Infusing new flavour into bars and restaurants

From providing Albertans the opportunity to enjoy a drink after the final curtain falls at the theatre to allowing bars and lounges to provide new cocktail experiences, modernizations to the liquor regulations will benefit Albertans.

These changes represent an ongoing effort by the Government of Alberta and AGLC to modernize liquor rules and eliminate unnecessary or burdensome regulations.

Effective immediately, bars and restaurants are allowed to mix liquor products with ingredients such as spices, herbs and fruits, as well as create house-aged liquor products. Additional changes will allow Albertans to take liquor served at a hotel bar to their rooms or other areas within the hotel.  

“Alberta makes some of the best liquor in the country. But some regulations were constraining restaurants and bars from being creative and limiting Albertans’ enjoyment. That’s why we are bringing in common-sense changes, like being able to take your wine from the hotel bar back to your room. This is in addition to previous changes that allowed for craft beer and liquor to be sold at farmer’s markets and more open patio policies.” 

Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance

Other key changes include

  • Ferment-on-Premises: Albertans are able to make their own beer or wine at licensed facilities and then take it home.
  • Seniors lodges: Facility owners and operators can authorize residents to consume their own supply of liquor within other rooms and common areas.
  • Theatregoers: As the final curtain drops, guests and performers can enjoy liquor products past the final curtain within the licensed areas of the venue, should the licensee wish to provide the opportunity.

“Alberta’s liquor laws have been updated to keep pace with the evolution of today’s liquor industry. We listened to Albertans and implemented new policies to reflect the growing trends among home brewers and bartenders, as well as creating opportunity for small Alberta businesses.”

Alain Maisonneuve, president & CEO, AGLC

Additionally, effective Dec. 1, 2018, changes are coming to the total ticket value for small raffles in Alberta. Charities will see the limit for small raffles increase from $10,000 to $20,000. On the same date, there will be a reduction in licensing fees for bingo and pull tickets. These changes will help eligible organizations raise more proceeds for their cause.


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Local Food Council to support growth in sector

Minister Carlier (centre) meets with Local Food Council co-chairs Susan Schafers (left) and Jeff Senger (right).

The province’s first ever Local Food Council meets this week. The council will provide recommendations on provincial policies, programs, pilot projects or initiatives to support the continued growth and sustainability of Alberta’s local food sector.

Appointing a Local Food Council is a key part of implementing the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act that was passed on May 30.

“Our new Local Food Council is a tremendous group of engaged, energetic and community-minded people who are invested in the local food process. I very much look forward to the thoughtful advice and recommendations that the council will provide to support the continued growth and sustainability of Alberta’s $1 billion local food sector.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

The council has broad representation from Alberta’s local food sector across the province, including small producers and processors and those with specialized and academic knowledge.

“Growing up on an egg farm provided me the roots for my love of agriculture. I am an Albertan through and through, and working with other producers helps me to learn more about our collective industry. To be successful, we must take a forward-looking and proactive approach and work collaboratively as a local food sector. Consumers are increasingly interested in how we farm, and I’m excited to share our local food industry with Albertans.”

Susan Schafers, Egg Farmers of Alberta, and co-chair, Alberta Local Food Council

“In our local food business, I shake the farmer’s hand when he drops off his live cow, and I shake his hand when he comes to pick up his steak. There is a trust and responsibility at our small local level that works for us and our customers. I want to help other local food entrepreneurs establish these types of connections with the land, their product and their customers across Alberta.”

Jeff Senger, Sangudo Custom Meats, and co-chair, Alberta Local Food Council

Council members were selected from a public recruitment process, and will report to the minister within one year, at which point the council will dissolve.

The legislation requires the council to examine:

  • Potential barriers and challenges for local food producers and local food processors, including specific challenges faced by small producers and processors.
  • Local food aggregation and distribution.
  • Risk-management tools for local food producers and processors.
  • Increasing access to local food.
  • Consumer awareness of local food.
  • Certification opportunities for local food producers and local food processors.


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Province looking to recognize Great Kids

Nominations have opened for the 19th Great Kids Award, an annual celebration of remarkable young Albertans who have overcome challenges and made their local communities better.

