Another tough year ahead for oil and gas companies

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by Jeff Slack

A survey done by the Recruitment firm Hays Canada says that 28 per cent of energy sectors employers will hire fewer people in 2017 than 2016.

Hays says that many oil companies believe recovery in the oil sector will be difficult because most oilfield workers are leaving Alberta to go to other provinces like British Columbia and Ontario where there’s more labour jobs.

Most oil companies have been cutting staff rather than cutting wages as the price of oil has been low.

Alberta oil and gas has cut about 29 per cent of their staff over the past two years, but workers are bringing in about $2,300 dollars per week which is up 25 per cent from 5 years.

 

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Calgarians Presented with Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards

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Two Calgarians are among the ten recipients of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards.

The awards go to people who demonstrate leadership and create and promote inclusive communities.

Albertans are celebrating people with disabilities and those who support them on December 3 for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Events are being held across the province to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of people with disabilities.

-Kendall Robertson

 

Calgary Men Charged in Lethbridge Drug Bust

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Alberta Law Enforcement and Response Team along with the RCMP and Lethbridge Police Service seized more than 50 thousand dollars worth of drugs including crack cocaine from a house on November 23.

The bust was tied to a previous investigation where ALERT gained information and moved up the drug chain to identify the alleged suppliers.

Two Calgary men and four others are facing 14 criminal charges related to drug trafficking.

The drugs seized include 562 grams of cocaine, 15 oxycodone pills, a replica firearm, and more than 3 thousand dollars in cash.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community are asked to call local police or crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

-Kendall Robertson

 

 

CF-18 Fighter Jet Pilot Identified

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The pilot of a CF-18 fighter jet who died after a crash near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border has been identified as Capt. Thomas McQueen.

The single-seat jet crashed during a routine training mission over the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Saskatchewan.

Col. Paul Doyle says McQueen had been with the military for ten years and was from Hamilton.

An investigation is underway to determine what went wrong.

-Kendall Robertson

The Nickelback Treatment

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A small Prince Edward Island community is threatening drunk drivers this holiday season with a strange and unusual punishment… the Nickelback treatment.

The Kensington Police Department released a video to their Facebook warning party goers to find a safe ride home or face the consequences of drunk driving and listen to a Nickelback CD from the back of a police car.

Constable Robb Hartlen says if you’re foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a tune sung by the maligned band is the perfect gift for you.

Hopefully the Calgary Police Department will take note.

-Kendall Robertson.

Bovine Tuberculosis Outbreak in Alberta

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Ten thousand heads of cattle will be slaughtered due to a bovine tuberculosis outbreak in southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan.

The Canadian Food Inspection agency says the animals are from some of the ranches that are currently under quarantine and are considered high risk of contracting or transmitting the disease.

Only six cattle have actually tested positive since the first case has been confirmed in September.

Quarantine orders have been issued at more than 40 cattle ranches across Western Canada and the agency warns that number could increase.

-Kendall Robertson

Police Shooting in Sunalta

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One woman has died after a police shooting in the south west.

Police say events escalated after they arrived at a home in the 1700 block of 11 Avenue SW and an officer opened fire.

The woman was brought to hospital with life threatening injuries and later died.

This is the tenth officer involved shooting in Calgary this year and the fifth ending with a fatality.

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating and traffic around the area will be disrupted.

-Kendall Robertson