Category Archives: Alberta

Accused Edmonton Terrorist to Have Psychiatric Assessment

Mental illness defense, here we come!

A man facing several counts of attempted murder after a police officer was hit with a car and stabbed by an assailant is to face two psychiatric assessments.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was charged after a speeding car rammed through a barrier at a Canadian Football League game in Edmonton on Sept. 30 and sent an officer flying five metres through the air.

The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Const. Mike Chernyk.

Four pedestrians were hit and injured hours later when the driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit sped down Jasper Avenue, one of Edmonton’s main streets.

A judge has agreed with Sharif’s lawyer that initial evidence suggests Sharif’s mental health needs to be assessed.

Sharif is next to appear in court on Dec. 13.

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Alberta premier accuses male MLAs of ‘mansplaining’ and ‘hepeating’ over pipelines

It came during question period after United Conservative member Jason Nixon lauded Notley for taking his party’s advice on getting more pipelines built, but also suggested Notley needs to do more.

Notley rejected that statement, then accused Nixon of “hepeating” for taking credit for her government’s work.

 

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Ottawa must deny entry to Islamophobe Robert Spencer

Canada has continued to deny entry to people like Chelsea Manning, but it seems Robert Spencer, co-founder of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), and the director of the Muslim-bashing Jihad Watch, is planning his third visit to Grande Prairie, Alberta.

I’m learning to have a lot of respect for Alberta.

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Notley Refuses to Allow Catholic Sex Ed Program in Alberta Schools

Because the idea of several sexes, which has no basis in science, is somehow better for students who should only be learning actual subjects:

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says an alternative sex education curriculum being crafted by Catholic school officials will never be taught if it arrives as previously advertised.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Notley says the health and well-being of students comes first.

“Nowhere do the rights of religious freedom extend to that person’s right to somehow attack or hurt others — and that’s what’s happening here,” Notley said Tuesday. “We will not use public dollars to have sexual health programs that deny science, that deny evidence, and that deny human rights.

What a silly b!#ch.

 

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Canada: Grand Prairie, Alberta denies permit for free speech rally against “anti-Islamophobia” motion

“In light of recent conflicts around similar gatherings across Canada and in the US, it’s not unreasonable to foresee that the proposed August 26th event may increase risk for participants, other users of Muskoseepi Park and the general public. In order to eliminate this particular risk, the City is choosing not to approve the park use permit for the proposed August 26th event and will not be approving the use of any other public land for the event.”

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Smoke From BC Now in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Wildfires burning in British Columbia are causing smoky conditions in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Alberta Health Services has issued air-quality advisories in its north and Calgary zones.

It says even healthy people may feel irritation in their eyes and throat, as well as possible shortness of breath.

The health agency is advising people to minimize outdoor physical activity and keep windows and doors closed.

Environment Canada has also issued special air-quality statements for much of southwestern Saskatchewan.

It says children, seniors, and people with cardiovascular or lung diseases are especially at risk.

More than a dozen of the more than 160 wildfires in central and southern B.C. are threatening communities.

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Alberta’s PCs and Wild Rose Party Merge

O Dio …

Sources have told The Canadian Press that Alberta’s two conservative parties have struck a tentative deal to merge.

The two party leaders — Brian Jean of the Wildrose and Jason Kenney of the Progressive Conservatives — are expected to speak to the deal at a news conference later today.

Any deal would still have to be approved by a majority of members in both parties.

The Wildrose has previously said it will need 75 per cent or more of its members to OK the deal while the Progressive Conservatives say they will require a simple majority of 50 per cent plus one.

A group of representatives from both parties has been meeting for the last two months to hammer out a deal.

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Jim Dinning Praises Rachel Notley Over Carbon Txes

Yes, it takes real courage to jack up prices for nothing:

The NDP government’s carbon tax is getting major props from a former PC finance minister.

Jim Dinning praised Premier Rachel Notley for taking a step that many governments “historically have lacked the courage” to do.

According to Dinning, an across-the-board carbon levy is “the best way” to get people to reduce their carbon emissions. 

