Federal government announces investment in energy efficient education facility in Beaver Lake Cree Nation

From: Infrastructure Canada

Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Alberta, December 5, 2023 — A federal investment of more than $16.1 million will help construct a new education facility in Beaver Lake Cree Nation to improve the learning environment for students and staff.

Announced by Minister Randy Boissonnault and Chief Gary D. Lameman of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, this project will remove barriers to education within the local area and improve accessibility to career training programs, positioning it as a valuable resource for the community.

Through this investment, a new high school will be established for students from grades 10 to 12. This new school will be beneficial to the students of Beaver Lake Cree Nation by providing them with the ability to attend school in their own community. Along with the full provincial curriculum, this education facility will offer cultural programming, relevant career training, and academic and emotional support services to ensure students will succeed and thrive in their lives. Additionally, adult education programs will be supported by the facility, which will feature expansive views of nature. A dedicated elders and mentors space and a comfortable resource area are also included. Green technologies, land-based learning, and traditional cultural programs will help to inspire generations of environmentally aware young adults.

The 1,900 square meter facility is expected to have net-zero carbon performance, and will feature flexible, multi-purposes spaces. The building will be a living lab of sustainable and environmental programs. The entire net-zero system will be designed as a learning environment for science and career training programs. The school is set in a natural wooded site, with access to outdoor learning spaces from all classrooms. The efficient and compact layout allows for lower construction and operational costs as well as for reduced carbon emissions during and after the project completion.


“The federal government is committed to supporting infrastructure projects, such as the new Indigenous education facility in Beaver Lake Cree Nation, that improves life for community members and help move us towards our emissions goals. Investments in innovative educational infrastructure benefits current and future generations of learners. We will continue to invest in local community infrastructure, promote climate action, and build more resilient and inclusive communities.”

The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

“The GICB grant is a game changer! With a carbon net zero school, Beaver Lake Cree Nation will be leading the way as the first of its kind in First Nations country.”

Chief Gary D. Lameman of Beaver Lake Cree Nation

“This new school signifies that Beaver Lake Cree Nation is not only modernizing, but blazing a path forward into the future. Our students will be able to enjoy a brand new facility where they will have a safe, inclusive, and culturally relevant learning environment.”

Councillor Cole Gladue of Beaver Lake Cree Nation

Quick facts

  • The federal government is investing $16,169,821 in this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.
  • The GICB program aims to improve the places Canadians work, learn, play, live and come together by cutting pollution, reducing costs, and supporting thousands of good jobs. Through green and other upgrades to existing public community buildings and new builds in underserved communities, the GICB program helps ensure community facilities are inclusive, accessible, and have a long service life, while also helping Canada move towards its net-zero objectives by 2050.
  • For more information, please visit the Infrastructure Canada website.
  • At least 10 percent of funding is allocated to projects serving First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, including Indigenous populations in urban centres.
  • The GICB program was created in support of Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan: A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. It is supporting the Plan’s first pillar through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the increase of energy efficiency, and helping develop higher resilience to climate change.
  • The program is providing $1.5 billion over five years towards green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades.
  • Federal funding is conditional on the signing of funding/contribution agreements.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Micaal Ahmed
Communications Manager
Office of the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

Media Relations
Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Email: media-medias@infc.gc.ca
Web: Infrastructure Canada

Cole Gladue
Beaver Lake Cree Nation


AltaGas Announces 2024 Guidance and Strategic Priorities, Six Percent Dividend Increase, and releases 2023 ESG Report

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 5, 2023– AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas” or the “Company”) (TSX: ALA) announces its 2024 guidance and outlook; provides an update on its long-term strategic plan, and releases its 2023 Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) report, including progress toward achieving ESG goals.


