Building for Alberta’s future

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Minister Eggen and Edmonton Public School Board vice chair Bridget Stirling with students at Dr. Lila Fahlman School announce the new Dr. Anne Anderson School.

Edmonton’s rapid growth has highlighted the need for a new high school in the city. The Government of Alberta is investing $79 million to build the Dr. Anne Anderson School to provide space for up to 1,800 Edmonton students. The school will have the capacity to expand and accommodate up to 2,400 students in the future. The school is in the planning stage and on track to open in 2021. The City of Edmonton will contribute an additional $5.5 million to the project.

“Our kids deserve to learn and grow in modern classrooms. We owe it to them and their families to ensure they are learning in good schools. That’s why this government is keeping its promises when it comes to investing in school construction. Thousands of students are now learning in new or modernized schools across Alberta as part of the largest infrastructure build in the province’s history.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

“Dr. Anne Anderson School meets the needs of families in one of Canada’s fastest-growing and youngest cities. Public education is a key Edmonton edge as we compete internationally for newcomers.”

Don Iveson, mayor, City of Edmonton

“We are thankful to the government for the funding for Dr. Anne Anderson School as our district’s infrastructure needs, particularly at the high school level, continue to be great. This new space will provide a safe, welcoming learning environment for thousands of students for years to come.” 

Michelle Draper, board chair, Edmonton Public Schools

The Government of Alberta has funded 244 school capital projects since May 2015. These projects will have created or modernized approximately 170,000 student spaces by the time they are all complete.

There are approximately 700,000 students in Alberta’s K-12 classrooms this school year, and that number is expected to grow by about 15,000 students each year for a number of years to come.

Dr. Anne Anderson was an Albertan who was instrumental in preserving the Cree language and promoting Métis heritage across Canada.

The minister visited students at Dr. Lila Fahlman School, a K-9 school in southwest Edmonton that was completed in September 2017 with a provincial investment of approximately $22 million. Students from this school and others are expected to attend grades 10 to 12 at the Dr. Anne Anderson School once completed.


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New affordable housing opens in Calgary

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(L-R) Councillor Evan Wolley, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Minister Lori Sigurdson, MLA Deborah Drever and Sarah Woodgate celebrate the grand opening of the Wildwood affordable housing facility in Calgary.

Seniors and Housing Minister Lori Sigurdson participated in a grand opening ceremony and facility tour to celebrate the official opening of Wildwood affordable housing.

The province provided a $10.9-million grant to construct the new complex, which includes sustainability features such as high-efficiency windows, water heaters and Energy Star label appliances that reduce energy consumption and operational costs.

“Every Albertan has a right to a safe and affordable place to call home, regardless of their income. Our investment in the Wildwood project is helping Calgary individuals and families with low income by increasing access to affordable housing in their community.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“The City of Calgary is working hard to address the urgent need for affordable housing in all neighbourhoods. Our council contributed the land and allocated funds from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative to support this project. We’re working collaboratively with the province to help make the Wildwood community and Calgary stronger and more resilient.”

Naheed Nenshi, mayor, City of Calgary

“This development is an important step in our goal of increasing Calgary’s supply of homes for those struggling with housing costs. Currently, only 3.6 per cent of Calgary’s housing supply is non-market. The national average is six per cent. We have a long way to go in the city to get to average.”

Sarah Woodgate, director of Calgary Housing and president of Calgary Housing Company

Quick facts

  • The total budget for this project is $10.9 million.
  • Calgary Housing Company will operate the building in collaboration with the City of Calgary.
  • Construction is complete and nearly all of the families have moved in.


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Supporting students with Type 1 diabetes

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Minister Eggen, St. Albert MLA Marie Renaud, and Deanna and Nathalie Emberg announce Alberta’s new guidelines for supporting students with Type 1 Diabetes in schools.

The Guidelines for Supporting Students with Type 1 Diabetes in Schools are aimed at better accommodating the medical needs of students with diabetes. They complement existing policies, programs and resources provided by the Government of Alberta.  

“Children with Type 1 diabetes have unique medical needs and these guidelines are designed to help school authorities work with their health and community partners to address the medical needs of these students while they are at school. The guidelines will ensure greater consistency in how schools support students with this complex disease.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

Diabetes is a significant public health issue in Canada and around the world. There are roughly 2,300 children in Alberta with Type 1 diabetes. It is likely that one or more students require support managing this disease while at school.

“We’re pleased to see progress made in protecting students with Type 1 diabetes from potentially life-threatening situations. We’re proud to have advanced this important issue thanks to the dedication of our volunteer parent and health-care professional advocates. We look forward to our ongoing work with the Government of Alberta to ensure the guidelines are fully aligned with our recommendations.”

