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Public Art and Artists announced for the Valley Line LRT – City of Edmonton

January 22, 2018

The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council announced the 14 public artworks for the Valley Line Southeast LRT today at City Hall. The artworks are commissioned through Edmonton’s Percent for Art policy. Four Edmonton artists, three Alberta artists, two Indigenous artist teams and one international artist were selected.

“The diverse scope of genres and subjects within the Valley Line collection means Edmontonians can expect to find something they connect with and enjoy” said Sanjay Shahani, Edmonton Arts Council Executive Director. “As the artists move forward with their community engagement activities, we encourage Edmontonians to contribute their ideas, stories, and thoughts to add further meaning to the public art in their neighbourhoods.”

The artworks range from intimate, community-focussed glass art and sculpture at the neighbourhood stops to large-scale sculpture, paintings, mosaic, and glass, at the Churchill Connector, Tawatinâ Bridge, Davies Ramp and Davies Station. Artworks were chosen from a total of 260 proposals by a series of selection committees comprising community members, local artist representatives, the City of Edmonton and project personnel.

Edmonton’s Erin Pankratz will create Intervolve, two 47-meter-long mosaics for each side of the Davies Ramp. The artwork, an interweaving of colours, will echo the path of Mill Creek Ravine. Her proposal was selected through an international call to artists.

“Beautiful cities are artful cities. I feel that artistic diversity is important – works by international artists balanced with giving local artists the opportunity to gain experience while creating something wonderful here in Edmonton,” said Pankratz. “Receiving this commission is an honour as I am passionate about art being incorporated into everyday life and I believe it is the role of public art to help create that”.

The artists selected include : Paul Freeman, David Garneau, Adad Hannah, Karen Ho Fatt Lee, Stephanie Jonsson, Laboratory for Integrative Design, Kirsten McCrea, Oksana Movchan, The New BC Indian Art and Welfare Society Collective, Erin Pankratz, Public Studio, Paul Reimer, Shan Shan Sheng, and Max Streicher.

Click here to access images of the artist proposals.

The Edmonton Arts Council is a non-profit society and charitable organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life.

Media contact:
Jennifer Villeneuve
Communications Coordinator
Integrated Infrastructure Services, LRT Services

Eva Marie Clarke
Communications Officer
Edmonton Arts Council
780-424-2787 ext 235


UCalgary research behind the city’s first supervised consumption site – UCalgary

O’Brien Institute’s Katrina Milaney recruited to lead needs assessment

Calgary’s first permanent supervised consumption site is now up and running, and it was informed by work conducted by University of Calgary researchers.

The centre, which opened in its permanent facility on Jan. 15 at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, is designed to mitigate health risks such as infection and overdose. It also offers people access to other services and support, says Katrina Milaney, PhD, of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine.

Starting in early 2017 Milaney led a needs assessment, funded by Alberta Health, and conducted research and analysis that informed the Calgary Coalition for Supervised Consumption group’s recommendations for supervised consumption services in Calgary.

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Dark family secrets: Anonymous letter uncovers child welfare records – CBC

Government acknowledges ‘malicious misuse of an Albertan’s private information’

Like any other day, Kelly Courtoreille Wright checked her mailbox when she got to work, but what she found inside it changed her life.

It was November, 2015. Courtoreille Wright was a maternal child health worker for the North Peace Tribal Council in High Level, 740 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

She picked up a white envelope, addressed to her in handwriting.

Inside were mind-blowing and disturbing details about her own childhood, things even she hadn’t known about her past.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Need Your Support – Teen Vogue

They’ve been mistreated for centuries.

In this op-ed, Ruth Hopkins (Cankudutawin-Red Road Woman), a Dakota/Lakota Sioux writer, biologist, attorney, and former tribal judge, explains why red scarves should be worn as a show of solidarity at this year’s Women’s March events.

I am a native woman.

To my people, the Oceti Sakowin — the Great Sioux Nation of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota — women are sacred and powerful beings. Women are the root, heart and the backbone of our communities. We are to be honored and respected. The Oceti Sakowin were even gifted the Way of the Pipe — the foundation of our belief system, whose smoke carries our prayers to Wakantanka (the Great Mystery) — and our seven sacred rites by a feminine deity, Pte San Win, or White Buffalo Calf Woman.

