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The Mackinnon Report

posted September 4, 2019

Here is a link to the Mackinnon report that was released yesterday by the Government of Alberta:

https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/mackinnon-panel-report.pdf


Alberta HUB  Response from Minister’s Fir’s Office   Re: Funding

posted August 28, 2019

As discussed at Alberta HUB Board/membership meetings a request was sent (on behalf on all REDAs) to the Minister of Economic Development Trade & Tourism, Minister Fir, for a meeting with the REDA chairs to discuss “funding”.

The objective of this meeting is to obtain another 5 year funding agreement beginning April 1, 2020.

 This is the response we received from Minister Fir’s office…….

 Thank you for your email and the invitation to meet.

 The REDA’s are an important partner for our government, as we explore opportunities to address our economic situation, and position Alberta for a sustainable and prosperous future.

Unfortunately, the Minister’s schedule is not able to accommodate a meeting at this time.

 Our office will reach out at a later date.

 Sincerely,
Office of the Honourable Tanya Fir
Economic Development, Trade and Tourism

 Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   Article  Bell will cut back on rural broadband internet program after CRTC decision | CBC News

posted August 20, 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the above mentioned subject.

Excerpts:

  • The regulator requires that large telecom companies like Bell and Rogers sell access to their infrastructure to smaller internet providers as a way to improve competition and lower prices.
  • After years of review, the CRTC set final wholesale rates last week that were up to 77 per cent lower than the interim rates set in 2016.
  • A Competition Bureau study released in early August found CRTC rules that allow smaller providers to buy access to networks have created more choice for consumers and increased competition, though rural and remote customers have fewer options.

Please click this link for the complete article……………….   https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bell-canada-internet-1.5252419

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Service Alberta minister touring to meet Albertans

posted August 19, 2019

Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish is embarking on a provincewide tour to meet Albertans and discuss the path forward to reducing obstacles that affect their lives. 

“I have heard about specific challenges that Alberta communities are facing, from broadband service in rural Alberta to local registries and mobile home tenancy issues in more urban settings. This is why it is important to go out and hear directly from Albertans who are in the best place to offer insight into the difficulties they face when accessing services.”

Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta

The minister’s travel schedule includes both urban and rural communities, and will focus on a wide array of issues facing Albertans.

“This tour is the first of its kind in more than five years, and it demonstrates this government’s commitment to hear, first-hand, the unique concerns and proposals that Albertans have on the issues that affect them.”

Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta

The minister’s tour begins Aug. 20 in Lloydminster and wraps up on Sept. 4 in Mayerthorpe.

Tour schedule

Tuesday, Aug. 20

  • Lloydminster
  • Provost
  • Brooks
  • Lethbridge

Wednesday, Aug. 21

  • Lethbridge
  • Crowsnest Pass
  • High River
  • Okotoks
  • Bragg Creek

Thursday, Aug. 22

  • Calgary Fish Creek
  • Calgary East
  • Airdrie East
  • Innisfail
  • Blackfalds
  • Lacombe
  • Nisku

Wednesday, Aug. 28

  • Edson
  • Hinton
  • Whitecourt
  • Valleyview

Thursday, Aug. 29

  • Wembley
  • Clairmont
  • Fairview
  • Peace River
  • Falher

Friday, Aug. 30

    • High Prairie
    • Slave Lake
  • Cold Lake
  • Bonnyville

Saturday, Aug. 31

  • St. Paul

Tuesday, Sept. 3

  • Myrnam
  • Gibbons
  • Edmonton

Wednesday, Sept. 4

  • Spruce Grove
  • Parkland Village
  • Onoway
  • Mayerthorpe

Media inquiries

Tricia Velthuizen

587-982-4992
Press Secretary, Service Alberta


Alberta HUB  Industrial Hemp CBD  Letter of Support

posted August 16, 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to………………………
Excerpts:

Canada’s hemp industry is now focused on the top part of the plant, the flower, leaves and other tissues, which contains CBD. Most of the hemp producers in Canada are looking for ways to efficiently harvest the plant tissue, so processors can extract CBD and sell it to consumers.  

For years, hemp farmers have grown the crop for grain and partly for hemp fibres.

 This summer the majority of Canadian farmers are growing hemp to produce CBD.

 This year they have no production contracts for grain and most of Kostuik’s clients are growing hemp for CBD.

Studies suggest that cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in the leaves and flowers of industrial hemp plants, can provide pain relief, has anti-inflammatory properties and may help combat anxiety.

 Some analysts believe the global CBD market could grow to US $17 billion by 2026, up from $1.5 billion in 2018.

 For the complete article please click this link……….

https://www.producer.com/2019/08/canadian-exporters-have-hopes-for-hemp/?

 Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB  Industrial Hemp CBD  Letter of Support

posted August 9, 2019

Further to the Letter of support Alberta HUB sent to our MPs concerning Industrial Hemp CBD investment below is the response We received from the Honourable Devin Dreeshen, Minister, Agriculture and Forestry Government of Alberta who was provided a copy of the letter.

 One area I would like the membership to keep in time is that when the term “Cannabis” is used it is not clear if it referring to Marijuana or Hemp and as we know there is a “big” difference.  Alberta HUB will continue to work closely with the GOA, Federal Gov, CHTA and industry  to ensure accurate information is provided.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com

From: AF Minister <AF.Minister@gov.ab.ca>
Sent: August 7, 2019 11:35 AM
To: Bob Bezpalko <bobbezpalko@albertahub.com>
Subject: RE: Alberta HUB Industrial Hemp Letter of Support

Mr. Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB

Dear Mr. Bezpalko:

Thank you for your July 2, 2019, email regarding the industrial hemp opportunity in northeast Alberta, and for identifying the federal regulations concerning industrial hemp cannabidiol. I also appreciate you sharing the letter and supporting documents that you sent to Ms. Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland.

The federal legalization of cannabis is resulting in national standards for production, processing, and testing of cannabidiol products, ensuring safe products are manufactured from lawful sources. These standards will enhance Canada’s competitive advantage in the global hemp market. In this regard, Health Canada has opened a national consultation on the issue of cannabis health products. For more information, please visit www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-potential-market-cannabis/document.html. I would encourage Alberta Hub to provide additional feedback through this forum, including input on a regulatory path as part of the review process.

Ultimately, I believe industrial hemp is an area of high growth potential in this province. The Government of Alberta is committed to reducing red tape and advocating for federal regulatory environments that support Alberta’s “Open for Business” approach.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

Sincerely,

Honourable Devin Dreeshen
Minister, Agriculture and Forestry

AR-67812

From: Bob Bezpalko <bobbezpalko@albertahub.com>
Sent: July 2, 2019 3:35 PM
To: AF Minister <AF.Minister@gov.ab.ca>
Subject: Alberta HUB Industrial Hemp Letter of Support – AR 7812

Minister Dreeshen,

Thank you for taking the time to review this information.

