Trucking could be considered the lifeblood of the economy. Without semi-trailers delivering everything from livestock to fresh produce, the way of life we know would be vastly different.
But the trucking industry has issues, among them a shortage of Class 1 drivers. The industry also is working toward making the job classified as a trade. This would vastly change the landscape of the trucking industry for its owners and drivers.
The fourth annual truck expo and job fair Saturday at Exhibition Park, staged by the Southern Alberta Trucking Exposition Association, aimed not only to give job seekers a look at potential work opportunities, but also to promote the need for regulation and change.
Bill Myatt, one of the organizers of the event, said having trucking recognized as a trade would aid access to lending institutions and banks for operators, among other benefits. Standardizing training procedures across the country is also a goal. Currently, regulations vary among provinces, says Myatt. While Quebec and Ontario regulate training provincially, some provinces such as Alberta have privatized it, the result being different standards across the country.
LC involved in filtration project
Lethbridge College is investigating a new micro-nanofiltration system in aquaponics and greenhouses to create a zero-waste food production, using a lightweight, durable and readily accessible material called Biochar.
Biochar is a type of charcoal created through the process of burning bamboo without the presence of oxygen. The highly porous surface both captures small particles in the water and houses beneficial microbes that help filter and clean the water.
“Zero-waste agriculture is the main goal, and this would have potential to treat grey water in animal husbandry, waste management and municipal water treatment,” says Nick Savidov, senior research scientist in Lethbridge College’s Aquaculture Center of Excellence, in a news release. “It even has potential to remove pathogenic bacteria to produce potable water.”
Savidov is the lead researcher on the one-year, $50,000 applied research project that is designed to find a cost-effective, sustainable solution to a problem encountered by the project’s industry partner.
Savidov and the ACE team designed 20 “mini-systems” in a effort to solve the problem, to test the various amounts of biochar for its ability to capture micro- and nano-particles to improve the water quality for both plants and fish.
Student joins top physicists
Catholic Central High School student Marin Schultz has been having the time of his life pondering the mysteries of the cosmos at the prestigious Perimeter Institute’s International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP) in Waterloo, Ont., these past two weeks. Schultz is one of very few students chosen from Canada and around the world to attend this year’s ISSYP.
“The Perimeter Institute is Canada’s leading institute for theoretical physics,” explains Schultz. “It is a collection of the brightest physicists in Canada and frankly from all over the world. They have people coming to study here all the time from everywhere. It is really an incredible environment for people to collaborate and create science.”
Schultz, who is entering Grade 12 this year, says he will definitely be going into a physics program when he enters university in 2019, but he just doesn’t know where. The ISSYP has shown him possibilities in physics, he says, he had not considered before as he takes part in intensive discussions and mentoring sessions with some of the world’s leading physicists on a daily basis.
“I think one of the incredible things about physics is the more you learn, the more you realize about yourself and the world around you,” he states.
Kainai culture in spotlight
The annual Kainai Powwow was the showcase event for a bust weekend of cultural celebration, fun and ceremony on the Kainai First Nation. Along with the colourful sights and driving rhythms of the powwow, Standoff also hosted a rodeo, Indian relay races, hand games and a special appointment ceremony for their new police chief in the leadup to the sacred Sundance Ceremony, which is set to take place in a few days time.
But if there was one event which best encapsulated the aspirations, hopes and core identity of the Blackfoot people during the packed weekend of events, it was certainly the wowwow as young and old alike gathered in Red Crow Park’s Arbour for the three-day competition and celebration.