Macleod Trail closed at Highway 22X over weekend

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Detours will be in place for travellers in the area. Motorists should plan ahead and consider alternate routes, such as Deerfoot Trail or 37 Street SW in the southwest.

The closure is necessary for the safe demolition of the old Highway 22X bridge, making way for the future Southwest Calgary Ring Road.

Additional information

  • Detour Map
  • Construction will continue in the area after the weekend, with some lane restrictions during non-peak hours until Feb. 8.
  • Please obey all signage.
  • Calgary Police Services will be directing traffic through temporary detours.
  • Expect major delays through this route.


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Orders in Council

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HONOURABLE MS MCCUAIG-BOYD

34/2019

OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION ACT (section 10); OIL SANDS CONSERVATION ACT (section 20); RESPONSIBLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ACT (section 68) – Makes the Curtailment Rules Amendment Regulation.

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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Alberta’s 1st Artist in Residence revealed

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Alberta’s 1st Artist in Residence revealed

Minister Miranda and Alberta’s first Artist in Residence, Lauren Crazybull, in her studio.

Crazybull is a Blackfoot Dene painter, illustrator and documentarian. Recently, her focus has been working with youth through art. Crazybull’s work is informed by several years of justice- and Indigenous-related advocacy.

“Congratulations to Lauren on being selected as Alberta’s first Artist in Residence. Lauren is an excellent choice to act as representative and advocate for Alberta’s artists this year. I am very excited to see the results of her work, both in the studio and in Alberta’s communities.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Over the next year, Crazybull will:

  • travel to communities across Alberta to promote the importance of artists and the arts;
  • attend cultural events like Alberta Culture Days and the Lieutenant Governor’s Art Awards; and
  • create a painted collage of Alberta using portraits and Indigenous languages to highlight Indigenous stories across the province,

“My practice is heavily informed by volunteering in community radio for years and working with youth in Edmonton’s inner city. I look forward to beginning this residency and meeting artists across Alberta to paint a portrait that threads stories and history together. Being given the opportunity to further pursue and broaden my practice in this way is a great honour and I can’t wait to share the journey and process with everyone.”

Lauren Crazybull, Alberta’s artist in residence

Nearly 100 applications were received in 2018 for the first Artist in Residence position.

The Artist in Residence program is a Canadian first. It was created in response to stakeholder engagement on how the government can support artists.

The position is open to all artists who live in Alberta. Each year, a new artist will be selected through a competitive process.

The position comes with a grant of $45,000 and up to $30,000 in additional funding to help cover travel and material costs. The Artist in Residence term runs from January to the end of December.

This announcement marks the official end of Alberta’s first-ever Month of the Artist, which began January 1. The month recognizes the significant cultural and economic contribution that Alberta artists make to this province.


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Rochester Crime Meeting Draws 60

Community Holds Q&A with Panel including police, lawyers, politicians.

Athabasca Advocate, Tuesday January 29, 2019. Volume 38, Number 16.

By Robbie Chernish.

Piquette pointed out that he believes getting into a crime ring takes time, and that rather than take down one individual, sometimes an investigation goes longer to try to catch more people at once.

 

Central Alberta bracing for more storms and snow

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Beginning today, heavy snow is expected across Alberta that will continue until Sunday, bringing with it poor driving conditions and low visibility on highways.

Drivers should consider postponing non-essential travel.

Know before you go – check 511 Alberta for the latest real time road conditions.

Additional information:

  • Drivers should consider postponing non-essential travel.
  • Posted speed limits are the maximum intended for ideal summer conditions.
  • Snow can accumulate quickly and visibility will be reduced.
  • Drivers are encouraged to have winter or all-weather tires on their vehicles.
  • Drivers are reminded to activate headlights so that tail lights are visible to other drivers following behind.
  • Maintain a safe distance between vehicles.
  • All vehicles should have a winter emergency kit during the winter months.
  • Please give snowplows room to work – stay back at least 10 metres to prevent collisions.


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Keeping thousands of Calgarians moving

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Premier Notley and Minister Ceci green light construction on the most extensive LRT project in Calgary’s history.

The Green Line will keep more than 60,000 Calgarians moving, connecting communities from 16 Avenue North through the downtown core to Shepard in the southeast.

The agreement between the Government of Alberta and City of Calgary locks in $3 billion in funding, with equal portions from the provincial and federal governments. The funding will flow over eight years to support Stage 1 of the Green Line.

