2009-11-17

Beetle battle gets $25-million boost

About $25 million in new provincial and federal funding will go toward Alberta's fight against mountain pine beetle this winter--with a couple hundred on-the-ground jobs likely to be created in southern Alberta.

With $10 million from Ottawa and $15 million from the province, the financial boost is a relief to those leading the fight against the tiny beetle.

Emergency funding has been coming in dribs and drabs this year due to the province's strained finances. In more affluent years, funding for the beetle battle was allocated up front for the entire year.