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By unpopular demand, a few comments on Bill 10, which was recently enacted by the Alberta Legislative Assembly, and expands the Government’s emergency powers during a public health emergency.

#ableg #abpoli
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Bill 10 can be found here. Rather than discussing the whole Bill, I will focus only on the amendments to s. 52.1(2) and the equivalent changes to s. 52.21.

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docs.assembly.ab.ca/LADDAR_files/d…
These provisions deal with the ability to temporarily change how a law operates during a public health emergency. There are all sorts of occasions where such a change would be warranted.

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Hi, friends. Can I tell you about my doctor? Her pay, and the pay of doctors across Alberta, is being cut by the UCP government starting tomorrow. Yes, even though we're in the middle of a pandemic.
My doctor is incredibly committed to her patients, and to the wellbeing of Albertans. From the time she first opened her practive, she's allocated extra time to patients. I have never run out of time during an appointment, even when discussing 2+ issues.
This also means that she knows more about my life than she possibly could if we tried to cram a bunch of important information into less than ten minutes. It also means that I feel like I know her (in an appropriate doctor/patient way!), and I really trust her opinions.
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If you are not already motivated to stand up and fight for public education, we have some inspiring news for you!
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We've received notice from our friends @backpackthefilm that their amazing documentary is NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOME STREAMING!!!
#abed #ableg
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SOS has been facilitating screenings across AB since 2017. This film is incredibly impt viewing now more than ever!
Pls pay close attn to:
🍎How governments deal w public education during a crisis
🍎How vouchers divert public dollars to privately run schools
#abed #ableg
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Watch:
🍎The effects and growth of online learning (virtual schools)
🍎How inequity widens as a result of funding following students to schools of *choice*
🍎The possibilities (Union City) available when public education is properly resourced.
#abed #ableg
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1/ Dear Albertans:

The international price of oil is NOT an attack on #Alberta. It is a fight between the big players, and we are collateral damage. We are not significant to those players in part because we produce a comparatively small amount AND because

#abpoli #ableg
2/ the bulk of it goes to our nearest neighbor. So we are of zero consequence to the Russia/KSA contest.

When our leaders say it's an attack on AB, it's a lie.

It definitely hurts us, but we have no clout to stop it. We can't compete for the markets, and the pipelines
3/ don't make much of a difference to that big picture. We'd have to multiply our production massively before we break into the Russia/China/US club, and even then we don't have the ease of market access. Our main market remains our biggest competitor.
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Thread:

Yesterday I was inconsolably depressed. I woke up from a stress induced nap, and immediately found out that my son and other children with ASD or other special needs had lost their support staff at 1pm on a Saturday. I understand all parents are dealing with

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The stresses of job loss, financial strain, children losing instructional time, but I have to say that this whole situation has been especially hard for those who have special needs or are parents of those with special needs. There is already a deep and pervasive worry for

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My Children’s futures at the best of times, given their challenges. Now I have to navigate trying to fill in the gaps that are left by stripping my 4 year old from his EA who has been working tirelessly to support my son and his teacher during this crisis. My son’s

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1/ So. The cuts of @AdrianaLaGrange to #abed stop delivery of lessons to kids with special needs and those without internet access.

This is @UCPCaucus fraud. How?

The govt is responsible for delivering education, but it's funded in part by federal transfers and the
2/ locally-collected Education Property Tax.

So these services have been paid for.

@jkenney now refuses to deliver them to those most in need. But he's keeping the money.

So nothing for those kids, but still spending millions on his oil propaganda pals.

That's corrupt.
3/ And I am not using the word "corrupt" as hyperbole. It's literally corrupt to take money and then refuse to deliver required services through firing the people who deliver them.

Every Conservative who objects to tax fraud should be howling for resignations.

And @UCPCaucus
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The Government of Canada did not shut down AB oil. There is a two-black-swan event of overhanging supply and coronavirus demand destruction. In fact, the Government of Canada has been trying to solve the AB pipeline takeaway deficit. /2 #cdnpoli #abpoli
2/ And before current events, the oil industry itself caused the American shale revolution, which in transformed Canada from valued supplier to competitor. The ***global economy*** is grinding to a halt because of the two-black-swans. 3/
3/ Until very recently, AB had the highest per-capita incomes of all provinces, the lowest provincial taxes, and no PST. The unemployment rate was not the highest in Canada - see Atlantic Canada before winding up the whining. 4/
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Let's talk for a minute about conflict of interest and "blind trusts" for a moment, because apparently @shandro and the rest of the #UCP have forgotten some fundamentals. /1 #ableg #abpoli
The purpose of a blind trust is to decouple a person's fiscal interests from whatever public role they may be carrying out. Basically it means that for the duration of your public office, you cannot exert direct legal control over a business entity you own part (or all of). /2
This is a reasonable consideration for many who pursue public office, although it is even more important for those who wind up in ministerial roles because their actions in government can dramatically shape entire sectors of the state for years to come. /3
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One more time:

