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Published: Wed, 21 Aug 2013

Last Build Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:01:12 -0600

Copyright: Copyright 2013 Government of Alberta

Minister releases statement on inquiry findings

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:30:00 -0600

Health Minister Fred Horne released the following statement today regarding the final report of the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry.

Overnight work increases life of Memorial bridge

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:30:00 -0600

Eastbound Memorial Drive over Deerfoot Trail will be detoured overnight on Friday while a new concrete deck is installed to improve the bridge.

Two months in, we're rebuilding Alberta together

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:00:00 -0600

Premier Alison Redford issued the following statement today:

Alberta's official statistics give snapshot of life in Alberta

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:30:00 -0600

Facts about life in Alberta are now available online through the newly updated 2013 Alberta Official Statistics.

Village Music Fest celebrates Ukrainian-Canadian musicians

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:30:00 -0600

On Sunday, August 25, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and its Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society invite visitors to celebrate traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian music in a live concert at Music Fest 2013.

Overnight sign installation on Deerfoot Trail SE

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:30:00 -0600

Partial lane closures the night of August 22 will allow crews to safely install a new overhead sign structure on near Highway 22X.

Redford government fulfilling commitment to school improvements

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0600

Thousands of kindergarten to grade12 students across Alberta will benefit from school modernization projects that ensure they continue to receive a world-class education in safe, healthy, student-friendly facilities.

Nomination deadline nears for Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:00:00 -0600

September 16 is the deadline for nominations for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards and Albertans still have time to submit the names of outstanding volunteers in their community.

Stephansson House celebrates a prairie summer with a Harvest Fair and Penny Carnival

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:30:00 -0600

On Sunday, August 25, from noon to 5 p.m., Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site hosts the annual Harvest Fair and Penny Carnival.

Team Alberta Scores Big at 2013 Canada Summer Games

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:00:00 -0600

Team Alberta represented the province with pride and success at the recent 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Alberta finished in the top four of provinces with a count of 118 medals.

Public input sought to improve carbon capture rules

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:30:00 -0600

The Alberta government is seeking public input to help ensure the province has the strongest possible rules governing carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Flood-impacted owners get extension for heritage grant applications

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:30:00 -0600

Owners of historic resources impacted by 2013 flooding will have more time to submit applications for the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) heritage grants program.

Law Enforcement Review Board hearing schedule for August

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:15:00 -0600

The Law Enforcement Review Board has scheduled the following hearing which will be conducted at the Lethbridge Courthouse, Court of Queen’s Bench, 320 - 4 Street, South. The Board will hear final arguments from the parties in relation to the following matter.

Redford government responds to Albertans' feedback on flood policy

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:30:00 -0600

In response to input from Albertans, the Redford government has adjusted recent policies on land titles and minimum individual flood mitigation measures.

Calgary's Harvie Passage closed for flood damage repairs

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0600

On Saturday, August 17, crews from the Calgary Fire Department and the Government of Alberta will install a safety boom upstream of the Harvie Passage - a section of the Bow River’s Calgary Weir commonly used for recreation.

Super-wide load moves north at night

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:30:00 -0600

A super-wide load will move from Lloydminster to Fort McMurray over five nights, starting August 20.

Repaving brings smooth ride for mountain visitors

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:30:00 -0600

Travellers on Highway 1 between Kananaskis Country and the Banff Park East Gates will soon enjoy a smoother ride as re-paving begins.

New ramp and lanes open for Stoney Trail

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0600

The new, permanent ramp for northbound Deerfoot Trail SE to eastbound Stoney Trail/Highway 22X is set to open Sunday, August 18.

Premier Redford celebrates Metis Settlements 75th anniversary

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0600

Alberta’s eight Metis Settlements kick off their 75th anniversary celebrations at Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement today. Premier Alison Redford, Minister of Aboriginal Relations Robin Campbell, and Associate Minister of Persons with Disabilities Frank Oberle will all participate in the event this weekend as a part of the Building Alberta Tour.

