Media Roundup: The Edmonton and Toronto stops on my Energy Literacy Tour

Posted April 29th, 2015 in Event by Doug Black

I had a great time in Toronto and Edmonton last week speaking and listening to panelists on my energy literacy tour. As I’ve been touring around, I’ve been able to speak with a number of media outlets, and I’m pleased to see that others have been recognizing the work we’re doing. You can see some of the coverage we’ve had from these events below.

My most recent interview with BNN:

The Toronto Star: Oil industry to push back against ‘fear’

660 News: Senator Doug Black stops in Alberta during his cross country tour on energy resources

630CHED: Alberta senator talks energy

Q99: Senator Doug Black expresses frustration over Keystone XL pipeline


My Visit to Edmonton and Red Deer – Aug. 11-12

Posted August 11th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

Edmonton skyline





It’s been a productive summer as I travel around our province connecting with Albertans. Last month I visited Grande Prairie and Lethbridge, and today I’m in Edmonton to meet with Mayor Don Iveson. I look forward to a great conversation talking about Edmonton’s art scene, the exciting Blatchford Project, and Edmonton’s bid to bring the 2022 Commonwealth Games to the city.

Aerial view of Red Deer

Aerial view of Red Deer

Tomorrow I head to Red Deer, where I’ll be speaking to the local Rotary Club about my work in the Senate. As an important economic hub of central Alberta, Red Deer is vital to this province’s continued prosperity, and I’m excited to meet with the city’s local business community.

Stay tuned to social media for updates on my trip.

Edmonton Oil Kings Win 2014 Memorial Cup – Senate Statement

Posted May 29th, 2014 in blog, Statement by Doug Black

Last Sunday, the Edmonton Oil Kings won the franchise’s third Memorial Cup after beating the Guelph Storm by a score of 6-3. Yesterday, I delivered a statement in the Senate to recognize and congratulate their outstanding accomplishment.

You can listen to my response below.

My Northern Alberta Tour – October 2&3, 2013

Posted October 5th, 2013 in blog, Event by Doug Black

I’ve had the privilege of travelling across the province this summer to connect with Albertans and hear about the issues of importance to them. I want to thank everyone I met on this trip who reminded me why I ran for the Senate: to represent your interests in Ottawa and help to build a better Alberta and a better Canada.


photo 3In Edmonton I met with Premier Alison Redford to discuss how we can bring Canadians together to discuss our shared energy future. Advocating for responsible energy development and telling our province’s story is my top priority as a Senator representing Alberta. I also met with Minister of Service Manmeet Bhullar, Minister of Aboriginal Relations Robin Campbell, and Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk.

Finally, I had an informative briefing from Alberta Innovates Vice President Richard Wayken. We discussed the work that they are doing to ensure Alberta remains the world leader in the development of pipeline safety innovations, such as participating in the Canadian Pipeline Technology Collaborative.

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

photo 16The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is one of Canada’s most dynamic communities and a major driver of our economy. As I argued in a statement in the Senate earlier this year, securing market access for the energy produced in this region must be an urgent priority for our country. We must not forget that getting the best price for our resources allows us to build more schools, hospitals, roads, and support the arts.

My first meeting in town was with Mayor Melissa Blake, one of Canada’s most dedicated and energetic municipal leaders. Mayor Blake has a bold vision to make RMWB a leader in sustainability through projects such as the Zero Waste Initiative. I hope that many Albertans and Canadians will come see this vibrant community for themselves when it hosts the Western Canada Summer Games in August 2015.

photo 13Next I visited the Redpoll Centre – an incubator for social profit organizations. By providing low-cost rent in a high-cost city, as well as valuable shared services and opportunities for collaboration, the Centre works to make sure that the social needs of the region are met alongside economic ones. I was able to hear from organization representatives about the great work being done by the United Way of Fort McMurraySafe Community Wood Buffalo, The HUB Family Resource Centre, Non-Profit Sector Link, Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, and ConvergenceYYM.

Later in the day I headed off for a meeting with Interim Executive Director of the Oil Sands Developers Group Lee Funke, MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin Don Scott, and Minister of Energy Ken Hughes, to discuss how the oil sands industry contributes to workforce, infrastructure and community development in the region.

Outside MacDonald Island, Canada's largest community, recreational, leisure and social centre, a tremendous place for meeting and staying active

Finally, I had the privilege of a tour of MacDonald Island with COO Tim Reid. MacDonald Island is Canada’s largest community, recreational, leisure, and social centre, and is undergoing a dramatic expansion with construction of the Shell Place addition. When I wrote my recent Letter to the Editor in response to comments made by uninformed celebrities about Fort McMurray, this is the side of our community that I wanted people to understand. MacDonald Island boasts an incredible variety of activities and is packed throughout the year, including with young families. As I told local radio station Mix 103.7, Fort McMurray is a vibrant and caring community and we need to do a better job of making sure that people here at home in Canada and around the world know that truth.

You can view more photos of my tour in the gallery below.

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