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Governments of Canada and Alberta Invest in Alberta Women’s Shelters

The governments of Canada and Alberta are supporting women and children fleeing family violence in Alberta by investing in the construction, maintenance and repair of shelters and transitional housing in Banff, Brooks, Calgary, Edmonton, Fairview, Fort McMurray, High River, Medicine Hat and Sherwood Park.

A total of 11 organizations are receiving approximately $2.6 million in funding, which, in addition to improving facilities, will also support the construction of 15 new emergency beds in Fort McMurray, as well as three new transitional shelter units in Sherwood Park and two in Banff.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Nicole Goehring, MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs, on behalf of the Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister of Alberta Community and Social Services, made the announcement today.

This funding represents a portion of the $6.15 million the federal government provided to Alberta over two years (2016/2017 and 2017/2018) to support the construction and renovation of shelters and transitional housing for families fleeing family violence, through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.


“Our Government is investing in our women’s shelters because they give women and children fleeing violence stable and secure places to call home. These new and updated units are more than just safe places to live. The vital support services they receive from these shelters come at a crucial time, and have the potential to be the foundation from which they can build a better life.”

— The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“Our government stands firm in our commitment to

address and prevent family violence. That’s why we have provided more than $51 million to support women’s shelters each year. These funds support women and children leaving an abusive situation and to find the support and resources needed to rebuild their lives. It’s critical that all orders of government work together and I am thankful to the federal government for supporting our efforts to address this issue.”

— The Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister of Alberta for Community and Social Services
Quick facts:

  • As part of this announcement, three shelters in the Edmonton area received funding, including:
    • $732,360 to the Strathcona Shelter Society for the purchase and renovation of condo units, which will add three second-stage/transitional housing units.
    • $100,784 to Edmonton Women’s Shelter (WIN) for repairs and renovations.
    • $95,193 to Wings of Providence for repairs and renovations.
  • The Alberta government provides more than $51 million annually to support women’s shelters. This includes providing operational funding for 710 beds in 30 women’s emergency shelters, as well as programming in 12 second-stage shelters and fee-for-service agreements with five First Nations on-reserve shelters.
  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
  • The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.

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As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Media contacts:

Valérie Glazer
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Leonard Catling
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Government of Alberta


Location Shelter Funding Purpose
Rocky Mountain House Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter $1,946,528 New construction to replace the current 10 bed women’s emergency shelter with 21 emergency beds and five second-stage units
St. Paul St. Paul and District Crisis Association $1,080,000 Renovation of existing facility and two second-stage/transitional housing units.
Create a new secure entrance, family visiting area and secured private intake office
Fort McMurray WayPoints Community Services $1,000,000 New construction to replace the current shelter. The new shelter will add 15 emergency shelter beds, for a total of 45 emergency beds
Sherwood Park Strathcona Shelter Society $732,360 Purchase and renovation of condo units, which will add three second-stage/transitional housing units
Lac La Biche Hope Haven Society $500,000 Renovation of two duplexes, to add three second-stage transitional housing units
Calgary YWCA — Calgary $210,000 Roof repairs and insulation.
Window replacement for health and safety reasons at their current building
Banff YWCA — Banff $196,268 Retrofitting of acquired property that adds two second-stage/ transitional housing units
Medicine Hat Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society $102,000 Kitchen and dining room renovation to align with expanded shelter size
Edmonton Edmonton Women’s Shelter $100,784 Repairs to hot water heaters, heating system, roof repairs, wheelchair ramp, shower units, etc.
Edmonton Wings of Providence $95,193 Replace flooring and patio grading (safety)
Brooks Cantara Safe House $55,643 Security fencing and landscaping (safety) for new facility
Calgary Discovery House $51,288 Mechanical and electrical repairs and security upgrades
Whitecourt Wellspring Family Resource and Crisis Centre $29,884 Replace flooring (health to prevent bed bug issues)
High River Rowan House Society $22,993 Heat ventilation and air conditioning repairs
Fairview Crossroads Resource Centre $22,462 Upgrades and renovations to the existing women’s emergency shelter to address security, health and safety of clients and staff


AB Government: Grants now available for Alberta Culture Days

Albertans have the chance to discover, experience and celebrate arts and culture in their communities during Alberta Culture Days, Sept. 27–29.