Scott McRae, regional director, Diabetes Canada

“I see these guidelines as a positive step forward. My sincere hope is that these guidelines will point school authorities, parents and school staff in the right direction. Accommodating the needs of students with Type 1 diabetes by placing the child’s well-being at the centre of a system of support will work for families, children and schools.”

Deanna Emberg, parent and diabetes advocate


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Fishing for better recreation on the Bow River

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Anglers and water recreation enthusiasts will benefit from the government’s Bow River Access Plan.

The province is investing $2 million in the recently released Bow River Access Plan to make it easier for people to enjoy the river downstream of Calgary. The plan creates a safe and user-friendly network of five access points along a 52-kilometre stretch of the river from Calgary’s Fish Creek Provincial Park downstream to Wyndam-Carseland Provincial Park.

“The Bow River is a world-famous fly fishing destination and a popular waterway for rafting, tubing, swimming and canoeing. I’m proud our government is supporting Calgary’s angling community by providing long-term, sustainable and enjoyable water-based recreation opportunities. This plan will increase tourism in what is already one of Alberta’s premier regional destinations.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

A number of upgrades have already been completed, including kiosks and signage, and a new washroom facility at McKinnon Flats. Additional enhancements include rebuilding the access road to McKinnon Flats, better parking at Johnson’s Island and working with the leaseholder to improve access at Legacy Island.

“This plan shows that the government recognizes the value of the Bow River and is prepared to invest in infrastructure to support its status as an angling destination. We’re very happy that the Bow River Access plan is moving forward and look forward to continuing the process toward improved river access.”

Nancy Storwick, president, Angling Outfitter & Guide Association of Alberta

The plan represents the government’s commitment to supporting recreation on the Bow River. Improvements will benefit local guiding and outfitting businesses as well as fish and tackle shops.

“People from all over the world travel to experience the world-class fishery of the Bow River. For this reason, we strongly feel that the access plan is a step forward in managing and protecting what the river has to offer. The Bow River Access Plan is a great opportunity to expand the offering to visitors and locals alike.”

Aaron Feltham, general manager, Bow River Troutfitters

“Investment in infrastructure on the Bow River has been overlooked for far too long. Calgary has a world-class fishery that deserves better access. The Bow River Access Plan is the first step in giving Albertans and tourists a more accessible way to utilize this exceptional resource, while also protecting our national treasure for future generations.”

Josh Nugent, owner, Out Fly Fishing Outfitters

“As a business that relies heavily on public access to the Bow River we are extremely happy to see the Bow River Access Plan be adopted. The Bow is one of the most unique trout fisheries on the planet and it is great to finally see some investment into its future. Let’s make sure the trout population stays healthy as well, and we will have a winning combination.”

David Blair, co-owner, Fish Tales Fly Shop

The plan balances recreation opportunities with environmental protection by including measures to ensure the health and sustainability of the Bow River fishery and ecosystems through invasive species monitoring and working with river users on the long-term stewardship of the Bow River. It also commits to exploring additional future access points along the river.

The Bow River Access Plan was developed in consultation with the public, First Nations, Métis and local recreation and conservation organizations. The plan complements the City of Calgary’s Bow River Access Strategy. To read the plan in full, visit Bow River Access Plan.


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New centre to support children’s mental health

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Minister Hoffman announces the new Children and Adolescent Mental Health Centre with MLA Shepherd, Dr. Verna Yiu, Annie Belley and Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation representatives including Mike House.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre, to be built on AHS-owned land immediately east of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, will include:

  • child and adolescent crisis services, including walk-in and urgent clinics
  • 101 inpatient beds
  • specialized outpatient clinics
  • a mobile response team
  • intensive school-based treatment, with school programming on site
  • mental health programs
  • therapeutic recreational programs
  • a family resource centre

“When a child or teen is struggling with a mental health crisis or needs specialized emotional supports, they need help as quickly as possible. Our government has been clear about our commitment to mental health and we are proud to partner with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation on this project. I am proud to be part of a government that is fighting for children, youth and their families.”

Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health

“Being diagnosed bipolar as a teen was, weirdly, a relief, because it allowed me to get the help that I needed. The staff and doctors who cared for me during my time in hospital provided me tools without which I wouldn’t have been able to get my life back on track. This new facility is so exciting because it will not only make it easier for mental health care practitioners to provide help and for patients to access services, it will act as physical, observable proof that mental health is finally being paid the attention it deserves.”

Annie Belley, Albertan with lived experience

The province is investing $200 million for the new centre. The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is committing $26 million and will receive the naming rights for the centre in recognition of that contribution.

“Since 2007, we’ve invested millions in pediatric mental health programs at the Stollery and more than $4 million in pediatric mental health research at the University of Alberta. More than 90 per cent of donors and non-donors we surveyed in northern Alberta tell us that mental health is a top priority for them and their families. That’s why we’re building on our long-term commitment to children’s mental health by raising $26 million over five years for specialized facilities and family-centred care programs at the new child and youth addiction and mental health centre in Edmonton that will bear the Stollery name.”

