Bold Eagle grads eligible for high school credit

The Bold Eagle program is a challenging six-week summer employment program that combines Indigenous culture learning with military training.

“Connecting students to career paths early on ensures Alberta has an educated, engaged workforce. The Bold Eagle program opens up more opportunities for students to get real-life, hands-on learning and to obtain the credits they need to finish high school.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

“The Bold Eagle program blends Indigenous culture and traditions with discipline and teamwork. Programs like this are life-changing. Participants will carry these lessons for the rest of their lives, whether they choose to join the Canadian Armed Forces or follow another career path.”

Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“The Bold Eagle program has helped Indigenous youth across Western and Northern Canada cultivate self-confidence, resilience, teamwork skills and self-discipline for 29 years. I am pleased that the hard work that graduates put in over the course of the program now also includes high school credit, providing tangible recognition for their tremendous accomplishments.”

Brig.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu, Commander 3rd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force West

Participants start the program by learning traditional Indigenous values and teachings from Indigenous Elders and cultural staff. They subsequently learn a range of skills including weapons-handling, navigation, first aid, drill, outdoor field craft and survival. The program runs from July to August each year at the Canadian Armed Forces Base in Wainwright.

Quick facts

  • Participants will earn up to five credits for completion of the Bold Eagle program.
  • The Bold Eagle program will be eligible for high school credit at the start of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Alberta has some of the highest enrolment rates for the program, with an estimated 400 graduates since 1990.


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Minister Ceci statement on public sector bargaining

“I want to thank negotiators for the Government and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees for their hard work in reaching a tentative agreement. I also want to thank the mediator, Andy Sims, for his efforts in supporting the parties through the negotiation process. We respect the ratification process in which the AUPE will now engage with its members.”

Joe Ceci, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board

Of the six major provincial public sector contracts, in addition to the tentative agreement with the AUPE, three others—with the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Health Sciences Association of Alberta, and the United Nurses of Alberta—have been ratified. Negotiations continue in the two remaining contracts, which both cover AUPE members who work in Alberta Health Services.


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More student spaces for growing tech sector

Minister Schmidt speaks with Trevor Phenix, vice-president of HIVE Innovations, while University of Calgary software engineering student, Jesse Fowler, demonstrates virtual reality goggles and software created by Vizworx.

Working with post-secondary institutions in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge, the province is helping more students access training opportunities that will lead to good jobs in Alberta’s growing tech sector.

Most additional seats are being added to existing tech-related post-secondary programs that offer certificates, diploma or degrees and are one to two years in duration. Accepted programs also had high student and labour market demand.

“Our government is making sure more students can train, grow and graduate with the expertise needed for good jobs in Alberta’s changing economy. Investing in more seats will ensure our booming tech sector gets the support of more highly skilled Albertans, and will help our province continue to be an economic leader.”

Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

The additional seats are part of the government’s five-year, $50-million investment in growing Alberta’s tech sector. By 2023, at least 3,000 new tech-related seats will be added to post-secondary institutions across the province. The recently established Talent Advisory Council on Technology (TACT) will work with the tech industry, students, labour and post-secondary institutions to advise government on the best training opportunities to prepare Albertans for a more diversified and tech-savvy economy.

“The University of Calgary is home to some very well-recognized technology programs, so it’s encouraging to see that the government is increasing its support in this area. We have the talented faculty and students needed to help diversify our economy, and with additional government funds we can continue to grow in technology areas.”

Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic), University of Calgary.

“I think the tech sector is going to be growing rapidly over the next decade, so it’s nice to see increased support for post-secondary education in STEM fields. I’ve always been passionate about science and technology, and the new master of engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering is an exciting opportunity for grad students at the University of Calgary.”

Sepideh Afkami-Goli, PhD student, University of Calgary

The Growth and Diversification Act is part of the government’s commitment to create an economy built to last, and is an example of how the province is preparing Albertans for a more diversified  economic future. Also included in the act are a number of tax credits to stimulate additional job creation in the tech sector.

Quick facts

  • For the 2018-19 school year, 406 additional technology seats have been added at colleges and universities because of investments outlined in the Growth and Diversification Act.
  • Calgary will receive 216 seats:
    • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
      • Information Technology Diploma – 98
      • Object Oriented Software Development Certificate – 48
    • University of Calgary
      • Master of Engineering, Software – 40
    • Bow Valley College
      • Software Development Diploma – 30
  • Edmonton will receive 169 seats:
    • University of Alberta
      • Bachelor  of Science, Computing Science (After Degree) – 25
    • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
      • Computer Engineering Technology – 24
      • Digital Media and Information Technology – 100
    • Concordia University of Edmonton
      • Masters of Information Systems Assurance Management – 10
      • Masters of Information Systems Security Management – 10   
  • Lethbridge will receive 21 seats:
    • University of Lethbridge
      • Masters of Science, Computer Science (co-op) 2
    • Lethbridge College
      • Computer Information Technology – 19
  • Post-secondary enrolment has increased in tech-related fields 8.4 per cent over four years.
  • Disciplines such as computer programming, computing science and software engineering have seen the largest increases – 30 per cent to 50 per cent over four years.