The Northeast Alberta Information HUB (Alberta HUB), the regional economic development alliance of Northeast Alberta, is working on diversifying our regional economy. One sector that provides incredible opportunities is our Agriculture sector, specifically Industrial Hemp, however federal regulations concerning industrial hemp CBD is unfortunately holding investment back.

We wanted you to be aware that Alberta HUB has sent the attached letter and supporting documents to our Member of Parliament, Lakeland, Ms. Shannon Stubbs for her assistance on addressing this issue.

Please let me know if your department has any questions or comments regarding this information.

Thank you again for your time on this correspondence.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


“Thank you Smoky Lake and your business owners!”

posted August 7, 2019

We will let the letter speak for itself:

To: Smoky Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Town Council 

Our family was recently coming back from a long distance camping vacation and our alternator failed during our drive back. We were just able to make it to Smoky Lake as our battery died. Distressed, we called AMA and they connected us with the local tow truck company, Shane’s Towing. Shane’s gave us our options and even offered to give us the phone number for the Smoky Lake NAPA so we could call and see if the owner would come and let us buy an alternator or battery after hours as the store had closed for the night, but it would allow us to replace the alternator or battery on our own and continue on our way. We did not call him, but were very surprised that it was even an option!  I am sure the NAPA business owner had told Shane’s he could always offer such contact information in difficult situations and I think that is a truly generous standing offer from the NAPA owner. So, thank you to both of those businesses for your efforts in that regard.

We decided to stay overnight and take our chances with a local garage the next day. A friend of mine, who has visited Smoky Lake before but never lived there, suggested we call Rudie’s Garage as he said Rudy is reliable. Like many people in a vulnerable position, and when you don’t really know anyone, you expect the worst. We called Rudie’s and hoped they would squeeze us in, which they said they could do. Normally, it takes days to get into a garage so we were immediately impressed with Rudie’s offering to fit us in to their work flow for the day, and in the morning too! That on its own is worthy of a big thank you to them as we have young kids and having to wait around all day would have been quite difficult.  

Happy to even have our truck looked at we then fully expected a whopper of a bill to replace the alternator as we would pay dearly for such rush services in Sherwood Park.  However, Rudie’s had the alternator replaced extremely quickly and charged us a fee that was unbelievably reasonable. He could have easily taken us for a big $$ ride and charged us a fortune as an out of towner, as “who cares about non-locals, they never come back.” We would have paid whatever he charged too as we were desperate. But, he did not.

Most of the time you probably only hear bad news stories about businesses as people don’t often share good news stories.  But, we could not just let this story fade into the sunset (like we did the next day, lol) and felt we had to share this very positive story about Smoky Lake and its businesses, particularly Rudie’s Garage, hence this email.  

So, a special thank you to Rudy (and his son and grandson who actually did the work) for everything they did for us that day to get us back home safe and sound, and with a much fuller wallet than we ever expected!

We are happy to let you post or share this email or story (take out our email address through please) wherever it is you post such good news stories about Smoky Lake businesses and your wonderful community as everyone we dealt with while we were there, such as the Smoky Lake Esso employees and Super 8 hotel, were very helpful and accommodating. 

Signed,
K & N from Sherwood Park


Chamber Announces to Local Businesses a newly minted Coin…

posted August 1, 2019

…which will be distributed to participants in Chamber activities over the year, which they can use to make purchases at our local businesses. Please read the attached announcement letter for complete information.


July Newsletter

The double sided document is prepared on a monthly basis by Chamber members and can be printed on 11X17, 8.5X14 or 8.5X11 paper on most standard colour printers

Click here for PDF Document


Travel Lakeland (ALDMO) Publishes It’s First online newsletter

posted July 30 2019

This will be available by email to those who register on their Website. Here is a link to a PDF of the newsletter


Alberta HUB Open Farm days participants

posted July 30 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to who is participating in Open Farm Days August 17 and 18th, in the Alberta HUB region.

Excerpts:

Open Farm Days is excited to announce there will be 16 Lakeland area farms participating in the annual event.

The farm/food connection – that is what Alberta Open Farm Days is all about and this year many new hosts are taking up the opportunity to invite you to visit Aug. 17 and 18th.

This event sees farmers and ranchers invite their urban and rural neighbors to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about growing and producing the foods we eat. As well, some of Alberta’s restaurants and breweries are joining in the fun.

Farm Days Hosts are in and around Smoky Lake, Lac La Biche, St. Paul and Bonnyville. Each with their own tour, demonstrations or something special to taste.

Please click this link for the details………….

https://lakelandconnect.net/2019/07/30/16-lakeland-area-farms-to-participate-in-alberta-open-farm-days/

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB Canadian Rockies Hemp tours

posted July 30 2019

Please be advised that Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporation with be holding 4 hemp crop tours.

3 for farmers and 1 for industry. These tours will be at one of their local farmer hemp fields and will run for approximately 60 – 90 minutes.

Crop tours for farmers August 6, 10AM & 2PM / August 8, 10am Crop tours for Industry August 8, 2pm

Registration is required and space is limited. Please click this link for the details……………..

https://canadianrockieshemp.com/2019-hemp-crop-tours/

If you have any questions please email them to…….   info@canadianrockieshemp.com

Please forward on to those you feel will find this of value.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB  Article Canada backs Telesat in internet space race with $600-million deal | Calgary Herald

posted July 26 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the latest on the Federal Governments attempt to solve the “Rural Internet Issue”.

Excerpts:

  • Canadian satellite company Telesat landed $85 million from the federal government to help it launch a constellation of hundreds of satellites that aims to provide faster internet to rural and remote locations, including the North.
  • The Government of Canada also committed to spending $600 million over 10 years to buy broadband internet capacity from Telesat’s low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites once they are in space, it announced at a joint news conference with Telesat on Wednesday in Ottawa.
  • So far, Telesat, which was a Crown corporation until 1998, has launched one of the planned 298 LEO satellites in the constellation. It expects to generate $1.2 billion in revenue from the project over the next decade by selling half the internet capacity to the government and the rest to telecommunications service providers……………….

Please click this link for the complete article…………….. https://business.financialpost.com/telecom/canada-backs-telesat-in-internet-space-race-with-600-million-deal

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   AFSC Financing survey

posted July 26 2019

Further to the discussion that took place at the Alberta HUB meeting on the 23rd concerning financing in rural, AFSC is conducting lending market assessment. Part of this process will include a series of input advisory sessions.
One of those sessions will be happening in Vermilion, August 21.

Please click this link for the details and registration……………
https://afsc.ca/news/afsc-to-conduct-lending-market-assessment-survey/

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


News Release: Smoky Lake Region announces new CEDO

posted July 19, 2019

Smoky Lake’s Regional Economic Development Committee (RCDC) has announced the appointment of Michelle Wright as the new Community Economic Development Officer (CEDO). The RCDC is a community and economic development committee composed of councillors and members-at-large from Smoky Lake County, the Town of Smoky Lake and the Villages of Waskatenau and Vilna. “One of the major roles of the RCDC is to promote the development of a diversified economic base in the Smoky Lake Region,” said Craig Lukinuk, Reeve of Smoky Lake County and Chair of the RCDC. “We look forward to having Michelle Wright on our team and working with our community of communities to these ends.”

