Division 8 agreement on Dow mega-project continues Alberta’s tradition of uniquely terrible labour laws

Back in December 2022, before a final investment decision had even been made on Dow’s net-zero ethylene/polyethylene mega-project in Fort Saskatchewan, Brian Jean had already signed the ministerial order activating Division 8 of the Labour Relations Code for the project. 

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Civeo Wapasu fired hundreds of unionized workers who refused wage rollbacks. Then another group signed a “significantly inferior” contract

In April 2023, hundreds of unionized workers were fired at the Civeo Wapasu Creek Lodge, a massive work camp that serves Imperial Oil’s Kearl oilsands mine, after the workers refused wage rollbacks

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Climate organizers launch campaign to get city to protect Edmontonians from extreme heat

Climate Justice Edmonton (CJE) launched its “Right to Be Cool” campaign outside of city hall on July 11, calling on city council to ensure Edmontonians are protected from the extreme heat that’s becoming increasingly frequent. 

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The Nenshi era begins; meanwhile, cops get political in Edmonton

The dust has settled: Rachel Notley’s time as leader of the Alberta NDP is over. We’re now in the Nenshi era.

Everyone understood that Naheed Nenshi was in the lead of the ANDP leadership race, but the scale of his victory might have still been a surprise.  Nenshi hit the party like the meteor hit the dinosaurs, securing an incredible 86% of all the votes. And not by sneaking across an uncontested field, either—over 85% of active party members cast a ballot.

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Break the Boyle Street curse. It’s time the Oilers paid Boyle Street the $5 million they promised

No more sweet Caroline. No more Moss pit. No more La Bamba, baby. The Oilers playoff run has ended with them coming up just short.

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Edmonton’s police commission has gone rogue. Here’s how it happened

Things have gotten so bad between the Edmonton Police Commission (EPC) and the Edmonton city council that the commission has requested a third party mediator to “mend” the obviously broken relationship. But the fault lines in the breakdown between the commission and council go back many years. 

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Calgary cop repeatedly used racial slurs and threatened his colleague before getting promoted, review board hears

A Calgary police officer is alleging the Calgary Police Service (CPS) is covering up a colleague’s pattern of racist and harassing behaviour, which he says is damaging the police force’s credibility. 

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POD: ANDP leadership race analysis and predictions

Jeremy and Duncan review the state of the ANDP leadership race, offer their predictions, and tell you how they'd fill out their ballots today.

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EPS using “private police officers” on murder investigations, alleges police association complaint

The Edmonton Police Association has filed a complaint with the Alberta Labour Relations Board alleging that the Edmonton Police Service is contracting out police work to “private homicide investigators who are acting as private police officers.”

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As police violence in Alberta escalates, Kathleen Ganley offers a mea culpa on carding

The Alberta NDP leadership race has been characterized to date by its lack of substantive disagreement and policy debate, but here and there some candidates have had some surprising things to say—and one of the biggest surprises has been a reversal from former justice minister Kathleen Ganley on the issue of carding.

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