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New benefits for AEL members — and a chance to win an iPad* mini!
A new member benefit that provides exclusive group rates on home and auto insurance to you, your spouse and dependents.

Recently we announced that as a member of the Alberta Electrical League, you now qualify for exclusive group rates on your home and auto insurance through our new partnership with The Personal Insurance Company.

The Personal has been a trusted partner for home and auto insurance, joining over 700 professional organizations like ours across Canada. They deliver insurance solutions tailored to your individual needs and protection that will give you piece of mind behind the wheel, and at home.

To celebrate the launch of the new program, The Personal is having an online contest to give three iPad* mini devices exclusively to AEL members. To enter simply provide your current home and auto insurance expiry dates at
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Golf Tournaments
Yes, it's time Alberta.

June 5 — Alberta Springs — Red Deer — Click here to register.

June 18 — The Ranch in Edmonton — Click here to register.

August 21 — Okotoks — This one fills up fast; email Tara if you're interested.

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Alberta economy head and shoulders above Canada
Calgary Herald
Alberta's economy remains strong, sitting head-and-shoulders above the rest of Canada on the back of a still-humming energy sector, says a new report released recently by BMO. The BMO Blue Book, which looks at the economies of Canada and all the provinces, said Alberta will lead the country in economic growth both this year and next year with annual gains of 3.5 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively.
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Expertise, our source of energy

A 125-plus-year history and a reputation for producing innovative, high-quality products make Mersen a global leader in the safety and reliability of electrical equipment specific to our customers’ needs enabling them to optimize their manufacturing process in sectors such as energy, transportation, electronics, chemical, pharmaceutical and process industries.

$6 billion in building permits taken out by Canadian contractors
Daily Commercial News
Contractors took out $6 billion worth of building permits in March, down three per cent from February, reports Statistics Canada. The March decline followed an 11.3 per cent decrease the previous month. Lower construction intentions in the non-residential sector in six provinces, led by Ontario, more than offset a gain in the residential sector.
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Report: Edmonton ranks second most expensive city for electricity
Edmonton Sun
Albertans pay among the highest electricity rates in North America, shows a new report by the Fraser Institute. Ranking 119 cities across Canada and the United States, the Fraser Institute puts Edmonton and Calgary in the bottom third of the pack for electricity used by residential, small commercial and small industrial customers.
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People performance: Building's next goal?
By Michael J. Berens
Back in the 1990s, management gurus talked a lot about high-performance teams. Today, the talk is all about high-performance buildings. What if high-performing buildings also needed to meet requirements of high-performing individuals? The day may not be far off when clients will demand both. Long before LEED and the quest to improve building performance and sustainability, organizational specialists documented the impact that the work environment has on worker productivity and well-being.
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100 years of Alberta oil: How an industry was born
Financial Post
When Canadians from Eastern Canada move to Western Canada these days to seek better prospects they are merely following in the footsteps of William Stewart Herron, who packed up his bags in Ontario's Haliburton county and ended up in Okotoks south of Calgary. Except that Herron's migration spawned an industry that transformed Alberta's fortunes.

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Alberta to beef up labour relations with construction sector
Canadian Labour Reporter
Following a report from a prominent labour lawyer, Alberta has announced an upcoming overhaul of its labour relations with the construction sector. Released recently by labour lawyer Andrew Sims, the report — a year in the making — prompted the government to provide long-term stability for labour in the construction industries.

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Henday project moving along
Sherwood Park News
While Albertans are currently being invited to give feedback on a draft 50-year transportation plan, construction on the Anthony Henday is nearing its halfway point. "This construction season, we will operate approximately 1.4 million person hours across the 17 sites of the northeast Anthony Henday project," said Allan Neill, CEO of Capital City Link General Partnership.

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Experts predict electricity rates could drop over summer
Global News
There's finally a bright spot for those who have been fed up with rising utility costs. While the regulated electricity rate jumped 40 per cent this month due to power plant maintenance, no major generating interruptions are scheduled for the summer. That means household prices should stabilize, and could even drop over the next few months.
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City says extra $133 million needed for ring road connnections
Calgary Herald
Calgary must spend $133 million by decade's end to tie in or upgrade city roads to the province's $5 billion southwest ring road legs, a new council report states. The Alberta government decision to move ahead with the last 41-kilometre portion of Stoney Trail means transportation planners have put southwest ring road connectors and road widening to near the top of the city's 10-year projects list.
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Utilities face growing risk of cyber-attack
The Globe and Mail
North America's electricity grid is facing increasing risk of cyber-attacks from criminals, terrorists and foreign states, and utilities have to devote growing resources to defend the system, a regulators' conference was told recently. The technological modernization of the grid — from smart meters to less-centralized generation — is creating new opportunities for cyber-threats to enter the system, and new risk for the utilities.
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