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U of Lethbridge: University sets multiple enrolment records for start of Fall 2019 semester

On the heels of opening Science Commons, Canada’s most advanced facility for scientific research and education, the University of Lethbridge has set multiple enrolment records to begin the Fall 2019 semester.

Current total enrolment for the fall term is a U of L record at 8,956 students, representing a 2.2 per cent increase over last year’s enrolment of 8,767 students.

“It’s very exciting to see that students are responding to the amazing opportunities we have here at the U of L by making our school and our southern Alberta community their choice,” says Kathleen Massey, the U of L’s associate vice-president (students). “It’s also great to see that our growth is balanced, representing undergraduate, graduate, Indigenous and international students. All segments of our student body have seen measured increases, which is testament to the excellence of our faculty, staff and program offerings across the board.”

Both the U of L’s Lethbridge and Calgary campuses boast impressive growth. The Lethbridge campus is now home to a record 8,265 students, an increase of 2.1 per cent over last fall, while the Calgary campus increased 2.7 per cent to 691 students.

Undergraduate student number hits all-time high

This year’s enrolment totals include a record number of undergraduate students, up 2.1 per cent to 8,318. Of the many factors contributing to that increase, the opening of Science Commons has to be considered a key driver. New Fall 2019 registrants to Bachelor of Science (BSc) programs offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science are up over 26 per cent from last year, while total BSc registrants are up nearly 10 per cent.

Graduate students recognizing opportunity

The number of graduate students is also at a record high, up 2.4 per cent to 638 students.

“Our graduate students now make up 7.1 per cent of our total student population,” says Massey. “More and more, the U of L is being recognized as a university that provides both an unparalleled undergraduate student experience, as well as a challenging and rewarding graduate student education.”

Indigenous student numbers continue to rise

The U of L is a leading voice in reconciliation initiatives and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming campus atmosphere for Indigenous students, as reflected in continuing steady enrolment growth.

In each of the past three years, Indigenous student enrolment has increased, and this year’s numbers reflect a new record, with Indigenous student enrolment up an impressive 9.4 per cent to 561 students. Indigenous students now represent 6.3 per cent of the total student population.

International students taking notice

One of the most impressive enrolment numbers of the fall is that of international students, increasing by 17 per cent to 572 students. The University has made it a priority to attract the international student audience and students are responding. International students now make up 6.4 per cent of the total student population.

“The U of L campus community represents 95 countries and is a diverse cultural mosaic,” adds Massey. “What our international students add to our campus is immeasurable. This diversity provides an invaluable opportunity for all of our students, faculty and staff to benefit from an enriching learning environment that reflects many different perspectives and world views.”

Other numbers of note include an increase in new high school students, up to 1,287 from 1,246 in Fall 2018, while the new transfer student population climbed to 856 students from 791 in Fall 2018, an increase of 8.2 per cent.


City (Lethbridge) and College team up to offer students design opportunity

​A unique opportunity to design a flag pole structure in front of City Hall is being opened students in the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology at Lethbridge College.

As part of its commitment to reconciliation, the City plans to permanently fly the Blackfoot Confederacy flag and the Reconciliation Lethbridge flag, as well as having dedicated poles to fly flags to celebrate other important community events and partners such as Lethbridge Pride Week and the Alberta Summer Games, which can currently only be accommodated by lowering the city’s flag.

“This opportunity offers a fun and interactive way for us to involve students in our city who are building the skills and expertise to do this type of work as a career,” says Indigenous Relations Advisor, Perry Stein. “It’s also a pretty incredible opportunity for students to engage with and learn about Blackfoot culture and Reconciliation while considering how to design a piece of physical infrastructure that will stand for years to come.”

Funding for the new structure has been approved by Lethbridge City Council, but the students will be tasked with thinking about its design. Students who enter the competition will have to balance both logistical and design elements.

The project allows students a chance to take on a real-world design challenge, which includes meeting the City’s criteria such as housing three or four new flag poles, matching the aesthetic design of the current City Hall and meeting municipal, provincial and federal flag protocols. But it also encourages students to express creativity by incorporating design elements such as location and the shape and design of the structure, as well as respectfully incorporating Blackfoot cultural elements.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to be able to put a project of this magnitude on their resume before they graduate,” says Bill Smienk, chair of the college’s School of Engineering Technologies. “This is the exact type of project that they will be working on in their careers and we are grateful to the city for providing this opportunity to them. I’m excited to see what the students are able to accomplish.”

Projects need to be submitted to the city by Jan. 31, 2020, and each student will be required to present their designs to the City’s Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee in February. The winning submission will share in over $250 worth of prizes.

