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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 | 0 Comments
  • 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 | 0 Comments
  • 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 | 0 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 | 0 Comments
  • 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

Local

Florence Pakkari homicide – 1997 murder case investigated by CPS Unsolved Team

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Florence Pakkari homicide – 1997 murder case investigated by CPS Unsolved Team

Florence Pakkari killed in her SW Calgary home on Nov. 23, 1997 The Calgary Police Service Unsolved Team reports it has new information and is using modern forensics technology  to assist their investigation into the 1997 murder of 64-year old Florence Pakkari. At about 8:30 a.m., on Sunday, November 23, 1997, the body of 64-year old Florence Marie […]

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Memorial Dr crash kills man, critically injures two others

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Memorial Dr crash kills man, critically injures two others

Vehicle in Memorial Dr crash involved in CPS chase earlier The Calgary Police along with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating a fatal collision in southeast Calgary on Friday night. At about 9:20 p.m., a CPS officer in a marked police vehicle was northbound on 36 St SE at 8 Ave when they […]

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CPS warn grandparent scam escalating – 86 cases reported

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
CPS warn grandparent scam escalating – 86 cases reported

Grandparent scam preys on seniors With 86 cases reported so far in 2014, Calgary Police are warning citizens about resurgence the so-called ‘grandparent scam’. Between August and November of this year, there have been 45 instances of the grandparent scam reported, with loses totalling $74,000.   One victim was scammed out of nearly $15,000. In many […]

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Provincial

Lac La Biche RCMP called to 3 fatal crashes – treacherous roads in area

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lac La Biche RCMP called to 3 fatal crashes – treacherous roads in area

Lac La Biche RCMP say roads open, but extreme caution urged Lac La Biche RCMP have responded to what they are calling a ‘staggering’ number of collisions, including three fatal crashes, in the area after freezing rain then heavy snow hit the area late last week. At about 11 p.m., on Thursday, police and EMS responded […]

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Vital Contracting of Airdrie facing child labour, safety charges

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Vital Contracting of Airdrie facing child labour, safety charges

14-year old child working for Vital Contracting fell off roof this summer Vital Contracting of Airdrie is facing multiple charges after a teenage boy working for the company was injured in a fall at a job site this past summer. In Lacombe in July of this year, a 14-year old boy was working on a residential roof when […]

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Crash southwest of Three Hills kills 21-year old man

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Crash southwest of Three Hills kills 21-year old man

Crash southwest of Three Hills Wednesday night Beiseker RCMP report alcohol is a likely factor in a two-vehicle crash southwest of Three Hills on Thursday night that claimed the life of a 21-year old man. Sgt. Glen Demmon of the Beiseker RCMP says the collision occurred at about 9:30 p.m., on Highway 21 at Township […]

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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

Military mental health programs: Extra $200 million over 6 years

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Military mental health programs: Extra $200 million over 6 years

Military mental health funding to go to research, technology, access The federal government has announced $200 million over six years to support mental health needs of military members, veterans and their families. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces also announced Sunday that an additional $16.7 million in ongoing funds will be […]

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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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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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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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