Albertans to see tax hike on gas prices Oct. 1

Albertans to see tax hike on gas prices Oct. 1

Albertans will see a partial return of the provincial fuel tax on the price of gasoline and diesel starting on Oct. 1, as retailers have been told by the UCP government to begin collecting 4.5 cents per litre. Retailers were informed of the change through a special notice sent out by the province on Sept. … Read more

Prime Jason Kenney refuses to comment on Madu’s vaccine mandate tweet

Prime Jason Kenney refuses to comment on Madu’s vaccine mandate tweet

Premier Jason Kenney refused to comment on an Alberta cabinet minister’s controversial tweet thanking so-called “freedom convoys.” Labor Minister Kaycee Madu took to social media on Tuesday evening after news broke about Canada’s plans to drop COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the border. “It never was about science but about political control and power,” Madu tweeted. … Read more

Town northwest of Edmonton calls on province to help as community could soon have just 1 doctor left

Town northwest of Edmonton calls on province to help as community could soon have just 1 doctor left

A get-together was held in Onoway, Alta., on Friday, where local leaders said they hope to raise attention about the town being faced with only having one doctor left in the community relatively soon. Joe Blakeman, the reeve of Lac Ste. Anne County, said Onoway currently has three doctors, but one is leaving at the … Read more

No stat holiday in Alberta on Monday for ‘day of mourning’ over Queen’s death

No stat holiday in Alberta on Monday for ‘day of mourning’ over Queen’s death

Alberta has followed the federal government’s lead and declared Monday, Sept. 19 a provincial day of mourning “in solemn recognition of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.” However, it will not be treated as a statutory holiday. Read more: Canada announces a holiday to mark Queen Elizabeth’s death. Here’s who gets it Read More Canada … Read more

Alberta essay writer speaks out over controversial contest outcome

Alberta essay writer speaks out over controversial contest outcome

A woman who submitted an essay to Alberta’s ignominious “Her Vision Inspires” essay contest says she’s not necessarily looking for an apology for the results that critics have called racist, sexist, misogynist and fascist. Emelia Kazakawich said she would rather see the current provincial government change its ways. “I believe that a full apology comes … Read more

Alberta’s jobs minister Doug Schweitzer resigns

Alberta’s jobs minister Doug Schweitzer resigns

Alberta’s jobs minister Doug Schweitzer has resigned. In a tweet on Friday afternoon, Schweitzer announced he has provided Premier Jason Kenney with his resignation from Cabinet. He also said he will continue to serve as MLA until the end of the month or another date established closer to that time. “It was an honor to … Read more

Behind the COVID curtain: formerly confidential Alberta government documents made public

Behind the COVID curtain: formerly confidential Alberta government documents made public

The Provincial Court of Alberta released documents on Wednesday that provide the public a glimpse behind the curtain on how the UCP government decided when to begin removing Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions in February. The documents — which were previously marked confidential — were ordered by provincial court to be turned over by one of the … Read more

Trudeau criticizes Alberta’s response to opioid crisis during Edmonton visit

Trudeau criticizes Alberta’s response to opioid crisis during Edmonton visit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized the Alberta government Tuesday for not addressing the opioid epidemic in ways that have proven to be effective elsewhere. “As a government we’ve continued to push for safe consumption sites,” Trudeau said at the old Mercer Warehouse, where he promoted his Liberal government’s budget plan to relax tax laws for … Read more

Brian Jean withdraws arbitration ahead of Kenney’s leadership review

Brian Jean withdraws arbitration ahead of Kenney’s leadership review

Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche MLA Brian Jean says he is letting United Conservative Party members decide the fate of the party after withdrawing an arbitration dispute with the party board over the change in the leadership review process. Jean and 11 other UCP members filed a notice of dispute with the UCP arbitration committee on … Read more

Danielle Smith looking to re-enter Alberta politics, seeking UCP nomination in Livingstone-Macleod

Danielle Smith looking to re-enter Alberta politics, seeking UCP nomination in Livingstone-Macleod

Former Alberta provincial politician-turned-radio talk personality Danielle Smith is looking to get back under the dome in Edmonton. Smith said Thursday she will be seeking the nomination candidacy for the United Conservative Party in the riding of Livingstone-Macleod for next year’s general election, set for May 29, 2023. “I had a couple of people in … Read more