TRANS FLAG RAISED AT LEG
The Trans Equality Society of Alberta (TESA) celebrated Alberta’s first-ever formal raising of a trans pride flag at the Alberta Legislature on Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR), Nov. 20.
The flying of the blue-and-pink striped flag marked a sign of solidarity between the province and transgender Albertans.
“As a rural trans Albertan, having the province mark this important occasion is a strong statement towards equality for all Albertans. This is a significant step forward to promote and support diversity within our province,” TESA board member Leslea Herber says in a release. “No one should live in fear for their lives because of who they are. Albertans should be proud that our government recognizes and acknowledges this.”
The TDOR was initially established to honour the unsolved murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Mass. Hester’s murder is considered a hate crime.
GRANTS FOR WOMEN
Through $500,000 in grants, Alberta Status of Women will support organizations that improve the lives of women and girls, the provincial government recently announced.
These grants are designed to create opportunities to help Alberta women reach their full potential.
Eligible organizations include registered charities, registered not-for-profits, and community-based coalitions and networks.
“When women succeed, whole communities and economies succeed. That’s why we are investing in ideas that support Alberta women, “ Stephanie McLean, minister of status of women, says in the release.
The projects must focus on at least one of the following in order to be eligible:
• Helping women secure good jobs and closing the wage gap.
• Preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
• Encouraging women to run for elected office or apply for boards and senior leadership roles.
As for organizations, they may apply to:
• Organize conferences, trainings and events (up to $50,000).
• Build capacity by attending conferences, trainings and events (up to $10,000).
• Work on special projects (up to $50,000).
• Create mentorship relationships to build capacity (up to $100,000).
• Expand a successful initiative to other parts of Alberta (up to $100,000).
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on Fri., Dec. 16.
PEMBINA APPLAUDS TRUDEAU
Ed Wittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute made the following statement in response to federal government’s plan to reduce emissions from Canada’s electricity sector in a press release:
“We applaud the federal government for its timely and necessary commitment to phase-out coal-fired power across Canada by 2030.”
He went on to say that he was pleased to see the government thinking holistically about Canada’s electricity sector and that reduced reliance on coal is a good thing.
Wittingham also added that this move will send strong investment signals for new clean energy and that he is happy to see that the government will finance the transition to a cleaner and more modern electricity grid through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
ALMOST 1 IN 5 ALBERTANS WOULD DRIVE DRUNK
It seems that one fifth of Albertans don’t mind having one more for the road.
A new poll by Mainstreet Research/Postmedia found that almost 18 percent of Albertans would consider driving under the influence of alcohol—if it was only for a short distance on a quiet road.
“Though these numbers are affected by social desirability bias they are concerning,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research, in a press release. “Eight percent of Albertans said they have driven under the influence of alcohol—with 48 percent saying this occurred in the last five years. Though driving under the influence has led to horror story after horror story it appears that hasn’t been enough for some Albertans.”
He adds that Canada has the worst rates of roadway deaths linked to alcohol impairment based on a recent report by the Centre of Disease Control. He also mentions that while Alberta has taken concrete steps to fight drinking and driving, it does appear there is still more work to do to change this societal opinion.