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Edmonton celebrates sixth annual Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day

August 17, 2018

Representatives from the Government of Canada, Province of Alberta, City of Edmonton and Chiefs from the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations joined together at Edmonton City Hall to commemorate the historic signing of Treaty No. 6.

“Today’s event is a great showcase of the dedication and commitment that all parties have to honouring the original spirit of Treaty No. 6,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “It’s a pleasure to be joined by our Treaty No. 6 First Nations partners to recognize the great history and culture of this land, and work together so that we may continue to flourish on Treaty No. 6 territory.”

This event acknowledges the historic signing of Treaty No. 6 between the Plains and Wood Cree people and the Crown on August 23, 1879 and also commemorates the signing of Treaty No. 6 by Cree, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux Chiefs at Edmonton, on August 21, 1877.

The Treaty No. 6 flag was ceremoniously raised at the City’s Community Flag Pole (north of City Hall) where it will fly for the next week. The flag is also permanently displayed inside City Hall as a lasting acknowledgement that Edmonton is on Treaty No. 6 territory. The City of Edmonton began celebrating Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day in 2013.

The event included a monument presentation, dancing and drumming provided by the River Cree Drum Group and ceremonial gift exchanges between the Government of Canada, Province of Alberta, City of Edmonton and the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations.

The art pieces exchanged as gift were the winning entries from the annual Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day Art Contest. “Peace & Happiness” by Aurora & Sacia-Priya Muskego of Cold Lake First Nations was the winner under the Youth category, and “Namwayut” by Tia Attfield of Lac La Biche in the Adult category. This year’s theme was “…as long as the sun shines, the waters flow, and the grass grows…”

For more information:

Media contact:
Francis Asuncion
Communications Advisor
Citizen Services


Commentary: Sympathy for whale mom Tahlequah not enough to save the orcas – Folio

August 16 2018

Federal emergency protection order needed to help conserve dwindling killer whale population in Pacific Northwest, argues environmental law expert.

Tahlequah, also known as J35, is one of 75 remaining southern resident killer whales that live in the Salish Sea off the coast of British Columbia and Washington state. For 17 days, Tahlequah carried the body of her dead calf on a 1,500-kilometre “tour of grief,” forgoing ordinary behaviours in favour of mourning the loss of her newborn.

Tahlequah’s tour of grief has captured international interest and has brought specific attention to the precarious future of the remaining southern residents. As Susan Casey pointedly observed in The New York Times, it is necessary to now turn this “shared sense of grief for this mother into an impetus to solve the problems plaguing the dwindling southern resident orca population.”

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Trans Mountain cleared by the NEB to build pipeline between Edmonton and north of Kamloops, B.C.

August 16, 2018 – Calgary – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) today released a condition compliance Letter Report that gives Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) NEB approval to start construction of its expansion project on Segments 1-4 (also referred to as Spreads), from the Edmonton Terminal to its Darfield Pump Station north of Kamloops in the B.C. Interior.

Letter Report No. 21, addresses a number of remaining pre-construction engineering conditions for the project. When considered in conjunction with Letter Report No. 20, released on August 3, 2018, which approved the Environmental Alignment Sheets and Resource-specific Mitigation Tables for Spreads 1-4, Trans Mountain has now met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for Spreads 1 through 4.

The NEB has also approved more than 96 per cent of the detailed route for those segments of the pipeline. Subject to other federal, provincial and municipal permits and regulations, the company can now begin construction in these segments of the pipeline, which includes clearing of the right of way.

Of the 50 detailed route hearings that were granted for Segments 1-4, 36 were withdrawn by the applicants. Thirteen hearings went before an NEB panel, 11 decisions have been released and one landowner withdrew after their hearing. Two active hearings remain for Segments 1 through 4 and no construction work related to these hearings is permitted while they are pending.

For the entire pipeline route, 72 per cent of the entire detailed route has now been approved. Hearings for the final segment – Segment 6 – are scheduled to begin in Chilliwack in October, 2018.

The NEB will continue to provide regulatory oversight throughout all stages of this project to protect the public and the environment. For more information on the NEB’s regulatory compliance work for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, please go to the NEB website.

Related Products

  • Letter Report No. 20 relating to the Pipeline Environmental Protection Plan and related plans [Filing A93378]
  • Letter Report No. 21 detailing the remaining pre-construction engineering conditions [Filing A93587]

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit the National Energy Board website.