The RCDC has had a long and varied history in the Smoky Lake region dating back more than 20 years (including having other names like the Economic Development and Tourism Steering Committee, and Joint Economic Development Initiative).  While economic development has been its main focus, it has also delved into community development needs such as recreation and doctor recruitment.  Lukinuk added, “There is much ground to cover in diversifying our economy and setting up our community for success.  I know that both Ms. Wright and the RCDC look forward to working with our community’s stakeholder groups and citizens to develop strategies to realize our true potential.”

Ms. Wright brings 30 years of industry expertise, as well as a vast experience in stakeholder engagement and project management, as well as knowledge of environmental and regulatory workings of industry and government to the role of CEDO.  “The RCDC is excited about the skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm that Ms. Wright brings to our work.  We welcome her on board”, concluded Lukinuk.

For more information, contact:

Craig Lukinuk, Chair, RCDC         780-656-5449           clukinuk@smokylakecounty.ab.ca

Michelle Wright, CEDO                   780-656-5398           cedo@smokylakeregion.ca


Article  Alberta government wants federal compensation for rural Internet program | Edmonton Journal

posted July 15, 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the above mentioned subject.

Excerpts:

  • The federal government recently unveiled a new Broadband Fund initiative, and Glubish wants Ottawa to consider Alberta for a chunk of that money as a kind of back-payment for SuperNet.
  • “This is too big of a cost and too big of a project to do as a provincial government on our own,” Glubish said.
  • His department is also in the midst of getting the most up-to-date information to map high-speed infrastructure. The problem is that’s proprietary information, but Glubish is hoping good relationships with Internet providers will help.

Please click this link for the complete article…. https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/rural-internet

This link that is referred to in the article provides information concerning the funding the CRTC is expected to release this fall……….

Excerpts:

The main component of the Broadband Fund will provide funding for projects in all areas except in satellite-dependent communities and covers all broadband technologies, including direct-to-home (DTH) satellites.Footnote 2 For this component, the Commission will consider applications to build or upgrade access and/or transport infrastructure for fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet access services. For the other component (referred to hereafter as the satellite component), the Commission will consider projects to increase satellite transport capacity, infrastructure projects, and some operational costs in satellite-dependent communities.

Please click this link for the CRTC funding information…..  https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-377.htm

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


OLD FASHION BREAD BAKERY CONTEST

posted July 12, 2019

The Sweetest Bakery in Canada contest is on! Support our local bakery by texting “SBC5066” to 393939 or online at  sweetestbakeryincanada.com
Vote everyday on all your devices!


How Alberta is poised to become a hub of the hemp industry – techlifetoday

posted June 12, 2019

One note: in the title they have “Alberta” and “HUB”, its unfortunate they didn’t write it as “Alberta HUB”.

Excerpts:

  • After languishing for decades under restrictive rules, hemp could be a boon to Alberta farmers – including those feeling the sting of China’s ban on Canadian canola or diseases such as clubroot. Canadian hemp is sold as seeds for food to markets in the United States and Asia, and interest is surging for health products. That, coupled with the plant fibre’s versatility for manufacturing, has some predicting the export market could balloon from $140 million in sales this year to $1 billion within five years – with Alberta as a potential “hemp hub.”
  • “There’s no other crop on the Prairies that every single bit of the plant can be used, can be sold for money and something good can be derived from it,” he says.
  • That’s why InnoTech’s pilot fibre processing plant in Vegreville was built and remains “the only one of its kind in the world,” Slaski says.
  • “Because of our program, Alberta right now is the hub of the industry,” he says. “We have an opportunity to be the North American hub for fibre-related processing and manufacturing.”
  • This past spring, Canadian Rockies Hemp announced construction on a 40,000-square-foot hemp processing facility in Bruderheim, about 60 kilometres northeast of Edmonton. It’s a much larger, more advanced version of InnoTech’s pilot plant, capable of producing hemp fibre, hurds, screenings (pellets made from hemp dust) and CBD for manufacturers to produce everything from fibreglass to beauty products to textiles. It will be able to process up to 20,000 hectares of hemp – more than half of last year’s crop for the entire country.

For the complete write-up please click this link…………..

https://www.techlifetoday.ca/articles/2019/alberta-poised-to-become-a-hemp-hub

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Tourism Article 4 authentic ways to experience Indigenous culture in the Canadian Prairies

posted May 29, 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the about mentioned subject. One of the experiences that is highlighted is in the Alberta HUB region………….

Excerpts:

  • According to the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC), Indigenous tourism in Canada contributed $1.8 billion to the annual GDP in 2017. It’s clear that visitors are craving authentic Indigenous-led experiences.
  • Drive about an hour and a half northeast of Edmonton and you’ll find yourself deep in Ukrainian country. That much is clear from the hillside Orthodox church and the freezer bags of homemade pierogis for sale at the Smoky Lake Bakery.

              But well before the Eastern Europeans arrived, this area of Alberta was home to the Métis. 

  • Métis Crossing, a 512-acre site located along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, celebrates this history. Every summer Friday at the historic site, you can paddle back in time by canoeing along a historic fur trade route in an authentic Voyageur canoe. Over four immersive hours, you’ll learn more about Métis history and culture. Want more time in the past? Overnight camping is available in Métis trappers’ tents.

For the complete article please click this link…………….. https://edmontonjournal.com/travel/4-authentic-ways-to-experience-indigenous-culture-in-the-canadian-prairies

Aboriginal Tourism is very important to the Alberta HUB region attracting visitors worldwide.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell


Alberta HUB Congratulations  Pimee Well Servicing wins national economic development corporation of the year award

posted May 16, 2019

On behalf of the Alberta HUB membership I would like to congratulate Pimee Well Servicing LP for being the recipient of the 2019 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation of the Year Award presented by The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada.

Pimee Well Servicing is a great illustration of an innovative, progressive and visionary company that provides employment and supports Quality of Life programs for their communities.

Alberta HUB recognizes that our region is part of the traditional Treaty Six territory and the Homeland of the Metis People.

In the spirit of reconciliation, we recognize the traditional territories within which our communities and the Alberta HUB region is located.

Sincerely,

Soren Odegard
Chair  Northeast Alberta Information HUB

Please click this link for an article speaking to this recognition …..  https://wp.me/p6lNzj-cwP

Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB Annual General Meeting   Save the Date

Please save the date of Thursday, June 27 for the 2019 Alberta HUB AGM.

posted April 24, 2019

It is an evening meeting beginning at 5:30pm at the Portage College Campus, event center in St. Paul.

Alberta HUB is very pleased to announce that Angus Watt Managing Director of National Bank Financial and
CEO & Partner of Angus Watt Advisory Group will be the keynote speaker,  “Alberta’s Recovery”.

Please confirm your attendance by replying to this email.

