With 92 active cases and 83 diagnosed in just the last week (July 10-16), the Central Alberta Region has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 numbers in mid July. Since the pandemic began, 187 Central Albertans have been diagnosed.
In Central Alberta the County of Settler has seen the largest increase. Here’s a list
Central Alberta Communities – Active Cases
- Settler County – 12
- Drumheller – 9
- Red Deer – 8
- Ponoka County – 7
- Kneehill County – 7
- Red Deer County – 5
- Lacombe County – 5
- Paintearth County – 5
- City of Camrose – 4
- Camrose County – 4
- Beaver County – 4
- Two Hills County – 4
- Mountain View County – 3
- Ponoka County – 3
- MD of Wainwright – 2
- Flagstaff County – 2
- Minburn County – 2
- Town of Olds – 1
- Vermillion River County – 1
- Special Areas 4 – 1
- Brazeau County – 1
The new positive cases are affecting younger people than previously. The 20 to 30 and the 30 to 40 age groups are by far the most affected in mid July.
Loss of Keystone XL pipeline expected to hurt future oilpatch growth: experts
CALGARY — An industry analyst says Western Canada’s oil producers will likely cope better in the short term with Joe Biden’s cancelling of the Keystone XL presidential permit this week than they did with the same move by ex-president Barack Obama in 2015.
But Phil Skolnick, a New York-based analyst for Eight Capital, agrees with other observers that the end of the pipeline will stifle new investment and production growth in the Canadian oilpatch for years to come.
Shortly after being inaugurated on Wednesday, U.S. President Biden, who was Obama’s vice-president, fulfilled a campaign promise and took away the pipeline permit that former president Donald Trump returned to builder TC Energy Corp. in 2019.
Skolnick says the difference between now and 2015 is that producers are looking forward to opening two other export pipelines — Line 3 and Trans Mountain — that together provide nearly one million barrels a day of export capacity.
Richard Masson, an executive fellow and energy expert at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, agrees the two remaining pipelines will provide enough capacity to allow oil production to grow into the second half of this decade.
But he says uncertainty about capacity beyond that point makes it impossible for producers to make decisions about new multibillion-dollar oilsands projects, which could take five years or more to plan and build.
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association CEO Chris Bloomer, meanwhile, says excess space in the oil transport system is vital going forward to provide optionality, energy security and stable pricing for producers.
Earlier Thursday, TC Energy Corp. said it planned to eliminate more than 1,000 construction jobs related to its decision to halt work on its Keystone XL pipeline expansion project.
The company had previously warned that blocking the project would lead to thousands of job losses.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021.
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Calgary man appeals conviction for drunk-driving crash that killed his daughter
CALGARY — A Calgary man who killed his daughter and seriously injured her best friend in a drunk-driving crash is appealing his conviction and sentence.
Michael Shaun Bomford was found guilty last January of dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm, as well as causing the 2016 crash while impaired.
He was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.
Bomford has filed an appeal that claims the sentence was excessive and unreasonable in the circumstances.
He also suggests the trial judge erred by ruling hearsay text messages admissible at trial.
Bomford is serving his sentence at the Drumheller Institution in Alberta.
Court heard Bomford had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he took his 17-year-old daughter, Meghan, and her friend, Kelsey Nelson, to get police checks so that they could become junior ringette coaches.
His daughter did not survive the crash, while Nelson suffered a severe brain injury and has no recollection of it.
Bomford’s trial heard that he lost control of his Jeep while driving 112 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. The Jeep rolled into the median and all three occupants were thrown out of the vehicle. (CTV Calgary)
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2020.
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