Edmonton Notes for January 1, 2017 - Blog
Happy New Year! I've had a nice blogging break over the holidays, but I'm ready to get back into it. Here are my weekly Edmonton notes: Headlines Alberta's new carbon tax took effect today, adding roughly 4.5 cents per litre to the price of regular gasoline. The Journal has a good overview of how the tax works and how to figure out what you'll end up paying. "Around 60 per cent of households will get a rebate," they note. CBC has an interactive calculator too. You can learn more about Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan here. Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman says the tax is all about the long game. Mayor Don Iveson thinks the tax will ultimately create more jobs for Edmonton. Paula Simons wrote last week that "a tax on carbon is a more efficient, rational, transparent way of encouraging behavioural change than many other more baroque forms of social and economic engineering." Edmonton's New Years baby this year was Joy Lol Duop, born at 12:01am at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. Here's a