Albertans are encouraged to nominate inspiring young leaders aged five to 18 for their achievements or perseverance, such as volunteering, fundraising, standing up against bullying or overcoming an illness or a difficult living situation.

“Every day, kids in Alberta take on challenges and accomplish incredible things in some of the most challenging circumstances. The Great Kids Award is an opportunity to showcase these accomplishments. Their hope is contagious, their passion infectious, and these awards give these kids the recognition they clearly deserve.”

Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services

Last year’s winners challenged stigma around mental illness, raised thousands of dollars for charity, and even saved lives of family members during an accident.

For more information on the nomination process, visit greatkids.alberta.ca, call 780-644-2600 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000) or email CS.greatkids@gov.ab.ca.

Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony sponsored by Fantasyland Hotel in the spring of 2019. Award winners and their families or caregivers will enjoy a night’s stay and receive a West Edmonton Mall attractions pass.

Over the past 19 years, 290 young leaders have received the Great Kids Award. Nominations close at 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2018.


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Improving support for victims of crime

Minister Ganley announces additional funding to support victims of crime with Supt. Darren Leggatt, Calgary Police Service, Brian Turpin and Alf Rudd, Alberta Police Based Victim Services Association.

An additional $4.5 million in available money from the Victims of Crime Fund will improve the scope and quality of programs for victims of crime in five key areas. The increase in available funding will go towards police-based victim services units, support for domestic violence survivors, help for victims in court, restorative justice initiatives and expanding outreach services for Indigenous victims.

“Albertans affected by crime deserve to feel supported and respected during an incredibly difficult time. These funds will ensure programs and services can continue to support victims of crime when and where they need it. I commend the staff and volunteers who do this important work day in and day out.”

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Victim service units work across Alberta supporting victims of crime during police investigations and throughout the criminal justice process. Available funding will nearly double for police-based victim services units in seven municipalities – Edmonton, Calgary, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.

“This new funding announcement will have a huge, positive impact on the lives of victims of crime in Alberta. The additional funding for victim service units across the province will afford them the ability to hire additional staff as well as enhance the already indispensable services they currently offer toward supporting victims, survivors and their families. We look forward to continuing to work with our government to grow, maintain and enrich the services delivered to victims of crime in Alberta.”

Brian Turpin, past president, Alberta Police Based Victim Services Association

“People often have no idea where to go for support or what rights they have when they become victims of crime or tragedy. Victim assistance teams are a vital link that helps people navigate the criminal justice process and connect with the supports they need while they deal with very complex and emotional situations. The funding announced today will help ensure that police agencies across the province can offer this critical service to Albertans when they need it.”

Roger Chaffin, Chief Constable, Calgary Police Service

“Victim service units do invaluable work across Alberta. I learned this first-hand when my husband was murdered in 2009 in the Crowsnest Pass. After his death, volunteers were there for me. They listened to me through my grief, they picked up their phones day and night to answer my questions about court processes, and they sat beside me during the trial. I don’t know where I would be today, if it wasn’t for their help and guidance.”

Cindy English, wife of George Steve English

Highlights of the plan to strengthen support for crime victims

Funding boost for police-based victim services units 

Additional money will ensure high demand programs in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo can continue helping Albertans, and enable these assistance teams to provide support to surrounding areas.

Support for survivors of domestic violence

Preventing and addressing family violence is a high priority, and additional funds will be used to enhance province-wide services that address the complex needs of survivors of domestic violence. More information about these initiatives will be available in the coming months.  

Aiding victims in court

Dedicated staff and the purchase and upgrade of testimonial aids, such as screens and closed-circuit television upgrades, in courtrooms across the province will help ensure vulnerable victims and witnesses are able to participate in court processes, provide testimony and navigate the justice system with more confidence.

Helping Indigenous communities

Expanding the existing Indigenous Victims Outreach Services program into more communities will increase access to support for Indigenous victims of crime in both urban and rural settings.

Creating opportunities for restorative justice

An increase in grant funding available will help support restorative justice initiatives in communities across the province.

