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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame closed by COVID-19

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is temporarily closed

Please be advised that the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame has made the decision to close our facility to the public effective immediately given the rapidly-evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The decision will impact all programs, events, drop-in visits, and activities hosted by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. The closure will also affect access to the rest stop and public washrooms adjacent to our facility, as well as Tourism Red Deer.

We do not make this decision lightly but do so with the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors in mind. The closure will remain in place until further notice.

Our offices are now closed to the public and our staff have been given the option to work remotely if possible. Some staff will continue to work on-site to answer any questions via phone or email.

Phone: (403) 341-8614
Email: [email protected]

Please visit www.albertasportshall.ca or our social media feeds for updates moving forward.

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Hockey Canada suspends world junior selection camp after positive COVID-19 tests

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RED DEER, Alta. — Hockey Canada has temporarily shutdown national junior team selection camp following the confirmation of two positive COVID-19 tests among players.

Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that players, coaches and staff at the camp have entered a 14-day quarantine retroactive to Monday. All camp activities will be paused until Dec. 6. 

The original announcement of the positive player tests came on Tuesday — three days after Hockey Canada said a “non-core member” of the team’s staff also tested positive. Hockey Canada said it was suspending all camp activities for the day, including a scheduled intrasquad game, at the time.

Both players and the staff have been in quarantine at the team’s hotel in Red Deer, Alta. 

Players, coaches and staff all took mandatory COVID-19 tests upon arrival at the camp and have been tested regularly while there.

Hockey Canada is in the midst of their selection camp ahead of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton that opens on Christmas Day. 

“Hockey Canada has confirmed that all players, coaches and staff are considered close contacts and are therefore subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period under Alberta Health Services,” said senior vice-president of national teams, Scott Salmond.

“Upon learning of the positive tests on Monday, the decision was made to suspend all camp activities and quarantine players and staff immediately. As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members will go through additional testing before resuming any camp activities.”

Canada seeks its second consecutive gold medal at the tournament, which would be its 19th title all-time. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published November 25, 2020.

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Crude-by-rail shipments bounce back from summer lows in September, says CER

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CALGARY — Canadian exports of crude oil by rail are bouncing back after falling to an eight-year low in July.

The Canada Energy Regulator says rail shipments of oil in September amounted to 94,440 barrels per day, nearly double the 51,000 bpd shipped in August.

Only 39,000 bpd was shipped in July. That’s less than a tenth of the record 412,000 bpd moved by rail in February.

Rail transportation of crude oil is considered to be more expensive than shipping by pipeline so shippers tend to use it only when pipelines are full or if the destination market offers much higher prices than can be achieved in Canada.

The CER says the lower use of rail compared with February results from lower crude oil production in Western Canada as global oil demand slumps due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reduced production levels have freed up more space on export pipelines.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2020.

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