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Calgary Herald political writer based at the Alberta Legislature. dhenton@calgaryherald.com

Money spent buying homes in flood zone would be better used on mitigation, says Alberta Party leader

calgaryherald.com — The province should sell the homes it purchased in flood-prone areas to recoup some of the $85 million spent on a program that didn't work, says Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark.

Calgary-Elbow parents take action on overcrowded schools

calgaryherald.com — Parents in Calgary-Elbow have resorted to politics in their quest to acquire portable classrooms for their children's overcrowded schools, says the head of a parent group. Sean Hann, chair of William Reid school council, said Monday he urged parents to write to the candidates in the provincial byelection as "a last-ditch effort" to raise awareness of the plight of their children.

Plunging oil prices won’t stop new school construction, Prentice pledges

calgaryherald.com — Alberta will get its promised new schools regardless of any measures the provincial government may have to take in the wake of collapsed oil prices, says Premier Jim Prentice. The premier assured Albertans and voters in four upcoming byelections the 50 schools promised last week will be delivered despite the potential loss of anticipated non-renewable resources revenue.

Wildrose to probe riding dispute

calgaryherald.com — EDMONTON - Maverick Wildrose MLA Joe Anglin says he is willing to take on his own party to defend the democratic rights of his constituents after a constituency association meeting went awry Wednesday. Anglin, who lost the party nomination to continue to represent Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre to his former constituency association president Jason Nixon earlier this year, said a "kerfuffle" broke out during the Wednesday meeting.

Alberta opposition tops in fundraising

calgaryherald.com — Less than two weeks before Alberta voters go to the polls in an unprecedented string of four byelections, the Wildrose has flexed its financial muscle with a commanding fundraising victory over the governing Tories. The official Opposition nearly doubled the revenue collected by the long-reigning Progressive Conservatives, reeling in $700,784 to the Tories' $412,804 for the period from July 1 to Sept.

Premier remains optimistic despite falling oil prices

calgaryherald.com — EDMONTON - Alberta remains on track to stay in the black this year despite plummeting crude oil prices, says Premier Jim Prentice. Although oil prices have fallen below $82 US a barrel, and are forecast to plunge even lower by the end of 2014, the new premier says he is not going to confuse "short-term market cycles with the long-term economics" of the Alberta energy business.

Alberta support grows for assisted suicide

calgaryherald.com — As Canada's highest court is set to re-examine the issue of assisted suicide, a new poll suggests nearly 78 per cent of Albertans support the legal right of terminally ill Canadians to access that option.

Days after scathing auditor general review, new oilsands report claims all is well

calgaryherald.com — EDMONTON - Two days after the auditor general criticized a report on oilsands environmental monitoring as inaccurate and misleading, a followup report has been released claiming all is well. In his October audit, Merwan Saher slammed the initial oilsands report for being 15 months late and missing "key information."

Touted oilsands monitoring program slammed by Alberta AG

calgaryherald.com — EDMONTON - Alberta's auditor general has criticized the highly-touted joint provincial-federal oilsands monitoring program that was conceived by Jim Prentice when he served as federal environment minister. Merwan Saher said Tuesday, as he released his October report, that an initial report of monitoring activities was late, inaccurate and incomplete, and management of the monitoring projects is weak.

Touted oilsands monitoring program slammed by AG

calgaryherald.com — EDMONTON - Alberta's auditor general has criticized the highly-touted joint provincial-federal oilsands monitoring program that was conceived by Jim Prentice when he served as federal environment minister. Merwan Saher said Tuesday, as he released his October report, that an initial report of monitoring activities was late, inaccurate and incomplete, and management of the monitoring projects is weak.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @DuaneBratt: Big news on the three Calgary by-elections from @planetjanetyyc and I. Read @calgaryherald on Saturday. Hint: its not a poll. #ableg

Oct 24, 2014

RT @BobRae48: Just finished taping a conversation with Rosemary Barton on Power and Politics re security issues. #Cdnpoli

Oct 24, 2014

Reverse buyouts: Money spent buying homes in flood zone would be better used on mitigation, says Alberta Party leader calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…

Oct 23, 2014

@carter_AB that’s not what you advised when you were a certain premier’s chief of staff

Oct 23, 2014

RT @mariamdena: Public tours of the Alberta legislature building will resume Friday. #ableg #ejlive

Oct 23, 2014

Two hours notice of a premier’s availability in Calgary. No reason given.Wonder what emergency befalls us? #ableg

Oct 23, 2014

RT @RobertRemington: Is Ottawa shooter a terrorist? Excellent NYT commentary: "There is no consensus on the meaning of 'terrorism'." opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/the…

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