South Saskatchewan Regional Plan: Bad thinking and poor leadership will prove costly for Albertans

After much time and money expended, the Alberta government recently released the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan.  Environmentalists concede there are some good parts of the SSRP.  For example, Kevin Van Tighem, Alberta naturalist and conservation activist, calls creation of the Pekisko Heritage Rangeland “brilliant”. But the Plan disappoints on many fronts, in particular on the …

Strict regulation and enforcement necessary: Failure to prohibit emissions from Peace River oil sands project a disaster for downwind families

By Janet Keeping, click Leader  The Labrecque family are not opposed to oil sands development.   According to their web site, they don’t see themselves as “tree huggers or environmental activists.”  Instead they describe themselves as Albertans who “believe in financial prosperity but not at any cost.”  Nevertheless it seems clear a huge cost has been …

Northern Gateway: If Albertans refuse to let the rate of bitumen production increase, this project can die the natural death it deserves

By Janet Keeping, Leader, Green Party of Alberta Northern Gateway has been proposed as one of several pipelines that would ship bitumen from northern Alberta to a wider range of markets.  As is well known Northern Gateway raises several very worrisome issues and is rejected by many people, including several Aboriginal groups, across BC and …

Government should not fund anti-gay school: school that teaches gays will be punished in “lake of fire” receives $ 7 million

It has recently come to light that the Alberta government viagraoverthecounter biz is giving $ 7 million to a private school which is openly anti-gay.  Where can homophobia do more harm than in schools which have great influence over the shaping of young minds?  Since governments are bound by law not to discriminate against gays, …