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2020 Alberta Highway Cleanup Collects 32k Bags of Garbage


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The results from the 43rd annual Alberta Highway Cleanup have been released! 

This year’s cleanup took place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 19, postponed from its usual date of operation during the first week of May due to COVID-19. Although the campaign did experience a slight drop in participation as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, the numbers remain encouraging and highways all across Alberta are better for it. 

The Alberta Highway Cleanup began in 1977 as a joint operation between Alberta Transportation and 4H clubs across the province. It has since expanded to include volunteers from a number of schools, Scout and 4H clubs, church groups, and more. Each group is assigned 1 kilometer for every 2 participants, and Alberta Transportation awards $100 per successful kilometer, meaning the cleanup represents an excellent annual fundraising opportunity for countless local non-profits and clubs.  

In 2019, the Alberta Highway Cleanup had over 18,000 volunteers and collected more than 56,000 bags of garbage, resulting in a total contribution of $1.3 million from Alberta Transportation (1).  

This year’s highway cleanup saw a total of 11,986 volunteers clean approximately 9000 kilometers of road province-wide. “Things were not down as much as you’d think,” says Wayne Wood, Alberta Transportation spokesperson, “this year was still very encouraging given all the circumstances.” 

Volunteers received just over $925,000 from Alberta Transportation for 32,000 bags of garbage. 

Alberta Transportation is hoping to return to the regularly scheduled cleanup in May 2021. 

To learn more about the Alberta Highway Cleanup and how your club or nonprofit can get involved, visit

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2023 Election

UCP leader Smith says she is ‘delighted’ by endorsements from Harper, Poilievre

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United Conservative Party leader Danielle Smith, centre, makes an election campaign announcement in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 26, 2023. Albertans go to the polls on May 29. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh


United Conservative leader Danielle Smith says she would aim to lower the level of political polarization in Alberta if her party wins what has been a tight and often bitter election race.

She made her remarks during her last news conference before Albertans go to the polls on Monday.

Smith says she would consult broadly and make decisions based on what she’s heard.

She adds her door is always open to people from all backgrounds and all political persuasions, and she would learn by exchanging ideas.

The UCP leader also says she was delighted to garner endorsements from former prime minister Stephen Harper and federal Conservative Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre.

The rival New Democrats have been endorsed by high-profile former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 26, 2023.

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