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Legislature grounds wading pool temporarily closed

The wading pool is immediately north of the domed fountain and is one of several pools on the grounds.

The large reflecting pool, domed fountain and the Centennial Fountains on the Federal Building Plaza remain open for Albertans and visitors to enjoy.

Inspections are underway and repairs will begin immediately. Updates will be provided as to when the wading pool will re-open.

Repairs to the water features are necessary to help keep them safe and enjoyable for all legislature grounds visitors.


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Nominations open for child development awards

Child development professionals, like Ourania Kallas from Fulton Child Care Association, can be nominated for the Minister’s Award of Excellence in Child Development to recognize their outstanding work.

The awards recognize exemplary professionals for their commitment to quality care and outstanding contributions in child development.

“Our government is proud to recognize child development professionals for making life better for Albertans and helping children achieve their brightest futures. Nominating these professionals celebrates their outstanding support and recognizes excellence in their field.”

Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services and Status of Women

Child development professionals, teams or programs can be nominated. Nominations will be accepted for work in daycare programs, out-of-school care programs, family day home agencies/approved day home providers, preschool programs, early childhood services programs or Parent Link Centres licensed or approved by the province.

The nomination period is open until Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. Nine awards will be handed out in a ceremony at the end of November.

Since its inception, 122 awards have been presented to child development professionals, teams or programs that represent excellence in the field.

More information can be found on the Children’s Services website.

Quick facts

Nine awards will be presented in three categories – individuals, teams and programs. Award recipients must demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • innovative programming
  • inclusive practices
  • collaborative partnerships
  • leadership
  • promising practices
  • family/parent support
  • community building
  • continuous improvement


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Alberta invests in greener public transit

Electric buses, like this one from the City of Edmonton, will be eligible for the Alberta Community Transit Fund.

The $215 million Alberta Community Transit (ACT) Fund will be available to municipalities, Métis Settlements and transit commissions and authorities to invest in low and zero-emission transit vehicles, and increase transit ridership across the province. This will help reduce overall emissions and give more Albertans the option to use public transit.

“We are always focused on trying to help people get to school, to work or to spending time with family members in as efficient a way as possible. That’s why we are investing in more public transit. The program reflects what we heard from Albertans from across the province on the future of public transit. The new program creates the right incentives to move towards more green transit fleets and facilities in Alberta.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

“Investments like this provide the City of Edmonton and our region the opportunity to offer sustainable transit options to citizens. We’re pleased that the provincial government recognizes the importance of commuter options and we look forward to future investments that will ease congestion as we grow.”

Don Iveson, mayor, Edmonton

“There is a real need for investment in transportation, especially to connect villages, towns and cities. Whether it’s seniors trying to access essential health care, students travelling home to visit family or people trying to access jobs, connecting our various communities with safe transportation is essential. This is an important step and we look forward to continuing to work with Alberta Transportation to move ahead on these kinds of investments.”

Barry Morishita, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

“The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) works to support and influence the advancement of public transit across urban centres. Support for transit projects that increase service and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as this new program does, clearly shows that the Government of Alberta also sees public transit as a critical service for residents in urban areas across the province.”

Wade Coombs, chair, CUTA Prairie Provinces and Territories Chapter, and CUTA Board of Directors

Quick facts

  • The ACT Fund provides a total of $215 million in funding over five years for Alberta transit projects; $115 million of the grant fund comes from Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.
  • It is a merit-based program that will score each project based on regional collaboration, and environmental, economic and social benefits.


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New council to develop tech industry

Sixteen members have been selected by government to form the Talent Advisory Council on Technology to provide advice and input on strategies, investments and outcomes on tech-related training programs.

The council – a mix of leaders from the tech industry and post-secondary institutions, along with student and labour representatives – will share ideas, help inform policy decisions and identify current and future opportunities to expand Alberta’s tech economy.

“We want to make sure students entering our universities and colleges have the best possible chances at success. Our economy is changing rapidly, and we must continue to ensure that our post-secondary training programs keep pace. With advice from our impressive TACT membership, I know we can continue to offer Albertans the high-quality, innovative training programs needed to succeed in our new and diversified economy.”

Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

“It’s the dream of many parents that their child graduates from college or university and has the opportunity to move right into their chosen field for their first job. Our government is investing in programs and training that align with our evolving economy. We’re supporting our province’s growing tech sector in innovative and collaborative ways, listening to our stakeholders, and ensuring all Albertans can benefit from this economic growth.”

Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

The creation of the Talent Advisory Council on Technology is an important milestone in the implementation of the Growth and Diversification Act – the government’s commitment to create an economy built to last, and is an example of how the province is preparing Albertans for a diversified and tech-savvy economic future. Also included in the act are a number of tax credits to incentivize job creation in the tech sector, and a $50 million investment over three years to add an additional 3,000 tech learning spaces to the province’s post-secondary system and provide scholarships to students.

“It’s an honour to be selected as co-chair of TACT, and to be able to use my extensive industry knowledge to help guide the government toward continued success in the tech sector. I care about the future of the tech sector in Alberta and I’m glad the government is committed to helping it succeed and grow.”

