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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

BC man mauled by grizzly, shot in leg by son-in-law during rescue attempt

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
BC man mauled by grizzly, shot in leg by son-in-law during rescue attempt

BC man mauled by grizzly likely off work for a year As a taxidermist, Wilf Lloyd loves bringing hunted animals back to life, but he isn’t sure he wants to stuff the grizzly bear that almost killed him. The 55-year-old man from Cranbrook, B.C., was elk hunting last month near Fernie, B.C., when he was attacked […]

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The farce of a ‘town’ called Jumbo, BC

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
The farce of a ‘town’ called Jumbo, BC

Jumbo is the only BC municipality that won’t vote for municipal leaders on Nov. 15 Troy Media by Gerry Taft, Mayor, Invermere, BC When most of us think of a small town, we think of friendly neighbours and quiet streets – the type of place where you know almost everyone. I’m privileged to be elected as mayor […]

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Veterans say character of Remembrance Day shifted over time

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Veterans say character of Remembrance Day shifted over time

Large security presence changes face of Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa Joan Barclay Drummond had a VIP seat at the base of the National War Memorial 75 years ago when it was unveiled by King George VI. Just a girl then, she remembers the excitement of the crowd clustered at the granite and bronze monument, […]

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Politics

Canadian veterans demand answers for $1.13 billion in lapsed funds

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian veterans demand answers for $1.13 billion in lapsed funds

Canadian veterans groups say Tories’ strategy is to cut the deficit by not using allocated funds Canadian veterans groups are responding angrily to news that the federal department responsible for their care and benefits was unable to spend upwards of $1.1 billion of its budget over seven years. The figures are contained in answers to […]

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Wildrose equal rights policy voted down, VP Terrence Lo quits

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose equal rights policy voted down, VP Terrence Lo quits

Terrence Lo, Asian, atheist, parent of gay son says he can’t in good conscience stay in Wildrose party A constituency vice-president with Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose is resigning over the party’s refusal to pass a definitive statement on equal rights at its annual meeting. In his resignation letter, Terrence Lo says that as an Asian, atheist […]

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Michael Sona, robocall scandal staffer, sentenced to nine months

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Michael Sona, robocall scandal staffer, sentenced to nine months

Michael Sona robocall scandal called ‘an affront to the electoral process’ Michael Sona, the former Conservative staffer convicted in the 2011 robocalls scandal, was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in jail for what the judge called “an affront to the electoral process.” Justice Gary Hearn called his task “a difficult and troublesome sentencing.” The Crown had […]

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Opinion

Oklahoma City: What we can learn from the city that lost a million pounds

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Oklahoma City: What we can learn from the city that lost a million pounds

Oklahoma City raised money to build infrastructure that gave residents alternatives to driving By Steve Lafleur for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy There are two types of people in Canadian cities: people who hate cars, and people who hate cyclists. Or so the perception goes. While it is true that many cities have seen bitter […]

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Harnessing the power of ‘citizen science': Suzuki

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Harnessing the power of ‘citizen science': Suzuki

Citizen science fills the gaps in government and university-led science By David Suzuki for Troy Media Our ancestors may not have called themselves “citizen scientists” or organized to collect data for scientific inquiry, but they were keen observers of the natural world. Their survival often depended on being able to tease apart nature’s complexity – […]

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Alberta PC party by-election wins: Hope over experience?

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta PC party by-election wins:  Hope over experience?

Alberta PC victories – is Alberta under new management or does the old machine just have a new head mechanic? Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said the PC by-election sweep was “a clear victory of optimism over negativity,” and that “Alberta is under new management.” One wonders. Perhaps the results were more akin to what Oscar […]

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Energy

Trans Mountain protesters vow to fight as survey work begins

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Trans Mountain protesters vow to fight as survey work begins

Trans Mountain protesters, First Nations stand in unity against pipeline First Nations vowed to stand in unity with anti-pipeline protesters as police kept up the arrests Friday in a Metro Vancouver conservation area where crews resumed survey work for the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Shortly after activists announced they would do whatever it takes […]

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RCMP arrest Trans Mountain protesters, enforcing court injunction

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
RCMP arrest Trans Mountain protesters, enforcing court injunction

Trans Mountain survey work began Friday Anti-pipeline activists camped out on a mountain near Vancouver clashed with police Thursday, as the RCMP enforced a court injunction ordering protesters to clear an encampment and allow work related to a proposed expansion project by Kinder Morgan. Protesters had set up makeshift encampments blocking work crews from two […]

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Kinder Morgan begins Burnaby Mountain survey, protesters’ camps removed

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Kinder Morgan begins Burnaby Mountain survey, protesters’ camps removed

Few Kinder Morgan protesters remain Friday morning Kinder Morgan has started survey work at a Metro Vancouver conservation area after its crews worked through the night to take down camps that have stymied a pipeline expansion project for two months. Just tarps and a handful of activists remained near a taped-off area Friday morning as […]

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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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