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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 9:24 am
 


Not my Councilor, not my problem. My Councilor was Farkas, and I am very happy that NIMBY dipshit was turfed.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 10:57 pm
 


Another self-set booby trap blows up in Jason Kenney's face - inquiry into foreign funding of environmental groups can't find any evidence of illegal money or organized "anti-Alberta" activities damaging the O&G sector:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton ... -1.6218861

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A long-delayed and controversial report into alleged anti-Alberta energy campaigns could not determine how much of a role foreign money played in cancelling resource projects, nor could it find how much of that money was spent advocating against the oil and gas industry.

Those evaluations were made by inquiry commissioner Steve Allan in the final report of the Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta energy Campaigns, released Thursday by Energy Minister Sonya Savage.

While claiming foreign funding for "Canadian-based environmental initiatives" totaled $1.28 billion from 2003 to 2019, the report says only $54.1 million in grants were designated for what it calls "anti-Alberta resource development activity."

Allan said he was unable to trace "with precision" the actual amounts that went to these campaigns as he didn't have the funds or the mandate to interview people under oath.

"While anti-Alberta energy campaigns may have played a role in the cancellation of some oil and gas developments, I am not in a position to find that these campaigns alone caused project delays or cancellations," Allan wrote in the report.

"There is no doubt that these campaigns have occurred in an environment of reduced investment in oil and gas projects, at least since 2014 when global oil prices fell by almost half and other economic factors were at play.

"Much of the reduced investment is therefore due to natural market forces, but anti-Alberta energy campaigns have played a role."

The inquiry cost taxpayers $3.5 million. In his report, Allan said no one did anything wrong.

"To be very clear, I have not found any suggestions of wrongdoing on the part of any individual or organization," he wrote. "No individual or organization, in my view, has done anything illegal. Indeed, they have exercised their rights of free speech."

The report makes six recommendations, including that non-profits should be made to follow new standards for transparency, accountability and governance to put them on a "more level playing field" with corporations.

Allan had pointed criticism for the Canadian Energy Centre, commonly known as the war room, which was another part of the Kenney government's "fight-back strategy."

Making the energy centre a Crown corporation was one of several missteps that hurt its reputation at the start, Allan said, because "its governance, and accordingly its credibility, is seriously compromised by having three provincial cabinet ministers comprising its board of directors."

"There may be a need for a vehicle such as this, assuming proper governance and accountability is established, to develop a communications/marketing strategy for the industry and/or the province, but it may well be that the reputation of this entity has been damaged beyond repair," he added.


No surprise, given that the UCP took nearly the full 90 days allowed to make the report public after Allan submitted it to them in August. If Allan had found evidence of organized conspiracy against us the province would have released the report back in summer in time to use it as a cudgel against Trudeau in the federal election.

So once again the UCP's trademark idiocy bites them back. And Allan effectively condemning the "war room" as a damaged and non-credible agency has to really hurt them as well. There's no reason though that this latest loss/embarrassment will dissuade the UCP from marching down the belligerent path they've been on since they got elected. If anything, with what we know of Kenney's character, they'll just double-down even harder in their denials of actual reality in order to prop up their ideology.

BTW, if they wanted to know if projects had been affected negatively by environmental groups, why not just ask the O&G companies directly instead of having this silly inquiry? Why wouldn't the O&G boys tell them outright that they were halting investment in developments thanks to the environmentalists? The companies have nothing to hide on this issue - hell, all anyone has to do is read the business section on any given day in the Calgary Herald or Edmonton Journal to see exactly what the company bosses think of the environmental movement.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2021 6:17 am
 


It was also very telling that Randy was not at the presser to stand beside his minister at this non-announcement.

Partisan hackery at it's finest. Spend millions, work though 2 deadlines, announce nothing, because 'campaign promise'. A campaign promise that should be one of the ones made and never kept.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2021 6:41 am
 


Just heard the Minister on the radio defending the report with buzzwords like 'foreign funded' 'very sophisticated' campaigns that 'cost jobs'. Despite none of it being illegal. "200,000 jobs were lost in Calgary!" Even though the report doesn't say there is any evidence of this being related to anything in the report.

