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  • The Gaetz Avenue interchange is now open to traffic.

    From the Province of Alberta

    Gaetz Avenue interchange open in Red Deer

    As the 2018 construction season comes to a close, the Highway 2/Gaetz Avenue interchange in Red Deer is fully open to traffic.

    The new interchange will improve traffic flow and safety for highway travellers, local residents and commuters and businesses in the Red Deer area.

    “This section of the QEII has always been a pinch-point for motorists. Alberta Transportation, the City and County of Red Deer, along with the contractor, worked diligently to make sure we could safely open the interchange in time for the Canada Winter Games this February. This new interchange improves the flow of traffic and increases safety on a heavily travelled stretch of highway.”

    Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

    “Our community appreciates the modernized QEII interchange with Gaetz Avenue that is now open to traffic. The new interchange will greatly enhance safety and improve access for citizens in Red Deer and region, as well as for the thousands of our fellow Canadians who will be joining us from across our country for the Canada Winter Games.”

    Tara Veer, mayor of Red Deer

    “Red Deer County is thrilled to see the Gaetz Avenue interchange project come to a conclusion. This was a massive project, and, in only two years, we have completely changed the way that motorists access Gasoline Alley and the City of Red Deer. This project has improved vehicle safety and efficiency – which creates even greater demand for local businesses. We are also excited to see the beginning of a new business area adjacent to the highway, at the Junction of Highways 2 and 42.”

    Jim Wood, mayor, Red Deer County

    Construction of the $80 million Highway 2/Gaetz Avenue interchange began in 2016. The project includes five new bridges, new on and off ramps for northbound and southbound traffic, the widening and realignment of Highway 2 and the integration of the Taylor Drive and Gaetz Avenue interchanges. Minor finishing work, such as final paving, signage, guardrail installation and landscaping, will be completed in 2019.

    The project was one of more than 195 projects included in the 2018 Construction Program. Of those projects, 139 will be completed by the end of the fiscal year and 56, which are multi-year projects, will continue in the 2019 construction season.

    2018 construction season highlights:

    • Five year budget for highways and bridges – $5.6 billion
    • 2018-19 fiscal year – $1.1 billion
    • 2018-19 fiscal year to the end of September, 2018 – $719 million
    • 1,100 kilometres of roads were maintained with pavement rehabilitation work in 2018, which is equivalent to the driving distance between Edmonton and Brandon, Man.

    Southwest Calgary Ring Road

    • Construction of the Southwest Ring Road is now more than 40 per cent complete with full completion scheduled for October 2021.
    • River channel alignment works are complete at all three locations.
    • More than 90 per cent of utility realignment is complete.

    Highway 43X bypass (Grande Prairie)

    • The roundabout at Highway 43X and Range Road 63 opened in mid-September.

    Peace River Bridge

    • Work continues on the west side at the Shaftesbury Interchange and the CN Rail overpass.
    • All project components (except the main bridge) are expected to open during fall 2019.
    • Completion of the 98 Street overpass is expected during summer 2019.
    • The main bridge is on schedule to open during fall 2020.

    Highway 19

    • Work on the east section of the project is expected to be complete in 2019.
    • During the winter of 2018-19, two lanes per direction are expected to open to traffic.
    • Construction of a roundabout at Highway 39 and 60 is expected begin in 2019.

    Highway 15 twinning and related work

    • Design is underway for the overall Highway 15 twinning project.
    • Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019, and is estimated to take about three years.
    • Repaving of four kilometres of highway between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan was completed in 2017.
    • Upgrades to the existing bridge substructures, concrete piers, guardrails and drainage system was completed in 2017.


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    Alberta Country Music Awards announces 2018 Finalists

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  • December 11th, 2018 (Edmonton, AB) – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA)™ is pleased to present your Final Nominees for the upcoming 2018 Alberta Country Music Awards™ presented by Stingray. 

