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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.
Alison Redford lasted two years, five months and 16 days as #Alberta Premier.
Jason Kenney has been Premier for one year, nine months and seven days so far.
— CUPE Alberta (@CupeAB) February 6, 2021
I’m confused now. Prem @jkenney just said the Coal Policy was obsolete & there are stronger environmental protections now. But Min @sonyaSavage says “there was never any intention when the coal policy was rescinded to change any of the restrictions/protections in the east slopes” https://t.co/odYCQOpBTE
— David Khan (@Dave_Khan) February 6, 2021
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.
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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