(all financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted)

  • 2024 normalized EPS1 guidance of $2.05$2.25 represents approximately ten percent year-over-year growth using midpoint-to-midpoint guidance figures. Strong year-over-year growth is underpinned by strong business performance in each of the core segments.
  • 2024 normalized EBITDA1 guidance of $1,675 million$1,775 million represents approximately eleven percent year-over-year growth using midpoint-to-midpoint guidance figures. Strong growth in AltaGas’ Midstream and Utilities businesses is expected to more than offset the lost contribution from the Alaska Utilities sale, which was divested in the first quarter of 2023.
  • AltaGas is maintaining a disciplined and equity self-funded capital program of $1.2 Billion in 2024, excluding Asset Retirement Obligations (ARO). The 2024 capital program is more weighted towards low-risk organic growth in the Utilities; however, the program reflects a significant shift relative to prior years with Utilities 2024 capital accounting for approximately 58 percent of the annual capital budget and Midstream accounting for approximately 36 percent. Higher annual Midstream capital reflects the strong outlook for the Midstream business and strong growth opportunities, including the Pipestone II project.
  • AltaGas is increasing returns of capital to shareholders through a six percent increase to its anticipated common share dividend of $1.19 per share for 2024. The Company remains committed to delivering regular, sustainable, and annual dividend increases while maintaining a prudent dividend payout target range of 50 – 60% of earnings, which balances the need to return capital to shareholders and fund the Company’s significant organic growth program within an equity self-funding model.
  • The Midstream segment is positioned to deliver strong year-over-year organic growth in 2024 and beyond. This growth is underpinned by the Pipestone acquisition, continued facility optimization, and growth initiatives across the value chain.
  • AltaGas and its joint-venture partner, Royal Vopak, have commenced site clearing work at the Ridley Island Energy Export Facility (“REEF”), representing another important step in the project’s development. Site clearing activities including logging, clearing, and drainage will help determine the project’s readiness prior to reaching a Final Investment Decision (“FID”).
  • Earnings growth within the Utilities segment will be underpinned by operational excellence, stronger earned ROEs, contribution from recent rate cases, and ongoing rate base growth from the Company’s Accelerated Pipeline Replacement programs (“ARPs”).
  • AltaGas remains committed to reducing financial leverage to move towards its 4.5x Net Debt1 to normalized EBITDA1. Monetization of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (“MVP”) is the most immediate path to moving towards this goal, which will be evaluated in 2024 as the pipeline moves toward completion. AltaGas also expects a stronger period of financial flexibility to evaluate the optionality associated with its strong investment capacity, which could be used for leverage reduction, post the Pipestone II and REEF projects coming online, assuming REEF reaches a positive FID in the first half of 2024.
  • AltaGas released its 2023 ESG Report, which features 2022 performance data and highlights progress made towards its ESG goals in the core areas of emission reductions, safety, and diversity.

1. Non-GAAP measure; see discussion in the advisories of this news release and reconciliation to US GAAP financial measures shown in AltaGas’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) as at and for the period ended September 30, 2023, which is available on www.sedar.com.


“We look forward to executing on our strategic plan and delivering strong value for AltaGas’ shareholders in 2024” said Vern Yu, AltaGas’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are exiting 2023 on a strong footing and expect to achieve financial results for 2023 in the upper half of our guidance ranges.

“AltaGas has a unique set of assets with strong competitive advantages that position the Company to deliver industry-leading earnings and dividend growth. We remain committed to operating with an equity self-funding model and see a clear path to moving towards our 4.5x Net Debt1 to normalized EBITDA1 target. We have a tremendous pipeline of growth projects, but we’ll be disciplined in our capital allocation process to funnel these opportunities to ensure we deliver the best risk-adjusted returns and balance our competing priorities, including long-term leverage reduction.

“Our Utilities have a bright future with natural gas remaining the largest home energy source across all our jurisdictions where, on average, electrical substitution costs are more than three times the cost of natural gas on a delivered basis. We have visible and low-risk growth opportunities through new customer additions, system expansion, and modernization opportunities. AltaGas will continue to act in our customers best interests during this period of higher inflation and interest rates, balancing the critical needs of energy affordability and reliability with rate increases and regional climate goals.

“After a decade of being structurally challenged by a lack of take-away capacity, Canada is set to deliver significant natural gas and NGL production growth in the years ahead, with our Midstream business realizing strong growth opportunities. As liquified natural gas (“LNG”) projects on the Canadian West Coast come online in the next couple of years, we expect numerous customer-backed opportunities to add infrastructure to support these developments. This includes opportunities to connect increasing Canadian liquefied petroleum gases (“LPGs”) and other vital energy products into premiere downstream markets in Asia.