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Alberta’s status of women minister joins Twitter debate over women’s marches – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jan 22, 2018 4:00

EDMONTON _ A minister in Alberta’s NDP government has chastised a tweet by the Opposition’s communications chair that slammed women’s marches held over the weekend.

Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean was responding to a Twitter post on Saturday from Sonia Kont of the United Conservative Party, who stated that “ideological marches like the one in Washington” do not empower women.

Kont added that the last time she checked everyone had the same rights in society, and the march lacked clarity and purpose.

McLean responded that the UCP “ridiculed the strength of women marching together in solidarity and using their voices fighting for equality.”

Dozens of marches were held in communities across Canada on Saturday, a year after women’s marches that sprang up around the globe in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president.

The event drew a large crowd at the provincial legislature in Edmonton, and an even larger one in Calgary.

“What rights have women lost in the United States or Canada? It’s a shame these marches don’t say a word about the horrific conditions women face in the Middle East,” Kont tweeted in response to criticism of her initial posts.

“Did this march also voice support for Iranian women or the Kurdish female heroes fighting ISIS? How about the Saudi Arabian women? They deserve rights and freedom too.”

McLean, meanwhile, noted that women face a pay gap with men, are responsible for more childcare, make up only a fraction of corporate boards, and face other issues such as domestic violence.

A number of people supported McLean on Twitter, including one who linked to a tweet by former prime minister Kim Campbell.

“What I love about these marches are that they are everywhere,” Canada’s first and only female prime minister said. “And there are LOTS of great MEN smiling and marching with the women!”

But there was also support for Kont, including a tweet from fellow UCP member Bettina Pierre-Gilles, who is listed on the party’s website as a member of its policy committee.

“I couldn’t agree more with you Sonia. I’m a proud advocate for women and working our way to the top,” her tweet states.

“These marches indeed only sends a message that only the loudest few can be heard, while nothing is advocated on policies.”

UCP Leader Jason Kenney added his own voice to the discussion on Sunday evening.

“Proud that the United Conservatives have so many strong, outspoken women as members. Our party doesn’t force conformity. Members are free to hold differing views,” Kenney tweeted.

Canadian organizers said Saturday that 38 communities were hosting marches, rallies and other events.

Police in Calgary tweeted their own support for the event in that city, along with a picture of a uniformed officer with marchers.

“We were honoured to not only ensure the (march) was safe for all participants, but also to show our support by taking part,” the tweet from the Calgary Police stated.


20-year-old Alexander First Nation hoop dancer to perform at Olympics – CBC

Dallas Arcand Jr. will perform during the 2018 South Korean Games

January 19, 2018

In 2010, Dallas Arcand Sr. was hoop dancing on the world’s biggest stage — the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Eight years later, his son, Dallas Arcand Jr. is set to hoop dance at his first Olympics.

Arcand Jr., a member of the Alexander First Nation, was asked to be a part of the Cultural Olympiad Art Performance Festival as part of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Arcand Jr., 20, remembers watching his dad perform at the Olympics. He remembers the atmosphere in Vancouver as unlike anything he’d ever seen.

“When Canada won gold for hockey, it was insane the amount of spirit that was in the city itself,” Arcand Jr. told CBC’s Radio Active Friday.

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Expanded TransCanada Scholarship Program Helps Remove Barriers to Education

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Jan. 22, 2018) – Media Advisory – TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced it is expanding its successful community scholarships program, that will further help hundreds of North Americans gain skills to realize their goals and prosper in the workforce.

Buoyed by the success of last year’s launch of the program, which saw close to 300 scholarships awarded in Canada and the U.S., the program has expanded its reach to include students in Mexico, where a new TransCanada Women’s Scholarship is intended to help women continue their academic studies so they can improve their economic situation.

