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April 24, 2020 | No Comments

Remembering the battle of Kapyong

 

On this day 69 years ago the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) heroically repulsed an attack by Chinese and North Korean communist forces in Korea. 

From 1950 to 1953 Canadian and allied forces fought in the Korean War as part of the  United Nations mission defending South Korea from a communist invasion. 

In the spring of 1951, the PPCLI was ordered to hold Hill 677 at Kapyong as the last line of defense protecting the withdrawal of our allies.

For two days the 700 Canadian troops fervently fought off wave after wave of enemy attacks.

Heavily outnumbered the Canadians held firm and successfully stopped the enemy offensive.  

For their heroism, President Truman awarded the PPCLI the United States Presidential Unit Citation battle streamer and shoulder badge. 

Yet, this came at a high cost, 10 Canadian soldiers were killed and 23 were wounded. 

Lest we forget.

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April 21, 2020 | No Comments

Paid summer intern for Member of Parliament

Language Requirements: English. Other languages considered an asset.

Location: Edmonton, Alberta.

Job description:

The office of Kerry Diotte, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach, is looking for a summer intern to help develop and carry out creative projects and assist in day-to-day constituency work. Working with the Member of Parliament and his staff, this paid internship is a chance to learn about political life and enhance your professional resume.

Qualifications:

• Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills
• Proficient with computers and basic photography
• Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends on projects
• Effective interpersonal skills, good judgment, discretion, initiative, professionalism and team spirit
• Keen interest in learning new technology (such as video editing) or online programs and apps

Apply now by sending your resume, a creative work sample and three work, volunteer or academic references to the attention of Sally Harris at: Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.ca.

The successful candidate could start working as soon as May 15, 2020 with the position ending by Sept. 1, 2020.

Creative work could include writing samples, photos, videos etc.

Please feel free to forward this opportunity to interested individuals.

*** All applications will be held in confidence and only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.***

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April 20, 2020 | No Comments

How are you coping?

Please let me know how you’re coping

These are trying times for everyone.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives.

Many of us are working largely from home, including me.

We’re the lucky ones, because we have work.

Millions of Canadians aren’t so fortunate. Some have been laid off. Others had to close their businesses due to the pandemic. Still others might not have had a job before this all hit and have little hope of getting one now.

There are a variety of government programs being made available to ease the pain. Millions of people are taking advantage of them.

I’d like to know how you’re coping during this COVID crisis. What’s your work situation?

Are you largely staying home? What are you doing to fill your day?

Have you applied for any government assistance? Was it easy enough to apply or did you have issues? I’d love to hear about the good and the not-so good.

As a federal Member of Parliament my main priority these days is working with my staff to help any constituents when they have problems with federal assistance. If you’ve had issues that we might be able to help with, please contact my office at (780) 495-3261 or by email at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca.

Please follow all the health guidelines we’re told about and stay safe.

All the best, from my family to yours.

Parliament needs to return

One of Canada’s greatest strengths is our democracy. 

From sea-to-sea-to-sea Members of Parliament are hearing the concerns of their constituents and advocating on their behalf. 

This way every Canadian has a direct link to the highest offices in the country. 

Yet, the government has attempted to skirt our Parliamentary traditions. 

They first attempted a massive power grab that would have given them unlimited powers to spend and raise taxes without Parliamentary approval for nearly two years.

Now the government is trying to silence Parliamentary scrutiny. 

Parliament’s duty is to keep the government accountable to Canadians by asking tough questions and demanding the best results for Canadians. 

It’ll take a Team Canada approach to conquer COVID-19. Being part of an effective team means having all your players in the game. 

That’s why Parliament needs to return. 

Aid package finally announced for the struggling energy industry

More than three weeks after promising help was only “hours” away, the government has finally announced an aid package for the energy industry struggling because of COVID-19.

The government’s plan will include funding to clean up orphaned oil wells and create new credit support for energy businesses, something we Conservatives have been calling for.     

This is a positive first step but there are still many unanswered questions.

More clearly needs to be done to support the thousands of hard working energy workers who power our country.

Learn more about COVID-19

You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Public Health or the Public Health Authority of Canada

Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811.

