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Janet French

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Edmonton, AB, Canada

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Past articles by Janet:

Out-of-country health coverage changing for Albertans April 1

Provincial government changes to health coverage outside Canada could leave patients paying the full cost of non-emergency care abroad → Read More

Government, teacher pension plan changes should be reversed, NDP labour critic says

Alberta should have a law preventing governments from pulling the province out of the Canada Pension Plan, Opposition NDP labour Critic Christina Gray said. → Read More

Government approves Suncor oil project south of Fort McMurray

A new oilsands project south of Fort McMurray expected to produce 40,000 barrels per day can proceed, the Alberta government has announced. → Read More

Alberta unveils new provincial education funding formula

A new provincial funding formula for Alberta schools will see government grants grow more slowly in school divisions where student enrolment is rising. Rural school divisions that are shedding students will also lose funding more gradually as enrolment drops. The new formula, which takes effect in September 2020, also simplifies funding for high school students […] → Read More

Federal government steps in to fund Herb Jamieson emergency shelter replacement

The federal government will pitch in $4 million to help fund the replacement of a men's emergency shelter in downtown Edmonton. → Read More

Cautionary tales should steer government away from P3 projects, NDP says

Kids roasting in classrooms where staff couldn't control the thermostat and years of hazardous fenced-off mud pits at Edmonton schools are among the warning signs that government should steer clear of public-private partnerships, the Opposition NDP says. → Read More

UCP government's budget coming Feb. 27

The finance minister will table a provincial budget on Feb. 27 designed to create jobs and grow Alberta's economy, he says. → Read More

Jacquie Fenske appointed acting leader of Alberta Party

A former Progressive Conservative MLA is now the acting leader of the Alberta Party. → Read More

Teachers' association says government documents show public school funding cut by $136 million

Alberta school boards have about $136 million less to spend this school year despite government claims it maintained education funding, according to data released by the Alberta Teachers' Association. → Read More

Government seeking one per cent rollback from public sector employees

The government wants social workers, court employees, correctional officers and other provincial employees to take a one per cent wage cut followed by three years of wage freezes, their union president said. → Read More

Transportation benefits vanish while government denies changes

People living with chronic health conditions who rely on the government for income say money for transportation to medical appointments has disappeared from their payments. → Read More

Coronavirus: Chief medical health officer encourages recent Wuhan travellers to self-isolate

People in Alberta who have travelled from China's Hubei province in within the last 14 days should isolate themselves at home as a precaution to prevent the spread of a novel and deadly strain of coronavirus, the province's chief medical officer of health says. → Read More

Health-care worker unions dismayed at AHS report's push for privatization

Privatizing services and facilities currently run by Alberta Health Services as recommended in a report released Monday will cost more and could deteriorate the quality of patient care, worker groups say. → Read More

Companies could be allowed to release treated tailings pond water into Athabasca River by 2023

Oil companies could be allowed to release treated water from tailings ponds into Alberta waterways by 2023, when new provincial and federal regulations are set to take effect. → Read More

Private member's bills on conscience rights, organ donation die as government prorogues

A controversial bill to bolster health-care workers' rights to refuse to perform assisted dying or abortions will die on the order paper when government prorogues next month. → Read More

Public health officials monitoring for potential cases of coronavirus in Alberta

Screening tests have unearthed no suspected or confirmed cases in Alberta of a new coronavirus that sickened thousands of people in China, the province’s chief medical officer of health said. → Read More

Civil servant briefing note cast doubt on success of UCP corporate tax cuts

Some of the research used to justify the Alberta government's corporate tax cuts may not be applicable in the province, says a briefing note prepared by finance civil servants during the 2019 provincial election. → Read More

Latest job numbers peg Edmonton as having highest unemployment rate of Canadian cities

Edmonton ended 2019 with the second-highest unemployment rate of Canadian metropolitan areas as eight per cent of employable folks looked for work, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. → Read More

Shut down the 'ridiculous' Canadian Energy Centre war room, NDP urges

Wielding a list of 10 apparent missteps in its first weeks, NDP energy critic Irfan Sabir called on Alberta's premier to shut down a government-created war room that purports to correct misinformation about Canadian oil and gas. → Read More

Labour group, Opposition blast UCP changes to workplace health and safety committees

Alberta employers will no longer be required to have an occupational health and safety (OHS) committee at every worksite, come Jan. 31. → Read More