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Monday, August 2, 2021
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Two previously announced projects in southern Alberta part of province’s capital plan

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EDMONTON, AB – Some major capital projects were announced Monday by the Alberta government, however full details on some of smaller builds aren’t known at this time.

The projects add up to $20.7 billion over three years, a good portion of which are in Edmonton and Calgary.

Some of those on the list include money previously earmarked for things like the expansion at Lethbridge Exhibition Park ($18.1 million) and the twinning of Highway 3 between Taber and Burdett ($85 million).

There is also a chance we could see other local capital projects announced in the days and weeks ahead as part of this same announcement.

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Premier Jason Kenney says overall, 90,000 jobs will be created through these capital projects.

“As we continue to protect Albertans from COVID-19, we are focused on protecting livelihoods by planning ahead, creating jobs and preparing for recovery through our multibillion-dollar Capital Plan. These record investments are a key part of the Alberta Recovery Plan to build, diversify, and create new jobs,” said Kenney who made the announcement at a construction site in Edmonton.

There are 14 school projects as part of this capital funding announcement. Details on those will likely be coming later this week.

Quick facts

  • As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, the 2021-2024 Capital Plan invests in new infrastructure projects, including:
    • 14 school projects and an increase to the modular classroom program for $268 million.
    • Five new health projects, for a total of $143 million, including redevelopment of the Rockyview General Hospital for intensive care unit, coronary care unit and gastrointestinal unit for $59 million.
    • A new Court of Appeal building in Calgary for $57 million.
    • $48.7 million for Environment and Parks projects including flood mitigation for $9 million, and watercourse and watershed resiliency projects for $29 million.
  • Alberta’s Recovery Plan continues to support other key infrastructure projects, such as:
    • The Calgary Cancer Centre for $468 million.
    • The Gene Zwozdesky Centre at Norwood for $246 million.
    • The new Red Deer Justice Centre for $177 million.
    • The Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator in Leduc for $24 million.
    • 62 previously announced school projects underway throughout the province for $1.2 billion.
    • $1.3 billion for provincial highway construction, including improvements on Deerfoot Trail, expanding Highway 1A between Cochrane and Canmore, building the Grande Prairie Bypass, and constructing an interchange at the QEII and 40th Avenue in Airdrie.
    • $154 million toward long-awaited capital projects in Edmonton, including the expansion of Terwillegar Drive, grade-separation on 50th Street at the CPR tracks, and upgrading Yellowhead Trail into a free-flow freeway.
    • Reaffirming our commitment to LRT projects in both Calgary and Edmonton.
    • $2.5 billion in capital grants to local governments, including the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP), the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership, Water for Life and the First Nations Water Tie-in.
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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