“Our government is proud to support Alberta’s vibrant culture. Alberta Culture Days help us all better understand the arts, culture, diversity and community spirit in our province. Last year was one of our best yet, and we’re excited to see what 2019 brings. I encourage all communities and organizations to apply for an Alberta Culture Days grant to share their art, music, history and food this September.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Applications can be downloaded from the Alberta Culture Days grant website and submitted via mail. The deadline to apply is April 4.

Grants are open to cultural organizations, non-profit groups, venues and facilities, school and community groups, First Nation and Métis settlements, and post-secondary institutions. Eligible community organizations can apply for one of the following:

  • up to $10,000 for three days of programming as a Feature Celebration Site
  • up to $5,000 for two days of programming as a Host Celebration Site
  • up to $1,000 for one day of programming as a Pop Up Celebration Site

Last year, 471 events took place in 56 communities giving thousands of Albertans access to events to celebrate our culture, diversity and community spirit.

Alberta Culture Days is part of the National Culture Days initiative, where millions of people across Canada participate in Culture Days activities and programs.

Media inquiries

  • Government of Alberta


NEB climate denial another Trudeau broken promise

Press Release

February 20, 2019

Edmonton, AB — In a decision released on Tuesday, the National Energy Board (NEB) rejected a motion supported by environmental groups, First Nations, municipal governments, and community groups to include climate impacts in its new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX).

“Trudeau knows if there was a climate review on the TMX pipeline, it would have to be rejected. So this is a big conflict of interest because his government owns the project now. He’s showing us once again he cares more about being a pipeline owner than being a climate leader,” says Council of Canadians Climate Justice Campaigner Bronwen Tucker.

This decision breaks Prime Minister Trudeau’s election promise to give all energy projects a full climate review, ensure projects respect Indigenous rights, and to specifically redo the TMX assessment from scratch.

“Trudeau can stop building pipelines the easy way or the hard way. The easy way is to stop bailing out pipelines and taking real climate action that reflects the urgency of the climate crisis,” says Tucker. “The hard way is going back to court, facing a wall of opposition on the ground, and still losing because communities from coast to coast to coast know it’s time for a just transition to a fossil fuel free future. We have the solutions, it’s time to start funding them instead of doubling down on an economy that’s going extinct.”


For more information or to arrange interviews:

Dylan Penner, Media Officer, Council of Canadians, 613-795-8685,


NIGA Mourns the Loss of Grand Portage Tribal Chairman Norman Deschampe

Washington, D.C. – February 20, 2019 – The National Indian Gaming Association joins the rest of Indian Country in mourning the loss of Grand Portage Tribal Chairman Norman Deschampe.

According to Chairman Deschampe’s obituary, he walked on to the Spirit world on February 9th at his home of a heart attack, just a few weeks short of his 66th birthday.

Norman Deschampe was first elected to the Grand Portage Tribal Council at the age of 23 and went on to serve more than 40 years in tribal leadership — including 27 years as chairman.

National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. said, “We are saddened to hear about the passing of Norman Deschampe. His life-long leadership and dedication to the Grand Portage community and all of Indian Country will never be forgotten. He lived his life devoted to the people in his tribal community. Chairman Deschampe was a personal mentor and role model to me and so many others. He was one of the finest leaders of our time.”

Deschampe, also fondly known as “Baby boy”, was born and raised on the Grand Portage Reservation, who loved his home and was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and leader.

After attending Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, in Duluth, Minnesota, Norman returned to Grand Portage, where he was elected to the Grand Portage Tribal Council, which began his lifetime legacy as a tribal leader, serving as tribal chairman for a majority of his career. His total tenure included serving on the tribal council for 45 years, 27 of those years as the tribe’s chairman. He also served as the President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and on the board of many other organization.

Norman was a devoted family man. He had an immense knowledge of the outdoors and was extremely generous in passing along his knowledge. Deschamps loved to take his grandchildren fishing. He took great pride in teaching his children and grandchildren how to hunt, fish, trap, and anything else that could be done outdoors. He loved to share stories of Grand Portage and his family. Rarely would you talk to Norman without hearing a joke or a story that would make you laugh.

