News/Canada/Edmonton

Alberta announces deal with CN, CP to ship crude by rail

February 19, 2019

The Alberta government has signed contracts with Canadian National and Canadian Pacific to lease 4,400 rail cars to take oilsands crude to American and international markets. The first shipments of 20,000 barrels per day are expected to start by July. Full capacity is expected by mid-2020 when up to 120,000 barrels per day will be […]

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Fort McMurray hockey team forfeits season after backlash over ‘disrespectful’ video

February 15, 2019

An uproar in Fort McMurray, Alta., over a viral video that some considered racist has led to a minor hockey team forfeiting the remainder of its season because of safety concerns. Parents of players on the Fort McMurray Midget ‘A’ Junior Oil Barons issued a statement this week strongly criticizing the “brash actions” of the Fort […]

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Indigenous-led truck convoy rolls through northern Alberta to support pro-pipeline movement

February 11, 2019

Indigenous truck drivers staged a pro-pipeline rally in the tiny community of Lac La Biche, Alta, Sunday as laid-off oil and gas workers struggle to make ends meet. Sunday’s rally, about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, was billed as the first Indigenous rally in support of pipelines.     Organized by the local Region One Aboriginal Business […]

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Indigenous-led energy rally revs up in northern Alberta

February 10, 2019

A convoy of more than 100 trucks will assemble Sunday in northern Alberta in what’s being billed as the first Indigenous-led rally for energy resources. The event, organized by the Region One Aboriginal Business Association, wants to highlight that Alberta’s northern Indigenous communities support pipelines and oppose Bill C-69 — federal legislation that will overhaul the way energy projects […]

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Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel deemed ineligible to run until 2023

February 9, 2019

Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel is one of several candidates declared ineligible to run in the coming provincial election, according to a list released by Elections Alberta. But Mandel believes there was a deadline mixup from Elections Alberta and plans to continue campaigning and fight the ban in court if necessary.  Mandel is one of seven […]

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Edmonton councillor apologizes, plans to reimburse city for MBA tuition

February 7, 2019

Edmonton city councillor Jon Dziadyk apologized to constituents Thursday and promised to repay $11,000 in taxpayer money used for tuition toward an Executive MBA at the University of Alberta. “I’m very sorry I broke the trust of my constituents,” Dziadyk told reporters at city hall. “I acknowledge that using my ward funds for professional development […]

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Edmonton councillor to use $44K in taxpayers’ money for MBA degree

February 7, 2019

Story Update Coun. Jon Dziadyk had a change of heart Thursday morning and says he will no longer ask taxpayers to partially pay for a $67,000 Executive MBA at the University of Alberta. In a tweet posted Thursday morning, a few hours after CBC reported on his MBA plans, Dziadyk said he will reimburse the City of Edmonton […]

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Trans Mountain should be back on track pending NEB update, Notley says

February 6, 2019

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion should be back on track if a National Energy Board report due later this month “goes our way.” Last summer, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the project’s approval, bringing construction to a halt. The court ordered the NEB to undertake additional consultation on the […]

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‘I couldn’t believe it’: University of Alberta evicted student after attempt to kill himself

January 29, 2019

Hallways at the University of Alberta are decorated with posters with reassuring slogans such as “Love yourself” and “Take a break and find balance.” One U of A student in Edmonton says that when he walks by the slogans, he feels as if it’s all for show. In the fall of 2016, the 18-year-old tried for […]

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Don’t dismiss them as ‘crackpots’: Who are Canada’s yellow vest protesters?

January 11, 2019

This weekend in Edmonton, protesters wearing bright yellow vests will gather at the Alberta legislature. Just like they did last weekend, and every weekend before that for the past month.  “No point making all those beautiful signs if nobody gets to see ’em,” an organizing group said in a Facebook post about plans for Saturday’s […]

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