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CAFF announces nominees for best films

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19 films nominated for awards at Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF).

Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) announces nominees for best films

19 out of nearly 40 films being shown at Carnival Cinemas during the Central Alberta Film Festival between February 20th and 23rd have been nominated for awards, which will be presented at a ceremony on February 23rd after a special screening of Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story.

“The festival is showing some amazing films,” says Don Tjart, CAFF vice-president. “The nominees for this year’s awards are special, though. There are going to be some difficult choices.”

There are three nominees for Best Feature Narrative. Barren & Empty The Sea tells the story of Esteban, who becomes a stranger in his own village overnight. In Prairie Dog, reports begin to come in regarding a mysterious animal roaming the farmlands of Brada County. In Cor Values, which was filmed in central Alberta, a young reporter travels back to his home town, only to find out home is not what it once was.

There are four nominees for Best Feature Documentary. Before the Plate follows a single plate of food backwards to the farms its ingredients came from. From Seed to Seed is a Canadian perspective on a global social movement that regenerates the land, farming, and communities. Last of the Fur Traders shares the adventures of a worker on the Arctic Ocean for the Hudson’s Bay Company. RISE: The Story of Augustines tells the tale of one of the most celebrated independent bands in the world.

Nominees for Best Short Narrative are Beautiful Idiot, Emily, The Wall, Beautiful Cake, Amen, and Cambion. Nominees for Best Short Documentary are Waniska, Salaam B’y, Farm, Finding Water, Once a Raider, Always a Raider: Inside the St. Albert Raiders Hockey Club, and Power on Water.

Film descriptions, screening times, and tickets can be found at cafilmfestival.ca.

About Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF)

Central Alberta Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to educate, support and promote cinematography and film making in Alberta and Canada. CAFF is a bridge between the audience, critics and the contemporary filmmakers who want to showcase and discuss their work. This festival is a platform to incubate Albertan, Canadian, and international talent. In a rapidly evolving film industry, CAFF is a catalyst to enhance cinematic experience with excellence, and support Canadian artistic values. The third annual Central Alberta Film Festival will take place February 20-23, 2019.

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Blackfalds

Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, and Red Deer County team up with City of Red Deer to attract employers

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A joint communication from the Town of Blackfalds, the Town of Sylvan Lake, the County of Red Deer, and the City of Red Deer

Regional Approach to Economic Development Revealed

A new Regional Labour Force Profile has been developed for central Alberta as a collaborative effort by the Town of Blackfalds, the City of Red Deer, Red Deer County, the Town of Sylvan Lake and the Province of Alberta – Ministry of Labour and Immigration.

Labour Force Profile

The profile will provide superior labour force information to businesses that are considering growth, expansion, or new development or markets, as well as to prospective entrepreneurs and companies thinking of locating in or starting up in the region.

We can better support and encourage appropriate workforce development intiaitives when we work together. In this case each of the four communities contributed $4,000 to the project to match the funds secured through the provincial Labour Market Partnership Program (LMP).”Jennifer Hartigh, Project Lead

Having accurate and up-to-date labour information is often a key factor when new employers are choosing locations, or when existing employers want to expand. We’re pleased to be able to partner with municipalities to help provide this critical intelligence for central Alberta as part of our commitment to create jobs and expand our economy.”
Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

The area that the four communities represent accounts for 226,396 Albertans, 68% of whom are of working age. This Regional Labour Profile is an important resource to help the region continue to grow, and sustain both the businesses, and families, that call this region ‘home’.

Please refer to the attached Regional Profile for detailed information.

BACKGROUNDER

  • In 2018, Economic Development Officers from the communities of Blackfalds, Red Deer, SylvanLake and Red Deer County approached the provincial Ministry of Labour to partner on a project resulting in the creation of a Regional Labour Force Profile. The communities were lacking in- depth and current data to share with businesses interested in expanding or diversifying or for investors, educational institutes, and entrepreneurs to use in creating and forecasting business plan development.
  • In late 2018, the Ministry of Labour awarded an LMP grant to the Town of Blackfalds, as the project leader and administrator.
  • Each partnering municipality contributed $4,000 toward the project, and by doing so was able to leverage $31,250 in LMP funding from the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada.
  • Data for the Regional Labour Profile was acquired from several sources, including: 2001 to 2016 federal Census from Statistics Canada, the Canadian Business Registry – 2013 and 2018, SuperDemographics 2018 from Manifold Data Mining Inc., EMSI Analyst 2018 Q3, and local municipal census data as available. Consultation with relevant stakeholders also informed the information included in the Regional Labour Profile.
  • Conversations with representatives from Olds College, Red Deer College, Burman University, Express Employment, and Manpower were used to confirm the skills and labour data acquired, and also to uncover opportunities to develop new programming to meet the needs of the regional business community.

Region At A Glance

  • The region accounts for 226,396 Albertans, of whom 68% are of working age (15 to 64).
  • Residents have an average employment income slightly lower than the provincial figure (-4%); however, more than half of the population between the ages of 25 to 64 has completed some form of post secondary education.
  • The regional economy, which grew by 5% between 2013 and 2018, sustains over 119,000 jobs. The region boasts a higher participation and employment rate compared to the rest of the province.
  • When looking at the number of jobs versus the number of workers in the region, a large surplus of workers was found within the following occupational groups:
  • o trades,
    o transport and equipment operators
    o management,
    o education,
    o law, social, community and government services.
  • Residents with the skills and talent to work in these occupations may work outside the region. Conversely, the region has a gap of approximately 270 workers to support natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations. This gap is likely filled by workers coming in from outside of the region.Attached you will find the Regional Labour Profile. For local profiles, contact the municipalities directly.
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Get the dirt on soil health June 18th

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June 18 workshop features key information for landowners

(RED DEER COUNTY) – Red Deer County and the Grey Wooded Forage Association are pleased to announce an upcoming workshop on soil health for local landowners.

Participants will learn from expert speaker Dr. Kris Nichols on soil health and its impact on productivity, the environment, and your financial bottom line.

The workshop will be held on June 18 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Cottonwood Hall.

Deadline for registration is June 15, and space is limited.
To register call GWFA at 403.224.8645 or
go to the calendar section of rdcounty.ca
To stay up to date with Red Deer County, visit www.rdcounty.ca or go to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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