“As transporters of energy, we serve a crucial role delivering energy affordably, reliably, and safely, while working towards a lower carbon future. Today, with the release of our 2023 ESG report we’re pleased to highlight the progress we’ve made against our commitments to safety and reliability, emissions reductions, and diversity and inclusion. While it’s clear that we need to reduce our GHG emissions, we need to take a balanced approach, where affordability, reliability, and energy security are part of the mix.”


AltaGas expects to achieve normalized EPS1 of $2.05$2.25 and normalized EBITDA1 of $1,675 million$1,775 million in 2024. These guidance figures represent AltaGas’ expectations for continued growth in consolidated performance of the business.

Approximately 55 percent of 2024 normalized EBITDA1 is expected to be generated by the Utilities segment. Utilities normalized EBITDA1 growth is expected to be driven by positive contribution from the Maryland and District of Columbia rate cases, continued rate base growth through ongoing capital investments through various ARPs, new customer meter growth, normal 2024 weather, and ongoing cost management, which is being partially offset by the lost contribution of the Alaskan Utilities which divestiture closed in the first quarter of 2023 and higher operating costs associated with a higher inflationary and cost environment.

Washington Gas currently has active rate case applications in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Within Maryland the requested rates are designed to collect an incremental US$49 million in annual revenue, while the District of Columbia requested rates are designed to collect an incremental US$48 million in annual revenue with rates forecasted to take effect in December 2023 and the second quarter of 2024, respectively. AltaGas has ARPs in place across all three jurisdictions within Washington Gas as well as SEMCO in Michigan. New meter growth is expected to continue across AltaGas’ Utilities jurisdictions at approximately ~1% over a multi-year time horizon.

AltaGas can grow rate base by up to an eight percent CAGR through 2028 through population growth and new meter connects and ongoing modernization investments across the network, which are focused on long-term safety and reliability. The Utilities growth rate in the year ahead will be a function of relative opportunities and calls on capital across the platform as AltaGas focuses on driving the best-balanced outcomes for all stakeholders.

Approximately 45 percent of 2024 normalized EBITDA1 is expected to be generated by the Midstream segment. Strong year-over-year growth in normalized EBITDA1 is driven by the Pipestone and Dimsdale asset acquisition, strong global export volumes and higher margins, higher utilization at the Company’s existing Northeastern B.C. facilities, and the absence of wildfires impacts in Alberta. These positive factors are expected to be partially offset by a lower contribution from Allowance of Funds Used During Construction (“AFUDC”) on the MVP and lower co-generation revenue at Harmattan.

AltaGas operates a fully integrated Midstream platform that connects Western Canadian producers to global markets. From wellhead to tidewater, the Company is focused on providing its customers with safe and reliable service. This includes providing access to global markets for North American LPGs and providing North American producers and aggregators with the best netbacks for their propane and butane, while delivering diversity of supply and affordable lower carbon energy to markets in Asia.

Strong macro fundamentals, commodity prices, and improving natural gas egress out of Western Canada are providing a strong outlook for natural gas and natural gas liquids (“NGL”) production growth in the coming years. This includes LNG terminals coming online mid-decade on the Canadian West Coast, which will bring associated LPGs. AltaGas continues to see increasing demand for LPG exports through the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (“RIPET”) and Ferndale LPG export terminal driven by the Company’s structural shipping advantage to serve demand markets in Asia and access to low-cost supply. This structural advantage has magnified recently due to restricted vessel traffic through the Panama Canal, caused by lower water levels, and is driving strong demand for more Canadian LPGs in Asia.

AltaGas continues to focus on de-risking its business commercially through long-term tolling contracts while actively managing remaining commodity price exposure. In 2023, AltaGas made strong progress on this initiative with increased tolling within the Global Exports business and believes there is a clear path to push towards 60 percent or higher tolling over a multi-year time horizon. AltaGas will also continue to actively and systematically hedge remaining merchant export volumes to lock-in the structural margins and cashflows. The Company has hedged approximately 73 percent of AltaGas’ 2024 expected global export volumes through tolling arrangements or financial hedges with the latter including an average Far East Index (“FEI”) to North American financial hedge price of US$15.60/Bbl for non-tolled propane and butane volumes. The Company is also 78 percent hedged on ocean freight costs for expected 2024 export volumes through a combination of time-charters, tolling, and financial hedges.

