Beaver First Nation has partnered with the Alberta government to install solar panel systems on a number of community buildings to help cut their power bills.
The project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create local jobs. With support from Alberta’s Indigenous Solar Program, Beaver First Nation has installed solar panels on their band office, daycare, two fire halls, community centre and carpentry shop.
Funds saved from reduced utility costs – approximately $6,500 per year – will allow Beaver First Nation to reinvest in other community priorities. The solar panels are expected to generate 50.57 kilowatt hours per year. They will also prevent about 800 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of taking 170 cars off the road.
“Beaver First Nation is taking action to combat the effects of climate change and make a better life for future generations. We are proud to support them in their efforts and their environmental leadership.” Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations
“It was important to Beaver because of the impact it would have on our energy bills and also we wanted to prove that solar power can work here in northern Alberta. We are big advocates of green energy and are very proud to participate in the Indigenous Climate Leadership Initiative with the province and we hope to see more projects like this in the future.” Chief Trevor Mercredi, Beaver First Nation
The $153,718 grant is part of $35 million in funding available in 2017-18 for Indigenous climate leadership programs that help Indigenous communities respond to climate change and provide greater energy security. These initiatives support the Alberta government’s commitment to implement the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Beaver First Nation is governed by a Chief and Council, and controls two reserves northwest of Fort Vermillion: Boyer 164 and Child Lake 164A. Party to Treaty 8 and a member of the North Peace Tribal Council, BFN has a registered population of 1074, over half of whom live off-reserve. The Nation’s traditional and consultative territory exists beyond the boundaries of northern Alberta, while the Beaver language is shared by other nations farther up the Peace River.
Fully vaccinated with negative tests in hand, Calgary mom and daughters forced into quarantine on return to Canada
Day 1 – Dec 4, 6:37 PM – Shock and Awe
Day 2 – Dec 5, 11:17 AM = Frustration sets in
Day 3.- Dec 6. 11:22 AM = Canadian Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Travelers With Negative Covid Tests
Day 4 – Dec 7 – Third Negative Test Results Finally Come After More Than 3 Days.
4 days in quarantine. We left when we got our results. I made a choice to leave after I was unable to contact anyone at either PHAC or the Red Cross who could give us any information about being released by a quarantine office.
This interview was conducted by the CTV in the hours after Tiffany and her children returned home after 4 days in quarantine.
Politicians raise concerns about carbon pricing benefits given to oilsands companies
EDMONTON — Federal and provincial politicians are raising questions about Alberta government support provided to profitable oilsands companies that say carbon pricing hurts their competitiveness.
A recently released Alberta government document lists oilsands producers that have benefitted from a 2018 program designed to soften the blow of carbon pricing for companies whose competitors don’t pay those costs.
The program allows successful applicants to meet reduction targets through a greater emphasis on offsets, apply for emissions reduction grants or simply emit more carbon.
The document shows the only company that has benefitted from the program every year between 2018 and 2020 is Canadian Natural Resources Limited, which declared more than $2 billion in profits in the third quarter of 2021.
Alberta New Democrat environment critic Marlin Schmidt says the province must be more transparent, pointing out the document doesn’t say what benefits CNRL received, how big they were or how they were justified.
Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says his office is looking into how the program was used.
He says if problems are found, it could have an effect on the agreement between Alberta and Ottawa on carbon pricing.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2021.
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