Alberta invests $12 million to protect water

The Government of Alberta is safeguarding water resources with nearly $12 million in new multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils and the Alberta Water Council. 

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Each year for the next three years, 11 local watershed councils will receive $3.2 million per year to assess watershed health and plan for water management. The Alberta Water Council will receive $750,000 per year for the next three years to preserve water resources.

“World Water Day challenges us to think about how we protect this extraordinary economic and environmental resource. We are taking steps to protect Alberta’s water through partnerships and collaboration.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

Each watershed planning and advisory council represents a major river basin in Alberta. The non-profit organizations work with the public, First Nations, governments, industry and conservation groups to support community flood- and drought-resiliency planning. They also evaluate the health of local watersheds and support water planning and management frameworks.

“The Alberta Government is making a solid commitment to protect an essential Alberta resource. Together with the Alberta Water Council, each water planning and advisory council will leverage this investment into improvement and conservation that benefits Albertans now and into the future.”

Mark Bennett, Executive Director, Bow River Basin Council

The Alberta Water Council is a non-profit organization with 24 members from governments, industry and non-government organizations. Its primary task is to monitor and steward implementation of the Alberta’s Water for Life strategy. Members work with major water users to improve efficiency and productivity and work to improve water literacy in the province.

"Water-management issues affect all Albertans. The Government of Alberta’s commitment to predictable funding will support sound, consensus-based advice on important water management issues. We need to work together to tackle flooding and drought, headwater protection and the threat posed by aquatic invasive species and whirling disease."

Andre Asselin, Acting Executive Director, Alberta Water Council

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Brent Wittmeier

Press Secretary, Environment and Parks

Responsible Drilling Production & Containment Session

Dear Colleague, 


PTAC, in partnership with Katch Kan Ltd., invites you to attend an informative Technology Information Session being held on March 27, 2017 at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Currently, policies in Alberta allow spillage of fluids as long as a cleanup and remediation process takes place after the exploration and production phase. Decommissioning and cleaning up old sites is expensive and many companies are going through tough times making this process more difficult.

In order to prevent a massive environmental cleanup of old wells, the government has required companies to have enough assets or keep enough funds on hand to properly decommission their own sites. But if for any reason these companies cannot afford the cleanup cost, the Orphan Well Association (OWA) will take care. The Association is funded by the oil and gas industry as a whole and in some cases by the Government of Alberta. As of December 2016, the OWA has a total of 1,395 orphan wells to be abandoned.

Changing the mindset of an industry to a new way of thinking is difficult and takes time but Katch Kan has been able to start that transformation, initially in Canada and now pushing forward the transformation in many other oil and gas producing countries.

Responsible Drilling and Production Containment is possible, proactive solutions are available today. Spillage can be prevented by recapturing and reusing the drilling fluids and keeping the site clean from day one.

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Kennady Forms Special Committee to Evaluate Strategic Alternatives

Shares Issued and Outstanding: 47,281,970

TORONTO, March 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Kennady Diamonds Inc. ("Kennady", the "Company") (TSX-V: KDI) today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company have formed a special committee of independent directors (the "Special Committee") in response to discussions with certain interested parties regarding a potential strategic transaction. The Special Committee, with the assistance of Minvisory Corp. as its financial advisor and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP as its legal advisor, and the Company will consider and evaluate various strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, including continuing to execute on its existing business plan.

While the Company considers all options available to it at this time, no formal offers have been received and no agreement has been reached with any third party regarding a potential strategic transaction.

The Company does not intend to make further comment in regards to this process except as required by applicable securities laws or the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. No assurance can be given that any transaction will be announced. Furthermore, the Company cautions that there is no guarantee the Company's discussions will result in a transaction or if a transaction is undertaken, as to its terms or timing.

About Kennady Diamonds

Kennady Diamonds Inc. controls 100 percent of the Kennady North diamond project located in Canada's Northwest Territories. Kennady North is adjacent to the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine, a joint venture between De Beers Canada (51%) and Mountain Province (49%), which started production in late 2016. 

