Alberta Health Services new performance reporting system not much better than the old one

The same junk data but in a different package

Alberta Health Services new performance reporting system not much better than the old oneCALGARY, AB, Jan 30, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Alberta Health Services (AHS), which released its newly redesigned performance reporting system on Wednesday, says the new system "follows several months of planning and consultation with stakeholders, including clinicians, which led to a decision to streamline previously reported performance measures so they are easier to understand and…

The role of cities in economic prosperity is limited

Municipalities have control over very few of the elements that determine their economic attractiveness

The role of cities in economic prosperity is limitedCALGARY, AB, Jan 27, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It is often argued that cities are the engines of economic growth, and that the quality of life offered in a city is critical to enhancing its global economic competitiveness and its ability to attract talent. This is generally the basis on which municipal elected officials justify…

No peace for Peace River families affected by emissions

Health sacrificed to a policy of develop first and deal with consequences later, if ever

No peace for Peace River families affected by emissionsCALGARY, AB, Jan 27, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The Labrecque family is not opposed to oil sands development. 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 imposed upon…

Crude glut on horizon

Crude oil the most richly-priced commodity in the world, according to Deutsche Bank

Crude glut on horizonJEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 19, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The possibility of a crude price slide is growing with each passing month. The U.S, Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that, in the second half of the decade, U.S. crude oil production is likely to be close to its 1970 peak. By next year, the EIA…

Neil Young was right to speak out

He was right to speak out on poverty, apartheid and the Iraq War, and he is right to speak out on the oil sands

Neil Young was right to speak outTORONTO, ON, Jan 18, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Some said Neil Young should stick to music after he spoke out against the Oil Sands. But in a country where the Prime Minister plays piano and sings the Beatles for political effect, Neil Young has a right to be heard. He is a great Canadian musician…

“Greening” the oil sands isn’t a pipe dream

Second generation technology can cost-effectively convert common biomass into bio-diluent used to transport oil by pipeline

“Greening” the oil sands isn’t a pipe dreamCALGARY, AB, Jan 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Recent events, like the tragic explosion in Lac-Megantic and the near-disasters recently in Casselton, North Dakota and Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, have led to questions as to the feasibility of transportating oil by rail. Safety concerns, especially with the more volatile and lighter shale oil that comes…

Neil Young blows through Wild Rose country

His remarks only added insult to injury after a year most Albertans would like to forget

Neil Young blows through Wild Rose countryCALGARY, AB, Jan 16, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Neil Young has brought more than Four Strong Winds to Calgary. Instead of a gentle breeze, he rode a hurricane of controversy into Canada's oil patch capital, as part of a cross-country tour to support native groups opposed to oil sands expansion. It's no coincidence Young chose…

Long-term care funding model a deeply-flawed mess

Alberta is shifting to a patient/care-based funding model to reduce waiting lists but it won’t work

Long-term care funding model a deeply-flawed messCALGARY, AB, Jan 14, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Provincial governments across Canada are facing increasing public demands for more long-term care beds. Alberta is resisting these demands. Instead, it's overhauling the long-term care system and making better use of existing beds. "It’s doing this by changing the way it pays long-term care homes, shifting to…

A lower Canadian dollar, but not business as usual

The closer the U.S. gets to energy independence, the worse things are going to get

A lower Canadian dollar, but not business as usualCALGARY, AB, Jan 13, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Much is being said of the Canadian dollar trading at around a two year low of late and what it means for the Alberta economy. Traditionally, Alberta manufacturers and exporters would benefit because their products will be comparatively cheaper and Canadian oil producers who trade in U.S.…

Redford government’s re-styled communications strategy may not be in public interest

Blurs the line between the interests of government and those directly affected by policy changes

Redford government’s re-styled communications strategy may not be in public interestEDMONTON, AB, Jan 12, 2014/ Troy Media/ - One of the innovations of the Alison Redford government communication strategy has been the support or approval it lines up – in the form of government press releases – from impacted interest groups as it announces any shifts in policy. Why are these changes to communications strategy…