Saturday, January 7, 2017

Julie Ali I also notice y'all are not blaming the NDP for the blank cheque given to the Balancing Pool that all of us are going to pay for in the form of a debt. Bill 34 was not required and was entirely designed to ensure the NDP folks did not look bad to the public. We could have paid for the messes created by the NDP on our electricity bill but the increase in bills would have lead to yapping by citizens. Now we pay for the increase in electricity bill in the form of debt. Nice work by the NDP who are far more canny than the PCs in hiding their bad work. Like · Reply · 6 hrs Sylvia Krogh Sylvia Krogh If there was only some way that the pubic can realize that Klein's previous Con govt' deregulated electricity & gave these sweetheart deals (with no risks involved) to their friends' electrical companies. Now we end up having to pay the deficit - as what else can the NDP do? It would be too complicated (because of signed contracts guaranteeing profits) to change things back to where it was before. So they had to make the best of the mess they inherited. Like · Reply · 1 · 6 hrs Julie Ali Julie Ali I agree with you that the Klein error folks gave the power companies a sweet deal. However there is no reason for us to avoid blaming the NDP for messing up the electricity file. Coal generated electricity was being phased out. There was no need to speed up the process as well as pay out billions of dollars we do not have to pay these companies for early closure of the coal fired power plants. In addition what is going to happen when there is a shortfall? What is the back up plan? Once these plants are gone where will we get the electricity they supplied in a demand period? Are we going to buy electricity from BC at higher prices? Who will tell us where we will get electricity in a shortfall? We don't have the green solutions for generation of electricity yet and by the time they are approved for wind or Hydro generated power we will have fired the NDP and we will be stuck with another gap period. This jump before you think performance of the NDP is unacceptable. I have yet to see cost benefit analysis work for this early closure of the coal fired plants or any indication of how much the bailout of the Balancing Pool will cost Albertans. None of this was required if there had been a simple acceptance of the power agreements back from the companies and the slow closure of the coal fired power plants. Meanwhile we are told that the carbon tax will help to generate green alternatives. Really? How will this happen when the GOA is giving most citizens money back? How will you have change in behavior of citizens if the money is being given back. The carbon tax is nothing but a greenwashing GST to raise money for the GOA which will not be tracked in my opinion and will go into general revenue. While they waste billions on the electricity sector they can't spend the money to keep the Museum open and repurposed? What can I say? Dumb and dumber. Like · Reply · Just now

Brian Mason. 5487 voters will remember you if you demolish the Royal Alberta Museum
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June Acorn Brian Mason has blocked me from his twitter account for saying this !!
Christina Wallace Very puzzled! This is a civil concern to raise.
Julie Ali Christina Wallace I am not surprised. Rachel Notley blocked me from her Facebook page for raising concerns about my handicapped sister's care in the long term care system. The politicians don't care about issues. They care about their public persona. It's unfortunate but at least we can express our dismay about the anti-democratic behavior on Facebook and on our blogs.
Anna Marie Wingert His loss June - you keep saying what you know is right!
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Elizabeth Jackson Julie, Not surprised, I looked into an assisted living facility in St. Albert for my Mom and her partner, but if her partner passed she would be evicted in 48 hours. 
Unbelievable! Seniors seem not to have the support they deserve in Alberta.
I'm so proud of you Mrs. Acorn for standing up to what is right. Saving the Alberta Museum is imperative. It is heritage site in Edmonton that needs to be

