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Alberta Says We Need Plastic & Tells Ottawa To 'Stay in your own lane'

The new plastics ban isn't sitting well with Alberta.
Alberta Plastic Plans In Danger After Nationwide Plastic Ban Announced For 2021

Alberta politicians took the opportunity to discuss the upcoming ban on plastics on Tuesday, October 6 at a press conference. According to Jason Kenney's government, for Alberta, a plastic ban could have some negative impacts. 

At the press conference, the premier said his government plans to make Alberta a hub for plastic production by 2030 as part of their natural gas strategy.

This plan would mean new plastic products being made in the province using natural gas and recycling.

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We need it in Alberta to diversify the economy and create jobs.

Alberta Energy Minister, Sonya Savage

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage had strong words for Ottawa at a press conference on Wednesday, October 7. 

“Stay in your own lane, stay within your own constitutional bounds," said Savage.

She continued to explain that if plastics aren't being manufactured in Alberta, then someone else will do it.

“A recognition from the federal government that plastics are a part of everyday life in Alberta and around the world, I think that would be helpful... for them to ensure that message gets out as well," she added.

The federal ban could come into effect as early as 2021 and would include grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, plastic cutlery, six-pack rings and food takeout containers made from hard to recycle plastics.

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Alberta's Vaccine Passport Is Officially Coming But It Won't Be Used Everywhere

Businesses can decide if they want to implement it or not.

With Alberta currently under a state of emergency, the province will be introducing a vaccine passport, but there will be some exemptions.

On Wednesday, September 15, the provincial government announced the implementation of the Restrictions Exemption Program, which is Alberta's form of a vaccine passport.

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Alberta's Vaccine Passports Are Coming This Month For Restaurants, Weddings, Retail & More

Businesses can either require proof of vaccination or face stronger restrictions under the new state of emergency.

It was officially announced on September 15 that Alberta is getting vaccine passports later this month along with stricter public health measures and a province-wide state of emergency.

New temporary health measures will be implemented across the province as of September 16, including restrictions for workplaces, indoor private gatherings, places of worship and schools. Mandatory masking and physical distancing in all indoor public spaces will be required then as well.

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The Western provinces are going to be in for some unsettled weather in the weeks ahead according to Canada's fall forecast.

The Weather Network released their forecast on September 14, and when it comes to the West, everything from "excessive rain" to an "early-season freeze" is up ahead.

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Health officials in Alberta are officially launching a vaccine incentive for residents over 18, so get ready to make some quick money if you have yet to get your doses.

During a press conference on September 3, Alberta's Minister of Health Tyler Shandro announced that a one-time incentive of $100 will be given out to Albertans aged 18 and over who receive a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine between September 3 and October 14.

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