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Construction of Cancer Centre in Calgary on budget and on time

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Calgary Cancer Centre creates jobs in Calgary

The Calgary Cancer Centre is creating more than 8,770 well-paying construction and construction-related jobs in the Calgary region.

This project is one of the largest job creators in Alberta and a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan to build and create jobs. Construction continues to be on budget and on time despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to the construction workers who have closely followed COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe, job sites open and this important project on schedule. These efforts will help get Albertans back to work and this much-needed project finished, delivering world-class cancer treatment for Calgarians.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

“The ongoing construction progress at the Calgary Cancer Centre means this 127,000 square metre facility will open to patients in 2023 to provide top-quality cancer care in a healing space. Thanks to all the workers for their hard work and adherence to public health guidelines.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“The project is an enormous collaborative effort. More than 1,300 people are currently working on-site, including plumbers, electricians, drywallers, elevator installers, painters and inspectors. Dozens of Calgarians work off-site as well, including design consultants, suppliers, and those manufacturing millwork and doorframes and fabricating panels. We’re exceptionally proud of the progress so far.”

Toby Hendrie, project director, PCL Construction

Project facts

  • $1.42 billion project
  • Average of 1,300 workers on-site per day
  • Four million hours of accumulated on-site work (as of Aug. 31)
  • Project construction – began in late 2017 and is expected to be completed in late 2022
  • Operational commissioning (preparing for opening) – 2023
  • Ready for clinical use 2023 (anticipated)

Infrastructure projects like the Calgary Cancer Centre are an integral part of the government’s economic recovery strategy to get Albertans back to work.

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth.

Quick facts

  • This project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
  • This spending includes:
    • $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending
    • $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal
    • $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects
    • $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects,
    • $500 million in municipal infrastructure
    • $1.5 billion for Keystone XL.

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Oilers place goalie Mike Smith on long-term injured reserve

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Mike Smith on long-term injury reserve, and have re-assigned Olivier Rodrigue to the club’s taxi squad, pending quarantine protocols. 

Edmonton announced both transaction on Friday, but did not elaborate on Smith’s injury.

Smith was supposed to start Thursday’s game at home against the Vancouver Canucks but was declared inactive, forcing Mikko Koskinen into back-to-back starts. 

Smith and Koskinen were expected to split duties in the Oilers net this season. Edmonton re-signed the 38-year-old Smith to a one-year contract in the off-season. 

Rodrigue had been with the Graz99ers of the Austrian National League.

The 20-year-old Rodrigue was drafted 62nd overall by Edmonton in 2018.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published January 15, 2021.

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Alberta health minister says vaccine schedule to take hit from manufacturing delays

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s health minister says it will take longer than expected to start immunizing seniors over 75 outside long-term care homes due to a delay in manufacturing one of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Tyler Shandro called the news out of Ottawa on Friday a blow and said it’s not clear how severely the delay will affect Alberta’s vaccine allocation in the coming weeks. 

“This is out of our control, but it will impact Alberta’s immunization schedule,” he said Friday. 

The schedule for seniors over 75, regardless of where they live, and Indigenous people over 65 is up in the air because it will take longer to immunize priority health-care workers, Shandro said. 

“We had hoped to announce the start of these vaccinations in the coming days, but that is now in question.”

Federal officials said earlier in the day that only half of promised Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses will arrive in the next month due to production issues in Belgium. 

“This is unfortunate news and we are all disappointed. However, we will not stop,” Shandro said. “Health officials will continue giving out what vaccines we do have as quickly as possible.”

Senior medical officer of health Laura McDougall said Alberta is still ramping up its ability to administer vaccines and has been able to deliver more shots than expected so far.

 She said the province has recruited pharmacists, retired health-care workers and nursing students to give out shots and pop-up clinics have been set up in emergency departments to reach more front-line staff. 

“We have enough immunizers and more than enough people wanting to be immunized,” McDougall said. “What we need is more vaccine.”

Alberta reported 785 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday along with 13 more deaths. There were 796 people in hospital, with 124 of those in intensive care.

More than 74,000 vaccine doses have been given out so far, and the province still aims to administer 50,000 a week by the end of January if there is enough supply. 

— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2020.  

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