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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

Local

Calgary hotel shuttle bus carjacked, CPS investigate

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Calgary hotel shuttle bus carjacked, CPS investigate

Calgary hotel shuttle bus carjacked, van still missing, thief unknown Calgary Police are looking to the public for assistance in locating a Calgary hotel shuttle bus that was carjacked by a man in northeast Calgary earlier this week. CPS report that at about 11 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 16, a woman working as a shuttle driver […]

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Daughter, mother of Jason Antonio plea for assistance in murder investigation

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Daughter, mother of Jason Antonio plea for assistance in murder investigation

Jason Antonio shot, killed on Oct. 4 The family of Jason Antonio who was shot and killed on Saturday, Oct. 4 have released statements pleading for anyone with information on the man’s murder to come forward and speak to police. The fatal shooting occurred just before 10 a.m., in the alleyway behind a home located in the […]

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Nicolino Camardi to undergo psychiatric assessment prior to sentencing

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Nicolino Camardi to undergo psychiatric assessment prior to sentencing

Nicolino Camardi tortured, killed dog and cat A young man who used Kijiji to find pets he methodically abused, starved and killed is to undergo a psychiatric assessment before he is sentenced on animal cruelty charges. Nicolino Camardi, 19, has been in custody since he was arrested in May. He entered guilty pleas last week to […]

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Provincial

11 firearms, drugs, cash seized in Brooks drug bust

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
11 firearms, drugs, cash seized in Brooks drug bust

Two people charged in Brooks drug bust After a month long investigation, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team arrested two people and seized firearms, drugs and cash in a Brooks drug bust last week. Mike Tucker of ALERT says the organization’s Medicine Hat Organized Crime team consisting of members from the Medicine Hat Police Service and […]

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Suspicious death on Siksika First Nation under investigation

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Suspicious death on Siksika First Nation under investigation

Siksika First Nation death does not appear to be gang related Gleichen RCMP report they are investigating the suspicious death of a 16-year old boy who was found critically injured outside a home on the reserve and later died at the scene Thursday evening. Police and Gleichen EMS were called concerning a fight in progress […]

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La Familia gang members arrested in Edmonton, $600K in drugs seized

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
La Familia gang members arrested in Edmonton, $600K in drugs seized

La Familia gang reportedly connected to Mexican drug cartels, Mara Salvatrucha gang The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team has arrested four people are reported to be members of the La Familia gang.  The operation allegedly has ties to Mexican drug cartels and the Mara Salvatrucha gang, also known as MS-13. ALERT reports one of the […]

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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

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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Bill Cosby Canadian shows draw controversy, criticism

| December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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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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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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Tsilhqot’in Nation decision means new relationship with resource developers

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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