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Record heat hits southern Alberta

By Jodi Hughes Weather Anchor Global News Many Albertans have been enjoying an unusually warm start to December, with some locations 15 degrees above average. Lethbridge and Grande Prairie both set new record highs Friday, with temperatures above 14C, while Calgary, Sundre and Claresholm were all notably close to new records. On Saturday, Calgary officially […]

Alberta man with vision loss auctions off rare collection of farm equipment he’s repaired over 50 years

By Katelyn Wilson WATCH: A rare auction over the weekend in Enchant saw a lifetime collection of vintage farm equipment, over 400 items sold off. Interesting the collector lost his sight 40 years ago but still does all of the restoration work himself. Katelyn Wilson reports. A rare auction over the weekend in Enchant, Alta., […]

Alberta urged to compensate farmers to make up costs of health and safety rules

By Dean Bennett The Canadian Press An Alberta government panel is recommending the province subsidize farmers and ranchers to offset costs of new occupational health and safety rules. The panel said the long list of requirements in the occupational health and safety code, “when added up, may be significant for some and may be perceived […]

Threat of NAFTA collapse, weak inflation put Bank of Canada on hold

FRED CHARTRAND THE CANADIAN PRESS October 25, 2017 Canada’s central bank is hitting the pause button on hiking interest rates in the face of surprisingly weak inflation and the threat of NAFTA’s demise. The Bank of Canada kept its key overnight rate unchanged at 1 per cent Wednesday and appeared to push further down the […]

What if NAFTA ended? These would be Canada’s hardest-hit provinces, industries

By Jesse Ferreras National Online Journalist Global News After four rounds of talks, negotiations around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) aren’t exactly going smoothly, with proposals that could have serious implications for certain Canadian provinces. On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland criticized a series of proposals that the United States has advanced […]

As U.S. shocks with NAFTA demands, Canada and Mexico ask: What does Trump want?

News 07:07 PM by Alexander Panetta The Canadian Press Hamilton Spectator ARLINGTON, United States — The chief U.S. negotiator shrugged his shoulders when asked about signs of trouble in the NAFTA talks on Sunday. John Melle pulled open a door, entered a work room, and offered a one-word reply about how it’s going. “Fabulous,” he […]

U.S. slow to present specifics on key NAFTA demands Canada still optimistic deal can be renegotiated by the end of the year

By Katie Simpson CBC News Posted: Sep 22, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 22, 2017 4:27 PM ET U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to terminate NAFTA unless his country gets what it wants. A source says Canadian officials are anticipating a change in tone from U.S. negotiators, given these negative statements. The […]

U.S. wants 5-year ‘sunset clause’ in NAFTA: Ross NAFTA

NAFTA, Trump and Canada: A guide to the trade file and what it could mean for you In this April 21, 2008 file photo, national flags representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico fly in the breeze in New Orleans where leaders of the North American Free Trade Agreement met. (A P Photo/Judi Bottoni, File) […]

Alberta blasts NEB ‘overreach’ – ENERGY EAST DECISION COULD AFFECT FUTURE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

9 Sep 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS – CALGARY Alberta’s energy minister is calling a decision by Canada’s national energy regulator to consider indirect greenhouse gas emissions in evaluating a multi-billion-dollar pipeline an “historic overreach” that could cast a chill over the future of energy development. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd said it’s inappropriate for the National […]

Farmers turning to specialized forecasting – Service plants weather stations throughout property

Lethbridge Herald 12 Aug 2017 Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY In an industry that lives and dies by the weather, farmers like Dwight Foster are looking for all the help they can get to know what’s coming. “We use every tool in the toolbox we can get our hands on to try and […]

Logical myths of vote-splitting – TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS THREE… THREE-AND-AHALF IF ALL GOES WELL

Lethbridge Herald 12 Aug 2017 Faron Ellis and George Rigaux Much was said about vote splitting during the run-up to Wildrose and PC members’ endorsement of the United Conservative Party. Since then, more speculation about how many former PC and Wildrose voters the UCP will attract has ensued. Unfortunately, the simple math most often used […]

