National Newswatch

UCP members show overwhelming support for ideas to give Alberta more autonomy

Nov 30 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Members of Alberta's United Conservative Party have shown overwhelming support for measures that would give the province more autonomy from Ottawa amid simmering separatist sentiment. At its first annual general meeting since winning power this spring, the UCP held a special session on Saturday to discuss ways for Alberta to get what it calls a "fair deal" […]

Scheer cautions against internal fighting in speech in Conservative heartland

Nov 30 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has dismissed those calling for him to step down after last month's election loss as elites and "talking heads" who know he'll never relent in his opposition to the carbon tax. "They think that what Canada needs is a second Liberal Party," he said in a speech to the Alberta United Conservative Party annual […]

Alberta youth advocate urges more support for young adults no longer in care

Nov 25 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta's child and youth advocate is urging better support for young adults who are no longer in government care after six vulnerable people between the ages of 20 and 22 died last year.  All had support and financial assistance agreements through Alberta Children's Services. "Supporting young people as they enter adulthood is essential […]

Alberta premier dismisses concerns over firing of election commissioner

Nov 22 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is dismissing concerns over a new law that fired the man who was investigating wrongdoing within the United Conservative Party.  The legislation makes the commissioner's job a staff position in the chief electoral office. It also specifies that commissioner Lorne Gibson's contract, which was to run until 2023, be terminated. The bill was introduced in the […]

Alberta education minister critical of Calgary school board over staff cuts

Nov 20 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta's education minister is ordering a financial audit and governance review of the Calgary Board of Education after 300 temporary teachers were told they would be losing their jobs in the new year due to a budget shortfall. Adriana LaGrange says she's extremely disappointed with the board that oversees Calgary's public schools. "When you look […]

Alberta independence ideas would increase costs: Calgary mayor

Nov 13 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Ideas that could give Alberta more independence from the federal government are getting a tepid reception from one of the province's big-city mayors and a chamber of commerce boss. Premier Jason Kenney's United Conservative government has formed a panel to examine ways for Alberta to get what he calls a "fair deal" in Canada. They include establishing a […]

Alberta separation wouldn’t solve problem of landlocked oil: expert

Nov 3 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — International trade experts say it's a pipe dream to think the landlocked oil-producing western provinces would have an easier time getting their product to international markets if they were to split from Canada. "Wexit" — an apparent play on the word "Brexit" used to describe the United Kingdom's planned departure from the European Union — was trending on social media […]

Alberta finance minister says diversifying revenues is a long-term ‘luxury’

Oct 25 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta's finance minister says the province will have the luxury of diversifying its revenues once its budget is balanced. Travis Toews told a Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon that the government should look at ways to become less dependent on volatile oil and natural gas royalties in the long term. But he says the United […]

‘Havoc and chaos:’ Alberta separatist group gains support as Liberals re-elected

Oct 22 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — There's been a surge of support for an Alberta separatist group since the Liberals secured a minority government Monday night, and while political scientists say a split from Canada may not be a real possibility, the anger underlying the movement is serious. "The idea of Canada has died in the hearts of many, many western Canadians," said "Wexit" […]

UN protocol used by youths in climate complaint not available to Canadian kids

Sep 27 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — A children's rights advocate is urging Canada to adopt a United Nations protocol that 16 youths, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, are using to push for climate action. Sara Austin, founder and CEO of Children First Canada, led the years-long global push for a UN code for children — and their adult representatives — to file complaints if their rights have […]

Alberta inquiry into oil and gas foes could face legal challenge from Ecojustice

Sep 18 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — An environmental law group is threatening legal action if the Alberta government's inquiry into foreign funding of oil and gas industry foes continues as is.  Vancouver-based Ecojustice has given inquiry commissioner Steve Allan 30 days to respond to a letter detailing its concerns and proposing ways to address some of them. "It is Ecojustice's submission that the inquiry is […]

Alberta spending more than $80M on 4,000 addictions treatment spaces

Sep 11 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, saying programs aimed at getting people sober have too often been neglected in favour of harm reduction, has announced more than $80 million in funding for 4,000 spaces to treat those with addictions. Kenney said Wednesday the money is part of the United Conservative Party's campaign commitment to spend $140 million to improve addiction […]

Amnesty ‘deeply concerned’ about Alberta’s plans to fight oil industry foes

Sep 10 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Amnesty International has warned Alberta Premier Jason Kenney that his government's fight against oil and gas industry foes puts human rights at risk. The head of the group's Canadian branch outlined his concerns in an open letter Tuesday that highlighted Alberta's public inquiry into foreign funding of environmental groups and its $30-million war room to […]