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Olivia and Noah most popular baby names in 2021


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Olivia is once again the most popular baby girl’s name in Alberta, tying the record for the longest any name has spent at No. 1, while Noah held onto the top spot for baby boys.

There were 49,938 babies born in Alberta in 2021 – 25,714 boys, 24,219 girls and five genders not stated in the initial registration. Olivia maintained a record-setting popularity streak for girls’ names, topping the list every year since 2013. Noah placed first among baby boy names for the third consecutive year.

Charlotte, Ava, Emma and Amelia were among the top five most popular names for baby girls, while Jack, Oliver, Liam and Theodore ranked high among name choices for baby boys.

“I want to congratulate everyone who welcomed a new addition to their family in 2021. After a challenging couple of years, the birth of a baby is something we can all celebrate. The future is bright for Alberta families, as parents are now benefiting from our made-in-Alberta child-care agreement with the federal government that reduces fees for parents of children who are newborn to kindergarten age by an average of half this year, and an average of $10 per day in 2026. We look forward to watching these children grow up and seeing how they shape the future of our province.”

Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta

In 2021, Alberta’s baby names reflected parents’ creativity, with names like Archangel, Chickadee, Tuba and Jocko appearing on the list. Other names appear to be inspired by popular fictional characters (Mads, Jedi, Anakin, Hobbes, Furious), vehicles (Audi, Benz, Royce, Chevy, Mercedes), locations (Monaco, Scotland, Denver, Brisbane, Nairobi) and music (Zeppelin, Jagger, Jethro).

Quick facts

  • Notable changes to the 2021 lists:
    • Evelyn appears in the top 10 list for girls for the first time, after placing 12th in 2020.
    • Henry appears in the top 10 list for boys for the first time, after placing 11th in 2020.
    • Chloe and Aria both reappear in the girls’ top 10 list for the first time since 2017; they tied for ninth place that year.
    • Emily dropped to 14th place among the most popular girls’ names, after appearing in the top 10 list every year since 1993.
    • Ethan, which until this year held the record as being No. 1 for the longest period, has moved back into the top 10 list of popular boys’ names, after dropping to 12th place in 2020.
    • Maverick has increased in popularity on the boys’ names list over the last five years, steadily moving up from 45th most popular in 2017 to 13th most popular in 2021.
  • Historically, girls’ names that held the No. 1 spot for the longest consecutive time period include:
    • Jessica: six years (1990-1995)
    • Emily: five years (1998-2002)
    • Olivia: nine years (2013-2021)
  • Historically, boys’ names that held the No. 1 spot for the longest consecutive time period include:
    • Matthew: five years (1995-1999)
    • Ethan: nine years (2001-2009)
    • Liam: seven years (2010-2016)
  • Parents have up to one year to register their child’s birth. As a result, the list of 2021 baby names and birth statistics may change slightly.

Boys’ names and frequency – top 10

(In brackets is the number of babies with each name)

Place Boy Names (2021) Boy Names (2020) Boy Names (2019) Boy Names (2018) Boy Names (2017)
1 Noah (274) Noah (239) Noah (275) Liam (225) Noah (250)
2 Jack (219) Oliver (229) Liam (234) Oliver (212) Liam (244)
3 Oliver (208) Liam (206) Oliver (225) Noah (199) Benjamin (229)
4 Liam (197) Benjamin (182) Ethan (213) Ethan (188) Logan (226)
5 Theodore (191) William (178) Jack (198) Logan (182)

Lucas (182)

Lucas (216)
6 William (174) Jack (169) William (185) Jacob (181) William (213)
7 Ethan (162) Lucas (163) Lucas (174) William (178) Ethan (192)
8 Levi (148) Theodore (159) Owen (167) Benjamin (176) Oliver (190)
9 Benjamin (147) Levi (153) Benjamin (163) Jack (167) Jack (189)
10 Henry (146) Owen (152) Jacob (162) Alexander (158)

James (158)

Jacob (178)

Girls’ names and frequency – top 10

(In brackets is the number of babies with each name)

