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Rally Against NDP Carbon Tax To Be Held In Red Deer On Saturday

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By Sheldon Spackman

Numerous rallies are planned throughout the province on Saturday, November 5th to protest the NDP government’s plan to implement Bill 20 in the new year, the “Climate Leadership Implementation Act” or Carbon Tax as many refer to it as.

The rallies are being hosted by the Alberta Citizens Coalition with the Red Deer rally to take place at City Hall Park and begin at 11:00am. Others will take place in Calgary, Edmonton and Medicine Hat. The Edmonton Rally will be held at the Alberta Legislature starting at noon.

Organizers say “We need a Taskforce to address growing unemployment. Put this to the people.” The group wants a referendum on the NDP carbon tax but the Premier has stated Alberta needs to be a leader on Climate change.

In a release, Minister of Environment and Parks: Minister responsible for the Climate Change Office Shannon Phillips says “Our plan to reduce carbon pollution will diversify the economy, create jobs, protect the health of Albertans and erase any doubt about Alberta’s environmental record. It’s the right thing to do today and for future generations. Climate change denial is wrong for our economy and it’s wrong for our Alberta’s future.”

Government officials say Bill 20 will help Alberta reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and improve the energy efficiency of Alberta homes, businesses and public buildings, adding the Climate Leadership Plan is widely supported in both the energy industry and in the public.

The proposed legislation aims to put into law Alberta’s carbon levy and carbon levy rebate, ensure that revenue from the carbon levy is invested into actions that address climate change and establish Energy Efficiency Alberta.

Money raised through the carbon levy is to be reinvested in Alberta to reduce carbon pollution and provide rebates to help Albertans adjust. It’s estimated sixty-six per cent of Alberta households would receive a full or partial rebate.

The $20 per tonne carbon levy is due to take effect on January 1, 2017.

(Photo courtesy of the Alberta Citizens Coalition)

City of Red Deer

Don’t be alarmed when you see City Emergency Vehicles, etc this Wednesday

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Emergency response exercise happening Wednesday

Some City facilities will be busier than normal when The City practices its emergency plans as part of an annual emergency response exercise on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

City Hall and the Collicutt Centre will be used as part of the exercise with City Hall serving as the Emergency Operations Centre, and the Collicutt Centre as a mock reception site. It is business as usual for both facilities with all regular facility programs and services happening as scheduled; however, citizens may see City staff and emergency personnel, vehicles and equipment participating in the training scenario.

“We are always practicing and refining our emergency plans and processes to ensure we are prepared for potential emergency situations,” said Karen Mann, Emergency Management Coordinator. “Annual large-scale exercises, like the one on Wednesday, allow our teams to train together, identify areas for improvement and build on existing skills.”

The exercise will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with various staff participating in different ways throughout the day.

More information on The City’s emergency preparedness is online at: https://www.reddeer.ca/city- services/ambulance-fire-and-emergencies/emergency-preparedness-and-public-safety/

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Alberta’s “Fair Deal Panel” in Red Deer tonight

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Fair Deal Panel town hall set for Red Deer

Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel will hold its second open town hall meeting in Red Deer on Dec. 9.

The Fair Deal Panel is consulting Albertans on how best to define and secure a fair deal for the province. They’re exploring ideas that give the province a bigger voice within the federation, increase power over areas of provincial jurisdiction and advance vital economic interests.

The Red Deer town hall will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westerner Park Prairie Pavilion. Seating capacity is limited so participants should register to attend.

Albertans are encouraged to attend local town hall sessions and share their vision of how Alberta can achieve a fairer deal. Additional town hall locations and dates are being confirmed.

All Albertans will have the opportunity to provide their input online and through other forms of direct feedback as the panel conducts its public consultations until Jan. 30, 2020. More information on how to participate is available at www.fairdeal.ca.

In addition to receiving input from Albertans, the Fair Deal Panel will consult with policy experts and undertake research to inform its recommendations. The panel will complete its report to the government by March 31, 2020.

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