Brad Zumwalt, co-chair, TACT

Council members

The 16 members who were selected to serve on TACT will begin their work in August and continue to meet until February 2019.

Co-chairs:

  • Brad Zumwalt, venture capitalist, Zinc Ventures
  • Rod Skura, Deputy Minister of Advanced Education

Industry representatives:

  • Myrna Bittner, co-founder, RUNWITHIT Synthetics
  • Barbara Carra, chief operating officer, Cybera
  • Aaryn Flynn, independent consultant
  • Evan Hu, chair, Calgary Technologies Inc.
  • Tara Kelly, president and CEO, Splice Software
  • Stephen Kenny, founder and president, Above and Beyond
  • Sharon McIntyre, co-founder and process lead, New Cottage Industries
  • Mashhood Qazi, senior project manager, City of Calgary
  • Robert Saik, founder, Agri-Trend group of Companies

Post-secondary representatives:

  • Robert Andruchow, chair, department of art and design and assistant professor, MacEwan University
  • Dru Marshall, provost and vice president academic, University of Calgary

Student representatives:

  • Nadia Ady, PhD student in computing science, University of Alberta
  • Stefan Radeta, undergraduate student in computer information systems, Mount Royal University

Labour organization representative:

  • Anthony (Tony) LeBel, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1944


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Fire ban for part of southern Alberta

The fire ban is in effect in the southern part of the Calgary Forest Area, which extends south of Highway 532 along the mountains and foothills to the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park.

“The continued hot and dry weather across much of southern Alberta has created an extreme fire hazard. That’s why we are taking these steps to help reduce the risk of human-caused fires.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

The ban builds on the fire restriction that was put into place in the same area earlier this week. Under the ban, all fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued. The use of fireworks and exploding targets is also prohibited.

Gas or propane stoves or barbecues and portable propane fire pits are still allowed during the ban.

If you are found to be burning during a fire ban in Alberta, you may be subject to a $287 fine and responsible for the costs of fighting the fire.

Other jurisdictions, including municipalities, provincial parks and national parks, may also issue fire restrictions or bans. Please check albertafirebans.ca for detailed information.

Quick facts

  • Up-to-date information on fire restrictions and fire bans is available by calling 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473).
  • To report a wildfire in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, call 310-FIRE (310-3473).


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Local Food Week celebrates homegrown fare

Rod Bradshaw, president of Calgary Farmers’ Market Board and Minister Carlier check out the produce from Innisfail Growers.

To be proclaimed every third week of August, Alberta Local Food Week gives people the opportunity to experience and celebrate the province’s local food industry.

This proclamation demonstrates the government’s commitment to increasing awareness about the abundance and quality of Alberta food products. It also helps highlight the producers and processors who work to put nutritious food on dinner tables across the province.

“Local food connects Alberta’s communities as more consumers want to know where their food comes from and how it’s produced. Alberta Local Food Week is an opportunity to celebrate and promote our province’s outstanding agriculture and food industry.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

“Local food week is exciting for Alberta producers like us, because it celebrates growth in the local food market and shows support for local business. As farmers, we take our job of producing high quality safe food seriously. We continue to educate ourselves on new and cutting edge technologies so we can use the best techniques available to care for the land and our plants, putting safe, healthy foods on Albertans plates.”

Rod Bradshaw, president, Calgary Farmers’ Market board

Alberta Local Food Week brings government and industry together to encourage the development and success of Alberta’s local food sector as part of a strong and diversified agriculture industry. It is also an important step in implementing the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act, passed May 30.

How to participate

  • Visit an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market in your area.
  • Plan your ultimate local food experience for Open Farm Days, Aug. 18-19.
  • Use your social media accounts to share #ABLocalFoodWeek events, activities and celebrations.


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Alberta celebrates first Pakistani Heritage Month

Minister Irfan Sabir and members of Alberta’s Pakistani Community celebrate the proclamation of Pakistani Heritage Month.

“With traditional foods, music, literature and faith, Pakistani people have been bringing their rich histories and cultures to Alberta for decades. They have helped build this province. I wish Pakistani Albertans a festive Pakistani Heritage Month and hope all Albertans will take this opportunity to celebrate the traditions and cultures of Pakistan.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

“Our government is proud to celebrate Alberta’s first Pakistani Heritage Month to recognize the tremendous contributions of Pakistani Canadians to our great province. The Pakistani community has been an integral part of Alberta’s cultural, economic, social and historical richness, and we are proud to recognize their continued contribution.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Alberta has been a truly welcoming and inclusive province; it is great to see our tradition and culture being recognized. This is truly an amazing and diverse province.”

Azam Kahloo, president, Pakistan Canada Association Calgary

“We thank the provincial Government for recognizing the contributions of Pakistani Albertans. It is inspiring to see a government that values inclusion and the participation of groups that are generally overlooked.”

Asjad Bukhari, adviser, Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association of Alberta

Quick facts

  • According to Statistics Canada, Alberta is home to more than 29,000 Pakistanis.
  • Pakistanis in Alberta and around the world will celebrate the 71st Pakistani Independence Day on Aug. 14.


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