Place Girl Names (2021) Girl Names (2020) Girl Names (2019) Girl Names (2018) Girl Names (2017)
1 Olivia (210) Olivia (236) Olivia (229) Olivia (235) Olivia (236)
2 Charlotte (166) Emma (184) Charlotte (188) Emma (230) Emma (215)
3 Ava (165) Charlotte (161) Sophia (181) Charlotte (175) Charlotte (187)
4 Emma (163) Ava (159) Emma (178) Emily (164) Ava (184)

Sophia (184)

5 Amelia (160) Sophia (151) Ava (161) Ava (161) Emily (159)
6 Sophia (137) Amelia (145) Amelia (159) Abigail (153) Abigail (154)
7 Isla (135) Isla (133) Emily (150) Harper (150) Amelia (149)
8 Abigail (120) Emily (127) Abigail (141) Sophia (146) Isabella (141)
9 Evelyn (119)

Chloe (119)

Lily (123) Hannah (137) Amelia (145) Aria (129)

Chloe (129)

10 Aria (112) Abigail (114) Elizabeth (124) Elizabeth (130) Lily (127)

This is a news release from the Government of Alberta.

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Alberta legislation would set up independent agency to investigate police complaints

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The Alberta government has introduced legislation aimed at making police forces more accountable and responsive to the communities they serve.

The Police Amendment Act introduced Thursday would establish an independent agency called the Police Review Commission to receive complaints, carry out investigations and conduct disciplinary hearings to do away with the idea of police investigating police.

Mike Ellis, the minister of public safety and emergency services, said the province has been consulting with Albertans since 2018 to come up with the first major overhaul of the Police Act in 34 years.

“One thing that came up consistently was the need to change how complaints against the police are investigated to end the system of police investigating police,” Ellis said.

“The legislation answers those long-lasting calls to reform the public complaints process by establishing an independent agency to handle complaints against police.”

The Alberta Serious Response Team will continue to handle all cases involving death or serious injuries, as well as serious and sensitive allegations involving all police services. Its mandate would be expanded to include peace officers employed by provincial organizations as well as community peace officers at the municipal level.

The legislation would also require all jurisdictions with a population above 15,000 currently policed by the RCMP to establish civilian bodies to oversee policing priorities.

The United Conservative Party government is deciding next steps following the release of a third-party analysis last year of a proposal to create a provincial police force instead of using the RCMP in rural areas and some smaller communities.

“No decisions have been made regarding the provincial police service,” Ellis said. “This is about ensuring that the rural municipalities have a say at the table under our current model which is the RCMP, who is the current provincial police service provider.”

Ellis said it could be another 18 months before the Police Review Commission is up and running. He said negotiations are underway with the RCMP to see how they would fit in under civilian oversight.

“Right now K-Division has expressed they’re supportive of this, however, we’re still having discussions with Public Safety Canada because it still falls technically under the RCMP in Ottawa,” he said.

“We’re going to continue to negotiate with the RCMP because we believe the independent body is the right approach and we can continue going down that path.”

The proposed changes would also require police to develop diversity and inclusion plans to reflect the diverse and distinct communities they serve and to better understand local community needs.

The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police supports the changes.

“Changes to update our Police Act are long overdue,” said Calgary Police Chief Mark Neufeld, president of the association in a statement.

“We have advocated for several years that the act needs reform to bring it more in line with the realities of the modern police workplace,”

Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee said the changes “will provide an additional layer of public transparency” that will benefit both the public and police.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2022.

— By Bill Graveland in Calgary

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TC Energy shuts down Keystone pipeline system after leak in Nebraska

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CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. says it has shut down its Keystone pipeline after a leak in Nebraska.

The company says it has mobilized people and equipment in response to a confirmed release of oil into a creek, about 32 kilometres south of Steele City, Neb.

TC Energy says an emergency shutdown and response was initiated Wednesday night after a pressure drop in the system was detected.

It says the affected segment of the pipeline has been isolated and booms have been deployed to prevent the leaked oil from moving downstream.

The Keystone pipeline system stretches 4,324 kilometres and helps move Canadian and U.S. crude oil to markets around North America.

TC Energy says the system remains shutdown as its crews respond and work to contain and recover the oil.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2022.

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