On November 2, Alberta’s largest electricity generation company Transalta announced that it was acquiring the province’s third largest electricity generation company, Heartland Generation.Read more
Hate crime charge dropped against Calgary man who led, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” chant
A co-organizer of a Palestinian solidarity march who was charged with a hate crime for leading a chant of, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” has had his charges stayed.Read more
There’s no shortage of dramatic political news this November, from historic rallies against the occupation of Gaza to an aggressive play by Danielle Smith to restructure Alberta’s health care system. But while the spotlight is elsewhere, Alberta’s Legislative Assembly is still open for business. Here’s what you need to know about eleven new laws they’re cooking up in there:Read more
The University of Alberta’s Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) has quietly cancelled a webinar about the Waffen-SS and the Galicia Division which included Alik Gomelsky, a speaker with no apparent academic credentials whose writing focuses on rehabilitating Ukrainian Nazi collaborators.Read more
Palestine solidarity march organizer arrested by Calgary Police for chanting “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”
After a Nov. 5 pro-Palestine march in Calgary, co-organizer Wesam Khaled was charged with a hate crime for leading a chant of, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” his fellow organizers say.Read more
The Progress Report podcast is back and fellow Progress Reporters Jeremy Appel and Jim Storrie are around to break down the resolutions and the vibes heading into the upcoming UCP AGM. This is the first AGM with Danielle Smith at the helm and we'll see where her loosey-goosey leadership style plays with an increasingly bug-eyed UCP grassroots.Read more
If you live in Edmonton you are going to see a higher than expected increase to your property taxes. If you’re one of 4,500 inside city workers in Edmonton you haven’t seen a pay increase in five years and are still without a contract.Read more
A UN report slammed the predatory practices of Canada’s TFW program. Some of the worst abuses of this "breeding ground" for modern slavery are here in Alberta
In September, following a two-week visit to Canada, UN special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Tomoya Obokata declared Canadian programs that tie foreign labourers to a specific employer, including the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, to be a “breeding ground” for modern slavery.Read more
On Sept. 26, University of Alberta VP Verna Yiu announced that a $30,000 endowment for the school’s Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) in the name of Yaroslav Hunka, the Waffen-SS veteran who earned international infamy after he received two standing ovations in Canadian Parliament, would be returned to his family.
The school also committed to reviewing its naming policies to avoid similar embarrassments in the future.
The University of Alberta’s Nazi veteran donor problem runs far deeper than a $30,000 donation in Hunka’s name. The U of A has far deeper ties to Ukrainian Nazi collaborators, with endowments and donations in their names worth well over $1.4 million.Read more
Edmonton police commission gets dangerously close to doing some governance, pulls back at last minute
Edmonton City councillor and police commissioner Anne Stevenson proposed a minor change to how reports on use-of-force tactics are compiled during a Sept. 21 police commission meeting. What happened next demonstrates just how ineffective an institution the Edmonton Police Commission is.Read more