He is survived by his wife Debbie, four daughters Carrie (Rodney) Wilson, Anna, Tina, and Sarah Deschampe (Erik Redix), Grandchildren Emilee, Owen, Jaden, Biidaash, Paxton, Grayson, and Aanakwad. Siblings Mary Ann Gagnon, Larry “Fish” Deschampe (Janis), Rosie (Rick) Novitsky, Allen (Diane) Deschampe, Sally Deschampe, and Marlene Deschampe; many nieces and nephews and all those who shared in his life.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents Norman Sr. and Irene (Hendrickson), and two infant brothers.


Remove politics from Bill C-69, Calgary Chamber says

February 20, 2019

CALGARY – Canada’s advantage as a natural resource economy is being severely threatened by a federal bill that will put a chill on investment in many industries if passed in its current form, says the President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber.

Sandip Lalli says the core of Canada’s economic engine is currently jeopardized by the devastating impact of our inability to get energy resources to global markets. This would be compounded by the passage of the flawed Bill C-69, that overhauls the regulatory review process for major infrastructure projects.

“Our regulatory system must be based on science, not politics,” said Lalli. “Today we are joining chambers and boards of trade across Canada in a call for the federal government to amend Bill C-69. The economic future of this country hinges on our ability to attract investment and get Canadian products to new customers and international markets. Bill C-69 in its current form will do the opposite.”

The Calgary Chamber provided recommendations to amend the bill in a letter to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. The Chamber continues to advocate for changes to the bill and has asked to speak directly to the committee about the bill’s shortcomings.

The Chamber’s recommendations focus on ensuring the regulatory review of a project is science based and independent of political influence. The regulatory process is lengthy and costly for proponents. Projects that have received approval from an independent agency should not be subject to the risk of cancellation due to the politics of the day. Instead, the process should be governed by strong long-term policy that focuses on business competitiveness. The Chamber is also asking that the public voices of those most directly impacted are not drowned out by those less affected, some of whom may have interests in unnecessarily delaying projects.

Finally, the Chamber is asking for more certainty and less risk around review timelines, with fewer opportunities for stops, starts and time extensions that could delay a decision inevitably under the current wording of the bill.

The Calgary Chamber also worked with the Alberta Chambers of Commerce on further recommendations to reduce financial risk for proponents and clarify new project criteria and those subject to federal review. That work can be found here.

“Delays in getting our responsibly-produced products to market have a direct impact on Canadian households, who rely on the jobs and tax revenue these projects generate to help build stronger communities.

“Together, on behalf of business communities across Canada, we are asking our federal leaders to put aside politics and commit to making the amendments required for Bill C-69 so we can get our products to global markets for the benefit of all Canadians,” said Lalli.


To schedule an interview, please contact Mark Cooper, at or at (403) 750 0400.


The Calgary Chamber is an independent non-profit, non-partisan business organization. For 128 years the Chamber has worked to build a business community that nourishes, powers and inspires the world.


AB Government: Premier’s plan unlocks $2-billion energy investment

Feb 20, 2019

Nauticol plans to develop a $2-billion methanol plant just south of Grande Prairie. The entire project is expected to create approximately 3,000 direct and indirect jobs, including 1,000 direct construction jobs and over 200 direct permanent jobs.

“As we fight to get top dollar for the resources owned by all Albertans, Nauticol’s major investment in the Peace region means thousands of good jobs and more upgrading of our raw resources into the products the world needs right here at home. By seizing these opportunities today, we’re making sure our kids and grandkids have new opportunities in a stronger, more diversified energy sector.”

Rachel Notley, Premier “There’s unlimited potential here in Peace Country to build on our traditional strengths in oil and gas. One year ago, we highlighted the great potential this region has for value-added upgrading, and today our Made-in-Alberta plan is getting results, creating jobs around Grande Prairie and across the province.”

Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy The development of the project will be phased to include three identical methanol units, each capable of producing one-million metric tonnes of methanol per year. The province will support phase one with up to $80 million in future royalty credits as part of the Made-in-Alberta energy strategy. Construction of the first phase is expected to begin in 2020, with a commercial operational date set for 2022.

Methanol is a building block of countless everyday consumer and industrial products such as paints, plastics, electronics, shoes and furniture and is used widely in energy applications such as biodiesel and fuel blending, and as an alternate fuel.

