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Calgary Mayor Calls For COVID Alert App In Alberta As Coronavirus Cases Rise

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi told the media Wednesday that Alberta needs to adopt Canada's COVID alert app without delay. Nenshi said he was unsure why COVID Alert is not yet supported in Alberta. “The federal enforcement may not be perfect… but it is something. We know that the provincial app does not work properly on most devices. We know that people don't use it at all. So let's take what we have and make the job of those contact trackers easier, ”Nenshi said, according to the Calgary herald. Nenshi warned of the "politicization of public health," citing alleged reports that the United Conservative ministers dubbed COVID Alert "the Trudeau app," booing on camera. "Stop. We don't need that kind of partisanship here," Nenshi said. "We have to keep people safe, and I just ho...
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Alberta is still figuring out how to transition to the COVID alert app

Like the province of British Columbia, Alberta still seems to be stuck in limbo when it comes to adopting the COVID Alert app from Canada. Alberta Health said the province is still in talks with the federal government to support the COVID Alert. "We are working with the federal government on how to transition the hundreds of thousands of Alberta tracking app users to the federal program," said Tom McMillan, Alberta Health spokesman for . Alberta launched its own ABTraceTogether app in the spring, which now has just under 250,000 users. Alberta's privacy commission quickly deemed the app a security riskr. For iPhone users, the app had to remain open and active, with the device's screens on and unlocked. Canada's COVID alert app is based on a framework from Apple and Google th...
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TD subsidiary launches major Tesla battery project in Alberta

TD Bank's asset management arm has launched a Tesla battery project in Alberta. As first reported The balloon and the mail, the project is worth “tens of millions of dollars” and will serve as the “largest use” of energy storage technology in Canada. Specifically, the initiative, which TD calls 'eReserve,' will equip the province with batteries and three 20-megawatt Tesla Megapacks, which will help store additional energy and balance the province's electrical grid as more renewable energy is added in the next years. The first Megapack is currently being built at Rycroft and is scheduled to be ready for service in December. Buffalo Creek and Grande Prairie will also receive facilities in mid-2021. Calgary-based WCSB will own and manage the equipment at all ...
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Shaw Launches Gigabit Internet for Residential Customers in Alberta

Shaw has announced the launch of gigabit download speeds in Alberta, as the company's Fiber + Gig plans are now available to residential customers. According to Shaw, its fastest Internet tier, Fiber + Gig, "is the largest implementation of gigabit download speeds for residential Internet customers in Western Canada." "By investing in Alberta, we are ensuring that people across the province continue to have excellent connectivity today and the bandwidth necessary to prepare their homes for the future," said Brad Shaw, Shaw Communications CEO and CEO, it's a statement. Shaw says he has invested more than $ 11 billion in Alberta alone over the past seven years. The company said its "faster download speeds are available more widely than its Alberta competitors," in what appears ...
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Alberta to Switch to COVID Alert App and Leave ABTraceTogether

Alberta agreed to adopt Canada's COVID Alert exposure notification app and ditch its ABTraceTogether contact tracing app. The province confirmed the transfer to The balloon and the mail, with Alberta Health Minister Steve Buick saying "We recognize and accept that Canada is moving towards a national tracking application." Alberta's ABTraceTogether has generated 234,000 active users and the province will now prioritize a seamless switch to COVID Alert, which will likely mean downloading the latter and removing the province's contact tracker app. ABTraceTogether launched in May and is based on Singapore's contact tracing app model. There is no timeline for when Alberta will adopt the COVID Alert, but the province said it is dependent on the federal government. ABTraceTogether ha...
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Alberta’s ABTraceTogether contact tracking app has more than 231,000 users

The province of Alberta has revealed that there are now more than 231,000 registered users of its ABTraceTogether contact tracking app released in May. The future of the ABTraceTogether app remains in jeopardy after the The Government of Canada released its COVID Alert contact tracking app on Friday., which uses the Apple and Google Exposure Notification API. This framework allows Bluetooth to work in the background of the system on iPhones and Android smartphones, unlike other contact tracking applications. With ABTraceTogether, the contact tracking app requires the user's smartphone screen to be left on and unlocked for it to work effectively, considered a privacy flaw (and the low battery problem) The Alberta government continues to blame the federal government for blockin...
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Shaw Mobile arrives in B.C., Alberta with $0 talk and text, $45 25GB plans