AltaGas also continues to de-risk the Global Exports supply chain. In October 2023, AltaGas entered a five-year transportation agreement with Canadian National Railway Company, which provides AltaGas, and its customers, cost and service predictability. AltaGas also expects to take delivery of two new very large gas carriers (“VLGCs”) in December 2023 and March 2024. These two seven-year time charters will reduce total shipping costs to Asia by approximately 25 percent compared to normal pricing on a standard VLGC. The vessels’ deployment will also remove pricing volatility and de-risk maritime shipping costs on a long-term basis. Following the delivery of these two vessels AltaGas will have three Time Charters operating in 2024 and a fourth under construction, which is set to be commissioned in the first half of 2026.

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That mountain is shaking’: First-of-its-kind assessment considers Indigenous stories – MSN

BANFF, Alta. — An Indigenous elder sits at a table telling a Blackfoot story about the Frank Slide in southern Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass.

“The Piikani people, they had been in that area for thousands of years,” Hayden Melting Tallow of Siksika Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, says in a video during a learning circle.

“The Europeans came and found some coal in that area and the Piikani people had been warning the people there, ‘Don’t build your house there, build it farther. That mountain is shaking.’

“They didn’t listen.”

In April 1903, a rock slide from Turtle Mountain buried the coal mining town of Frank, Alta., and left at least 90 dead.

Melting Tallow, who says the story is one example of why people should listen to Indigenous elders, was one of many contributors to the Canadian Mountain Assessment: Walking Together to Enhance Understanding of Mountains in Canada.

Read More: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/that-mountain-is-shaking-first-of-its-kind-assessment-considers-indigenous-stories/ar-AA1l1g8I

Award-winning framework gives a voice to Indigenous youth transitioning out of care – Windspeaker.com

December 4th, 2023

“A lot of funders, they’ll put certain stipulations about evaluation in funding agreements that are pretty black and white. They’re numbers based and they don’t always capture the full story.” —Kirsty Choquette

Kirsty Choquette has received an award for developing a framework that gives Indigenous children in care in Alberta a voice in the mentoring they receive before they transition out of government care.

The University of Alberta Ph.D. student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program is “honoured” to have received the Mitacs Award for Inclusive Innovation. But she’s a little saddened too, if not surprised, to have learned that the voices of Indigenous youth have not been heard despite accounting for 74 per cent of youth in care in the province.

“It’s a really unfortunate reality,” said Choquette (Mi’kmaq). “I think that’s the way that our system and, frankly, society has worked for a long time…. They don’t ask us about what we think about that (mentoring) work.”

Read More: https://windspeaker.com/news/windspeaker-news/award-winning-framework-gives-voice-indigenous-youth-transitioning-out-care

Assembly of First Nations to elect new national chief in Ottawa this week – CityNews

December 4, 2023

OTTAWA — The Assembly of First Nations is set to elect a new national chief this week in Ottawa during a three-day special assembly.

The organization represents more than 600 First Nations chiefs in Canada, and they or their proxies are slated to elect the next national chief in a special assembly vote expected to take place on Wednesday.

Chiefs are also expected to vote on resolutions for a national First Nations homelessness action plan, languages funding and health care, among other priorities.

The contest comes after the dramatic ouster of former national chief RoseAnne Archibald, who was voted out after colleagues accused her of creating a toxic work environment — an allegation she has denied.

Six candidates are in the running to secure the top job, including Reginald Bellerose, Craig Makinaw, Sheila North, David Pratt, Dean Sayers and Cindy Woodhouse.

Read More: https://edmonton.citynews.ca/2023/12/04/assembly-of-first-nations-to-elect-new-national-chief-in-ottawa-this-week/

Learn how Alberta is innovating in science & technology

December 3, 2023

Alberta Innovates supports and highlights innovation across Alberta.
Here are ten of our favourite stories of science and technology innovation from the last few years.

NTWIST: machine learning in a processing facility

NTWIST has harnessed the predictive power of machine learning. Their software platform implements artificial intelligence algorithms in a user-friendly package that communicates with existing equipment in an industrial facility and existing control room software.

The platform uses existing sensor data to generate process recommendations and forecast production in real time, with less effort and better outcomes. It allows businesses to make critical decisions by utilizing their operational data, thereby reducing costs and increasing profitability.