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Julie Ali Elizabeth Jackson Residents at long term care facilities have no rights. My sister was evicted from her long term care facility because I talked in public about her care issues. I am now being sued by the organization for $500,000. It's all about silencing advocates in AB with the full cooperation of the GOA that has downloaded these problems to families because they just want to be a bank. These private operators act as a business and do what is profitable. Even the non-profits do this. We were also the last province to agree to include age as a form of discrimination just yesterday. Even in this matter the GOA had to ask for a year to do restrictions. What this means for seniors I am not sure. It may be we are no better off and can't complain to AB Human Rights Commission even after the addition of age as a prohibited form of discrimination if continuing care facilities are exempted; I have written about the law suit here: http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/.../age-will...
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June Acorn Well, I guess he heard me
Barbara Lyall June, I am so impressed with your commitment to save your beautiful museum
Julie Ali It takes a dedicated leader and many other supportive citizens to get to the point of getting the GOA to even listen to us.
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Julie Ali So I am curious June. Have you thought of a door to door campaign in Sarah Hoffman's constituency to raise this issue? This was done by AFL with reference to Sundre Hospital long term bed closures and the direct campaign had remarkable results in that some of the long term care beds were saved. We could target both Sarah Hoffman and Brian Mason's constituency and see if this has any results.
Sylvia Krogh I think we are fortunate to have the NDP in power - for if anyone is going to save the museum it will be the NDP who appreciate history. Right now they just have to grapple with their revenue problem.
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Julie Ali I don't think we are fortunate to have the NDP. Have you seen the waste of money that they are engaged in while they deny the museum? I have just seen this video which indicates that bill 34 is permitting the Balancing Pool to charge up all its losses on our tab. I have posted it to my blog here: http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/.../julie-ali... We get to pay for the mistakes of the NDP. Not only are the NDP wasteful with our public dollars they don't have the intelligence to repurpose the museum thereby saving us money in reusing a valuable public asset. I voted NDP and am completely feeling betrayed.
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Sylvia Krogh You should be angry at Premier Klein and his Conservative cronies for deregulating electricity in the first place. Because of that we have such high electricity prices. The NDP inherited a mess from the PCs.
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Julie Ali Sylvia Krogh They may have inherited a mess but with the carbon tax they sure are ensuring that they will use this green GST to fix their own messes. We know we had poor governance from the PCs. Now we have even worse governance from incompetent incapable folks in the NDP group. We did not have to have electricity prices or contracts in the mess they are now without the meddling of the NDP. Bill 34 is an eye opener for me. I never realized how easy it is to manipulate the public accounts. The auditor general should investigate this mess and then only will I believe anything this government says.
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Julie Ali https://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=bills_status...
Reference Only The PDF version of this Bill is provided for reference only. The printed copy of the Bill remains the official version. The Bill is shown as it was introduced at First Reading. If amendments to the Bill are passed, a link to the amendment will show above.
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Julie Ali http://abpartycaucus.ca/bill-34-electric-utilities.../ But what we do understand, what we understand clear as day, is that this bill gives the government a lit...See More
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Julie Ali http://www.abpcmla.ca/.../bill-34-will-add-to-record-109...
​Following the release of the second quarter financial update, the NDP have introduced Bill 34, Electric Utilities Amendment Act which will continue their alarming trend of excessive borrowing with...
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Sylvia Krogh Julie Ali Gainers, NovAtel, MagCan, etc. are all financial disasters caused by the previous Conservative gov't funding their friend's companies - and we are still paying for them. That happens when Conservative gov'ts support their friends' and donors' private companies - as we now have to do with the electrical companies because they were deregulated. Sweetheart deals were made with the private electrical companies so they don't have to take any risks - and the NDP inherited this mess. They are forced to honour these Cons sweetheart deals with the electrical companies - which of course is costing us money. They had no choice. So you are blaming the wrong party.
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Julie Ali Sylvia Krogh I am blaming both the parties. PC and NDP. This is not a problem that is entirely that of the NDP but certainly they are continuing the problems in the good old PC way with some interesting new financing methods such as Bill 34.
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Julie Ali The NDP are worse than the PCs ---they are now even being investigated by the FOIP Commissioner-- http://www.cbc.ca/.../foip-commissioner-orders...

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Charles Allen Didn't read the article?
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Julie Ali Charles Allen Did you? Please note the date of June 2016. The PCs aren't in power;the NDP are. Please read below.
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Sylvia Krogh Previous Conservative Premier Alison Redford was the one who gave the tobacco litigation contract to her ex-husband's law firm - which was a conflict of interest. Why are you blaming the NDP? Please become informed about the issues.
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Julie Ali I am blaming the NDP because they are doing the same things the PCs did. Please read the article where the current NDP Justice Minister is the one who is continuing the same poor practices of the PC. The follow up work on this case is dated June 2016 w...See More
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Julie Ali Also I am informed in issues. Maybe the problem is that I am not biased about issues.
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Julie Ali I also notice y'all are not blaming the NDP for the blank cheque given to the Balancing Pool that all of us are going to pay for in the form of a debt. Bill 34 was not required and was entirely designed to ensure the NDP folks did not look bad to the public. We could have paid for the messes created by the NDP on our electricity bill but the increase in bills would have lead to yapping by citizens. Now we pay for the increase in electricity bill in the form of debt. Nice work by the NDP who are far more canny than the PCs in hiding their bad work.
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Sylvia Krogh If there was only some way that the pubic can realize that Klein's previous Con govt' deregulated electricity & gave these sweetheart deals (with no risks involved) to their friends' electrical companies. Now we end up having to pay the deficit - as what else can the NDP do? It would be too complicated (because of signed contracts guaranteeing profits) to change things back to where it was before. So they had to make the best of the mess they inherited.
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Julie Ali I agree with you that the Klein error folks gave the power companies a sweet deal. However there is no reason for us to avoid blaming the NDP for messing up the electricity file. Coal generated electricity was being phased out. There was no need to speed up the process as well as pay out billions of dollars we do not have to pay these companies for early closure of the coal fired power plants. In addition what is going to happen when there is a shortfall? What is the back up plan? Once these plants are gone where will we get the electricity they supplied in a demand period? Are we going to buy electricity from BC at higher prices? Who will tell us where we will get electricity in a shortfall? We don't have the green solutions for generation of electricity yet and by the time they are approved for wind or Hydro generated power we will have fired the NDP and we will be stuck with another gap period. This jump before you think performance of the NDP is unacceptable. I have yet to see cost benefit analysis work for this early closure of the coal fired plants or any indication of how much the bailout of the Balancing Pool will cost Albertans. None of this was required if there had been a simple acceptance of the power agreements back from the companies and the slow closure of the coal fired power plants. Meanwhile we are told that the carbon tax will help to generate green alternatives. Really? How will this happen when the GOA is giving most citizens money back? How will you have change in behavior of citizens if the money is being given back. The carbon tax is nothing but a greenwashing GST to raise money for the GOA which will not be tracked in my opinion and will go into general revenue. While they waste billions on the electricity sector they can't spend the money to keep the Museum open and repurposed? What can I say? Dumb and dumber.
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