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Mark your calendar: Next year's EXPO is March 23rd in Red Deer
Seminars: 9:00 am — 4:30 pm
Tradeshow: 11:00 am — 5:00 pm
The EXPO provides all companies with an opportunity to show new products, new services, new innovations. Those attending will experience what is new and exciting in the electrical industry. Professionals that can answer all your questions, give you alternatives and suggestions. The day is packed with technical presentations full of information you need to know. Mark this date in your calendar. Who should attend? If your work involves the electrical industry, then you should attend.
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Tips from The Personal — going on vacation?
The Personal, home and autogroup insurer for Alberta Electrical League
Will you be renting a car?
If you have auto insurance and you're travelling in Canada or the United States, you may not need to buy the insurance offered by the rental company. If your policy includes damage to borrowed or rented vehicles, then you're already insured on your existing policy! Call your insurer to find out what your policy covers.
Will you be away for more than a week?
Most insurance policies have clauses that exclude damage caused by freezing unless certain conditions are met, such as having someone visit your home regularly. It's important to check with your insurer about applicable requirements.
Enjoy your vacation!
Alberta Electrical League has a group discount agreement with The Personal Insurance Company with regards to home and auto insurance for all AEL members and their employees.
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Canada's construction industry building more revenue
Canada Business Review
Although there have been some ups and downs in the past decade, Canada's construction industry is experiencing steady growth.
From commercial to residential construction, construction companies across Canada are staying busy.
Here is a brief look at the Canadian construction industry and how it compares to the United States.
Calgary's Civic District near City Hall reimagined in new strategy
There's plenty of publicly-owned land within a few blocks of City Hall in downtown Calgary, but what's the vision for the future?
City council's planning committee will discuss exactly that recently when they look at a new strategy for what's being called the Civic District. The 87-page document called "Building Our Heart" spells out what the city would like to see in the area, although there's little detail on a timeframe or costs.
Industry: Retiring coal-fired power plants early will be costly
An accelerated phase-out of coal-fired power plants in Alberta to address air quality and global warming will come with a large price tag, says a spokesman for power plant operators.
Evan Bahry, executive director of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta, says it would take eight gas-fired power plants the size of the new $1.4 billion Shepard facility to replace the 6,271 megawatts of electricity currently generated by coal.
Chestermere roadway getting paved for the future
Highway 240 near Chestermere is about to get a face-lift soon.
Through federal and provincial funding, the highway will connect the growing communities of Kinniburgh and Rainbow Falls to the rest of the city.
The road is currently gravel and will soon be paved.
Chestermere Mayor Patricia Matthews says the road was one of council's top priorities. "We will be able to provide better access not only to Chestermere residents to be able to come and go, but for future economic development as well," she says.
Edmonton dips into reserves to cope with building slowdown
The city's planning department is already dipping into its reserves and says it will not weather a recession without layoffs.
"We don't have enough to carry us through a recession," said Scott Mackie, branch manager of current planning, a department that's funded through development-related permitting fees.
"We will start looking at staffing levels," he said, adding that will be handled with vacancies and will not require layoffs at this point.
Solar panels help Devon become new kind of energy town
The Alberta community that owes its existence to the Leduc No. 1 oil well wants to recast itself as a new kind of energy town.
The Town of Devon recently marked the completion of a 100-kilowatt solar electricity system on the roof of its community centre. The system's 393 solar panels can meet all of the building's net annual electricity requirements.
Devon was developed as a model community after oil was discovered nearby in 1947. Today the town of 6,500, 40 kilometres southwest of Edmonton, has ambitions to become a green energy leader as one of Canada's first net-zero communities.
Western Canadian airports get billions in upgrades
Journal of Commerce
Billions of dollars are being poured into upgrading airports in Western Canada as air travel increases. The work runs the gamut of improvements. It includes expanding cargo facilities and improving terminals as well as building new retail outlets. Many western Canadian contractors are benefiting from the work. Here's a rundown of some of the projects in place or expected to start soon.
Report shows Saskatchewan's power generation efficient
Five provinces, including Saskatchewan, are currently getting it right when it comes to producing electrical power supplies for their residents according to the Conference Board of Canada.
The board released their report recently, indicating the existing mix of electricity generation technologies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec is the most efficient given the policy, costs and resources constraints.
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