NTWIST improves productivity with fewer resources, leading to the conservation of natural resources and reduced environmental footprints. “Achieving operational excellence in a processing facility is crucial as the world transitions to a high-production, low-waste environment,” says Chowdary Meenavilli, NTWIST co-founder.

Alberta Innovates provided $200,000 through its Digital Innovation in Clean Energy (DICE) program. Since the approval of the DICE funding, NTWIST has expanded its team by four full-time and six part-time employees.

Visit www.ntwist.com

Carbonix: an emerging Indigenous-owned cleantech company

Canada’s resource extraction and energy industries are continually looking for new ways to lessen their environmental footprint. As an Indigenous-owned clean-tech company, Carbonix uses blend of science and Indigenous customary practices to help forestry, mining, and oil and gas industries remediate land and water to its natural state. Over the past decade, they have worked alongside chemists at Trent University to develop several IPs around converting low-value, sustainably available feedstocks into high-value-add solutions. Project funding from Alberta Innovates and Ontario Centre of Excellence then helped Carbonix demonstrate proof of concept and cemented a business relationship with energy giant, Suncor. Having steadily scaled their process to full-pilot operations, they now plan to scale their efficacy testing to meet the unique needs of oil sands sector.

In March 2022, Carbonix received $900,000 from the Clean Resource Innovation Network to fund an Ontario/Alberta based project called “Tailings Management Through Nano Technology.”

Visit www.carbonix.ca

2SWater: water monitoring for cities and industry

2SWater is a cleantech company helping cities and industry monitor what’s in their water with sensors designed to easily plug into existing equipment. The sensor pulls in a small amount of water and turns it into superheated plasma before analyzing it. The result is a near-instant report of metals, chemicals, and other contaminants. 2SWater’s sensor updates every few minutes, which can keep equipment from being damaged due to poor water quality, as well as helping industries avoid fines and environmental damage. It can also be used to ensure clean drinking water. The process is highly automated and is built to require minimal maintenance. 2SWater’s sensors can be fitted to detect dozens of heavy metals and contaminants and are used in mining, forestry, municipal waste, and other sectors.

Recently, 2SWater was the winner of the fifth annual Mining Cleantech Challenge in Denver and CEO Anthea Sargeaunt, was selected as one of the Canada Clean50 for 2021.

Visit www.2swater.com

Nanalysis: high-performance benchtop NMR spectrometer manufacturer

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers help researchers understand molecular compounds, but existing technology was unwieldy and required too many operators.

In 2009, Nanalysis began working on improving the laboratory instrumentation. Since then, the team was able to turn a bulky, difficult-to-use scientific apparatus into a device that can sit on a bench and be operated by a single technician.

The company began over a decade ago with three employees. In 2012, they were joined by Susanne Riegel, a previous recipient of the Alberta Innovates’ Graduate Student Scholarship and are now publicly listed and employ 70+ people.

Nanalysis accessed support from Alberta Innovates through the Alberta Innovation Voucher program, the Product Demonstration program, and the Commercialization Associate program.

“Without the early assistance from Alberta Innovates, our path to commercialization would have been significantly more difficult,” says Bruce Lix, Director of Business Development

Visit www.nanalysis.com

Alta ML: using artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to add more than $15 trillion to the global economy by 2030, and AltaML is on the forefront of conceptualizing, developing, and commercializing AI and machine learning (AI/ML) solutions.

“AI/ML talent is a scarce resource concentrated in certain jurisdictions, including Edmonton, and this is the foundation of AltaML’s competitive advantage,” says Cory Janssen, founder and CEO. With the support of the University of Alberta, Alberta Innovates and others, AltaML has developed world-class expertise. The company offers a proven, collaborative approach to applied AI – validated in over 200 use cases with over 50 partners – developing data-driven solutions that enable better decision-making.

AltaML was recognized by AI Global (now known as the Responsible AI Institute) with the 2020 Start-up Leader Award for Responsible AI Design work in the financial, health, and social services sectors.

Visit www.altaml.com

AutonomIQ: autonomous testing that speeds up software releases

We live in a world where users want software to work perfectly the first time. AutonomIQ is a cloud-based platform that lets developers and IT teams autonomously test, release, and deploy software to meet this high expectation. The platform uses deep-learning and AI algorithms to detect changes, enable self-healing for test assets, and provide critical diagnostics. By transforming the traditionally manual, or partially manual, software testing process into a fully autonomous one, the platform ensures that software releases and deployments are of the highest quality in the shortest amount of time. In their case studies, AutonomIQ was shown to provide a greater than 50 per cent improvement in speed and quality compared to existing tools and techniques, saving companies significant time and money.

