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.
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
Hwy 14 & 21
Hwy 14 & 21
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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
+16 per cent
+17 per cent
+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.”
“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.”
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.
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)
Fort Chipewyan is not connected to Alberta’s electricity grid and relies on burning diesel fuel for heat and power. To reduce diesel use in the northern community, the nations formed Three Nations Energy LP (3NE). With a $3.3-million grant from Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan and in partnership with ATCO, 3NE will own and operate the largest off-grid solar-and-storage project in Canada.
“We are very proud to partner with Three Nations Energy and the community of Fort Chipewyan. In addition to reducing costs, this project helps make life better for residents by reducing pollution and increasing safety. This is just one of the many steps on the path of reconciliation our government is taking by empowering Indigenous peoples to own, develop and operate this project.”
“By harnessing Alberta’s abundant solar resources, we can ensure northern communities no longer need to rely on diesel to heat and power their homes. This project is the largest in Canadian history to reduce diesel emissions by moving to solar power and storage. More importantly, it shows what can be accomplished when we work together to protect our environment.”
The solar photovoltaic system will consist of about 7,500 panels that, once completed, will replace the equivalent of 800,000 litres of diesel fuel for Fort Chipewyan – supplying roughly 25 per cent of the community’s energy use. It is anticipated that Fort Chipewyan will start generating solar energy in fall 2020.
The project will also reduce noise pollution in the area and make the winter roads safer due to reduced tanker truck traffic.
“While our regional economy depends on the oil industry, we feel the effects of climate change in our community and see the growing impacts on our delta lands. Our members want us to be part of the solution and we appreciate Alberta working with us to take a big step forward to cut pollution and protect the environment.”
“The Three Nations Energy solar farm project showcases our community’s shared vision of achieving energy sovereignty and becoming a leader in creating a climate-friendly economy. 3NE will work as one to build capacity and implement other projects in energy efficiency and green energy.”
“Three Nations Energy is about Indigenous Peoples working in partnership and collaborating with governments and private industry to protect the environment. Our solar farm will create local employment, increase our energy security and, over time, it can generate revenues to reinvest in our community.”
ATCO is working closely with 3NE, supplying design, construction and operation services as well as ensuring local employment benefits. ATCO will also operate a complementary battery storage system that can store 1.5 MWh of power, extending the ability of the solar farm to replace diesel.
“ATCO is honoured and thrilled to partner with the community of Fort Chipewyan to implement an innovative clean energy microgrid solution. ATCO will build and operate the solar array and battery storage, significantly reducing diesel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs and building capacity for community ownership of the solar farm.”
The project will be completed in a phased approach.
ATCO is installing a Phase 1 component of 400 kW (about 1,500 panels) this winter which ATCO will own, reducing diesel consumption by 150,000 litres per year.
3NE, supported by funding from the Government of Alberta, will own Phase 2, consisting of another 2,200 kW from 6,000 panels, which will reduce diesel consumption by an additional 650,000 litres per year.
The solar farm will have a generation capacity of 2.6 MW (2,600 kW) and an energy production of 3,200 MWh/year once Phase 2 is complete.
Construction will create 40 jobs at the 6.5-hectare site adjacent to Third Lake Plant.
The reduction in tanker trucks is roughly 25 large tanker truck trips each way, per year.
The project will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2,170 tonnes CO2e per year.
The total project cost for the solar farm is $7.8 million, including the $3.3-million commitment from the Government of Alberta.
Tim Carson (L), Debbie Ross, board president, and Minister Carlier visit in advance of the new grant announcement.
Agricultural societies operate more than 700 facilities across the province, including hockey rinks, curling rinks, community halls and facilities that serve rodeos and fairs. This new $10-million grant program will support technologies that help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and facility operating cost, including improving lighting, heating, ventilation and rink/arena equipment.
“Alberta’s agricultural sector wants to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This one-time investment will allow our agricultural societies to demonstrate environmental leadership, while continuing to enhance the quality of life in communities they serve.”