Father Lacombe Chapel presents Mission Hill Day

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0600

On Sunday, August 18, from noon to 4 p.m., Father Lacombe Chapel presents Mission Hill Day where costumed interpreters will offer guided tours of the site, including visits to the chapel, crypt, grotto and cemetery.

Paving the way for new Deerfoot Trail lane

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:00:00 -0600

Travellers will have a new northbound Deerfoot Trail lane when paving work is completed as Southeast Stoney Trail gets closer to opening.

Stay cool during this week's hot, humid weather

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:30:00 -0600

With warm weather and high humidity forecast this week, Albertans heading outdoors are being urged to protect themselves and look out for others who may be feeling the effects of heat.

Alberta woman's experience as wartime air mechanic inspires Fringe play

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0600

The Provincial Archives of Alberta has once again partnered with a local playwright and producers to bring a true Alberta story to the stage at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Health Minister addresses health executive expenses

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:00:00 -0600

Health Minister Fred Horne today released this statement on the recovery of health authority executive expenses:

Approved Orders in Council

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0600

August 13, 2013

Victoria Settlement celebrates the iconic potato with games for all ages

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:00:00 -0600

On Sunday, August 18, Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site invites the whole family to join a celebration of a food central to the lifestyle of western Canadian settlers: the potato.

Northwest Stoney Trail grows to 6 lanes

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0600

Northwest (NW) Stoney Trail is a key route for motorists, so vital work is now underway between Crowchild Trail and Deerfoot Trail / Highway 2 North to increase lane capacity.

Back to School toolkit - available now

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:30:00 -0600

Prepare for a new school year with the Alberta Government’s 2013 Back to School toolkit, full of helpful tips and information. If you are a student, parent, teacher or administrator, check out: to explore all it has to offer.

Disaster Recovery Center to open in High River

Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0600

A Disaster Recovery Center will open in High River on August 12 and remain available in the community as long as needed. It will serve as an ongoing location where people impacted by floods can apply for disaster recovery funding and have their questions answered.

Suncor's West Service Road opens

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:00:00 -0600

Highway 63 motorists will have safer access to AOSTRA Road as Suncor’s West Service Road opens August 10.

New support to communities for flood erosion damage

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:15:00 -0600

Alberta is providing dedicated funding to help restore damaged lands in flood-affected communities.

Calgary police officers justified in officer-involved shooting

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:00:00 -0600

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has concluded its investigation into a Calgary Police Service (CPS) fatal, officer-involved shooting.

Hospital Street bridge repairs to begin

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0600

Fort McMurray’s Hospital Street bridge repairs are beginning to fix damage caused by a New Year’s Eve collision.

Plan to ease Highway 22X/Macleod Trail traffic

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 09:45:00 -0600

Calgary drivers will be dealing with less traffic congestion on Highway 22X over Macleod Trail SE and the rail line thanks to innovative, interim work that will add one more lane in each direction.

Temporary housing expands for High River families

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:15:00 -0600

Up to 60 families impacted by the southern Alberta floods have begun to move into the temporary neighbourhood of Saddlebrook, as part of the planned expansion of the neighbourhood. The 205 adults and children in these families bring the total to more than 400 people that have now moved into Saddlebrook. The neighbourhood will reach capacity of 1,200 residents when complete.

Rain-delayed Highway 63 bridge drainage work starts

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:15:00 -0600

Work on the Highway 63 drainage system at the Athabasca River bridge will improve the underground flow of storm waters.

Bridge concrete testing part of maintenance

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:30:00 -0600

Motorists travelling the Highway 15 bridge over the North Saskatchewan River may see specialized equipment testing the structure’s concrete.

High River hospital emergency department to reopen

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:45:00 -0600

The High River General Hospital Emergency Department will re-open August 8 at 8 a.m. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in conjunction with acute care beds at the hospital, following its temporary closure due to the flood.

