National Newswatch

Alberta license plates a no-no in Saskatchewan

Dec 12 2017 — Gillian Steward — Maybe Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall, one of only two conservative premiers still standing, just felt the need to lash out in frustration before he retires from politics. Maybe he just couldn’t stomach anymore the NDP government in neighbouring Alberta, especially given that the Saskatchewan NDP is on the rise again.

Alberta betting on booming marijuana market

Nov 28 2017 — Gillian Steward — So far it looks like Alberta will be the go-to province for marijuana entrepreneurs lining up to get in on the action when selling pot becomes legal next summer. Unlike Ontario and Quebec, Alberta has taken a free market approach. Recreational marijuana will be sold in privately owned retail stores and there could be a […]

Has Rachel Notley been thrown overboard by the Trudeau team?

Nov 14 2017 — Gillian Steward — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will be in Toronto next week to try and convince any doubters of the benefits of the expansion of the TransMountain oil pipeline. Why you might ask is she touting the benefits of a pipeline that won’t run anywhere near Toronto or anywhere in Ontario? The $7.4 billion project would ship […]

What’s the next big thing after oil for Alberta?

Oct 31 2017 — Gillian Steward — Is oil becoming passé? If so, what is going to replace it in Alberta? What kind of industries will provide the well-paying jobs that lured so many people to this province over the past 20 years and kept them here? That’s the big question facing Albertans, and other petroleum producing regions of Canada, as the […]

Trump proves Canadians got it right on health care

Oct 17 2017 — Gillian Steward — Last week a beaming Donald Trump signed executive orders in front of a fawning audience clustered around his desk that will make it much harder for ordinary Americans to buy health insurance. And once again Canadians across the country looked across the border in disbelief at how Americans just can’t come to grips with the […]

Even in Alberta, views on oil are changing

Sep 19 2017 — Gillian Steward — The hard realities of climate change seemed to be everywhere this summer. In Calgary smoke hung in the air and burned our eyes as ash fell on our cars from forest fires to the west and the south. On a drive to the Okanagan, for almost 500 km smoke drifted close to the car or […]

Grateful to call Canada home

Sep 5 2017 — Gillian Steward — Our next eagerly anticipated holiday weekend, Thanksgiving, is still a while away. But there are times, and they seem more frequent lately given what is going on south of the border, when I can’t help but feel extremely thankful to call Canada home. This sense of gratitude hit me again recently while I was in […]

Where pipelines means money and jobs

Aug 9 2017 — Gillian Steward — In B.C., the new NDP government is wrestling with the power it now has to stall or stop the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline that would deliver oil from Alberta’s tarsands to tankers on the West Coast bound for Asia. Premier John Horgan campaigned against it. Environmental activists have vowed to stop it anyway they can. […]

Flawed strategy of making Alberta great again

Jul 25 2017 — Gillian Steward — Last October, former Harper cabinet minister Jason Kenney rode his white horse back to Alberta, determined to save the people from the horrors of the NDP government and get himself elected premier. So far, Kenney’s scheme is on track. But there’s still a long stretch to go before his quest is accomplished. And while Albertans […]

Electric cars pose headaches for the oil industry

Jul 11 2017 — Gillian Steward — Electric cars are having a moment. There are only a few on the road compared to gas guzzlers but recent predictions by reliable sources see battery powered vehicles becoming the rage much sooner than had been expected. Since these sedans, SUVs, and possibly pickup trucks will be powered by electricity instead of gasoline what will […]

Jason Kenney has Alberta conservatives even more divided

Jun 27 2017 — Gillian Steward — Jason Kenney, once one of Stephen Harper’s key cabinet ministers, had what seemed like the perfect plan to rid Alberta of Rachel Notley’s NDP government. He would enter provincial politics and unite the right — conservative parties garnered more of the popular vote than the NDP in the 2015 election — and become the leader […]

It’s time to recognize First Nations as founders of Canada

Jun 13 2017 — Gillian Steward — A few months back I wrote about the idea of officially establishing Canada’s Indigenous peoples as one of the country’s founding peoples along with the French and the British. I was amazed at the positive and overwhelming support that garnered from readers. Not because I thought it was a bad idea — I think it […]