Alberta News in Brief for August 9

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 1:18pm

Movie at Legislature to be powered by clean energy

August 9, 2016. The Keepers of the Athabasca are part of a group that is bringing an outdoor screening of the childhood classic Fern Gully to the Alberta Legislature on Wednesday – via solar and bike power. The family friendly event is designed to help showcase the power of renewables and push the government to prioritize community and First Nation ownership in Alberta’s energy transition. The film screening is part of an on-going campaign that the Keepers of the Athabasca along with Greenpeace, the Alberta Green Economy Network, and the Calgary Climate Action Network are running called “Solar4All.” The campaign has seen volunteers tabling and collecting signatures in more than a dozen ridings across the province. The movie will screen at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 on the front steps of the Alberta Legislature.


Wildrose tour to assess impact of economic downturn

August 9, 2016. Wildrose Shadow Economic Development and Trade Minister Prasad Panda has launched a “fact-finding tour” to meet with local businesses, economic development associations, incubators and accelerators on how to diversify Alberta’s economy and attract investment. “Our province is facing the worst economic downturn in decades, and we are seeing investment leave the province when we need it most,” Panda said in a news release. “My goal with this tour is to present Wildrose ideas to spur investment and innovation, create jobs, and listen to common sense ideas from those I meet with.” Another key focus is to look for ways to improve market access through voicing strong support for reducing trade barriers and the development of energy infrastructure. Panda will visit Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Drayton Valley, Fort Saskatchewan and Red Deer on the first leg of the tour.