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Liberals extend deadline for Trans Mountain pipeline decision to June 18 – Calgary Herald

April 18, 2019

OTTAWA — The federal government is delaying its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project until June 18 so it has more time to complete consultations with Indigenous groups.

The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the pipeline on Feb. 22, starting the clock on a 90-day period for Ottawa to make a final call.

That established May 22 as the original deadline.

Consultation teams continue to meet with potentially impacted Indigenous groups, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said in a statement.

“This process includes engaging in meaningful, two-way dialogue — to discuss and understand priorities of the groups our teams meet and to offer responsive accommodations, where appropriate,” he said.

Read More: https://calgaryherald.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/federal-government-extends-deadline-to-make-trans-mountain-decision-to-june-18/wcm/82041545-1186-4869-b374-68d331d076d8

Media Advisory – Launch of the Edmonton Community Industry in support of Indigenous offender employment

April 18, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Correctional Service Canada

Members of the media are invited to the official opening of the Correctional Service of Canada’s Edmonton Community Industry hosted by CORCAN and the Citizen Advisory Committees (Prairies).

Date

April 25, 2019

Time

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Opening ceremony and welcoming remarks

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours of the facility

Location

CORCAN Community Industry

3940 53rd Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta

Members of the media are encouraged to confirm their attendance prior to the event.

Contacts

Media Relations
Correctional Service Canada
613-992-7711
media@csc-scc.gc.ca

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Town of Canmore’s commitment to reconciliation

April 17, 2019

In October 2017, the Town of Canmore committed to play a role in advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action. Almost two years in, Canmore’s experience shows the importance of ongoing efforts to make reconciliation part of a community’s life.

Examples of the Town’s initiatives to-date include:

  • To advance Child Welfare Action 5, Town staff have supported Stoney Nakoda’s application to the Province for a traditionally-based Parent Link Centre in Morley. The grant was approved and Town staff will support the initiative as requested.
  • To advance Education Action 12, Canmore incorporated Indigenous books, posters, images, and stories into Bow Valley Parent Link and Family and Community Support Services’ programs and spaces.
  • To advance Language and Culture Action 14, the Town of Canmore worked with the Municipal District of Bighorn on their Canada 150 initiative to install historical signs throughout the Bow Valley. Eight plaques highlighting the Indigenous history of the Bow Valley were unveiled at various locations throughout the valley.
  • To advance Professional Development and Training for Public Servants Action 57, Canmore provided the KAIROS Blanket Exercise training for summer camp staff and successfully applied for an AUMA grant to bring the blanket exercise to local Town Council and staff.
  • To advance Commemoration Action 79, the Town has been engaging with artists and community to include Indigenous programming in public art and community events at artsPlace and in the Town’s Arts and Events program offerings.
  • To advance Sports and Recreation Action 88, Town staff participated in Spirit North local events and hosted a fundraiser for the organization. Spirit North is a program run by Canmore local Beckie Scott, whose mission is to engage and empower Indigenous children through sport, activity and inspiration.

To learn more about how to build and strengthen municipal relationships with Indigenous communities, visit AUMA’s Welcoming and Inclusive Communities website or contact us.

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Mediation underway at Alberta First Nations school after teacher walk-out – CBC

350 supporters signed a petition calling for the school’s management team to be dismantled

Apr 18, 2019

A mediator has been brought in to work with band councillors and school staff at a First Nations in northern Alberta after a walk-out last week stretched into four days of protests.

Teachers and staff, along with some families that support their stance, picketed near the band office at Whitefish Lake First Nation, demanding that the management team of the local school be dismantled and the acting principal removed.

Protesters said they had collected 350 signatures on a petition supporting their demands for Pakan Elementary and Junior High School. Whitefish Lake First Nation #128 is located about 70 kilometres southeast of Lac La Biche, Alta.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/pakan-whitefish-alberta-first-nations-school-protest-petition-1.5102539

TransCanada launches binding open season for Marketlink

CALGARY, Alberta, April 18, 2019— News Release — TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today launched an open season to solicit binding commitments from interested parties for transportation services of crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to markets on the U.S. Gulf Coast for incremental capacity on Marketlink.

