Alberta briefs – September 22

Alberta is following through on a promise to raise money for infrastructure projects by borrowing money through provincial bonds for the first time in over a decade.

Government starts selling bonds

CALGARY — Alberta is following through on a promise to raise money for infrastructure projects by borrowing money through provincial bonds for the first time in over a decade.

Alberta Finance spokesman Bart Johnson says $600 million worth of the provincial bonds were issued on the Canadian capital markets this morning.

He said the bonds sold completely within half an hour.

The government pledged in this year’s budget to use bonds to raise $3.3 billion over three years.

It last sold provincial bonds in 1997 before raking in massive surpluses for much of the last decade due to soaring oil prices.


Police officers lack first aid training: report

EDMONTON — A fatality inquiry report says Edmonton police need to upgrade their first aid training so they can provide immediate help to gunshot victims, including other police officers.

The report deals with a 2006 shooting incident in which an armed suspect was shot dead and a police constable was also wounded with three bullets and nearly bled to death.

Const. Dan Furman’s life was saved by an officer who received medical training in the military before he joined the police force.

The fatality report says other police officers at the scene of the shooting stood in shock.

Darren Cardinal was shot at least nine times after police found him hiding in a basement.

The 20-page fatality report says the 26-year-old man was still awake and talking when paramedics arrived, but police who were standing over him were not providing any treatment.

Edmonton police say they’re developing a program to upgrade first aid training for officers.


Schools seek high-tech solution to pollution

EDMONTON — Researchers in Alberta and Texas say they plan to work together on scientific ideas that would cut energy industry pollution.

Some of the projects include developing technologies to reduce coal emissions, treat toxic tailings ponds and improve the efficiency of solar cells.

Premier Ed Stelmach says the agreement involves Alberta’s Advanced Education Department and Rice University in Houston.

The research will focus on using nanotechology — the manipulation of matter the size of atoms and molecules.

The province and the university are also working on safety guildelines for people who work in the nanotechnology field.


H1N1 strikes U of A

EDMONTON — CTV Edmonton is reporting that two employees and 35 pigs at the University of Alberta’s experimental farm had the H1N1 virus.

The station says 38 pigs at the facility were tested for the virus in June after some of the animals began displaying flu-like symptoms.

Of those, 35 pigs tested positive for influenza, but it’s unknown how many were infected with the virus.

Two employees also tested positive for the virus and have since recovered.

The herd of 2,000 pigs has now been declared virus-free.

The provost of the University of Alberta said the risk to other students was minimal and it followed all protocols.

The Edmonton Research Station Experimental Farms is used mainly for in-depth agriculture and forestry research.

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