ALBERTA NEWS HEADLINES WEEK ENDING Feb 20, 2021

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

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 Rome is still burning for finance minister as he plans budget with more spending. It makes sense that they are looking at ways to provide some stimulus this year. Giving it a boost now helps you later on.

Alberta Central chief economist Charles St-Arnaud

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Invest in Alberta’s future. Stop the cuts to post-secondary education.

Show your support for Alberta’s colleges and universities on your social media!
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Protesters gather from across the province at Alberta legislature to fight COVID-19 health measures

Hundreds of people gathered at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton Saturday, following a “freedom convoy” relating to COVID-19 restrictions that began in Lethbridge.

The protest was organized by the “Walk for Freedom Alberta” group. That group claims to stand up for rights and freedoms and “peacefully promote breeches to our civil liberties across Alberta.”

The convoy began in Lethbridge, went through Calgary and Red Deer, and then finished at the Alberta legislature.

There were multiple groups seen in attendance, including the group that organized it, as well as others. 

While the legislature grounds fall under the jurisdiction of the Alberta Sheriffs, City of Edmonton and Edmonton Police Service officials were on hand to assist with keeping order. At least one person was seen being apprehended by police during the rally.

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ABTraceTogether update addresses some issues, raises others, says Calgary software engineer

Updates to the ABTraceTogether application have failed to solve functionality issues for iPhone users and introduced a “minor privacy issue” on Androids, says a local software engineer.

Mathieu Fenniak, a Calgary-based software developer who has experience creating apps, replicated an assessment of the provincial COVID-19 contact tracing tool following its most recent updates in December and January on Android devices and iPhones, respectively.

In November, he concluded the apps did not effectively record potential exposures between iPhones and was inconsistent between Android and iPhone users while it ran in the background of devices.

His latest evaluation showed no improvement for the Apple app.

“It basically turned out exactly the same as in November,” said Fenniak.

“I had a total of four phones, two Android phones and two iPhones, all sitting next to my bed overnight, within a foot of each other. The two iPhones never saw each other after (the app) started running in the background.”

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