Alberta remains a petro-state under the NDP

Alberta's perspective that what’s good for the oil and gas industry is good for Albertans is wildly out of whack with reality

Alberta remains a petro-state under the NDPCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Alberta's NDP government is more intent on appeasing the oil and gas industry than serving the best interests of Albertans. The federal government recently announced it would impose a carbon reduction scheme on any province that doesn't take steps on its own to tax carbon effectively. The goal is…

Changes to election expenses an attack on Alberta democracy

The NDP's proposed 10 per cent cut-off seems motivated by a desire to reduce the competition from the left

Changes to election expenses an attack on Alberta democracyCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Proposed changes to Alberta's election campaign expense rules represent an undemocratic abuse of power. Alberta’s New Democratic Party government proposes to partially rebate campaign expenses but only to those candidates who earn at least 10 per cent of the vote. That would be unfair to smaller parties struggling to…

NIMBY-ism shouldn’t be allowed to curtail access to housing

The Alberta government must legislate where local politicians fear to tread: we need enforceable housing rights and we need them now

NIMBY-ism shouldn’t be allowed to curtail access to housingCALGARY, Alta. Aug. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Having decent, appropriate and affordable housing is critical to a healthy, successful life. And if Alberta's municipal governments can't ensure such housing, then the province needs to take charge. Decent means no cockroaches or fire hazards, for example; appropriate means near necessary services (schools, daycare, parks and the…

Electoral reform needed nowhere more than in Alberta

Winner-take-all is not a true reflection of the province’s political diversity

Electoral reform needed nowhere more than in AlbertaCALGARY, Alta. June 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Electoral reform is all about improving democracy in Canada by having our Legislatures and Parliament more accurately reflect voters’ preferences. Instead of winner-take-all in each constituency (often referred to as first-past-the-post (FPTP)), we need a system more consistent with the central idea of democracy – the principle…

It’s time for dinosaur Alberta to quit fossil fuels

We need to dramatically scale back on oil and gas production and pursue renewable energy sources

It’s time for dinosaur Alberta to quit fossil fuelsCALGARY, Alta. May 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Ontario's aggressive plans to get off carbon carry a message for Albertans: we too must take decisive steps to lower our dependency on fossil fuel industries or risk businesses and jobs going elsewhere. Leaked documents show the Ontario government plans a host of measures ranging from ending the use…

Energy East is bad for Albertans too

Building another pipeline is not a nation-building exercise, it's a step back in time

Energy East is bad for Albertans too//  energy east [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/energy-east-is-bad-for-albertans-too/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on the Energy East [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/pipelines/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]pipeline[/popup]   [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. Feb. 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Energy East would be bad for Alberta, contrary to popular opinion. Building the pipeline would contribute nothing to solving…

Ending separate schools in Alberta would build equality

Albertans should stop tolerating the separate school system

Ending separate schools in Alberta would build equalityDownload this column on separate schools for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY, AB Jun 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Canadians and Albertans are fortunate indeed: Our societies protect human rights, including gay rights, far better than most in the world. But ending the separate school system in Alberta would…

Alberta NDP must act quickly to ensure change endures

Winning the election may prove to be the easy part for the NDP government

Alberta NDP must act quickly to ensure change enduresDownload this column for your publication or website CALGARY, AB, May 26, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It is probably difficult for people who have not lived in Alberta to understand the significance of our recent election of an Alberta NDP government: After 44 years of one-party-state politics, we have proved to ourselves that political change…

Alberta budget abuses the disadvantaged

Measured against Green Party principles, the budget comes up short

Alberta budget abuses the disadvantagedAlberta budget abuses the disadvantaged FREE to subscribers CALGARY, AB, Mar 28, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The Green Party of Alberta bases its approach to politics on basic principles, such as sustainability, social justice, ecological wisdom, respect for diversity and sincere democracy. Measured against tenets such as these, the 2015 Alberta budget is both unfair and…

Massive legislative majority deadly to democracy in Alberta

Why the Green Party of Alberta won’t run against Liberal and ND incumbents in the next provincial election

Massive legislative majority deadly to democracy in AlbertaDownload Massive legislative majority deadly to democracy in Alberta CALGARY, AB, Feb 4, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The Alberta Green Party decision to refrain from running against ND and Liberal incumbents in the next election – which is widely expected to take place this spring – was a no-brainer. As Postmedia columnist Don Braid recently…