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Alberta MLA wants new buildings 'net-zero' by 2030
CHED News
Either through retrofits, or new building regulations, an Alberta MLA wants to make the province much more energy efficient. MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake is Don MacIntyre. He's the co-chair of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region committee that's in charge of making Alberta buildings "net-zero." That means, a building makes as much power as it uses over a year.
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Alberta's inflation rate among highest in Canada
Calgary Herald via The Canadian Press
Despite signs of an economic slowdown in Alberta, inflation in the province was among the highest levels in the country, Statistics Canada reported recently. Consumer prices rose by 1.7 per cent in June, behind only Saskatchewan (1.9 per cent), the Northwest Territories (two per cent) and Nunavut (1.9 per cent). Nationally, the inflation rate was one per cent.
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Calgary finds rectangular rapid flashing beacons at crosswalks cheaper, better
Metro
New city data backs up previous anecdotal evidence that smaller, rapidly flashing crosswalk lights at the side of the road do better at getting drivers' attention than traditional overhead crosswalk lights. And they're far cheaper too. That's why a new report is recommending that council approve $400,000 in spending to purchase and install more rectangular rapid flashing beacons — or RRFBs, for short — at crosswalks across Calgary.
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Trades boot camp equipping Edmonton students with hands-on job skills
CBC News
Students at Edmonton's Centre High are picking up the tools they need to get into the trades at a special summer boot camp. About 40 children are working with journeymen carpenters to build playhouses, thanks to a $400,000 grant from Merit Contractors Association. Yahye Mohamud, 19, is hoping it leads to a job.
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ATCO agreement begins the renewal process
PR Record Gazette
The distribution of power agreement between Peace River and ATCO Electric is currently in its renewal process. The current agreement, signed in January 2006, expires on Jan. 1, 2016. "From ATCO's perspective, we're pleased to be working with Peace River since April of 1934," said Albert Bouchard, local district manager for ATCO. "We look forward to continuing our strong working agreement with Peace River."
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Women wanted in skilled trades
Toronto Sun
Imagine you are at a construction site and a skilled tradesperson arrives on the scene. Did you picture a man or a woman? If you thought of a man, you would be right roughly 96 per cent of the time. In Canada, women represent only 4 per cent of the construction trade workforce — a paltry figure Lisa Langevin is looking to beef up through Build Together, an organization founded to inform women of their career options in the skilled trades and offer mentorship and support for women in the industry.
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Fibre optic cable discussed
Sherwood Park News
In an effort of extending fibre optics to Sherwood Park, a feasibility study was conducted to determine the benefits and estimated costs of implementation. In January 2014, Ward 3 Councillor Brian Botterill submitted a program request for a pre-feasibility study on a project to install county owned fibre optic connections to residences and businesses within the urban services area of the county.
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