• October 28, 2012 7:38 AM | Anonymous

    Mr. Arendt is the country's most sought-after speaker on the topic of creative development design as a conservation tool. He has presented slides lectures in 47 states and five Canadian provinces.

     

    In recent years he has been featured as a key speaker at national conferences sponsored by the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, the American Farmland Trust, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, the Land Trust Alliance and the US EPA. His work has been featured in leading periodicals including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, Landscape Architect, Urban Land, the Amicus Journal, the Smithsonian and the New Yorker.

    For more information contact gbuchanan@athabascacounty.com

  • October 02, 2012 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    Beginning this Thursday in Calgary, Honourable Doug Horner, Treasury Board and Finance Minister, along with Minister of Finance Kyle Fawcett, will be hosting public consultations for Budget 2013.  

     

    If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to tbf.minister@gov.ab.ca and indicate which consultation listed below that you plan to attend.

     

    Calgary

    Thursday, October 4
    6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    University of Calgary, Downtown Campus
    Event Centre 906 - 8th Avenue SW
    Calgary, AB

    Drumheller

    Tuesday, October 9
    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Badlands Community Facility 
    80 Veterans Way
    Drumheller, AB
    (Near Drumheller Memorial Arena)

    Lethbridge

    Tuesday, October 9
    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre
    Cedar Ballroom
    320 Scenic Drive
    Lethbridge, AB

    Medicine Hat

    Tuesday, October 9
    7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    Medicine Hat Stampede and Exhibition Grounds
    Grandstand Banquet Room
    2055 - 21st Avenue SE
    Medicine Hat, AB

    Bonnyville

    Wednesday, October 10
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre
    Fieldhouse
    4313 - 50th Avenue
    Bonnyville, AB

    Red Deer

    Thursday, October 11
    3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
    Promenade A
    37471 Highway 2 South
    Gasoline Alley
    Red Deer County, AB

    Grande Prairie

    Friday, October 12
    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Holiday Inn Suites Grande Prairie
    Conference Centre, Salon A

    9816 - 107th Street
    Grande Prairie, AB

    Fort McMurray

    Friday, October 12
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The Stonebridge Fort McMurray Hotel
    Athabasca Room
    9713 Hardin Street
    Fort McMurray, AB

    Edmonton

    Saturday, October 13
    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre
    Grand Ballroom/Solarium
    11727 Kingsway NW
    Edmonton, AB

     

  • September 24, 2012 7:21 AM | Anonymous

    Sept. 24, 2012 – Edmonton – Seekers Media has added some spice to the special sauce in its business model by welcoming seasoned editor Lisa Monforton to its team.

    This addition further enhances Seekers’ ability to deliver compelling and authentic content to snow and festival seeking audiences.

    Monforton, former Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald travel editor, brings with her more than 20 years of experience with marrying words and pictures, bolstering Seekers Media’s strength as the best source of timely snow, travel and entertainment information.

    Monforton’s role as SnowSeekers & FestivalSeekers editor will also include head coach for the growing team of correspondents.

    “Welcoming Lisa to our team is a stellar development in Seekers Media’s continued evolution,” said Jim Barr, CEO Seekers Media.  “We welcome her to not only manage content within the two websites and our mobile offerings but to draw upon her vast travel expertise to help mentor our correspondents on how they can strengthen their story-telling abilities.” 

    Seekers Media launched its correspondents network in January 2012 and is expanding this winter.

    The award-winning journalist and SAIT PR & Communications instructor joins the team to help ensure Seekers Media rewards audiences with authentic, first-person content.

    “Seekers Media is a multi-faceted content provider that I am excited and proud to work with,” said Monforton.  “No one else is providing adventure seekers with this type of information in such a user-friendly format.

    “I’m very much looking forward to working with Jim and the team as we expand the company’s portfolio and provide valuable and timely content to our audiences.”

    Heading into its fourth winter season, SnowSeekers is a leading source of information for planning winter getaways in the Pacific Northwest. With a suite of tools spanning mobile, online and social media channels, SnowSeekers empowers winter enthusiasts to plan the best experiences possible. Sharing through our smartphone app and social media tools help people get the most out of their time at a destination.

