Posted on Feb 21, 2018

Pipeline Battle and Green Energy

Congratulations to the organizers, volunteers and donors of the World’s Longest Hockey Game. It has been wonderful to see support from current and past members of the Oilers for the fundraising efforts of Strathcona County volunteers.

Congratulations are also in order to members of the Canadian Olympic Team who have won medals and/or done their utmost to represent us in Korea. I look forward to the Paralympic Games later on this month and the performance of these athletes.

Pipeline update

The premier has been outspoken in her support for the Trans Mountain pipeline and the need for Alberta’s natural resources to have access to tidewater. She is working with the federal government, industry leaders and a task force of prominent Canadians to ensure that the pipeline is built.

This pipeline is important to Strathcona County, as it would start in our community before making its way across the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean. The Government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain pipeline because it is in our national best interest. Modern, carefully-regulated, carefully-monitored pipelines are the safest way to transport energy resources we all use. This pipeline comes with the strongest Climate Leadership Plan in the country — one that ensures new Canadian pipelines do not lead to increased emissions — as well as new, world-class coastal protections.

By building this pipeline, we can diversify our export markets, stop selling our resources at a discount and start getting top dollar. That matters. It matters for the schools our kids go to, the hospitals we rely on, and the public services we all use.

All Albertans can show their support for this pipeline by signing the Keep Canada Working petition at petition.alberta.ca. I encourage all Sherwood Park residents to sign.

The Strathcona Sustainability Association is a group of Sherwood and Park and Strathcona County residents committed to a sustainable and healthy environment in the county. On Feb. 28, they are hosting a round table forum to explore solar energy options for Strathcona residents. Solar for Strathcona will be held at the Strathcona Community Centre, beginning at 7 p.m. It is free of charge and everyone is welcome.

Many Sherwood Park residents have already taken advantage of the energy efficiency upgrades and rebate programs offered by Efficiency Alberta, which recently added to the program, now including online rebates for approved refrigerators and furnaces with high-efficiency motors (ECM), as well as a home improvement rebate for drain water heat recovery.

Visit www.efficiencyalberta.ca to find out more about these and other programs being offered. You can sign up for their newsletter that will let you know as new opportunities arise.

What else is happening

• The Throne Speech will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. The speech will be available on www.assembly.ab.ca and major radio and TV outlets. The speech sets out the government’s legislative agenda for the coming assembly session. It is read by the Lieutenant Governor and marks the beginning of the spring session.

• Congratulations to Saffron Centre on the opening of their new office. The extension of their services indicates the need of our community for support for all individuals who have suffered from sexual assault, abuse and sexual violence.

Saffron also provides education in our schools and community. For more information on their services and new location, please go to saffroncentre.com.