“Our Made-in-Alberta for Albertans project will be Canada’s largest methanol facility. This world-scale project will expand Alberta’s petrochemical value chain by transforming the region’s abundant natural gas resources into a highly valued product that will reach growing global methanol markets. Nauticol is committed to meaningful, innovative collaborations, smart engineering and sustainable and low-cost production.”

Mark Tonner, president and CEO, Nauticol

Nauticol has a written agreement with the Western Cree Tribal Council (WCTC) member nations for potential future employment and investment opportunities. The three First Nation communities of the WCTC are Duncan’s First Nation, Horse Lake First Nation and Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation.

Quick facts

  • Nauticol’s facility will be located in an existing industrial site about 10 kilometres south of the City of Grande Prairie.
  • The facility will use about nine-million cubic metres (300-million cubic feet) per day of natural gas when fully operational.
  • The facility will consist of three identical methanol units with a combined capacity of 3-million metric tonnes of methanol per year.
  • Liquid methanol will move to North American markets and to growing Asian markets via rail and port facilities on the West Coast of British Columbia.
  • Global methanol demand is growing at a rate of five per cent annually, driven by demand in China and Northeast Asia.
  • Approximately 200 highly skilled, local permanent jobs and 1,000 skilled trade construction jobs will be created.
  • At full build-out, approximately 1,000 upstream jobs will be created and supported as well as 1,000 downstream jobs to support facility operations.


Made-in-Alberta energy strategy

  • Premier Notley’s government is investing more than $3 billion to support energy diversification that creates jobs and adds value to our resources here at home.
  • The focus is on two key areas: partial upgrading of our bitumen and petrochemical processing that adds value to natural gas liquids.
  • Overall, this commitment is expected to attract up to $28 billion in private sector investment to Alberta and create more than 26,000 jobs.

Petrochemical upgrading

  • Support for the Nauticol plant is provided under the petrochemical portion of the Made-in-Alberta strategy.
  • Two projects – owned by the Canada-Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC) and Inter Pipeline Ltd. (IPL) – were selected under the first round of this program, which was announced in 2016. The projects combined for $8 billion in private investment, creating more than 5,000 jobs.
  • The government announced a second round of support for petrochemical upgrading in 2018, with total support now reaching $2.1 billion to unlock about $20 billion in private-sector investment and create more than 15,000 jobs.
  • Albertans and Canadians use dozens of products every day that are based in part on petrochemicals like those from Alberta’s growing value-added industry:
    • the polyester fabric on your couch, your HD television, your phone, your coffeemaker and your computer
    • your car tires, engine hoses, gas, oil, radio components and seats
    • your desk, chair, computer, carpet, cell phone and other office supplies

Partial upgrading of bitumen

  • $1 billion in Government of Alberta grants and loan guarantees to encourage companies to invest in new or expanded bitumen-upgrading facilities
  • Partial upgrading reduces the thickness of oil sands bitumen so it can flow through pipelines more easily, without having to be blended with diluent or as much diluent, a thinning agent. Benefits include:
    • increased prices for our resources before shipping
    • up to 30 per cent more capacity on existing pipelines
    • more refineries around the world capable of processing our product
    • cost savings on diluent for industry
    • fewer emissions by removing high carbon content

Media inquiries

  • Government of Alberta


Indigenous Owned Company Wins Major Pipeline Construction Contract

February 20, 2019

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Steel River Group Inc. (“SRG” or the “Company”) announced today that its subsidiary, Steel River Solutions (“SRS”), was named as the Prime Contractor for “Spread B”, a 65 km section of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure’s (“TSE: TWM”) (“Tidewater”) 120 km Pioneer Natural Gas Pipeline Project. The project kicked off in December and is expected to employ up to 300 people at its peak, which is scheduled to continue through the first quarter of 2019.

The 20-inch diameter pipeline construction project was awarded through a competitive bidding process, where SRS demonstrated its technical capabilities and aptitudes in all areas of project execution. Steel River Group also credits its unique Indigenous inclusion ecosystem model as an important factor that led to the success of the bid.

