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Political Writer — Calgary Herald

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

Advocacy and worker groups slam FOIP dump

calgaryherald.com — Albertans may not care about the Prentice government's plans to post documents on the web when they are released under the freedom of information act, but they should care, say advocacy and worker groups.

Emergency response to be tested with province’s largest mock disaster

calgaryherald.com — Alberta's emergency response is being tested this week in a mock disaster exercise to rescue civilians trapped in a collapsed building. The test - simulating the collapse of a mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario - will be the largest and most complex conducted in the province, according to Shane Schreiber, director of Alberta's Emergency Management Agency (AEMA).

No consultation on province’s new FOIP plan, says privacy commissioner

calgaryherald.com — Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton said the Prentice government has not sought her advice on a controversial plan to publicly release freedom of information data at the same time it is released to applicants. Clayton told reporters Thursday she has lots of questions about the simultaneous release of requested information and would expect to be consulted if the government decides to implement the policy.

Alberta's budget woes created by excessive spending, says Fraser Institute

calgaryherald.com — The $7-billion hole in Alberta's budget was created by a decade of excessive spending - not solely the collapse of oil prices, suggests a new study by the Fraser Institute. The independent conservative think-tank says Alberta would have saved $49 billion in the past 10 years if it had limited government spending increases to inflation plus population growth.

Prentice says fiscal woes won’t affect pledge to install fire sprinklers in seniors’ facilities

calgaryherald.com — Alberta Premier Jim Prentice reaffirms commitment to fund installation of fire suppression sprinklers in seniors residences. The province committed $70 million this year and another $160 million over four years from a federal-provincial housing fund to protect seniors' facilities, but has said it will have to cut back other programs and services as a result of the collapse of oil prices.

MLAs cancel decision to restore $546K to auditor general

calgaryherald.com — Insisting they were acting independently and not at the direction of the premier, a legislature committee has cancelled its decision of a week ago to restore a $546,000 in funding to the auditor general.

Breaches of power market rules more than doubled in 2014, $200,000 in fines issued

calgaryherald.com — Alberta's power market watchdog issued nearly $200,000 in fines last year as violations of market reliability standards more than doubled. The Market Surveillance Administrator reported 133 violations of reliability standards, up from 62 in 2013. The administrator attributed the increase to heightened audit activities by the Alberta Electric System Operator, the government-appointed, arms-length agency that manages the electricity grid.

Liberals raise alarm over ambulance red alerts

calgaryherald.com — Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann called on the Prentice government Friday to take action to address a continuing problem of ambulance shortages that trigger red alerts in the health-care system. Swann said emergency medical services workers are so frustrated over the failure of the governing Tories to address the issue, they have begun posting red alerts - when no ambulances are available - on Twitter.

Campbell says cuts coming to health and education but vulnerable Albertans will be protected

calgaryherald.com — Finance Minister Robin Campbell vowed Thursday not to chop programs for the handicapped and promised to protect other vulnerable Albertans, but critics fear his cutbacks will destroy health care and education. Campbell told the Herald each ministry has been given a financial target that, combined across government, will result in a five per cent reduction from last year's budget funding, but core services will be protected.

TransAlta refutes power price-fixing allegations

calgaryherald.com — TransAlta says allegations it broke the rules by manipulating electricity prices in Canada's only fully deregulated electricity market "do not hold water" and are "intellectually dishonest." In closing written arguments to the Alberta Utilities Commission this week, the Calgary-based utility denies its actions constituted anti-competitive behaviour.
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Feb 24, 2015

RT @markusoff: Under new manningment: Jim Prentice off to Manning Ctr conference in Ottawa next weekend #ableg pic.twitter.com/KSBS63ZdKq

Feb 24, 2015

Headline on Alberta Government news release announcing 1st surplus in 7 yrs: Third Quarter results show a decline in energy revenue #ableg

Feb 24, 2015

Alberta's emergency response to be tested with province's largest, most complex mock disaster calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

Feb 24, 2015

Prentice: “I am disappointed but not surprised that President Obama chose to veto bipartisan legislation that would have approved KXL #ableg

Feb 24, 2015

The Living Well with a Chronic Condition Program in the Calgary Zone is changing its name to the Alberta Healthy Living Program.

Feb 24, 2015

RT @mariamdena: Govt projecting $465 million surplus by fiscal year end, down from $1.1 billion forecast at budget. #ableg #ejlive pic.twitter.com/SDQcaUUbDr

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