Overall, it is expected some $600,000 will be offered through the program this year with more than 350 scholarships available in the following categories:

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

“Removing barriers to education helps clear the way for people to pursue their passions, support their families and better their communities,” said Kristine Delkus, TransCanada’s Executive Vice-President, Stakeholder and Technical Services and General Counsel.

“TransCanada has the privilege of living, working and operating in hundreds of communities across the continent and we believe that helping students succeed is the most powerful way we can help our communities flourish.”

TransCanada has made its Community Scholarships available to students across a wide range of academic performance levels and post-secondary programs. The program is administered entirely by TransCanada and is unique in that the qualification criteria focuses on demonstration of leadership skills and community involvement, not solely on academic performance.

Applications open on January 18 and close April 15, 2018 at 11:59:59 EST. To learn more about the scholarships and the qualification criteria, and meet some of last year’s recipients, students are encouraged to visit

The TransCanada Community Scholarships are part of the company’s North American-wide community investment program, which invested more than $16 million in more than 1,200 non-profit organizations and community enhancement projects across North America last year.

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 91,500 kilometres (56,900 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is the continent’s 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 4,800 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

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Fort McKay First Nation Fights for ‘Last Refuge’ Amidst Oilsands Development – DeSmog Canada

January 20, 2018

Nobody could ever accuse Chief Jim Boucher of being anti-oilsands.

First elected to lead Fort McKay First Nation in northeast Alberta more than three decades ago, Boucher has made a name for his cooperative relationship with industry, which includes launching a sizable oilsands service conglomerate, denouncing environmentalists and purchasing a 34 per cent stake in a $1 billion Suncor bitumen storage terminal.

But now, a proposed 10,000 barrel per day oilsands project is threatening to infringe on a nearby sacred region called Moose Lake that serves as the First Nation’s “key cultural heartland” and is shared with the local Métis community for traditional activities. And Boucher is speaking out against the project — specifically targeting the provincial NDP for failing to finalize a management plan that would restrict development in the area prior to the regulatory hearings.

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Media Advisory: Minister Philpott to Convene two-day Emergency Meeting on First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation Child and Family Services

Ottawa – Please be advised that the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, will convene a two-day emergency meeting on Indigenous Child and Family Services. This meeting will include Indigenous leaders, Provincial and Territorial Ministers, community technicians, youth representatives, experts and advocates. The purpose of this meeting is to identify shared priorities and a path forward in reforming Indigenous child and family services (with distinctions based approaches) to put the needs of children and families first.

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 & Friday, January 26, 2018

Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Dr.
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9J2

Media will be invited to the morning portions of the main plenary each day. A media room has also been allocated for work space. Please note a more detailed media advisory will be issued next week before the meeting.

To be accredited, please contact INAC Media Relations:

For more information:

Andrew MacKendrick
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott,
Minister of Indigenous Services

INAC Media Relations


NEB Establishes Generic Process to Address Provincial and Municipal Permit Issues Regarding Trans Mountain Expansion Project

January 18, 2018

HOUSTON–Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) is pleased with the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decision today setting down a generic process to hear any future motions as they relate to provincial and municipal permitting issues.

“Creation of a process that is open, fair and provides certainty for all parties is good news and is an important component of the assurances we need for the successful execution of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project,” said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited.

Kinder Morgan is committed to continuing to work with local authorities in good faith and will be reviewing the decision in more detail.

“Creation of a process that is open, fair and provides certainty for all parties is good news and is an important component of the assurances we need for the successful execution of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project”

The NEB and the Government of Canada considered timing and schedule in their determination that the Project is in the public’s interest. Timely execution of the Project is necessary for Trans Mountain to provide the needed transportation capacity to access global oil markets and maximize related economic benefits to all Canadians including local, regional and Aboriginal communities.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns an interest in or operates approximately 85,000 miles of pipelines and 152 terminals. KMI’s pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, crude oil, condensate, CO2 and other products, and its terminals transload and store petroleum products, ethanol and chemicals, and handle such products as steel, coal and petroleum coke. It is also a leading producer of CO2 that we and others use for enhanced oil recovery projects primarily in the Permian basin. For more information please visit


Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Media Relations
Dave Conover, 713-369-9407
Investor Relations


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