Q3 sole-source service contracts disclosed

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The database provides information on sole-source contracts of $10,000 or more for services required by Alberta government departments and includes the disclosure of 345 contracts. Of these contracts, the majority (223) are from Children’s Services or Community and Social Services, with 222 providing direct social supports to Albertans and one supporting enhanced security services. The total value of all contracts during the third quarter is $58.7 million.

The list has been posted according to open-data principles and is presented in a user-friendly format that enables a sort-and-filter capability for most fields. The entire database can also be downloaded into a spreadsheet.

The online database will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis in support of procurement accountability across the Government of Alberta.

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The Vikings are coming!

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Vikings: Beyond the Legend explores the cultural influence, achievements and inventions of the legendary Viking Age. More than 650 artifacts from the 9th to 10th centuries will be on display when the exhibition opens on April 18.

“We are excited to see the new Royal Alberta Museum host its first feature exhibition. Vikings: Beyond the Legend is an awe-inspiring display of Viking culture and how it has influenced modern society. This is another example of opportunities the museum brings to Albertans, so I encourage everyone to go feed their curiosity this April.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Among the artifacts is a reconstruction of the 37-metre Roskilde 6, the longest Viking warship ever found, featuring 1,000-year-old wooden planks and metal supports showing the ship’s original lines. Other diverse objects include jewelry, swords, coins and tools. The exhibition is enhanced by interactive experiences, striking multimedia and augmented reality.

“Viking history still resonates today and this exhibition helps us understand why. Beyond their legendary reputation as warriors, these skilled artisans, farmers, traders and explorers influenced much of our modern society. We are honoured to host this world-class exhibition that brings international stories to Albertans.”

Chris Robinson, executive director, Royal Alberta Museum

Exhibition highlights

  • A replica of the ship Joanna, built with Viking Age technique and materials.
  • A dramatic ghost ship made out of iron rivets.
  • A replica of the Jelling Rune Stone, often called Denmark’s birth certificate.
  • Unique artifacts like Thor’s hammer, Ulfberht swords and the Hevring Flak rudder.
  • Elaborate jewelry and coins.
  • Hands-on activities with traditional clothing, the rune alphabet and Viking games.
  • Interactive components include an opportunity to pick up a replica of a Viking Age sword.
  • An augmented reality rowing experience for visitors to test their rowing skills on a Viking ship.

The exhibition runs April 18 to Oct. 20, 2019. Tickets will be available on the museum’s website.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend is a joint venture between the National Museum of Denmark and MuseumsPartner in Austria.

Quick facts

  • Visitors will see three full-size replicas of Viking ships.
  • The exhibition includes 11 interactive stations and seven films.
  • The new Royal Alberta Museum opened on Oct. 3, 2018.
  • The museum’s 3,660 square-metre (12,000 square-foot) Feature Gallery includes moveable walls, a column-free space and advanced climate controls to accommodate a variety of international touring exhibitions.

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Lunar New Year: Statement from Premier Notley

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“As Albertans of many diverse backgrounds celebrate the Lunar New Year, I wish you prosperity and health.

“The Lunar New Year is a time of generosity, gift-giving and renewal. Families and friends gather for sumptuous meals, community celebrations and fireworks displays.

“All across the province, Albertans are building on traditions that have deep roots in China and Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia. By sharing and creating these cultural connections, they are helping to build a more welcoming, caring and diverse society.

“As the new year dawns, we look forward to a new beginning and think of those who brought us here. We welcome the Year of the Pig and will continue to work to build an even better future.

“Every day, we are fighting to create jobs, protect our schools and hospitals, and ensure the economic recovery reaches every kitchen table in the province.

“On behalf of my family, may you and yours have good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year.”

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