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Pipeline work ramping up

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MLA for Drumheller -Stettler Nate Horner is encouraged to see mobilization for the Keystone Excel pipeline.
Last week equipment began arriving in the area to begin construction on the pipeline that is designed to take Alberta crude to US markets. When completed it is designed to deliver 830,000 barrels per day (Bbl/day) of crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska. From there, Alberta oil can be transported to refineries at the US Gulf Coast.
Alberta construction is ramping up. In the Drumheller-Stettler riding, there will be work from Hardisty to Empress and then into Saskatchewan before crossing the international border.
Horner met on Friday with the Mayor of Oyen and TC Energy to learn more about the project.
He says there has already been work on the controversial pipeline in the United States.
“There is a lot of good piece being done right now,” he said, adding there are still some court challenges south of the border.
The pipeline was in the news a couple of weeks ago when presidential candidate Joe Biden said if he is elected in the fall, he would kill the project.
“It is always a concern and the premier and cabinet were always aware there is a political risk,” said Horner. “The dollars spent on the construction alone locally is something like $350 million over the next two years.”
He adds this means a large number of workers.
“I have spoken to people who have vacant houses in Oyen that already have them rented out for two years,” he said. “The hotels are going to be full and there are going to be big camps as well. As long as we can work around COVID, it is going to be great for these small towns.”
This is not the only large scale project in the area. Special Areas is working on a water project as is Acadia Valley.
He explains that if completed, the Acadia Valley would convert about 27,000 acres into irrigatable land.
“The Acadia Valley Irrigation Valley Irrigation Project is probably the most exciting and urgent,” said Horner.


Millennial committee voices support for ending racial discrimination

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GenNow is a committee made up of about 9 people to address issues and concerns of millennials in the valley. Councillor Kristyne DeMott, was joined by fellow committee members Ryan Semchuk and Riddel Wiebe to read this statement on ending racial discrimination:

“On behalf of the Millennial Committee known as ‘GenNow’ I am honoured to be speaking the committee’s statement of support for the Black Lives Matter Movement within these council chambers here today.

This is about people. People all over the world striving for equality that is embarrassingly still gapped. This is true for the Drumheller Valley as well.

Racism, injustice, and violence from organized systems needs to stop. We believe in every human’s right to be treated with respect and equality, and the right to live without fear. We stand in solidarity. But we know just speaking about injustice isn't enough.

All of us here know that we must build diversity and justice into the foundation of our community and not tolerate hate of any kind. No one expects this to be realized overnight. The breadth of the protests across the world is a testament to what has gone wrong, but also a promise that change is possible.

Mistakes will be made. But progress can and must be made, too.

This world is for everyone. Our valley is for everyone. We cannot stop until every person is welcomed equally.

Today and every day, Black Lives Matter.”

We Stand up to support People of Colour.
Signed, GenNow

Alberta moves to stage two of relaunch

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Alberta has taken a big step forward, moving into phase two of its relaunch strategy a week earlier than initially planned.
Premier Jason Kenney announced the province would begin Stage 2 on June 12, opening up more of the economy.
“Albertans have demonstrated the care and common sense needed to move forward with our relaunch earlier than initially planned,” said Kenney. Our data tells us our active cases are low, hospitalizations are trending downward and people are taking action to protect those most vulnerable and prevent the spread of the virus. We will continue to move forward together to overcome any tough times ahead, but responsible Albertans should be proud of the vigilance they have shown to date.”
This means more businesses, sport, and recreation services can open if they are ready. Some larger gatherings for seated audience events will be permitted. In all cases, public health guidance must be followed.
“More Albertans can now return to work and to the activities so many of us enjoy. However, I encourage you to do it safely. Think of the people in your life who may be at high risk from COVID-19 and protect all those around you as you would want your loved ones protected,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Stay home if you are sick. Stay two metres apart and wear a non-medical mask if you can’t. Consider downloading the ABTraceTogether app, and wash your hands often.”
What can open with restrictions;
• K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
• Libraries
• More surgeries
• Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture, and reflexology
• Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin, and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
• Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
• Movie theatres and theatres
• Community halls
• Team sports
• Pools for leisure swimming
• VLTs in restaurants and bars
• Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
• Instrumental concerts
The 50 per cent capacity limit for provincial campgrounds is also being lifted. Over the coming days, the online reservation system will be updated and sites will come online in phases. By July 1, all camping sites will be open for reservations. First-come, first-served sites may open sooner. Information on additional sites will be added to alberta.parks.ca when they become available.
Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two
Maximum 50 people:
• Indoor social gatherings – including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties
Maximum 100 people:
• Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events – including wedding and funeral ceremonies
• No cap on the number of people (with public health measures and physical distancing in place):
• Worship gatherings
• Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars
• Casinos
• Bingo halls
• There is more flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep two metres apart:
• A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
• Performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
• Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
•People could be part of a sports/performing and household cohort
Everyone is encouraged to follow public health guidelines and notify others in the cohort(s) if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. If they do test positive or have symptoms, mandatory isolation is required.
Still not approved in stage two
• Social gatherings that exceed above listed maximums
• Regular in-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes will resume September 2020
• Vocal concerts (as singing carries a higher risk of transmission)
• Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
• Nightclubs
• Amusement parks
• Hookah lounges (permitted for food and drink only)
• Major sporting events and tournaments
• Non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until stage three of the relaunch strategy.
The success of stage two will determine when Alberta progresses to stage three. Factors are active cases, health-care system capacity, hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) cases, and infection rates. For more information, visit alberta.ca/RelaunchStrategy.

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