Political entrepreneurship and UCP

GUEST COLUMN Lethbridge Herald 5 Aug 2017 Faron Ellis and George Rigaux First of four parts Following the decisive votes by both Wildrose and Progressive Conservative members in support of merging their parties into the new United Conservative Party (UCP), many headlines have posed the quite reasonable question: what comes next? Beginning today, and over […]

Party merger sparks unrest Splinter groups forming in province

Lethbridge Herald 5 Aug 2017 Bill Graveland THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY The merger of Alberta’s two conservative parties is prompting some disaffected members to form splinter parties of their own despite warnings from experts that the move is unlikely to affect the next provincial election. Members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and […]

Can Alberta get land use right?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 29, 2017. Lorne Fitch and Kevin Van Tighem The best of planning anticipates and prepares for future excellence. The worst simply perpetuates past failures. Recreation planning currently underway for the spectacular public lands of Alberta’s Oldman drainage and Porcupine Hills appears aimed at the muddy middle. We can do […]

Merger just first step – POLITICAL ANALYSTS SAY PLENTY OF WORK REMAINS FOR UNITED CONSERVATIVE PARTY

Lethbridge Herald 25 Jul 2017 Dave Mabell With his “unite the right” campaign successful, Jason Kenney is now expected to run for the leadership of the new United Conservative Party. But his victory is not inevitable, says political scientist Faron Ellis. Wildrose leader Brian Jean will be running against Kenney. And Ellis, political science instructor […]

End of the line DAY AFTER HISTORIC MERGER VOTE, SOME LAMENT DEATH OF ALBERTA’S HISTORIC PC PARTY

Lethbridge Herald 24 Jul 2017 Dean Bennett The former president of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives says some members feel adrift after a majority voted to embrace a new party, effectively consigning one of Canada’s great political brands to the ash heap of history. Katherine O’Neill, in an interview Sunday, said she’s been hearing from many PC […]

Albertans need to be kept informed about electricity system

Lethbridge Herald 23 Jul 2017 It is good to see that The Herald has undertaken a review of Alberta’s electricity supply system (“Power demand not taxing system,” by Dave Mabell, on July 14.) Mr. Mabell provides some useful generating capacity statistics from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and concludes our existing electrical system is […]

Alta. right united again – PCs and Wil­drose ap­prove merger of two par­ties

  Lethbridge Herald 23 Jul 2017 Dean Bennett Alberta’s political landscape profoundly shifted Saturday as its two main conservative parties — enemies for a decade — overwhelmingly agreed to end their feud and work as one to defeat Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP. In separate votes, members of the Wildrose party and the Progressive Conservatives voted […]

Trump to reveal his hopes for NAFTA renegotiation

CTV News Channel: Protecting U.S. dairy priority Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Published Monday, July 17, 2017 4:11AM EDT WASHINGTON – After campaigning and complaining about NAFTA for two years, Donald Trump is about to start doing some explaining: the U.S. president is poised to release a list as early as today revealing how he […]

Future of Family Farms at Risk – AGING FARMERS, LACK OF SUCCESSION PLANS PUT FUTURE IN DOUBT

Lethbridge Herald 17 Jul 2017 Jessica Smith Cross THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadian Press photoBryan Maynard, a co-owner of Farmboys Inc., along with his brother Kyle, is seen in one of their potato fields in Richmond, Prince Edward Island. Maynard is calling on families to talk about the future of their farms. A growing number of […]

Aging farmers with no succession plans put future of Canadian family farms at risk 92 per cent of Canadian farms have no transition plan ready, Stats Can says

By Jessica Smith Cross, The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 16, 2017 12:49 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 16, 2017 12:54 PM ET Statistics Canada reports that 92 per cent of Canadian farms have no written transition plan ready for when the current operator retires. Statistics Canada reports that 92 per cent of Canadian farms have […]

Energy regulator to appeal – AER TURNS TO SUPREME COURT ON WELL ABANDONMENT RULING

6 Jul 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY ’’ The entire provincial scheme for protecting Albertans from the abandonment costs in relation to non-productive wells is seriously compromised. – Nigel Bankes – University of Calgary Alberta’s energy regulator has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to review a ruling that could allow energy […]

Watchdog must be impartial

14 Jun 2017 Lethbridge Herald OUR EDITORIAL: WHAT WE THINK One of the most important qualifications in adjudicating matters of any kind is impartiality. Whether it involves a judge in a court case, a referee officiating a game, an arbitrator handling a labour mediation or a volunteer judging jams at a local fair, it’s vital […]