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Chantal Macleod
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National Energy Board
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TransCanada Does Not Endorse Mini-Tender Offer by TRC Capital

CALGARY, Alberta , Aug. 16, 2018 – News Release — TransCanada Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TransCanada) has been notified of an unsolicited mini-tender offer by TRC Capital Corporation (TRC Capital) to purchase up to 2,500,000 common shares of TransCanada, representing approximately 0.28 per cent of TransCanada’s outstanding common shares at a price of CDN $55.35 per common share. TransCanada does not endorse this unsolicited mini-tender offer.

Shareholders are cautioned that the mini-tender offer has been made at a 4.32 per cent discount to the closing price of TransCanada’s common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange on August 14, 2018, the last trading day before the mini-tender offer was announced.

Any person considering tendering to the offer should consult his or her financial advisor.

TransCanada does not endorse TRC Capital’s unsolicited mini-tender offer and is not associated with TRC Capital, the mini-tender offer, or the offer documentation. TRC Capital has made similar unsolicited mini-tender offers for shares of other companies.

According to TRC Capital’s offer documents, TransCanada shareholders who have already tendered their shares may withdraw their shares at any time before 12:01 a.m. (EDT) on September 14, 2018, by following the procedures described in the offer documents.

With more than 65 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates one of the largest natural gas transmission networks that extends more than 91,900 kilometres (57,100 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is a leading provider of gas storage and related services with 653 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada currently owns or has interests in approximately 6,100 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America’s leading liquids pipeline systems that extends approximately 4,900 kilometres (3,000 miles), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit to learn more, or connect with us on social media.


Media Inquiries:
Grady Semmens
403.920.7859 or 800.608.7859

TransCanada Investor & Analyst Inquiries:
David Moneta / Duane Alexander
403.920.7911 or 800.361.6522


Bold Eagle grads eligible for high school credit

August 16, 2018

Alberta graduates of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Bold Eagle employment program will receive high school credits starting in the 2018-19 school year.

The Bold Eagle program is a challenging six-week summer employment program that combines Indigenous culture learning with military training.

“Connecting students to career paths early on ensures Alberta has an educated, engaged workforce. The Bold Eagle program opens up more opportunities for students to get real-life, hands-on learning and to obtain the credits they need to finish high school.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

“The Bold Eagle program blends Indigenous culture and traditions with discipline and teamwork. Programs like this are life-changing. Participants will carry these lessons for the rest of their lives, whether they choose to join the Canadian Armed Forces or follow another career path.”

Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“The Bold Eagle program has helped Indigenous youth across Western and Northern Canada cultivate self-confidence, resilience, teamwork skills and self-discipline for 29 years. I am pleased that the hard work that graduates put in over the course of the program now also includes high school credit, providing tangible recognition for their tremendous accomplishments.”

Brig.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu, Commander 3rd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force West

Participants start the program by learning traditional Indigenous values and teachings from Indigenous Elders and cultural staff. They subsequently learn a range of skills including weapons-handling, navigation, first aid, drill, outdoor field craft and survival. The program runs from July to August each year at the Canadian Armed Forces Base in Wainwright.

Quick facts

  • Participants will earn up to five credits for completion of the Bold Eagle program.
  • The Bold Eagle program will be eligible for high school credit at the start of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Alberta has some of the highest enrolment rates for the program, with an estimated 400 graduates since 1990.

Related information

Media inquiries
Lindsay Harvey
Press Secretary, Education


Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Establishment of Joint Review Panel

August 16, 2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Mr. Jim Ellis, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Energy Regulator, announced today the establishment of a three-member Joint Review Panel to review Benga Mining Limited’s proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, located in southwest Alberta.

Mr. Alex Bolton has been appointed as the Chair of the Joint Review Panel. Mr. Hans Matthews and Mr. Dean O’Gorman have been appointed as members of the Joint Review Panel.

The Joint Review Panel Agreement signed by Minister McKenna and Mr. Ellis establishes the mandate and terms of reference of the Joint Review Panel, its composition, as well as the procedures and timelines of the review.

Under the Agreement, the Joint Review Panel will conduct a review of the potential environmental effects of the project, consider mitigation measures, determine whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse enviromental effects, and identify any follow-up programs required.

As a next step, the Joint Review Panel must hold a public comment period on the Environmental Impact Statement. After considering the comments received, the Panel will determine whether it has sufficient information to proceed to the public hearing.

Associated links


Alison Reilander
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Bob Curran
Director, Public Affairs
Alberta Energy Regulator


Oilpatch fears delays as U.S. judge orders further review of KXL pipeline route – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018

By Dan Healing


CALGARY _ Potential delays in the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline following a U.S. judge’s order mean that Western Canadian oil producers could suffer current price discounts for a longer period of time, an industry spokesman says.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ordered additional environmental study of the altered route through Nebraska for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline.

