Buz Investors Alberta government workplace health and safety The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Innovation and Engagement Grants program will provide $667,000 for 33 projects during 2017.

Fire ban issued for southern Alberta

Fire ban issued for southern Alberta

Effective noon today, a fire ban will be implemented in portions of southern Alberta.

ire ban issued   The fire ban will be in effect in the regions of the Forest Protection Area located south of Highway 532 along the mountains and foothills to the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park.

FOREX INVESTORS Fire ban issued   The fire ban will be in effect in the regions of the Forest Protection Area located south of Highway 532 along the mountains and foothills to the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park.

No fires are permitted during the fire ban, including campfires in campgrounds, until further notice.

Gas or propane stoves/barbecues and portable propane fire pits are allowed during the ban.

“Continued hot and dry weather has elevated the fire hazard to extreme levels in some areas of the province, so we are taking this proactive step to help ensure the safety of Albertans and protect our forested areas.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry



Fire ban issued

A fire restriction is also in effect for areas of the Forest Protection Area located south of the Red Deer River to Highway 532. In this region, campfires within designated fire rings in campgrounds are still permitted.

All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued in the fire ban and fire restriction areas. The use of fireworks and exploding targets is also prohibited.

Albertans found to be violating the fire ban or fire restriction may be issued a $287 ticket.

Other jurisdictions, including municipalities and provincial parks, may also issue fire restrictions or bans. Please check albertafirebans.ca for detailed information.

Quick facts

  • For more information on wildfires, download the Alberta Wildfire app.
  • Up-to-date information on fire restrictions and fire bans is also available by calling 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473).
  • To report a wildfire in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, call 310-FIRE (310-3473).

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BUZ INVESTORS Energy Efficiency Alberta Monica Curtis will help the new agency deliver energy efficiency and small-scale energy system programs to Albertans. She brings more than 20 years of experience promoting, designing,

Energy Efficiency Alberta hires CEO

Energy Efficiency Alberta’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer will support the agency’s operations from its new headquarters in Calgary.

Energy Efficiency Alberta hires CEO

Monica Curtis, Minister Shannon Phillips and David Dodge at the new Energy Efficiency Alberta headquarters in Calgary

BUZ INVESTORS Energy Efficiency Alberta  Monica Curtis will help the new agency deliver energy efficiency and small-scale energy system programs to Albertans. She brings more than 20 years of experience promoting, designing, delivering and evaluating energy efficiency, efficiency financing, and renewable energy programs and services.

From its downtown Calgary headquarters, Energy Efficiency Alberta will leverage the city’s energy expertise and help make efficiency an important part of the diversification of the energy economy. The agency will provide approximately 30 jobs for Albertans.




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Energy Efficiency Alberta

“We’re pleased to welcome Monica Curtis back to the province to support Energy Efficiency Alberta in fostering the development of energy-efficiency services. As CEO, she will play a vital role as Alberta continues to build a diversified, low-carbon economy that makes life better for everyday Albertans.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

Curtis will lead the design and implementation of energy efficiency, energy conservation and small-scale renewable energy programs and services that will increase comfort and productivity and reduce energy costs, benefiting Alberta residents and businesses. For example, by taking advantage of the Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program alone, the average Alberta family will save $112 per year on its power bills.

“Energy Efficiency Alberta has been established to provide Alberta households and businesses with opportunities to save energy. I am truly delighted to have the opportunity to return home to Alberta to lead these important initiatives to reduce costs, lower our carbon footprint and foster development of an energy-efficiency services industry.”

Monica Curtis, CEO, Energy Efficiency Alberta

Curtis has championed cutting-edge programs in Wisconsin and Saskatchewan, ranging from energy advocate services and manufactured homes programs to on-bill recovery for energy-efficiency financing and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. She has also led numerous energy-saving pilot programs to test new technologies and program designs.

“We are very pleased that Monica Curtis has agreed to become the new CEO and first employee of Energy Efficiency Alberta. She is the perfect candidate to help us build one of the best energy-efficiency programs in Canada.”

David Dodge, Chair, Energy Efficiency Alberta

“Calgary is a natural home for Energy Efficiency Alberta’s headquarters. As a global centre for all things energy, Calgary has the depth and breadth of talent to help make energy efficiency a success for Alberta. We’re looking forward to welcoming Monica Curtis to Calgary and working with her to unlock the potential of energy efficiency in our community.”

Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development

“It’s exciting to have another anchor tenant in the Downtown West neighbourhood, especially one that focuses on the diversification of our economy. Supporting jobs like this is integral to a vibrant neighbourhood and city.”

Evan Woolley, Councillor, City of Calgary

Revenue from the carbon levy will provide the funds for rebates and incentives for families and communities to invest in energy-saving household products, solar panels and retrofits of homes and buildings.

“Alberta’s homebuilders are increasingly focused on providing customers with energy-efficient homes as homeowners look for ways to keep their operating costs low. Having a dedicated energy efficiency agency located in Calgary will help promote the benefits of energy efficiency across the province and make homeowners more aware of the straightforward ways they can save money on an ongoing basis.”

Ryan Scott, President and CEO, Avalon Master Builder

Energy Efficiency Alberta is offering many opportunities this year to help Albertans save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information, visit efficiencyalberta.ca.

