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- Written by Laura Stewart Laura Stewart
- Published: 11 February 2016 11 February 2016
Amidst falling prices and rising emissions, some Albertans see opportunity
In the Appalachian region of the United States, where collapsing demand for coal has devastated local economies, a federal program is helping retrain workers and boost new business ventures.
Alberta’s new Climate Leadership Plan mentions similar transition support for coal workers, but as low oil prices drag on, some Albertans say extending this support to oilsands workers could benefit both the climate and the economy.
- Written by Madison Farkas Madison Farkas
- Published: 09 February 2016 09 February 2016
Waste removal now costs Goodwill half-a-million dollars a year
The sour stink of rotting food floats from a black garbage bag full of unwashed plastic containers outside the TransCanada location of Goodwill Industries of Alberta. Alongside a dingy old mattress and a ripped, stained couch, the bag is part of an eight-foot-tall pile of trash left at the store’s donation door on Sept. 28.
“It was mostly broken junk,” recalled Karen Taylor Macdonald, the manager at the TransCanada retail store. “The containers were absolutely filthy.”
- Written by Ashley Materi Ashley Materi
- Published: 05 February 2016 05 February 2016
Prime minister’s first visit to Calgary since elected filled with pledges for Alberta’s energy sector
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Rachel Notley hosted a roundtable meeting with a group of industry leaders Thursday, and later spoke to reporters about the discussion at the downtown YWCA after touring the facilities.
“We’ve agreed that we’re going to work together in the coming years with industry to ensure that we are creating a pan-Canadian approach on building a strong economy and a protected environment without marginalizing or pointing fingers,” said Trudeau.
- Written by Daniel Leon Rodriguez Daniel Leon Rodriguez
- Published: 04 February 2016 04 February 2016
Non-Christian inmates struggling to access appropriate spiritual support
The defeat of the federal Conservative Party in the October election has raised hope among prisoner’s rights advocates that the handling of minority religious services in the country’s prisons will be amended by the newly elected government.
According to multiple CBC reports, chaplaincy services were affected by the conservative government’s austerity agenda in 2012. The Tories decided not to renew the contracts of about 50 part-time non-Christian chaplains, planning to introduce an interfaith system in the prisons employing primarily Christian chaplains and community volunteers. However, the plans for the new system were widely unpopular, particularly among prisoner advocate organizations. The government then decided to outsource chaplaincy services to a private contractor.