Mike House, president and CEO, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

“Alberta Health Services is grateful to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation for its extraordinary commitment to child and adolescent mental health in Edmonton and northern Alberta. This support will have a transformational and long-lasting impact on patients and families who will benefit from the care and services provided in this facility.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO, AHS

The Alberta government continues to improve mental health services following the Valuing Mental Health review. The new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre directly addresses supports for children, youth and families, one of the priority populations identified in the review.

The design phase of the project is expected to get underway in the next few months. Construction of the centre is slated to begin in spring 2021 and be complete in 2024. The project is expected to create between 200 and 250 construction jobs.


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Calgary company guilty of improper waste disposal

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The company, also known as Moore’s Industrial Services, was penalized $30,000 for improper disposal of waste in relation to an investigation into incidents that occurred between June 11 and June 13, 2016. Five other charges under the act against the company were withdrawn.

Most of the penalty is directed towards a creative sentencing order. To this end, the Nose Creek Watershed Partnership and the Bow River Basin Council will receive $25,000 to update and refine the wetland inventory for the Nose Creek Watershed. The sentence also included a directive to publish details of the offence and how this event led the responsible party to develop a water cut-off device that could prevent similar future incidents from occurring.

Alberta Environment and Parks focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to ensure all Albertans enjoy a clean and healthy environment. The ministry enforces environmental regulations when individuals or companies fail to comply with legislation.


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Group exploring measures to ban conversion therapy

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The working group will be co-chaired by MLA Nicole Goehring and advocate Glynnis Lieb. It will include academics, representatives from health and legal professions, community advocates, faith leaders, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, subject matter experts and those with lived experience of conversion therapy.

Conversion therapy can be defined as any treatment, counselling or behaviour modification that aims to change or modify someone’s sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

“Conversion therapy is a damaging, hateful practice that has no place in our province. Albertans deserve to trust that any measures to end this practice are as strong as possible, will withstand legal challenges and have the support of those who need them most. I thank the members of the group for fighting for vulnerable Albertans, and look forward to receiving their recommendations and taking action to ban conversion therapy in Alberta.”

Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health

“I’ve heard from Albertans and community leaders that any ban on conversion therapy must be community-driven and can’t let anyone fall through the cracks. I’m honoured to help lead this life-saving work and look forward to working with my fellow members to bring forward strong recommendations to protect Albertans and end this practice.”

Nicole Goehring, MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs, co-chair of Conversion Therapy Working Group

“No one deserves to be discriminated against or subject to harmful practices based on their innate sexual orientation. Conversion therapy is wrong and I’m pleased to see our government taking action to eliminate this practice in Alberta. It’s an honour to be a part of this life-saving work.”

Glynnis Lieb, executive director of the Institute of Sexual Minority Studies and Services at University of Alberta, co-chair of Conversion Therapy Working Group

The group will meet regularly for five months and will have opportunities to engage with stakeholders and those with lived experience as part of this work. The group members will be supported by an Alberta Health staff secretariat as they prepare their final written report.


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Oversize load to travel on highways 14, 834 & 15

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The 728-tonne, 48-metre-long piece of petrochemical equipment, called a polypropylene reactor, will be moved from Edmonton to the Industrial Heartland over four days, Feb. 10-13.

At 12 metres tall and 10 metres wide, the reactor is roughly twice the height of an adult giraffe. It is used to convert propylene into a powdered substance used to fabricate diverse products such as medical equipment, athletic apparel and food storage containers.

Route

  • Exit Cessco yard at 100 Street and 75 Avenue and travel east
  • South on 99 Street to 63 Avenue; east on 63 Avenue to 91 Street
  • South on 91 Street to 51 Avenue; east on 51 Avenue to Roper Road
  • East to 75 Street; south on 75 Street to 51 Avenue
  • East on 51 Avenue to 50 Street at Whitemud Drive westbound off ramp
  • Whitemud Drive east to Anthony Henday southbound.
  • Highway 14 eastbound and stage at highways 14 & 21
  • Highway 14 east to Range Road 190
  • North on Range Road 190 to Township Road 510
  • East on Township Road 510 to Highway 834
  • North on Highway 834 to Highway 15; Highway 15 west to Lamont
  • Continue west on Highway 15 to Range Road 220
  • Range Road 220 north to site
Date
Start Time
Origin
End Time
Destination

Feb 10

9 p.m.

Cessco

5 a.m.

Hwy 14 & 21

Feb 12

8:30 a.m.

Hwy 14 & 21

5 p.m.

Lamont

Feb 13

8:30 a.m.

Lamont

1 p.m.