    For more information please visit www.snowseekers.ca

    Contact:           Jim Barr                                                           Lisa Monforton

                            CEO, Seekers Media                                         Editor & Correspondents Mentor

                            780.983.9913  jim@seekers-media.com             403.870.7724  lisa@seekers-media.com

  • June 30, 2012 10:25 AM | Anonymous
    New report released by the Government of Alberta. To download click here.
  • June 07, 2012 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    June 7, 2012- Edmonton – Seekers Media, the producers of SnowSeekers and FestivalSeekers, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) around the furthering of its smartphone app interests.  “Seekers Media is thrilled to welcome John Devitt to our team.  Devitt, past Executive Director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce and Revelstoke Tourism, will be working to uncover the value of augmented reality and how it can assist the tourism industry to not only see more butts in their seats but also increase the net promoter score of a destination,” explains Seekers Media CEO & President Jim Barr.   Augmented reality is not new, but in the past few months has seen a surging amount of interest. “Devitt’s mission is to uncover just what this technology can do if we were to bring it into our line of SnowSeekers apps,” says Barr.

    Google is launching their new Google glasses this fall and when you wear them, it will tell you the weather by looking outside, or connect you with friends virtually.  For a taste of the technology we suggest you have a look at this Google video, http://youtu.be/9c6W4CCU9M4

    Seekers Media has been focused on producing quality smartphone apps since June of 2009 – launching its initial SnowSeekers Go-Guide that same fall.   Since then its mobile developments have been a two year finalist within the Digital Alberta awards and most recently its SnowSeekers app was written up in a  Los Angeles Times story on how technology was helping to improve skier experience.  Seekers Media now takes on for hire app production working with communities including Vulcan, AB and The City of Cranbrook to produce their own apps utilizing Seekers smartphone software and production experience.

    “With now over 200,000 ‘seekers’ connected to us, it is exciting to see what additional value we can bring to them incorporating additional technology into our offerings,” explains Barr.  “Morgan Stanley is predicting that by early 2014 there will be more of us accessing the internet via mobile devises than by traditional desktop.  With a fact like that only a year and a half away, it’s critical for us at Seekers Media to keep our pulse on how to maximize the potentials of these devices.”

    Over the next few months Seekers Media will be reaching out to industry connections to gather their feedback on the technology and how it might work with them to bring their destination additional value.

    Seekers Media Inc

    Seekers Media has been recognized as one of Canada’s most innovative new media companies. By producing first person video/editorial/social content and distributing it through innovative means Seekers Media puts butts in seatsundefinedchair lifts, tourism destinations, and Western Canada’s top festival attractions.  The company is the curator of www.SnowSeekers.ca and www.FestivalSeekers.com, both of which have their own content production teams fueling online e-newsmagazines, thriving social media presences and digital guidebooks (smartphone apps for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android).

    For additional details please contact:

    Jim Barr

    President; Seekers Media Inc

    780.983.9913 jim@seekers-media.com

  • May 01, 2012 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    In the 1950s, Canada was at a crossroads. The economy and the prosperity of Canadians were becoming severely constrained by a lack of access to cheap transportation to trade our goods to the world.

     

    A solution – though hotly debated – was at hand: Harness the great St. Lawrence River and give Eastern Canada and North America’s heartland a conduit to hungry markets in Europe. Against loud opposition, the St. Lawrence Seaway was born.

     

    That was 1959.

     

    Since then, according to reports, 260,000 vessels have travelled up and down the channel, moving 2.3 billion tonnes of goods totaling $350 billion. The seaway supports 75,000 jobs in Canada and another 150,000 in the U.S. Commerce on the system generates $4.3 billion in personal income per year.

     

    Fast forward to 2011. Fellow Canadians, we are at a crossroads again.

     

    Our nation’s most valuable resource is oil. The energy industry has become our largest industry.

     

    That industry is in very real danger of being constrained by one major structural weakness – our most important product has only one buyer. Nearly 100 per cent of the oil Canada exports is destined for the U.S.