Additional details will be provided closer to the date of the AGM
Any questions or comments please let me know.
Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    CN Rail and Wapahki Energy – First Nations and the Rail Industry are putting real environmental action, economic development

posted March 13, 2019

Further to the proposed “CanaPaux” project with CN Rail and Wapahki Energy (Heart Lake First Nation)

Below is a link to an article that provides additional information.

Excerpts:

  • CanaPux is a polymer-mixed solidified bitumen product, that is encased in polymer and is an environmentally secure way of transporting bitumen or heavy crude.
  • “We didn’t want to contribute to the world’s plastic problem, we wanted to bring a solution to the world’s plastics problem. We thought of building a massive plastics recycling facility in northern Alberta in the County of Lac La Biche. In building the world’s largest plastics recycling facility, we would be creating two hundred and fifty jobs. We would be taking most of the low density polyethylene from Western Canada to begin with and then accept supply from the rest of Canada as we grow. This is a waste solution for plastics. For every 10,000 barrels of Canapux we produce a day, we would be diverting from the landfill, plastics with the equivalent of 125,000 tonnes of GHG emissions a year.” states Jeff Paquin, CEO Wapahki Energy

Please click this link for the entire article…………..
https://energynow.ca/2019/03/cn-rail-and-wapahki-energy-first-nations-and-the-rail-industry-are-putting-real-environmental-action-economic-development-and-the-canadian-petroleum-industry-together/

Please note that it is safe to say there is no “large market” for recycled plastics (all types) at the present time. This project should it be successful will create a enormous demand and it would be located in the Alberta HUB region. My understanding is that the Ag plastic waste of grain/silage bags meet the type of plastic required.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    Rural broadband isn’t a luxury’: Alberta internet strategy set for fall – Edmonton Journal

posted March 3, 2019

Below is an article that speaks to the above mentioned subject…………

Excerpts:

  • If he were a betting man, the minister in charge of Alberta’s rural broadband network strategy reckons you’ll see a plan in the fall.
  • The broadband strategy is one of her major expectations for the new minister, and Malkinson told Postmedia he wants to see high-speed internet for rural Alberta “sooner, rather than later.”
  • The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently declared that well-developed broadband infrastructure is essential for Canadians to participate in the digital economy.

Please click this link for the (short) article…………
https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/rural-broadband-isnt-a-luxury-alberta-internet-strategy-set-for-fall

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB  Husky Energy warns production could stay shut-in after curtailment ends – Calgary Herald

posted February 28, 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the above mentioned subject.

Excerpts:

  • Canadian oil refiners continued a frontal assault on Alberta’s program to restrict oil production, with Husky Energy brass warning thousands of barrels of its own curtailed output likely won’t come back on line once the plan ends.
  • Husky CEO Rob Peabody insists the province’s initiative is having other unintended consequences, such as driving away foreign interest from the Canadian oilpatch.
  • For example, Husky is reducing conventional output from its cold heavy oil production with sand (CHOPS) operations in the Lloydminster area by up to 8,000 barrels per day.

https://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/varcoe-husky-energy-warns-production-could-stay-shut-in-after-curtailment-ends

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell


Alberta HUB    Devon Energy — with up to $9 billion in assets — is getting out of Canada’s oilsands | Calgary Herald

posted February 21, 2019

Below is a link to an article on the above mentioned subject.

Excerpts:

  • U.S. oil company will either sell its Canadian assets or create new company to own and operate them
  • Devon owns the Jackfish steam-driven oilsands complex, which opened in 2007 and has grown through three identical phases to a capacity of 105,000 barrels per day of bitumen (although it has produced as much as 128,000 bpd in the past).
  • It also owns conventional heavy oil wells near Lloydminster, Alta., that produce more than 15,000 bpd.
  • The most likely purchasers are large Canadian oilsands companies led by Imperial Oil Ltd., but possibly others including Canadian Natural, Husky Energy Inc. and Suncor Energy Inc., he said.

https://calgaryherald.com/commodities/energy/u-s-based-devon-energy-says-it-intends-to-exit-canadian-oilsands-sector/wcm/070a25ce-468e-46a1-8128-9142a707e03b

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell


Alberta HUB     Recycling Project Alberta Agricultural Plastics Newsletter

posted February 15, 2019

As most of you are aware the GOA recently announced the following project:

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has announced a three-year pilot program to help address the issue of recycling agricultural plastic waste. The Alberta Beef Producers will use the $750,000 grant to coordinate the recycling program on behalf of the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group.

The pilot program is aimed at:

  • recycling grain bags and twine.
  • researching markets for other agricultural plastics ‎not included in the pilot program.
  • conducting a waste characterization study to determine agricultural plastic volumes.
  • surveying producers to get feedback.
  • educating producers on the program and how to recycle their plastics.

Also In response to the large amount of interest in the program, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry announced an additional $250,000 in funding on February 6, 2019, bringing the total to $1 million for the pilot program. These funds will allow for additional collection sites to be included in the pilot program.

Please see the attached newsletter from Alberta Plastics Recycling Group Newsletter for additional information. Alberta HUB has contacted APRG as this presents an opportunity to develop not only “collection sites” but possibility move forward to “build” a recycled plastics Processing facility and value added manufacturing in the Alberta HUB region. There is a little bit of work and coordination in this opportunity and I look forward to any comments or questions you may have.

Further updates to come…………………..

Take care

Bob Bezpalko

Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    The latest on the regional oil industry Article

posted February 14, 2019

The Latest regarding the oil industry in the Alberta HUB region.

Excerpt:

Husky Energy is shutting-in hundreds of oil wells in the Lakeland region and curtailing some production in the traditional heavy oil corridor from Cold Lake to Lloydminster to meet the province’s oil curtailment quota, the producer said on Tuesday.

https://lakelandconnect.net/2019/02/12/husky-shutting-in-hundreds-of-oil-wells-in-lakeland-to-meet-provinces-curtailments-the-producer-says/

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    The latest on the regional oil industry Article

posted January 25, 2019

Sorry folks not the best way to start the weekend……………………..

Province’s oil curtailments means layoffs and no crude production from CNRL through ECHO pipeline

Excerpts:

  • Unless the Government of Alberta changes its mind in the next week, their change in the oil curtailment formula will lead to layoffs and no oil production from CNRL in the Lakeland starting Feb. 1.
  • It is estimated that anywhere from 500-1000 workers could be out of work in the Lakeland area if the curtailment formula is not changed back.
  • A letter sent from CNRL to service providers on Jan. 22 warns that changes in the original curtailment formula for February means that the ECHO pipeline, the main way of transporting crude out of Bonnyville, Elk Point, Lloydminster, will be shut-in for the area.

