In This Issue

End of the Line

The PC dynasty topples

On election night, Calgary NDP supporters gathered at the Arrata Opera Centre. Party stalwart Bob Hawkesworth was there, and just before 9:00 p.m., when the NDP majority was declared, he said, “If someone told me that we’d win 54 seats, I would have asked them what kind of drugs they were taking.”
Inside the Opera Centre, a conversion of the old Wesley United Church, a screen was erected in front of the pipe organ, stretching up toward a vaulted ceiling. An increasingly large crowd filled the hall, some wearing “Notley Crue” T-shirts and many waving orange “Rachel Notley” and “Calgary for Change” signs in the air, a mixed, boisterous crowd of different ages, ethnicities and genders, gathered together, cheering, leaning in to watch the results.


Editorial: Suddenly, It’s Over

Albertans break the PC machine.

At least one Albertan saw this result coming. Just days before the 1971 election--the last time our province turfed a political dynasty--Premier Harry Strom warned voters at a Lethbridge rally not to hand the reins to the PCs.

Pipe Dream

The failure of Alberta's carbon-capture experiment

Sometime later this year, a consortium of oil companies in Alberta will flip the switch on a first-of-its-kind climate change project in Canada...


Elizabeth May's Who We Are; Emma Hooper'sEtta and Otto and Russell and James; Joseph Auguste Merasty with David CarpenterThe Education of Augie Merasty; and more.

On the Brink

Alberta's indifference to species at risk

There is something angelic about trumpeter swans. Rare, ethereal, the size of a child, they wear robes of white feathers and course the sky like clouds...

This Land
Stilling the Music


One July day in the late 1990s we stopped to visit near a black-spruce fen that drains into Cottonwood Slough...

Eye on Alberta
Clippings, Quotes and Controversies


Lethbridge, Crushed; A Little History; The View From Afar; Swedish for Renewable; plus other clips, quotes and controversies.

Fairytale of Alberta


The NDP victory is a lot like a fairytale. There was always the notion that a day of political change would come...

Guide to Festivals


Edmonton Fringe, Calgary Folk Fest, South Country Fair, Afrikadey!, Huckleberry Festival, Pysanka Festival, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, and many more!

Meet the Minister
Verlyn Olson
Minister of Agriculture


Farmers and ranchers tend to want less government -- but Verlyn Olson's party may change this.

Community Action
What could your community look like?


High River

Highlights from Past Issues

In Our Previous Issue

Landowner Rights

How Big Oil trumps private and public good

Alberta scenario. A family pays off its city mortgage and decides to move to an acreage. They buy a place and settle into country living. An oil company fracks near their home. Soon after, they notice their water does not taste right. Alberta families who believe they have been harmed by industrial activity usually assume they have property rights that are being violated. Many believe the government will help them, at least in gaining compensation. The truth is that Canada’s Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are silent on property rights.


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What’s Left

The NDP’s big challenge -- and big opportunity

On the afternoon of October 19, 2014, amidst the vibrant colours of an aspen parkland autumn, Rachel Notley (who was 20 when her father died) said a few words at a ceremony at Grant Notley Park marking the 30th anniversary of her father’s death. Just the day before, she had become leader of the Alberta NDP. Speaking without notes, she remembered her father’s sense of humour and his commitment to social justice. “We as a movement are not about one person,” Notley told the small but emotional crowd. “We are not about the last leader, the current leader or the next leader. I’m very excited about what is to come. I think there will be another breakthrough. And it will not be because of one person.”