Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. | File photo

Alberta tour focuses on rural crime concerns

The government says it will use feedback from the meetings as a way to inform it on how to best resolve the issue

The Alberta government is touring the province to hear concerns about rural crime and to learn how to best resolve the issues. Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. “We want to see crime rates go down,” Doug Schweitzer, […] Read more

Alberta trade minister Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta trade mission planned for Japan, South Korea

Alberta’s trade minister will soon be off to Japan and South Korea to promote the province’s agriculture and forestry industry, aiming to expand market access and diversification. Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. She is travelling on behalf of Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen. The province said in a news release […] Read more

Those involved in renewable energy programs in Alberta are awaiting signals from the new United Conservative Party government about future support and direction.
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Renewable sector on hold in Alberta

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Those involved in renewable energy programs in Alberta are awaiting signals from the new United Conservative Party government about future support and direction. “There’s a lot of uncertainty right now on what programs might be rolled back, what incentives might be rolled back, so that creates not a great environment for […] Read more



Opposition leads Alta. gov’t as election looms

The polling results become narrower when voters are asked for their impressions of the NDP and UCP leaders

The Alberta election has not yet been called but political watchers agree the campaign is already well under way. The vote must take place sometime between March 1 and May 31. Zack Ziolkowski, Alberta counsel with the legal and lobby firm that represents Alberta agricultural groups to government, predicted an April 15 election when he […] Read more


Premier Rachel Notley said March 8 that the government and the RCMP have partnered to come up with plans on combating rural crime in the province. | Jeremy SImes photo

Alta. and RCMP partner to increase efforts on fighting rural crime

The Alberta government is planning to increase efforts on combating rural crime in the province. During the throne speech at the legislature Thursday, Alberta lieutenant governor Lois Mitchell announced new initiatives that both the province and the RCMP will undertake to address rural crime. She said the initiatives include investing in new tracking technology and […] Read more

Alberta’s oil sector is trying to recover and “make $50 oil work” but analyst Todd Hirsch says the slow growth may allow agriculture to expand with less competition for labourers.  |  Getty photo

Energy no longer Alberta’s engine, says economist

Southern Alberta’s focus on agriculture has cushioned it against the recession that devastated parts of the province where the energy sector was the economic engine. Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, told those at the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association water conference Nov. 21 that agriculture has created a more consistent economic base in the […] Read more

A resolution was defeated at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties convention asking to lobby government for off-highway vehicle licensing.  |  File photo

Alberta councillors reject OHV registration

Sixty percent of rural delegates opposed the resolution for licensing, saying the fee would hurt rural residents and involve more government red tape

Alberta’s rural leaders won’t be lobbying the provincial government to institute a licensing system for off-highway vehicles anytime soon. The decision came about following much debate during the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMD&C) annual convention on Nov. 15. Rod Shaigec, the mayor of Parkland County, brought forward the resolution to lobby the […] Read more


Alta. provides tax relief for abandoned wells

The Alberta government is set to provide rural communities with tax relief after officials announced today they’re launching a new program that deals with defunct oil and gas properties. The program, called called the Provincial Education Requisition Credit (PERC), will have funding of up to $10 million annually for municipal districts and counties to access.  […] Read more

Beef producers in Alberta may be approaching an agreement on how to handle a $3 levy collected on every animal sold. | File photo

Beef check-off truce likely

INNISFAIL, Alta. — Beef producers in Alberta may be approaching an agreement on how to handle a $3 levy collected on every animal sold. Nothing is official but a plebiscite may be proposed to create a beef industry development fund and an agreed upon division of money among industry groups. “The biggest hitch is, where […] Read more