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“Empowering dispatchers to divert non-urgent calls to a dedicated team of experienced nurses within 811 when clinically appropriate is a win for Albertans.
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Alberta Health Services launches new EMS-811 Shared Response program

Non-urgent calls account for about 10 to 20 per cent of total 911 call volume, depending on the area. That means that, with the EMS-811 Shared Response team in use, about 40,000 non-emergency responses could be avoided each year. This new approach means more ambulances will be available to respond where they are needed most while ensuring all Albertans maintain access to the appropriate levels of care they need.

Black History Month with Minister Hussen

To support the economic empowerment of Black and Afro-descendant communities, up to $200 million has been dedicated to creating a new Black-Led Philanthropic Endowment Fund. This will provide funding to Black-led, Black-focused, and Black-serving non-profit organizations and registered charities that are on the ground and making a difference in towns and cities across this country.

Black History Month greeting from Mr. Justin Trudeau

Reflecting on Black History with Mr. Justin Trudeau

“Canada has a history of anti-Black racism, and communities continue to face the impacts of systemic racism today. It is our collective responsibility to end it by listening, learning, and taking action. That is why in 2018, Canada officially recognized the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, which provides a global framework for recognition, justice, and development for people of African descent. Building on this framework, our government will continue to address the unique challenges that Black communities face.

Citywide parking ban Phase 2 (Residential) takes effect Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m.

Vehicles parked on Phase 2 parking ban routes after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24 may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. If your vehicle is towed, it will be moved to the nearest cleared roadway and can be located by contacting 311. 

Neighbourhoods will be under the ban for 24-72 hours as crews move through the city. The entirety of Phase 2 is expected to last up to four weeks depending on the weather. Crews and equipment will be working 24 hours a day until Phase 2 roads are clear. Remember to watch for signage at the entrance of your neighbourhood. You can also check our online maps for your neighbourhood schedule and sign up for the new parking ban notification tool, that gives 24 hours advance notice of when crews will be in your area at edmonton.ca/SafeTravels. 

Mather Fox: columnist with LCCMedia
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Till Debt Seperates us | Mather Fox

Here is the cool part, my first option was to use the insurance money to buy another car and incur more debt. Instead of doing that, I decided to pay off my loan and significantly decreased my loan figure. At that moment, I decided it was better to use public transport than drowning in debt. I was ready and prepared to brave the crispy, harsh cold weather of Alberta than owe money and pay those ridiculous interest charges, among the other expenses of having a car.

After paying the $12k to the loan, I still owed about $6k. I am doing my happy dance now as I remember the feeling I had when I was debt free within six months, and debt was not strangling me anymore, and I could breathe again.

Affordability payments to Seniors 65 and older

Eligibility Payments for Seniors 65 and older

Affordability payments of $600 over 6 months are coming soon to help millions of Albertans struggling with the rising cost of living as part of the Affordability Action Plan.

Seniors and families with children under 18 can apply for their payments online starting January 18, but can get ready now by signing up for a verified Alberta.ca Account.

Anyone receiving monthly benefits through AISH, Income Support, Alberta Seniors Benefit or services through Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) will get their payments automatically but will need to apply for additional payments if they have kids under 18.

Affordability Payments for Families and Children

Affordability Payments for Families and Caregivers with children under 18

Affordability payments of $600 over 6 months are coming soon to help millions of Albertans struggling with the rising cost of living as part of the Affordability Action Plan.

Seniors and families with children under 18 can apply for their payments online starting January 18, but can get ready now by signing up for a verified Alberta.ca Account.

Anyone receiving monthly benefits through AISH, Income Support, Alberta Seniors Benefit or services through Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) will get their payments automatically but will need to apply for additional payments if they have kids under 18

Increasing tariff for legal aid lawyers

Alberta’s government is increasing the tariff rate for legal aid lawyers from $100 per hour to $125 per hour. This change is effective from January 1 2023.

April 2022, Alberta’s minister of justice and attorney general instructed Legal Aid Alberta to conduct a modernization review of the legal aid system. They submitted their recommendations to the minister in October. The review will benefit the roster by simplifying certificate management and administration, simplifying billing under the tariff and ensuring adequate compensation for substantive work required on a file.

Also, in October, an in-year increase within the existing budget envelope was made possible due to increased federal funding, allowing Alberta’s government to increase the tariff, financial eligibility guidelines and block billing by 8.225 percent. The hourly tariff rate of $92.40 for roster lawyers was increased to $100 per hour, making Alberta’s hourly tariff rate the fourth highest among provinces.

Looking back at 2022 | Black History – a Canadian Perspective

 Moderator Robert Tyndale (Bobby) is a digital marketer who believes that people connect through stories. Robert runs a small content production agency called Version Me Media, working with different businesses across Edmonton. He started a new tech start-up called Return on Colour – focusing on interconnecting Black Canadians across the country through a directory highlighting Black professionals, businesses, freelancers, and organizations. On a recent show he hosted three guests:Tomi Ajele, Greg Frankson and Adora Nwofor.

Canada Dental Benefit

Canada Dental Benefit

Announced a couple of weeks ago, the interim Canada Dental Benefit is intended to help lower dental costs for eligible families earning less than $90,000 per year. 

Parents and guardians can apply if the child receiving dental care is under 12 years old and does not have access to a private dental insurance plan.

Depending on your adjusted family net income, a tax-free payment of $260, $390, or $650 is available for each eligible child. This interim dental benefit is only available for 2 periods. You can get a maximum of 2 payments for each eligible child. Benefit payments are administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The first benefit period is for children under 12 years old as of December 1, 2022, who receive dental care between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Find out more about your eligibility for the Canada Dental Benefit here.

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