Highlights/Alberta

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Canadian oil company fined (again) for migratory bird deaths

The Syncrude company operating in the western province of Alberta’s oilsands region, has been fined $2.7 million dollars for causing the deaths of 31 blue herons. A large containment pond for a mixture of bitumen, water and other chemical byproducts» 

Economy, Politics

Ottawa offers $1.6B boost for Alberta’s ailing energy sector

The federal government is promising more than $1.6 billion to support Alberta’s ailing oil and gas sector as the province struggles to recover from an oil glut and diversify its export markets beyond the United States. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet» 

Economy, Politics

Alberta orders 8.7% oil production cut

Premier Rachel Notley is ordering Alberta’s oil industry to cut production by 8.7 per cent, saying the measure is needed to end “the economic and fiscal insanity” of selling Albertan crude at steep discounts compared with the North American benchmark.» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

English has some funny words, and science has rated them

Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly. some of the words rated as among the funniest What makes a word funny? Well, its form partly, partly what it means, and partly the image it implies among» 

Environment, Society

Prime Alberta ranchland donated for research and conservation.

Two announcements this week have major implications for conservation and animal research. The first was the donation of an entire working cattle ranch to the University of Calgary. The WA Ranches, a large working beef cattle operation worth an estimated $44» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Household disinfectants and childhood obesity

New study shows a possible link The commercials say over and over, protect your family from bacteria and use our disinfectants and eliminate all those nasty bacteria. Parents of course want to protect their children from all harm or danger,» 

Economy, Environment

Drought: deep concern for western Canada ranchers, farmers

Cattle, ranching, and the cowboy lifestyle are a large part of the traditions in Canada’s western prairie province of Alberta. The province is the world’s sixth largest exporter of beef. But a long and withering drought is causing great concern» 

Economy, Politics

Morneau says Ottawa willing to back Trans Mountain pipeline project

The federal government is willing to back financially Kinder Morgan or any other company that steps in to build the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to transport crude from Alberta’s oilsands to the coast of British Columbia, Finance Minister Bill Morneau» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Expert says NAFTA trade deal means Canada can’t limit emissions

The trade talks continue with senior members of the Canadian, American, and Mexican governments to work out details on renewal of the North American Trade Agreement. It’s being called “NAFTA 2.0 For People or Polluters?” The international trade talks now» 

Politics

Trudeau to interrupt foreign trip to mediate pipeline impasse

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will interrupt his trip to Latin America and Europe to return to Ottawa for a meeting with premiers of Alberta and British Columbia try to end a deadlock over a controversial pipeline expansion project that threatens»