Oil prices, budget cuts, tuition hikes, floor crossing, and a provincial election: Alberta has been a whirlwind of political controversy this year. For Rachel Notley, New Democratic Party leader of Alberta, it’s just another day at the office.
As a small-town Albertan, one of the first feelings of freedom came when I passed my road test and obtained my Graduated Driver’s Licence (GDL). The roads were my oyster. The basic GDL meant I could legally drive
Within the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, underneath the Democratic Rights section, sits a right that most Canadians are familiar with: the right to vote. It is a right that was fought for by the likes of Nellie McClung and James Gladstone, both of which fought for women’s and Aboriginal’s voting rights, respectively.
Canada has a well-defined system for granting an organization charitable status, with one exception—political advocacy. Canada Revenue Agency’s rules are clear: a charity must not spend more than 10 per cent of its resources on political activity or advocacy. However, what exactly counts as political activity is simply rhetoric.
In the wake of low oil prices in yet another market downturn, investment in alternative energy sources may be Alberta and Canada’s only hope to secure a stable future in energy development.
Under the Conservative government, the number of protected lakes and rivers in Canada has dropped substantially from 2.5 million to just 159. To put things in perspective, this means that close to 98 per cent of Canada’s waterways no longer federal protection. This is alarming; Canada is one of the world’s largest supplies of fresh water
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition criticizing British Columbia’s decision to sell the province’s water for $2.25 per million litres. The fee is part of a series of changes made in the Water Sustainability Act (WSA), passed on April 19 of last year, which will regulate B.C. groundwater for the first time ever.
Any hope of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives 44-year-long winning streak in the province being snapped seems misplaced as opposition parties refuse to work together. After the resignation of the scandal-plagued Allison Redford last summer it seemed like change was finally in the air for the Alberta government.
On February 24, in an uncharacteristic move, United States’ President Barack Obama vetoed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, snubbing the House of Representatives and Congress on his way. In his rejection, Obama stated the bill bypassed a State Department process that will determine whether the project would be beneficial to the U.S. The decision is one of only three vetoes the president has made throughout his career.
By Kyle Muzyka Just seven years ago, leader of the federal Liberal Party Stephane Dion had a legitimate shot at re-establishing his party as the face of politics in Canada. Not only did he lose to the Conservatives in 2008, but he failed to make up ground, losing 18 more seats in the process. Hindsight ...