Alberta new poster child for deficits – PROVINCE’S RUN OF DEFICITS TOWERS OVER ONTARIO’S WORST GUEST COLUMN

14 Jun 2017 Lethbridge Herald Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur THE FRASER INSTITUTE – VANCOUVER Over the past decade, Ontario emerged as the poster child for poor fiscal management in Canada, due largely to the province’s deep run of deficits. However, thanks to a decade of rapid spending growth and painful decline in oil prices, […]

Quebec mayors make case for ‘win-win agreement’ in softwood lumber dispute

Union of Quebec Municipalities holds meetings in Washington, D.C. CBC News Posted: May 16, 2017 10:37 AM ETLast Updated: May 16, 2017 11:52 AM ET A truck carrying wood goes through the customs checkpointin Champlain, N.Y. Canadian lumber imports into the United States face new duties ranging from three to 24 per cent. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian […]

Facing Trump’s tariffs, Quebec launches campaign to promote softwood lumber

Presse Canadienne Published on: May 15, 2017 | Last Updated: May 15, 2017 4:29 PM EDT Still from a promotional video for the campaign “Une forêt de possibilités” funded by the Quebec government and Quebec Forest Industry Council. Une forêt de possibilités / YouTube Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard doesn’t expect the federal government to loan […]

Alberta’s electricity future blowin’ in the wind

Conference on wind energy told Alberta has great potential for more wind power By Nola Keeler, CBC News Posted: May 09, 2017 1:44 PM MTLast Updated: May 09, 2017 1:44 PM MT Alberta could see up to nearly a third of its energy coming from wind generation and other renewable energy sources in the next 15 […]

Canada weighing multiple trade actions against U.S. over softwood lumber dispute

Federal government considering retaliatory duties on goods from Oregon, ban on coal exports through B.C. By Alexander Panetta The Canadian Press Posted: May 05, 2017 3:36 PM ET Last Updated: May 05, 2017 3:49 PM ET Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written B.C premier Clark to tell her he is considering request for a ban […]

Tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber will hurt jobs, US companies warn

By Ross Marowits The Canadian Press Stacks of lumber are shown at NMV Lumber in Merritt, B.C., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Several American companies that rely on Canadian softwood say thousands of American jobs are at risk unless the U.S. Department of Commerce exempts them from hefty duties imposed on imported softwood lumber. Stacks of […]

Why Trump is fighting Canada on softwood lumber and dairy

By Vicki Needham 05/02/17 06:00 AM EDT The Hill  © Getty Images © Getty Images Two arcane and long-standing fights are at the center of President Trump’s trade war with Canada. The U.S. has been battling with Canada over softwood lumber since the 1980s, and disputes over dairy protections have been a persistent irritant in […]

LEGER: Dairy and softwood bluster is pure Trump posturing

DAN LEGER Published May 1, 2017 – 5:00am Last Updated May 1, 2017 – 8:49am Herald Opinions U.S. President Donald Trump’s bluster regarding softwood lumber and dairy products is his latest grasping attempt to seem tough while, in actuality, his style leads to nothing but pure chaos. (Jacques Boissinot/CP)  All that is old becomes new […]

‘Everything is on the table’: Alberta communities react to U.S. softwood lumber tariffs

Stuart Thomson Published on: May 1, 2017 | Last Updated: May 1, 2017 6:00 AM MDT Edmonton Journal High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer worries the lumber industry will be paralyzed by the uncertainty caused by recent tariffs imposed by the U.S. Ed Kaiser / Edmonton Journal Alberta’s forestry communities are in an impossible spot after new […]

Corporate Canada warns of Trump’s tax-cut plan

27 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald Andy Blatchford THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA TRUMP TAX CUTS WOULD HURT CANADA: INDUSTRY Corporate Canada is bracing for the latest economic challenge out of Washington: a tax cutting plan for U.S. businesses that many fear would pose a considerable threat to Canadian competitiveness as well as Ottawa’s bottom line. […]

China may be new market

26 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says selling more Canadian softwood lumber to China is one answer to the latest trade dispute with the U.S. Speaking from Beijing, Champagne says Canada’s pitch is resonating in China because softwood is an environmentally friendly building material that can satisfy […]

