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“…I’m surprised by the lack of energy literacy that is going on within the country…”

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We’ve Really Become An Enemy:

Deidra Garyk is a Canadian Energy Advocate

DEIDRA GARYK:  “…There are quite a few things that have surprised me in Canada in particular, mainly around how much vitriol there is towards people who work in the oil and gas sector.  We’ve really become an enemy.  I think there’s just a lack of understanding of who we are and what we do by people on the coast in BC and out east.  And in Ontario they don’t even really hear or know that we’re struggling and going through a lot of layoffs.

I’m surprised by the lack of energy literacy that is going on within the country, and I think that’s a big reason why people are susceptible to so much misinformation and the disinformation campaigns by the anti‑development groups.

Producer’s note: Some strong language here from Deidre around betrayal and enemies and it’s becomes such a polarizing issue. It’s become such an emotional issue that climate change on one side and we need jobs and economic activity on the other side, and an inability for us as a society to have authentic conversation, exploring what’s possible to create as a nation. When we have these vested interests and oftentimes, Ill informed beliefs and statements, it’s scary how much power protesters can have. It’s scary how much it’s scary how many families are, are hurt and wounded by layoffs.  What sort of future Do we want for our children, our grandchildren? And then how does energy fit into helping us achieve those goals? What is the vision for Canada?

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Alberta premier to outline more support for business during COVID health restrictions

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EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is to speak this morning on providing more support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenney promised more aid last week after his government introduced a new round of restrictions to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Retailers are limited to 15 per cent customer capacity and restaurants can only offer takeout or curbside service, although patios remain open.

The Opposition NDP says Kenney’s government has failed for a year to properly manage economic supports, saying the money is always too little, too late.

Kenney faces opposition from some quarters — even within his own caucus — to ease up on public-health measures even as the province is recording more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.

He says restrictions on public gatherings need to be in place a bit longer until vaccination rates reach critical mass.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021

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Positive COVID-19 tests at world men's curling championship deemed “false positives”

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CALGARY — The four positive COVID-19 tests that interrupted the men’s world curling championship are considered “false positives” from potentially contaminated samples, according to the World Curling Federation.

The men’s championship concluded late Sunday night with Sweden’s Niklas Edin winning a record fifth world men’s title.

No games were played Saturday because four participants, including one from a playoff team, tested positive for the virus in “exit” tests before leaving Calgary’s curling bubble. 

None had symptoms of the illness.

All have tested negative in multiple re-tests since then, the WCF said Monday in a statement. All tests were conducted via PCR throat swabs.

“According to Alberta Health, PCR testing remains the gold standard for COVID-19 testing,” the WCF said. “Very rarely, there are occurrences through sampling or testing processes when samples may become contaminated and a false positive may result.

“Following an investigation over the weekend, it appears that this may have occurred in this case and follow-up testing was undertaken.”

All athletes and personnel considered close contacts of the four underwent testing Saturday with all results negative. 

Every playoff team member was tested before and after each game Sunday with those results also negative, the WCF said. Hotel staff were also tested Sunday and cleared.

“With the original four positive test results now deemed as false positives, the integrity of the Calgary bubble remains intact,” the WCF declared.

“The change also allows international athletes who were considered close contacts, and who would have had to remain in isolation in Calgary for 14 days, will now be able to depart Calgary.”

The fifth of seven events in Calgary’s curling hub, the Humpty’s Champions Cup, gets underway Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

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