    Throughout history, our proximity to the world’s largest energy consumer has given us a unique advantage – one all our competitors would love to have. We export about two million barrels per day to the U.S., making us America’s biggest supplier. The U.S. is, and will remain, Canada’s most important market and closest trading partner. 

     

    But Canada’s energy relationship with the U.S. can more accurately be described as dependent, not interdependent.  The U.S. has many suppliers of oil. We have only one buyer for ours. That is not a comfortable place to be.

     

    What’s even more concerning is that U.S. demand for oil is declining. That imbalance has forced Canadian oil producers to sell their product at a huge discount.

     

    And that imbalance threatens to get worse.

     

    That means fewer dollars in taxes oil companies pay governments. That means fewer royalties. That means less funding for social programs we’ve come to rely on. One energy expert has calculated that our landlocked oil is costing our governments $10 million in lost taxes and royalties every single day.

     

    It also means fewer jobs.

     

    Make no mistake – a declining energy sector will affect each and every Canadian. But, as was the case in the 1950s, there is a solution to protect our most valuable resource and our largest industry.

     

    Northern Gateway is a $5.5 billion pipeline and marine terminal that would connect Canada to the most voracious energy markets in the world: Asia. It is a smart, strategic, and sustainable way for Canada to safeguard its economy and maintain the standard of living we cherish.

     

    We intend to build a pipeline and marine terminal that is among the safest and most sustainable anywhere. Other nations have done so, and we can, too.

     

    But not after intense regulatory scrutiny – an assessment regime that is the strictest and most robust on the planet. We’ve committed to full participation in the regulatory process we’re currently in. It’s a tough but healthy exercise and one all Canadians should be proud of.

     

    Our critics would love to see our project rejected, our vast oil supply remain landlocked and our energy sector eventually wither and die. But the appetite for energy in Asia will not be denied, and other nations will step up to fill the void if we don’t.

     

    And who would they be? Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Nigeria, Iraq and Iran are the likeliest suppliers.

     

    Do those nations have the environmental and labour standards we do? Do their corporations operate as ethically as ours? Will energy-sector wealth in those nations support social programs and charities, train employees, and contribute to culture and education to the extent that ours does?

     

    Ask yourselves, would the world be worse, or indeed, better off if Canada were called upon to bring Canadian oil to markets around the planet?

     

    In the 1950s, leaders with courage and foresight forged ahead against waves of criticism and fear mongering to build the St. Lawrence Seaway. It’s now considered a technological marvel and a milestone in our history.

     

    Just as the St. Lawrence Seaway was a nation-building project in the 1950s, so too is Northern Gateway today.

     

    The crossroads lie right before us … which route we take is Canada’s choice to make.

     

    For more details on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project, visit www.northerngateway.ca.

  • April 16, 2012 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    Ottawa, Ontario, April 16, 2012 –Today, PPP Canada launched Round Four, call for proposals for the P3 Canada Fund, encouraging provinces, territories, First Nations and municipalities to consider the P3 model in delivering their public infrastructure priorities.

    The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that investments in public infrastructure contribute to Canada’s long-term economic growth and deliver maximum value for Canadians. As part of this commitment, PPP Canada’s focus in Round Four will be on public infrastructure projects that promote jobs and stimulate economic growth including transportation, water/wastewater, solid waste disposal and brownfield redevelopment related projects.

    "Under Round Four, PPP Canada will continue to support the development of innovative P3 projects," said John McBride, CEO of PPP Canada. "Preference will be given to those projects that demonstrate substantial involvement by the private sector throughout the project’s life cycle and provide evidence that as a P3 the project will deliver value for money compared to traditional procurement."

    PPP Canada works with other levels of government to promote the effective use of P3s through advocacy, expertise and the strategic use of the P3 Canada Fund. By offering advice and expertise to its clients, PPP Canada ensures proper due diligence is followed across all stages of the project development lifecycle. The result is a well-structured procurement that is well planned and follows best practices ensuring transparency, fairness and competiveness.

    To date, PPP Canada has announced more than $109 million in funding commitments under Rounds One and Two to seven projects, encouraging the continued development of the market for P3 projects in Canada into new infrastructure classes. Round Three announcements are expected in the coming months.