Clark warns of knee-jerk response to softwood fight

26 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — VANCOUVER British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is warning against knee-jerk reactions to duties imposed on Canadian softwood lumber by the United States. The lumber tariffs come into effect May 1 but Clark says Canada should be careful not to do anything that would jeopardize negotiations. The […]

Trump team signals desire of a new look for NAFTA

26 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald Alexander Panetta THE CANADIAN PRESS — WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s surprisingly caustic complaints about trade with Canada in recent days could be setting the stage for a broader renegotiation than previously signalled of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The administration is suddenly suggesting that irritants like dairy and softwood […]

MOVING BEYOND CHINA AND MEXICO, TRUMP TARGETS CANADA TRADE

26 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald Paul Wiseman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has long railed about unfair trade practices of China and Mexico. Now he’s drawn a new target — Canada. The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over inexpensive Canadian timber and Canada’s barriers to U.S. dairy products — disputes that […]

Education the focus of Bill 6 so far

7 Apr 2017 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] Early implementation of the NDP’s farm safety bill has been focused on education, says an investigator involved in the process. Mike Rappel is an Occupational Health and Safety investigations manager who has been part of organizing the farm and ranch team responsible for inspecting farm, ranch and […]

Alta. gov’t earmarks money for watersheds – Grants to total $12M

23 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON The NDP government is working towards protecting Alberta’s watersheds with a series of multiyear grants totalling $12 million. Officials say the announcement coincides with World Water Day, a date devoted to tackling the world’s water crisis. The plan will see $3.2 million for each of […]

Budget gives $30M for Alta. orphan wells

23 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says $30 million the federal government is giving to the province for the oil and gas industry is good news. She says her government will use the money to focus on reclaiming orphan oil wells and getting oilfield workers back to […]

Phillips answers critics of Alta. energy plan

20 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] MINISTER SAYS SELECTION OF ONTARIO BUSINESS STEMMED FROM PREVIOUS GOV’T’S LACK OF PLAN The Wildrose wants Albertans to pay more for their energy, and the Progressive Conservative party wants the province to do nothing when it comes to improving energy efficiency, says Alberta’s environment minister. Speaking at […]

PC leader still faces hurdles

20 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dave Mabell LETHBRIDGE HERALD [email protected] POLL SUGGESTS JEAN IS PREFERRED CHOICE AS LEADER OF RIGHT Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney dominated the vote in his bid to take over the provincial Tories on Saturday. But Lethbridge political scientist Faron Ellis says what’s expected to follow — steps to merge […]

Kenney pushes unity concept

20 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY NEWLY ELECTED PC LEADER TO MEET WITH BRIAN JEAN OF WILDROSE PARTY TODAY Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says the wheels are in motion on his unite-the-right plan, with the goal of a new party and an elected leader in place a […]

Jason Kenney new PC leader – Conservative wants to unite the right

19 Mar 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY Jason Kenney is the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives. Kenney, 48, captured 1,113 of 1,476 votes cast in the party’s first delegated convention since 1985. Richard Starke, a sitting PC legislature member, was second with 323 votes. Longtime party member Byron Nelson […]

Save planet by keeping coal-fired power plants

26 Feb 2017 Lethbridge Herald LETTERS Re: “Green incentive program ready by March.” My goodness, Shannon! How nice of you to help us save month. You plan to spend $648 million over the next five years. That’s over $171 million a year. Money you don’t got. How’s that for saving us money? All that borrowed […]

Alberta carbon tax a divisive issue

25 Feb 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dave Mabell POLLS SHOWS MOST CITY RESIDENTS OPPOSED TO PROVINCIAL LEVY If you vote NDP, you likely support Alberta’s new carbon levy. If not, you’re probably among more than 64 per cent of Lethbridge citizens who say they’re opposed to the carbon tax and rebate program launched by the government […]

Line upgrades hiking electricity costs

February 24, 2017. Albertans can’t expect relief on their bills soon J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald [email protected] Albertans can expect a few more years of rising electricity costs during the provincial phase-out of coal-fired electricity in favour of renewables and natural gas. But those increases will be coming from infrastructure projects greenlit by the previous government, […]

