University of Alberta Butterdome alternate care centre under construction
The University of Alberta’s Butterdome has been seconded by Alberta Health Services as an alternate care centre for COVID-19 patients. The Butterdome previously served as a secondary assessment centre early in the pandemic and in a few weeks will be ready with 100 beds for patients.
“Some of these are new beds, and in some cases existing hospital spaces will be made available as patients are moved into continuing care beds in the community,” Alberta chief medical officer of health Deena Hinshaw said.
New Yukon First Nations procurement policy unveiled
Yukon premier Sandy Silver and Council of Yukon First Nations’ Grand Chief Peter Johnston along with the Yukon First Nations Chiefs have endorsed the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy at the recent Yukon Forum. The policy is meant to provide opportunities for Yukon First Nations governments, businesses and people to participate in territorial procurements and encourages Yukon businesses to bid on government contracts in partnership with Yukon First Nations businesses.
Seattle arena to be first certified net-zero carbon arena
Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the future home of the Seattle Kraken submitted its registration to the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) to become the first arena in the world to be net Zero Carbon certified. ILFI will review documentation provided by the arena as well as twelve consecutive months of performance data once the building opens in 2021, to ensure it meets the net Zero Carbon standard.
Federal government launches hydrogen strategy
The Canadian government has launched the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada which invests $1.5 billion in a low-carbon and zero-emissions fuels fund to increase the production and use of low-carbon fuels, including hydrogen. The strategy is the result of three years of research and analysis and will support the federal government’s recently announced climate plan.