In This Issue


Kent Hehr takes on the seemingly impossible.

Kent Hehr is in his campaign office on a sweltering May Saturday, getting ready to go door knocking. Hehr is the federal Liberal candidate for Calgary-Centre, currently held by Conservative Joan Crockatt. The election is five months away but Hehr and his campaign team are busy.
“This is starting to be an exercise in futility,” says Vincent St. Pierre, Hehr’s executive assistant. St. Pierre is kneeling on the floor, trying to replace the batteries on Hehr’s wheelchair, stuffing them into the undercarriage after cutting off their oversized plastic handles with a butter knife. Changing the batteries is usually a 20-minute process, but today it’s taken almost an hour.


Editorial: The End of Oil?

Not if we're smart about it.

Something analogous is happening in Alberta, yet few of us are aware of it let alone concerned or taking action. Our province has a vast collective wealth--a reserve pf 168 billion barrels of oil...

The Beginning of the End

Oil and gas are more vulnerable than you might think

From 1959 to 2015 the level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere climbed 29 per cent. Most of the increase came from burning fossil fuels. With more people using coal, oil and natural gas, the carbon load keeps climbing...

Electricity Deregulation

Companies won; citizens lost.

Last December, Alberta's Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA), the province's power market watchdog, reported that information provided to Albertans on the cost of electricity is inadequate, unclear, and confusing.


Susan Delacourt's Shopping for Votes; Alison Loat and Michael MacMillian's Tragedy in the Commons; dee Hobsbawn-Smith's What Can't Be Undone; and more.

This Land
Leave It To Beavers


Beavers aren't considered allies in Alberta; they're treated as nuisances. Fur trappers alone kill more than 12,000 beavers a year in this province...

Eye on Alberta
Clippings, Quotes and Controversies


Rural and Powerless; The Fix is In; Tesla vs. Alta; plus other clips, quotes and controversies.

Coalition Government


Germany and 35 other democratic countries are governed by coalitions. Switzerland, that notorious flake of a country, is governed by five parties...

Higher Education Guide


A look at post-secondary institutions across the province, what each offers and how they are unique.

Meet the Minister
Margaret McCuaig-Boyd
Minister of Energy


Guess the speaker: The oil sands is an “international showpiece” and “tremendous asset,”

Community Action


Inglewood, Calgary

Highlights from Past Issues

In Our Previous 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.


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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.”