Site

Additional information

  • At its largest configuration, including all vehicles, the load is approximately 1,384 tonnes and 118 metres long by 10 metres wide by 12 metres high (includes all vehicles in length and height).
  • The load will use the entire width of a two-lane highway, including the shoulder.
  • The load will be moving below the posted speed limit and may pull over periodically. Drivers travelling behind the load will experience delays.
  • In some places, the load will be travelling against the flow of traffic, escorted by guide vehicles for traffic control and safety. Lanes will be blocked off accordingly.
  • Drivers are reminded to watch for guide vehicles and flag people.


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Supporting Fort Saskatchewan affordable housing

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Minister Sigurdson, MLA Jessica Littlewood and Mayor Katchur join Heartland Housing Foundation to announce a new affordable housing project in Fort Saskatchewan.

The province is investing $6 million toward an affordable housing project in Fort Saskatchewan. The new development is expected to provide around 83 one- and two-bedroom units for families and seniors with low income.

“Our government is helping ensure Fort Saskatchewan residents do not have to leave the community they love to find housing they can afford. When this project is complete, people living in the community will have more options for a safe and affordable place to call home.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing

The four-storey apartment building will be built on land donated by the City of Fort Saskatchewan, located adjacent to the new Dr. Turner Lodge. It will ensure people living on low income, in or near Fort Saskatchewan, can stay in their community.

“On behalf of the City of Fort Saskatchewan, I thank the Government of Alberta for their investment in our community and support of affordable housing for our residents.”

Gale Katchur, mayor, City of Fort Saskatchewan

Currently in the design stage, the project will aim for energy efficiency and feature some accessible units and modern fire-suppression and safety systems.

“There is a long-standing need for affordable housing within this sub-region, and especially in the community of Fort Saskatchewan. This funding from the Alberta government, as well as the generous gift of land from the City of Fort Saskatchewan, are important first steps toward meeting that need. I am excited to see what we will be able to accomplish as we work together to serve this community.”

Nancy Simmonds, executive director, Heartland Housing Foundation

The Alberta government’s $6-million contribution is part of the $1.2-billion commitment in the Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy to develop a sustainable, affordable housing system and build and restore 4,100 affordable housing units.


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Open Farm Days grows ag-tourism

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Becoming an Open Farm Days host is a great way for farmers, ranchers and ag-tourism operators to meet new customers and grow their businesses.

Applications are open for farms and ranches to host visitors during this year’s Open Farm Days, Aug. 17-18, 2019. Last year, a record number of participating farms, ranches and visitors set a new high for on-farm sales.

“We hope even more farms and ranches get involved in this year’s Open Farm Days. The event helps farmers meet new customers, share their story and grow their businesses. It’s also a fun and educational way for Albertans and visitors to take in Alberta’s ag-tourism experiences and learn more about where their food comes from.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Now entering its seventh year, Alberta Open Farm Days features open houses, culinary events and tours. Farm sales in 2018 reached almost $190,000 over the two days, up 30 per cent from the year before.

“Open Farm Days provides a unique opportunity to highlight agriculture’s importance and vitality as a core sector in the province. Alberta has some of the best food producers and processors in the world. I am proud that we are strengthening our support for the local food sector which continues to grow. It’s important for Albertans to connect with the hard-working farmers who are feeding their families and communities.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

Participating hosts can access product development supports such as business coaching, industry learning opportunities and regional networks. The deadline for host applications is May 31.

Open Farm Days 2018 – By the numbers

 
2017
2018
% Growth

Farm participation

101

117

+16 per cent

Visits

20,129

23,543

+17 per cent

Sales

$146,121

$189,393

+30 per cent

The overall year-over-year growth of Open Farm Days highlights ag-tourism’s continued potential to diversify the economy and create jobs. The weekend’s selection of experiences also helps showcase the growing number of opportunities available to rural and culinary tourism entrepreneurs.

“We are very excited about the 2019 Alberta Open Farm Days. Farmers and ag-tourism operators tell the story of agriculture in our province, produce some of the world’s best food and create unique Alberta ag-tourism experiences. Becoming a host is a great way to grow your business.”

Tim Carson, CEO, Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies

“Alberta Open Farms Days was an awesome experience and a major boost for our farm. By offering fun and interactive education about bees and beekeeping, we promoted our business and products to more than 800 people. The event is a great way to share your passion for agriculture and ag-tourism.”

Richard Ozero, president, Good Morning Honey

Open Farm Days is a collaborative project presented by the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating farms, ranches, hosts and agricultural societies.

Quick facts

  • The vast majority of Albertans (87 per cent) have participated in some form of farm-to-fork tourism over the past 12 months.*
  • The most commonly attended activities are dining at a restaurant serving Alberta ingredients (71 per cent), attending a farmer’s market (56 per cent) and farm retail purchasing (40 per cent).*

(*2018 Survey of Albertans, Alberta Culture and Tourism)


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