The Alberta government just fell face-first into a pile of money. What are they going to do with it?
Alberta’s coffers are suddenly overflowing. Thanks to a few matters out of the control of anyone around here (the Russians invading Ukraine, mostly) the price of oil has been flying higher and higher since about February. And that’s changing the agenda for next year’s election dramatically.
The price of a barrel of Western Canada Select is higher now than it was before the precipitous collapse at the end of 2014. In fact, if I’m reading these charts correctly, Alberta oil has only once ever been worth more, during the brief spike in 2008—and for all we know it could get there again soon.Read more
Host Duncan Kinney sits down with Dr. Jamie Livingston of Saint Mary's University to discuss why UCP's wrongheaded approach to centering police in mental health care and addictions and why we need well-funded, community led, civilian-led, unarmed mental health crisis response programs yesterday.Read more
The exact salary of Calgary’s chief of police is being kept secret in order to protect his privacy despite the fact that every other major Canadian city discloses the salary of its chief of police.Read more
Rob Houle joins host Duncan Kinney to discuss a month of police politics that saw the police and their business and UCP allies got everything they wanted with the police budget even if it took the likely withholding of vital facts about the Chinatown murders to get it.Read more
Chief McFee blames communication error on changing story around whether EPS was in contact with Justin Bone prior to Chinatown killings
Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee has changed the Edmonton Police’s story about its contact with Justin Bone, the accused murderer of Hung Trang and Ban Phuc Hoang, in a way which absolves the Edmonton Police Service’s responsibility for the incident. However, new reporting from the CBC directly contradicts McFee's claims that Edmonton Police Service officers couldn't have picked Bone up for violating his bail conditions prior to the Chinatown murders.Read more
Never before have I written a preview of an Edmonton Police Commission meeting but we live in extraordinary times.Read more
EPS and UCP win big in Edmonton’s police funding deliberations. But what was the police chief hiding?
Weeks of acrimonious debate around public disorder and the policing budget have come to a temporary conclusion in Edmonton, and the winners—to the tune of at least $22 million—are the UCP, the Edmonton Police Service, and the local business lobby.
At issue have been two sources of funding: a funding formula introduced during the Iveson years, and a pot of money derived from the city’s photo radar fines.Read more
Edmonton’s police chief, police commission, business associations, and a collection of conservative politicians brought an incredible amount of political pressure to bear on Edmonton’s city council over the past month in order to secure a $22 million increase in base police funding from the city and the continued existence of a police funding formula that has continually increased the police budget.Read more