    About PPP Canada and the P3 Canada Fund

    PPP Canada has a mandate to improve and increase the delivery of public infrastructure by achieving better value, timeliness and accountability to taxpayers, through P3s.

    PPP Canada acts as a leading source on P3 matters through knowledge development and sharing. In addition, the Corporation provides expertise and advice in assessing and executing P3 opportunities at the federal level as well as leveraging greater value for money from federal investments in provincial, territorial, municipal and First Nations infrastructure through the P3 Canada Fund.

    The $1.2 billion P3 Canada Fund is a merit based program, designed to incent the use of P3 procurement in delivering public infrastructure projects. Eligible projects can receive up to 25% of the direct cost of construction supported through non-repayable contributions, repayable contributions, loans or loan guarantees. The $1.2 billion is 2

    committed over a 5 year period starting 2009/10 and is allocated to PPP Canada on an annual basis, subject to approval by Parliament.

    PPP Canada expects the Fund to directly leverage $5 billion in P3 infrastructure investments across Canada. In addition, these combined sources of funding will be used to underpin in excess of $5 billion in private capital Financing.

    To assist Round Four applicants in preparing their submissions to the P3 Canada Fund, PPP Canada has developed an Application Guide which provides detailed information of the Fund’s eligibility and evaluation process and detailed instructions on how to prepare a submission. In addition, PPP Canada has created a P3 Business Case Development Guide which outlines the necessary steps to the development of a comprehensive and robust P3 business case. Project sponsors whose applications are retained for further analysis will be required to follow this guide in preparing their Business Case for submission. Both Guides are available for download on PPP Canada’s website at www.p3canada.ca .

    In order to be considered under Round Four, applicants are required to submit their application no later than June 15, 2012. Applicants will receive written notification of PPP Canada’s screening decision in the fall 2012. All interested applicants are encouraged to contact PPP Canada or their designated contact, identified in the Application Guide, to discuss the viability of their project before submitting an application.

    For further information on PPP Canada and the Government of Canada P3 Canada Fund investments visit: www.p3canada.ca

  • February 21, 2012 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    Ottawa, Ontario, February 22, 2012: Canada is a global leader in developing clean technologies. To maintain this momentum, SDTC announced today its 21st call for applications, which will be open until April 18th, 2012. 

    “In every corner of this country, some of Canada’s brightest minds are developing technology that brings together economic prosperity and environmental responsibility,” said SDTC President and CEO Vicky Sharpe. “We want to work with these entrepreneurs to help bring their projects to commercialization. These clean technologies are the key to Canada’s future growth and prosperity.”

    SDTC is a not-for-profit corporation created and funded by the Government of Canada to finance and support the late-stage development and pre-commercial demonstration of clean technologies. Through its SD Tech Fund™, SDTC helps companies through the critical juncture when capital and scaling costs become challenges and the risk profile deters other investors. SDTC supports technologies that address the challenges of Climate Change, Clean Air, Soil and Water, including technology solutions focused on these current priority areas:

    • Natural Resources Mitigate environmental impacts associated with Canada’s natural resource sector including “green mining”, cleaner fossil fuels and forestry. Clean Energy Enable cleaner energy production, including natural gas, and improved energy efficiency of transportation, the built environment and industrial processes.
    • Agriculture Increase yield and improve temperature and drought resistance of agricultural crops and mitigate land-use changes and biodiversity loss.
    • Northern/Remote Communities Innovative solutions for self-sufficiency in smaller communities. Packaged Solutions Integrated technology packages that combine one or more clean technologies, such as renewable energy generation, energy storage, and waste and wastewater management SDTC will host a series of webinars to guide prospective applicants through the process, ensuring the best ideas rise to the surface. A schedule of these webinars is available at www.sdtc.ca/workshops.
    • Potential applicants are encouraged to review the Statement of Interest process and funding requirements at sdtc.ca/applications.

      The SDTC portfolio is currently comprised of 228 clean technology projects, for a total value of $1.9 billion, of which over $1.4 billion is leveraged primarily from the private-sector.

       

      About SDTC

      Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada which has received $1.09 billion as part of the Government’s commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians.