Interested parties may submit binding bids for transportation capacity during the open season that will close at 12 p.m. MT on May 21, 2019. Shipper information regarding the open season is available online or by contacting:

Jesse Bajnok
403.920.7607
jesse_bajnok@transcanada.com

Joe Taylor
832.320.5152
joe_taylor@transcanada.com

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 92,600 kilometres (57,500 miles), connecting major gas supply basins to markets across 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 more than 6,600 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 TransCanada.com

Media Enquiries:

Terry Cunha / Matt John
403.920.7859 or 800.608.7859

Investor & Analyst Enquiries:

David Moneta / Duane Alexander
403.920.7911 or 800.361.6522

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Library seeks Indigenous artists for installations at 3 Calgary branches – CBC

New permanent exhibits planned for Signal Hill, Forest Lawn, and new Calgary Public Library

Apr 18, 2019

Calgary Public Libraries is seeking Indigenous artists for its latest art project.

The library’s Indigenous placemaking project is doing a call-out for Indigenous artists to contribute to four permanent art installations for the Signal Hill, Forest Lawn and central Calgary branches.

Artists are encouraged to apply by submitting their work.

The aim is to get First Nation artists to design and work on the installations that will reflect Indigenous traditional methods and crafts — in collaboration with contemporary art.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-public-library-indigenous-artists-murals-art-installation-1.5102875

From spectacle to cultural celebration – Rocky Mountain Outlook

The complex history of Banff Indian Days

Apr 18, 2019

BANFF – It started with a train derailment.

That is how the story of how Banff Indian Days began in 1894, a topic Stoney Nakoda First Nation elder Roland Rollinmud spoke about during his lecture at the annual Chiniki Lecture series earlier this year.

“Banff had a derailment of a train and the tourists were stranded,” he explained. “The Stoneys were camped so the [train conductor]went to the camp and asked if they could help him entertain the tourists.

“And of course they were doing their harvesting and the [conductor]said he would do an honorarium – give them some food or money, so that’s where it all began.”

Read More: https://www.rmoutlook.com/article/from-spectacle-to-cultural-celebration-20190418

No First Nations, Métis candidates elected in Alberta – APTN News

April 17, 2019

None of the 19 Indigenous candidates who ran in Alberta’s provincial election Tuesday were successful in their bids for public office.

“I’m discouraged,” said Taz Bouchier, a First Nation candidate for the Green Party in Edmonton. “That speaks really more of the work that needs to be done in this province in trusting the abilities of our Indigenous people to be leaders.”

Racism may also be to blame, said Vincent Rain, an Indigenous rights advocate who placed third in Lesser Slave Lake for the Alberta Party.

“The overall experience was actually pretty horrible,” he said, explaining “it was really tough to swallow sometimes that non-Indigenous individuals in that riding were really cold. People didn’t want to really shake my hand.”

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/04/17/no-first-nations-metis-candidates-elected-in-alberta/

Mangrove Partners Abandons Complaints to Securities Regulator

Calgary, April 17, 2019 — TransAlta Corporation (“TransAlta” or the “Company”) (TSX: TA) (NYSE: TAC) announced today that Mangrove Partners has withdrawn its application before the Alberta Securities Commission (“ASC”) for a hearing related to TransAlta’s recent transaction with Brookfield.

As previously released, Mangrove originally filed applications on April 8, 2019 before both the ASC and the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) complaining about the Brookfield transaction.  On April 15, 2019, the OSC issued a decision declining to assert jurisdiction, which left the matter solely within the jurisdiction of the ASC.

