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As UN climate conference begins, Alberta has much on the line

As UN climate conference begins, Alberta has much on the line

The federal government has said it now aims for a 40- to 45-per-cent reduction in emissions by 2035. To help meet that target, the government has announced five-year emissions-reductions targets for the oil and gas industry as well as regulations around methane.
Alberta tables bill to help municipalities recoup unpaid oil and gas property taxes

Alberta tables bill to help municipalities recoup unpaid oil and gas property taxes

The legislation is a response to a growing problem of oil and gas companies, both solvent and insolvent, not paying municipal property taxes. After several years of hard times and low prices in the oilpatch, Rural Municipalities Alberta says those unpaid taxes now total $245 million — about half of which is from companies still operating. 
Alberta jobs minister says he only heard rumours before his chief of staff was fired

Alberta jobs minister says he only heard rumours before his chief of staff was fired

Doug Schweitzer, when asked by reporters why Kimmel would try to resolve the issue by going to others but not him, did not answer directly. “Not one thing was alleged about me, my conduct, my office, the environment of my office," he said.
'Pretty harsh' year for farmers

'Pretty harsh' year for farmers

The silver lining is that crop prices are very high right now, Ward Toma from the Alberta Canola Producers said, so producers can sell half their crop at double the price and salvage their income for the year. 
New environment minister says his climate plan is not a 'secret agenda'

New environment minister says his climate plan is not a 'secret agenda'

Among his first priorities will be legislating or regulating an emissions cap on oil and gas, and then setting targets to force them downward over the next 30 years, in five-year increments.
Lawsuit alleges Alberta premier's office failed to address sex harassment complaint

Lawsuit alleges Alberta premier's office failed to address sex harassment complaint

In the statement of claim, Ariella Kimmel alleged the harassment took place over almost four months starting in October 2020, when she was chief of staff to the minister of jobs, economy, and innovation.
Government still undecided on whether to fight Indigenous child-welfare rulings

Government still undecided on whether to fight Indigenous child-welfare rulings

"It is time for Canada to put down its legal sword," said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. "The courts have already ruled, academics have studied, and First Nations have presented solutions to end discriminatory public services for their children," she wrote in a statement Wednesday to The Canadian Press.
Vatican says Pope Francis willing to visit Canada; Indigenous leaders seek apology

Vatican says Pope Francis willing to visit Canada; Indigenous leaders seek apology

The Vatican said in a statement Wednesday that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops invited the Pope to travel to Canada in the "context of the long-standing pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples." 
Trudeau appoints Bennett as mental health and addictions minister in new cabinet

Trudeau appoints Bennett as mental health and addictions minister in new cabinet

"A lot of people, I think, have seen that mental health has become a parallel pandemic and that we actually need to really dive in and make sure there is a mental-health strategy across all government departments, but also with the provinces and the territories," Bennett said at a news conference Tuesday. 
New defence minister vows to fight sex misconduct, warns battle 'going to take time'

New defence minister vows to fight sex misconduct, warns battle 'going to take time'

“One of the things people will be learning about Anita Anand in the coming months is that she is a world-class expert in governance, with decades of professional experience that she will bring to bear to make sure the Canadian Armed Forces … are worthy of the extraordinary women and men who choose to serve,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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