Tagged alberta

NDP pipeline strategy viable in long term

By Fabian Mayer, February 2, 2016 — Rachel Notley touted the benefits of a carbon tax and emissions cap for the reputation of Alberta’s energy sector when she announced Alberta’s new climate plan in November. She claimed it would help the province access new energy markets for our oil. But two months later, the pipeline…

Reinstated STEP program begins accepting applications

By Fabian Mayer, January 28 2016 — The student summer job search is already underway and will likely be especially competitive given the province’s uncertain economic climate. However, there is some positive news for students, as the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) started accepting applications from employers on Jan. 25. Small businesses and non-profits can…

University of Calgary offers class on successful sex in a failing economy

By Melanie Woods, January 28 2016 — In response to Alberta’s crumbling economy, the University of Calgary will offer a new course on staying intimate with your partner despite desperate economic times. The course, titled “ECON 411: Bear markets in the bedroom” will be taught by economics professor and self-proclaimed sex-haver Dick Jameson. “Sex is…

Money can’t buy democracies

Gary Bettman thinks the Calgary Flames need a new arena in order for the city to thrive. Canadian entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary wants Albertan premier Rachel Notley to resign. And local businessman Brett Wilson thinks Uber should be allowed in Calgary. In theory, all of this should be fine. Democracies thrive on people publicly expressing and…

Policy for Albertan LGBTQ students long overdue

By Melanie Woods, January 21, 2016 — Education Minister David Eggen recently announced the provincial government’s new guidelines for LGBTQ students in the public school system. This document includes, among other items, pronoun usage, gender-neutral washrooms and the creation of safe spaces for diverse orientations and identities. This announcement is another step in a series…

Parks need environmental protection before tourism

By Sean Willett, January 12, 2016 — Earlier this year, Alberta’s new NDP government announced that Castle, a large area of land in southwestern Alberta near Pincher Creek, would be protected under Alberta’s parks and wildlands system. Environmentalists were thrilled — Castle is an area activists had been trying to get protected for decades, and…

Union membership should be optional

By Keean Bexte, December 1, 2015 — Freedom of association isn’t about politics. It’s about the freedom to choose which organizations, activities and points of view you join and support. Right now, however, students in Alberta are legally required to be a member of numerous organizations that claim to represent them — the University of…

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