Please click this link for the rest of the story……. https://lakelandconnect.net/2019/01/25/provinces-oil-curtailments-means-major-layoffs-and-no-crude-production-from-cnrl-through-echo-pipeline/

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   CN Rail, First Nation plan to break ground on new ‘bitumen puck’ facility this year

posted January 20, 2019

CN Rail, First Nation plan to break ground on new ‘bitumen puck’ facility this year

$50M facility designed to export bitumen without the risk of an oil spill

Kyle Bakx · CBC News · Posted: Jan 17, 2019 5:45 PM ET | Last Updated: 24 minutes ago

Easy to transport, CanaPux are about 7 cm wide, 7 cm long and 5 cm deep. (Kyle Bakx/CBC)

CN Rail and an Alberta First Nation want to start construction on a new facility to produce bitumen pucks this year and begin shipping the product around the world before the end of 2020.

As a puck made of oilsands bitumen was tossed into the air, railway executive James Auld joked, “we almost had an oil spill there.” Auld and other officials were upbeat as they gave their first public presentation on the pucks — a solid product similar to coal that can float in water. CN Rail and an Alberta First Nation want to start building a new facility to produce bitumen pucks this year and begin shipping the product around the world before the end of 2020.

They made the announcement following their presentation at the Indian Resource Council conference in Calgary on Thursday. Bitumen pucks are the common term for CanaPux, which have been developed by the railway company and Wapahki Energy, a business owned by Heart Lake First Nation. The community is located about 300 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

The pucks resemble a single-serving yogurt container and are about the size of a bar of soap. Bitumen is converted into a solid product and sealed in plastic. The pucks are designed to be transported in regular container cars by train and loaded onto cargo ships at under utilized coal terminals on the West Coast.

Could increase profit by $15 per barrel

If the technology is successful, the oil industry would be able to sell bitumen close to world oil prices without the use of pipelines or oil tankers. Oil producers could earn an additional $15 per barrel of oil on average using CanaPux because of the ability to reach foreign markets and the cost savings of not having to use diluent, a fluid required to move bitumen in pipelines, according to Alfred Fisher with Sproule, an energy consultancy firm involved in the project.

Project proponents are currently working with the oil industry and regulators before they build their pilot facility, which would process up to 10,000 barrels of bitumen and about 275 tonnes of plastic per day.

“The facilities are expandable and scaleable. This is our pilot project. We designed it that size because it makes commercial sense and it’s economic,” said Fisher. “At the same time, we still have to learn. We built it small enough that we can learn. If we have a problem, it’s not that big of a deal.”

Part of the reason we want it to float is that it would be easy to clean up.– Jeff Paquin, chief executive of Wapahki Energy

The pilot facility will cost $50 million to build. CN Rail and Wapahki are each contributing $16.7 million with the remaining funds expected to come from government or a private investor.

The pucks would be produced using recycled plastics made from low-density materials such as plastic bags.

“Part of the reason we want it to float is that it would be easy to clean up,” said Jeff Paquin, chief executive of Wapahki Energy.

The pucks would be processed at foreign refineries by heating the product to 130 C to separate the bitumen and plastic.

The Heart Lake First Nation is located near several oilsands facilities. CanaPux have been in development since early 2016.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/cn-rail-canapux-1.4982153


Alberta HUB    Article  Parkland County Ec/dev

posted January 15, 2019

Further to Alberta HUB’s  pillar of Community Capacity Building I hope you find this article of value…………….

I took the liberty of sending along this link to an article about Parkland County that I feel sums up what I believe is the upmost importance regarding (Local/Regional) economic development.

https://www-sprucegroveexaminer-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.sprucegroveexaminer.com/news/local-news/parkland-county-looks-to-expand-its-business-platform/wcm/339c3985-63d2-48c8-9f8f-0642ed2d6ea4/amp

Take Care,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   “Internet   for Business

posted January 9, 2019

Should someone ask about the need for reliable and affordable internet with the appropriate capacity for rural Alberta businesses please send them this article………………….

Excerpts:

To run her small-town business, animal trainer Colleen McCarvill needs a reliable internet connection.

But for two-and-a-half weeks, starting just before Christmas, she had no wireless connectivity on her acreage outside Onoway, Alta.

“You are so reliant,” said McCarvill, who moved to the area three years ago. “I would have never lived here had I known that I would be this incapable of running (a business).

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/onoway-internet-telus-broadband-alberta-1.4970381

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   Feds to move military aircraft testing from Alberta to Ottawa, but Cold Lake politicians say they’re in the dark – National Post

posted December 8, 2018

First it was the Case Processing Center in Vegreville now its…….

Feds to move military aircraft testing from Alberta to Ottawa, but Cold Lake politicians say they’re in the dark.

Excerpts:

  • The federal government will create a new centre of excellence in Ottawa to support aircraft testing, but it will come at the cost of relocating staff and shutting down existing military facilities in Alberta.
  • The move affects the Canadian military’s Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, or AETE, which has been at Cold Lake, Alta. Since 1971.
  • David Yurdiga, the Conservative MP for the area, said he’d heard about the move on Monday when it was raised at the House Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts. DND officials briefing the committee said there had been consultation about the move with local politicians. “It’s totally not true,” said Yurdiga.

Please click this link for the complete article……………

https://nationalpost.com/news/so-many-unanswered-questions-feds-to-move-military-aircraft-testing-from-alberta-to-ottawa-but-locals-say-theyre-in-the-dark

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   CRTC  Broadband coverage updated map

posted December 8, 2018

Thanks going out to Soren Odegard (RMA) for sending along this information that I hope you find of value.

Updated Broadband Coverage Map Available

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has released an updated map indicating areas of Canada served and not served by 50 Mbps download/10Mbps upload speeds, which have been set as the universal broadband service objective across Canada…
Learn more…

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB     Bill C-69 is the antithesis of what the regulatory reform effort hopes to achieve – The Globe and Mail

posted December 8, 2018

A request has been made by industry in the Alberta HUB region for communities to review the Federal Bill C-69 that has been passed in the House and now sits with the senate.  Industry is asking for communities to inform the federal government to “pause” on passing this bill as is.

It is very important to understand the request being made is to “pause” the passing of this bill not kill it.

Please know that the City of Cold Lake and the town of Bonnyville have written letters to the Federal Government on this issue.

I have attached a copy of the press release from Cold Lake for your review.

To add more context below is a link to a globe and mail article written by Martha Hall Findlay who is the president and CEO of the Canada West Foundation.

The Canada West Foundation is a pan-western non-partisan think tank based in Calgary, Alberta. It primarily conducts research on issues of concern in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, but all also on issues of national significance.

The foundation emphasizes it has an evidence-based, non-partisan approach to research.

The foundation focuses on research and convening stakeholders to improve the prosperity, sustainability and quality of life for the citizens of Canada’s four western provinces, and to educate Canadians on western Canadian contributions and aspirations.

Excerpt:

We applaud the intentions of Bill C-69. But it is a massive undertaking, drafted before the excellent work of the federally appointed Economic Strategy Tables, so without any of that input. It was drafted before this new, excellent regulatory reform initiative. Yet, it will fundamentally affect a major part of Canada’s regulatory environment, with potentially dire economic consequences in terms of investment certainty and competitiveness for the entire country. It is the antithesis of what this regulatory reform effort hopes to achieve. Bill C-69 should be put on hold, be reconsidered and redrafted, after this government’s own regulatory reform effort.

