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16 MLA’s including Red Deer South’s Jason Stephan try to distance themselves from government direction on covid


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Alberta’s UCP is undergoing some intense internal strife after Premier Kenney returned Alberta back to stage 1 in the province’s Covid Recovery Plan.

16 MLA’s caught between their own government’s covid policies and angry constituents have decided to release a public statement in an attempt to distance themselves from Premier Kenney’s covid approach.

The list makes up a quarter of all UCP MLA’s.  Most represent rural ridings, but Red Deer South MLA Jason Stephan has signed on.

In the statement, the signatories ask their own government to create and stick to a ‘transparent path forward that provides certainty to Alberta families, communities, and businesses.’

Central Alberta MLA’s Nate Horner of Drumheller-Stettler, Nathan Cooper of Olds-Disbury-Three Hills, Mark Smith 0f Drayton Valley-Devon, Garth Rowswell of Vermillion-Lloydminster-Wainright, and Ron Orr of Lacombe-Ponoka have joined Stephan and 10 others in signing so far.

Here’s a copy of their statement:








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Gustavsson leads AHL Senators in 4-2 win over Heat

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CALGARY — Filip Gustavsson stopped 30 shots as the Belleville Senators doubled up the Stockton Heat 4-2 on Wednesday in American Hockey League play.

Lassi Thomson, Egor Sokolov, Mark Kastelic and Parker Kelly scored to help the Senators (8-12-1) halt a three-game slide.

Matthew Phillips and Zac Leslie replied for the Heat (10-12-1).

Garret Sparks stopped 28-of-31 shots for Stockton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021.

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Calgary schools to shift to at-home learning for grades 7 to 12 due to COVID-19

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CALGARY — The Alberta government says schools in Calgary will move to at-home learning starting Monday for students in grades 7 to 12.

The change, due to COVID-19, is to last for two weeks.

Alberta Education said Wednesday that it approved requests from public and Catholic schools in the city to make the move to online learning.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said in a release that some school boards are dealing with operational pressures due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“The safety of students and staff is my top priority, which is why I am responding to the boards’ requests and respecting their autonomy,” she said.

“By having a clear process in place, we are giving them flexibility to move to at-home learning when necessary.”

The province said it has not closed any schools for health reasons, and any decision to move a portion of a school to at-home learning is at the discretion of each school board.

About 19 per cent of schools have COVID-19 alerts or outbreaks. Nine schools are currently doing online learning.

Marilyn Dennis, board chair with the Calgary Board of Education, said in the release that the greatest impacts of COVID-19 have been in schools with higher grades.

Alberta’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, also said there has been a sharp rise in cases among school-aged Albertans.

The province, with 15,569 active infections, currently has the highest rate of active cases in Canada.

On Wednesday, the province reported 1,412 new cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths due to the virus. There were 420 people in hospital due to COVID-19, with 92 in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021.

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