Within hours of receiving TransAlta’s response submissions on April 17, 2019, Mangrove withdrew its application effective immediately.  The result is that Mangrove’s application before the ASC has been abandoned.  The OSC’s previous decision declining to hear the complaints, coupled with Mangrove abandoning its application before the ASC, means that this matter before the Commissions is at an end.

TransAlta’s 2019 annual and special meeting will take place on April 26, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.

As previously disclosed, TransAlta secured a strategic partnership and $750 million financing with Brookfield Renewable which will enable TransAlta to advance its strategy.  TransAlta’s strategy is focused on converting coal units to gas, investing in renewables and accelerating returns to shareholders.

Vote the BLUE Proxy Today

TransAlta asks shareholders to read the Company’s management proxy circular dated March 26, 2019 (the “Circular”) carefully and to vote the BLUE proxy FOR all 12 TransAlta director nominees at our upcoming annual and special shareholders’ meeting on April 26, 2019 (the “Meeting”). Shareholder support is critical as we work to build a foundation for long-term, sustainable value creation as a leading clean energy company.

A copy of the Circular can be downloaded from the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com and the Company’s EDGAR profile at www.sec.gov. The Circular is also available at TransAlta’s website.

A vote FOR TransAlta’s director nominees will be a vote to realize the value of TransAlta’s diverse and quality assets for decades to come, a vote for an experienced and engaged Board and a vote to share in the upside of TransAlta. Becoming a voter is fast and easy. To support TransAlta’s Board, vote only your BLUE proxy or voting instruction form today.

If you have any questions about the Meeting, please contact Kingsdale Advisors, TransAlta’s strategic shareholder advisor and proxy solicitation agent, by telephone at 1-877-659-1820 (toll-free in North America) or 1-416-867-2272 (collect outside North America) or by email at contactus@kingsdaleadvisors.com.]

About TransAlta Corporation

TransAlta owns, operates and develops a diverse fleet of electrical power generation assets in Canada, the United States and Australia with a focus on long-term shareholder value. We provide municipalities, medium and large industries, businesses and utility customers clean, affordable, energy efficient, and reliable power. Today, we are one of Canada’s largest producers of wind power and Alberta’s largest producer of hydro-electric power. For over 100 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and a proud community-member where its employees work and live. TransAlta aligns its corporate goals with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we have been recognized by CDP (formerly Climate Disclosure Project) as an industry leader on Climate Change Management. We are also proud to have achieved the Silver level PAR (Progressive Aboriginal Relations) designation by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

For more information about TransAlta, visit our web site at transalta.com.

For more information:

Investor Inquiries:
Sally Taylor
Manager, Investor Relations
Phone: 1-800-387-3598 in Canada and U.S.
Email: investor_relations@transalta.com

Media Inquiries:
Phone: 1-855-255-9184
Email: ta_media_relations@transalta.com

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Tristin Hopper: How environmentalists killed Rachel Notley’s government – Ottawa Citizen

Notley wanted to build one federally approved pipeline with widespread Indigenous support. What did she get instead? Lawsuits and protests. Great job, everybody

April 17, 2019

Under Rachel Notley, oil country extended the olive branch at great personal expense to itself, but even the NDP government was tarred as a bunch of duck-killing, planet-destroying, neocolonialist knuckle-draggers.

TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS.

So, the Alberta NDP lost the election. They probably would have lost anyway, but the fact remains that one of the biggest factors dragging down Rachel Notley was her inability to get construction underway for the Trans Mountain pipeline. There was a brief, shining moment where Alberta – Alberta! – was unilaterally imposing a carbon tax, shutting down coal power plants and wasn’t scared to speak of a future that would eventually phase out oil sands production. She even got oil companies on board with this. And this was a pretty risky tactic in Alberta. It wasn’t all that long ago that the province had mainstream political parties who maintained that climate change was a hoax.

Read More: https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/tristin-hopper-how-environmentalists-killed-rachel-notleys-government/wcm/7ca3b29a-ffe5-42cd-abe0-8f78ef0c3648

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