An estimated 260 agriculture societies that operate facilities will be eligible for the funding to help them with the more than 3,000 community activities they’re involved in each year, such as rodeos, fairs, farmers’ markets, 4-H activities, agriculture and farm safety education, and scholarships.
“Many of Alberta’s agricultural facilities are aging, and this grant will provide an opportunity to update buildings, improve energy efficiency and reduce increasing operating costs in the long term. Our ag societies, and these facilities, are essential to a high quality of life for Albertans, and this support helps relieve some of the rising financial pressure on societies so they can continue to do important work in their communities.”
The program will be paid for through 2018-19 Climate Leadership Plan funds. Eligible initiatives under the grant program include retroactive and future activities that are measurable, increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with results being reportable to the Alberta Climate Change Office.
Children enjoy activities at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.
Free admission and special programming at provincial parks, museums and historic sites are yours to enjoy Monday, Feb. 18. Many facilities have activities and events for all ages throughout the long weekend.
“Spending time with family and friends is the most important part of Family Day. I can’t think of a better way to do so than exploring the many amazing places in our province. Free admission to heritage sites and museums makes Alberta’s culture and history accessible for everyone.”
“Albertans love their provincial parks and the opportunity to connect with nature. This Family Day, Alberta Parks is thrilled to once again offer free, family-friendly activities. A provincial park is an hour away or less from most communities so I encourage everyone to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and make memories.”
In 2018, more than 7,000 people enjoyed Family Day at provincial heritage facilities. This year, there are even more ways to discover something new.
Historic sites and museums
Nine provincial heritage facilities offer free admission for visitors on Feb.18. These include:
Come between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a day of do-it-yourself science. Try your hand at some exciting activities, crafts and experiments, all using materials you can find around the house. Make your own balloon launcher, discover the chemistry behind playdough and watch our live science show in the theatre for more fun ideas to try at home.
Feed your curiosity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Journey through millions of years of history and see thousands of objects, from dinosaurs and mammoths to tiny insects and glowing gems. See how Alberta’s Indigenous communities share knowledge and values through generations, and meet the people who shaped our province. Plus, visit thousands of live critters and have fun in our Children’s Gallery, complete with an archeological dig pit. Get ready to discover a history of Alberta you won’t find anywhere else.
Special Family Day programming will be available all weekend. On Monday, enjoy a free presentation by Curator of Dinosaurs Donald Henderson, make your own cast of a fossil and watch as your kids learn, dig and create. Pre-registration is recommended for two hands-on programs being offered for a small fee: Dino Adventure Hour (ages three to six) and Fossil Casting (ages 4+).
Alberta provincial parks in winter are for more than just cross-country skiing. Try snowshoeing, fat tire biking, ice fishing, tobogganing, skating and downhill skiing, along with festivals, in Alberta’s most exciting season. The fun keeps going all year. Visit AlbertaParks.ca/events to find a list of upcoming events.
Here are a few events and activities for people looking to get outdoors this Family Day long weekend (Note all activities are weather permitting):
Find a whole day of outdoor fun and entertainment at the annual Crimson Lake Winterfest, starting at 11 a.m. Snowshoeing and ice fishing demonstrations are just a few of the activities to try out. Reduced camping rates let you fill your weekend with outdoor adventure.
A weekend full of events and activities starts Feb.17 with Ice Fishing Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No experience required. Or enjoy free hotdogs, hot chocolate and coffee. Hinton’s annual French culture festival, Bonhomme Carnaval, kicks off on Feb.18 between noon and 4 p.m. There will be free cross-country skiing, free kick sleds and traditional French music. The Family Day Snowshoe Walk starts at 1 p.m. Snowshoes are provided, so just show up to enjoy this guided forest walk.
Family Fishing Weekend
The Family Day weekend also marks the first of two annual Family Fishing Weekends. You’re invited to head out and discover the lure of fishing without the need to buy a sportfishing licence. Of course, all regulations still apply. For more information, visit the Family Fishing Weekends website.