 

 

Benefits for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

Remember: the way the government set up CERB you need to reapply every 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Canada is flattening the coronavirus curve. That’s ‘good news,’ expert explains. Link
  • Cooks from kitchens shuttered by pandemic keep Meals on Wheels rolling in Edmonton. Link
  • Alberta sending Personal Protective Equipment to non-medical facilities. Link
  • Goldstein: Trudeau helps the oil sector, just not a lot. Link
  • Canada must ‘re-think’ relationship with China over pandemic: Scheer. Link
  •  Liberal government’s ‘almost humiliating’ posture toward China a missed opportunity: Former top diplomat. Link
  •  The road to Canada’s COVID-19 outbreak: timeline of federal government failure at border to slow the virus. Link
  • Corbella: Kenney’s criticism of Dr. Tam is well deserved. Link
  • ‘Home’ ice is available for isolated hockey players. Link

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I’m always eager to hear from you. Do you have beefs? Bouquets? Suggestions?

Drop me a note at my e-mail address.

Please note our local Edmonton constituency office is currently still open to serve you but it’s by appointment only. We simply ask that you call ahead to book an appointment.

Call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to serve you.

Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

E-mail:
Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.ca

Phone:
(780) 495-3261

Mail (postage free): 
Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

 

 

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April 18, 2020 | No Comments

I demanded answers on Teck Resources project

Recently I filed an official order paper request in which I demanded answers on the Liberal handling of the vital Teck Resources oil sands project.

I asked:

With regard to the government’s approach to the proposed Frontier mine project by Teck Resources Ltd.: (a) what specific steps, if any, did the government take in order to save the project; (b) why did the government delay its decision on approval for the project for over six months; and (c) did anyone in the government propose intentionally delaying the decision until the application was withdrawn, and, if so, what are the details of the proposal, including who made the proposal?

Here is the answer the Liberal government provided to me in the original documents:

The Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project was assessed in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). On February 23, 2020, Teck notified the federal government that they would like to withdraw their regulatory application from the federal environmental assessment at any time if a proponent advises the Minister in writing that it does not intent to carry out a project. Following receipt of the letter fro Teck, the Minister subsequently, terminated the Project on February 25, 2020. 

a) The proposed Project was the subject of a regulatory process where the objective is to evaluate the potential environmental effects associated with the Project. 

The assessment was conducted by a Joint Review Panel between the federal government and the Alberta Energy Regulator. In its report, the Panel in its role as the Alberta Energy Regulator, per the Alberta Oil Sands Conservation Act, concluded that despite the significant adverse environmental effects, the Project was in the public interest. Subsequent to this Panel report, a federal decision was still required under CEAA 2012. The process would have required a decision by the Minister to determine whether there are significant adverse environmental effects, and if so, refer the matter to the Governor-in-Council to make a determination as to whether those effects are justified in the circumstances. 

b)  The Project was reviewed under the former environmental assessment legislation (CEAA 2012), and the timelines set out under that legislation were respected. The review started in 2012 and included a submission of an updated project design initiated by Teck in 2015. Once the Joint Review Panel was appointed, the environmental assessment followed a reasonable timeframe within the legislated timelines established.

On July 25, 2019 the Joint Review Panel released its report The following day, intensive work was underway by the federal government to review the report, and prepare potential draft conditions that went out for a 3-day comment period. In addition, concerted efforts were made to ensure that Indigenous groups were consulted, and measures identified to address potential impacts on rights. This process required the federal government to take the necessary time for consultation, ensure that it full carried out its fiduciary responsibilities, and prepare the necessary briefing package for decision-makers.

Under the Impact Assessment Act, the government built in provisions that make the review robust, but with timelines that allow for an efficient review. 

c) There was no proposal developed bu the federal government that sought to delay a decision until Teck withdrew its application. The decision to withdraw was unilaterally made by Teck.  

 

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April 16, 2020 | No Comments

COVID Team Canada approach benefits from Opposition oversight

By KERRY DIOTTE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging politicians of all stripes to be part of a Team Canada approach to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ll buy into his patriotic pitch – to a degree.