Background

  • Funding for police-based victim services units in Edmonton and Calgary will increase from $300,000 to $500,000 each in 2018-19 and to $600,000 for the next three fiscal years.
  • Funding for police-based victim services units in Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat will double from $150,000 to $300,000 each in 2018-19 and the next three fiscal years.
  • Grant funding for the police-based victim services unit in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was quickly increased to help victims after the Wood Buffalo Region wildfire in 2016. Available funding for the area will increase from $265,000 to $300,000 in 2018-19 and the next three fiscal years.


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New chair appointed to Workers’ Compensation Board

Thostenson has been a member of the WCB board since 2012. As a graduate of the Labour College of Canada, she also holds certificates in human resource management and job evaluation, as well as designations as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a compensation management specialist.

“As a current member of the board, Grace’s experience and familiarity with Alberta’s system will ensure the Workers’ Compensation Board continues to operate at a high level for the benefit of all Albertans. Thank you to outgoing chair E. James Kindrake for his service, leadership and dedication to the WCB.”

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

The Workers’ Compensation board of directors is comprised of the chair and nine members:

  • three representative of the interests of the general public
  • three representative of the interests of employers
  • three representative of the interests of workers

The new chair was selected through the province’s open, transparent appointment process, and by a balanced committee including employer and worker representatives.

Thostenson is the vice-president of the Alberta Federation of Labour and has been a business manager of the United Utility Workers’ Association for the past 17 years.

Reporting to the Minister of Labour, the chair is accountable for the effective governance, efficient management and enhanced performance of the Workers’ Compensation board of directors.

Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Board

As a result of the workers’ compensation system review, government passed An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans in November 2017.

The legislation made a number of changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act to ensure it is fair and provides greater benefits to injured workers.

For more information, visit Workers’ Compensation Board Changes


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Orders in council

HONOURABLE MR. BILOUS

298/2018

ALBERTA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT (section 7); ALBERTA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION REGULATION (section 3) – Appoints Patrick Lor to the board of directors of Alberta Innovates for a term to expire on October 16, 2021.

HONOURABLE MR. CECI

299/2018

FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION ACT (section 21) – Orders the remission of certain repayments of the Alberta Climate Leadership Adjustment Rebate.

300/2018

GAMING, LIQUOR AND CANNABIS ACT (section 129) – Makes the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Amendment Regulation.

HONOURABLE MS GANLEY

301/2018

MISSING PERSONS ACT (section 14) – Makes the Missing Persons Amendment Regulation.

302/2018

PROVINCIAL COURT ACT (section 9.1) – Designates Judge David Ross Shynkar as Assistant Chief Judge of the Northern Region of The Provincial Court of Alberta for a term to expire on October 16, 2023.

HONOURABLE MS GRAY

303/2018

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT (section 5) – Effective October 24, 2018, appoints Grace Thostenson as a member and the chair of the board of directors of The Workers’ Compensation Board for a term to expire on October 23, 2021.

HONOURABLE MS HOFFMAN

304/2018

PROCLAMATION – Proclaiming section 8, to the extent that it enacts sections 18.4 to 18.6 of the Public Health Act, and section 23(a)(ii) and (b) of the Public Health Amendment Act, 2016 in force on December 17, 2018; proclaiming section 8, to the extent that it enacts section 18.3 of the Public Health Act, of the Public Health Amendment Act, 2016 in force on January 1, 2021.

305/2018

M.S.I. FOUNDATION ACT (section 4) – Effective January 1, 2019, appoints Leslie Elaine Ayre-Jaschke, Lisa Petermann and Dr. Kue Young as members of the board of trustees of the M.S.I. Foundation, each for a term to expire on December 31, 2021, and designates Lisa Petermann as chair of the board of trustees of the M.S.I. Foundation for a term to expire on December 31, 2021.

306/2018

PUBLIC HEALTH ACT (section 66) – Makes the Immunization Regulation.

HONOURABLE MR. MALKINSON

307/2018

PROCLAMATION – Proclaiming An Act to Empower Utility Consumers in force on December 1, 2018.