Family Day at the legislature
Albertans of all ages are invited to enjoy free family fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Family Day. Venture through the Lost in the Legislature History Hunt, take in musical and magical entertainment by world-class local performers, try out some crafts and listen to stories with Rocky the Ram. The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre will have free exhibitions, educational activities and the immersive historical film Our People Our Province. A variety of food vendors will also be on site. More information at the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre.
Premier Notley met with members of the Filipino community and announced development of a K-12 Filipino language and culture curriculum.
There are about 170,000 people of Filipino heritage in Alberta, and this new curriculum will help these children and youth connect with their heritage and culture. Expanding Filipino language and culture programming to students in kindergarten to Grade 12 follows community requests to improve Filipino language offerings in schools.
“Alberta is a welcoming place made richer by its cultures and languages. As one of the largest and fastest-growing populations, the Filipino community has brought essential skills to our workforce and added so much to our social fabric. Creating a K-12 Filipino language and culture curriculum will ensure this vibrant community can continue to grow deep roots and make this province even greater.”
“Providing learning opportunities for students in a variety of language programs helps youth maintain their heritage, strengthen their cultural identity and build language and literacy skills. Strengthening language programs based on local need and demand can be an effective tool in addressing racism. In fact, this is one of the ways we’re acting on the feedback we heard, and commitments we made, in our government’s anti-racism consultations and report.”
Filipino language and culture curriculum is currently offered at the high school level as a locally developed course in some school jurisdictions, including Calgary Catholic School District, Edmonton Catholic Schools and St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools. After the new K-12 Filipino curriculum is developed, Alberta Education officials will work with stakeholders and community partners to identify resources to support the curriculum.
“The official declaration of having the Filipino heritage language in the curriculum of Alberta schools is a historic gift by the Alberta government to the Filipino community. This strongly demonstrates the respect for a culture’s diversity and uniqueness through its language. Programs like this instill pride in students and their heritage, and results in active and engaged citizens.”
The K-12 Filipino language and culture curriculum will not be mandatory. School authorities have choice and flexibility in offering language programming that best meets the needs of the communities they serve.
Besides English and French, 26 languages are currently available for study in Alberta, including American Sign Language, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cantonese, Chinese, Cree, Dene, Filipino, German, Greek, Gujarati; Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Nakoda/Dakota, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tsuut’ina and Ukrainian.
Minister Hoffman tours the new obstetrics program at the High Prairie Health Complex with MLA Danielle Larivee, Sarah Browdridge and her four-month-old daughter, Kadence.
A new obstetrics program at the High Prairie Health Complex is giving families the option to have babies in their community for the first time since 2007. The province is also investing $5.2 million to build a new, permanent dialysis clinic in the hospital.
“Having grown up in this region, I know how challenging it can be to have to travel to access health care. That’s why I’m so pleased families will be able to have their babies closer to home, and that we are expanding access to life-saving dialysis treatment to High Prairie.”
“As a former nurse and as a mom, I know how critical it is that the life-changing and life-saving services we need are available close to home, when we need them. I’m proud that our government has made High Prairie a priority and that we’ve invested in protecting and strengthening health care in rural and northern communities instead of cutting it.”
The new obstetrical program began in January 2019 and will expand over the next several months, providing families with high-quality care in their local hospital before, during and after birth.
A core group of staff and physicians have completed education and advanced training in obstetrical services, including anesthesia for safe C-section operations, as well as prenatal, labour and delivery care.
Prior to opening the obstetrics program, staff in High Prairie could only offer emergency births and C-sections in the northern hospital, but most families had to drive to Peace River, Grande Prairie, Slave Lake or Edmonton to deliver their babies.
The High Prairie hospital expects to support about 100 mothers and families each year. When construction of the dialysis unit is complete in 2020, the clinic will be able to provide dialysis services to up to 12 patients weekly.
Kidney patients in the High Prairie area currently travel outside their community for treatment, including to Slave Lake and Peace River, both more than 100 kilometres away, and Edmonton, almost 400 kilometres away.