We must all help. Stay home. Wash our hands. Social distance. Canadians can recite basic COVID-19-busting advice as easily as the words to O Canada. In extraordinary circumstances there’s a need for extraordinary measures such as closer co-operation between normally warring, partisan political parties.

As a member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition Conservatives, I believe we’ve demonstrated that co-operation with the minority government Liberals by – not once, but twice – fast-tracking legislation through the House of Commons to quickly get relief to millions of hard-hit Canadians.

Conservatives successfully pushed Liberals for improvements to the aid package, including seeing a 10 per cent employee wage subsidy boosted to 75 per cent, and ensuring employers will quickly know if they’re eligible for the program.

But I bristle at an accusation from the PM and parroted by some media that pushing back against the Liberals in these trying times is somehow “politicizing” the pandemic. That’s way offside.

If everyone is to be a contributing member of Team Canada, then all players should pull their weight in what is truly a do-or-die situation. I can almost hear legendary Don Cherry declare that this is no time for floaters, big egos or bone-headed game-losing screw-ups.

But this is a serious game and mistakes were made – and as members of the Opposition, we have a duty to Canadians to point them out and demand our government do better.


For instance, it was revealed by CBC that a Canadian military intelligence unit issued a dire warnings about the Wuhan, China, outbreak way back in January. CBC quoted a leading intelligence expert as saying that “raises serious questions about information-sharing within the federal government – and its possible failure to heed early warning signs.”


Opposition MPs must demand answers from our federal government over this.

Conservatives pointed out that other nations, including Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand, have fared better in their battles against COVID-19. It’s widely conceded those countries were quicker to react, in part, by having tighter borders, earlier testing and more stringent quarantines than here.

Incredibly, in January, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Canada would have cases of COVID-19, but “it’s going to be rare.” Tam also long discouraged Canadians from wearing face masks before completely reversing herself in early April.

Opposition politicians were compelled to call those missteps into question.

Politicization?

Nope, just being good Team Canada members.

As late as February, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu and other Liberal ministers were telling Canadians that the risk of getting COVID-19 in this nation was low. That same minister pooh-poohed Conservatives and others calling for stronger measures at our borders.

Trudeau intimated such demands bordered on racism. “There is no place in our country for discrimination driven by fear or misinformation,” he said on Feb. 1. “This is not something Canadians will ever stand for.”

Hajdu claimed on Feb. 17: “The long-term implications of shutting down borders is they’re not very effective at controlling disease. In fact, they’re not very effective at all.”

Airport screening of foreign-arriving passengers to Canada was so lax for so long, it inspired an angry Alberta United Conservative Party Premier Jason Kenney to show up at Edmonton International Airport with a video camera to expose the problem. He vowed to bring in Alberta officials to fix the issue.

Amid the pandemic, Illegal immigrants continued to stream into Canada from the U.S., notably at the notorious Roxham Road in Quebec. Conservatives have long called for a closure there but Trudeau only acted on March 20, saying such “irregular” migrants would now be turned back.

One of the most egregious errors of all was that Canada was short of critical medical supplies despite getting hard-hit by the SARS outbreak that came out of China 17 years ago. The head of the Canadian Medical Association has pointed to a 2006 federal document that warned Canada had to be better prepared for a pandemic exactly like this, in part by having a large stockpile.

Canadians were aghast upon learning that the federal government in February actually shipped 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment overseas, including to China. The Conservative Opposition rightly called out the government over this.

Are we team players on Team Canada on that issue?

You bet your Ryan Smyth-autographed Oilers jersey we are.

Like many MPs, my local staffers and I have been working flat-out to answer inquiries from concerned constituents to help them navigate government red tape and speed up government processes that seem slower than ever amid these trying times.

It’s true it will take a Team Canada approach to conquer the COVID-19 plague. But part of being an effective team is knowing when some of your top players aren’t pulling their weight and calling them out on it.

I’ll give the governing Liberals credit for trying to the best of their abilities to tackle solutions to this mind-numbing global pandemic.

But, let’s face it, most true-blue Canadians couldn’t be faulted for thinking that neither the captain of this federal Team Canada, Justin Trudeau, nor his supporting first-line ministers could ever be mistaken for Connor McDavid.

