Collision damage reporting threshold to increase in the New Year: On Jan. 1, 2011, the amount of total property damage requiring a motorist to report a vehicle collision to a peace officer in Alberta goes from $1,000 to $2,000. For more information, visit www.transportation.alberta.ca.
Infrastructure boost for more than 70 provincial parks and recreation areas: Alberta’s provincial parks and surrounding rural communities will benefit from a joint investment by Federal and Provincial government towards enhancing park amenities and improving access for visitors. Each government has committed $5 million for parks improvement projects taking place between 2009 and 2011.
Alberta commits to study MS treatment: The government will fund an observational study on the safety and effects of venous procedures, including the ‘Zamboni Treatment’, for people with MS. The government is also committing to fund clinical trials if and when it is safe and ethical to proceed. The Alberta government will provide up to $1 million for the observational study, to be conducted by researchers from the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, and other experts. The government has also committed to fund future clinical trials pending the results of the observational study, other research that is already underway, confirmation that the procedure has been deemed safe, and receipt of ethics approval. The three-year observational study will begin in Spring 2011. Albertans who have received treatment for CCSVI in another country, those who are scheduled to receive it and other Albertans with MS will be eligible to participate.