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Calgary, AB – While roughly half of Albertans claim to have never tried marijuana, a majority of the province’s residents are in favour of legalization, a new Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 52% of Albertans support the legalization of marijuana, while 42% are opposed.

Support for marijuana legalization is highest among men (61%) and residents aged 35-to-54 (57%), and lowest among women (45%) and residents aged 55 and over (47%).

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What do you think? Should marijuana be legal in Canada?


Note that not all Species at Risk in Alberta are included in this list:

Great Plains Toad
Northern Leopard Frog
Canadian Toad
Long-Toed Salamander
Columbia Spotted Frog
Greater Sage-Grouse
Whooping Crane
Rusty Blackbird
Burrowing Owl
Palm Warbler
Ord’s Kangaroo Rat
Mountain Goats
Hoary Marmot
Bighorn Sheep
Water Vole

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Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Species at Risk

We are, above all else, biological beings, with an absolute need for clean air. We are about 60% water by weigh so we need clean water to be healthy. We need clean soil to give us clean food.

Water is not only a resource, it is a life source. We all share the responsibility to ensure a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply for our communities, environment and economy – our quality of life depends on it.

The Impacts of Climate Change on Water in Alberta
Welcome to the Species at Risk Public Registry

If you want to be scared, you don’t need to watch a horror movie.
Just use Google Earth and zoom in and see what Alberta’s tar sands look like from space.

It is not a pretty sight. In fact, it’s scary.
Popcorn with that?


Related topic:

The oilsands project is a significant contributor to carbon emissions and global warming

A connection between the oilsands projects and events like intense flooding nearby and 9 of the hottest 10 years on record?

While a single event cannot be used to provide evidence for or against climate change, scientific models predict that global warming will lead to more intense flooding in some places, more intense droughts in others, more intense hurricanes, melting of the polar ice caps. and a variety of other negative outcomes.

… Continue reading -> Opinion: Climate change, pipelines and Alberta floods

Alberta is a centre of climate-change denial, but not all Albertans deny reality of global warming

The Conservatives can’t even have a reasonable conversation on whether Alberta’s energy industry is contributing to Dutch disease in Canada, let alone wrap their minds around the impact of rising greenhouse-gas emissions on the state of the planet.



“The mosquito population has definitely increased in the last week or so,” said biological sciences technician Mike Jenkins.

Jenkins attributes the sudden increase to higher humidity and rain several weeks ago.

The City of Edmonton says the current mosquito numbers are close to – if not equal to – the 2001 peak when there were 3,500 mosquitoes per trap.

That was the highest peak in 20 years, and the city could meet or surpass that mark once the final numbers come in for this year.

The population rose over the last week mainly due to the amount of rainfall several weeks ago, as well as the current humidity.

“They’re able to be out and biting, even during periods when, typically, we don’t get a lot of mosquito activity. So, people are noticing that they are biting during the day, they’re biting in windy conditions, all those sorts of things, where usually the mosquitoes are out in hiding.”

Edmonton seeing a spike in pest population
wasps also like to eat what many people consider pests, so don’t be in a rush to get rid of them, Jenkins says. Most of their protein comes from flies and caterpillar pests.

Testing 11 Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

Beer Traps
Turns out that mosquitoes are attracted to those who drink beer. So, we thought that placing cups filled with cheap-o lager around our patio would make great bait for the pests. A glance at the buggy victims proved this to be true. There’s a catch though. Mosquitoes will still seek you out if you’re drinking the stuff. Bottom line: This somewhat works, but if you’re also imbibing, expect to be bitten.

Enjoying a beer outside ‘makes you more attractive to mosquitoes’

Wear White
The thinking here is that colors somehow make you more attractive to mosquitoes. But this is just a bunch of wishful thinking — the bugs will still bite, no matter how much white you wear. Bottom line: Does not work.

Eat Garlic
Garlic is used in many mosquito repellants used in landscaping. So, why wouldn’t it work for us? After eating a garlicky meal, we waited. The mosquitoes didn’t bother us. But really, is this practical? Bottom line: Works, if you’d like to down garlic cloves on a daily basis.

This involves exactly what you think it does: Vacuuming up any mosquito you see in the air. It’s more like a reflex test than a viable means of pest control. The bottom line: Not surprisingly, does not work.