AER shuts down all Lexin Resources operations

Alberta Energy Regulator has no confidence in Calgary oil and gas producer can operate safety February 16, 2017 The Canadian Press by Dan Healing CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator is taking the unusual step of shutting down all Lexin Resources operations, accusing the Calgary-based oil and gas producer of ignoring orders and regulations for […]

Alberta shuts down Lexin Resources, leaving big mess to clean up

‘We have not issued an order like this to a company this size,’ AER spokesman says Tracy Johnson · CBC News CANADA-ENERGY/ The Alberta Energy Regulator will shut down 1,600 sites, including 1,380 wells owned by Lexin Resources. (Todd Korol/Reuters) 1.6k shares The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has suspended the operation of natural gas and […]

Deadline needed for inactive wells -REPORT CALLS FOR TIME LIMITS ON INACTIVE OIL AND GAS WELLS IN ALTA.

9 Feb 2017 Lethbridge Herald Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY Anew report from the University of Calgary says there should be time limits on how long oil and gas wells in Alberta can be kept on standby because of the growing liability overhang. Oil and gas producers partially close off, or suspend, wells […]

Wildrose open to PC merger

27 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Jean says merger would be done under Wildrose rules Wildrose Leader Brian Jean has opened the door to uniting with the Progressive Conservatives to end more than a decade of bruising political infighting between Alberta’s centre-right parties. But Jean said if it’s going […]

TransCanada renews Keystone XL application

27 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY TransCanada Corp. has submitted a new presidential permit application to the U.S. Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The application comes only days after U.S. President Donald Trump asked the company to reapply and signed an order to help […]

New review halts Energy East pipeline plan

28 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Ian Bickis THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY NEB to restart hearings TransCanada won’t be getting a regulatory decision on its Energy East pipeline any time soon. The National Energy Board panel tasked with reviewing the $15.7-billion project decided Friday to throw out nearly two years of decisions made by the […]

Powerless feeling – TRUMP’S VICTORY CREATES UNCERTAINTY FOR WIND AND SOLAR POWER

23 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — HONOLULU States that depend heavily on federal renewable energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department, are unsure what to expect with Donald Trump in the White House President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, […]

Water charter proposed for southern Alberta

22 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Stephanie Labbe Southern Alberta Newspapers The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) is excited for its new proposed Water Charter 2017 which is targeted to benefit the southwest part of the province. Anna Garleff, communications specialist for the OWC, says this water charter is important because it is a formal confirmation from […]

Myths hurting beef industry: consultant

20 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] The disconnect between the agriculture industry and consumers, and the truth behind some of the myths surrounding the beef industry, were explored by guest speaker Jude Capper at this year’s Tiffin Conference. “( The disconnect) seems to be getting bigger with the rise of media people who […]

Regulator not liable in fracking suit

14 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Jim Bronskill THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA Supreme Court rules against woman The Supreme Court of Canada says an Alberta woman cannot sue the province’s energy regulator as part of her claim that hydraulic fracturing so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire. In a […]

LIFE WITHOUT COAL

13 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Bill Graveland THE CANADIAN PRESS — HANNA Two small western towns where coal is king look to the future in uncertain times The companies come and go, but the coal remains. It’s been the major provider here. – Joe Jarina – Retired Sparwood coal miner There’s a lot of speculation […]

Carbon tax debate a complex issue

Letters to the Editor 5 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Much of the debate over the recently enacted carbon tax, it seems to me, misses the point. The debate is often portrayed as a struggle between business people and consumers on the one hand, and unyielding environmentalists on the other. Actually, it is a little more […]

McIver fined by ethics boss ALTA. PC LEADER FINED OVER ELECTRICITY RATE COMMENTS

5 Jan 2017 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Ric McIver has been fined for a conflict of interest for publicly calling for changes in electricity pricing in a way that could benefit his wife’s company. “I do not believe that Mr. McIver was intending to protect his […]

Analysis ‘It’s tricky’: Why there’s no magic number for an effective carbon tax

A look at 25 years of carbon tax history around the world to see what works By Tracy Johnson, CBC News Posted: Jan 03, 2017 3:00 AM MTLast Updated: Jan 03, 2017 8:16 AM MT Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s climate strategy includes a carbon tax that went into effect on Jan. 1. (Amber Bracken/Canadian Press) Related […]