But not a mention that all of the oilsands is foreign funded. :idea:

It was fun to listen to the CBC reporter take her arguments apart.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:37 am
 


Alberta put its contact-tracing system on life support. Can it be resuscitated?

Best way to say you didn't know about trends is to stop funding the departments that produce the data.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:38 am
 


$3.5-million provincial inquiry into 'anti-Alberta' activities struggles to find a bad guy

I couldn't burn it any hotter than this:

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The awkward reality for Kenney is that his "fight back" strategy unveiled during the 2019 provincial election has only scored a hit against one target: his own government's credibility. The war room has been such a joke its logo should be a plastic flower that squirts water, and the Allan inquiry into anti-Alberta activities found no evidence of wrongdoing while offering up a jumble of financial information that even Savage admitted had her confused at times.

The Allan report has six recommendations, including the need to push for greater transparency in monitoring the flow of foreign money to Canadian charitable organizations and energy non-profits.

But there is nothing here that will stop or change the practice of environmental groups.

The Allan inquiry was pure political theatre aimed at riling up people's emotions during a recession while cynically ignoring the fact the real "culprit" is a world moving away from fossil fuels.

Here's another way to sum up the $3.5-million, two-year-long Allan public inquiry that, by the way, never held any public hearings: Some environmental groups, worried about climate change, have spent time and money legally campaigning against the oilsands and pipelines.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:21 am
 


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New bill aims to speed up certifications for more than 100 professions

The Alberta government wants organizations that regulate physicians, lawyers and about 100 other professions to approve the credentials of workers from other provinces within 20 working days.

The requirement is proposed in Bill 49, the Labour Mobility Act, which was introduced in the legislature on Monday.

The government says applications submitted by professionals can sometimes be delayed which hurts Alberta businesses. Premier Jason Kenney says the bill sends a message to regulatory bodies in the province.

"You can't sit on the file for more than a month," Kenney said.

Labour and Immigration Minister Tyler Shandro said the legislation will smooth the path for professionals from other provinces to work in Alberta.

"The act will make Alberta the first and the only jurisdiction in Canada to legislate timelines for registration decisions," Shandro told a news conference.

"Regulatory authorities will be required to look at applicants and give registration decisions within 20 [working] days.

"And that means that if someone is certified as a professional and they submit the necessary documents and they meet all of the requirements, they can expect to get to work within one month, upon applying."

Under the bill, a regulator would need to let an applicant know their request was received within 10 days and the decision must be made within 20 working days.

The regulator has another 10 days to let the applicant know the decision.



https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton ... -1.6224522




I look forward to the rash of people operating without proper or fake credentials in the coming years.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:32 am
 


Make it easier for doctors to come here, I assume to replace the doctors that are currently leaving, specifically due to the other ongoing actions of the UCP government? Makes sense to them apparently? [huh]


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:52 am
 


Also makes it easier for other professionals, like Engineers or pharmacists, to come here without fully checking their credentials.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:29 am
 


DrCaleb DrCaleb:
Also makes it easier for other professionals, like Engineers or pharmacists, to come here without fully checking their credentials.


I technically agree that background checks take far too long in general but speeding them up to the point of getting rid of them altogether is such a UCP thing to do. What could possible go wrong in this scenario? :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:43 am
 


Perhaps if they offered to cut the rate for professionals by 5%, that would encourage more immigrants to Alberta.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:45 am
 


Kind of like how the anti-immigrant types wanted to chase Apu out of Springfield until they realized that no one else was willing to do 72-hour long shifts at the Kwik-E-Mart. Our province now....... :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:40 am
 


Thanos Thanos:
Another self-set booby trap blows up in Jason Kenney's face -



lulz.

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