“SRG uses its expertise in construction as a vessel to empower indigenous communities and individuals,” said indigenous entrepreneur Trent Fequet, Steel River Group’s Founder & CEO. “The goal of our approach is to build capacity and strengthen competency within Indigenous alliances and communities. The success of our bid shows that our model works.”

SRG’s ecosystem model is premised around creating alignment between three critical groups – Steel River companies; Indigenous communities; and alliance partners. The Company brings these entities together over a shared vision and common goals, and facilitates agreements, partnerships and new subsidiary companies to build capacity and strengthen competency. As a management entity, SRG provides corporate governance, structure, and supports to its own group of companies.

“Steel River Group is an Indigenous owned and operated company that has gained the support of progressive Nations and the patronage of a forward-thinking midstream producer,” added Fequet. “We are encouraged by the success of this recent contract award and believe that our relationship-based Indigenous inclusion ecosystem model will lead to securing more opportunities into the future.”

About Steel River Group

Steel River Group is a privately held and Indigenous owned and operated company that was born out of a deep belief that there has never been a better time to reimagine how an Indigenous business defines, creates and captures value for our people and alliance partners. Our operating approach is centred around our Indigenous inclusion ecosystem model, which aims to bring Steel River companies, Indigenous communities and alliance partners together over a shared vision to create opportunities that build long-term capacity and competency.

As a management entity, Steel River Group supports it subsidiary companies that specialize in general contracting, construction management, water management and equipment leasing and operating.

For more information about Steel River Group, visit

Media Contact:
Peter Pilarski, Vice President
CIPR Communications
C: 403-462-1160


BluEarth Renewables Named One of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers

February 20, 2019

Calgary, Alberta – February 20, 2019 – BluEarth Renewables was named as one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers, an award that recognizes employers who lead their industry in offering exceptional places to work.

“We are very proud to be recognized as a top employer in Alberta,” said Grant Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have an extraordinary team powering our business who are committed to working together to leave the world a better place. It is their teamwork and passion for our business that makes BluEarth a great place to work.”

Selection for this award evaluated eight criteria including:  physical workspace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

BluEarth was compared to other organizations in our field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. In this year’s competition, BluEarth was recognized for:  a generous employee referral bonus, an employee RSP matching program, a share purchase plan and employee awards to recognize environmentally-friendly behaviours.

The 2019 winners were announced today in the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal. The Top Employers 2019 survey was conducted by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Full editorial selection reasons can be found here.


About BluEarth Renewables

BluEarth Renewables brings together extraordinary people with the power to change the future™ by delivering renewable energy to the power grid every day. We are a leading, Canadian-based power producer that develops, builds, owns and operates wind, hydro and solar facilities across North America. Our portfolio includes 348 MW net (588 MW gross) of nameplate capacity in operation and under construction and over 1,000 MW under development. More information about BluEarth is available on our website at or follow us on twitter @BErenewables.


For more information:
587 324 4238 or


Williams Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

February 20, 2019

TULSA, Okla. – Williams’ (NYSE: WMB) board of directors has approved a regular dividend of $0.38 per share, or $1.52 annualized, on the company’s common stock, payable on March 25, 2019, to holders of record at the close of business on March 8, 2019.

The new amount is an 11.8 percent increase from Williams’ first-quarter 2018 quarterly dividend of $0.34 per share, paid in March 2018.

Williams has paid a common stock dividend every quarter since 1974.

About Williams

Williams (NYSE: WMB) is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting U.S. natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Williams is an industry-leading, investment grade C-Corp with operations across the natural gas value chain including gathering, processing, interstate transportation and storage of natural gas and natural gas liquids. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins, Williams owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including Transco, the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Williams’ operations handle approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas.

Portions of this document may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined by federal law. Although the company believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Any such statements are made in reliance on the “safe harbor” protections provided under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the company’s annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Keith Isbell
(918) 573-7308

John Porter
(918) 573-0797

Paul Schroedter
(918) 573-9673


From Alberta to Africa: Siksika runner trains for Olympics – APTN News

Long-distance runner Rilee Many Bears isn’t afraid to put in the miles.

The endurance athlete from Siksika Nation outside Calgary, Alta., spent three months in Kenya, Africa, chasing his dream to make it to the 2020 Olympics.

Many Bears said to be the best he had to train with the best.

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