AutonomIQ won $10,000 as part of the 2020 Inventures Startup Pitch Event competition. In 2022, it was acquired by the American-based automated testing platform company, Sauce Labs.

Visit www.autonomiq.io

Alberta IoT: positioning Alberta as a world leader in IOT and emerging technology

Alberta IoT’s mission is to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things (IoT) and emerging technology sectors. A member-driven, non-profit, they advocate for and actively recruit new businesses and IoT expertise, coordinate research and innovation, and provide access to resources that support business growth. Current initiatives include: the Fast Track Program, an accelerator for established businesses; Science Park, a virtual platform that bridges the gap between students, academia, and industry; and a New to Canada Start Up Visa Program that helps scale-up businesses relocate to Alberta and Alberta-based businesses to expand globally. Through its Centre of Excellence, Alberta IoT promotes the province as a top region of IoT excellence, communicating to the international market that emerging technologies can thrive in Alberta.

In May 2022, Alberta IoT received $1.57 million in funding from Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) and Alberta Innovates to help support its Fast Track Program and Science Park initiative.

Visit www.albertaiot.com

Genoptic LED: using nano-optoelectronics to create a more efficient power chip

In the quest to improve energy efficiencies, Genoptic LED Inc. is leading the way with its revolutionary super-mini smart-chip Integrated Circuit (IC) technology. Its proprietary NanoGen IC Power Chip helps electronic systems and technologies to operate more efficiently with minimal heat signatures, as well as drastic reduction in size and weight. The chip can reduce up to 70 per cent of power-related components versus traditional technologies with an energy efficiency exceeding 91 per cent. Genoptic initially gained commercial success with its LED Sign division, through which it secured some sizable purchase agreements with large national brands. With over 14 novel patent families, the applications powered by the NanoGen chip range from solar devices to power adaptors and supplies to computers, tablets, mobile devices, and more.

In March 2022, Genoptic LED Inc. received $5 million from Prairies Economic Development Canada to establish a manufacturing operation to mass produce advanced hybrid solar panel and battery storage technology.

Visit www.genoptic.com

Copysmith: endless ideas at the click of a button

Copysmith aims to make copywriting easier by employing machine learning to reduce the time needed to write engaging articles, social media posts and ads.

Their process takes advantage of a Generative Pre-trained Transformer language model, which allows it to generate writing that is difficult to distinguish from copy written by humans. The model learns and adapts based on what information the user gives it and what results they are happiest with. Over time, it takes those lessons to create content better tailored towards the user’s particular style.

Copysmith’s process builds its content one word at a time, rather than using pre-stocked phrases and sentiments, ensuring content is unique and avoids plagiarism. The company currently offers over 30 templates, ranging from product descriptions to press releases and is currently working on adding new languages options.

As a researcher in machine learning, Copysmith founder Jasmine Wang knew copywriting could be made easier with artificial intelligence.

Visit www.copysmith.ai

Amii: bridging world-leading research and industry

In the early 2000s, investments were being made that would turn Alberta into a beacon for some of the top minds in artificial intelligence and machine learning. In 2000, the Alberta government set aside a $500 million endowment to create the Alberta Ingenuity Fund (AIF), also known as the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science and Engineering Research (AHFSER). One of the early AlF programs was a competition to establish research groups for promising scientific fields. One of the groups created would go on to become the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning, later the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii).

The goal of the research group Amii is to attract and recruit the best and brightest AI researchers from across the globe to work in the province.

Amii has helped make the University of Alberta one of the world’s top-five machine learning and artificial intelligence organizations.

Visit: www.amii.ca


A locally developed course teaches First Nation, Metis, and Inuit history – Okotoks Online

Dec 04 2023

Students at the Foothills Composite High School are now able to learn about the history of local First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people.

Created by Cameron Campos and Charity Tegler, the course All My Relations is intended to give students knowledge, skills, and understanding to build reciprocal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. In doing so, they aim to advance Truth and Reconciliation in a local context.

This course is offered for grade 10-12 students, with each grade learning different aspects of Indigenous history, art, culture, and reconciliation.