Kennady is focused on expanding its high-grade diamond resources along the Kelvin – Faraday kimberlite corridor, as well identifying new kimberlites outside of the corridor. To date an indicated resource of 13.62 million carats of diamonds contained in 8.50 million tonnes of kimberlite, with a grade of 1.60 carats per tonne and an average value of US$63 per carat has been defined for the Kelvin kimberlite using a 1mm diamond bottom cutoff size. The Kelvin – Faraday corridor is also a target for further exploration.  

Qualified Persons

This news release has been prepared by Dr. Rory Moore, P.Geo., President and CEO of Kennady Diamonds. The technical contents of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Dr. Tom McCandless, P. Geo., an independent director of Kennady Diamonds and Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has reviewed or accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


This news release includes certain information that may constitute "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, the Company's strategic plans, future operations, future work programs and objectives. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE Kennady Diamonds Inc.

For further information:

Kennady Diamonds Inc., Rory O. Moore, President and CEO, (416) 640-1111,

Budget 2017 – working to make life better

Budget 2017 is focused on creating good jobs, making life more affordable for Albertans and protecting the programs and services families count on.

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Budget 2017 puts Albertans to work building long-overdue schools, hospitals, highways and bridges, while reducing the growth of government spending and maintaining a responsible plan to bring down the deficit.

“Alberta’s economy is stabilizing and jobs are returning. Now is not the time to let our steady hand waver. As our economy recovers, we will continue to bring the deficit down to balance, and we will do so without sacrificing the supports and services families need.”

Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board, Minister of Finance

Government forecasts Alberta’s economy will grow by 2.6 per cent this year. The Conference Board of Canada predicts Alberta will lead all provinces with growth of 2.8 per cent.

“This is a common-sense budget that helps Albertans. Here’s an example: at the same time the former government told families they couldn’t reduce school fees, they thought it was just fine to hand out taxpayer-funded golf club memberships to their friends. We cancelled those country club perks and are reducing school fees for families by 25 per cent. We are here to help make life better for all Albertans, not to help politicians and their friends work on their backswing.”

Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board, Minister of Finance

Highlights of Budget 2017

Investing in badly needed infrastructure

  • 24 new and modernized schools across Alberta
  • $400 million over four years to help get a new hospital built in Edmonton
  • A 200-bed long-term care facility in Calgary for people with complex care needs
  • Twinning of the Highway 15 Bridge near Fort Saskatchewan
  • A badly needed new court house in Red Deer
  • A new arrangement with the federal government to bring clean, reliable drinking water to First Nations communities

Creating jobs and diversifying the economy

  • Securing the approval of two new pipelines to get Alberta resources to the world market
  • Attracting $6 billion of new private investment in Alberta with royalty credits for new petrochemical plants
  • Modelling a new program for craft distillers on our successful craft brewing program
  • Supporting Indigenous businesses and job creators with a new investment fund
  • Offering new tax credits to spur diversification and growth for small- and medium-sized businesses
  • Cutting the small business tax rate by one-third

Protecting and improving the public services families need

  • Helping seniors stay in their homes longer with better home care
  • Investing in the well-being of children and families
  • Modernizing and building affordable housing across the province
  • Providing Alberta’s colleges, institutes and universities with stable funding
  • Strengthening the justice system by hiring Crown prosecutors and addressing long-standing backlogs

Making life more affordable

  • Reducing school fees by 25 per cent, saving families $54 million in the next school year
  • Maintaining Alberta’s $8.7-billion tax advantage over every other Canadian province
  • Freezing tuition fees for post-secondary students for a third year in a row
  • Helping families reduce their energy bills and save money
  • Capping electricity rates to protect Albertans from the volatile price-swings of the past
  • Building on government’s ban on door-to-door energy sales with new measures to protect consumers

Bringing down the growth of government spending

  • Cutting excessive salaries, golf club memberships and other perks for some of the highest paid CEOs at government agencies
  • Signing a new agreement with Alberta’s doctors that will save up to $500 million over two years
  • Amalgamating or cutting 26 agencies, boards and commissions
  • Freezing management salaries in the Alberta Public Service and agencies, boards and commissions

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Twinning the bridge into Fort Saskatchewan

The Government of Alberta plans to fully twin the critical Highway 15 corridor between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan.

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highway 15 to Fort Saskatchewan

The much-needed project involves construction of a second bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River at the southern entrance to the City of Fort Saskatchewan and twinning the remaining two-lane section of Highway 15 towards Edmonton.  The project will improve safety, alleviate congestion and create hundreds of jobs over the next few years.