Thanks to investments from the provincial government, new dialysis clinics have opened in Whitecourt, Hinton, Lac La Biche and Edson since the beginning of 2018. These clinics, plus the new one for High Prairie, can treat up to 42 patients in northern Alberta, closer to home.
View from the LaFarge Exshaw Cement Plant, one of 11 industrial efficiency projects receiving funding through Emissions Reduction Alberta’s Industrial Efficiency Challenge
Using low-carbon fuels to make cement and recovering heat from a refinery to generate electricity are just two new technologies receiving funding through the $70-million Industrial Efficiency Challenge. The challenge helps large industrial emitters invest in technology that reduces emissions and costs.
The $70 million from Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan is leveraging more than $200 million in private investment in 11 Alberta projects worth a combined value of $276 million.
“Albertans know that our economy and our environment go hand-in-hand. These innovative technologies will help our major industries reduce emissions while creating jobs, cutting costs and making them more competitive in global markets. Our investments in innovation continue to position Alberta as a forward-thinking investment jurisdiction and industrial leader.”
Projects were selected and funded through Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), an organization that accelerates the development and demonstration of emissions-reducing technologies. Launched in March 2018, the challenge was designed to implement leading technologies in oil and gas, chemicals and fertilizers, cement and concrete, forestry and agriculture, electricity and manufacturing.
“The clean technologies required to improve both the environmental and economic performance of Alberta’s large industrial facilities require significant capital investment. The funding announced today helps accelerate the development and commercialization of some of the most promising industrial efficiency opportunities in Alberta.”
The 11 projects are anticipated to eliminate more than 5.3 million tonnes of CO2e by 2030 – the equivalent of bringing more than 1,300 wind turbines online. Significant reductions in operating costs are also expected. If successful, many of these new technologies can be adopted across industrial sectors, leading to further emission reductions and further economic benefits for Albertans.
“This multi-partner, multi-site research project will help Lafarge better understand the environmental benefits of introducing lower-carbon fuels at the Exshaw Cement Plant – the largest cement plant in Canada. The Exshaw low-carbon fuels project will go a long way in helping us reach our ambitious corporate goal to produce 40 per cent less net CO2 per tonne of cement by 2030. This support from ERA helps us move this project forward. We hope that any positive results or lessons learned will encourage others in our industry to do the same, giving this investment a greater, far-reaching impact.”
“The ERA’s Industrial Efficiency Challenge funding will have a positive impact on supporting continued innovations within the pulp and paper industry. This funding not only supports the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, but is helping Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc. pursue a project that will increase our efficiency, and will help to maintain and enhance our competitiveness and sustainability.”
These projects were selected for funding:
Imperial Oil Limited: Kearl ConDex Flue Gas Heat and Water Recovery Project
Lafarge Canada: Lower Carbon Fuels Project
Suncor Energy Inc. Oil Sands: Digital Optimization using Advanced Process Control in an In-Situ Facility
TransCanada Energy: Supercritical CO2 Waste Heat Recovery and Utilization Technology
TAQA North Ltd.: Crossfield Gas Plant Energy Efficiency and GHG Reduction Project
ConocoPhillips Canada: Field Pilot of Multilateral Well Technology to Reduce GHG Intensity of steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD)
Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.: Kraft Pulp Mill Flue Gas Energy Recovery Project
Repsol Oil and Gas Canada: Demonstration of the Transition from Hydrocarbons to Inert Gas Technology for Gas Blanketing and Purge in the Gas Processing Industry
Athabasca Oil Corporation: Energy Intensity Reduction through Flow Control Devices and Non-Combustible Gas
Energreen Solutions: Strathcona Works – Waste Heat to Power Project
ENMAX Generation Portfolio Inc.: Crossfield Energy Centre Hybrid Fuel Project
Funding will be distributed on a milestone-by-milestone basis, and the progress of each project is reported on until completion. More information, including detailed project descriptions and the results of past challenges, can be found online at https://www.eralberta.ca.
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.