Alberta News in Brief for October 20

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 12:29pm


Artwork of inmates on display

October 20, 2016. Work created by inmates from Alberta correctional facilities will be on display until Oct. 29 in the Stollery Gallery at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts in Edmonton. Alberta Correctional Services, Synergy Inmate Solutions and the Nina Haggerty Centre for are collaborating for the third annual “The Artist Inside” show. Projects such as this are designed to build safe and secure communities. All proceeds from the show will go to the Inmate Welfare Fund.


Woman’s search for daughter is focus of documentary

October 20, 2016. Carol Wolfe’s story of looking for her daughter will be shown Friday at the Emmanuel Community Church in Edmonton. My Only Daughter is a documentary about Wolfe’s experience with searching for her daughter. Wolfe, who is deaf, is a powerful presence, a strong Native woman, who has walked this painful path with dignity. After the program, the director/producer and Wolfe will be available to answer questions about the process and her journey. Wolfe is from Saskatchewan. The documentary has been aired on all three CTV stations in that province but has not been shown in Alberta before.

Health care, justice gather to discuss fentanyl

October 20, 2016. Members of the health care and justice systems from across the country are gathering for a two-day session to discuss the fentanyl situation facing Albertans. The 2016 Fentanyl Conference – An Alberta Perspective: What We Know Now, is being held in Sherwood Park on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. Guest speakers include the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency, Alberta Health Services, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and Office of the Chief Crown Prosecutor as well as Edmonton and Calgary police services. Due to the sensitive nature of the information being provided, the conference is by invitation only.

Additional funding available for Wood Buffalo small businesses impacted by fire

October 20, 2016.  The Canadian Red Cross and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have launched a joint application process for small businesses still requiring financial support following the May wildfires. The Red Cross has committed $30 million, including matching funds of $15 million from the provincial government, to its Support to Small Business Program. This funding is being distributed in three phases. In this second phase of the program, the Red Cross will provide financial assistance up to $8,000 to eligible small businesses to support fixed and new expenses that have occurred as a result of interrupted business operations due to the wildfires. The RMWB has allocated a total of $15 million to its Small Business Workforce Support Program with a total of $5 million being delivered as immediate financial assistance, and the remaining $10 million dedicated to long-term recovery efforts. The goal of the Small Business Workforce Support Program is to help small business employers by providing financial assistance to offset costs related to attracting, hiring and keeping employees. Applications from small businesses for this next phase of funding will be accepted until December 16, 2016.


Government focuses on getting women into municipal politics

October 20, 2016. Piikani Nation Councillor Angela Grier will be among the speakers in Calgary Oct. 24 in a forum to encourage women to run for public office. The #ReadyForHer campaign was kicked off on Person’s Day Oct. 18, with the goal to have more women elected to municipal council in 2017. In the 2013 municipal elections, Albertans elected women to 490 of 1,874 positions, about one-quarter of seats available. Calgary is part of a four-city tour undertaken by Minister of Status of Women Stephanie McLean. Forums will be held in Medicine Hat Thursday and Lethbridge on Oct. 27. Women who have run, won and lost campaigns will be to sharing their experiences.