Collaboration between northern First Nations, Métis leads to pipeline partnership

Collaboration between northern First Nations, Métis leads to pipeline partnership

Investments from the private sector, coupled with $40 million in loan guarantee support from the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC), and a partnership with Suncor Energy will allow eight Indigenous communities from northeastern Alberta to share in $16 million in annual revenue from the Northern Courier Pipeline System. In 2019, Suncor obtained the rights to TC Energy’s 15 per cent of…

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Asian-Canadian Frontline Workers Face Rampant Discrimination: Report

Asian-Canadian Frontline Workers Face Rampant Discrimination: Report

By Fernando Arce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Chinese-Canadian frontline workers are largely employed in low-wage and high-risk sectors and work long hours, which increases their vulnerability to health risks due to the pandemic and socio-economic exploitation and marginalization, a new report has found. The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) released the 53-page report on Sept. 1 as a way to reflect “demands…

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B.C. residents line up to get vaccine passports in-person

B.C. residents line up to get vaccine passports in-person

By Norman Galimski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Prince Rupert residents spilled out of the Service BC Centre into the parking lot and down the sidewalk on Sept. 8, as they queued to get their vaccine passports verified, set up and printed due to a myriad of difficulties.  Some residents said they attended in person to simplify the vaccine passport registration process but…

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‘We owe the Stollery so much’

‘We owe the Stollery so much’

By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter On Sunday Aug. 29, young Alberta entrepreneurs served up cool glasses of lemonade for a good cause, raising funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. For Kisti-Lee German and her family, the day was personal. After spending months in this hospital with her micro-preemie, German found out about Lemonade Stand Day and knew she had to…

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Empty Bowls returns after COVID-19 hiatus as food bank sees demand rising

Empty Bowls returns after COVID-19 hiatus as food bank sees demand rising

By Scott McLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Wood Buffalo Food Bank is hosting Empty Bowls, its first in-person fundraiser, on Sunday after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled some of the organization’s fundraisers and pushed others online. The annual event will be held at the Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard. The annual event serves food to people with custom bowls made by the Fort…

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Stettler County coping with one of worst farm seasons in 60 years

Stettler County coping with one of worst farm seasons in 60 years

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Stettler County council declared an agricultural disaster in the municipality after hearing a stark, sobering report on regional farming conditions at their regular meeting Aug. 11. Director of Municipal Services Andrew Brysiuk submitted councillors a report from Quentin Beaumont, director of agricultural operations, that illustrated perfectly the summer of 2021: very hot and very dry…

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Fort Nelson fire hall family keeping strong

Fort Nelson fire hall family keeping strong

By Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative The Northern Rockies Fire Department has had a quiet season this summer, but continues to keep busy training and serving the community.  Deputy Fire Chief Hayward Sheppard says two challenges when it comes to firefighting are the small community and the amount of area the department covers.  “You’re always working with a small group, and you…

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No On-Reserve Voting For October Referenda, Senate Election in Alberta

No On-Reserve Voting For October Referenda, Senate Election in Alberta

By Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (ANNews) – Indigenous people won’t be able to vote on reserve in the upcoming plebiscites and senate elections happening the same day as municipal elections on Oct. 18, Alberta Municipal Affairs has confirmed. Plebiscite questions include whether Alberta should adopt Daylight Savings Time for the entire year, and whether Albertans support removing Constitutionally-enshrined equalization payments…

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