Planned cuts to healthcare by @shandro

ARE STILL STARTING MARCH 31

PLEASE RETWEET!
The public does not know

#ABdocs4patients #abpoli #ableg
The Government continues to push through the following cuts on March 31, 2020:
1) The Comprehensive Annual Care Plan is no longer funded. Plans are for patients with multiple conditions such as diabetes and obesity to manage and understand their complex medical conditions
2) Driver’s Medical Examination fees for people over the age of 74.5 years are no longer funded.
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Some might ask, "Why should we care about universities, especially now? Aren't they the golden goose here?"

Fair comment. For me, let's think about who we've all needed to rely on more over the past few weeks than we ever thought possible (THREAD):

#abpoli #ableg
The obvious? Front line health care professionals. All are university trained.

Physicians
Registered Nurses
Respiratory Technicians.

#abpoli #ableg
Next, 🙋‍♀️if you've put in a call to your accountant, or someone who works in a bank, about your mortgage, credit card, line of credit, etc. Most of them need university degrees to get those jobs

#abpoli #ableg
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We had a closer look at the Alberta Park's announcement and decided to check some of the concerning statements we had seen. Check out our new blog

13 Truths and a Lie about Alberta's Parks cpawsnab.org/alberta-parks-…

#DefendABParks #ProtectABParks #ABLeg #abpoli
Alternative Management could be:

forestry activities
New oil and gas development
New or unrestricted off-highway vehicle access
Commercial facilities

Use your voice, send a letter - bit.ly/DefendABParks
174 sites our of 463 #AlbertaParks sites will be impacted by these changes.
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What we've learned today? @jkenney @shandro are #Gaslighting bullies who continue to rob all of #Alberta to feed #UCPcorruption while crying when someone questions their ethics or lack thereof #ableg #abpoli

Oh &
@Albertadoctors want every one to be nice #abhealth
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Guess what, MLA letters & petitions aren't stopping the dismantling of this Province.

The only one who can stop it is
Her Honour Lois Mitchell.

Your Honour I'm asking you will you use #RoyalAssent to stand up for democracy & justice?
lieutenantgovernor.ab.ca/roles-of-the-l… #ableg #abpoli
So much for nice today, for all those in DMs no I'm not an #ndp staffer.

Here's a little history lesson #AbLeg
#abpoli

My parents were in #healthcare my entire childhood spent in #yqr #sask

My mom was a chapter leader for @SUNnurses in 1988.
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Did you know that this past January, TELUS announced that they would be donating $1 million toward a mobile health clinic van in Edmonton. The van is operated by the Mustard Seed.

#ableg #abpoli

edmontonsun.com/news/local-new…
The Mustard Seed is a non-profit that runs a street ministry in 7 locations in Calgary, 5 in Edmonton, 3 in Red Deer, and 1 each in Medicine Hat and Kamloops.
The founder of the Mustard Seed is Pat Nixon, the father of Jason and Jeremy Nixon, both of whom are MLAs. In fact, Jason used to be the executive director of the Mustard Seed and even has a pension through them. He’s the minster of environment and parks and the house leader.
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Mr. Peter "Wexit" Downing is apparently unaware that the first Syncrude oil sands project was *bailed out* by PET. In the mid-70s, Atlantic Richfield decided to back out of its 30% stake in the over-budget project. /2 #cdnpoli #abpoli
2/ The PET government forked over 50%; the AB government, one-third; and the freeze-in-the-dark ON government, one-sixth. See Winnipeg Agreement. Furthermore, Canada's largest integrated oil company, Suncor, might survive current events. /3
3/ That company is a direct result of the admittedly imperfect National Energy Program. While I'm at it, a reminder that the Chrétien government bailed out the oil sands in 1996 with Accelerated Capital Cost Allowances worth, on average, $300M to oil sands producers. /4
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Right, Ms. Borchers, but it's ***cheaper*** to export via Keystone, the hoped-for KXL, Line 3 (Canadian section in service), and TMX. Why would an importer pay ***more*** for oil transported at higher cost to St. John? And who would subsidize this effort? #cdnpoli #abpoli
And, of course, Ms. Borchers doesn't seem to realize that TC Energy didn't have enough subscribers for both EE and KXL, so it transferred its EE subscribers to KXL *when* Donald Trump approved Keystone XL.
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Ms. Wexit suggests that Jason Kenney take over federal responsibilities. Perhaps he could attempt to manage his responsibilities in Alberta first, and those are more involved than the lowest taxed province begging for a bailout. #cdnpoli #abpoli
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And those might also involve not trying to gut front-line nursing and demoralize doctors. You know, because they are going to be facing down those afflicted with Coronavirus.
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Hey #AbLeg #abpoli and #cdnpoli,

Check out these #COVID19 graphics and see what it truly means to “go viral”:

In the past week, we have gone from a handful of cases to 41 with a steep upward curve.
It looks even more dramatic here with Canadian data and different Y axis but you get the point.
The hospitalization rate is about 12% right now so that’s manageable for us so far.

