National Newswatch

ATCO Electric agrees to $31 million penalty following regulator’s investigation

Apr 18 2022 — Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Regulated utility ATCO Electric has agreed to pay a $31 million administrative penalty after an Alberta Utilities Commission investigation found it deliberately overpaid a First Nation group for work on a new transmission line, and then failed to disclose the reasons for it when it applied to be reimbursed by ratepayers for the […]

Convoys against mandates in other Canadian cities support of Ottawa truck protest

Jan 29 2022 — Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Like many of those gathered near the Alberta legislature to support a convoy of trucks that inched their way through Edmonton's downtown streets for several hours on Saturday, Kyla Keulers has been to protests against COVID-19 health restrictions before. But there were so many more people at Saturday's event, and so many truck […]

Frustration grows as list of UCP MLAs who travelled over holidays grows

Jan 3 2021 — Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Christmas trees decorated with Hawaiian leis were placed outside the constituency office of Alberta's municipal affairs minister on Sunday amid anger over a growing list of government members who ignored advice to avoid unnecessary travel and left the country over the holidays. The fallout from Tracy Allard's controversy-raising vacation to Hawaii continued to […]

Alberta cabinet minister ‘naive’ in travelling to Hawaii for holiday tradition

Jan 1 2021 — Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's municipal affairs minister apologized Friday for vacationing in Hawaii, despite recommendations to stay home, explaining that she wanted to keep up a 17-year family tradition of spending Christmas in the tropical locale.Tracy Allard said she went on the holiday this year with only those in her immediate household — her husband and […]

Alberta cabinet minister ‘naive’ in travelling to Hawaii for holiday tradition

Jan 1 2021 — Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's municipal affairs minister apologized Friday for vacationing in Hawaii, despite recommendations to stay home, explaining that she wanted to keep up a 17-year family tradition of spending Christmas in the tropical locale.Tracy Allard said she went on the holiday this year with only those in her immediate household — her husband and […]

UCP members pass resolution at AGM calling for privately funded health care option

Oct 18 2020 — Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Members of Alberta's governing United Conservative Party have narrowly endorsed a resolution at their party's annual general meeting that supports the option of a privately funded and privately managed health-care system that would operate parallel to the public one. The policy resolution was one of 30 that members approved during voting on Saturday, […]

Speakers acknowledge criticism during police and peace officer memorial services

Sep 27 2020 — Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press — Annual ceremonies across Canada held Sunday to honour police and peace officers who died in the line of duty acknowledged challenges members have endured from the global pandemic, with some speakers also defending officers from the criticism and protests police have faced in recent months. "Amidst the calls for defunding police, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, […]

Speakers acknowledge criticism during police and peace officer memorial services

Sep 27 2020 — Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press — Annual ceremonies across Canada held Sunday to honour police and peace officers who died in the line of duty acknowledged challenges members have endured from the global pandemic, with some speakers also defending officers from the criticism and protests police have faced in recent months. "Amidst the calls for defunding police, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, […]