Ardene Foundation Raises $62,651 for Families Impacted by Fort McMurrary Wildfires

Ardene FoundationArdene Foundation has responded to the Fort McMurray fires by launching a donation campaign to support the affected communities, many of whose homes have been destroyed. As proud longstanding members of the community, with locations in Fort McMurray and across Alberta, Ardene is committed to doing its part in more ways than one. The donation campaign began with a pledge to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, and shortly after, developed into a drive to collect $1 donations from shoppers in all 333 stores nationwide. Together, with the generosity of their customers, the company has raised $62,651. In addition to donations, Ardene has taken a decision to present gift cards and unemployment assistance directly to affected team members. 

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Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation Announces Tenant Rent Relief

WBHDC logoThe Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation (WBHDC) announced today it will provide rent relief to all tenants beginning May 3, the first day of the mandatory evacuation, up to such time as tenants are allowed to safely re-occupy their rental units.  Rent relief will apply, at minimum, to the months of May and June. WBHDC Board members Maggie Farrington (Chair), Jennifer Best, Jason Schulz and Jag Singh attended a telephone meeting the morning of Wednesday, May 18, and voted unanimously to provide rent relief to all WBHDC tenants displaced by the wildfire evacuation.  “Though the law states we are legally entitled to collect rents, even during such a terrible disaster, the Board felt strongly we had a moral obligation not to impose additional hardship upon our tenants who have already suffered so much,” said Farrington. 

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Métis Nation of Alberta Celebrates Daniels Case Supreme Court Victory in Edmonton on April 30

Metis Nation of AlbertaOn Thursday, April 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada declared that Metis and Non-Status Indians are “Indians” under Section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. The Metis Nation of Alberta will host a celebration to acknowledge our recent Supreme Court Victory in the Daniels case. Please join us for a stew and bannock feast, cultural entertainment, information session and dance. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome! The Daniels case victory is significant and will facilitate reconciliation between Parliament and Metis communities from Ontario westward. For many years, Metis communities were left in a “jurisdictional wasteland”, however, the Supreme Court ruling will “guarantee both certainty and accountability” and allow the Metis Nation to hold government” accountable for the inadequate status quo.”

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Alberta Budget Response: Social Workers Urge Alberta Government to Keep Developing Integrated Social Infrastructure

alberta_budgetAlberta social workers acknowledge that the Alberta Government has made significant progress in a number of important public programs in less than a year. Increases to education, health, family and community support services, support for indigenous communities, changes in the basic human rights of Albertans are among them. We recognize that any provincial government faced with the heritage left for the current Alberta government, would be faced with equally difficult and challenging decisions. We applaud the decisions this government has made in regard to climate change and the policies to deal with the dramatic changes in the employment conditions in the energy sector. The relatively small increase in the Family Employment Tax Credit will undoubtedly be welcomed by families who qualify and the investment in the Alberta Child Benefit beginning on July 1, 2016 is an important step. 

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