“This investment will help stimulate our economic recovery and it will also make life better for people in this community. Whether you’re moving materials to the work site, products to market, or kids to a hockey game, it takes a lot of time – more than it should.  Family time should be at home and not stuck on a bridge.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

An expanded Highway 15 bridge will support economic development and diversification by improving the connection between Fort Saskatchewan and Sturgeon County through the Industrial Heartland.

This important and growing region of economic activity and good-paying jobs northeast of Edmonton will see two new multi-billion dollar petrochemical facilities constructed in the next few years. The twinning initiative will provide the access necessary to sustain this growth.

“This project is one example of how our government is investing in the transportation network Albertans rely on every day. Twinning the Highway 15 bridge will reduce travel time for businesses and encourage economic growth. It will also help Albertans spend less time on the road and more time with their families.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

“The City of Fort Saskatchewan sits in the heart of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and a safe, high-functioning transportation network is critical to keep this economic region thriving and to ensure the safety of our citizens. We appreciate the province recognizing the value of investing in this infrastructure that keeps Albertans productive and industry economically sound.”

Gale Katchur, Mayor, City of Fort Saskatchewan

Design for the project will begin in 2017, with construction commencing as soon as 2019. A project of this size will take about three years to complete construction. Once the design process is complete, a more detailed project timeline will be available.

As part of the government’s $29.5-billion Budget 2017 Capital Plan, Alberta Transportation is investing more than $7 billion in vital highway infrastructure like the twinning of the Highway15 bridge.

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Saskatchewan Named Top Jurisdiction in the World for Mining Investment

An annual international survey of mining company executives has named Saskatchewan as the most attractive jurisdiction in the world for mining investment.

The Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2016 ranked Saskatchewan number one out of 104 jurisdictions in their Investment Attraction Index, up from second place in 2015.  Competitive tax regimes, efficient permitting procedures and certainty surrounding environmental regulations and land-claims were among the reasons for the province’s top rating.

“Saskatchewan enjoys an excellent reputation in the mining sector,” Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan said.   “We are gifted with a variety of resources, and as a government we are doing our share to encourage the industry and to make sure we are competitive and friendly to investment.  We have maintained a stable royalty structure over the last number of years, supported by clear government policies that have helped Saskatchewan remain a destination of choice for investors and business.”

The Fraser Institute’s Investment Attractiveness Index is based on two components: the geologic attractiveness of a region based on actual mineral potential, and its policy attractiveness in terms of the effects of government policy on attitudes toward exploration investment.

“Aside from having high-quality geoscience information, we place a high priority on collaboration with our stakeholders in the industry to help reduce red tape wherever possible,” Duncan said.  “We are also continuing to upgrade and enhance the Mineral Administration Registry Saskatchewan (MARS) system to help mining companies operate more efficiently in the province.”

Manitoba ranked second in the Fraser Institute survey, followed by West Australia which fell from first to third.  The remainder of the top 10, in descending order, includes Nevada, Finland, Quebec, Arizona, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, and Queensland.  Other Canadian jurisdictions placing in the 2016 global rankings were Yukon in 15th, Ontario in 18th and B.C. in 27th.


For more information, contact:

Deb Young
Phone: 306-787-4765

Solar energy for Stewardship Centre

Government is supporting energy efficiency at Lethbridge’s Farm Stewardship Centre. 

Solar energy for Stewardship Centre

Minister Phillips, Chris Spearman, Mayor of Lethbridge, and Maria Fitzpatrick, MLA Lethbridge-East, at the Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre

The facility employs engineers, technologists and specialists who research agricultural practices and monitor environmental impacts. Using $54,000 of Climate Leadership Plan funding, the centre will install a 15-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system and upgrade lighting to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“The government is leading by example, finding opportunities to save money and reduce emissions through energy efficiency. Renewable energy technologies such as solar PV along with efficient retrofits will create new and diverse job opportunities for Albertans.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Alberta Climate Change Office

The Farm Stewardship Centre serves as a valuable resource for producers and other partners to explore innovative ways to care for the environment and make informed decisions related to environmental stewardship. The staff develop, support and deliver the province’s On-Farm Energy Efficiency and On-Farm Solar PV Programs which fund energy-efficiency improvements and solar panels on Alberta farms.

