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Open letter to Heather Boyd: Ezra doesn’t deserve media accreditation

Open letter to Heather Boyd: Ezra doesn’t deserve media accreditation

“Bottom line, as an online journalist I had to be vetted by the Alberta government and I have yet to hear a single good argument why Ezra shouldn’t be as well.” – Markham Hislop Dear Ms. Boyd. Since launching online news site Beacon News in 2008, I have been accredited as a journalist by many governments, organizations, […]

March 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Linda McQuaig’s oil sands comments demand to be debated

Linda McQuaig’s oil sands comments demand to be debated

Linda McQuaig is a long-time opponent of oil sands, comments surprised no one OMG, you guys, why are critics so MEAN to Linda McQuaig? She’s just telling the truth about leaving the oil sands in the ground, right? This, readers, is the sad state of Canadian political discourse. I’m referencing a recent and widely circulated op-ed in […]

August 22, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
National energy strategy a big win for Alberta’s Notley

National energy strategy a big win for Alberta’s Notley

National energy strategy gives Alberta framework within which to work out compromise between energy development, climate change As of this morning, Canada has a new national energy strategy. Why should anyone care? Because it turns out that if you want to build oil pipelines across the country, politics really really matter. What sort of politics, you ask? […]

July 17, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Environmental activist a mistake as Alberta Energy chief of staff

Environmental activist a mistake as Alberta Energy chief of staff

McCuaig-Boyd’s judgement as Alberta energy minister already being called into question Graham Mitchell, the new chief of staff to Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, is what in political circles is called a “signal.” In this case, a very clear and troubling signal. The Wildrose Party dug up Mitchell’s recent past as a registered federal anti-pipeline, anti-tar sands […]

June 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
100 scientists are wrong about the Alberta oil sands

100 scientists are wrong about the Alberta oil sands

Coal, not Alberta oil sands, should be focus of scientists’ campaign With all respect to the 100 scientists who released a letter Wednesday calling for a moratorium on new Alberta oil sands development, they are wrong. And they’re wrong even if we concede all of their arguments about the negative effects of climate change and that human activity […]

June 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta energy minister appointment Notley’s first mistake?

Alberta energy minister appointment Notley’s first mistake?

Who is Marg McCuaig-Boyd? Someone, it appears, with very few qualifications to be Alberta energy minister Energy executives were busy Googling Marg McCuaig-Boyd, the new NDP Alberta energy minister, and what little they found couldn’t have been reassuring. The unknown new politician was appointed yesterday by Premier Rachel Notley and McCuaig-Boyd was immediately busy reassuring the industry that everything […]

May 25, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Rachel Notley wants Alberta to dump coal. May we review that, please?

Rachel Notley wants Alberta to dump coal. May we review that, please?

Ontario’s experience with Green Energy Act should not be ignored by Rachel Notley Rachel Notley says it’s time for Alberta to wean itself off King Coal, but before the new NDP government ploughs ahead, how about pausing to reflect upon the experience of other jurisdictions? If the Notley government can review oil and gas royalties, why can’t […]

May 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Notley appointment of Brian Topp sends wrong message

Notley appointment of Brian Topp sends wrong message

Brian Topp behind BC NDP opposition to Kinder Morgan pipeline, 2013 election defeat If Rachel Notley wanted to send a message to Albertans, appointing Quebec-born, Toronto-based federal NDP hack Brian Topp as her chief of staff did the trick quite nicely. How do we know Premier-elect Notley knew Topp’s appointment would be controversial? Today’s press […]

May 12, 2015 | By More
Yes to Arctic drilling, no to Keystone XL – Has Obama lost his mind?

Yes to Arctic drilling, no to Keystone XL – Has Obama lost his mind?

Support for risky Arctic drilling puts lie to Barack Obama environment arguments Today, 35 million Canadians are wondering if President Barack Obama needs a mental health day after his Administration approved Shell’s Arctic drilling application in the Chukchi Sea, even though the Keystone XL pipeline remains unapproved. All right, maybe not all 35 million Canadians, […]

May 12, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
To Kevin O’Leary: Butt out of Alberta politics, you Bay St. ignoramus

To Kevin O’Leary: Butt out of Alberta politics, you Bay St. ignoramus

Kevin O’Leary is completely off base and Albertans should Tweet him at @kevinolearytv to express their displeasure Social media is lighting up with news stories about Kevin O’Leary and his warnings to investors to stay away from Alberta now that the NDP are in charge. Butt out, O’Leary, you’re not helping. The issue is a campaign […]

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