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K.D. Lang one of eight Albertans to receive province’s highest honour


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Eight Albertans to receive Alberta’s highest honour

October 17, 2018

Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell will invest the newest members of the Alberta Order of Excellence during a one-hour ceremony on Oct. 18.

The Alberta Order of Excellence is the highest honour the province offers its citizens. Since the Order was created in 1979, 165 Albertans have been invested, not including this year’s new members.

The Albertans being invested into the Order for 2018 are:

Reg Basken, Sherwood Park:

Reg Basken, Sherwood Park: Reg Basken is one of Canada’s most respected labour leaders. He is known for his collaborative negotiating style, particularly in the energy sector, and for championing medicare. He supports the community through United Way and Edmonton Community Foundation.

Rosella Bjornson, Sherwood Park

Rosella Bjornson, Sherwood Park: Capt. Rosella Bjornson is an icon in Canadian aviation. As the first female airline jet pilot, she paved the way for women in aviation and was pivotal in changing the regulations to allow pregnant pilots the right to fly.

Wayne Chiu, Calgary

Wayne Chiu, Calgary: Wayne Chiu is a successful businessman and philanthropist with a passion for social entrepreneurship. He is an advocate for affordable housing, and has supported many community organizations through the creation of the Trico Charitable Foundation.

k.d. lang, Calgary:

k.d. lang, Calgary: k.d. lang is one of Canada’s most versatile and gifted singer-songwriters, who has earned multiple Juno and Grammy awards. She is a strong advocate for many causes, including LGBTQ rights, music education and animal protection.

David Manz, Calgary: Dr. David Manz is a world-renowned expert and educator in the fields of irrigation engineering and climate change. He invented the Manz BioSand Water Filter, an affordable technology that provides safe water for millions of people around the world.

Solomon Rolingher, Edmonton

Solomon Rolingher, Edmonton: Sol Rolingher is a lawyer and community leader who is recognized for his work with the Phoenix Multi-Faith Society for Harmony and the River Valley Alliance. He has also made significant contributions to Alberta’s education and health-care sectors.

Allan Wachowich, Edmonton

Allan Wachowich, Edmonton: Allan Wachowich has made significant contributions as a lawyer, justice and active citizen. With his work in the legal profession, and the greater community, his focus has been fairness and providing equal opportunities for all members of society.

Ralph Young, Edmonton

Ralph Young, Edmonton: Ralph Young is a community builder who has a reputation for integrity, insight and inspiring others. He works tirelessly to support and enhance the community in which he lives, with a focus on education and the preservation of Canadian history.

Click here to see interviews and in-depth biographies of each inductee.


President Todayville Inc., Honorary Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Director Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) musician, photographer, former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.

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Line 5 shutdown ‘draconian,’ both sides must consider ‘imperfect’ alternatives: judge

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Washington –  A judge in Wisconsin is ordering Enbridge Inc. and an Indigenous band to confer about “imperfect” alternatives to shutting down the cross-border Line 5 pipeline.

District Court Judge William Conley calls the prospect of shutting off the line “draconian” and wants Enbridge and the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa to explore other options.

Conley also rejects outright Enbridge’s request that the band be ordered to allow the company access to its tribal lands in order to perform inspections and maintenance on the line.

He says the trial evidence has not shown that the band is violating a 1977 bilateral treaty on pipelines by rejecting the company’s proposals to fortify the line, which crosses their territory in Wisconsin.

In September, Conley denied Bad River’s motion for a summary judgment that would have shut down the pipeline, citing potential economic and foreign policy implications.

Today’s ruling calls on both sides to meet before Dec. 17 to find a solution that would mitigate the risk of a near-term spill without closing the pipeline down.

The band has yet to propose a potential solution that would not require a total shutdown, Conley writes, a prospect he describes as “draconian injunctive remedies.”

“The court must consider what alternative steps, however imperfect (particularly in the longer run), would reduce the risk of an oil spill in the near term,” the decision reads.

If possible, those steps should also preserve the operation of Line 5 “for those areas of the United States and Canada that currently depend on it.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.

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E3 Lithium gets $37M from feds to support oilfield lithium extraction

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CALGARY — An Alberta-based company aiming to extract lithium from the province’s old oilfields has received $37 million from the federal government.

E3 Lithium has developed a technology to extract lithium, a light metal used to make EV batteries, from oilfield brines.

E3 Lithium has already drilled test wells within Alberta’s historic Leduc oilfield region. It aims to have a field pilot project up and running next year.

Imperial Oil Ltd. has also invested in E3 Lithium and is providing technical and development support for the company.

The federal government has identified lithium as a focus of its $3.8-billion, eight-year critical minerals strategy.

The goal is to create a domestic supply chain for electric vehicles, boosting the economy while tackling greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.

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