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Political Writer — Calgary Herald

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

Province upgrading fire safety systems at seniors care homes

calgaryherald.com — EDMONTON - Alberta is committing $70 million over three years to upgrade sprinkler and fire safety systems in government owned seniors care facilities, Premier Jim Prentice announced Wednesday. The funding commitment, following up on a promise the premier made during his recent PC leadership campaign, was announced as "a first step" to protecting seniors in nursing and long-term care facilities, Prentice told seniors at Edmonton's Kiwanis Place Lodge.

Danielle Smith asks for Wildrose leadership review after byelection losses

calgaryherald.com — Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith is putting her leadership on the line in the wake of four byelection losses.

Do political signs really translate into votes?

calgaryherald.com — If you can read the signs, PC Premier Jim Prentice will easily win Calgary-Foothills in Monday's byelection while Wildrose's Sheila Taylor will steal Calgary-West and Tory Gordon Dirks will eke out a narrow victory in Calgary-Elbow.

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.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @mariamdena: Defence filed in @kikkiplanet defamation lawsuit ow.ly/DDqH7 [corrected link] #ableg

Oct 31, 2014

For a sec this morn I thought I’d awakened to another Oilers’ loss, but it was an inadvertent CHED repeat of Wednesday’s bad news #dejavuboo

Oct 31, 2014

@kylegolsen We knew the matter was referred to them — not whether they would actually investigate. Police don’t comment on investigations

Oct 31, 2014

Funny how report of RCMP probe of ex-premier Redford didn’t get leaked until after the by-elections #ableg

Oct 31, 2014

RT @paulisci: Change in levels of party support, all 4 #ableg by-election ridings, compared to the 2012 provincial vote. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/0EAKW4EsTh

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AblegReporter: Exclusive: RCMP confirm criminal investigation underway into Redford administration: ow.ly/DBbUA #ableg

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JamesWoodHerald: Danielle Smith also says staff changes are likely coming to #wrp after byelection loss. #ableg

Oct 31, 2014

Via Postmedia reporter @jasonfekete: Jim Prentice’s new comms director Mike Storeshaw did same job for Heritage Min Shelly Glover #ableg

Oct 31, 2014

RT @HeraldHeadlines: Calgary businessman John Forzani dies in California hospital dlvr.it/7NJKCg

Oct 31, 2014

Calgary Herald report: Calgary businessman and former football star John Forzani has died in a Palm Springs, Calif. hospital.

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