August 26, 2021

Legislative Assembly is Recruiting Child and Youth Advocate

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Category: Careers Notices

The Select Special Child and Youth Advocate Search Committee is recruiting for the position of Child and Youth Advocate, an independent Officer of the Legislature who represents the rights, interests and viewpoints of Alberta’s young people and indigenous youth receiving government services.

The Legislative Assembly appointed the search committee to invite applications for the position and to recommend the applicant it considers most suitable.

The deadline for applications is October 8, 2021.

Find more information, including the position profile, on the Legislative Assembly website: https://www.assembly.ab.ca/assembly-business/committees/CY21

August 18, 2021

Black Ribbon Day Commemoration Ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta

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EDMONTON – “On Black Ribbon Day we remember the victims of crimes perpetrated by the Communist and Nazi regimes,” said the Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.  “We stand with survivors and their descendants, many of whom found refuge and opportunity here in our province, and we renew our support for all who continue in their fight for freedom and struggle to flee oppression.”

Black Ribbon Day commemoration
Monday, August 23, 2021, at 3 p.m.
Legislature rotunda

The public is encouraged to attend the event in the Legislature rotunda or watch the live stream on assemblyonline.assembly.ab.ca/harmony or on the Assembly Facebook , Twitter or YouTube .

Speaker Cooper will host the event, which will include remarks from Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The program will also feature statements by community representatives, a prayer invocation offered by Rabbi Steven Schwarzman  and a performance by violinist Maya Budzinski.

The Black Ribbon Day commemoration event is presented with the following organizations: Honourary Consul of the Republic of Poland (North), Honourary Consul of the Republic of Poland (South), Honourary Consul of Hungary (Alberta), Honourary Consul of the Republic of Latvia, Hungarian Heritage Council, Hungarian Diaspora Council, Chargé d’affaires Hungarian Embassy, Canadian Polish Congress Alberta Society, Canadian Lithuanian Society, Canadian Hungarian Cultural Association of Calgary, Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council, Hungarian Cultural Society of Edmonton, and Imanta Latvian Society of Edmonton.

Black Ribbon Day is remembered each year on August 23. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union was signed on this date in 1939. This led to the occupation of numerous eastern and central European nations and the victimization of millions of people and contributed to the start of the Second World War. This year marks the 82nd anniversary of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact.

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Jeanette Dotimas, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly Office
Mobile: 780.862.6362
E-mail: Jeanette.Dotimas@assembly.ab.ca

 

July 14, 2021

Fountains on Violet King Henry Plaza are open

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Category: Notices

Summer is here, the sun is out and the fountains on Violet King Henry Plaza are open! The reflecting pool and lower fountains are undergoing repairs and remain closed for the summer.

June 16, 2021

Real Property Rights Committee Seeks Public Input

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Category: News Notices

Note: the deadline for written submissions has been extended to October 15, 2021.

EDMONTON – The Legislative Assembly of Alberta’s Select Special Committee on Real Property Rights is seeking written submissions on issues related to its mandate until August 15, 2021. Please note that submissions and the names of submitters may be made public.

The Select Special Committee on Real Property Rights was established by the Legislative Assembly through the passage of Government Motion 69 on March 22, 2021. The committee must report to the Legislative Assembly with recommendations by December 15, 2021.

More information about the committee’s mandate is available on the Assembly website assembly.ab.ca/assembly-business/committees/RP. Written submissions may be sent by email to RPRCommittee.Admin@assembly.ab.ca, by using the online submission form on the committee’s webpage, or by mail to the Committee Clerk at the following address: 

Committee Clerk, Legislative Assembly Office
3rd Floor, 9820 – 107 Street NW 
Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7

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Media inquiries:
Jeanette Dotimas
Communications – Legislative Assembly of Alberta 
Mobile: 780.862.6362 
E-mail: jeanette.dotimas@assembly.ab.ca

May 14, 2021

ASL Interpretation Piloted During Meeting with Community and Social Services

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The Legislative Assembly of Alberta will pilot American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation on its broadcast during the May 18 meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts with the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

“Like many who provide media content to the public, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta has used closed captioning as a part of its broadcasts for years,” said the honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “We are continually reviewing ways to make our work more accessible to the public.”