Construction of Stage 1 alone is estimated to create more than 12,000 direct jobs and over 8,000 additional jobs in supporting industries, such as engineering, planning and administration. In addition, there will be hundreds of long-term operations and maintenance jobs after completion.

The Green Line is made possible through provincial funding raised through the Climate Leadership Plan. Revenue from the plan, including the carbon levy, is reinvested to grow and diversify Alberta’s economy and rebated to Albertans. Support for green infrastructure projects, like transit, are included.

“Calgary is one of North America’s great cities. It’s growing, it’s dynamic and this expanded transit project will help propel it into the future. The Green Line LRT is Calgary’s highest public transit infrastructure priority, and it’s a priority that our government is proud to support.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

The City of Calgary has already begun preparing the land that’s been set aside for the project. The Green Line is the most extensive single transit project in Alberta’s history and will support new transit-oriented developments like Quarry Park in the city’s south, allowing residents to have easier access to jobs and services across Calgary.

When Stage 1 is complete, the City of Calgary estimates it will reduce C02 emissions by 30,000 tonnes, every year – the equivalent of 6,000 vehicles.

“This is another important step in bringing this project to life. The Green Line will be the biggest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history, providing critical connections and supporting our city’s growth.”

Naheed Nenshi, mayor, City of Calgary

Quick facts

  • The Alberta government has already committed more than $345 million to Calgary LRT projects, including nearly $148 million in Green TRIP support for Green Line early works and nearly $197 million for previously approved projects, including the 17 Avenue Southeast Transitway.
  • The total provincial contribution towards the Green Line is $1.7 billion.


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Province eases oil production limits

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Premier Rachel Notley’s decision to protect the value of Alberta’s oil has been instrumental in helping reduce the amount of oil in storage, which had been nearly twice the normal level and resulted in the resources owned by all Albertans being given away for pennies on the dollar.

In response to new storage data, Alberta is increasing production in February and March to 3.63 million barrels per day, which is a 75,000-barrel per day increase from the January limit of 3.56 million barrels per day.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, but this temporary measure is working. While it hasn’t been easy, companies big and small have stepped up to help us work through this short-term crisis while we work on longer-term solutions, like our investment in rail and our continued fight for pipelines. I want to thank Alberta producers for working with us to protect the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of Alberta families and businesses, and your cooperation has been key to easing these limits ahead of schedule.”

Premier Rachel Notley

Alberta’s goal has always been to match production levels to what can be shipped using existing pipeline and rail capacity, while encouraging a reduction in storage levels. The decision to temporarily limit oil production was applied fairly and equitably, and has been instrumental in saving jobs across the energy sector.

Since the production limit was announced in December 2018, storage levels in Alberta have dropped ahead of schedule, declining by five million barrels to a total of 30 million barrels in storage. Analysis based on independent data suggests storage levels have been decreasing roughly one million barrels per week since the start of 2019 and are on track to continue clearing the storage glut that led to unprecedented discounts for Alberta oil in late 2018.

“I will never stop fighting for Albertans and Canadians to get top dollar for the resources that belong to them. We will adjust these production levels as necessary going forward and we will not waver in our fight for a Made-in-Alberta strategy to build new pipelines, access new markets and add value that creates jobs by upgrading more of our oil and gas here at home.”

Premier Rachel Notley                                            

Background

Based on the Q1 2019 forecast of production, government announced on Dec. 2, 2018 a reduction in production of 325,000 barrels a day of raw crude oil and raw bitumen. That 325,000 bpd was established as the difference between pipeline and takeaway capacity of 3.56 million barrels a day and the Q1 2019 publicly stated industry-wide forecast production of 3.89 million barrels a day.

The first 10,000 barrels per day a company produces remains exempt from any production limits, meaning 28 of over 300 producers in Alberta are subject to the production limits.

Since the production limits were introduced, government has amended its formula for determining how to allocate space under the production limit. It was determined that starting in February government would use each company’s highest level of production during their best single month from November 2017 to October 2018 as its baseline production level. This was a change from the original formula where the baseline would be established on a company’s highest six-month average over the same time period.

This change was made after listening to concerns from industry and advice from the Alberta Energy Regulator to better account for companies that were in the process of ramping up production as part of long-term investments in the province.


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Bighorn Country public info sessions restart

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In order to ensure Albertans have information on the proposed mix of parks and public lands in the Bighorn region, public information sessions are now scheduled for Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Red Deer and Sundre. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to program staff, view maps of the region, and submit feedback directly at more than 30 information stations.  