Canada’s mobile market is in for a shakeup, especially in Alberta and B.C. as Shaw Communications launches its new ‘Shaw Mobile’ business with an eye-popping $0 plan. The company’s president, Paul McAleese, explained that Shaw was “happy to be the catalyst for change” during a press briefing ahead of the July 30th launch of Canada’s latest mobile player. And it looks like Shaw could be a significant catalyst with its introductory plans that massively undercut the competition. Shaw Mobile will start with two plans: ‘By The Gig’ and ‘Unlimited Data.’ By The Gig plans cost $0 per month and include unlimited nationwide talk and text. Plus, customers can buy 1GB of data for $10 if they need it — that data rolls over for up to 90 days if they don’t use it all in one billing cycle. As for ...
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Alberta Blames Ottawa for Lack of Apple/Google Help for its Contact Tracing App

Last week, Alberta’s privacy commissioner deemed the province’s ABTraceTogether contact tracing app a security risk on iPhones. On Monday, the province’s premier, Jason Kenney, addressed the media with an update to the status of ABTraceTogether. Alberta said back in May it was working with Apple and Google to improve their app, which requires an iPhone screen to remain on and unlocked for the app to work. “We have been trying to resolve that problem, which requires cooperation with Google and Apple,” Kenney told reporters, according to Global News. “Unfortunately, the government of Canada has told Google and Apple not to work with the government of Alberta, or other provincial governments, on improving the Trace Together app,” added the premier. “They’ve done so because they s...
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Assembly of First Nations Alberta Launches New App for iOS and Android

The Assembly of First Nations Alberta (AFNAB) has launched a new smartphone app for iOS and Android users, in what it says is “revolutionizing” the way to communicate with First Nations in the province.The app called Assembly of First Nations – AB offers push notifications for news and events, allows users to submit custom forms, access important documents and also get personalized communications from the Assembly of First Nations Alberta Office, while also the ability to provide feedback. “Using an app is an innovative way in which we can lean on the latest technology to make sure that our leaders and our communities are connected and informed to information we receive at a national level,” said Regional Chief Marlene Poitras, in an emailed statement to iPhone in Canada. “S...
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Alberta premier claims feds blocking fix for ‘ABTraceTogether’ privacy issues

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney accused the federal government of preventing the province from working with Apple and Google to improve its contact tracing app. “Unfortunately, the government of Canada has told Google and Apple not to work with the government of Alberta — or other provincial governments — on improving the TraceTogether app,” Kenney said during a press conference, as reported by . Kenney’s comments come after Alberta’s privacy commissioner released a report citing privacy concerns with the province’s contact tracing app. Called ‘ABTraceTogether,’ the app uses Bluetooth to identify other nearby smartphones with the app and log contact between people. The platform can help Alberta Health track the spread of COVID-19. However, late last week, Alberta’s privacy commissioner...
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Alberta’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Deemed ‘Security Risk’ on iPhones

Back in May, Alberta launched its own COVID-19 contact tracing app called ABTraceTogether for iOS and Android. The app requires users to keep it open with a device’s screen on for it to work properly, unlike Apple and Google’s contact tracing solution which allows apps to run Bluetooth in the background. Now, it appears the voluntary Alberta contact tracing app is being called a ‘security risk’ on iPhones, as per findings from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (OIPC), reports Global News. The province’s privacy commissioner, Jill Clayton, said “Despite the positive aspects, I have ongoing concerns related to the functionality of ABTraceTogether on Apple devices. We recognize the challenges AH has faced in this regard, since the safeguards requir...
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Amazon to Hire 700 Positions at New Alberta Facilities

Amazon has announced it will be hiring over 700 positions at new buildings in Alberta, with roles to support customer fulfillment and delivery operations in the province. According to the company, over 600 of these jobs will be full-time positions at the new 1 million square-foot fulfillment centre in Nisku. These jobs will see employees pick, pack and ship larger goods to customers. Also, Amazon says new part-time and full time jobs will be filled at new delivery stations in Calgary and Nisku, with various shift schedules and responsibilities. “Permanent roles at Amazon come with an industry-leading minimum wage of at least $16 an hour (and up), and a comprehensive benefits package starting on day one, including full medical, vision and dental insurance,” reads a company pres...