    Winners will be announced at the 7th annual awards gala on January 27, 2019 at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel (3310 50 Ave).

    The evening will be hosted by Albertan country singer/songwriter and CCMA-winner Aaron Goodvin

    “I am incredibly honoured to have been asked to host The ACMA’s in Red Deer this year. There is so much great Canadian country music that comes out of Alberta. I literally cannot wait to host my first ever awards show and I’m excited for it to be in my home province!” – Aaron Goodvin

    Canadian country music fans are well acquainted with Goodvin’s music after winning the2018 Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) for “Songwriter(s) of the Year” for his platinum single “Lonely Drum”. Goodvin was also nominated for the “Single of the Year”, and “SiriusXM Rising Star Award”.

    Also a Warner/Chappell songwriter, Goodvin has landed cuts with Luke Bryan, Canaan Smith, Cole Swindell, and others. He was recently signed to Reviver Records in Nashville and fans can expect new music in 2019.

    The 2018 ACMA™ awards weekend will occur on January 26 and 27. Events include the kick-off party, conference, seminars, fan fest, and the much-anticipated awards gala. Members of the ACMA™ have the privilege of voting to select the nominees for each category. The final round of voting to select the award-winners ends December 28, 2018.

    Tickets and more information about the ACMA™ Awards Weekend are available on the ACMA Website

    Without further ado, the nominees are:

    Male Artist of the Year
    Brad Saunders
    Dan Davidson
    Drew Gregory
    Karac Hendriks
    Ryan Langlois
    Trevor Panczak

    Female Artist of the Year
    Alee
    Andrea Nixon
    Krissy Feniak
    Lauren Mayell
    Michela Sheedy

    Group/Duo of the Year
    Nice Horse
    Renegade Station
    The Dungarees
    The Orchard
    The Prairie States

    Fans Choice
    Dan Davidson
    Drew Gregory
    Hailey Benedict
    Megan Dawson
    Renegade Station
    The Prairie States

    Industry Person of the Year
    Angie Morris – Sirroma Entertainment
    Bill Borgwardt Performance Photography
    Carla Hackman – Sakamoto Entertainment
    Carly Klassen – Alberta Music
    Johnny Gasparic – MCC Recording Studio
    Sarah Scott – Golden West Radio

    Musician of the Year
    Johnny Gasparic
    Josh Ruzycki
    Lisa Dodd
    Mitch Jay
    Weston Blatz

    Album of the Year
    Along for the Ride – Renegade Station
    Good Place to Start – Drew Gregory
    Lost in the Right Direction – The Prairie States
    Songs For Georgia – Dan Davidson
    This Road is Mine – Karac Hendriks

    Song of the Year
    “Don’t Hold Back” – Written by: James Murdoch & Darren Gusnowsky
    Performed by: The Dungarees
    “Know Good” – Written by: Drew Gregory, Trinity Bradshaw, Brad Stella
    Performed by: Drew Gregory
    “Light > Dark” – Written by: Ryan Langlois & Duane Steele
    Performed by: Ryan Langlois
    “Mansplainin’” – Written by: Brandi Sidoryk, Tareya Green, Katie Biever, Jeff Dalziel
    Performed by: Nice Horse
    “Safe Harbour” – Written by: Kent Nixon, Luanne Carl, Doug Folkins
    Performed by: Renegade Station

    Single of the Year
    “Don’t Hold Back” – The Dungarees
    “Know Good” – Drew Gregory
    “Play it By Beer” – Brad Saunders
    “This Road is Mine” – Karac Hendriks
    “Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight” – Renegade Station

    Country Venue of the Year
    Boot Scootin Boogie Dancehall
    Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

    Talent Buyer of the Year
    Big Valley Jamboree
    Calgary Stampede
    Country Thunder
    Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall
    Sakamoto Agency

    Rising Star
    Karac Hendriks
    Lauren Mayell
    Nice Horse
    The Prairie States
    Trevor Panczak