The Government of Alberta is committed to finding ways to boost energy efficiency across the province, from government buildings to homes and businesses. As the province invests in schools, hospitals and other infrastructure to protect the services Albertans care about, government also ensures that the efficiency, costs and environmental impacts of those facilities are taken into account. 

Media inquiries

Brent Wittmeier

Press Secretary, Environment and Parks

Public invited to comment on draft REGDOC-1.5.1, Application Guide: Certification of Radiation Devices or Class II Prescribed Equipment

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is consulting the public on draft regulatory document REGDOC-1.5.1, Application Guide: Certification of Radiation Devices or Class II Prescribed Equipment.


The public has until May 12, 2017 to provide comments on the document.


REGDOC-1.5.1 is intended to help applicants to prepare and submit applications to the CNSC for certification of radiation devices and Class II prescribed equipment. It assists applicants and licensees in complying with the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and regulations and ensures that:


- the radiation device or Class II prescribed equipment is safe to use


- adequate measures are in place to protect the environment, the health and safety of persons, and national security


- the design meets Canada’s international obligations


Minor changes to the structure of the guide have been made and guidance added to make it easier for applicants to fill in the application form and make it clearer what information is to be included, thereby reducing potential delays during the certification process.


REGDOC-1.5.1 is part of the Certification of Prescribed Equipment series of the CNSC’s regulatory framework and supersedes RD/GD-254, Application Guide Certification of Radiation Devices or Class II Prescribed Equipment, published in December 2010.

Public input sought on Alberta’s workplace laws

Albertans are invited to participate in a review of the province’s labour legislation to ensure fair and family-friendly workplaces that support a strong economy.

The review focuses on the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, neither of which has undergone significant updates since 1988.

These laws cover topics such as hours of work, overtime, general holidays, special leaves and collective bargaining rules. Some of Alberta’s workplace rules are currently out-of-step with the rest of Canada and these areas need to be reviewed.

“Alberta has some of the oldest labour laws in the country. Work life in Alberta has changed a lot over the last 30 years and we need to ensure our laws are kept up to date. We want to ensure Albertans can go to work and contribute to our economy while still being able to care for themselves and their families.”

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

The public is invited to provide their views and input on Alberta’s workplace laws until April 18, 2017. Albertans can find more information about how to get involved by visiting

Government is seeking feedback on:

  • Maternity, parental and compassionate care leaves
  • Introducing leave for the care of critically ill children
  • Other job-protected leaves in relation to the federal Employment Insurance program
  • The collective bargaining process
  • Improving enforcement and administration

The reviews will include direct engagement with business and industry associations, trade unions and social agencies over the coming weeks.

Media inquiries

Matt Dykstra

Press Secretary, Labour

Government of Canada, Yukon First Nations and Government of Yukon to Gather for the Intergovernmental Forum

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, along with Government of Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston and the Chiefs of the 11 self-governing Yukon First Nations have agreed to hold a meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Established in 2002, the Intergovernmental Forum provides an opportunity for Canada, Yukon and self-governing Yukon First Nations to discuss areas of mutual interest and advance intergovernmental relationships.  

The last meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum took place in Whitehorse on April 8, 2016.


“I’m looking forward to meeting again with Yukon Chiefs, Grand Chief Johnston and Premier Silver. With over twenty years of land claim and self-government implementation, the territory brings a wealth of experience and inspiration for advancing reconciliation. The Intergovernmental Forum provides a valuable opportunity for us to advance our mutual priorities based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

“Our government believes that the Final and Self-Government Agreements are instruments for collaborative nation building, environmental protection, sustainable economic growth and, most importantly, reconciliation. A strong relationship between the Government of Yukon, First Nations and the Government of Canada is critical to the successful implementation of these agreements. I look forward to advancing discussions of critical importance to Yukoners.”

Sandy Silver
Premier of Yukon

“Our relationship with Canada, through our agreements, is fundamental to advancing common priorities impacting Yukon First Nations. We look forward to meaningful discussions at the Intergovernmental Forum.”
Peter Johnston
Grand Chief, Council of Yukon First Nations