Questions? Comments? Reach Kerry at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca

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April 15, 2020 | No Comments

Why politics has a key role in pandemic busting

Why politics has a key role in pandemic busting

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If everyone is to be a contributing member of Team Canada, then all players should pull their weight in what is truly a do-or-die situation

Kerry DiottePrime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging politicians of all stripes to be part of a Team Canada approach to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ll buy into his patriotic pitch – to a degree.

We must all help. Stay home. Wash our hands. Social distance. Canadians can recite basic COVID-19-busting advice as easily as the words to O Canada. In extraordinary circumstances there’s a need for extraordinary measures such as closer co-operation between normally warring, partisan political parties.

As a member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition Conservatives, I believe we’ve demonstrated that co-operation with the minority government Liberals by – not once, but twice – fast-tracking legislation through the House of Commons to quickly get relief to millions of hard-hit  Canadians.

Conservatives successfully pushed Liberals for improvements to the aid package, including seeing a 10 per cent employee wage subsidy boosted to 75 per cent, and ensuring employers will quickly know if they’re eligible for the program.

But I bristle at an accusation from the PM and parroted by some media that pushing back against the Liberals in these trying times is somehow “politicizing” the pandemic. That’s way offside.

If everyone is to be a contributing member of Team Canada, then all players should pull their weight in what is truly a do-or-die situation. I can almost hear legendary Don Cherry declare that this is no time for floaters, big egos or bone-headed game-losing screw-ups.

But this is a serious game and mistakes were made – and as members of the Opposition, we have a duty to Canadians to point them out and demand our government do better.

For instance, it was revealed by CBC that a Canadian military intelligence unit issued a dire warnings about the Wuhan, China, outbreak way back in January. CBC quoted a leading intelligence expert as saying that “raises serious questions about information-sharing within the federal government – and its possible failure to heed early warning signs.”

Opposition MPs must demand answers from our federal government over this.

Conservatives pointed out that other nations, including Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand, have fared better in their battles against COVID-19. It’s widely conceded those countries were quicker to react, in part, by having tighter borders, earlier testing and more stringent quarantines than here.

Incredibly, in January, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Canada would have cases of COVID-19, but “it’s going to be rare.” Tam also long discouraged Canadians from wearing face masks before completely reversing herself in early April.

Opposition politicians were compelled to call those missteps into question.

Politicization?

Nope, just being good Team Canada members.

As late as February, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu and other Liberal ministers were telling Canadians that the risk of getting COVID-19 in this nation was low. That same minister pooh-poohed Conservatives and others calling for stronger measures at our borders.

Trudeau intimated such demands bordered on racism. “There is no place in our country for discrimination driven by fear or misinformation,” he said on Feb. 1. “This is not something Canadians will ever stand for.”

Hajdu claimed on Feb. 17: “The long-term implications of shutting down borders is they’re not very effective at controlling disease. In fact, they’re not very effective at all.”

Airport screening of foreign-arriving passengers to Canada was so lax for so long, it inspired an angry Alberta United Conservative Party Premier Jason Kenney to show up at Edmonton International Airport with a video camera to expose the problem. He vowed to bring in Alberta officials to fix the issue.

Amid the pandemic, Illegal immigrants continued to stream into Canada from the U.S., notably at the notorious Roxham Road in Quebec. Conservatives have long called for a closure there but Trudeau only acted on March 20, saying such “irregular” migrants would now be turned back.

One of the most egregious errors of all was that Canada was short of critical medical supplies despite getting hard-hit by the SARS outbreak that came out of China 17 years ago. The head of the Canadian Medical Association has pointed to a 2006 federal document that warned Canada had to be better prepared for a pandemic exactly like this, in part by having a large stockpile.

Canadians were aghast upon learning that the federal government in February actually shipped 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment overseas, including to China. The Conservative Opposition rightly called out the government over this.

Are we team players on Team Canada on that issue?

You bet your Ryan Smyth-autographed Oilers jersey we are.

Like many MPs, my local staffers and I have been working flat-out to answer inquiries from concerned constituents to help them navigate government red tape and speed up government processes that seem slower than ever amid these trying times.

It’s true it will take a Team Canada approach to conquer the COVID-19 plague. But part of being an effective team is knowing when some of your top players aren’t pulling their weight and calling them out on it.

