Toxic wildfire smoke every day all summer long in Calgary is only the tip of the iceberg.

BC is on fire. Greece is on fire.
California is on fire.

And capitalists complain about changing the economy because they like making money from fossil fuels?

#ClimateCrisis #TaxTheRich
Canada dragged its feet for years on doing anything about the #ClimateCrisis. The Conservative government obstructed actio by sabotaging research, muzzling scientists, and destroying records.

#ableg #cdnpoli
Alberta finally gets a government that recognizes the economic costs of climate change & takes its first baby steps towards action.

The ruling business lobby groups throw a fit & throw all they can into supporting a fascist from Ottawa to rescue them.…
One of the first things that Kenney did once the #UCP formed government was to reverse Rachel Notley’s carbon tax plan.

The day Kenney meant to celebrate this reversal, a thick blanket of wildfire smoke covered #Edmonton, foreshadowing what more was to come.
These anti-climate policies do not come from a vacuum; nor does the support for the politicians that represent them.

Financial structures have risen up over decades that are nearly inescapable in Alberta where oil-baron oligarchs run the show.

While these companies thrive, public services are neglected. To launder their image, these under-taxed companies, and the millionaires and billionaires who run them hand out pocket change to homeless shelters to launder their image. #yyc #yeg

Meanwhile they support the political parties that promise tax cuts.

Tax cuts mean cuts to social programs that might mitigate poverty.

But a modest donation is a small price to pay for a massive tax cut for the province’s business elite.…
The same government will cut environmental monitoring for rivers while trying to help foreign companies set up strip mines in the foothills.

Climate Criminals never like for you to know what they’re really up to.

Of course this isn’t the first time a Conservative government has cancelled the environmental monitoring that keeps us safe.

“Experimental Lakes Area was world famous; its findings might have saved Canada billions.”

#cdnpoli #harper #FiretheUCP…
But why do this? Why attack and undermine science?

“Canada's environmental and oceans scientists and scientific programs have served the collective good for decades. Now, many of them have been eliminated or drastically cut.”

via @ccpa, 2013…
Shutting down science blinds the public to the true damage done by Conservative policies….

“The Conservatives' attack on the Census (…) cost Canadians their most valuable source of information.”

…& serves donors who with to profit without oversight.…
Who supports anti-science policy?

In 2012, Billionaire Murray Edwards put on a fundraising dinner at #Calgary’s Petroleum Club. In one night, #oilandgas & pipeline companies raised more than $1,000,000 to support Christy Clark’s B.C. Campaign. #bcpoli…
Two years later, Mount Polley mine disaster occured.

“*Cuts to mine and dam inspections since 2001* combined with Imperial Metals Corporation’s at least $233,710 in BC Liberal Party donations since 2003 is adding insult to injury for some”

Billionaire N. Murray Edwards currently owns 42% of Imperial Metals. #bcpoli #ableg #BoycottUCPdonors #cdnpoli


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5 Aug
.@TaylorMadeYYC’s protest in front of the courthouse isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Racism & police brutality are real problems here.

& she’s absolutely right that @cityofcalgary lacks the services required to deal with poverty.

I wwas able to visit the courthouse yesterday to help hold signs. I try to be a good ally, but there’s still a lot of things that I’m a bit ignorant about. Thanks for taking the time to educate me about some of that stuff, @TaylorMadeYYC.
If you’re wondering what the courthouse protest is about;

Dalia Kafi, the woman who was assaulted by on-duty Calgary police officer Const. Alex Dunn in 2017, died in late June, just a few days before Dunn’s sentencing.

Dunn was not fired. #yyc…
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The #UCP are talking about messing with privacy laws.

Some of the questions in this survey sound like ambiguously asking if it's okay to sell private data to corporations.


h/t to @Crackmacs & @aaronhoyland for talking about this. #ableg
In case it wasn't clear, from my tweet above, here's the link to the survey again.…
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Median household income in #Calgary is about $100/k.

This is literally designed to exclude more than 50% of of families.
“but @youseepeeYYC, the families who earn much more than median income don’t need subsidized childcare as badly, they can afford to pay out of pocket, and therefore should”

Someone, probably.

Let’s briefly examine why this is the wrong way to look at a social program.
When a service is universal and benefits *everyone* it is more difficult for politicians to play identity politics and wedge issues to divide people over cutting it.

That’s why *universal* programs are so much more powerful than boutique programs.
Read 24 tweets
26 Jul
"The first debate of Edmonton’s mayoral election was a spirited affair, featuring a current of combativeness, a no-show candidate and plenty of ideas on how to invigorate the city’s beleaguered economy. "

& it was a secret.

#yeg #yegcc #yegvotes…
The secret event was presented by @kv_capital, and sponsored by @lloydsadd + @NavacordInc, and moderated by @EdmontonChamber president, @JeffreySundquis.

How very business....

archive of the event page here:…

#yeg #yegcc
"To their credit, the company did eventually provide Postmedia a link to a video recording of the debate...."

I wonder if the link to the video will be made available to the general public?

An article about the video is here:…
Read 12 tweets
18 Jul
A blanket of smoke is covering #Alberta today.

Climate change events like this are becoming more frequent. So here is a short thread on air quality.

#cdnpoli #ableg #abpoli…
Right now there are air quality advisories across the province.

Health Canada uses a 1-10 scale where 1 is nice clean air and 10 is a like a #Conservative government in your lungs.

Alberta uses the same scale.🔗

#ableg #cdnpoli #absmoke ImageImageImage
A 1-10 scale is beautiful in it’s simplicity, but it also fails to communicate what’s really going ok with air pollution.…🔗

@environmentca does offer explanations for these numbers, but you have to go looking for them. Image
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