Richard & Liz Bergeron

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EDMONTON – It’s a campaign that asks men in Alberta to show their support for stopping violence against aboriginal women.

The provincial government, along with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, wants men and boys to wear moose hide swatches to show support for the cause.

“The more that we talk about the issues of violence against women the better it is,” says David Dorward, associate minister of aboriginal relations. “We need to elevate the understanding that it’s inappropriate, and then to be able to see concrete changes come as a result of that in our society.”

“It’s a time to celebrate because we are taking a look at that and taking a stand and moving towards changing things,” says Merle White, president of the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association.

Read More: Premiers, native leaders call for forum on missing and murdered aboriginal women

As part of the campaign, the province is contributing $75,000 to promote honour and traditional values among boys and men.

“It’s not only a women’s issue and it should never have been a women’s issue,” says Marggo Pariseau with the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women. “It should have been men, family and the community.

“Violence has been around far too long and we don’t talk about it.”

Read More: Senators make case for missing women inquiry

The RCMP says aboriginal women are over-represented among Canada’s murdered and missing women. They account for more than 15 per cent of the murdered or missing. The latest count shows 1,200 aboriginal women have gone missing in recent decades.

There has been a call from a growing number of groups for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

“The province is not opposed to an inquiry but we are moving ahead with initiatives that will recognize that the aboriginal women in the province of Alberta do have higher incidents of violence,” says Dorward.

“It may not resolve, but it would definitely increase the awareness,” says Pariseau.

“If the government says and has an inquiry, it’s saying it’s true, it does exist, and it’s not a part of our imagination and it’s not something we created in our kitchen.”

Read More: Harper on wrong side of history in opposing aboriginal inquiry: Trudeau

The federal Conservatives have resisted calls for an inquiry, saying dozens of studies have already been done and now is the time for action.

The government’s latest budget included a five-year, $25-million renewal of money aimed at stopping violence against aboriginal women and girls.

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Government report could change rules forcing disclosure of grow-op properties in Alberta

Alberta homebuyers could soon have more protection in place to ensure they don’t buy former grow-ops without their knowledge.

Last week, the government released a report titled Grow-Op Free Alberta Recommendations concerning proposed legislation to combat the ill effects of marijuana grow operations on Albertans, their homes and
neighbourhoods.

Counted among the 37 suggestions contained in the report is a requirement that potential buyers be informed if a house was ever used as a grow-op.… Read More

Growing concerns is a post from: CREBNow

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Bill 13 to enhance protection for owners, improve condo communities

Alberta condo owners can expect easier access to information and quicker dispute resolutions thanks to new amendments to the province’s condo property act.

Improved disclosure and governance were among the amendments tabled after the Alberta Government introduced Bill 13: The Condominium Property Act.

“Buying a condo is an affordable option for Albertans entering the housing market and is often their first real estate experience,” said Doug Griffiths, minister of Service Alberta.… Read More

Province introduces new condo act is a post from: CREBNow

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Homeowners in designated southern Alberta floodways can apply for relocation compensation until Aug. 30, said a release today from the Alberta Government.

Processed through the Disaster Recovery Program, Albertans who choose to move out of floodway areas have the option to sell their property to the government. Homeowners who take part will recieve 100 per cent of their 2013 municipal property tax assessed value.… Read More

Flood relocation deadline approaching is a post from: CREBNow

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