Clare Clancy, Calgary Sun

Clare Clancy

Calgary Sun

Edmonton, AB, Canada

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Past articles by Clare:

Public inquiry into international campaigns related to energy launches website

A public inquiry into international campaigns supposedly targeting the province’s energy industry is launching a website, says the province.Commissioner Steve Allan, former board chair of the Calgary Economic Development, leads the inquiry, which has a mandate to investigate foreign-funded eff... → Read More

Court ruling allows UCP to delay wage arbitration with unions

The Court of Appeal of Alberta has ruled in favour of the province and overturned the injunction to Bill 9, which delays wage arbitration with unions.Bill 9, the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act, was passed by the United Conservative government in June. → Read More

'Systemic overspending': Finance minister doubles down on message to Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Finance Minister Travis Toews underscored that Alberta is moving into a period of fiscal restraint during his first official remarks to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. “There has been systemic overspending in virtually every ministry,” Toews told the audience in downtown Edmonton on Thursday, speaking on the heels of the MacKinnon report release. “We’re going […] → Read More

‘It’s worrisome’: Alberta nurses union slams MacKinnon report recommendations

The union representing Alberta nurses is troubled by the MacKinnon report and recommendations shifting towards privatized health-care services.“If this is a government that’s interested in the best bang for our tax dollars, and is interested in evidence-informed decision-making, then man... → Read More

MacKinnon report on Alberta finances to be released publicly next week

The much-anticipated MacKinnon report delving into the state of Alberta’s finances will be released publicly Tuesday, says the province.Finance Minister Travis Toews and panel chair Janice MacKinnon are planning to hold a news conference in Calgary. → Read More

Province needs to improve recruitment process for public boards, says AG

The government needs to streamline the way it appoints people to public agencies, boards and commissions, according to Alberta’s auditor general. → Read More

More than 4,300 overdoses reversed at Alberta supervised consumption sites since 2017: Report

Supervised consumption services (SCS) in Alberta have reported a 100 per cent success rate when reversing opioid overdoses, amounting to more than 4,300 saves since November 2017, says a recent report. Outside the locations, about two people die every day from opioid overdoses in the province, according to the August report by the Alberta Community […] → Read More

Bill 9 court case in 'holding pattern,' says AUPE lawyer

Alberta’s largest union is in a “holding pattern” until next week regarding the Bill 9 court case, says lawyer Patrick Nugent. “The court suggested, and the parties agreed, to put everything over to next Thursday where the court is going to hear the full appeal of Justice Macklin’s injunction decision,” said Nugent, who represents the […] → Read More

Trans Mountain construction ramps up, expected to be in service mid-2022

Construction on the beleaguered Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is ramping up with a promise to mobilize 4,200 workers by the end of the year in Alberta and B.C., says federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi. “Contractors like SA Energy and others along the route have received their 30-day notices,” he said, speaking at a Sherwood […] → Read More

Government rips up curriculum agreement with teachers

The Alberta Teachers’ Association slammed the provincial government Saturday for ripping up a 2016 memorandum of understanding that gave the group a co-lead role in developing Alberta’s new curriculum. Association President Jason Schilling said the partnership played an important role in utilizing teachers’ expertise and support for the redesign of Alberta’s decades-old curriculum. The new […] → Read More

UCP mass-appoints friends to 20 public boards, including WCB, AGLC and universities

The UCP government cleaned house at a host of Alberta’s arms-length agencies, boards and commissions Friday, turfing various board chairs and other appointees and replacing the bulk of them with conservative-aligned friends. Almost 20 separate boards ranging from post-secondary board appointments to Alberta Health Services and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis saw sweeping changes following […] → Read More

NDP calls on province to publicly release blue-ribbon panel report this week

Opposition leader Rachel Notley is calling on the province to publicly release a much-anticipated report on Alberta’s finances when it’s presented to government this week. “There is no good reason to delay the release of that report,” she said at a Tuesday news conference. “Albertans deserve to see it.” The panel of experts, headed by […] → Read More

Alberta approves digital proof of car insurance

Drivers can now opt for electronic proof of car insurance instead of keeping a paper copy on hand, says the province. The move aims to modernize the process for consumers and follows similar steps taken in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, said Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction Grant Hunter. “This is about increasing […] → Read More

Kenney touts 'fiscal restraint' across government at 100 days in office

Premier Jason Kenney says every aspect of government will be asked to participate in “fiscal restraint” following the release of the blue-ribbon panel report in September. He repeatedly declined to answer questions from reporters Wednesday on whether there will be public sector cuts, but said the NDP left behind a deteriorating economy. “We haven’t made […] → Read More

Rutherford scholarship applications to open Tuesday after disruption

Applications for the Rutherford scholarships will open Tuesday afternoon following a flood of concerns from post-secondary students and their families.“It’s an incredibly important appl… → Read More

Notes from the Dome: Carbon tax court case, Chicago principles and a U.S. job change

Alberta filed materials in court Friday to challenge the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax, said Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer. “This factum provides our full legal argument and full fact scenario so our court of appeal can hear and make a decision based on the unique evidence we present,” he said in a statement. Earlier […] → Read More

Alberta kicks off red tape reduction with focus on tourism, oil and gas sectors

The Alberta government has revealed the first two industry panels that will propose ways to cut red tape for businesses, while pledging to unveil others soon. A 10-member panel will focus on tourism and hospitality, while a nine-person panel examines oil and gas, said a Friday news release. “Those (industries) were the ones we were […] → Read More

'Irreparable harm': Unions plan next steps in battle against Bill 9

Union leaders say public workers won’t trust the Alberta government heading into labour negotiations on the heels of a court ruling that temporarily halted controversial legislation to delay wage talks. “Obviously our members are getting angry,” said David Harrigan, director of labour relations for the United Nurses of Alberta. “It’s going to make the next […] → Read More

Keyano College becomes first Alberta institution to publicly roll out Chicago principles

A northern Alberta college has become the first post-secondary institution to officially adopt controversial freedom of speech rules ahead of an approaching deadline set out by the provincial government. Keyano College — which has campuses in Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan as well as learning centres in Fort McKay and Gregoire Lake — approved the […] → Read More

Former MLA takes leadership of Pride Centre of Edmonton

Former NDP MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas has been appointed executive director of the Pride Centre of Edmonton. The former Strathcona-Sherwood Park MLA, who also served as government caucus whip, is taking on the new role after the centre responded to allegations of racism and transphobia. “Over the last several weeks, we have put forward meaningful, proactive […] → Read More