A $54.2-million road expansion will reduce traffic congestion for commuters travelling to and from St. Albert, says Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason.Ray Gibbon Drive, which sits between Anthony Henday Drive and Villeneuve Road in northwest Edmonton, sees about 20,000 vehicles a day, according to the province. It connects St. Albert with Anthony Henday and the Yellowhead Highway.The eight-kilometre road will be widened thanks to a cost-sharing agreement between the province and the City of St. Albert, said a Monday news release. Construction is slated to start in 2020 and each party will take on 50 per cent of the cost.“Widening Ray Gibbon Drive means our roads will be able to handle the growth of communities in St. Albert and the surrounding region,” said Mason in a statement.Education Minister David Eggen held the first meeting of Alberta’s new anti-racism advisory council on Monday.Along with Eggen, the council includes 24 members tasked with advising the government on strategies to combat racism and discrimination.More than 300 people applied to participate, said a news release.“Each of the council’s new members brings a wealth of knowledge and lived experience to our government’s anti-racism work,” said Eggen in a statement.Council co-chairwomen are Heather Campbell from Calgary and Lucenia Ortiz from Edmonton.Campbell is a licensed professional engineer and procurement manager, who also sits as vice-president of the board of directors of Downstage Theatre and is a board member of Arts Commons.Ortiz is a planner with the City of Edmonton and a founding member of the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition.
Nadine Eagle Child, an executive member of the Apiistamiiks – White Buffalo Trail Blazers and student counsellor at Red Crow Community College, speaks during the first meeting of Alberta’s Anti-Racism Advisory Council at the Federal Building in Edmonton, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.
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