Please click this link for the entire article…….

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-bill-c-69-is-the-antithesis-of-what-the-regulatory-reform-effort-hopes/

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   ATB Financial   Oil Industry  economy prediction

posted November 26, 2018

ATB Financial is warning Albertans to brace for more layoffs next year, and possibly another recession. Chief Economist Todd Hirsch says

the recent collapse in Canadian crude prices is not yet reflected in government data, but could eventually result in substantial damage to the national economy.

 Please click this link for the article………..

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadian-oil-patch-could-see-layoffs-in-early-2019-atb-economist-1.1170499

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   Office of Auditor General – Report on Rural and Remote Connectivity

posted November 26, 2018

The Auditor General released its report on Rural and Remote Connectivity:

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201811_01_e_43199.html

Key findings:

1) National broadband strategy

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada did not have a plan to bring high-quality Internet services to Canadians in rural and remote areas

2) Connectivity funding

The Connect to Innovate program did not ensure maximum benefits from public money spent

3) Radio frequency spectrum management

Small Internet service providers struggled to acquire high-quality spectrum in rural and remote areas

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    Rural Internet article

posted November 18, 2018

Further to the need of getting higher internet speeds here is a link to an article that quotes Al Kemmere, president of Rural Municipalities of Alberta.

With the RMA convention happening this week I hope this will be discussed and a strong message is sent to all levels of Government………

Excerpts:

  • The CRTC has cut its rural internet speed targets in half — calling it ‘a significant first step’
  • It’s an issue that big-city bureaucrats can’t seem to wrap their heads around — an internet connection spread so thin that it’s nearly unusable during peak hours.
  • But in rural Alberta, it’s an all-too-common problem.

Please click this link for the article……. (here is hoping your internet speed is sufficient)

https://www.albertafarmexpress.ca/2018/11/05/fast-internet-an-urban-reality-but-a-rural-myth/?utm_source=GFM+Publications&utm_campaign=3ce235f284-Country+Guide+West+Weekend+Stories+Oct+11%2C+2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2da8244677-3ce235f284-88437769

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    Alberta’s billion-dollar rural internet contracts need reboot, says auditor general | Edmonton Journal

posted November 08, 2018

I have taken the liberty of forwarding a link to an article that speaks to the Super Net.

Excerpts:

  • The province needs to reboot its contracts to operate the $1-billion SuperNet that provides internet in rural areas, says Alberta’s auditor general. SuperNet, which serves 429 communities across the province, costs about $40 million per year to operate and an additional $16 million in annual maintenance.
  • The high-speed internet service, which was first announced in 2001 and completed in 2005, connects to schools, hospitals, libraries and government offices. Since its launch, the service hasn’t been monitored effectively, said auditor general Doug Wylie Wednesday.
  • His report found that the province extended SuperNet contracts until 2018 despite known deficiencies.

“Albertans have paid for three more years of a contract that the department assessed was not meeting desired results,” the report said.

For the article please click this link………
https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/albertas-new-auditor-general-to-table-first-report

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   Competition Bureau  Broadband survey

posted November 07, 2018

As you aware broadband is high on the priority list for the Alberta HUB region. This has become a critical issue in order for our communities to Grow. This effects business growth, education, healthcare as well as attracting investment. To that end………………….  

In May 2018, the Competition Bureau launched a market study to look into consumer habits in purchasing internet services, with the goal of better understanding the competitive dynamics within the Canadian broadband sector. The study will explore whether there are ways to foster more competition in this sector, which could lead to more choices and lower prices.

 http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04361.html

 Please forward this on to those you feel will find it of value.  Filling our this survey is very important to get our message across.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


RCDC “Alberta & the Environment:  A Closer Look”

posted October 26, 2018

Hi RCDC Team,

As per recommendation from the latest RCDC Meeting, we are sharing the presentation from Vivian Krause to the Caucus from Northern Alberta Mayors and Reeves.  File size is 10mb, FYI.  Please find a link to download/view here: “Alberta & the Environment:  A Closer Look”  https://www.dropbox.com/s/t22rr5xb9c2x306/Vivian%20Krause%20Presentation%20NAMRC.pdf?dl=0

Have a great day!

Shaun

Shaun Green
Smoky Lake Region – Economic Development
(c) 780.271.1111


Alberta HUB    Edmonton region faces ‘tipping point’ on agriculture; beef, poultry operations pulling out | Edmonton Journal

posted August 16, 2018

I took the liberty of forwarding a link to an article that I hope you find of value. Agriculture is a economic driver for the Alberta HUB region and This trend might present some opportunities……………

Excerpts:

Livestock operators are pulling out of the Edmonton area and large-scale grain farmers are planning their exit strategy, regional leaders heard Thursday.

 Agriculture here can have a bright future but needs certainty, said Bouma. It requires large, attached parcels of land where food can be produced. That’s being threatened and fragmented, he said, which in turn threatens thousands of jobs in Edmonton’s $3.7-billion food processing sector.

Please click this link for the complete article……………..

https://edmontonjournal.com/business/local-business/edmonton-region-faces-tipping-point-on-agriculture-beef-poultry-operations-pulling-out

 Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB  / 6.4 million by 2046: Alberta releases guardedly optimistic pop. projection | Edmonton Journal

posted July 14, 2018

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the above mentioned subject.

Excerpts:

Alberta will become more urban, more diverse and more grey as it grows to 6.4 million people by 2046- as it adds 2.1 million people over the next three decades, according to the Alberta government’s latest population projections Please see attached document……………………  

The projections factor in low, medium and high rates of economic growth. Under the most pessimistic economic forecast, Alberta will have 5.7 million people by 2046. The most optimistic calls for 7.6 million people.  

“As recently as a decade ago we had more than six working-age people per person over the age of 65,” he said. “Today it’s closer to five. By the end of (the province’s) projection period we’ll be closer to three. We’re really seeing a big drop in the number of – effectively – tax paying individuals per elderly individuals.”

That has huge implications for health-care costs, he said.  

Please click this link for the complete article………………..

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/alberta-will-become-more-urban-more-diverse-and-more-grey-as-it-grows-to-6-4-million-people-by-2046

I hope you find this information of value as it plays an important role in planning as well as strategies to attracting/keeping the younger demographic.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell


Alberta HUB  / ‘Trifecta of opportunity within one plant’: Prairie hemp farmers could win big with new cannabis rules | Financial Post

posted July 14, 2018

Below is a link to an article on the above mentioned subject………….

Excerpts:

The updated industrial hemp regulations, released this week alongside Health Canada’s recreational cannabis rules, will allow hemp growers to harvest the flowers and leaves from their crop for non-psychoactive compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD).

“Whole plant”

 harvest could generate up to $10 billion in economic activity over the next 10 years, the government estimates, as the market for CBD – seen as a potential input for medical products, supplements and beauty products – continues to grow.  

