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  • https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/budget-cu...unit-1.4673013

    After learning the UCP government would be dismantling a unit of firefighters specially trained to fight wildfires, the NDP opposition says the loss is a "shameful cut."
    The Wildland Firefighter Rappel Program, also known as the Helitack-Rappel or RAP program, was established about 40 years ago and employs 65 personnel.
    Seems like a reasonable thing to do, I mean when was the last time we had big fires in Alberta?

    /s
    Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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    • we know how rural feels about the current prov govt. we know how edmonton feels.
      how does calgary feel about the current direction? a lot of folks there voted for ucp. are they happy with their choice?
      The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your eyes then steal your dreams.
      It's heaven and hell!

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      • Originally posted by GenWhy? View Post
        UCP on education are looking at eliminating reconciliation and climate change from the curriculum.
        Source? I really hope not...

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        • Oh really? Just looking to protect religious rights? Like this one?

          Leviticus 20:13 New Living Translation (NLT)
          13 “If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.
          Alberta private member's bill to reopen debate on physician conscience rights
          UCP MLA Dan Williams says his bill is meant to simply affirm Charter rights


          United Conservative backbencher Dan Williams is to introduce Thursday a private member's bill to reassert the Charter-protected freedom of conscience and religion for health providers.


          Williams says the bill is in response to an Appeal Court of Ontario ruling this spring.


          Ontario's high court affirmed a lower court ruling that found physicians who object on moral grounds to contentious issues like abortion must offer patients an "effective referral" to another health provider.


          Ontario's highest court rules doctors must give referrals for services they oppose


          The court called it a fair compromise, but groups such as Canadian Physicians for Life say it is still an intolerable violation of their rights.

          https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmon...ture-1.5350963

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          • Well, with this approach it may make sense to require all physicians and other service providers to post all their religious, political and other beliefs on their door so they don’t waste people’s time. And in their job applications, etc.

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            • I blame Notley.

              Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy is drowning in debt

              The financial problems have been amplified by a bid to diversify away from natural gas by betting big on oil. The company's October 2018 deal for shale oil driller WildHourse Resource Company, valued at $4 billion, including debt, came when US oil prices were trading at nearly $70 a barrel. Weeks later, crude plunged below $45 a barrel. Oil prices have yet to fully recover.

              Citing weak prices, Chesapeake on Tuesday announced plans to slash its drilling and completion activity by 30% in 2020. And the company plans to cut production and general expenses by about 20% in a bid to achieve free cash flow. Executives also said they will consider selling assets to raise cash.


              "We've been keenly focused on absolute debt reduction, and we've made great strides," Domenic Dell'Osso, Chesapeake's chief financial officer, told analysts during a conference call.
              "The volatile commodity price environment has pressured the speed and timing of accomplishing these goals," Chesapeake CEO Robert Lawler said during the call, "but we will continue to make incremental progress and improve our competitiveness and profitability"

              https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/05/inves...gas/index.html

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              • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmon...rter-1.5351465

                Alberta premier chartered $16K flight to fly 2 premiers to Saskatoon after Stampede event

                "but defended the expenditure as an expression of Alberta hospitality."
                Government funds should be used to help their citizens, not to invite friends over for a party.

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                • Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
                  I blame Notley.

                  Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy is drowning in debt

                  The financial problems have been amplified by a bid to diversify away from natural gas by betting big on oil. The company's October 2018 deal for shale oil driller WildHourse Resource Company, valued at $4 billion, including debt, came when US oil prices were trading at nearly $70 a barrel. Weeks later, crude plunged below $45 a barrel. Oil prices have yet to fully recover.

                  Citing weak prices, Chesapeake on Tuesday announced plans to slash its drilling and completion activity by 30% in 2020. And the company plans to cut production and general expenses by about 20% in a bid to achieve free cash flow. Executives also said they will consider selling assets to raise cash.


                  "We've been keenly focused on absolute debt reduction, and we've made great strides," Domenic Dell'Osso, Chesapeake's chief financial officer, told analysts during a conference call.
                  "The volatile commodity price environment has pressured the speed and timing of accomplishing these goals," Chesapeake CEO Robert Lawler said during the call, "but we will continue to make incremental progress and improve our competitiveness and profitability"

                  https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/05/inves...gas/index.html
                  You left out Trudeau!

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                  • Originally posted by nobleea View Post
                    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmon...rter-1.5351465

                    Alberta premier chartered $16K flight to fly 2 premiers to Saskatoon after Stampede event

                    "but defended the expenditure as an expression of Alberta hospitality."
                    Government funds should be used to help their citizens, not to invite friends over for a party.
                    did kenny take the Redford airline express
                    The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your eyes then steal your dreams.
                    It's heaven and hell!

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                    • Originally posted by The Man From YEG View Post
                      Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
                      I blame Notley.