Albertans one year closer to free-flow Henday Drive

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:00:00 -0600

With construction underway on massive twin bridges over the North Saskatchewan River, a critical link of the Anthony Henday is starting to take shape.

Approved Orders in Council

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:15:00 -0600

New judge appointed to Edmonton Criminal Court

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:30:00 -0600

Raymond Bodnarek, Q.C., has been appointed to Edmonton’s Criminal Court, effective August 6.

New ramps pave way for new bridge

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:30:00 -0600

New on and off ramps for Medicine Hat’s TransCanada Highway/Dunmore Road interchange are now open, allowing bridge construction to begin.

Alberta MLA joins legislators at Midwest conference

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:30:00 -0600

Maureen Kubinec, MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock, will represent Alberta at the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) in Madison, Wisconsin, August 9-13.

Ukrainian Day at Ukrainian Village celebrates pioneer spirit of 1893

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:00:00 -0600

On Sunday, August 11, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village invites visitors to celebrate the pioneer spirit of 1893 and more than 120 years of Alberta’s vibrant Ukrainian community.

Paint job for Stoney Trail bridge

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0600

The new Stoney Trail/Highway 22X bridge at Sun Valley/Chaparral Boulevards will have a fresh finish after painting and concrete work is done.

Answers to questions all in one place at High River info expo

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:00:00 -0600

High River residents affected by the June floods will have another opportunity to learn more about help available to them at an information expo on Wednesday, August 7.

Major investment in two Highway 21 bridges

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:00:00 -0600

Motorists can look forward to two revitalized bridges between Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan, carrying Highway 21 motorists over a CN line.

Nominate someone who makes life better for people with disabilities

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0600

Nominations are now open for the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards, which recognize Albertans who create communities that are inclusive of people with disabilities.

Highway maintenance workers chip away at projects

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:00:00 -0600

Smoother driving is in the future for Central Alberta motorists as several road and bridge chip seal projects get underway.

Province invites industry to submit Calgary region film studio ideas

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:30:00 -0600

The Government of Alberta invites industry leaders to submit proposals for the development and construction of a film studio facility in the Calgary region.

All provincial parks in Kananaskis Country are open

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0600

More of Kananaskis Country is now open heading into the August long weekend.

River scraping underway to protect High River from future floods

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:30:00 -0600

Work has begun on clearing the Highwood River of excess gravel, sediment and debris to increase the river's flow and thus help protect High River from future flooding.

Travel safe, play safe, get home safe this long weekend

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:00:00 -0600

Alberta’s enforcement officers will be out in force this August long weekend to help ensure families, friends and visitors get to their destination and back safely, and enjoy their time at lakes, parks, and campsites.

Head-Smashed-In presents high flying history with Flying Buffalo Project

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:30:00 -0600

On Wednesday, August 7, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump will host a flight of some uniquely artistic kites. The Flying Buffalo Project features kites made of canvases painted by some of the most beloved and talented First Nations artists in Canada and the United States.

New 17 Avenue SE access this weekend

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:30:00 -0600

A new bridge carrying 17 Avenue SE over Stoney Trail will be partially open August 2, marking more progress on Calgary’s ring road.

Prominent Albertans to champion Culture

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:45:00 -0600

Twenty-two dynamic Albertans have been appointed to a renewed Premier’s Council on Culture in an effort to make Alberta’s cultural sector one of the best in the world.

Calgary's 52 Street SE overpass opens

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:00:00 -0600

The new 52 St. SE overpass over Stoney Trail/Highway 22X opens to traffic Saturday, August 4 as part of Calgary’s southeast ring road construction.

Energy East announcement a win for Canada: Redford

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 06:00:00 -0600

Premier Alison Redford issued the following statement in response to today's announcement that TransCanada is proceeding with the Energy East Pipeline Project to Quebec and New Brunswick.