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Government Signs Socio-Economic Agreement with Proponents of Proposed Mackenzie Gas Project

YELLOWKNIFE (22 January 2007) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has signed a Socio Economic Agreement (SEA) with the proponent of the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).

The agreement formalizes commitments by the proponent with respect to employment, training, business opportunities and other related benefits for NWT residents. It also details measures to monitor and address the long-term management of infrastructure and possible impacts related to the proposed project.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072265 Views

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Forest Workers Rally Across Canada and Flood MPs Offices With E-mails on Jobs Crisis, as Industry Leaders Hold Parliament Hill Forum

OTTAWA, Jan. 22 – Canada’s largest union of forestry workers has mobilized Canadians and forest industry stakeholders from coast to coast to call for federal government action on the forest sector jobs crisis.

Today is the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada’s National Day of Action for Forest Sector Jobs, and thousands of Canadians are sending a unified message to Stephen Harper and their Members of Parliament urging them to “break the silence” on this crisis, and support new investment in forestry communities.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071949 Views

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Canada’s New Government Canada Supports Aboriginal Women in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, January 19, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri Food, Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), announced $77,303 in funding for three Aboriginal women’s organizations in British Columbia. The funds will enable the groups to assume leadership roles and play an active role in community development.

“When women have the opportunity to come together and play a leadership role, our entire society benefits,” said Minister Oda. “These projects support the aspirations of Aboriginal women in British Columbia by helping them honour Aboriginal culture and address issues of violence in our communities.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072296 Views

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Bronco Energy Ltd.: Operations Update-Wabiskaw Horizontal Oil Wells on Production

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Jan. 21, 2007) – Bronco Energy Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:BCF) (“Bronco”) announces that it has completed the drilling, completion and equipping of six horizontal wells in the Wabiskaw formation on Indian Oil and Gas Canada (“IOGC”) Mineral Lease OL 6117, located at Wabasca, Alberta in the heart of the Athabasca Oil Sands Deposits, and has placed the wells on production to temporary facilities.

The drilling program was executed on time and under budget with a 100% success rate. The average horizontal well length drilled was 1603 metres per well. The six wells encountered an average oil saturated pay exposure of 94%. Management of Bronco believes this to be an excellent result and has high expectations for all six wells.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20073457 Views

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Mackenzie Gas Project Proponents and GNWT Sign Comprehensive Socio-Economic Agreement

CALGARY, Jan. 22 – Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited, on behalf of the Mackenzie Gas Project co-venturers, announced today that the project coventurers have signed a comprehensive Socio-Economic Agreement (SEA) with the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The agreement outlines a broad range of socio-economic topics, with agreement between the parties in a number of specific areas related to the proposed project. These areas include training and employment, business opportunities, wellbeing, sustainable development, net effects on government, and ongoing monitoring of the proposed project, both during construction and operation. The agreement outlines commitments in specific areas including employment requirements and policies, hiring and procurement priorities for NWT and Aboriginal people, oil and gas training, transportation and infrastructure impacts, cultural preservation, safety and security, access to gas, and a monitoring advisory board (society) for the life of the project.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072353 Views

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Media Advisory – McGuinty Government to Announce New Support for Aboriginal Students

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Jan. 22 – Education Minister Kathleen Wynne will make an important announcement about new supports for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

She will be accompanied by David Orazietti, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie.

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For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister’s Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072037 Views

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STEP Program Helps Address Alberta’s Labour Shortage

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January 22, 2007

Summer help for not-for-profit organizations feeling the crunch

Edmonton… With the increasing demand for workers in Alberta, it has become more difficult for the not-for-profit sector to recruit and retain workers. The provincial government’s Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) helps not-for-profit organizations find workers they need for the summer months and assists students and other Albertans looking for meaningful summer employment.

“Alberta’s not-for-profit sector is a significant contributor to the province’s economic and social prosperity,” said Iris Evans, Minister of Employment, Immigration and Industry. “STEP helps employers find workers who are interested in pursuing a career in certain fields, and helps community organizations hire top-quality people with exciting, new ideas and energy.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072817 Views

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