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Alberta Parks finalizes management plan for Castle Parks

By Matty Hume, June 28 2018 — The Alberta government has released a final management plan for Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildlands Provincial Park. The parks span approximately 80,000 hectares in Southern Alberta along the British Columbia border. According to senior parks planner Brad Tucker, the management plan outlines both the use and protection…

U of C economist Trevor Tombe talks provincial carbon tax

By Scott Strasser, January 20 2017 — The Alberta New Democratic Party government’s carbon tax went into effect on Jan. 1, putting a price on using fuels that emit greenhouse gases in the province. The tax is currently set at $20 per tonne of carbon emissions and will rise to $30 per tonne in 2018…

Alberta government extends tuition freeze by one year

By Scott Strasser, October 20 2016 — The provincial government announced Oct. 19 that the tuition freeze currently in place for post-secondary institutions in Alberta will be extended through the 2017–18 academic year. The Alberta New Democratic Party implemented the two-year tuition freeze back in September 2015. Originally set to expire next fall, the freeze…

Deficit budget gets high marks from universities, student groups

By Fabian Mayer, April 13 2016 — Student groups and universities both applauded the NDP government’s budget on Thursday after their lobbying demands were met. Opposition parties, however, decried the budget as irresponsible. A decrease in revenue from the oil and gas industry and increased spending means the province is projected to run a $10.4-billion…

Students still waiting on government’s promised post-secondary review

By Fabian Mayer, April 6 2016 — The NDP government promised a top-to-bottom review of Alberta’s post-secondary system during last spring’s election campaign. Student groups were told in the fall of 2015 to prepare for the review, but their input hasn’t been sought so far. Council of Alberta University Students chair Romy Garrido believes a review…

Wildrose policy stirs up debate over students’ union membership

By Kate Jacobson, November 17 2015 — The Wildrose Party recently passed policy that would make joining a post-secondary students’ union optional. The policy recommends that changes are made to Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act, and was passed unanimously at last weekend’s annual general meeting. Former Students’ Union science representative and University of Calgary student Keean…

Province looks at right-to-strike legislation on campus

By Scott Strasser, November 3 2015 — The provincial government is considering changes to the labour laws of the Post-Secondary Learning Act (PSLA) that could impact university staff’s ability to strike. The reassessment is in response to a January 2015 Supreme Court decision that recognizes a Charter-protected right to strike when collective-agreement negotiations break down. …

No post-secondary surprises in NDP budget

By Fabian Mayer, October 27 2015 — There were few post-secondary changes or announcements in the provincial budget released Oct. 27. The NDP government re-announced the two-year tuition freeze and its restoration of post-secondary funding. Both policies were first revealed in the government’s interim supply bill this summer. Romy Garrido is the University of Calgary…

Lower pass rate for new nursing exam stirs up controversy

By Fabian Mayer, September 11 2015 — Fewer University of Calgary nursing graduates are passing the test required to become a registered nurse. Pass rates in Alberta dropped from 89 per cent last year to 68.7 per cent in the first half of 2015 after regulators switched to a different exam. The new computer-administered exam,…

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