“Many Albertans are deeply passionate about the Bighorn – that’s why we are consulting with all Albertans on a proposal for Bighorn Country. Already, we’ve engaged more than 50,000 Albertans and restarting these information sessions will allow us to reach even more. These sessions will make sure Albertans can ask questions, learn more about the proposal and share their views.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

Public information sessions will be held:

Drayton Valley

Friday, Feb. 1
Clean Energy Technology Centre Map
5400 22 Avenue
Drayton Valley
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Edmonton

Saturday, Feb. 2
Polish Hall Map
10960 104 Street
Edmonton
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Red Deer

Sunday, Feb. 3
Westerner Centre Map
4847A 19 Street
Red Deer
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sundre

Monday, Feb. 4
Royal Canadian Legion Map
135 6 Street SE
Sundre
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Each of the sites have undergone a safety and security review. People can also review the proposal and provide feedback online by visiting talkaep.alberta.ca. The deadline for submitting feedback is Feb. 15.

Quick facts

  • Bighorn Country includes public lands from the boundary of Banff National Park eastward towards Drayton Valley. It includes Clearwater County, most of Brazeau County and the current Bighorn Backcountry management area.
  • The Bighorn region is recognized for its scenic beauty and natural diversity. It includes scenic mountains and foothills, rare plants and key habitat for numerous species at risk, such as grizzly bear, wolverine, harlequin duck, Athabasca rainbow trout and bull trout.
  • The headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River and Red Deer River are located within Bighorn Country, providing clean drinking water to more than one million Albertans.
  • Sharing this busy landscape is a wide variety of recreation and tourism activities. Hunting and fishing are popular, as well as camping, hiking, off-highway vehicle use, horseback riding, ice climbing and cross-country skiing.
  • The Bighorn Country proposal includes new, expanded or amended parks, protected areas and public land use zones. This system of public lands is intended to provide a range of opportunities that suits the settings and demands of the region.
  • The proposal means no significant change to recreation activities, but offers $40 million in new investment to improve services and infrastructure such as campsites, parking lots, trails and staging areas.
  • The proposal supports continued practice of traditional uses and the exercise of treaty rights by Indigenous Peoples.


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Protecting Calgary from future floods

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Minister Mason announces that the government has acquired land required for the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir.

The Government of Alberta has reached an agreement with the Robinson family in Springbank and has now acquired roughly 20 per cent of the land required to build the reservoir project.

“Whenever floods or fires have tested us, we Albertans have always looked out for one another. The agreement we have signed will help protect people and families in Calgary from a devastating flood, like the one we saw in 2013. We know this decision was not easy for the Robinson family and we want to thank them for taking this step which will serve to protect their fellow Albertans.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

When completed, the project will work in concert with the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary to contain the same volume of water that resulted in the 2013 flood. This will help protect both the people of Calgary and the prosperity of the city, as it’s estimated a similar flood would cause $700 million in damages, with billions more at risk from backflow flooding.

The agreement also includes the relocation of a heritage building that has been in the Robinson family for a century. It will be moved from the current land to the future site of the Robinson ranch so it can be protected and preserved for generations.  

“The Government of Alberta will now be closer to building the flood protection required for Calgary and other downstream communities. Our family can move forward and focus on the future of our operations in Rocky View County. This agreement creates the certainty our family needs to ensure a future for our children and grandchildren, as well as for the many employees of our operation.”

Ryan Robinson, Springbank resident and land sale signatory

The province continues to consult with other Springbank landowners with the goal of successfully completing voluntary land agreements with all landowners. Discussions and meetings are ongoing with the landowners, First Nations, including the Tsuut’ina Nation, and Rocky View County.

The project is currently undergoing regulatory review.

Quick facts

  • The footprint of SR1 is about 1,566 hectares (3,870 acres).
  • SR1 would be capable of containing 70.2 million cubic metres of flood water.
  • During a flood, the confluence of the Elbow and Bow rivers creates a backflow effect which threatens downtown Calgary.


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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Premier Notley

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“Seventy-four years ago, Allied forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and revealed it to the world.

“On this day, we mourn the more than six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. We think of the millions of other victims of Nazi atrocities. And we stand with survivors, recognizing the unspeakable horror they endured.

“Every new generation has much to learn from this dark history and the stories of survivors. We must do what we can to keep this history alive in our collective memory.  

“International Holocaust Remembrance Day is also a call to action, to do what we can to stand up against hate. We have learned the bitter lessons of unchecked xenophobia and anti-Semitism. These dark human impulses lead to violence, persecution and genocide.

“I ask all Albertans to stand with me today in reflecting on this history. We must never forget.”


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