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Green Technology Is “Pie In The Sky” According To Premier Kenny

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The economic benefits of oil and gas in Alberta are well known. The volatility of the boom and bust cycle is also a familiar song and dance in this province. When you take into consideration the environmental impact of the resource, the fossil fuel industry is a double-edged sword. It’s also commonly understood that moving to a renewable future, with less environmental impact, is better for everyone in the long run. 

To me, the solution is pretty straight forward: the sooner we move to a renewable long-term energy mix, the better off we will be. 

The path forward that I’ve heard from the Alberta business community is that we need a strong fossil fuel industry to support a renewable industry – that we can have oil and gas companies working side by side with renewable energy companies, growing the Canadian energy industry together. Profits from a strong economy can be used to finance our diversification. 

During the April 24th press conference, Jason Kenny threw that narrative out the window. He wants Alberta to be a petrol state, full stop. 

When Tom Ross from 660 news asked the Premier about working with the US on the Green New Deal, he got quite upset. He made it absolutely clear that he is only interested in fossil fuel jobs. 

“Our focus is on getting people back to work in Alberta, not pie in the sky ideological schemes.” 

For the UCP, the only good job is an oil job. 

The Premier went on to say “That kind of question in the middle of an economic crisis from a Calgary based media outlet, frankly, throws me for a loop”.

What message does that send to the thousands of Albertans who are working in renewable energy? 

What about Iron and Earth, the non-profit that is training oil field workers with additional skills so they can work in both fields? What about the students at SAIT, NAIT, the University of Calgary, and the University of Alberta who are in alternative energy courses? 

What about the people who are currently working in renewable energy at companies like BluEarth, Eavor, and SkyFire? Do their jobs not count? Are the projects that they operate and profit from “pie in the sky”?

What about the former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his new role at Terrestrial Energy? Does the work he’s doing to develop nuclear power in Canada qualify as “pie in the sky”?

The main goal of the Green New Deal is “meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” 

That’s a completely reasonable goal in my opinion. There is no reason why Canada and Alberta shouldn’t work with the US to help them develop their plan. Unless your goal is to create oil jobs instead of jobs. 

There are shovel-ready projects that will put Albertans to work in areas other than oil and gas. Not to mention the potential in this province in areas like software, technology, manufacturing, and engineering services. There are viable solutions being left cold because the UCP is so focused on fossil fuels, they can’t see anything else.

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Troubled Monk, Stride, and KCB Cabinets big winners at 2020 Business of the Year Awards

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From the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Red Deer Businesses receive prestigious awards

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce announced the 2020 Business of the Year Awards to five recipients at their 37th Business of the Year Awards held at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre. An independent adjudication committee comprised of local business leaders selected 15 finalists from more than 93 nominees in this annual celebration of business excellence.

In the 1-10 full-time equivalent employees’ category, – KCB Cabinets & Renovations

For the 11-20 full-time equivalent employees’ category – Stride Physiotherapy and Wellness

In the 21 or more full-time equivalent employees’ category – Troubled Monk.

For the Young Entrepreneur category – Sol Invictus Energy

And the Non-Profit Award category – The Lending Cupboard.

Businesses are nominated by the public, and chamber volunteers interview nominees to develop material for the adjudication committee. The committee then conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the finalists. As an outcome of this process, the winners are also determined, however the results are sealed and embargoed until the awards ceremony.

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative leader in building a vibrant community and fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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City to experiment with Winter Outdoor Patio

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Ross Street Patio to remain open for winter pilot program

Ross Street Patio will remain open this winter, as a new pilot project launched by The City of Red Deer. The patio, a beloved downtown amenity, was scheduled for seasonal removal earlier this month; the decision to explore a winter patio pilot project is in direct response to advocacy efforts from nearby businesses to retain the patio through the winter.

“We know downtown businesses are struggling as a result of the pandemic and we want to continue our support to help them mitigate the negative affects of COVID-19,” said Bobby-Jo Stannard, Community Development Superintendent. “Extra space provided by the patio allows nearby food and beverage businesses to expand and increase their capacity, while adhering to safety guidelines and restrictions.”

The winter patio pilot project in Red Deer follows decisions by both Calgary and Edmonton to extend their seasonal patio programs amid COVID-19. The project involves a partnership with these businesses that includes maintenance, snow and ice control, litter collection, and programming.

Downtown businesses with seasonal summer patios will be contacted by City staff regarding the option to renew their permit for the winter months.

A comprehensive evaluation will be completed in the spring to evaluate the success of the program and to determine the viability of retaining the patio as a year round amenity.

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