New business recycles pesky propane bombs

Roughly 500,000 propane cylinders are sold in Alberta each year for various uses such as camping, but what happens to all those potentially explosive materials when they’re eventually discarded? While some municipalities offer services to collect these cylinders and other types of hazardous waste like paint and solvents, there remains a contingent of people, particularly… Continue reading New business recycles pesky propane bombs

Alberta between mild and extreme ‘petrostate’

Oil is by far the most popular natural resource making headlines on a weekly basis in Alberta and for good reason – the Province has relied on its vast reserves of petroleum for both economic and political reasons. With impending decisions to be made regarding the future transport of this coveted resource, whether it be… Continue reading Alberta between mild and extreme ‘petrostate’

Canmore firefighter/EMT recounts medical mission in Haiti

The night before Jacqueline Hutchison and a team of doctors and firefighters from across Alberta travelled to the earthquake-ravaged Republic of Haiti they received an important phone call from the organizer in charge of their trip. A gang shooting had just occurred in Cité Soleil, one of the poorest areas of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince,… Continue reading Canmore firefighter/EMT recounts medical mission in Haiti

Economists toy with sales tax idea for Alberta

Following an announcement by Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner that the Province’s projected deficit leading into the 2012/13 budget will be around $4 billion, the idea of implementing a sales tax as a way out has once again reared its way back into the conversation. During an economic summit a few weeks ago in Calgary,… Continue reading Economists toy with sales tax idea for Alberta

Slow year ahead for Alberta as price of black gold drops

Oil is Alberta’s business, however, the price of Western Canadian Select, which is made up of heavy conventional and bitumen crude oil, has been decreasing. With the Province’s reliance on this huge energy commodity, both politicians and economists point to a sluggish Alberta economy limping into next year’s fiscal budget, which will be made public… Continue reading Slow year ahead for Alberta as price of black gold drops

Book review – Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark

Scrolling through any Canadian newspaper or online source, one finds it difficult to avoid stories pertaining to the country’s issue with natural resources, be it the expansion of pipelines, advances in technology or which provinces benefit the most from revenue generated. Almost on a daily basis, Canadians are fed news in an apparent “us versus… Continue reading Book review – Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark

Winter in the Canmore mines

Every winter the old lamp house located beneath Three Sisters Parkway in Canmore groans with age. The windows have all been knocked out, the roof is in disrepair and the frost has taken its toll on the walls with those that are still in tact subjected to graffiti. It’s safe to say the building, which… Continue reading Winter in the Canmore mines