The official design will be unveiled in the Spring of 2020, with construction on the new flag pole structure targeted for completion before September 2020.

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October 4th to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Lethbridge – Lethbridge News Now

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge City Council has voted unanimously to proclaim October 4th, 2019 as “Sisters in Spirit Day”.

It coincides with Amnesty International’s Sisters in Spirit Vigil, which honours the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) across Canada.

Reconciliation Advisory Committee Co-Chair Amanda Scout believes the proclamation is important because it acknowledges the fact that this happens in Southern Alberta too and is not isolated to places like B.C.’s Highway of Tears.

“There are lots of families affected by the missing and murdered. We’re very connected people, connected to each other, so when that happens, it affects all of us. We do have family members here – Kaylee’s mom was a victim 20 years ago, so yeah, it’s important that we acknowledge that.”

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TC Energy provides Series 9 Preferred Shares conversion right and dividend rate notice

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept. 18, 2019 — News Release – TC Energy Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TC Energy) announced today that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem its Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series 9 (Series 9 Shares) on October 30, 2019. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of Series 9 Shares have the right to choose one of the following options with regard to their shares:

  1. to retain any or all of their Series 9 Shares and continue to receive a fixed rate quarterly dividend; or
  2. to convert, on a one-for-one basis, any or all of their Series 9 Shares into Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series 10 (Series 10 Shares) of TC Energy and receive a floating rate quarterly dividend.

The dividend rate applicable to the Series 9 Shares for the five-year period commencing on October 30, 2019 to, but excluding, October 30, 2024 will equal the Government of Canada five-year bond yield on October 1, 2019 plus 2.35 per cent. The dividend rate applicable to the Series 10 Shares for the three-month period commencing on October 30, 2019 to, but excluding, January 30, 2020 will equal the Government of Canada 90-day treasury bill rate on October 1, 2019 plus 2.35 per cent. Both rates will be calculated according to the terms of the prospectus supplement dated January 13, 2014 and announced by way of a news release on October 1, 2019.

Beneficial owners of Series 9 Shares who want to exercise their right of conversion should communicate as soon as possible with their broker or other nominee and ensure that they follow their instructions in order to meet the deadline to exercise such right, which is 5 p.m. (EDT) on October 15, 2019. Any notices received after this deadline will not be valid. As such, it is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other nominee with time to complete the necessary steps.

The foregoing conversions are subject to the conditions that: (i) if TC Energy determines that there would be less than one million Series 9 Shares outstanding after October 30, 2019, then all remaining Series 9 Shares will automatically be converted into Series 10 Shares on a one-for-one basis on October 30, 2019 and (ii) alternatively, if TC Energy determines that there would be less than one million Series 10 Shares outstanding after October 30, 2019, no Series 9 Shares will be converted into Series 10 Shares. In either case, TC Energy will issue a news release to that effect no later than October 23, 2019.

Beneficial owners of Series 9 Shares who do not provide notice or communicate with their broker or other nominee by the deadline will retain their Series 9 Shares and receive the new annual fixed dividend rate applicable to the Series 9 Shares, subject to the conditions stated above.

Holders of the Series 9 Shares and the Series 10 Shares will have the opportunity to convert their shares again on October 30, 2024 and every five years thereafter as long as the shares remain outstanding.

For more information on the terms of, and risks associated with an investment in the Series 9 Shares and the Series 10 Shares, please see the Corporation’s prospectus supplement dated January 13, 2014 which is available on or on the Corporation’s website.

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Amazing Race Canada an opportunity for conversation, says Indigenous winner – Folio

James Makokis hopes to use his newfound fame to talk about community and culture.

Having trained as an ultramarathon runner, James Makokis knows winning a race means refusing to slow down.

The family doctor and University of Alberta assistant clinical professor would be justified in taking a break, having just been crowned winner of The Amazing Race Canada with his husband Anthony Johnson.

“Yesterday was 11 hours and we were functioning on five hours’ sleep,” Makokis said last week, having just wrapped up a three-day press junket following the victory.

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City Council adopts Oki as official City of Lethbridge greeting

The traditional Blackfoot greeting “Oki” has now been adopted as the official greeting of the City of Lethbridge.

City Council voted unanimously in favour of passing the official business resolution brought forward by Mayor Chris Spearman. The adoption of the greeting is an important step towards honouring the original peoples of the land the city is built on says Mayor Chris Spearman.

“What better way to kick-off Reconciliation Week in Lethbridge than by recognizing the traditional Blackfoot greeting as our city welcome,” says Spearman. “As we move towards deepening reconciliation in our own community, it is important to acknowledge how big of a role language plays in continuing the Blackfoot culture in our city.”