Site C uproots farm family

13 Dec 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — VICTORIA A farmer in northeast British Columbia is still hopeful that he’ll get to stay in his home, despite an announcement by BC Hydro that the company plans to seize the property to make way for a controversial hydroelectric project. Jessica McDonald, BC Hydro’s president and […]

Pipelines go two-for-three

30 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Bruce Cheadle THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA Trudeau walks high wire on pipeline approvals Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved two major oil pipeline expansions Tuesday, including the deeply controversial Trans Mountain line through suburban Vancouver, while maintaining his government remains on course to meet its international climate commitments. The announcement […]

Changes for Alta. electricity

30 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON The Alberta government is making more changes to how it handles electricity as it transitions out of coal-fired power. The province is giving the entity that brokers the electricity system — known as the balancing pool — the ability to borrow money from […]

Alberta to revamp its electricity plan

24 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON PROVINCE MOVING AWAY FROM ELECTRICITY DEREGULATION Alberta is changing how it produces and pays for electricity as it enters a new era of greener energy sources. Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd announced Wednesday the province is moving away from electricity deregulation, which ties investment […]

Alberta government caps power prices at 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour

By Karen Bartko Online Journalist  Global News The Alberta government is introducing a cap on electricity prices, which it says will protect consumers from “volatile energy prices” as the province moves away from coal-fired electricity production. READ MORE: Phasing out coal: good for the environment, bad for your wallet The cap, which will be fully implemented […]

Ottawa property owners concerned about farmland protection changes

City planning for housing population of 1.2 million by 2036 By Kate Porter, CBC News Posted: Nov 22, 2016 5:43 PM The City of Ottawa has assigned scores to land parcels based on the quality of the soil for farming. Some properties will be downgraded to a general rural designation, while others at set to be […]

Quarantine comes with a ‘devastating’ cost

There are roughly 10,000 cattle under quarantine, and every animal can cost as much as $3 a day in feed and yardage  By Jennifer Blair Published: November 21, 2016 Alberta Farmer Many of the cattle now under quarantine would have been sold this fall. Now cash-strapped ranchers must feed them at a time 
when cattle […]

Alta. MLA to join NDP – FORMER ALBERTA TORY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE SANDRA JANSEN CROSSES FLOOR TO NDP

18 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Alberta Progressive Conservatives embracing a far-right ideology, says Jansen Aone-time candidate for the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership has crossed the floor to the governing NDP. Sandra Jansen, a Calgary member of the legislature, quit the Tory race last week. She said personal and […]

Study examines Alta. quakes, with suspected link to fracking

18 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY Research suggests hydraulic fracking can cause earthquakes in at least two ways — and one of them can cause tremors months after the activity stops. “The seismicity is persistent after the operations are completed,” said David Eaton, a University of Calgary seismologist, whose paper has […]

Rural politicians boo Alta. climate-change plan

18 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON The Alberta government got a bit of a rough ride at a meeting with rural politicians in Edmonton. Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman was booed Thursday as she defended the NDP’s climatechange plan, which includes a carbon tax and a phase-out of coal-fired electricity. Hoffman said […]

Protesters rally against carbon tax – Event draws crowd to Galt Gardens

6 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Tijana Martin [email protected] A few hundred displeased people gathered at Galt Gardens on Saturday as part of a province-wide rally. The event was predominately to oppose the Climate Leadership Implementation Act. Herald photo by Tijana Martin A few hundred people gathered at Galt Gardens Saturday to participate in a province-wide […]

Opposition leader slams carbon tax – Brian Jean says it will make economy worse

6 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Rob Drinkwater THE CANADIAN PRESS— EDMONTON Alberta’s Opposition leader told hundreds of people at a rally against a planned carbon tax that the province’s oil belongs to them. Brian Jean stressed that no one at Saturday’s rally at the legislature was blaming Notley for low energy prices that have hurt […]

Stirling considering wind farm – ENVIRONMENT MINISTER OPTIMISTIC ABOUT POTENTIAL FROM PROPOSED PROJECT

7 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] Following an open house at the end of October, the Village of Stirling is looking for ways the community can benefit from a large wind farm project currently being considered near the community. During their regular meeting on Nov. 2, Stirling council discussed the results of an […]