“What I do is applaud the government, or any government across the country who is willing to have the courage to say, ‘We’re going to bring carbon pricing to the marketplace, and it’s going to apply across the board from the big, big companies all the way to you or I, when we fill up our car with gas, or when we pay our Enmax bill at the end of the month,” Dinning said.

“Any government who is willing to do that, in my view, they get a tick mark for doing just that.”

Dinning said the alternative would be to create “inches and inches” of red tape.

“I still am a Conservative supporter. I believe in the Conservative Party. That’s why I believe in pricing carbon, rather than the government putting these massive amounts of regulation in place,” Dinning said.

“Let the market decide how it, how we, will reduce carbon.”

 

This is what carbon taxes do: they raise costs for everyone else other than the government under the assumption that carbon, one of the most common elements on the planet is a pollutant.

Cases in point:

In Australia:

The official register of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions will reveal that in the financial year before the carbon tax was introduced Australia produced 546.2 million tonnes of emissions. After the carbon tax was introduced, the emissions dropped to just 545.9 million tonnes. These figures do not include fuels and refrigerants.

Climate Change Minister Greg Hunt said the best Christmas present Labor could give voters was axing the carbon tax.

“Bill Shorten simply refuses to accept the outcome of the election. He doesn’t care about rising power bills or the will of the Australian people,” Mr Hunt said.

Not only did this tax not what it was meant to do, it raised power bills for every citizen.

 

In the United Kingdom:

The boss of one of the UK’s largest energy companies has attacked a new green tax that will add an estimated £10 to annual electricity bills from April 1 as “completely ineffective”.

Tony Cocker, chief executive of German-owned E.ON UK, said that the carbon tax — originally intended to promote the construction of new nuclear reactors — will only result in a windfall for the Treasury and the operator of the UK’s existing nuclear fleet, EDF Energy.

 

In Norway, the tax did not do what it was intended to do- to limit carbon release by major industries that no one really wanted to touch:

As one of the pioneer countries in the world to implement the carbon tax, Norway might have tried to do its best. The high carbon tax that Norway imposed to some industries has partially reduced its GHG emissions. However, the carbon tax is not economically efficient, because the government intends to protect its domestic industries and exempts too many industries from the carbon tax. According to Hoel, an efficient carbon tax system “should be equal for all users of fossil fuels”(1996). It is recommended that Norwegian government should eliminate the policy of protecting the activities of increasing environmental damage, such as exempting or reducing carbon tax on certain energy-intensive industries.

No one is going to want to completely swamp its major industries, where the tax was meant to do some (purported) good. The Norwegian case showed the tax unequally levied against smaller industries and citizens.

Carbon taxes are a fraud and theft.

Where are the riots?

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Moves Into Saskatchewan

Uh-oh:

Crews were holding a destructive wildfire away from oilsands facilities and communities in northern Alberta on Thursday as flames spread into neighbouring Saskatchewan.

The blaze, dubbed “the beast” by firefighters after it entered Fort McMurray two weeks ago, has grown to about 5,000 square kilometres in size, with nearly eight square kilometres stretching over the Saskatchewan boundary.

Alberta senior wildlife manager Chad Morrison said the fire has burned the same amount of forest as all fires consumed in Alberta last year.

But with recent success by firefighters on the ground and in the air — and forecasts for cooler, wetter weather — there was cautious optimism.

“The threat definitely has diminished around the communities and the oilsands facilities, for sure,” Morrison said.

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Cat Rides Out Fort McMurray Fire in an Oven

True story:

For one Fort McMurray cat, it turned out the best place to ride out a raging wildfire was inside a stove.

Jody Lishchynsky says that’s where firefighters found her black cat Tux when they were going through the rubble of what used to be her house.

From what she understands, firefighters are speculating an explosion in the home might have blown out the stove glass, and Tux crawled inside. Then another blast or something else caused the appliance to topple onto its side, trapping Tux while simultaneously protecting him from the flames.

Lishchynsky says the day the fire bore down on her neighbourhood in the northern Alberta city was sheer chaos. She had heard neighbourhoods near where she lived were being evacuated, so she headed home to pick up her son and start boxing up photos and important documents.

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