I’ll give the governing Liberals credit for trying to the best of their abilities to tackle solutions to this mind-numbing global pandemic.

But, let’s face it, most true-blue Canadians couldn’t be faulted for thinking that neither the captain of this federal Team Canada, Justin Trudeau, nor his supporting first-line ministers could ever be mistaken for Connor McDavid.

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April 14, 2020 | No Comments

Feds will pay you to hire students

Hire a student and feds will pay salary

There are new rules around the Canada Summer Job program and I’m looking for organizations and businesses in my riding of Edmonton Griesbach that are interested in hiring a student, full-time or part-time as early as May 11.

The feds will now pay up to 100% of students’ wages and they can be employed until Feb. 28, 2021.

This program is open to organizations and private businesses.

More details will come, but if you’re interested please e-mail me with a few details about your business or organization and its needs for employing a student or several students.

E-mail: kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca

I want to hear your good news stories

This crisis is hard. Folks have lost their jobs and are physically distancing. Yet, throughout our community people are coming together and helping each other. 

Maybe you’re a senior with mobility issues and a nice teenager down the street has shovelled your walk, perhaps a neighbour did some baking for you or someone went out of their way to pick-up groceries for someone in need. 

If you have a story of people helping someone I want to hear it!

Send it my way by e-mail at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca

I’ll share some of the good news stories I receive in my next e-newsletter.

What I’d like to see happen

The government has announced a number of measures to help Canadians.

My Conservative colleagues and I are committed to working with the government to ensure Canadians have the best support possible during this crisis. Yet, more needs to be done. 

This is a crisis and the government must be there to help Canadians weather the storm. 

We Conservatives have laid out some meaningful solutions to help Canadians. 

First, the government needs to rebate the GST that has been collected from small businesses over the last year.  

Second, the government needs to act immediately in supporting small businesses. Instead of waiting weeks for government support, credit unions could provide emergency interest free loans. This would ensure all workers get paid and businesses don’t close while waiting for government support.

Third, the government needs to be more flexible in allowing Canadians to show losses due to COVID-19. Small businesses cover a wide range of types of industries and a one size fits all approach will leave out many deserving recipients.

Our parliamentary democracy is one of our greatest strengths during a crisis.  

Thorough debate, a free press and an effective Opposition ensures Canadians get the best result.

Our Conservative Opposition has continuously pushed for better legislation and governance during this crisis and we’ll continue to work for you.

Learn more about COVID-19

You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Public Health or the Public Health Authority of Canada

Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811.

 

 

Benefits for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Canadians call out Trudeau for Easter trip. Link
  • Alberta to send personal protective equipment to Ontario, Quebec, B.C. Link
  • Alberta testing anti-malaria drug for COVID-19. Link
  • Canadian bagpipe players band together to bring isolated grandma some cheer. Link
  • Rex Murphy: A COVID-19 wake-up call: Canada must stop this self-destruction. Link
  • How people older than 65 can do more to protect themselves from COVID-19. Link
  • Ontario received 100,000 contaminated, unusable swabs for COVID-19 tests. Link
  • The road to Canada’s COVID-19 outbreak: timeline of federal government failure at border to slow the virus. Link
  • Quebec health-care workers going without protective equipment, union says. Link
  • Meet Randy, the ASL interpreter at Alberta’s COVID-19 updates. Link
  • Nearly 6 million people have applied for COVID-19 emergency benefits. Link

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I want to hear from you 

I’m always eager to hear from you. Do you have beefs? Bouquets? Suggestions?

Drop me a note at my e-mail address.

Please note our local Edmonton constituency office is currently still open to serve you but it’s by appointment only. We simply ask that you call ahead to book an appointment.

Call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to serve you.

Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

E-mail:
Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.ca

Phone:
(780) 495-3261

Mail (postage free): 
Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

 

 

 

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April 13, 2020 | No Comments

Benefits for Canadians

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides emergency support of  $2000 a month for Canadians affected by the COVID-19 emergency. 

Remember: the way the government set up CERB you need to reapply every 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

 

Employment Insurance

Employment Insurance (EI) remains available for Canadians. 

