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Premier Notley In Fort McMurray For Willow Square Groundbreaking, Meeting With Local Businesses

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Premier Notley In Fort McMurray For Willow Square Groundbreaking, Meeting With Local Businesses

Premier Rachel Notley talking to first responders on visit to Fort McMurray // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

Premier Rachel Notley is in Fort McMurray Friday.

She will be meeting with local businesses, including owners of Asti Trattoria Italiana, the restaurant that boycotted British Columbia wine before the provincial ban, to show their support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Back in February, B.C. announced a proposal to restrict increased shipments of bitumen while it further studies the effectiveness of spill response and cleanup.

Shortly after, Asti’s owner Karen Collins pulled all wines from that province off her shelf. She told Mix News she took the B.C. decision personally and wanted to make a stand for the community and the province.

“I saw it as a direct impact, not only on my community’s economy and the people that rely on that income but also on my province. I wasn’t willing to accept it or contribute to the B.C. economy.”

The goal of Notley’s meetings with business owners is to reaffirm the province’s commitment to getting the project built.

Prior to this, Notley will be on hand for the official groundbreaking of Willow Square.

Minister of Infrastructure Sandra Jansen was in town earlier this year announcing work was scheduled to begin in spring.

The centre, which will be located at the corner of Hospital Street and Franklin Avenue, is being designed and operated to provide housing and medical services and programs to seniors and younger individuals living with disabilities.

Work is expected to last roughly two-years finishing by the end of 2019 – open to the public by the spring of 2020.

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