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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:41 am
 


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Over 50% of commercial vehicles recently inspected in Edmonton deemed a risk to others: police

A little history - the Alberta Government changed the rules around vehicle inspections about 20 years ago. Instead of annual inspections by certified mechanics (even mechanics working for the company), they mandated a daily walk around where the driver has to record the inspection for auditing later. Then they cut spending for auditing and inspectors, so there is basically no enforcement of commercial vehicle safety.

And so we have these rolling hazards on our roads.


It's called 'Red Tape Reduction', and the UCP has a Minister of it now!

https://www.alberta.ca/cut-red-tape.aspx


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:02 am
 


bootlegga bootlegga:
DrCaleb DrCaleb:
Over 50% of commercial vehicles recently inspected in Edmonton deemed a risk to others: police

A little history - the Alberta Government changed the rules around vehicle inspections about 20 years ago. Instead of annual inspections by certified mechanics (even mechanics working for the company), they mandated a daily walk around where the driver has to record the inspection for auditing later. Then they cut spending for auditing and inspectors, so there is basically no enforcement of commercial vehicle safety.

And so we have these rolling hazards on our roads.


It's called 'Red Tape Reduction', and the UCP has a Minister of it now!

https://www.alberta.ca/cut-red-tape.aspx


Yup. They are good at swapping red tape for yellow police tape.


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Deck-chair shuffling time in sad ol' AB:

https://calgaryherald.com/news/politics ... 1f5174cb7e

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Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro will be shuffled out of his portfolio at a cabinet ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a senior government source has told Postmedia.

The source, who Postmedia is not identifying because they were not authorized to speak to media about the shuffle ahead of time, said Labour and Immigration Minister Jason Copping will take over the health portfolio.

Shandro has faced heavy criticism for more than a year and a half over his handling of the health portfolio.

Amid the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a protracted dispute between the government and doctors, the NDP Opposition repeatedly called for Shandro’s resignation as health minister.

In March, 2020, after Shandro took fire for confronting a Calgary doctor in his driveway, Kenney rejected calls for his removal, saying it was understandable Shandro became “passionate” in defending his spouse.

After doctors voted down a contract offer from the province in April 2021, Kenney again rejected calls to fire Shandro, saying he had his “full, 100 per cent confidence.”

In a written statement Tuesday, NDP Leader Rachel Notley called news of Shandro’s shuffle “welcome” but said it is not a solution to the crisis going on in Alberta hospitals.

“It is clear that the responsibility for Alberta’s pandemic mismanagement rests on the shoulders of every UCP member and therefore it is incumbent on them all to take responsibility and chart a more effective path on behalf of Albertans,” Notley said.

“A cabinet shuffle will not ease the immense pressure on our hospitals from this severe fourth wave. It won’t reschedule the life-saving surgeries of thousands of Albertans. It won’t recover our economy. And it won’t help everyday families looking for leadership. Albertans deserve better.”

Tuesday’s move comes as the province is dealing with a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alberta currently has the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the country. The latest wave has put heavy pressure on the health-care system, particularly in intensive care units, leading to the cancellation of all surgeries that are considered non-essential.

Officials with Alberta Health Services announced last week that they were reaching out to other Canadian provinces asking for ICU spaces and skilled labour.


Standard leader stuff, chief flunky takes the long walk while the boss gets to play "it's everyone's fault but mine" in order to shore up the wreckage of his government.


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I can't wait for the Provincial election. :twisted:


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The Postmedia columnists are tweeting that Kenney would like to resign but he doesn't want to leave the party and his (alleged) government in "the hands of the crazies". So for another two years we need to keep around the man who made things much worse in order to keep things from becoming even much more worse.

Oi, we're fucked. :(


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Cabinet shuffle won't save Jason Kenney from COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, critics say

Truth. We know Kenney has been telling the Minister and Chief of Health what to say. Blaming them for saying it does not deflect responsibility off Kenney.

And fuck him for delaying all of this till after the election to not cast his shade on the federales. Human lives are not less important than politics. That's been his mistake the whole time.