If you are sick or your employment has been affected by COVID-19 and you qualify for EI you can apply below. 

  • Waived the one-week waiting period for EI benefits. 
  • Waived doctor’s note requirement to access EI sick benefits.

For more information visit their website or contact EI’s COVID-19 phone line at (833) 381-2725.

 

 

 

Tax and benefit changes to help Canadians

  • An increased Goods and Services Tax credit (GST) payment. 
    Average additional benefit will be near $400 for individuals and near $600 for couples. No need to apply eligible individuals will receive the benefit automatically. 
  • Increase to the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amounts, by $300 per child.
  • Tax return date is deferred until June 1.
  • Payment for taxes owed is deferred till August 31.
  • Interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans until September 30, 2020. 

 

 

Support for businesses 

  • We Conservatives pushed for more support for workers and now businesses in need will receive a wage subsidy equal to 75% of wages paid during the emergency period. That’s up from the original 10% the government proposed. 
  • The  proposed the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will offer support for 75% of commercial rent for eligible small businesses.
  • Working Capital Loan and the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) available through the Business Development Bank and and Export Development Canada (EDC).to help support entrepreneurs during the crisis.
  • Deferral of Sales Tax remittance and customs duty to June 30, 2020. This is applicable to businesses, including self-employed individuals, on the GST/HST as well as customs duties owing on their imports.  

Support for farmers

  • Increasing Farm Credit Canada by an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to farmers and food processors. This will help them bridge cash flow issues during this emergency. 

 

 

Support for students 

The proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)  would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students who aren’t eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Employment Insurance or unable to work due to COVID-19.

We Conservatives are also calling for a program that matches students looking for work with essential jobs in agriculture. 

Farmers across Canada need workers and students need jobs.

This is a win-win policy that helps students, farmers and maintain the security of our food supply. 

 

 

 

Assistance programs offered from the Government of Alberta

  • Utility payment holiday:
    Residential, farm, and small commercial customers can defer bill payments for the next 90 days. This will cover electricity and natural gas, regardless of the service provider. Call your utility provider directly to arrange for a 90-day deferral on all payments.
  • Provincial student loan holiday:
    Six-month interest-free moratorium on Alberta student loan payments.
  • Emergency credit and mortgage deferrals:
    Emergency deferrals are available for ATB loans, lines of credit and mortgages for up to six months. Contact the ATB, bank or credit union to work out a plan for your personal situation
  • Education property tax freeze:
    Residential education property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level. 

 

 

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April 13, 2020 | No Comments

Learn more about COVID-19

What are COVID-19 symptoms?

 

Health Canada lists the following as symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Cough.
  • Fever.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Pneumonia in both lungs.

Symptoms may take 14 days to appear after exposure. If you have symptoms you’re required in Alberta to self-isolate for 10 days. 

 

 

 

Physical distancing

Physical distancing or social distancing  is a method to minimize close contact with others to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone should be practicing physical distancing.  

What you can do: 

  • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from others as much as possible. 
  • Stay home.
  • Avoid crowds. 

Use technology to keep in touch with friends and family.

 

 

 

What is self-isolation? 

As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under to self-isolate for:

  • 14 days if they recently returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
  • 10 days if they have a COVID-19 symptoms. 

How to self-isolate:

  • Stay home.
  • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members but especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Watch for symptoms in yourself or a family member.

If you have no symptoms, you may go outside for a walk or fresh air, provided you practice social distancing at all times and stay two metres away from other people.

Fines for breaching a self-isolation order are as high as $500,000. 

 

 

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April 9, 2020 | No Comments

Today marks the 103 anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge

On the morning of April 9, 1917 the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force stormed the German lines upon Vimy Ridge in northern France. After three days of heavy fighting the ridge was in Canadian hands.

The battle of Vimy Ridge is a defining moment in Canadian history. It’s where Canadians working together achieved a significant victory and helped forge our nation.

Yet, this victory came at a heavy price, 3,598 Canadians were killed and another 7,000 were wounded.

Today, Canadians are fighting a very different battle. But just like Canadians of previous generations, with our combined determination and duty we’ll come through this fight stronger and more united than ever.

Lest we forget.

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