October 20th, 2020

Provincial News

How an Alberta researcher’s discovery of hepatitis C led to the Nobel Prize and saved lives

By John Bergeron, Emeritus Robert Reford Professor and Professor of Medicine, McGill University on October 8th, 2020

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. ___ Author: John Bergeron, Emeritus Robert Reford Professor and Professor of Medicine, McGill University This year, the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to ... Read More »

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Edmonton hospital experiencing COVID-19 outbreak for second time

By The Canadian Press on October 8th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services says two units at an Edmonton hospital are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The agency says eight patients at the Misericordia Community Hospital have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and two health-care workers are infected as well. It says 29 health-care workers are self-isolating as a result. It is ... Read More »

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Mounties charge man with assault at Alberta anti-racism rally

By Canadian Press, The Canadian Press on October 7th, 2020

RED DEER, Alta. – RCMP say a man has been charged with an assault at an anti-racism rally in central Alberta. Investigators say they reviewed numerous videos given to them from the public of disturbances at the rally in Red Deer on Sept. 20. A news release says one video shows demonstrators setting up for ... Read More »

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Alberta wants to clear the way for development of ‘untapped’ geothermal energy

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on October 7th, 2020

CALGARY – Alberta’s energy minister says the province intends to clear hurdles to the development of clean geothermal energy. Sonya Savage said the United Conservative government plans to bring in legislation this fall to set the stage for further development of geothermal energy, which comes from heat beneath the earth. Water or steam can carry ... Read More »

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Calgary company to provide Alberta medical staff with face masks over two years

By The Canadian Press on October 7th, 2020

CALGARY – The Alberta government has contracted a Calgary company to provide more than 40 million medical masks over the next two years. Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the $60-million agreement between Alberta Health Services and Orpyx Medical Technologies will ensure the province has sufficient personal protective equipment for its medical staff. He says ... Read More »

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N.L. workers warned about COVID-19 outbreaks at work sites in Alberta, Nunavut

By The Canadian Press on October 7th, 2020

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador is asking workers who returned to the province in the last two weeks from work sites in Nunavut and Alberta to get tested for COVID-19. The department issued three warnings today about outbreaks at the Hope Bay gold mine in Nunavut; at Syncrude Canada’s Aurora mine site, close ... Read More »

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Wildlife officers answering dangerous police calls deserve more money: union

By The Canadian Press on October 6th, 2020

EDMONTON – The union that represents fish and wildlife officers in Alberta says the province wants them to take on some of the most dangerous parts of police work without increasing their pay. Mike Dempsey of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees says the United Conservative government is breaking a promise it made to 115 ... Read More »

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First quarter report forecasts Alberta’s deficit at $24.2 billion

By Herald on August 27th, 2020

The first quarter report for 2020-21 forecasts Alberta’s deficit at $24.2 billion after the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price crash. The 2019-20 Annual Report and 2020-21 First Quarter Fiscal Update and Economic Statement show the toll both challenges have taken on the province. The province now sits on a debt burden ... Read More »

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Doubts voiced on parks plan; Alberta plans to close, deregulate dozens of parks

By Herald on July 24th, 2020

Bob Weber THE CANADIAN PRESS — EDMONTON Top advisers to Alberta’s environment minister were cautious about the government’s plans to shrink the province’s parks system and made recommendations he didn’t follow. An access-to-information request by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society asked for correspondence, briefing notes and emails between Jason Nixon and senior civil servants ... Read More »

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Alberta Parks suspends camping reservations

By Lethbridge Herald on April 17th, 2020

Alberta Parks is suspending and refunding camping reservations up to and including May 19. The decision is in line with other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Parks Canada, which have also suspended or delayed camping reservations. The suspension is in place until the province’s chief medical officer of health is confident the ... Read More »

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Alberta Education announces new guidelines for student learning

By Lethbridge Herald on March 20th, 2020

LETHBRIDGE HERALD Alberta Education has announced new guidelines are in place to direct how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the provincial health emergency. The province has worked with the Alberta School Boards Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Association of Independent Schools & ... Read More »

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