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Inventory of abandoned oil and gas wells doubles in 2016

Dec 28 2016 — Reid Southwick — The number of oil and gas wells abandoned by industry has expanded dramatically as depressed commodity prices forced operators into bankruptcy. Alberta’s inventory of wells without an owner financially capable of cleaning them up roughly doubled this year to 1,400, a clear indicator of the economic turmoil of 2016. The surge means taxpayers will be […]

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Oilsands expected to add 3,400 new jobs by 2020

Dec 14 2016 — Reid Southwick — After years of mass layoffs, the oilsands is expected to add 3,400 new jobs by 2020, according to the latest forecast that says depressed oil prices had a “deeper and longer impact” on the workforce. The oilsands is expected to employ 67,200 workers in four years, a jump by six per cent or 3,400 jobs, […]

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Controversial claims by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi about Uber tactics likely not ‘fatal,’ prof says

Apr 24 2016 — Reid Southwick — Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s off-the-cuff commentary about Uber will raise tough questions and embolden his critics, say political observers. Even when Nenshi apologized for remarks he made during a recorded drive in Boston, he did not say with certainty whether city hall dispatched violent offenders to test Uber’s screening process, a claim captured on the surreptitiously […]

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Mulcair avoids question on support for Energy East

Mar 3 2016 — Reid Southwick — Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair walked a fine line when pressed on Quebec’s legal action over the Energy East pipeline, praising Alberta’s New Democratic premier for avoiding fiery rhetoric while making no judgments about his home province’s provocative move. Mulcair told reporters in Calgary the Quebec government “was making sure its jurisdiction was respected” when […]

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Poll shows Tory surge, public opposition to Wildrose defections

Dec 22 2014 — Reid Southwick — The Alberta Tories have extended their lead over a decimated opposition, just as Albertans signalled they largely oppose Danielle Smith’s decision to lead eight fellow Wildrose MLAs to Jim Prentice’s Progressive Conservative government, a new poll suggests. The survey by Mainstreet Technologies found that 44 per cent of decided voters support the PCs, while 20 […]

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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau sought refuge at Calgary homeless shelter

Nov 3 2014 — Reid Southwick — A man identified as the shooter who killed a soldier in downtown Ottawa before storming Parliament last month stayed at a Calgary homeless shelter at least twice before travelling to the capital, sources told the Herald. Calgary police have confirmed Michael Zehaf-Bibeau spent time in the city at some point, but they have not released […]

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Rob Anders in crosshairs of Muslim group over shooting target

Feb 10 2014 — Reid Southwick — A Calgary Muslim leader says a photograph showing MP Rob Anders and federal candidate Melissa Mathieson at a firing range in front of a target depicting a lifelike image of a terrorist promotes hatred. But not everyone says the photo, which has been circulating on social media, poses a real problem. The image has sparked […]

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Alberta NDP gears up for 2016, takes aim at PCs, Wildrose

Nov 3 2013 — Reid Southwick — NDP Leader Brian Mason went on the attack against his political rivals at his party’s convention Saturday, charging there is little difference between the Tories and Wildrose, while branding the Liberals as demoralized. Mason told party faithful in Lethbridge they must begin preparing to contest the next election by fundraising, growing their team and talking […]