National Newswatch

Alberta’s carbon tax on high emitters met with praise, concerns about power price hikes

Dec 7 2017 — Reid Southwick — Alberta’s revamped carbon tax for large industrial emitters received some praise Wednesday, but there were also fears the plan could drive up electricity costs for consumers while eroding industry’s ability to compete with global players that don’t face the same levies. The NDP government on Wednesday formally unveiled its plans to reboot the carbon levy […]

Alberta could retaliate against B.C. over Trans Mountain, but it could get ugly, observers say

Aug 12 2017 — Reid Southwick — After the B.C. government stepped up its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there were new calls for the federal and Alberta governments to consider retaliation over a divisive project that has cleared major regulatory hurdles. While mechanisms are available to either override B.C. opposition or punish the province, several observers said Friday few […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]