The United Nations declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Language and acknowledges there are more than 70 Indigenous languages across 12 language groups currently spoken in Canada. Blackfoot is the most widely spoken Indigenous language in Lethbridge.

Language plays an important role in the way connections are made with one another. Key amongst those connections includes transfer of knowledge, celebration of culture and welcoming those from outside the community.

Further to the adoption of Oki as the official greeting, City Council instructed administration to prepare a submission to the next Capital Improvement Program to identify opportunities to incorporate Blackfoot and where appropriate other Indigenous languages within City facilities, parks and neighbourhoods for Council’s consideration.

Reconciliation Week is in its third year in the City of Lethbridge and is organized by RLAC. The 15-member advisory committee was established by City Council in 2018 and includes representation from the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network (LISN), City Council, the business sector, the education sector and community members at-large. The majority of members on RLAC identify as Indigenous.

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CLFN being a part of caribou conservation – Bonnyville Nouvelle

Sep 17, 2019

Cold Lake First Nations (CLFN) are actively involved in planning for the future of caribou, and they want the MD of Bonnyville to be a part of it.

Acting director for the CLFN lands and resources department Darren Fredrick sent a letter to the MD in August, letting them know the nation is working on creating a conservation agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The contract falls under Section 11 of the Species at Risk Act and will “set out actions which can be taken jointly with multiple parties to benefit the recovery of caribou populations,” the letter stated.

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TransAlta Announces Conversion Results for Series G Preferred Shares

CALGARY, Alberta (September 17, 2019) – TransAlta Corporation (“TransAlta” or the “Company”) (TSX: TA)(NYSE: TAC) announced today that after taking into account all election notices received for the conversion of the Cumulative Redeemable Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series G (the “Series G Shares”) into Cumulative Redeemable Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series H (the “Series H Shares”), there were only 140,730 Series G Shares tendered for conversion, which is less than the one million shares required to give effect to conversions into Series H Shares. As a result, none of the Series G Shares will be converted into Series H Shares on September 30, 2019.

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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.

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City of St. Albert: Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2019

The City of St. Albert is observing Orange Shirt Day to support our community’s journey towards reconciliation. In recognition of the harm that residential schools had on Indigenous families and communities, in acknowledging the ongoing impact their existence continues to have and in the spirit of reconciliation, we invite you to join us.

We will be meeting at 12 p.m. in the St. Albert Place lobby, for bannock and tea. Following this, Mayor Cathy Heron and Elders will speak briefly before we walk together to the Healing Garden. There, we will host a gathering and smudge and Indigenous Elders will share perspectives, cultural learnings and words of reflection.

Please join us and plan to wear orange as we walk together on our journey towards understanding and reconciliation.


  • September 30, 2019


  • 12 p.m. – Tea and bannock in the lobby of St. Albert Place
  • 12:30 p.m. – Brief comments from Mayor Cathy Heron in the lobby of St. Albert Place
  • 12:40 p.m. – Walk together from St. Albert Place to the Healing Garden
  • 12:55 p.m. – Smudge, words from Elder, singing, drumming at Healing Garden (north side of Sturgeon River, directly across from St. Albert Place)


  • St. Albert Place Lobby, 5 St. Anne St.
  • St. Albert Healing Garden, 74 Mission Ave.

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Celebrating the Great Kids of Alberta

The Alberta government has awarded 16 young people the 2019 Great Kids Award for inspiring and changing the lives of others.

The province gives out the Great Kids Award annually to recognize and celebrate kids who accomplish great things while overcoming challenges in their life.

“I am honoured to award these inspiring young people with the 2019 Great Kids Award. Their accomplishments and positivity in the face of adversity will only serve to bring people together, build stronger communities and improve the lives of everyone around them.”
Rebecca Schulz, Minister of Children’s Services

The 2019 recipients have achieved great things, including 10-year-old Mylon McArthur from the Pheasant Rump First Nation, who took a stand against bullying and spoke out about how he was being treated by kids at his school. In a YouTube video that has been viewed over one million times, his message of understanding and anti-bullying was spread around the world.

“IBM is proud to support the Great Kids Award, which celebrates outstanding children who achieve great things. We look forward to participating in this event every year, celebrating with the winners and their loved ones, and are honoured to help recognize the 2019 Great Kids Award recipients.”
Brad Butterfield, IBM

The Alberta government’s partnership with organizations, including IBM and Fantasyland Hotel, helps recognize and celebrate Alberta’s young people for doing great things in their communities.

Since its inception, the Great Kids Award has been presented to 304 children aged five to 18. Winners are chosen by an awards selection committee of community representatives and event partners.

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