When diluted with water and spritzed on the skin, this promised to rid of us mosquitoes for a full night. Sadly, it just made us smell minty fresh. We were still bitten at the end of the night. Bottom line: Does not work.

Anti-Mosquito App
This sonic repellant promises to rid your life of mosquitoes with a touch of a button. Easy, right? So we were disappointed when all this did was drain our iPhone’s battery. Bottom line: Does not work.

Like garlic, mosquitoes dislike chives. We simply placed a few snippets in a centerpiece and hoped for results. Though we did experience less bites, we were still bitten. Bottom line: Might work, but probably should be applied to the skin in order to see results.

Fabric Softener Sheets
Rubbed onto the skin, this method did leave us mosquito bite-free for the evening. But, it did irritate the skin of one of our testers. So, use caution. Bottom line: This works.

Dish Soap
A few squirts of dish soap, left in a saucer, did a nice job of keeping mosquitos occupied…and away from us. The results were comparable to citronella candle. Bottom line: This works.

Particularly, Mountain Dew, which was suggested by a reader, with a dash of dish soap. While the traps did attract mosquitoes, this might have also been because of the dish soap. Bottom line: This works, but probably not because of the soda.

Bubble Machine
Silly, but it did prove effective. Again, soap might be the factor here. Bottom line: It works.




CALGARY-A vicious storm that hit north of Calgary last week has been declared a ‘catastrophe event.’

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) says the hailstorms that nailed Airdrie and area on August 7 and 8 caused more than $25 million damage.

…He estimates that 75 per cent of the cars in Airdrie were damaged by hail from the August storms, as well as during a similar storm on July 17…

Alberta farmers assess damages in aftermath of hailstorms | Video

‘Heartbreaking’ losses reported

Alberta gets more hail than anywhere else in Canada, due to the presence of the Rocky Mountains and their role in thunderstorm formation. The nickname “Hail Alley” refers to an area stretching from south of Calgary to north of Red Deer and west of Highway 2 into the foothills.








Alberta is getting a new licence plate. Which design is your favourite?

Vote for Alberta’s new licence plate here



Bread, Circuses and the Great Alberta Plate Debate



Auditor General Merwan Saher found that Redford used government planes for personal and partisan reasons.

The report raises more questions about how often the Alberta government breaks spending rules and policies.

Derek Fildebrandt, Alberta director, Canadian Taxpayers Association
“The steady trickle of scandal and waste coming from the premier’s office through freedom-of-information requests, leaks and (auditor general) reports has made clear that there’s more to this story. Albertans deserve to know just how deep this story goes and the only way to do that is for Premier (Dave) Hancock to call a full, judicial inquiry.”

Jim McCormick, president, Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta
“The actions of our former leader have let down all these members who volunteer their own time and money to make this province a better place. This cannot, and will not, happen again.”

NDP critic Deron Bilous
“This is typical Tory behaviour and it’s time it ended. The PCs have become so comfortable spending public dollars on themselves that they’re not even covering their tracks anymore.”

Alberta PC leadership candidate Jim Prentice
“No government official, nor the premier, is above the law. In the event that there is evidence of criminal wrongdoing, I would expect those actions be met with the full force and weight of the law.”

Alberta PC leadership candidate Ric McIver
“We cannot allow a blurred line between government and party business. Albertans must be confident their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent only on government business.”

Alberta PC leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk
“It is very highly unlikely that we will ever have another premier who will take such liberties with public resources, but unfortunately we will now have to put protocols into place to assure Albertans that it could never happen. It is very sad.”

Wildrose Opposition critic Kerry Towle in calling for Finance Minister Doug Horner’s resignation
“There was no formal oversight structure to monitor the office’s travel expenses and the use of government aircraft. If Mr. Horner was not protecting taxpayers, who was? Clearly no one.”

Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner
“Bad.” — when asked by a reporter how he felt knowing government aircraft were being abused without him knowing.

Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis
“There are no parameters. It is wide open and fully independent.” — on the RCMP review the government has requested.

Alison Redford :
“In hindsight, there were many things I would have done differently. That said, I accept responsibility for all the decisions I have made.” — in a letter released Wednesday resigning her seat . She declined further comment.

Wildrose leader Danielle Smith
“That is something that requires a full public inquiry into all of the matters that the auditor general looked at for the premier’s office — the misuse of government airplanes, whether or not expense accounts are being abused and, of course, the hidden travel expenses. If we are going to get to the bottom of how this aura of power emanating from the premier’s office causes multiple staff members in multiple different department to ignore the rules, to find work-arounds and to be terrified of standing up when they see wrongdoing, we need to know how many departments this is implicating.”