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The Postmedia columnists are tweeting that Kenney would like to resign but he doesn't want to leave the party and his (alleged) government in "the hands of the crazies". So for another two years we need to keep around the man who made things much worse in order to keep things from becoming even much more worse.

Oi, we're fucked. :(


As terrible as the UCP is, imagine the party blowing up and splitting into two - the 'moderates' like McIver and Kenney on one side, and the RWNJs in rural areas forming their own party (or joining the Wildrose Independence Party). Then we'd have a minority UCP government propped up by RWNJs. 8O

Don't get me wrong, I want the UCP gone as much as the next person, but it can't happen before the next election, or we'll really be screwed.

Until spring 2023, Alberta is damned if we do and damned if we don't.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:12 am
 


Jason Kenney survives caucus meeting with leadership review to come


Call an election, and we'll review his leadership right now.


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Provincial policy will raise rents of rural adult learning centres by tens of thousands of dollars


So the minuscule amount they make from increasing rents by tens of thousands of dollars, will mean the unemployment of hundreds, and the unemployability of hundreds more.

Forward thinking there. :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:55 pm
 


Kenney was correct about one thing, COVID will be endemic going forward. The problem for Alberta is that thanks to Kenney's atrocious "leadership", the virus will be ten times as endemic and create much harsher outcomes her. That's what happens when an ideologue takes control of a government and rules according to right-wing libertarian boilerplate.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:07 pm
 


Don't refer to him as a 'Libertarian'. He might preach 'freedom' to his cult, but he is anything but small government and autonomy. His actions to change school curriculum shows he's all about government control.


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No, Kenney would nuke the entire provincial government if he could get away with it and turn Alberta into the hellhole Kansas became when Sam Brownback got elected governor. Kenney would shed himself of the burden of the health and education systems by selling them off to the lowest bidder for privatization. 99% of politicians only say the words but don't mean them. That 1% eventually gets elected though and puts ideology into practice, leaving nothing but devastation behind them. And Alberta already had that experience with Klein, and I don't think anyone (including his voters) didn't fully expect Kenney to do the same thing all over again in a manner that would have made Klein's austerity look like FDR's New Deal.

I also have zero regard for libertarianism as a concept. It's just a polite way of saying "anarchy". I don't know how any adult can take it remotely seriously. It's something out of a fantasy-land, where everyone is nice and will never do a negative thing with their freedom. It's an impossibility, like gravity reversing itself or cold fusion. Sounds awesome in theory to someone with the mindset of a child who simply can't get around to understanding that there's a massive segment of the population who will do the most wrong & malicious things on purpose if there aren't any social & legal restrictions to contain them.

Know who've taken libertarianism to it's most obvious ends? It's happening right in front of all of us right now, today. They're called anti-vaxxers. :|


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:08 am
 


You are assuming Libertarianism comes only in one flavour. Just like it's opposite, Authoritarianism, it is available in many shades of grey.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:08 am
 


Thanos Thanos:
No, Kenney would nuke the entire provincial government if he could get away with it and turn Alberta into the hellhole Kansas became when Sam Brownback got elected governor. Kenney would shed himself of the burden of the health and education systems by selling them off to the lowest bidder for privatization. 99% of politicians only say the words but don't mean them. That 1% eventually gets elected though and puts ideology into practice, leaving nothing but devastation behind them. And Alberta already had that experience with Klein, and I don't think anyone (including his voters) didn't fully expect Kenney to do the same thing all over again in a manner that would have made Klein's austerity look like FDR's New Deal.

I also have zero regard for libertarianism as a concept. It's just a polite way of saying "anarchy". I don't know how any adult can take it remotely seriously. It's something out of a fantasy-land, where everyone is nice and will never do a negative thing with their freedom. It's an impossibility, like gravity reversing itself or cold fusion. Sounds awesome in theory to someone with the mindset of a child who simply can't get around to understanding that there's a massive segment of the population who will do the most wrong & malicious things on purpose if there aren't any social & legal restrictions to contain them.

Know who've taken libertarianism to it's most obvious ends? It's happening right in front of all of us right now, today. They're called anti-vaxxers. :|


R=UP

Well said - as this pandemic has shown, there are far too many Albertans willing to engage in all sorts of awful behaviour because of 'mah freedums!'


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