Please click this link for the complete article……………….  

https://business.financialpost.com/cannabis/trifecta-of-opportunity-within-one-plant-prairie-hemp-farmers-could-win-big-with-new-cannabis-rules  

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell


Alberta HUB Article / Action urged to improve rural internet service

posted July 14, 2018

I have taken the liberty of forwarding (another) article on the value and importance of rural connectivity.

Excerpts:

“It is about the absolute survival of these communities. They will get left behind if they don’t have connectivity,” said Jordan Young, chief executive officer for CCI Wireless, a Calgary based co-operative that reaches 110,000 rural Alberta households and businesses. 

Young said many people who return to the farm after university are dismayed by the lack of access to wireless technology, which could play a role in their decision to leave later, he said in an interview.  

Lack of investment in rural and remote areas remains an obstacle to development, and Young pointed to the difficulties in getting companies to invest.  

“For rural communities to survive and for us to be able keep our people in rural communities or to attract business or balance our tax base and support our agriculture industry, we need to have a similar service as far as broadband activity goes as what they get in the more populated areas,” said Al Kemmere, chair of the RMA.  

“In order for our agriculture operators to remain competitive in the long run, they need to have a larger level of service……………………………….  

Please click this link for the complete article…………………. https://www.producer.com/2018/05/action-urged-to-improve-rural-internet-service/

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell


Alberta HUB Information / Update the Super Net on the Axia’s SuperNet Letter

posted June 23, 2018

As we approach the date for the expiry of the Super NET contract and the decision moving forward,  above (click here) is a letter that AXIA has been circulating.   Below is the response from the Government of Alberta that has been forwarded……………………………

 Service Alberta has asked that we pass this information along to our stakeholders:

 Service Alberta is aware of the recent communications by Axia, and realize that this has raised concerns for the future of SuperNet in Alberta. We understand your concerns and this government is working to ensure that any risk of service disruption is mitigated.

 As you may be aware, the operating contract for SuperNet, currently with Axia SuperNet Ltd., is due to expire at the end of the month. In preparation for this, the Government of Alberta has been through an extensive procurement process, and is currently working to finalize a new contract for SuperNet. 

While we are not at liberty to disclose information at this time, we will provide additional details once the new contract is signed.  

We know how important connectivity, and the delivery of government services, is for Albertans. Throughout our planning for the new contract, we have worked hard to ensure continuity of SuperNet for schools, hospitals, libraries, indigenous offices, municipalities, government facilities, and service providers – both now and after the current contract expires.  

I look forward to sharing more information in the near future.  

Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation,

Holly  

Holly Saulou SuperNet | Provincial Telecommunications and Registries

SERVICE ALBERTA, GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA
Access Building | 3720 – 76 Avenue |  Edmonton, AB | T6B2N9
Phone: (780) 427-6332 | Mobile: (780) 446-7616 | Email: holly.saulou@gov.ab.ca

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB: Pipeline opposition largely funded by rich Americans

posted May 3, 2018

“I don’t think this information is new to us but I thought I would send this article along……………….

Excerpts:

  • In 2008, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Tides Foundation sponsored the Tar Sands Campaign to curtail Alberta oil. The 17-page strategy paper by Corporate Ethics International is still available. A decade later, its success is undeniable. Its agenda was to “Stop or limit the expansion of pipelines, up-graders and refineries,” cap oilsands development and isolate Albertan crude to Alberta has largely succeeded.
  • The foundations stuck to the plan. Tides gave $36 million to more than 100 organizations in Canada, the U.S. and Europe to campaign against oilsands development and the transportation of oil to refineries and ports. Likewise, the Hewlett Foundation has given $90 million to First Nations and environmental groups in British Columbia and the western U.S. to oppose oil and gas development. More than 60 groups also get behind-the-scenes and ghost-writing support from Net Change, a private American company funded to “support and amplify” the campaign.

For the complete article please click this…………………….

http://www.jwnenergy.com/article/2018/4/pipeline-opposition-largely-funded-rich-americans

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB:   Broadband/Connectivity – Are Any Small Towns Flourishing?

posted April 24, 2018

Not that we need more proof about internet services and the effect it has on the growth of our communities/region I have forwarded a link below that speaks to this subject. It is the results of a U.S. based study however it applies to us as well as the trends are virtually the same.

Some takeaways include:

  • The story is that the big cities have had almost all the economic gains of the last decade or so, while the economic life has been sucked out of small towns and rural areas.
  • When they live in remote rural areas, millennials are more likely to reside in a county that has better digital access.
  • In other words, in the nation’s “most rural” counties, the millennial population increased significantly when those counties had better broadband access 
  • This argument says digital economies will only deepen and accelerate the competitive advantage that cities have always had in modern times.
  • But other pundits and researchers argue that the digital age will result in “decentralization” and a more level playing field between urban and rural. Digital technologies are insensitive to location and distance and potentially offer workers a much greater range of opportunities than ever before.
  • In other words, in the nation’s “most rural” counties, the millennial population increased significantly when those counties had better broadband access.
  •  

To conclude, if you just look at overall numbers, our population seems to be behaving just like they did in the industrial age – moving to cities where jobs and people are concentrated. Rural areas that lag in broadband connectivity and digital literacy will continue to suffer from these old trends.

For the complete article please click this link, it is well worth the read…………………………..
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/any-small-towns-flourishing-norman-jacknis

Read more…

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Public Release of the North Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council’s Recommendations Document

posted March 22, 2018

“Dear friends,

The Government of Alberta is currently in the process of developing a Regional Plan for the North Saskatchewan Region of Alberta.  The plan will provide the policy integration, direction and clarity needed to help guide decisions that collectively reflect and support the needs and values of Albertans; it will help to achieve Alberta’s long-term economic, environmental, indigenous and social outcomes for the region.

Regional plans are a key element of the Land Use Framework (LUF), which was released in December 2008. The LUF establishes seven land-use regions and commits to the development of a regional plan for each. The next step in the planning process for the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan is the public release of the Recommendations Report from the North Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council.

Established in 2014, the Regional Advisory Council was comprised of individuals with a cross-section of knowledge, experience, and perspective in the region who were appointed to develop recommendations to government on how to address the region’s issues and challenges.  Advice from the RAC, in addition to feedback from the public and stakeholders, will guide development of the draft land use plan for this region.

You are invited to:

Read the North Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council’s Recommendations Document available at:

Recommendations Document

Provide your input in the online survey through May 4, 2018 at:

Online survey

The release of the draft regional plan will initiate another round of consultation to gather feedback before the plan is finalized.

We appreciate your input regarding Alberta’s regional plans. If you have any questions or comments please contact the Land Use Secretariat.

Land Use Secretariat
6th Floor, Forestry Building, 9920-108 St.
Edmonton AB T5K 2M4
Telephone:  780-644-7972/780-644-7973
Email: LUF@gov.ab.ca 

For more information regarding land-use regional planning in Alberta, visit LANDUSE.ALBERTA.CA.”