    Radio Station of the Year
    93.1 The One Leduc
    Wild 95.3 Calgary
    Real Country 95.5 Red Deer
    96.5 CKFM Olds
    103.9 CISN FM Edmonton

    Horizon Youth
    Hailey Benedict
    Krissy Feniak
    Jonah Langlois
    Hannah Gazso
    Martina Dawn

    Entertainer of the Year
    Aaron Goodvin
    Brett Kissel
    Gord Bamford
    Lindsay Ell
    Paul Brandt

    Video of the Year
    “Don’t Hold Back” – The Dungarees
    “Know Good” – Drew Gregory
    “Let’s Go There” – Dan Davidson
    “Mansplainin'” – Nice Horse
    “Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight” – Renegade Station


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    Alberta Government looking for refinery partners

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  • Premier Notley greets members of the Building Trades of Alberta while announcing a new Expression of Interest for refining in the province.

    From the Province of Alberta

    Premier seeking industry interest in oil refining

    In response to strong industry encouragement, Alberta is taking action to explore interest from the private sector in building a new oil refinery in the province.

    As part of a made-in-Alberta strategy to get more value for our energy resources, Premier Rachel Notley announced the government is issuing a Request for Expression of Interest to determine business cases for investing in a new refinery in Alberta or tied to Alberta production.

    “For decades, Albertans have been talking about getting more value for our oil here at home. So let’s stop the talk, end the decades of dreaming and start making more of the products the world needs here at home. It’s time to grab the bull by the horns and to do more refining and upgrading that adds value and creates jobs here. The future is coming and it will be made in Alberta.”

    Rachel Notley, Premier

    Building a new refinery would create good-paying, long-term jobs for Albertans. New refining capacity would also help lower the oil price differential over the long term, protecting the province from a lack of capacity to export oil, and making sure we get full value for the energy resources owned by all Albertans.

    Large industrial value-add energy investments help provide economic resilience and diversification, and create highly skilled, well-paying jobs for decades. Alberta has abundant feedstock, skilled labour and the ability to refine our resources to high-value products the world needs. There is significant international competition for these projects and for Alberta to compete, government and industry must work together. We commend the government’s focus on ensuring that the value of Alberta’s resources stays with Albertans.”

    David Chappell, chair, Resource Diversification Council

    “Building Trades of Alberta has always believed you should refine it where you mine it. By doing that, you maximize the value of our resources for the people of Alberta, while creating good jobs for skilled trades workers in our province. We thank the government for exploring new options for refining and upgrading here in Alberta.”

    Terry Parker, executive director, Building Trades of Alberta

    “The work of the Energy Diversification Advisory Committee was focused on securing Alberta’s future in a more diversified oil and gas sector. It’s good to see another action that builds on Alberta’s strengths, including a highly skilled workforce and world-class resources. This is another sign the government is focused on made-in-Alberta solutions to ensure Alberta’s energy economy is built to last.”

    Jeanette Patell & Gil McGowan, co-chairs, Energy Diversification Advisory Committee

    Projects must have a strong return on investment for Albertans. Any proposed facility will consume Alberta-produced oil feedstock and produce marketable refined products.

    The government will consider interest in new greenfield investments or an expansion of facilities at an existing brownfield site. Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 8, 2019, with the results helping inform next steps that may include issuing a Request for Proposals to construct a new refinery.

    Companies will be required to submit their engineering design and technical feasibility, project timing and execution plan, plans for sales points and transportation to market, participation of Indigenous communities, expected environmental performance, financing to complete the project, and identification and estimates of revenues to benefit Albertans.

    Expressions of Interest have been used in the past to obtain industry and public suggestions on major projects and how the government can utilize existing interest to maximize the value for Albertans.


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    wed21nov - 21decAll DayAlberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - Deck the Hall 31 Days of Giving-31 Days of giving(All Day) Event Organized By: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

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