       

      SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions.  The $590 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil.  The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.

       

    • SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working with the public and private sector including industry, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all levels of government to achieve this mandate.

  • January 20, 2012 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    In December of 2010, Statistics Canada's Property Value Assessment Unit released data prepared for the administration of the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act and Regulations. These data, now available on the CID at the community level, include:

    o residential property taxable values <http://map.cid-bdc.ca/carto.php?lang=en&nivgeos=sdr&curCodeDomCH=demo&curCodeThemeCH=muntax&typindCH=C&curCodeIndCH=rtaxval&curserieCH=2009> , o property tax revenues <http://map.cid-bdc.ca/carto.php?lang=en&nivgeos=sdr&curCodeDomCH=demo&curCodeThemeCH=muntax&typindCH=C&curCodeIndCH=ttaxrev&curserieCH=2008> , and o population estimates <http://map.cid-bdc.ca/carto.php?lang=en&nivgeos=sdr&curCodeDomSB=demo&curCodeThemeSB=popestimates&typindSB=R&curCodeIndSB=popest&curserieSB=2005>  (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

    Natural Resources Canada's 2006 resource-reliant indicator is now available on the CID. Resource reliance is a measure of the relative importance of a resource sector to a particular community. Resource sectors include: Agriculture <http://map.cid-bdc.ca/carto.php?lang=en&nivgeos=sdr&curCodeDomCH=demo&curCodeThemeCH=resource&typindCH=C&curCodeIndCH=agrrel> , Energy <http://map.cid-bdc.ca/carto.php?lang=en&nivgeos=sdr&curCodeDomCH=demo&curCodeThemeCH=resource&typindCH=C&curCodeIndCH=energyrel> , Fisheries <http://map.cid-bdc.ca/carto.php?lang=en&nivgeos=sdr&curCodeDomCH=demo&curCodeThemeCH=resource&typindCH=C&curCodeIndCH=fishrel> , Forestry <http://map.cid-bdc.ca/carto.php?lang=en&nivgeos=sdr&curCodeDomCH=demo&curCodeThemeCH=resource&typindCH=C&curCodeIndCH=forrel> , and Mining <http://map.cid-bdc.ca/carto.php?lang=en&nivgeos=sdr&curCodeDomCH=demo&curCodeThemeCH=resource&typindCH=C&curCodeIndCH=mmrel>

    Counts of business establishments at the provincial and community level are available in a new "By the numbers <http://cid-bdc.ca/business_reg> " feature on the CID.

    o Step 1: Select the province

    o Step 2: Select your community

    o Step 3: Select the year

    The Community Information Database is a free Internet-based tool providing consistent and reliable social, economic and demographic data for all communities and regions across Canada.

    The CID was developed by the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat in collaboration with provincial, territorial and community partners. It is part of the Government of Canada's ongoing support to rural and remote communities.

    We would welcome your comments on the CID. We would be particularly interested in hearing how the CID is useful to you. Please send an email to:

    cid-bdc@agr.gc.ca

    WWW: www.cid-bdc.ca

  • January 17, 2012 2:04 PM | Anonymous

    Saguenay, Quebec

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today met with Canadians involved with small and medium-sized businesses to discuss ways to continue creating jobs and economic growth in a difficult global economy.

    “The global recovery remains fragile and protecting and creating jobs remains our Government’s number one priority,” said the Prime Minister.  “As we prepare for Economic Action Plan 2012, our Government will continue to listen to entrepreneurs, workers, small business owners and hard-working Canadians on the best ways to create jobs and economic growth.”

    Thanks to Canada’s Economic Action Plan and Canada’s strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Among G-7 countries, Canada has posted the strongest growth in employment by far during the recovery with nearly 600,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.

    Over the coming month, the Prime Minister, his Cabinet and caucus will travel to small towns, communities and cities across the country to listen to and seek the views of Canadians on the Government’s long-term Economic Action Plan.

    In order to ensure that all Canadians can participate in this process, the Government of Canada has also launched online pre-budget consultations. Those wishing to make submissions can do so by visiting http://www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/1-eng.asp.

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