In grade 10, students are able to take either the Metis History and Stories course or the Introduction to the Treaties and Sovereignty course.

Read More: https://www.okotoksonline.com/articles/a-locally-developed-course-teaches-first-nation-metis-and-inuit-history

St. Albert 2SLGBTQ+ advocates respond to potential pride crosswalk ban in Westlock – St Albert Gazette

Dec. 4, 2023

Advocates question whether a ban would be legally defensible and suggest it will harm youth in the area.

A move by some Town of Westlock residents to ban rainbow-coloured pride crosswalks has St. Albert 2SLGBTQ+ advocates concerned for the wellbeing of minority youth and questioning whether a ban is legally defensible.

St. Albert’s Kristopher Wells, MacEwan professor and research chair for the public understanding of sexual and gender minority youth, said that the proposal is “clearly discriminatory.”

“In the unlikely event that it does pass, it could face a human rights complaint on the grounds of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression,” Wells said. “We just have to look in the past when municipalities refused to acknowledge pride or raise the pride flag, and they had to be taken to court to do so. This is just history repeating itself.”

Read More: https://www.stalbertgazette.com/local-news/st-albert-2slgbtq-advocates-respond-to-potential-pride-crosswalk-ban-in-westlock-7913355

On the agenda: District planning, truth and reconciliation, transit improvements – Taproot News

Dec. 4, 2023

This week will be the last of committee meetings in 2023, with councillors set to learn more about the city’s progress on its truth and reconciliation efforts, district planning, and improving transit.

Community and public services committee will meet on Dec. 4, urban planning committee will meet on Dec. 5, executive committee will meet on Dec. 6, and a special council services committee will meet on Dec. 6. A special evaluation committee for the city manager and city auditor will round out the week, also meeting on Dec. 6.

Here are some of the central items on the agenda:

The city has completed or taken action on nearly all of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action that it determined it could accomplish as a municipality. The city said it identified 39 of the calls and has started work on or completed 34 of these, according to a report that will be presented to councillors on Dec. 4. The city has not started work on the call to waive costs for name-change processes for families whose names were changed in the residential school system, and has not fully implemented Jordan’s Principle. Actions the city has yet to start involve other governments, specifically to eliminate barriers to the creation of Indigenous healing lodges in the correctional system, to require denominational schools to teach Indigenous spiritual beliefs, and to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act.

Read More: https://edmonton.taproot.news/news/2023/12/04/on-the-agenda-district-planning-truth-and-reconciliation-transit-improvements

Tourmaline Declares Quarterly Dividend and Provides Management Update

Calgary, Alberta – Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX – TOU) (“Tourmaline” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common shares of C$0.28 per common share. The dividend will be payable on December 29, 2023 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2023. This quarterly cash dividend is designated as an “eligible dividend” for Canadian income tax purposes.

Management Update

As part of Tourmaline’s planned leadership succession process, Mr. Earl McKinnon has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. McKinnon has served as the Vice President, Operations of Tourmaline since 2015 and has been instrumental in the Company’s development of improved drilling and completions techniques, cost reduction initiatives, enhanced well design, and relentless focus on execution of all of Tourmaline’s operations. Mr. Al Bush, who joined Tourmaline in 2009 and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2013 to 2023, has been a key contributor to Tourmaline’s profitable growth and success to date. He will continue as a member of Tourmaline’s senior management team as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and will ensure an orderly transition of the COO responsibilities.

In addition, Ms. Sarah Tait, currently Controller at Tourmaline, has been appointed Vice President, Finance, Mr. Jamie Heard, currently Manager, Capital Markets, has been appointed Vice President, Capital Markets, and Ms. Katie Beck, currently Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, has been appointed General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. With the exception of the foregoing promotions, Tourmaline’s senior management team remains unchanged.

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Scott Kirker

Chief Legal Officer and External Affairs

(403) 767-3593; scott.kirker@tourmalineoil.com


Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Jamie Heard

Vice President, Capital Markets

(403) 767-5942; jamie.heard@tourmalineoil.com


Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Suite 2900, 250 – 6th Avenue S.W.

Calgary, Alberta T2P 3H7

Phone: (403) 266-5992; Facsimile: (403) 266-5952

E-mail: info@tourmalineoil.com

Website: www.tourmalineoil.com


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