Former Tory MLA Len Webber
“She put all this upon herself so there isn’t a lot of sympathy on my part. She dug her own grave and I’m just glad she’s no longer in.”

Webber quit the Alberta PC caucus last spring just prior to Redford resigning as premier. At the time, he called her a “bully” and “not a nice lady.”


Alison Redford the latest politician to use the passive voice in a lukewarm apology

5 startling things from Alberta AG’s report on Alison Redford



Check out the areas in Alberta that had the highest occurrence of lightning strikes last year…













Pension cuts sought by the provincial government for Alberta public servants would affects professionals such as teachers, paramedics and nurses.

Benefits earned up to 2015 wouldn’t change, but as of 2016 the plans would be “more modest.”

Funding would be split 50-50 between employers and employees; the government currently pays out more than half

There would be no more pension subsidies for those who retire before age 65; those pensions would be reduced to reflect the cost of paying them out over a longer period.

Cost-of-living adjustments are currently paid up to 60 per cent, but after 2016 would be paid up to 50 per cent and could be reduced even lower if economic situations make it necessary.

No changes to benefit improvements would be allowed until 2021 at the earliest.




In the video, Madlener takes the Alberta PC party to task for their profligate spending and apparent lack of accountability, singing:

We were debt-free, no have-not envy
The PC party’s like: “in the black, no debt”, dippin’ in the trust fund
Sky palace, forty year, Palm Springs in the sun
They don’t care; they won’t live within their means
The PC party’s like: Superboards, deficits, huge entitlements
Jet planes, Africa. We need a new government
They don’t care; why should we pay for their airfare
We don’t want to have PCs

“The song sort of discusses what the music industry’s like, and the royalty and stuff, and the luxury they have. And one line even included ‘jet planes’, and to me that was the most interesting part, and then it clicked that that reminds me exactly of what’s been going on with the PC government lately,” she said.



Alberta released its short-term employment forecast, highlighting in-demand jobs as well as the occupations which could face a labour shortage over the next 10 years.

Occupation title: Senior Managers – Financial, Communications Carriers and Other Business Services

Number employed in 2013: 4,600

Occupation title: Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers

Number employed in 2013: 11,400

Occupation title: Accommodation Service Managers

Number employed in 2013: 6,500

Occupation title: Other Services Managers

Number employed in 2013: 2,000

Occupation title: Supervisors, General Office and Administrative Support Clerks

Number employed in 2013: 5,300

Occupation title: Administrative Officers

Number employed in 2013: 35,400

Occupation title: Civil Engineers

Number employed in 2013: 12,400

Occupation title: Mechanical Engineers

Number employed in 2013: 7,200

Occupation title: Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Number employed in 2013: 6,600

Occupation title: Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Number employed in 2013: 5,900

Occupation title: Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Number employed in 2013: 2,700

Occupation title: Construction Estimators

Number employed in 2013: 2,900

Occupation title: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Number employed in 2013: 4,000

Occupation title: Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics

Number employed in 2013: 4,500

Occupation title: Non-Destructive Testers and Inspectors

Number employed in 2013: 4,400

Occupation title: Computer Network Technicians

Number employed in 2013: 6,200

Occupation title: Specialist Physicians

Number employed in 2013: 4,100

Occupation title: Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment

Number employed in 2013: 4,500

Occupation title: Technical Sales Specialists, Wholesale Trade

Number employed in 2013: 18,300

Occupation title: Chefs

Number employed in 2013: 4,800

Occupation title: Hairstylists and Barbers

Number employed in 2013: 11,700

Occupation title: Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades

Number employed in 2013: 3,700

Occupation title: Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors

Number employed in 2013: 4,600

Occupation title: Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers

Number employed in 2013: 2,300

Occupation title: Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers

Number employed in 2013: 11,000

Occupation title: Welders and Related Machine Operators

Number employed in 2013: 25,900

Occupation title: Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (except Textile)

Number employed in 2013: 10,800

Occupation title: Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics

Number employed in 2013: 14,200

Occupation title: Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers

Number employed in 2013: 16,600

Occupation title: Crane Operators

Number employed in 2013: 3,200

Occupation title: Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers

Number employed in 2013: 9,400