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Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper adds weight to Alberta’s Economic Recovery Council

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Stephen Harper (61), has been the Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU) since February 2018. In 2017 he joined the IDU, which comprises 73 full and associate members from 63 different countries around the world.

The University of Calgary graduate, completed a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1985 and later Harper earned his master’s degree in economics in 1991.

Over Harper’s political career, which spanned several national conservative parties, was elected to the House of Commons seven times. In 2006 Harper became the first prime minister to come from the merged conservative parties which became the Conservative Party of Canada in December 2003. The Harper lead Conservative Party of Canada beat the Paul Martin lead Liberal Part of Canada to become Canada’s 22nd prime minister from February 6, 2006, to November 4, 2015.

After leaving Canadian politics Harper took on a number of international business and leadership roles, building up the global consulting firm, Harper & Associates Consulting Inc., appearing mostly on US and British media.

In 2018 he published the book Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption.

Here are the members of the council.  You’ll see more of Tom’s stories about this group as the week progresses.

  • Jack Mintz, chair
  • Clive Beddoe – former chair, president and CEO, WestJet
  • Robert Blakely
  • Brent Belzberg – founder and senior managing partner, TorQuest Partners
  • Bob Dhillon – founder, president and CEO, Mainstreet Equity Corporation
  • Chris Fowler – president and CEO, Canadian Western Bank
  • Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper – Canada’s 22nd prime minister
  • Peter Kiss – owner and president, Morgan Construction and Environmental
  • Zainul Mawji – president, Telus Home Solutions
  • Nancy Southern – chair and CEO, ATCO Ltd.
  • Kevin Uebelein – CEO, AIMCo
  • Mac Van Wielingen – founder, ARC Financial

 

Zainul Mawji- passion and a track record in technology, entrepreneurship, and community

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Fire investigators can't pin cause of fire at Edmonton-area seniors complex

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ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Fire investigators say they have been unable to figure out what caused a fire at an Edmonton-area retirement and long-term care complex last week.

Residents were forced to leave when the fire at the Citadel Mews West Continuing Care Facility in St. Albert broke out on May 6.

It destroyed part of the complex and three residents suffered smoke inhalation.

Investigators say the fire started on a ground-floor patio.

They say it spread from patio furniture to the underside of the deck above and from there up the siding into the building’s attic.

A damage estimate has yet to be made and investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.

“This was a large and devastating fire where thankfully no one was seriously hurt,” St. Albert acting fire Chief Scott Wilde said Friday in a news release.

“If you live in a multi-family building, be aware of your building’s fire safety plan and practise your escape.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021.

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Alberta health agency obtains restraining order against Calgary mayoral candidate

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CALGARY — Alberta Health Services says it has obtained a restraining order against a Calgary mayoral candidate who the agency says has threatened health workers.

AHS says Kevin Johnston must stay at least 100 metres away from health officers and must not publish any threats or hate speech directed at them.

Johnston is running in this fall’s municipal election and has been a vocal supporter of anti-lockdown protests.

He appears regularly online where he promotes far-right ideology.

AHS says Johnston has been aggressive and threatening towards two particular health workers as well as to the general AHS workforce.

The agency says it wants to protect staff and ensure they feel supported.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021.

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