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Premier Jason Kenney to speak publicly for first time since COVID-19 changes

Last Updated Aug 3, 2021 at 11:30 am MDT

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney poses for a photo as he hosts the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — Premier Jason Kenney is to hold a news conference in Calgary today on Alberta’s film and television industry. 

It will be the first time he will speak publicly since significant changes were made to COVID-19 protections in the province. 

Alberta is one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to announce it will lift isolation requirements this month for people who test positive for COVID-19 as cases continue to grow.

The decision has drawn condemnation from city leaders and health-care professionals across the country who say it could have ripple effects outside of Alberta’s borders.

Asymptomatic testing has also ended and soon all remaining provincial mask mandates will be removed.  

Kenney has not publicly addressed the issue since Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, announced the changes last Wednesday.

Today’s news conference will include industry officials and other members of the government to update Albertans on film and television productions in Alberta and the Film and Television Tax Credit program. 

The Canadian Press