ALBERTA NEWS HEADLINES WEEK ENDING Jan 30, 2021

Scanning the web for Alberta news and views Inspired by Verna Milligan & Carol Wodak

QUOTABLES:

“We know that we are in a race between the vaccine and a very dangerous new COVID-19 variant and possible third wave. And today, our premier has given the variant a head start.”

Opposition Leader Rachel Notley

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Four Pipeline Realities for Alberta’s Rumpelstiltskin

Jason Kenney rants and raves over Keystone XL’s cancellation. But let’s look at the facts.

As Alberta Premier Jason Kenney rants and raves like Rumpelstiltskin over the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline project, you might want to consider some other realities that you won’t read on the website of the Canadian Energy Centre, the much-trashed propaganda agency funded by the Kenney government.

1. Investing in the pipeline expansion was an enormous gamble.

Ignoring all prudent forecasts about climate change and oil price volatility, Kenney invested $1.5 billion in the controversial Keystone XL pipeline last March.

In so doing he gambled that then-president Donald Trump, a man who poo-pooed climate change the same way he dismissed the coronavirus, would get re-elected. Kenney was so confident in his decision that you could imagine him dancing in the moonlight, singing: “Tonight tonight, my plans I make, tomorrow tomorrow, the pipeline I make.”

Some of his cabinet ministers proudly wore MAGA hats. And Kenney called a Democrat governor “braindead” because of her concerns about leaky pipelines.

In other words, he showed no respect for reality, let alone his province’s main market. He violated the precautionary principle, insulted Americans and exercised the poorest of political judgments.

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Calgary-based Cenovus Energy to lay off upward of 2,000 workers

CTV News has learned Cenovus Energy plans to cut upward of 2,000 positions over the next two months, with the first round of layoffs expected to begin Tuesday.

According to a source that validated the total layoff numbers, Tuesday’s announcement will be followed by additional job cuts that are anticipated to take place over the course of two phases in February or March.

An internal memo confirms the vast majority of affected workers will receive termination notices by phone as work from home mandates remain in effect 

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