Economic growth key to decisions – SPENDING PROGRAMS MUST GROW ECONOMY: FINANCE MINISTER

4 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Jordan Press THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA Any new spending measures being pitched for the federal budget will have to demonstrate potential to help grow the economy if they expect to find favour with the Liberal government, Canada’s finance minister says. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Bill Morneau […]

Carbon tax the best answer? – TAX WILL PLACE GREATER FINANCIAL BURDEN ON FAMILIES

4 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Rachael Harder Canada was just ranked the top destination of the year by Lonely Planet’s 2017 travel guide. This ranking is based on Canada’s diversity. From the majestic beauty of the Niagara Falls, to the still beauty of Banff and Churchill, the old European architecture of Quebec City and Montreal, […]

PALLISER – 21 recommendations presented to board

4 Nov 2016 Lethbridge Herald Follow @JWSchnarrHerald on Twitter LETHBRIDGE HERALD Citing a “culture and climate that is not psychologically healthy for employees,” an organizational review of Palliser Regional Schools has come back with 21 recommendations to improve the division. Herald photo by Ian Martens Palliser Regional Schools board chair Robert Strauss, flanked by acting […]

Area MLA hearing plenty of concerns

16 Oct 2016 Lethbridge Herald STEPHANIE LABBE — SOUTHERN ALBERTA NEWSPAPERS GRANT HUNTER STAGED NUMEROUS MEETINGS Grant Hunter, MLA for Cardston-Taber-Warner, has been hearing the concerns from his constituents. Wildrose MLA Hunter held meetings at the beginning of September in Cardston, Warner, Milk River, Coutts, Magrath and Raymond to hear what the public’s concerns are, […]

Prentice a great politician and family man

15 Oct 2016 Lethbridge Herald Dave Mabell [email protected] Shocked by his sudden death, political leaders spoke out Friday in tribute to former Alberta premier Jim Prentice. Retired from politics since the Progressive Conservatives lost power in May 2015, Prentice was one of four people killed when a small aircraft crashed Thursday near Kelowna. “For Alberta, […]

Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice among 4 killed in B.C. plane crash

 Twin-engine Cessna en route to Calgary area disappeared from radar shortly after leaving Kelowna on Thursday By Robson Fletcher, CBC News Posted: Oct 14, 2016 10:49 AM MTLast Updated: Oct 14, 2016 6:05 PM MT During the 2015 Alberta election campaign, Jim Prentice included a stop at Al’s Pizza in Calgary. Prentice served as premier from […]

Energy East setback a sign of flawed process

30 Sep 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — BANFF Delays caused by the replacement of a panel reviewing the Energy East Pipeline project show that Canada’s regulatory system is flawed and must be fixed, says a former CEO of proponent TransCanada. Hal Kvisle said Thursday the recusal of a National Energy Board panel in […]

NDP says Alberta will have 30 per cent renewable power by 2030 but questions loom

 James Wood, Calgary Herald Published on: September 14, 2016 | Last Updated: September 14, 2016 6:02 PM MDT Alberta’s NDP government says it’s committed to having 30 per cent of the province’s electricity supply come from renewables by 2030, but opposition parties are taking aim at what they say is a vague plan that could leave taxpayers on the […]

Twin Butte area rancher’s solar insight

Pincher Creek Voice Monday, September 19, 2016 Quentin Stevick Quentin Stevick / Oldman Watershed Council blog – When I heard that our provincial government was interested in Green Energy, Anne and I got all excited. I have been using portable solar powered water systems since about 2002 to pump water from surface locations to our […]

Alberta gov’t. targeting for 30 per cent green power by 2030

15 Sep 2016 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] REMAINING 70 PER CENT WOULD COME FROM NATURAL GAS Alberta’s provincial government is shooting for 30 by 30 when it comes to green power generation. On Wednesday, Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s minister of environment and parks, announced the government’s firm target of 30 per cent of electricity used […]

Large yield expected from sugar beet harvest

15 Sep 2016 Lethbridge Herald J.W. Schnarr [email protected] The annual sugar beet harvest is about to get underway, and with it a reminder for local residents to keep an eye out for the hauling trucks that will soon be hitting southern Alberta roads. More than 200 local farmers will defoliate and harvest about 28,000 acres […]

