ALBERTA NEWS HEADLINES WEEK ENDING Feb 6, 2021

Scanning the web for Alberta news and views Inspired by Verna Milligan & Carol Wodak

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I live in Alberta, this is my planet. When I grow up, I’m going to be living here. They won’t, it’s my mess to clean up. I’d rather have less mess to clean up. Students hold anti-coal protest at the Alberta Legislature:

Protestor Vela Christian, who’s a Grade 7 student.

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An Alberta county drafted big tourism plans. Then came the coal leases

Clearwater County set its economic sights on attracting visitors to the eastern slopes of the Rockies, but now the government has leased nearly 10 per cent of the region to mining companies without consulting locals

Marla Zapach tells guests at the backcountry cabins she runs with her partner that if you sit around the campfire and howl just right — but only if it’s just right — the local wolf pack will howl back.

Zapach runs Skadi Wilderness Adventures in the Wapiabi Provincial Recreation Area, west of Rocky Mountain House, Alta. The cabins are in the middle of the Rocky Mountain wilderness, in an area frequented by grizzlies, black bears, elk and wolves. Guests can hike, ski or snowshoe up to 25 kilometres to reach the cabins. No motorized access is allowed. 

It’s a quiet reprieve for Zapach’s international clientele, she told The Narwhal. Her company markets the setting as “a pristine location far away from human activity.”

But the Alberta government has moved to change all of that by approving coal leases that butt right up against the land her cabins sit on. 

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New COVID-19 outbreak declared at Cargill meat plant in Alberta — site of Canada’s largest outbreak

Company is facing criminal investigation, class-action lawsuit for earlier outbreak

The site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak in Canada is now facing a new spate of cases.

Alberta Health confirmed there are 11 cases linked to the Cargill meat-processing plant near High River, Alta., as of Saturday. Of those, seven cases are active. 

The outbreak began on Dec. 16, 2020, Alberta Health said, and was reported publicly this week when it reached the threshold of five cases.

An outbreak last spring saw at least 950 staff at the facility — nearly half its workforce — test positive.

“This is how the prior Cargill outbreak started. With about 10 cases, and within days it was hundreds of cases, and people were dying,” said United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401 president Thomas Hesse.

Daniel Sullivan, a spokesperson for Cargill, confirmed that six employees who tested positive are in isolation and are receiving medical care and support.

“At Cargill, the safety of our employees is our top priority. As essential workers, our team is on the front lines of feeding people across our communities,” he said in an emailed statement on Saturday.

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