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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
Follow AlbertaHUB Twitter @AlbertaHUB


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
Follow AlbertaHUB Twitter @AlbertaHUB


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………………………
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
Follow AlbertaHUB Twitter @AlbertaHUB


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