Jason Kenney's enemy list

Jason Kenney's enemy list r1 ... View archive version Well, it’s official: Alberta voters have elected a majority conservative government, led by premier-elect Jason Kenney.

Kenney has promised a “rapid acceleration” of approvals for new oil and gas projects, to scrap the carbon tax, to do away with support for renewable energy and to eliminate energy efficiency programs — oh, and to ensure “a carbon-free Vancouver by 2020” by “turning off the taps” for shipments of Alberta fuel to B.C.

In his victory speech on Tuesday night, he also made special note of his vow to fight against environmental charities that criticize Albertan energy. He’s planning to launch what he calls an energy “war room” to — in the words of his party’s platform — “fight fake news and share the truth about Alberta’s resource sector and energy issues.”

PAOV, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what the next four years will look like in Alberta, but one thing is clear: Alberta needs independent journalists now more than ever.

To keep our born-and-raised Alberta reporter, Sharon J. Riley, on the ground as a full-time watchdog on environmental and energy issues, we need 100 new monthly members to sign up by the end of the month.

When we hired Sharon — thanks to the support of hundreds of readers — we did so knowing the Alberta election would be a major area of focus for the first several months. She’s written scoop after scoop, and earned a national award nomination for her work. But here’s the thing: now, in the face of cuts to regulation, the need for her reporting in Alberta is greater than ever.

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The sad truth is Alberta has a major lack of independent, in-depth journalism. Previously competing newsrooms, such as the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald, are now owned by one mega-media company: Postmedia. The same goes for the Edmonton Sun and the Edmonton Journal.

As the headquarters of Canada’s oil industry, environmental policy in Alberta matters deeply for the rest of the country — and indeed the rest of the world.

Together, we can make sure there’s fair, independent, on-the-ground reporting on how Kenney’s environmental and energy policies impact real people.

Read on for our coverage of the Alberta election — and much more this week.

Emma Gilchrist

What Alberta’s new UCP majority government means for the environment

By Sharon J. Riley

Support for renewables? Nah. Booze in parks? Yeah! Read more.

Alberta then and now: what’s changed since the last time we headed to the polls?

By Sharon J. Riley
It already feels like forever ago, but the last time Albertans headed to the polls the Progressive Conservatives were planning tax hikes, projecting a massive deficit and raising the alarm over the province’s reliance on ‘volatile energy royalties.’ Read more.

VIDEO: These Wildwood foresters are reimagining ways to harvest timber

By Daniel Pierce

Since the 1940s Vancouver Island's Wildwood has been managed using Scandinavian- inspired forestry principles that view a forest as more than just a stand of lumber.

Rather than harvesting the best and the biggest, the foresters at Wildwood intentionally leave these trees behind. Yet, active timber harvest is still taking place. So, how do they do it? Watch the video.

Alberta: spending more than we really earn, since 1970

By Sharon J. Riley

Most Albertans are familiar with the idea that we’ve long been placing our eggs in the extractive-sector basket. But just how dependent are we? Read more.

Caribou protection plan spawns racist backlash in northeast B.C.

By Sarah Cox

Misinformation and racist comments are running rampant, but Treaty 8 chiefs say the proposed plan for the Peace region would not close any existing mining operations, affect approved pipelines or restrict backcountry access. Read more.

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