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Alberta's carbon tax and higher solar rebates under attack

Solar power in Alberta has grown by 500 percent since 2015, and the province has announced it is increasing rebates for both homeowners and non-profits, as well as putting more money towards solar energy programs. But will this last?

Canada joins Trump in criticizing the blocking of KXL pipeline

Canada’s government is joining President Trump in criticizing a Montana judge’s ruling on Thursday that blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Energy Regulator — Alberta oilpatch cleanup may cost $260 billion

Calgary - Stunning internal documents from Alberta's Energy Regulator estimate the cost to clean up Alberta's oil and gas industry may be $260 billion - $200 billion more than has been publicly reported.

Hemp production increases in Alberta after marijuana legalization

Edmonton - Industrial hemp production for fiber etc. has been legal for some time. However, the top parts of the plant were not used. They do not contain significant amounts of THC, the chemical that provides the high that many marijuana users seek.

Alberta train derails in Iowa, leaking oil into swollen river

Doon - A freight train derailed in northwest Iowa on Friday, leaking crude oil into flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of residential water supplies downstream, officials said.

BC government sues Alberta over plan to restrict fuel shipments

The British Columbia government has filed a lawsuit and is prepared to ask for an injunction and damages against Alberta over that province’s recently passed fuel restriction law that would allow the province to shut off oil and gas shipments to B.C.

Canada moves to protect world's largest expanse of boreal forest

Ottawa - Alberta is now home to the largest area of protected boreal forest in the world, following an announcement Tuesday that set aside more than 13,600 square kilometers (5,251 square miles) of land across much of northeast Alberta.

Alberta tries ads to win hearts and minds of anti-pipeline groups

Alberta has no intention of giving in to the opposition when it comes to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, as British Columbia residents are now finding out.

Ottawa, Alberta poised for conflict over new methane regulations

Ottawa - In May 2017, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced proposed regulations to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from Canada's oil and gas industry. Today, those rules were published, yet not everyone is happy.

Aurora Cannabis to build production facility in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat - Aurora Cannabis Inc. today announced it is acquiring approximately 29 hectares (72 acres) of land in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where the Company plans to begin construction on a new high-technology hybrid greenhouse cannabis production facility.

Alberta plan to cut oil shipments will affect all of West Coast

Alberta's plan to shut off oil and gas shipments to British Columbia could have unintended consequences along the entire West Coast of North America, causing a surge in gas prices and shifting the flow of international crude.

Alberta unveils legislation designed to cripple B.C. citizens

Premier John Horgan was assured by Prime Minister Trudeau the federal government would not punish B.C. citizens over the Trans Mountain dispute, but that promise did not include Alberta - which has unveiled legislation that will cripple B.C.

Truck company suspended in investigation of Humboldt bus crash

Calgary - The trucking company that contracted the semi-truck involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 15 people and injured 14 others has been suspended pending an investigation.

Alberta plans on imposing 'serious economic consequences' on B.C.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion threatens the rule of law in Canada and says she made it clear in a phone call to B.C. Premier John Horgan that her province is retaliating.

Alberta oil and gas methane emissions grossly under-reported

Alberta - A new, peer-reviewed scientific study shows that oil and gas methane emissions were 15 times higher than what the industry reported in the Red Deer production area in Alberta.

In Canada, cannabis has huge impact on commercial real estate

Alberta - Back in November 2017, Alberta made the decision to allow private cannabis outlets to spring up across the province. This decision has proved to be a boon for the commercial real estate industry.

Alberta government gives petrochemical industry $1 billion boost

The provincial government will spend $1 billion over the next four years on the petrochemical industry to try to diversify Alberta’s energy sector.

Alberta premier threatens to turn off the oil tap in B.C. dispute

Edmonton - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has ratcheted up the stakes in her fight to get the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion built, threatening to cut off the oil taps to British Columbia and even the rest of Canada, if necessary.

TransCanada moves forward on $2.4 billion NGTL expansion

TransCanada will spend $2.4 billion to expand its NGTL System, adding one billion cubic feet of daily shipping capacity, according to a statement Thursday.

Alberta's first renewable energy auction sets new low for wind

Alberta - The government of Alberta, Canada, home to the world's third-largest oil reserves, on Wednesday actioned off 595 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to be built in the province, exceeding the government's target of 400 megawatts.

Alberta unveils new rules on large carbon emissions industries

Alberta, Canada's main crude oil-producing province, unveiled new rules governing how it plans to charge large industrial carbon emitters including the oilsands sector, targeting a 19 percent cut in emissions by 2030.

