has been revised downward to $933 million. “We still expect to be in a surplus situation at the end […]

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Danielle Smith says no more Wildrose defectors

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith says no more Wildrose defectors

Wildrose leader has checked with remaining 13 members, all on side Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says there will be no more MLAs from her party crossing the floor to the governing Progressive Conservatives. Smith says she has checked with the remaining 13 members in her caucus and they are all on side. She also […]

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Wildrose defectors sit as far away from former colleagues

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose defectors sit as far away from former colleagues

Ex-Wildrose members Kerry Towle and Ian Donovan will sit in back row of government side Progressive Conservative backbencher Kerry Towle began the first day of her new political life Tuesday watching her old boss fight for the issues she once championed for the Wildrose party. Towle quit the Wildrose along with Ian Donovan on Monday, […]

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Opinion

Money does buy happiness – lots of it

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Money does buy happiness – lots of it

Strong, positive correlation between money and happiness By Robert Roach for Troy Media No one wants to appear shallow, so it’s no surprise that there are countless books and articles out there that go to great lengths to convince us that money does not buy happiness. The problem with the money-doesn’t-buy-happiness theory is that the […]

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Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

Clean drinking water not available to Shoal Lake, Aboriginal community under boil-water advisory for decades By David Suzuki for Troy Media Canada is among the world’s wealthiest nations, but our wealth is not equitably distributed. Many communities, particularly northern and Aboriginal, suffer from poor access to healthy and affordable food, clean water, proper housing and […]

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Be wary of Xi Jinping, despite recent superficial appearances

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Be wary of Xi Jinping, despite recent superficial appearances

Xi Jinping seems friendlier with world leaders, own people By Fred McMahon for Troy Media China’s newish head honcho, Xi Jinping, appears to be getting friendlier with the world and his own people. At the recent Brisbane G-20 meeting, Xi (pronounced “shee”) even made nice with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, He also […]

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Energy

Barbara Grant, 84, arrested at Trans Mountain protest

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Barbara Grant, 84, arrested at Trans Mountain protest

More arrests at Trans Mountain protest on Burnaby Mountain An 84-year-old retired librarian says she’s willing to violate a court injunction and go to jail as she and other anti-pipeline protesters take a stand against fossil fuels by interfering with survey work in Burnaby, B.C. Barbara Grant joined activists near Burnaby Mountain on Tuesday to […]

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NEB to to ask Canadians for input on pipeline safety

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
NEB to to ask Canadians for input on pipeline safety

NEB tour will begin in new year The National Energy Board will launch a tour early in the new year in an effort to strengthen pipeline safety, the chairman of the federal regulatory agency said Tuesday. Peter Watson said board members and staff will visit every province and the North to hear from Canadians on […]

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Oilsands alliance sets water use goals, GHG targets tougher

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Oilsands alliance sets water use goals, GHG targets tougher

Oilsands companies also agree to reduce industry’s impact on land A group of oilsands companies has set its first environmental performance target by limiting the use of fresh water in oil production, but goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions have proven much more complicated. Members of the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, an organization through […]

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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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