308/2018

GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION ACT (Schedule 13.1, section 3) – Makes the Utilities Consumer Advocate Regulation.

HONOURABLE MR. MIRANDA

309/2018

TRAVEL ALBERTA ACT (section 16) – Makes the Travel Alberta General Amendment Regulation.

HONOURABLE MS NOTLEY

310/2018

ALBERTA ORDER OF EXCELLENCE ACT (section 4) – Reappoints Andrew Sims, Q.C., as a member of the Council of the Alberta Order of Excellence for a term to expire on December 31, 2021, and designates Andrew Sims, Q.C., as chair of the Council of the Alberta Order of Excellence for a term to expire on December 31, 2021.

HONOURABLE MR. SABIR

311/2018

PROCLAMATION – Proclaiming the month of October of each year as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Alberta.

HONOURABLE MR. SCHMIDT

312/2018

POST-SECONDARY LEARNING ACT (section 33); ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY REGULATION (sections 3 and 4) – Appoints Shawn Cornett and Shannon Neighbour as members of The Governors of Athabasca University, each for a term to expire on October 16, 2021.

313/2018

POST-SECONDARY LEARNING ACT (sections 44 and 56) – Appoints Karin Melnyk as a member of The Board of Governors of Red Deer College for a term to expire on October 16, 2021.

Orders in Council can now be viewed on the Queen’s Printer website at: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/507.cfm

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Preventing violence, creating healthy communities

Minister Sabir with current FCSP grant recipients from Punjabi Community Health Services and HIV Community Link in Calgary.

Organizations can now apply for Family and Community Safety Program grants that support their work to prevent family and sexual violence, promote healthy relationships and create inclusive communities.

Successful projects work to connect community members and expand supports for diverse populations, including the disability community, and Indigenous and LGBTQ groups.

“Safe and healthy communities are important to all Albertans. These projects will help organizations identify local needs and create responses that work best for their communities. I have seen the success of these projects across Alberta and I am proud to be part of a government that will continue to support these important initiatives.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services

The government has dedicated $5.5 million to fund the projects. Community-based and non-profit service providers are eligible for grants of up to $250,000. Since 2015, the government has invested $33.7 million in 121 community projects across the province. Almost half of the projects were delivered by agencies in smaller centres or rural and remote communities.

In the Calgary region, Punjabi Community Health Services received a grant to offer individual and family counselling for hundreds of people in Calgary’s South Asian community. The funding was also used to offer support groups for men and training for first responders.

“With support from the Family and Community Safety Program, we are strengthening resiliency by reducing barriers and stigma with respect to family violence, addiction and mental health issues. ‘Sahara’ means support in many South Asian languages, and we collaborate with other agencies to support people so that they do not suffer in silence.”

Meenu Ahluwalia, board chair, Punjabi Community Health Services Calgary

Other organizations that have received support include HIV Community Link and the Further Education Society of Alberta. Both used the funding to create new violence prevention programs such as outreach supports for underserved populations and literacy programs for vulnerable populations.

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Government’s actions on math working

Provincial assessment results at the Grade 6 level showed strong performance across all subjects tested last June, including five-year highs in English language arts, science, social studies and Français.

In mathematics, the percentage of students reaching both the acceptable standard and standard of excellence increased over the previous year. This was the second year in which a separate, no-calculator portion of the Grade 6 mathematics PAT was incorporated into the test.

“This improvement in Grade 6 math scores is a positive sign that our actions on math are working to help students with their math skills and achievement. We have taken a number of steps to improve math education, including providing more professional development for elementary teachers and introducing a bursary program to improve math teaching skills. I’m so pleased to see students across the province increasing their results in mathematics.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

Alberta students continue to perform exceptionally well in the sciences at the high school level, with positive results in physics, chemistry, and biology.

The Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 30-2 diploma exams will introduce written response questions in the 2018-19 school year, allowing students to show their work and their understanding of mathematical problems.

Provincial assessment results are released as part of Alberta Education’s Accountability Pillar, which tracks metrics assessing the health and success of Alberta’s education system.


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