Other News and Developments of Interest

Friday
May272011

Rural social media users value close connection

A recent study explored how rural use of social media differs from urban communities.  Click here to read the story. 

Wednesday
May112011

Alberta Land Stewardship Act amended

Amendments to the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, passed May 10 in the Legislative Assembly.

From the press release:

"The Act clarifies the original intent of the legislation, adding a clear statement that government must respect the property and other rights of individuals. It also makes it clear that the Act does not limit any existing rights to compensation, respects all existing appeal provisions in Alberta legislation and that land titles and freehold mineral rights were never included in the definition of statutory consents."

To read the press release, which includes highlights of the Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act, click here.

 

 

Thursday
May052011

Premier's Council for Economic Strategy: Shaping Alberta's Future

On May 5, 2011, the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy released its report, Shaping Alberta's Future.

From the release:

"It includes an important call to all Albertans, outlining broad direction on important themes for our future: broadening the economy, realizing the full potential of our energy resources, preparing the province and Albertans for a global economy, and investing in the future. The report also provides thoughts on how to ensure the province has a strong platform - fiscally, environmentally and with respect to infrastructure - to sustain economic growth. Under each of the five themes, the council outlines some thought-provoking ‘flagship’ initiatives, which Albertans will need time to study and consider moving forward."

Click here to access the Premier's website and links to the full report, the executive summary, and additional resources.

Friday
Apr152011

Ranchers struggle against giant meatpackers and economic troubles

Although this article is focused on the US ranching and meatpacking industry, it may be of interest to ranchers in southwest Alberta as well.

Are the same issues relevant here?  We welcome your thoughts - post a comment below or start a discussion in our Forums page.

Click here to access the article.

Wednesday
Mar232011

300 MW wind farm to be built near Carmangay

"The Calgary-based Greengate Power Corp. said Thursday it has received provincial approval to build Canada's largest wind farm.

Construction on the Blackspring Ridge I project is expected to begin in 2012, with operation slated to begin in 2013. Once complete, the project is expected to be Canada's largest operating wind energy project with a total generating capacity of 300 megawatts.

The project is located near the community of Carmangay, Alta., approximately 165 kilometres southeast of Calgary."

Read more:

 http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Firm+gets+build+Canada+biggest+wind+farm/4422411/story.html#ixzz1HSDR37Xy