                      Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy is drowning in debt

                      The financial problems have been amplified by a bid to diversify away from natural gas by betting big on oil. The company's October 2018 deal for shale oil driller WildHourse Resource Company, valued at $4 billion, including debt, came when US oil prices were trading at nearly $70 a barrel. Weeks later, crude plunged below $45 a barrel. Oil prices have yet to fully recover.

                      Citing weak prices, Chesapeake on Tuesday announced plans to slash its drilling and completion activity by 30% in 2020. And the company plans to cut production and general expenses by about 20% in a bid to achieve free cash flow. Executives also said they will consider selling assets to raise cash.


                      "We've been keenly focused on absolute debt reduction, and we've made great strides," Domenic Dell'Osso, Chesapeake's chief financial officer, told analysts during a conference call.
                      "The volatile commodity price environment has pressured the speed and timing of accomplishing these goals," Chesapeake CEO Robert Lawler said during the call, "but we will continue to make incremental progress and improve our competitiveness and profitability"

                      https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/05/inves...gas/index.html
                      You left out Trudeau!
                      and quebec. and BC. and Ottawa. and greta. and my uncle manny.
                      everyone is responsible for this!
                      The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your eyes then steal your dreams.
                      It's heaven and hell!

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                      • Except Alberta's lack of diversity and low world oil prices

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                        • Why are we not surprised. It’s just how it is.


                          GUNTER: Kenney’s chartered flights stir up foul memories of the entitled Tories era | Edmonton Sun

                          “ Still, let’s put this boneheaded move into some perspective. ”

                          https://edmontonsun.com/opinion/colu...led-tories-era

                          ‘Tone-deaf, entitled’: Alberta taxpayers footed $16,764 bill for charter flight | Edmonton Journal

                          Misuse of tax dollars’: CTF

                          The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) slammed the move, calling it a “misuse of tax dollars.” Alberta CTF director Franco Terrazzano called it “extremely disappointing” and said the current economic climate is the worst possible time for such an expense.

                          Kenney’s explanation that the cost was in Albertans’ best interests doesn’t pass the sniff test, he said.

                          “Albertans didn’t vote for Kenney to waste tax dollars on fancy charter plane rides,” he said Thursday. “Albertans voted for Kenney to clean up the culture at the legislature and this is the same old frivolous culture that has plagued taxpayers for years. Kenney needs to fix this culture immediately.”



                          https://edmontonjournal.com/news/pol...charter-flight
                          Last edited by KC; 07-11-2019, 05:26 PM.

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                          • Why is Kenney taking over teacher pension funds? The same reason he's musing setting up an Alberta pension plan. To get billions that AIMCo can then lend to O&G companies that banks won't lend to.


                            Braid: Alberta pension a serious idea that would flip out the feds

                            Kenney said, “I understand there is about $40 billion of Albertans’ premiums under management by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.


                            “If we could transfer those assets to be managed securely by AIMCo, that would also help AIMCo be a stronger asset manager that would be able to participate in larger deals . . . to further diversify their investment portfolio and improve returns over time,” he concluded.


                            With $115 billion in the kitty even before the new plans are moved in, plus a $40-billion payout from Ottawa, AIMCo would be a giant with well over $150 billion under management.


                            Quebec’s Caisse de Depot administers about $326 billion; the CPP Investment Board itself has $400 billion US.


                            Alberta would move into a very big league for a jurisdiction with only four million people.


                            Government officials suggest there could be a strategic advantage for Alberta development. With many lenders shunning oil and gas, AIMCo might buy more stakes in the industry.


                            But economist Trevor Tombe points out that the first duty of these big institutional investors is to make money, and plenty of it. Decisions made for political reasons deserve to be “a genuine scandal.”

                            https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/co...QvXIFjD7J0xr5s

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                            • Just posting this as a reference to things said about the NDP not campaigning on their later implementation of their carbon tax. The roles have now switched. I guess the BS gets handed off with the job.


                              Alberta Election Fact Check: UCP says NDP hid carbon tax from Albertans in 2015 | Globalnews.ca

                              https://globalnews.ca/news/4928688/a...dp-carbon-tax/

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                              • Alberta’s “fair deal” panel is drawing criticism from a business organization and from a politician who studied similar ideas the last time the province’s anger was running high. [...]

                                The head of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce is not convinced it’s what the provincial economy needs.

                                “This is definitely politics over policy right now and I think the best thing for business is always certainty and having a fair deal panel creates a level of uncertainty,” said Sandip Lalli.

                                She said any of these measures would cost the province money to set up and create a regulatory burden on businesses going forward.

                                “That’s big government and how does big government reconcile with open for business,” she said. “If these things get set up that’s the opposite of making it easy.”

                                Lalli said the government should be focusing on a competitive carbon tax plan that would see the province export carbon-reducing technology.
                                https://edmontonjournal.com/news/cal...box=1573660335
                                “Son, one day this will be an iconic structure shaping Edmonton’s skyline.”

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