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Government deficit may reach $6.5 billion
Spruce Grove Examiner
Alberta's deficit could reach $6.5 billion at the end of this fiscal year, if the economy continues to contract.
Minister of Finance Joe Ceci announced the first quarter report recently, which forecasted a debt of $5.9 billion, but that was using previous information.
The report has not accounted for the severe dip in oil prices or the crash of China's stock market.
Enmax applies for 10-year permit to export electricity nightly to U.S.
City-owned Enmax has applied to the National Energy Board to export 100,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually to the United States, but Alberta's energy minister says the electrical grid is meant to serve Albertans.
The utility said it is seeking the 10-year licence to export excess electricity during the night when demand for power is low in the province.
"Our top priority is to supply Albertans with electricity when they need it most," said Enmax spokeswoman Doris Kaufmann Woodcock in an e-mail.
From solar panels to gardens, citizens share climate change ideas
Just over 500 people offered up ideas on how to battle climate change at a recent open house set up by Alberta's new climate change advisory panel.
But while some called for carbon taxes, leaving more oil in the ground and moving toward more solar panels, bike lanes, and even vegetarianism and gardens in schools, others urged caution so any new provincial policies won't come with a huge price.
Solar panelling gaining steam in sunny south
Medicine Hat News
Surrounded by the largest solar panel array in southeastern Alberta, owner Terry Meier drank Sunny Delight with politicians on the roof of his massive industrial shop recently.
The photo ops and press conference were arranged to christen the 192-panel system, installed on the he roof of LMT Trucking under an Enmax utilities rent-to-own program for energy conservation projects.
Calgary has one of the highest amounts of office construction in North America. Still.
Colliers International's most recent office outlook ranks Calgary eighth in North America — and first in Canada — with 5.2 million square feet of space under construction.
Houston leads North American cities with 12.3 million square feet.
Canada's No. 2 city (ninth on the North American list) is Toronto, with 4.8 million square feet.
The pace of construction relative to the size of the market is even more impressive.
Colliers said Calgary was third in North America when looking at construction as a percentage of existing inventory (7.8 per cent).
While B.C. promotes careers in trades, industry groups want more entry points for apprentices
The Vancouver Sun
British Columbia has put a premium on directing young people into skilled trades training as a career path, but Comox Valley shop teacher Randy Grey says some of his students are still going elsewhere for the opportunity to get started.
"Quite a few do go to Alberta, because there is demand, and (to) Saskatchewan, because there are big projects there," said Grey, president of the B.C. Technology Education Association. "Students willing to move and go away, they tend to pick up the jobs."
Canadian greenhouse gas emissions from electricity cut by 22 per cent in 5 years
The electrical generating sector reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5.8 per cent in 2014 and 22 per cent over the past five years, according to the Canadian Electricity Association's annual report.
The sector also decreased its emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and mercury because of new technology to clean up emissions, the report said. The shutdown of Ontario's coal-fired plants contributed significantly to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and was "one of the largest climate change initiatives ever undertaken in North America," the association said in its report.
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