Alberta HUB   Funding Federal Low Carbon Economy Challenge   Provincial

posted March 22, 2018


Below are two links to funding opportunities concerning Clean growth and Climate Change

Federally “reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth”

Two Streams 1) Champions Stream (open)   2) Partnerships Stream (not open yet)

The $450 million Champions stream will provide funding to all eligible applicants (provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, businesses and not-for-profit organizations.) The Champions stream is now open for applications, with a deadline of May 14, 2018 Please click this link for the details……………….

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/low-carbon-economy-fund/challenge.html

Provincial funding………………

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) will use $54 million in funding from the Climate Leadership Plan to deliver multi-year programs for small-scale community generation, energy-efficiency upgrades for buildings, solar energy for schools and more.

$17.5 million for Community Infrastructure Greening, helping municipalities reduce greenhouse gas emissions by retrofitting existing municipal buildings such as community rinks, arenas, swimming pools, and more.

$16.5 million for Renewable Energy and Community Generation, supporting smaller-scale renewables projects in municipalities across the province.

Please click this link…………… https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=545787503593C-97B6-8F96-ABA4E6F9BF75B9DF

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   TransCanada Scholarship Program

posted March 21, 2018

At the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor Local to Global Forum last week TransCanada’s presentation highlighted its

Community Scholarship Program……………………

Over 350 scholarships are now available in four categories:

  • TransCanada Community Leaders Scholarship (Canada, U.S. and Mexico)
  • TransCanada Indigenous Legacy Scholarship (Canada, U.S. and Mexico)
  • TransCanada Trades Scholarship (Canada and U.S.)
  • TransCanada Women’s Scholarship (Mexico)

The application deadline is April 15, 2018 at 11:59:59 EST.

Please click these links for more information…..  https://www.transcanada.com/en/stories-container/community/2018-02-23-school-is-expensive/

https://www.tcscholarships.com/

Please forward on to those you feel will find this of value.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB – Big telcos set to hit many Canadians with internet price hikes – Business – CBC News

posted March 10, 2018

As you are aware Alberta HUB has been working on the “Broadband” issue and below is a link to An article that speaks to a upcoming development

 http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/internet-bell-rogers-telus-price-hike-1.4564644

 Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB  Alberta Economic Trends, February 2018 Issue

posted March 10, 2018

As the Alberta HUB region relies heavily on the oil/gas sector as an economic driver I have taken the liberty of forwarding this months economic trends taken from the Economic Outlook chapter of the 2017-18 Third Quarter Fiscal Update and Economic Statement released today by the Alberta Government. This month’s inFocus looks at pipeline bottlenecks and market access for oil sands production.

Pages 3 and 4 (4 page document) speaks to the pipeline bottlenecks and market access.

Excerpts:

  • Increased market access allows for low cost transportation to markets where heavy oil is fetching the highest price.
  • The TransMountain expansion would allow Alberta to sell into the Pacific market, where in January heavy oil sold for US$65/bbl, compared to US$43/bbl in Alberta. Keystone XL would increase access to the Gulf Coast, where in January heavy oil sold for US$59/bbl.
  • In 2016, Albertans paid $21.8 billion more in taxes to the federal government than they received in federal spending. Alberta accounts for 17% of federal tax revenues despite having just 11% of the population.
  • The Keystone XL pipeline is the largest of the three projects. It would carry 830,000 bpd of Alberta oil between Hardisty and Steele City, Nebraska where it would gain access to both the US Midwest and Gulf Coast.
  • The Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project would add 590,000 barrels of transportation capacity from Edmonton to Burnaby, BC and increase access to the West Coast and Pacific markets.

I hope you the attached document as valuable as I did.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB     Public safety focus of legal cannabis regulations | Alberta.ca

posted February 24, 2018

Below is a link to the above mentioned subject from the Government of Alberta………….

Excerpts:

Private cannabis retailers in Alberta will have a strict set of rules to follow, including mandatory background checks, when cannabis becomes legal this summer.

 The regulations outline who can own cannabis stores, where they can be located, rules for staff, safety and security requirements, and other operational details for private retailers. While the regulations will be established provincewide, municipalities will have the ability to adjust certain aspects to best suit their communities.

 Please click this link for additional details………………

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=524153753A11C-9D7B-EBBE-19AEA22BF00290FC

 Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell


Alberta HUB Oil Sands Community Alliance  Public Information Sessions Caribou Range Plans

posted February 08, 2018

The Alberta government has released a draft of its Caribou Range Plan. When the Range Plan is completed (estimated April 2018), it will be sent to the federal government to meet obligations for caribou recovery under the Species At Risk Act.

– The draft Range Plan may be found here: http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/wildlife-management/caribou-range-planning/

– Public Information Sessions on the draft Range Plan are occurring in late February and early March, as described here: https://talkaep.alberta.ca/caribou-range-planning

Cold lake February 27th

Cold Lake Public Information Session

Location:
Cold Lake Courtyard Marriot
Route 28 and Highway 897
Cold Lake, AB

Time:
3:00 to 8:00 PM

– CAPP and OSCA are carefully reviewing the draft range plan and has concerns with some of the proposed measures.

– We encourage stakeholders to attend the Public Information Sessions and tell the provincial government about the impacts of the plans on communities.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715 cell
www.albertahub.com
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Alberta HUB Vegreville Chamber Guest Column Federal decision CPC closure

posted February 05, 2018

Further to the Federal Government’s decision to move the Case Processing Center from Vegreville, below is a link to a very well written article

by Kathy Dmytriw, President of the Vegreville & District Chamber of Commerce.

It has been stated this is not a Vegreville issue it is a rural issue.

http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-vegreville-and-alberta-suffer-from-ottawas-indifference

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715 cell
www.albertahub.com
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Alberta HUB Alberta oil prices face further hit from transportation bottlenecks in 2018: report | Edmonton Journal,

posted January 12, 2018
Below is a link to an article that speaks to the latest on the price of oil……………………….
Excerpt:
Transportation bottlenecks are helping increase the spread between what Alberta oil producers receive and the benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price, according to a report by Deloitte.

For the short read please click this link………………………
http://edmontonjournal.com/business/energy/alberta-oil-prices-face-further-hit-from-transportation-bottlenecks-in-2018-report

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715 cell
www.albertahub.com
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Alberta HUB Survey of Rural Challenges 2017: What Small Town People See as Their Biggest Challenges and What Topics They Most Want Help With

posted December 30, 2017

Below is a link to an article/survey that speaks to the above mentioned subject. Although it is a result from the U.S. I believe it applies To us as well. I hope you find it as valuable as I did.
Excerpts:
When you ask small town people what challenges they want help with, the responses provide an interesting insight into rural areas today.

Top five concerns at the community-wide level were mostly the same in 2017 as 2015.
1) Downtown is dead
2) Losing young people
3) No one shops in town
4) Missing out on tourism opportunities
5) Need new residents

Please click this link for the complete article.
http://smallbizsurvival.com/2017/12/survey-rural-challenges-2017-small-town-people-see-biggest-challenges-topics-want-help.html

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715 cell
www.albertahub.com
Follow Alberta HUB Twitter @AlbertaHUB