British Columbia and Alberta are butting heads over the planned Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
The B-C government has put the brakes on increases in shipments of diluted bitumen until it can be convinced that any spills could be avoided or cleaned properly.
Alberta is pushing back by suspending talks about buying electricity from their neighbour, something Premier Rachel Notley says could cost BC 500-million dollars annually.
Trudeau Pipeline –
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said yesterday morning that the Trans Mountain pipeline is in the national interest and that the federal government will make sure the expanded pipeline to West Coast gets built.
He says, “It’s important to get our oil resources to markets other than the United States for the Alberta economy, for the Canadian economy to continue to grow and we need to do that safely”
Influenza – Central AB
There have been three new influenza-related deaths in the AHS Central Zone for the week ending February 1. That brings this flu season’s total to 11 for Central Zone. There were two other deaths from influenza this week, bringing the provincial total to 61.
Hometown Hockey – Lacombe
Hometown Hockey makes its way to Lacombe this weekend! Hosted by Ron Maclean and Tara Slone. Weekend will feature performances from Jamie Woodfin and Nice Horse, chance to get your picture taken with Lord Stanley, and of course broadcast of the Senators versus the Canadiens
Ground Hog Day –
Weather watchers will look to the groundhogs this morning for their annual predictions about Spring.
Nova Scotia’s famed Shubenacadie Sam predicted an early Spring. Ontario’s Wireton Willie saw his shadow so 6 more weeks of Winter there! And Balzac Billy did NOT see his shadow which means we’re supposed to get an early Spring!