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Opposition Leader Rachel Notlety and Premier Jason Kenney go head to head on referendums and political contributions


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NDP Leader Rachel Notley

Typically, Canadians are not very interested in the inner workings of government.  For most democracy just isn’t as compelling as Netflix.  However today’s exchange during Question Period at Alberta’s Legislature was an exception.  Former Premier and now Opposition Leader Rachel Notley went after Alberta Premier Jason Kenney who is introducing new legislation to allow referendums.  The provincial government is also planning to impose a $30,000.00 limit on donations to political action committees.  This will make fundraising for the NDP more challenging as the party enjoys support from a number of large unions.  Meanwhile Notley says the Conservatives are opening the door for corporate interests to influence Albertans.  It was a truly fiery exchange.

You just can't make this stuff up. Watch this exchange I had with Rachel Notley during question period today..The NDP has decided they oppose our most recent bill to give Albertans MORE of a say in matters of importance in our province through a democratic referendum.The NDP – that's the New "Democratic" Party – opposes giving Albertans more of a say in important decisions. That's got to be pretty confusing for their party.Thankfully, we were elected on this principle of increasing democracy in Alberta and we will not relent on this. We trust Albertans. We will give them the voice they rightfully deserve.

Posted by Jason Kenney on Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Southern Alberta hailstorm caused almost $1.2B in damage: insurance bureau

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EDMONTON — The powerful hail storm that pounded homes, vehicles and crops across parts of southern Alberta last month caused almost $1.2 billion in insured damage.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the hail, rain and wind that hit Calgary, Airdrie and Rocky View County on June 13 were part of the costliest hailstorm and the fourth most expensive insured natural disaster in Canadian history.

Hail as big as tennis balls shredded vinyl siding, pounded roofs, smashed windows and flattened crops.

Celyeste Power, a vice-president with the bureau, says insurers are still processing claims.

The bureau says damage caused by hail and wind is typically covered by home, commercial and comprehensive auto insurance policies.

It notes that the Alberta government is offering some support for people who experienced overland flooding in flood-prone areas.

“Albertans know too well the stress, turmoil and financial hardships that severe weather events can cause,” she said Wednesday in a release.

“Of the 10 most costly disasters in Canada, six of these have hit Alberta. Fortunately, Albertans are resilient and continue to come together in difficult times like these.”

The most expensive insured natural catastrophe on record is the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, which cost almost $4 billion.

The next highest loss was the 2013 flooding in southern Alberta at $3.5 billion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2020





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Alberta RCMP Officer attacked with own baton

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Cold Lake RCMP officer recovering after aggravated assault

A 44-year-old male is in custody in Cold Lake following yesterday’s violent attack on the RCMP officer trying to effect his arrest.

At 5:30 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP located a stolen vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and the responding officer made an effort to deal with the vehicle and arrest the male who was believed to be responsible.  The male allegedly assaulted the RCMP member by punching the member in the head.  The RCMP member’s baton was taken by the male and the member was struck in the head numerous times with the baton.

The male fled on foot with the RCMP baton. The male smashed the window of a different, occupied vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it.  He then threatened another driver with a knife and the baton and fled southbound on Highway 28 in the newly stolen Trailblazer.

Cold Lake RCMP initiated a pursuit and managed to cause the stolen Trailblazer to become disabled.  The male was arrested on scene without further incident.  The RCMP baton was recovered in the vehicle.

The RCMP member has been treated at the hospital for non life-threatening, but serious injuries and is recovering at home.

The male remains in police custody and will be facing charges as this investigation continues. An update will be provided when available.

“I want to thank the community members who came forward to assist our RCMP member and to provide valuable witness evidence in relation to this terrible incident” says Sergeant Ryan Howrish of the Cold Lake RCMP.  “An incident like this highlights the unpredictable and dangerous situations we face on a daily basis.”

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