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Response to the NDP’s 2018-2019 Budget

Another year, another massive budget deficit, albeit with a token reduction this year to 8.8 billion dollars. Accompanying the budget, the NDP government has produced a plan to return to balance by 2023, a plan built on a rickety foundation that assumes that the Kinder Morgan pipeline will be built and operate at capacity, that …

Electric Vehicle charging and community design.

While doing research regarding how Electric Vehicle Charging stations would be affected by the design of communities, I came to a disparaging conclusion. The Green Party objective of smaller communities is counter to having Electric Vehicles. What? you say.  Let me explain. Our society today encourages the use of the personal automobile. There is often more than …

Alberta’s Oil and Gas History Told in a Tapestry

The Black Gold Tapestry is breathtaking. The colours are stunning. Most articles start by talking about either the size or the story, and both of those are worth discussing, but it is the beauty of it that grabs the viewer from a distance. Up close the detail of the texture that takes over. The stitching …

Wealth, Food Security and the Doughnut Economy

In a week that included the Women’s March, the Davos conference, the issue of feeding our current and future population and the news that “It’s Boom times for Billionaires” I feel the need to connect the dots. This week a report from Oxfam was published that stated; “…82 percent of the global wealth produced last …

European Union’s Circular Economy

I have been studying on line the European Union’s Circular Economy strategy which is designed to create much more value and much less waste out of the resources we use.  It is a very ambitious system with, supposedly, increasing targets for waste prevention, reuse and recycling and has had evidence of some success in various …

Climate Change; From Crypto-currency to Porn

When we think of Climate Change and our carbon footprint there are many things to consider, some are obvious, many others are not. Take the Crypro-currency Bitcoin for instance. The exploding price of bitcoin in recent months has raised questions about the environmental sustainability of the currency. Although it’s hard to measure accurately the Washington …

What’s New with the Carbon Tax

On January 1, 2018, the Alberta carbon levy increased from $20/T to $30/T. Beyond 2018, there is an intention to increase it further, but no firm schedule for doing so. However, pending Federal legislation will require a rate of $50/T by 2022, and it is the expressed intention of the NDP government to meet the …

SWRR Letter of Concern Regarding the Gravel Operations behind Wentworth/West Springs Neighborhoods

January 1, 2018 Government of Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks Dear Ms. Shannon Phillips, I am writing to you today to discuss the SWRR gravel operations behind the Wentworth/West Springs neighborhoods in Calgary. Once again, I fully appreciate that your portfolio is challenging as Alberta faces many environmental issues, this gravel operation being only …

Green Party of Alberta Statement on the Passing of Bill 23, the Alberta Human Rights Amendments Act

The Green Party of Alberta supports immediate action to remove all minimum age requirements for condominiums and rental properties in Alberta. Greens understand that all Albertans need affordable housing that is suitable to their needs. Currently with minimum age requirements in place there are situations where residents are forced to move out from residences with …