In This Issue

Hot Treasure

Alberta's unique geothermal potential

My favourite garage sale find is a small folk-art sculpture. Bars of beaten copper clasp to form a shimmering triangular tower topped by a pumpjack arm—a tabletop oil derrick. Turn the key on the pumpjack’s wheel and a music box plays “The Impossible Dream.” The pumpjack arm goes up and down but never quite pulls the load from the well.

A lot of Albertans now feel similarly stuck. Our province has a new government and a new climate plan that proposes to change everything, especially for the energy sector. We’re phasing out coal and putting a higher price on carbon. New environmental regulations loom for the energy industry.

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Editorial: Surprising Possibility

Right under our feet.

Sometime around 1983 my father lugged home a computer. It was a work machine, one of his petrochemical company’s first. He used it to make spreadsheets...
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In Decline

What are we doing to our aquifers?

We didn't hike on trails to our fishing streams back in the 1960s. We followed cutlines. There were more of them every year. Oil companies would set off explosives along the bulldozed lines and use the seismic echoes to map the underlying rocks.

The Edmonton Model

Edmonton's architectural reinvention

What do Mordecai Richler, Aimee Mann and Craig Ferguson have in common? As visitors to the Alberta capital, they've all marvelled at its hideousness-- its drab architecture, its higgledy-piggledy urban design.

Bookshelf

Gordon Laxer's After the Sands; Andrew Nikifork's Slick Water; R.W. Gray's Entropic; and more.


This Land
Burning for Fun

 

Global crises used to be times when shared sacrifice took over from self-indulgence, bringing out the best in citizens and communities.

Wit
Speed Merchants

 

Stirling Moss, famed British Formula One driver, took part in many attempts to break world speed records.

Eye on Alberta
Clippings, Quotes and Controversies

 

Slow Water Search; Missing Baseline; We Had To Do Something; plus other clips, quotes and controversies.

Guide
Festivals Guide

 

Summer is festival season in Alberta, with celebrations of art, culture and nature taking place throughout the province.

Meet the Minister
Shannon Phillips
Minister of Environment and Parks

 

Shannon Phillips did more in her first year than her ministerial placeholders—er, predecessors—achieved in a decade...
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Community Action
Wabamun

 

Wabamun, Alberta.
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Highlights from Past Issues

In Our Previous Issue

Our Vital Forests

And how they're mismanaged.

I’ve seen the transformation of the country in my lifetime,” says biologist Lorne Fitch as we drive up gravel Highway 517 to Hidden Creek. “Alberta’s Forest Service has failed to recognize that there are more values to these landscapes than fibre. A lot of policy is driven by mill capacity. They have to feed the maw.”
A burly man with a trim silver beard, Fitch is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and the provincial riparian specialist for Alberta Cows and Fish. “If you want to know what’s happening in Alberta’s forests, you should look at the fish,” he says. Hidden Creek—previously “the best habitat and spawning ground in the Oldman system”—was logged in early 2013.

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From The Archives

Is It Too Late For the Heritage Trust Fund?

Better late than never for saving

A decade ago, when Alberta was debt-free and staring at a $7.4-billion surplus, Premier Ralph Klein decided it was time to spread the wealth. He announced that every person who lived in the province—and, as it turned out, more than a few who didn’t—would receive a cheque for $400 as a “Prosperity Bonus,” a $1.4-billion giveaway that quickly became known as “Ralph Bucks.” Former premier Peter Lougheed, the architect of the province’s long-neglected Heritage Fund, disagreed with the move.

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