Hearings on Energy East pipeline a circus

1 Sep 2016 Lethbridge Herald EDITORIAL: WHAT OTHERS THINK Demonstrators for and against the Energy East pipeline project were out in force Monday when the National Energy Board opened the Montreal phase of its national hearings on the project. The anti-pipeline crowd, however, not content to make their point out in the street, pushed their […]

China extends canola deadline

1 Sep 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — BEIJING China says it will lift a fastapproaching deadline to introduce rule changes on Canadian canola shipments that threatened to inflict damage on the multibillion-dollar sector. Starting today, the Chinese government had planned to enforce tighter regulations on the amount of foreign materials — such as […]

National Energy Board cancels first day of Energy East hearings in Montreal after protests

Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press August 29, 2016 MONTREAL — Protesters chanting anti-pipeline slogans forced the cancellation Monday of the first day of hearings in Montreal into TransCanada’s Energy East project. The head of the hearings for the National Energy Board said the federal regulatory body will try to resume proceedings Tuesday. “TransCanada will not […]

Concerns raised over NEB panel members

25 Aug 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — CALGARY The National Energy Board says it is accepting written comments on motions calling for two of three people to step down from a panel reviewing the Energy East Pipeline over perceptions of bias. The move follows revelations, first reported by the National Observer, that panel […]

No ‘free ride’: Notley

25 Aug 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Premier fires back at power companies in lawsuit Premier Rachel Notley says the highstakes court fight over millions — if not billions — of dollars in power contracts is about protecting consumers against entitled power companies seeking “a free ride.” Notley made her first comments […]

Braid: While PC Party examines navel, Kenney edges toward victory

Don Braid, Calgary HeraldPublished on: August 24, 2016 | Last Updated: August 25, 2016 7:49 AM MDT It’s political identity theft. Jason Kenney is becoming the face of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party, simply by being out there by himself, fighting for the leadership. This is bad news for party survivalists. Kenney has never been a centrist Alberta […]

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Pipeline spills raise questions

Follow @LethHerald on twitter By Letter to the Editor on August 21, 2016. Your Aug. 3 editorial, “Untimely blow for pipelines,” illustrates the need for further discussion on this and related topics. Dilbit spills like Michigan or Saskatchewan aren’t untimely blows for pipelines, but are timely reminders of poorly thought-out, badly maintained and mismanaged pipeline […]

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Redford office broke law in data leak

11 Aug 2016 Lethbridge Herald THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Alberta’s privacy commissioner says the office of former premier Alison Redford broke the law by using and leaking personal information about cabinet officials. In August 2014, the cellphone bill of then deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk, as well as three other government officials, was leaked to […]

Braid: Enmax breaks silence on NDP lawsuit, executive who worked for Enron

Don Braid, Calgary Herald Published on: August 9, 2016 | Last Updated: August 10, 2016 11:02 AM MDT City-owned Enmax has hunkered down in public silence since the legal assault from the provincial government began. But with the latest twist — the revelation that a current Enmax executive once negotiated the “Enron clause” for his then-employer — the gloves are […]

Alison Redford and her part in Tobaccogate being investigated again

By Rick Bell, Calgary Sun First posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 08:29 PM MDT | Updated: Friday, August 05, 2016 07:03 AM MDT The Toryland dynasty is dead but its memory lives on — in another probe of a former PC premier. Yes, Alison Redford is back in the news. Toryland is once again under […]

Conflict of interest probe into ex-Alberta premier Alison Redford lacked important evidence: report

Mariam Ibrahim, Postmedia News | April 4, 2016 11:59 PM ET A former Alberta ethics commissioner lacked important evidence in his conflict of interest investigation into how Alison Redford awarded the province’s lawsuit against big tobacco companies, a new report has found. Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci’s independent review of Neil Wilkinson’s […]

Coal power buying rule challenged – Alberta NDP say consumers left on the hook

26 Jul 2016 Lethbridge Herald John Cotter THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON The Alberta government is going to court to challenge a regulation it says will saddle consumers with billions of dollars in losses from coal-fired power agreements. The NDP says last-minute changes to a regulation passed secretly by the Progressive Conservatives in 2000 allows […]

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