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Government of Alberta

30th LEGISLATURE- SPEAKER ELECTION AND SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

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May 15, 2019

Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta will meet on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. to elect the presiding officers for Alberta’s 30th Legislative Assembly.

Presiding officers include the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees and Deputy Chair of Committees. All elections are conducted by secret ballot in the Chamber.

The First Session of the 30th Legislature will open at 3 p.m. on May 22, 2019, with the Speech from the Throne by Her Honour the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. The ceremony begins with a 15-gun salute on the South Legislature Grounds, followed by an inspection of a quarter guard in the Legislature rotunda. The event will also feature performances by soprano Cara Lianne McLeod and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band.

Media MUST register via e-mail for each event separately to laocommunications@assembly.ab.ca before Friday, May 17 at noon. Upon registration media will receive a confirmation e-mail with details regarding the collection of press passes. While in the Chamber media must wear business attire. Media wearing jeans or sneakers will not be permitted entry. Space is limited in the Chamber, so media will be given access on a first-come, first-served basis and must be in place 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. Video and still photography are allowed, but flash photography is prohibited.

The Chamber ceremonies will be broadcast on Assembly Online at assembly.ab.ca and on Alberta Assembly TV on Telus channel 843, Shaw Cable channel 930 and Shaw BlueSky channel 263 to give access to all Albertans. Photos of the ceremony will be available on Flickr (legassemblyofab) and the video will be posted on YouTube (AlbertaLegislature).

President Todayville Inc., Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Past Board Member United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Musician, Photographer.

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Alberta seeing spike in syphilis cases

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Syphilis rates way up in Alberta

Rates of syphilis in Alberta on the rise

Infectious and congenital syphilis rates have escalated across the province over the past five years, with a sharp increase in 2018.

The rapid increase in syphilis cases has spurred Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, to declare a provincial outbreak and encourage Albertans to get tested and protect themselves.

“We need to emphasize for all Albertans: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a risk to anyone who is sexually active, particularly people who have new sex partners and are not using protection. I encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested regularly. Anyone in Alberta can access STI testing and treatment for free.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health

In response to the sharp rise in 2018, a provincial outbreak coordination committee composed of Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and other provincial health officials has been activated. Over the next three months, the committee will develop a coordinated strategy and determine concrete actions to increase STI testing, promote public awareness and reduce the overall number of syphilis cases in Alberta.

“Sexual health is an important part of overall health. We are working with community partners to remove stigma and increase awareness about STI testing services throughout Alberta. If you are sexually active, make regular STI testing part of your health routine.”

Dr. Laura McDougall, Senior Medical Officer of Health, AHS

 

A total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported in 2018 compared to 161 in 2014, almost a tenfold increase. The rate of infectious syphilis has not been this high in Alberta since 1948.

Congenital syphilis, which occurs when a child is born to a mother with syphilis, is a severe, disabling and life-threatening disease. While congenital syphilis cases were rare before the outbreak, there were 22 congenital syphilis cases between 2014 and 2018, one of which was stillborn.

Consistent and correct condom use is important protection against STIs such as syphilis. Like other STIs, the symptoms of syphilis may not be obvious. Health experts recommend sexually active people, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, get tested every three to six months if they:

  • have a sexual partner with a known STI
  • have a new sexual partner or multiple or anonymous sexual partners
  • have previous history of an STI diagnosis
  • have been sexually assaulted

Prenatal care including syphilis testing is available for all Albertans. It is critical that anyone who is pregnant seeks early prenatal care and testing for syphilis during pregnancy.

Anyone experiencing STI-related symptoms should seek testing through their local health-care provider. Call Health Link at 811, visit a STI or sexual health clinic or speak to a family doctor to find testing and treatment options.

 

Quick facts

  • 2018 case counts for infectious syphilis by AHS zone:
    • South Zone: 31 cases, an increase of 138.5 per cent compared to 2017
    • Calgary Zone: 206 cases, an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to 2017
    • Central Zone: 88 cases, an increase of 266.7 per cent compared to 2017
    • Edmonton Zone: 977 cases, an increase of 305.4 per cent compared to 2017
    • North Zone: 208 cases, an increase of 324.5 per cent compared to 2017
  • For further breakdown of STI 2018 numbers, see the 2018 STI and HIV Summary Report.
  • Alberta Health works with AHS and community organizations towards prevention, health promotion, outreach testing, education, harm reduction, and addressing stigma. Previous actions include:
    • Grants to the Alberta Community Council on HIV to support community organizations across the province to prevent and reduce STIs, reduce harm associated with the non-medical consumption of substances and support health in their own geographic locations.
    • Alberta Health has provided three one-time grants totalling a combined $2 million since 2017 to combat the rising rates of STI, including syphilis, focusing on raising awareness and education, reducing stigma and increasing testing and treatment.
    • Since 2016, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health have been working with over 100 provincial partners to develop innovative approaches to increasing access to STI services across the province.
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UNESCO announces Alberta’s 6th World Heritage Site – Writing-on-Stone / Aisinai

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From the Province of Alberta:

Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi is now Alberta’s sixth World Heritage Site.

UNESCO has announced the addition of Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi as
Alberta’s sixth World Heritage Site. The United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced the addition
of this site at the 43rd session of its World Heritage Committee in Baku,
Azerbaijan.

The nomination was prepared by the Government of Alberta in
partnership with the Blackfoot Confederacy and with ongoing support
from the Government of Canada. “Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi is the site
of many natural wonders and a testament to the remarkable ingenuity
and creativity of the Blackfoot people. It’s easy to see why the site is seen by many as an expression of the confluence of the spirit and human
worlds.

I hope all Albertans will take the time to explore this extraordinary part of the province and all it has to offer.” Jason Nixon, Minister of
Environment and Parks

More than 60,000 people visit Writing-on-Stone each year to experience
the landscape and its rich history.

“Writing-on-Stone is an Alberta treasure that draws thousands of visitors annually to take part in interpretive tours and activities led by
knowledgeable and passionate staff who love to share the park’s unique history.”
Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism

Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi contains the most significant concentration
of protected First Nations petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs
(rock paintings) on the Great Plains of North America. Some of the
carvings and paintings date back 2,000 years.  

“The designation of Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site provides the Blackfoot Confederacy a basis for its future
generations as to the strength and truth of our continuing relationship to this land and to our traditions, ceremonies and cultural practices.”
Martin Heavy Head, Mookaakin Cultural and Heritage Society/ Blackfoot Confederacy Elder

The inscription coincides with 2019 being designated as the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the United Nations.

Quick facts
Alberta’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites are:
Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
Wood Buffalo National Park

Áísínai’pi is the Blackfoot word for ‘it is pictured/written.’ Pursuing World Heritage Site designation was identified as an objective in the 1997
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Management Plan.

Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi was placed on Canada’s Tentative List for
World Heritage Sites in 2004. The park received federal designation as
Áísínai’pi National Historic Site of Canada in 2004. Key provincial
agencies involved in developing the nomination include: Alberta
Environment and Parks, and Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and
Status of Women (Royal Alberta Museum, Archaeological Survey of
Alberta), with ongoing advice from Elders of the Mookaakin Cultural and Heritage Society/Blackfoot Confederacy.

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