But if those curves keep going with the steep ascent, we will run out of room in the hospital for folks who need help breathing while their body works to fight the virus.
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someone told me recently there is not one single UCP MLA that's a @UAlberta alum - which is wild when you consider the size of the school and the number of Albertans that have graduated (myself included) #abpoli #AbLeg
It bothers me so much to see what's happening to UofA in the wake of @jkenney and his minions in the @Alberta_UCP.

I hold tremendous respect, gratitude, and affection for @ualberta. For me, the school was the catalyst that let me escape poverty. I would have been stuck otherwise
I graduated from my BSc. in 2010. Tuition was only $5,000-$6,000/yr for me so I graduated owing only $20K in student loans. Even $500 more per year in fees could have made it inaccessible, I was so damn broke.
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Alberta. We are in a battle like no other.
Choose to side with govt who run to ONT to ask for money and CONTINUE to disrespect and fight with frontline workers in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
Or choose to rise and ROAR.
OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS NEED OUR VOICES TO RISE.
We have FRONTLINE STAFF showing up for us without ceasing. With NO idea how they will be paid or if they will have jobs soon. Lacking sufficient equipment. Lacking fricking sufficient PHONING CODES to look after us. Bearing emotional and financial fatigue caused by this govt.
We have a CHOICE to make.
To rise and ROAR and stand with our FRONTLINE WORKERS who are putting their own lives and their own families at risk FOR US.
Or to stand with a govt who is clearly unable to lead us during a pandemic.
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Plea from an AB doctor:
@shandro @jkenney @AB_MD_WarRoom @GoAHealth @Albertadoctors
my first tweet in close to a decade is a desperate plea.

I am an emergency doctor in Calgary and am writing because I am tired, frustrated, disheartened, and sad.
The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening yet significant portions of our time & mental energy has to be put towards arguments with the UCP. In times of crisis, the government should support front line workers but instead we are feeling devalued, unappreciated, & emotionally drained.
To the government:
In this acute crisis, I am begging you to please put the proposed billing changes on hold indefinitely. Please do not delay them – it is possible COVID will be an ongoing issue – and we will again be in this same spot.
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I sat and listened on the phone for hours with a mother who lost her child to suicide. You see this child didn’t want to be a burden to his family. This child didn’t want to make his family go bankrupt over medication and support this child needed.
This child once they turned 18 did the right thing & tried to go to school, get a good job and tried to contribute to society. This child was diagnosed with diabetes and schizophrenia and also was Autistic...and was told by a doctor that they would be never be able to hold a job.
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A reminder, heavy crude and light crude occupy different niches in the global market and outside our bottle-necked supply chain, heavy oil has mostly maintained its price point while light crude has spiraled. This makes a stronger case for #TransMountain #bcpoli #cdnpoli
Right now MAYA (a heavy crude chemically similar to WCS) is trading at almost $8/barrel higher that WTI while WCS is less than half the MAYA price.

Were #transmountain completed and shipping, those Alberta barrels would be worth over twice their current price. #bcpoli #canpoli
Currently:

MAYA is $41.16
WCS is $15.73

Difference $25.43

Line 2 of @TransMtn would carry 540,000 b/d

That is $13,732,200 of additional value lost TODAY!!!!

or $5 Billion per year!!!!

That is $5 Billion not generating royalties or value
#bcpoli #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
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Our economy is broken.

A thread for #ableg and #abpoli. 1/n
Our economy didn’t break recently. It’s been broken for awhile. And much of the reason is because the traditional business model for capital investment in Alberta O&G is broken. 2/n
Today’s stock market crash and the plummeting prices must be a wake up call for all of us, but particularly for the #abgov. 3/n
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#abpoli, let's talk about how some (mostly conservative) political elites are working overtime to try make us angry at the feds, and presumably to redirect anger away from them and their (budgetary) choices
In so doing, some elites in #abpoli are using concepts like colonialism in incorrect, gross ways.

#cdnpoli, take note, too, b/c these arguments are directed at you and they're not persuasive
The starting premise is that Alberta is treated like a colony by Canada, and that this "must" change "constitutionally" before Albertans will stop being angry or wanting to separate.

There are so many things empirically wrong about this I don't know where to start, really
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