Monica Curtis’ biography

Curtis has designed, delivered, marketed, and measured energy efficiency programs since 1991. Her career in energy efficiency began with Edmonton Power (currently EPCOR) and SaskPower.

Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President Strategic Development and Energy Finance Solutions with WECC, a mission-based non-profit based in Madison, Wis. WECC delivers energy efficiency and efficiency finance programs and residential building science training for electric and natural gas utilities and state and local governments across the United States.

Curtis has championed cutting-edge programs ranging from energy advocate services and manufactured homes programs to on-bill recovery for energy efficiency financing and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. She has also led numerous energy-saving pilot programs to test new technologies and program designs, including utility demand response through smart thermostats, program marketing based on geo-targeting and retail MarketLift?.

Curtis holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University in Alberta and a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba. She prides herself on raising two great kids with her husband.


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Buz Investors Alberta invests University of Calgary The investment will renew student spaces for the faculties of Nursing and Social Work and improve student access to post-secondary education. It will also mean more room for student services, increase student study and classroom spaces

Alberta invests in much-needed space at University of Calgary

The Government of Alberta is committing $270.6 million over four years for 500 new study and classroom spaces with the renovation of the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties building.

Buz Investors Alberta invests University of Calgary The investment will renew student spaces for the faculties of Nursing and Social Work and improve student access to post-secondary education. It will also mean more room for student services, increase student study and classroom spaces

Buz Investors  Alberta invests  University of Calgary The investment will renew student spaces for the faculties of Nursing and Social Work and improve student access to post-secondary education. It will also mean more room for student services, increase student study and classroom spaces and create a centre for entrepreneurship.

Redevelopment work at the existing four-storey MacKimmie Block and 13-storey MacKimmie Tower will also address significant building code and deferred maintenance issues.





Alberta invests  University of Calgary

“We are working to make life better for Alberta’s students and our province by investing in modern and efficient infrastructure at our post-secondary institutions. Supporting the University of Calgary’s efforts to renew existing spaces ensures students have access to world-class programming, learning spaces and resources for years to come.”

Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

By redeveloping the complex, the University of Calgary expects to accommodate planned growth for the faculties of social work and nursing by modernizing underutilized or currently closed spaces and consolidating programming within the buildings.

“We welcome the provincial government’s commitment to the university and thank them for providing additional funding to the post-secondary system. The MacKimmie Complex redevelopment will play an integral role in helping provide quality teaching, learning and research space for our students, and will enable us to create a hub for entrepreneurial thinking serving the entire University of Calgary community in the heart of campus. The project also directly supports the University of Calgary’s Institutional Sustainability Strategy and aligns with our goal to be a global centre for discovery, creativity and innovation.”

Elizabeth Cannon, President, University of Calgary

Planning will include pre-construction design and investigative work. The University of Calgary anticipates approximately $420 million will be contributed to Alberta’s economy, and more than 843 total person years of employment based on 2014 construction costs.

“I’m excited about the revitalization of the MacKimmie Complex – it will increase the amount of space on campus where students can collaborate, study and build community, and all of this will help to ensure students have great experiences at the university.”

Stephan Guscott, Students’ Union President

The $270.6 million in government funding, part of Capital Plan 2017, includes $8.6 million to continue planning that began last year. The University of Calgary project is one of 11 capital and planning projects for Alberta’s post-secondary system over the next four years.

Government will invest $734 million in these projects by 2020-21, plus an additional $676 million for capital maintenance and renewal.


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Alberta families to benefit from Budget 2017 Budget 2017 funding that would reduce school fees under proposed legislation would save Alberta families $54 million in the 2017/18 school year.

Alberta families to benefit from Budget 2017

Alberta families to benefit from Budget 2017

Budget 2017 funding that would reduce school fees under proposed legislation would save Alberta families $54 million in the 2017/18 school year.

Alberta families to benefit from Budget 2017 Budget 2017 funding that would reduce school fees under proposed legislation would save Alberta families $54 million in the 2017/18 school year.

Buz Traders Alberta families to benefit If passed, Bill 1, An Act to Reduce School Fees, would eliminate specific school charges. The bill would eliminate school boards’ ability to levy fees for instructional materials or supplies, or transportation fees for eligible students.

The parents of nearly 600,000 students would benefit from an instructional fee removal. The families of an additional 140,000 students would have more money in their pockets with a transportation fee reduction.




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Alberta families to benefit

“Through the funding that Budget 2017 provides, our government plans to reduce school fees to make life better and more affordable for Alberta families. They can use these hard-earned savings on other important things, such as paying for groceries, their mortgages or for special activities for their children.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

“Through Budget 2017, school boards would receive funding to offset the loss of fee revenues as a result of Bill 1. This would help ensure that boards would be able to maintain—or increase—the education programming they provide to students.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

If passed, the budget would also increase overall funding for education by $213 million in 2017/18 over the 2016/17 forecast, providing school boards with dollars for every new student and protecting grants for First Nations students, English Language Learners and others with diverse learning needs.

Premier Notley and Minister Eggen spent the morning at Monsignor Fee Otterson school, in Edmonton, meeting with parents, students and school trustees to discuss how they would benefit from Budget 2017 and Bill 1.

“The elimination of transportation costs for students living 2.4 km from their designated school is a positive first step. Supporting parents with these costs will reduce the financial pressure families face every day.”




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