Alberta Minute: Environmental Reviews, Lottery Deadline, and Provincial Restrictions Lift
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
- The Legislature has now adjourned for the summer but Committees will continue to sit. The Standing Committee on Public Accounts will meet on Tuesday from 8:00 am to 10:00 am to discuss the Ministry of Environment and Parks 2019-2020 Annual Report as well as Outstanding Auditor General Recommendations.
- In further Committee meeting news, on Thursday the Select Special Committee on Real Property Rights will meet from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund will meet on Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
- The first of several vaccination lottery draws closes for registration on June 24th at 11:59 pm as the provincial government is continuing to encourage people to get their remaining vaccinations. Two further draws will take place in August and September.
Last Week In Alberta:
- The Legislature wrapped up its spring sitting on Thursday, having passed 22 Government Bills, three Private Members Bills and one Private Member Public Bill. The government is expected to convene a new session of the legislature in the fall with a throne speech to set a new agenda, so it’s likely that the remaining bills on the order paper will die and have to be reintroduced in order to be considered further.
- In another blow to provincial autonomy, it was announced that Ottawa will conduct an environmental review of any new coal projects that could possibly release the contaminant selenium, including all 8 proposed projects in the Rocky Mountain Foothills of Alberta. Whatever you think about these specific projects, this is yet another federal government takeover of a provincial constitutional power, and it certainly won't be the last.
- Finally, in big COVID news, Alberta finally hit the government's 70% first-dose target on Thursday, meaning that on July 1st, Canada Day, "almost all" COVID restrictions in Alberta will be removed. No more masking, no more distancing, no more capacity limits!
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