Alberta sets aside $1.4 billion to help reduce carbon emissions

Calgary - Alberta is setting aside close to $1.4 billion from climate levies to help industry reduce carbon emissions. The government said the funding, spread over seven years, will make it easier for industries to invest in new technologies.

Canada's methane emissions 25 - 50 percent higher than feared

The Canadian oil and gas industry and federal government may be underestimating Alberta's emissions of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases.

In latest disruption to oil exports, Shell halts Nigerian exports

Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday confirmed its crude oil exports from Nigeria have been "significantly" disrupted, adding to an already shaky output situation in the West African country.

Canada in need of widespread dental care reform Special

A country-wide dental cost reform may be on its way if Quebecers get their way. In early April, the Quebec-based Journal de Montreal released a report finding dental fees in La Belle province were the most expensive in the country.

Tens of thousands flee fire-ravaged northern Alberta city

Fort Mcmurray - Canadian police and soldiers help thousands of residents evacuate south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as a wildfire continues to burn out-of-control in the country's oil sands region.

After a century in Canada, Bison return to Montana reservation

A herd of 89 plains bison in Canada will be relocated to a Native American reservation in Montana next month, and tribal leaders say this is a welcome homecoming for an animal that is an emblem of their way of life.

Anti-NDP rally protests bills on farm safety and LGBTQ students Special

Edmonton - On the day of the speech from the throne and first day of the Alberta Legislature spring session, hundreds of protesters arrived to protest the NDP government.

Number of flu-related deaths in Alberta jumps to 10

Edmonton - Provincial statistics just released by Alberta Health Services show that 10 people have died from contracting the flu this season. Of the 10, nine had not received a flu shot.

Elite team of sniffer dogs smack down zebra mussel invasion

No zebra mussels have invaded B.C. waters yet, and an Alberta-based team that uses mussel-sniffing dogs intends to keep it that way. Discovered in the U.S. 20 years ago, it's believed the tiny critters hitchhiked in the ballast tanks of European ships.
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A snow leopard gazes intensely at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors t...
A snow leopard gazes intensely at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
Protesters demanding the government honour treaties with First Nations groups.
Protesters demanding the government honour treaties with First Nations groups.
About 88 000 people in and around Ft. McMurray have been evacuated.
About 88,000 people in and around Ft. McMurray have been evacuated.
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 250 water-passionate Canadians aged 18 to 35 from all over the country
demonstrate their commitmen...
"250 water-passionate Canadians aged 18 to 35 from all over the country demonstrate their commitment to a healthy water future with a photographic message from the Rockies showing the Canadian flag with a drop of water instead of the maple leaf. Taken Saturday, October 23 at YMCA Camp Chief Hector in Exshaw, Alberta as a part of the inaugural Canadian Water Innovation Lab."
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A hawk rests on a tree branch before taking flight at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo...
A hawk rests on a tree branch before taking flight at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
Hard to imagen riding on an iron seat all day  cutting hay.
Hard to imagen riding on an iron seat all day, cutting hay.
The ‘circles of protection’ in the image are actually body shields  which were used by warriors ...
The ‘circles of protection’ in the image are actually body shields, which were used by warriors in the time before horses were reintroduced to North America in the 1730s.
A home in the neighbourhood of Elbow Park following heavy flooding in Calgary  Alberta.
A home in the neighbourhood of Elbow Park following heavy flooding in Calgary, Alberta.
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A large butterfly rests on a leaf at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honor...
A large butterfly rests on a leaf at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
Last day of the Keepers of the Water Athabasca conference
Last day of the Keepers of the Water Athabasca conference
This toad was nearly flattened by my horse  after getting him off the trail I got this picture. The ...
This toad was nearly flattened by my horse, after getting him off the trail I got this picture. The abundance of wildlife in Alberta's mountains is amazing.
Rally for Retirement Security  March 2  2014
Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014
Rally for Retirement Security  March 2  2014
Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014
Evacuess gather at the Athabasca evacuation center.
Evacuess gather at the Athabasca evacuation center.
Herding cattle on horseback.
Herding cattle on horseback.
Close-up of a fly on a daisy in the bush near the end of Bear’s Hump hike  Waterton Lakes National...
Close-up of a fly on a daisy in the bush near the end of Bear’s Hump hike, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
Deron Bilous  MLA Edmonton-Beverly-Clairview
Deron Bilous, MLA Edmonton-Beverly-Clairview
Mountain sheep by the side of Highway 40  Kananaskis Country  Alberta.
Mountain sheep by the side of Highway 40, Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
Calgary Food Bank Stats
Calgary Food Bank Stats
Pick-up area  Calgary Food Bank
Pick-up area, Calgary Food Bank