National Newswatch

Alberta’s Wildrose Party’s collapse as swift and divisive as its birth

Dec 21 2014 — Bill Kaufmann — The Wildrose Party began nearly seven years ago in much the same way it crumbled — in distrust and division. Calgarian John Hilton-O’Brien recalls those birthing pains when the Alberta Alliance Party merged with the Wildrose — two right-wing movements seeking political traction. “The Wildrose and Alliance people never got along,” said Hilton-O’Brien, who became […]

Tsuu T’ina First Nation defends defiance of federal law requiring salaries disclosure online

Aug 3 2014 — Bill Kaufmann — The Calgary-area Tsuu T’ina First Nation is defying a federal law requiring they disclose the salaries of chief and council members. On Wednesday, a deadline passed for First Nations across the country to deliver that information and other financial statements to be publicly viewed on Aboriginal Affairs Canada website. The Tsuu T’ina view the First […]

Newfoundland, Ontario have highest percentage of welfare recipients

Feb 14 2014 — Bill Kaufmann — While Alberta’s welfare rolls sit last in Canada, Ontario’s have become the country’s second-highest, say University of Calgary researchers. The number of welfare recipients in the country have declined since the mid 1990s but they’ve remained higher in Ontario, at 7.6% of its population in 2012. In Alberta, 3.2% of those aged 0-64 received social […]