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Apr. 30, 2015

Home and Auto Group Insurance program
AEL
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Alberta's growth in 2014 was strongest in Canada
Calgary Herald
Alberta led all provinces in 2014 with real gross domestic product growth of 4.4 per cent, Statistics Canada reported recently. GDP in the province grew 4.1 per cent in 2013. Nationally, Canada's GDP rose 2.4 per cent in 2014, up from 2.1 per cent the year before. British Columbia's growth also eclipsed the national average, at 2.6 per cent, while every other province was below the national rate. The Northwest Territories had the strongest growth of any region at 6.8 per cent, said Statistics Canada.More

Alberta developers and builders concerned with city charters
CBC News
Calgary and Edmonton have yet to write up city charters, but already developers are concerned about how much power Alberta's two major cities will receive. A charter could result in new taxes, fees and rules for both business and individuals. The mayors of Calgary and Edmonton have pushed for a charter in order to generate more revenue. The charters are currently being written. For many years, Alberta's two biggest cities have wanted to operate under new rules, different from the ones under which every community in Alberta currently must follow. More

Despite lower energy prices, western provinces to increase infrastructure spending
Daily Commercial News
Given the sharp (50 per cent) drop in oil prices since mid-2014, attention has been focussed on the potential impact of a significant decline in energy-derived tax revenues and corporate profits on both public and private investment primarily in Alberta and to a much lesser extent in Saskatchewan over the near term. At the same time, there is growing evidence that the impact of low energy prices is having a positive impact on activity in British Columbia as well as in Manitoba.More

Merit Alberta watches as union builds welding training centre
Journal of Commerce
Merit Contractors Association, the open-shop construction association in Alberta, is watching carefully as more private apprenticeship training centres open their doors in the province. In the most recent move, Edmonton-based Local 488 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada is constructing a centre that will train welding apprentices.More

Edmonton office building pushes energy use to net zero
The Globe and Mail
Few developers talk about doing the right thing. They talk specifically about sustainability and lower energy use, or healthier interiors and more human work environments, with more sunlight and designs to help casual interaction. Engineer-businessman Dennis Cuku talks about these features, too, when discussing his new net zero energy-consuming office building in Edmonton, which roughly creates as much energy as it uses. More

Capital Power profit surges in first quarter
Edmonton Journal
Capital Power posted first-quarter net income attributable to common shareholders of $40 million, or 41 cents per share. That's up from $32 million, or 33 cents a share, in the first quarter of 2014. Funds from operations were $108 million in the quarter, up 17 per cent from $92 million in the period a year earlier. "Despite cyclical price lows in Alberta's power market, Capital Power's financial results for the first quarter were in line with expectations," president and CEO Brian Vaasjo said in a written statement.More

$1 million for Blue Seal Certification adoption across Canada
Daily Commercial News
The federal government has unveiled $1 million over five years to promote Blue Seal Certification across Canada in its 2015 budget. The Blue Seal Certification program is designed to encourage journeypersons in skilled trades to improve their business skills after they have achieved journeyperson status. More

Scaled-down wind power project wins government approval
Calgary Herald
BluEarth Renewables of Calgary says it will begin construction soon on its $80 million Bull Creek Wind Project in east central Alberta after winning regulatory approval for an amended project that's smaller than originally planned. The original project northeast of Provost near the Saskatchewan border was approved a year ago and would have had capacity of up to 115 megawatts, with up to 46 wind turbines. More

Downtown Edmonton still humming
Edmonton Journal
Recession? What recession? If you live and work in downtown Edmonton, signs of Alberta's current economic slowdown are hard to find. While the Toronto-based national media seem determined to portray Alberta as the equivalent of Venezuela North, the street-level view seems starkly at odds with that dire assessment.More

Renewable energy
Whitecourt Star
Recently, Whitecourt celebrated Earth Day 2015 by showing off its renewable energy project growing near the wastewater treatment plant. Members of the Alberta Rural Organic Waste to Resources Network toured the fast-growing willow site near Flats Road in Whitecourt for a harvesting demonstration. The tour was a three-stop trip that took participants to renewable energy sites in Edmonton, Camrose and Whitecourt. The first stop was in Whitecourt where Alberta's longest running willow biomass project has been showing results.More

Power producer TransAlta looking at reviving carbon capture and storage plans
680 News
TransAlta may take another run at adding carbon capture technology to one of its Alberta coal plants, its CEO said recently. "It's more than a glint in our eye," Dawn Farrell told reporters following the power generator's annual general meeting. But at this point, there are no solid plans ready to be approved, she said. Farrell said the company is contemplating capturing greenhouse gases from its Sundance plant 70 kilometres west of Edmonton — Western Canada's largest coal-fired electrical generating facility — and selling the gas to oil producers in the province.More

SAEWA project moves along at AGM
Vulcan Advocate
Plans for the implementation of a facility that recovers energy from non-recyclable waste materials are moving forward. The Southern Alberta Energy-from-Waste Association (SAEWA) held its annual general meeting recently at the Champion Community Hall. Representatives from more than 50 southern Alberta municipalities were in attendance to hear about SAEWA's strategy and performance updates from HDR Engineering, governance model developments from Brownlee LLP, audited financial statements from KPMG and updates from the executive management team.More