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  • From the Province of Alberta

    Alberta gets federal disaster mitigation funding

    More than two dozen Alberta communities are getting new and replacement flood mapping to support emergency response and long-term planning.

    The federal government is providing $8.7 million through the National Disaster Mitigation Program for 18 projects. They include new or replacement flood mapping for Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Siksika Nation, Red Deer, and more than 100 kilometres of the North Saskatchewan River, including Edmonton.

    The province is contributing more than $5 million to the projects as part of the cost-sharing agreement.

    “Our government is committed to investing in flood resilience to better protect Albertans where they live and work. The provincial and federal funding for flood mapping and community risk assessments will help us build safer communities over the long term and ensure Alberta is better prepared for severe weather events in the future.”

    Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

    “The Government of Canada, in partnership with provinces and territories, is committed to reducing the impacts of flooding on Canadians by investing in projects that allow communities to identify, plan for, and reduce flood risks.  Investing in programming like the National Disaster Mitigation Program is an important part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to address the soaring costs of natural disasters. The projects announced today will help the province of Alberta better prepare for and respond to floods.”

    Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

    Provincial and federal funding will also be used to assess the potential for debris floods near Canmore, stormwater vulnerabilities in Calgary and flood risks in smaller communities such as Manning, Stettler, Lacombe and the Municipal District of Crowsnest Pass.

    Projects to improve forecasting and warning systems and improve access and interaction with provincial flood-inundation maps also received funding.

    Alberta has launched 13 river hazard studies since 2015, including those that are wholly funded by the province. In total, these studies will produce new and replacement flood mapping for over 1,300 kilometres of river through more than 30 communities. Many of these studies are nearing completion.

    Since 2013, the Alberta government has invested more than $700 million in community-level resilience projects, erosion control, upstream storage, flood mapping, flood forecasting and emergency preparedness, and watershed health to improve flood and drought resilience across the province.

    National Disaster Mitigation Program funding to the Province of Alberta: Projects at a glance

    Community Risk Assessment – Central Alberta

    Total Project Value: $240,120

    Federal funding: $120,060; Provincial Funding: $120,060

    Project Start Date: September 5, 2017 (2 year project)

    This project is producing a risk assessment, using the Provincial Flood Damage Assessment Tool (PFDAT), which will be used by community members and the province to better understand flood vulnerability for a range of flood events in four communities in Central Alberta: Carbon, Stettler, Millet, and Lacombe. With the improved capacity, these four communities will be able to better plan and implement mitigation strategies that will reduce the impact of flooding.

     

    North Saskatchewan River Hazard Study

    Total Project Value: $1,670,000

    Federal funding: $835,000.00; Provincial Funding: $835,000.00

    Project Start Date: August 22, 2018 (2 year project)

    This project is assessing and identifying river and flood hazards along approximately 111 km of the North Saskatchewan River, from the western edge of 32-50-26-W4 to the eastern edge of 35-56-21-W4, including the Town of Devon, City of Edmonton, and the City of Fort Saskatchewan. The study reach extends through the following local authorities: Parkland County, Leduc County, Strathcona County including Sherwood Park, and Sturgeon County.

     

    Red Deer River Hazard Study

    Total Project Value: $1,530,000

    Federal Funding: $765,000; Provincial Funding: $765,000

    Project Start Date: August 1, 2017 (2 year project)

    This project is assessing and identifying river and flood hazards within the City of Red Deer, the Town of Penholds, Red Deer County, and Lacombe County.  The map will also be used to ensure future developments are not built in areas where flooding has been identified as a concern. In the event of a flood, the map will benefit emergency responders by helping them decide the best route of evacuation, as well as informing the best location for the construction of temporary flood control barriers.


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    Advanced polls are open and voting is underway!

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  • From the Government of Alberta

    Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer, Glen Resler, confirms that advance polls are now open.  Advance poll locations are available throughout the province from Tuesday, April 9 to Saturday, April 13.

    Advance poll locations are available to all eligible electors and for the first time are providing a ‘Vote Anywhere’ service, whereby electors can receive the ballot for their electoral divisions, at any location.

    Information about the locations and their hours of operations can be found on Where to Vote cards mailed to electors, in local newspapers and on www.elections.ab.ca.

    Eligible electors are Canadian citizens who reside in Alberta and are at least 18 years of age or older on Election Day.

    To be added to the list of electors, an elector may register at an advance poll or on Election Day by providing authorized identification containing their name and residential address.  A list of authorized identification is on our website: https://www.elections.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/Authorized-Identification-Poster.pdf

    The ‘Vote Anywhere’ service is only available at the advance polls.  Electors voting on Election Day, must vote at their assigned voting location.  Election Day is Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

    For more information about the provincial general election visit www.elections.ab.ca, call toll free at 1-877-422-VOTE (8683) open weekdays from 8:15 am to 8:00 pm and weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on voting days from 8:15 am to 8:00 pm, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Elections Alberta is an independent non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.


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    RCMP officer shoots man near Eckville. ASIRT investigating

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  • From Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)

    Investigation continues into RCMP officer-involved shooting

    On April 6, 2019, at approximately 8:15 a.m., RCMP were advised of an Eckville, Alberta location where stolen oilfield property might be found.

    An RCMP officer responded to the reported location at the rear of a strip of businesses on the north side of Eckville.

    The officer found four vehicles at the location. As the officer was checking the vehicles, he located a man who appeared to be sleeping in a Ford F250 truck and made cursory observations of the interior of the vehicle. The officer returned to his police vehicle and checked the licence plate number, which came back registered to a different vehicle. The officer requested assistance to his location, placed a spike belt and returned to his police vehicle to await assistance.

    While the officer was waiting for assistance, a confrontation occurred that resulted in the officer discharging his service pistol.

    The man sustained a single gunshot wound that resulted in serious, but not life-threatening injuries. He was treated on scene by EMS, transported to hospital and admitted. He remains in hospital.

    The Ford F250 was determined to have been stolen approximately 5 days earlier from Saskatoon and the licence plate was also determined to have been stolen.

    With the investigation underway, ASIRT will not make any further comment until the matter is concluded.


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