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Young Red Deer Woman awarded the QEII Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal


Sydney Hucal on the far right

Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell honoured young advocates, scientists, artists and volunteers at the Queen’s Jubilee awards ceremony.  Red Deer’s Sydney Hucal is on the far right

From the Province of Alberta

The lieutenant-governor and Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, presented recipients with the 2018 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship medals and Queen’s Golden Jubilee Arts medal at Government House.

The Citizenship Medal recognizes students for their outstanding citizenship, leadership, community service and volunteerism. The Scholarship for Performing Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential in the arts.

Along with a medal, each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship to further their personal development, as they become Alberta’s future leaders.

“This year’s medal recipients share a sense of compassion and dedication to community service, combined with a tireless spirit of adventure and innovation. They have made great use of these gifts to date and I trust that they will continue to give back as they build their careers.”

Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell

“These young people are committed to excellence in everything they do, from scientific research and artistic practice to humanitarian work and charity. I am proud to support them as they pursue their goals and strive to make their communities a better place for all Albertans.”

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

QEII Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal recipients

  • Kassidy Gerhardi from Cochrane
  • Garrett Gerrard from St. Albert
  • Sydney Hucal from Red Deer
  • Arzina Jaffer from Okotoks
  • Fajar Khan from Fort McMurray*
  • Andrew Li from Edmonton
  • Hope Roberts from Turner Valley
  • Tim Zekai Wu from Calgary*

Sydney Hucal (Notre Dame High School, Red Deer) – Sydney has been passionately engaged in many aspects of her school and community. As president of the school council, Sydney led her team in the delivery of numerous school events enhancing the school spirit and building an inclusive environment for all students. Sydney began a kindness campaign called Kind and Kinder based on her belief that the best way to create change was with one small act of kindness at a time. Realizing that little things could make a positive impact on others, she made thank you gifts to students who have made a difference at Notre Dame High School. A key member of the school’s graduation committee, Sydney helped organize the school’s annual service project, raising more than $43,000 for the Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre. Sydney also volunteered as a coach for the Red Deer Special Olympics Swim Team, and was a key member of the Go Girls Youth Empowerment event.

Sydney has just completed her first year in a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Victoria. She hopes to own and run her own small business in the future and apply the skills that her community involvement and education have taught her.


Energy Companies calling on average Canadians to make oil and gas top of mind for federal politicians



Three of Canada’s top energy sector leaders are asking average Canadians to boost Canada’s energy industry ahead of this fall’s federal election.  The Presidents of Cenovus Energy, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, and MEG Energy have penned an “Open Letter to Canadians” urging everyone to talk to federal candidates about supporting the energy sector.

The letter makes a simple assessment of the facts surrounding energy creation worldwide and asks Canadians to back our own companies as they attempt to lead the way toward “a lower carbon future”…

Open letter to Canadians from:

Tim McKay, Canadian Natural Resources Limited,

Alex Pourbaix, Cenovus Energy,

Derek Evans, MEG Energy

We have big decisions to make as a country, and there is an opportunity for each of you to influence the outcome.

Canadians want to know what the energy sector is doing to address the global climate change challenge while working to strengthen our economy.

As energy company leaders, we believe Canada is ideally positioned to do its part to both positively impact climate change and ensure a strong and vibrant economy for the future.

This is not an ‘either’ ‘or’ conversation, it’s an ‘and’ conversation.

The world needs more energy to sustain a growing global economy that is expected to lift three billion people out of poverty in the decades ahead. We need more wind, solar and hydro, but oil and natural gas remain a large part of the mix too. This is true in even the most optimistic scenarios for the worldwide adoption of renewable energy.

The world also needs to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  But shutting down Canada’s oil industry will have little impact on global targets.  In fact, it could have the opposite effect, with higher carbon fuels replacing our lower emissions products.

A healthy Canadian oil and natural gas industry is vital in leading the way to a lower carbon future.

Made-in-Canada technologies that reduce emissions at our oil and natural gas operations could be adapted for sharing with other industries worldwide.  We are already making meaningful progress developing those solutions.

We’ve reduced the emissions intensity in the oil sands by about 30% over the past two decades, and a number of oil sands operations are producing oil with a smaller greenhouse gas impact than the global average.  We’re working to get those numbers even lower.

And Canada’s energy companies are the country’s single largest investors in clean tech.  Through organizations such as Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) and the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) we are continuing to work on – and share – breakthrough technologies.

But we can’t do it alone.

And that’s why we are writing this letter.

As we head into the upcoming election, we are asking you to join us in urging Canada’s leaders of all political stripes to help our country thrive by supporting an innovative energy industry.  One that can contribute to solving the global climate change challenge and play a significant role in creating future energy solutions by developing our resources in the cleanest most responsible way possible today.

The choices we make will determine the quality of life we create for ourselves and future generations.  These choices will impact our ability to fund schools, hospitals, parks and the social programs that we as Canadians so deeply value.

This isn’t about any particular pipeline, policy or province. This is about the future of Canada.

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Murder charges against 2 in Drumheller Institution slaying



From the RCMP Major Crimes Unit

RCMP Major Crimes Unit lay murder charges in Drumheller

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit (MCU) South have laid first degree murder charges against two inmates at the Drumheller Institution following a serious assault which occurred on August 4, 2019.

At 7:34 p.m. on August 4, Drumheller RCMP responded to a complaint of a stabbing at the Drumheller Institution.  The 42-year-old victim was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

On August 5, RCMP MCU South attended the Institute along with Calgary RCMP Forensic Identification Section to investigate and gather evidence. An autopsy was completed on August 6 confirming that the death was caused by stab wounds.

Two male inmates, 24-year-old Giovanni James Alexis and 23-year-old Richard George Paul have both been charged with first degree murder in the death of Jason Tremblay. A court date has not yet been confirmed.

Further information will not be provided in relation to this incident.

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