ALBERTA NEWS HEADLINES FOR THE WEEK ENDING Sept 12, 2020

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Alberta loosens up restrictions on band practices, wind instrument concerts and indoor singing

In a reversal from previous restrictions, Alberta will allow limited band practices, indoor singing and concerts involving wind instruments, the province’s top doctor announced Friday.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, said that with “rigorous and proper precautions,” the public health officials believe those activities can take place safely.

“These are activities that many Albertans have sorely missed,” she said.

“The arts play an important role in schools and in our emotional well-being and the restrictions have been hard for many.”

The province originally limited indoor singing and use of wind instruments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, due to previous evidence that suggested they could pose unique risks of transmission.

But Hinshaw said public health officials have reviewed further evidence surrounding the spread of the virus since the pandemic began, as well as measures in other jurisdictions.

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Other News

Municipality pleads guilty to chemical release

The incident took place on May 8, 2017, at the plant in Fort McMurray. It involved the accidental mixing of sodium hypochlorite and polyaluminum chloride, resulting in the release of chlorine gas.

Provincial court has penalized the municipality $150,000 for releasing a substance into the environment in an amount, concentration or level or at a rate of release that causes or may cause a significant adverse effect. This is contrary to Section 109(2) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.  

Most of the penalty funds will go to two creative sentencing projects.

The first is a workshop developed by the municipality and the Alberta Water and Wastewater Operators Association to provide operators with a better understanding of what an “incident” is and what their legal obligations are to try to prevent the incidents, how to report them, and corrective actions.

The second will see the Northern Lights Health Foundation direct the funds to the Northern Lights Health Centre, Facility Maintenance department to purchase filters for the air handling units currently on hand.

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