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Political Writer — Calgary Herald

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

Action on MLA electricity report comes up short: consumers group

calgaryherald.com — Energy Minister Frank Oberle announced action Thursday on three recommendations to improve Alberta's deregulated retail electricity market, but he insists there is much more to come. He said the recommendations to enhance the electricity market start with clarifying utility bills, but he hopes to implement others to increase the independence of the Utilities Consumer Advocate and to develop a long-term campaign to educate consumers about the complex market.

Prentice forms special budget committee to deal with falling oil prices

calgaryherald.com — Premier Jim Prentice has appointed a seven-member cabinet committee - dubbed the Bad News Bears by the NDP - to lay the foundation for next year's provincial budget and announced efforts to reduce in-year spending.

Ethics commissioner clears premier, health minister of wrongdoing in byelection annoucements

calgaryherald.com — Alberta's ethics commissioner has cleared Premier Jim Prentice and his health minister of any wrongdoing in the bevy of announcements they made during the October byelections. Marguerite Trussler, a former judge, ruled Friday that Prentice and Health Minister Stephen Mandel were carrying on the duties of government by participating in the announcements and received no personal gain from them.

Liberal leader says he is co-operating with Elections Alberta over donations issue

calgaryherald.com — Liberal Leader Raj Sherman says he is co-operating with Elections Alberta in response to allegations he breached political contribution limits. Sherman said Thursday he received a letter from the chief electoral officer asking for information about donations he has made to his own party in recent years.

Concern rising over sinking oil prices as legislature sitting winds down

calgaryherald.com — Concerns about the impact of plunging oil prices on provincial revenues and the economy have overshadowed the fall sitting of the Alberta Legislature that was expected to wrap up late Wednesday. The session, the first for new Progressive Conservative Premier Jim Prentice, started with a flagship property rights bill, but attention shifted quickly to oil prices.

Prentice warns of $7B hole in Alberta budget due to low oil prices

calgaryherald.com — Premier Jim Prentice made a state of the province speech to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Tuesday - and the state of the province is not good. Plunging oil prices - dipping to $63.05 US - will mean consequences for every Albertan, the premier grimly warned about 700 business people attending the chamber luncheon speech.

Health minister cautious as US health info expert warns of medical records system pitfalls

calgaryherald.com — Health Minister Stephen Mandel says he will investigate whether it's possible to economically build a province-wide electronic medical records system but a U.S. expert warns that health data networks are plagued with pitfalls.

Calgary MLA seeks distracted driver demerits and bigger fines

calgaryherald.com — Calgary MLA Moe Amery is pushing the province to hit distracted drivers with bigger fines as well as demerits through a private members bill that's slated to be debated in the Alberta legislature. Amery, a member of the governing Progressive Conservatives who represents Calgary-East, wants to boost fines to $250, from $170, and require drivers to forfeit three demerits for distracted driving.

'We're still using fax machines…'

calgaryherald.com — Alberta's Health Minister has struck a task force to investigate the creation of an integrated provincial health information system after the College of Physicians and Surgeons told a legislature committee this week the current system is "woefully inadequate."

Power price info for consumers “inadequate,” says MSA report

calgaryherald.com — Information provided to Alberta householders by government and industry on the cost of electricity is inadequate, unclear and confusing, says a new report from the province's Market Surveillance Administrator. The lack of accurate information about the cost of residential electricity contracts can result in Alberta residents making a poor choice when picking an energy provider in Alberta's de-regulated electricity market, says the MSA's State of the Market 2014 report.
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Dec 18, 2014

I imagine some Wildrose MLAs thought 'I don’t want to go, but I don’t want to stay either' #ableg

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Stockwell_Day: Charlie Chaplin didn't bow down to Hitler. Why do we bow down to NK dictator Kim Jong Un who starves his people? Unbelievable, who's next?

Dec 18, 2014

After reading the story by @JamesWoodHerald, I think the Manning foundation is going to have to change its name #ableg

Dec 18, 2014

Saddened by the death this week of Ralph’s father Phil “the Killer’ Klein. I saw him at many PC functions during the King Ralph era. #ableg

Dec 18, 2014

Dave Yager steps down from Wildrose president post to make way for Jeff Callaway. #ableg

Dec 18, 2014

What a day. And @nenshi thought Bill 10 made Albertans look like hillbillies.

Dec 17, 2014

Wildrosers say they lost desire to fight when they realized Prentice was a kindred spirit via @calgaryherald #ableg calgaryherald.com/Wildrosers+the…

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