“During the global pandemic, when critical information is being shared with the public, a light was shed on the importance of ASL Interpretation to ensure better communications with the deaf and hard of hearing community,” he added. “We felt this might provide an opportunity for us to improve our accessibility, particularly when subjects are being discussed that directly impact the deaf and hard of hearing.”

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts will meet with the Ministry of Community and Social Services in relation to its 2019-20 Annual Report and any outstanding recommendations from the Auditor General. The meeting will be held from 8 to 10 a.m.

The health and safety of Members, staff, and visitors remains the top priority for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Public galleries in the committee rooms are currently closed in accordance with increased health measures.

Watch online at assemblyonline.assembly.ab.ca/harmony or on Alberta Assembly TV (TELUS channel 843, Shaw cable channel 930 and Shaw BlueCurve TV channel 263).

“We look forward to any and all feedback we receive when we pilot this service to help us better plan for current and future needs,” concluded Cooper.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts comprises 12 Members of the Legislative Assembly and reviews the reports of the Auditor General of Alberta and the public accounts of the province. Please visit: assembly.ab.ca/assembly-business/committees/PA 

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Media inquiries:

Rhonda Sorensen, Manager of Corporate Communications
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Rhonda.sorensen@assembly.ab.ca

May 12, 2021

Legislative Assembly Remains Adjourned until May 25, 2021

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Due to ongoing public health concerns arising from the pandemic, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta will remain adjourned until Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 10 a.m.

The Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, extended the adjournment on May 12, 2021.

The Assembly approved temporary amendments to the Standing Orders in February that authorize the Speaker to extend a period of adjournment in the public interest.

February 25, 2021

The Second Session of the 30th Legislature resumed on February 25, 2021

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The Second Session of the 30th Legislature resumed on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Sessional Calendar

January 15, 2021

The Second Session of the 30th Legislature will Resume on February 25, 2021

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The Second Session of the 30th Legislature will resume on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Sessional Calendar

March 18, 2019

Original Artwork by Alex Janvier Installed in Legislative Assembly Chamber

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Edmonton – This morning the Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, unveiled original works of art by renowned Indigenous artist Alex Janvier, CM, AOE, RCA, LLD (Hon). The diptych, entitled Sunrise and Sunset, was donated by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), and will be permanently installed in the Legislative Assembly Chamber.

Sunrise and Sunset will be welcome additions to the Legislative Assembly Chamber.These stunning works of art by Alex Janvier will forever honour the past and present contributions of Indigenous peoples to our province, and serve as reminders to all Members of the Legislative Assembly that we must never lose sight of our ultimate duty, which is to ensure the decisions we make on behalf of our constituents create positive and meaningful change in the lives of all Albertans presently and for generations to come,” said Speaker Wanner.

The ceremony, which was witnessed by Indigenous elders and leaders from across the province, included an Honour Song by drummer Rocky Morin followed by an opening prayer by Métis Knowledge Keeper Norma Spicer and Cree Elder Bob Cardinal, with a smudging by Hunter and Jacquelyn Cardinal.

Remarks were brought by:

  • Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker
  • Her Honour the Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor
  • The Office of the Premier
  • The Official Opposition
  • The Alberta Party Opposition
  • Mr. Guy Smith, AUPE President
  • Mr. Alex Janvier, CM, AOE, RCA, LLD (Hon)

The event closed with a performance by Métis Fiddler Brianna Lizotte.

A private traditional blessing took place in the Legislative Assembly Chamber on Sunday, March 17, 2018.

A Denesuline from Cold Lake First Nations, Janvier has been a professional artist for several decades. He is renowned for his unique abstract style, which features distinct curved lines and bright colour combinations. His murals adorn many public buildings, including the Canadian Museum of History and Sherwood Park’s County Hall.

Numerous galleries have exhibited Janvier’s paintings, both nationally and internationally. In 2012, the Art Gallery of Alberta hosted a major exhibition comprising over 90 paintings, and between 2016 and 2018 his art was shown in a travelling exhibition curated by the National Gallery of Canada.

Janvier is the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s award in visual and media arts and the National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement award. In 2008 he was honoured with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Marion Nicoll visual arts award, and in 2010 he was invested into the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Photos of the artwork are located on flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/legassemblyofab/ 

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For media inquiries and more information:

Tracey Sales
Communications Consultant
Mobile: 780.862.6446
tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

Alex McCuaig, Chief of Staff to the Speaker
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Office: 780.427.2464
Alex.McCuaig@assembly.ab.ca