The potential setback illustrates how difficult it has become to relieve market access woes that have resulted in larger-than-usual price discounts for Western Canadian crude, said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

“We need the pipeline, we need it yesterday and we need more market access across the board,” he said in an interview.

“We’re not getting a fair price for our crude in the U.S. because of a lack of capacity. That’s just fundamentally an issue.”

The difference between Western Canadian Select and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was about US$25 per barrel on Wednesday, down from peaks over US$30 earlier this year but higher than historic averages in the mid-teens.

Crude-by-rail exports from Canada reached an all-time record high of 199,000 barrels per day in May, up from about 131,000 bpd in May 2017, despite higher costs and a poorer safety record than pipeline shipments, Bloomer pointed out.

The U.S. lawsuit was brought by plaintiffs including the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Plains Resource Council after Nebraska state authorities approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state.

The groups argued the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the changed route, but the judge rejected their request to revoke the permit issued by Donald Trump soon after he took office last year.

TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said the company was studying the ruling and had no immediate comment.

Environmental groups cheered the decision and called for TransCanada, which has not officially sanctioned the project, to abandon it.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for clean water, climate, and communities that would be threatened by the Keystone XL pipeline,” Sierra Club senior attorney Doug Hayes said in a news release.

“This proposed project has been stalled for nearly a decade because it would be all risk and no reward, and despite the Trump administration’s efforts, they cannot force this dirty tar sands pipeline on the American people.”

The proposed 1,897-kilometre, $10-billion Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb.

Two other export pipelines, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline being sold to the federal government and Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement, also face uncertainty.

In 2017, Canada’s oil supply was 4.2 million bpd, which exceeded existing available pipeline capacity, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

In June, CAPP predicted total Canadian oil production will increase to 5.6 million bpd by 2035 mainly due to a rise in oilsands production to 4.2 million bpd from 2.65 million bpd in 2017.

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Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP, TSX:ENB)


Montana Judge orders environmental review of altered Keystone XL pipeline route – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

CALGARY _ A federal judge in Montana has ordered an environmental assessment for the altered route of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The ruling comes as the latest potential setback for a pipeline that the Calgary-based company has been trying to build for a decade.

Plaintiffs including the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Plains Resource Council had brought the lawsuit after Nebraska approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state.

They argued that the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the changed route.

United States District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled that federal defendants need to supplement their environmental assessment, but declined to revoke the presidential permit.

Morris said in his ruling that the added environmental assessment should be completed before TransCanada’s planned start to construction in the second quarter of 2019, and will consider further remedies if that becomes no longer possible.

TransCanada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The proposed 1,897-kilometre, $10-billion pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alberta to Steel City, Nebraska.

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)


Media Advisory: Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day ceremony at City Hall

August 16, 2018

Media and the public are invited to attend events for Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day, celebrating the historic and ongoing partnership between the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the City of Edmonton. A flag raising ceremony will take place at the Community Flag Pole at 8:15 a.m., near the Homeless Memorial Sculpture, north of City Hall.

Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 9 a.m. — Grand entry and commemorative reception
Location: City Room, City Hall

Photo opportunity : Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Richard Feehan, Alberta’s Minister of Indigenous Relations, Mayor Don Iveson and Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild will exchange gifts. These gifts are the winning entries from the Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day Art Contest.

For more information:

Media contact:
Francis Asuncion
Communications Advisor
Citizen Services


Kinder Morgan to participate in investor conference

CALGARY, Aug. 16, 2018 – Representatives of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (“KMI”), which owns a controlling interest in Kinder Morgan Canada Limited (“KML”), intend to participate in investor meetings at the Citi MLP / Midstream Infrastructure Conference on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada to discuss the business and affairs of KMI, which may include discussion of KML’s business. Interested parties will be able to view the materials to be presented on the day of the event by visiting KML’s website at or KMI’s website at:

About Kinder Morgan Canada
Kinder Morgan Canada Limited (KML) owns an interest in or operates an integrated network of pipeline systems and terminal facilities in Canada. KML’s two business segments include Pipelines and Terminals.  The Pipelines business unit is composed of the Trans Mountain pipeline system (including the Westridge Marine terminal), the Canadian portion of the Cochin pipeline system, the Puget Sound pipeline system, and the Jet Fuel pipeline system. The Terminals business unit is composed of the Vancouver Wharves terminal in British Columbia and numerous terminals in Edmonton, Alberta.

KML focuses on stable, fee-based energy transportation and storage assets that are central to the energy infrastructure of Western Canada. We strive to promote shareholder value by increasing utilization of our existing assets while controlling costs and operating in a safe and environmentally responsible way. For more information visit

For further information: Media Relations: (604)-908-9734, (855)-908-9734; Investor Relations: (800) 315-0578,


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