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408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Training in Ram Falls and Area this Weekend

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408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Training in Ram Falls and Area this Weekend

June 12, 2020 – EDMONTON, Alta. – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (408 THS) will be conducting mountain flying training in Ram Falls, Alberta and the surrounding area from Friday, June 12th until Sunday, June 14th. Members of the public can expect to see three CH-146 Griffon helicopters operating from Ram Falls air strip, flying as far north as Nordegg, as far south as Sundre, just west of Rocky Mountain House, and into British Columbia’s Donald area.

Approximately 20 members of the squadron will be accompanied by two military-patterned vehicles travelling by road. No firearms will be used by personnel, aircraft or vehicles.

408 THS plans to be in the area starting at 6:00 p.m. on June 12th and leave the area by 1:00 p.m. on June 14th.

The Squadron appreciates the support of the people of Alberta as we continue to train to support Canadians’ needs domestically and abroad.

408 THS is based at CFB Edmonton. It has the principal role of supporting units of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group as well as Joint Task Force (West) and is equipped with CH-146 Griffon helicopters.

More information about 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and their role is available at: http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/squadron/408-squadron.page

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Positive COVID-19 tests at world men's curling championship deemed “false positives”

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CALGARY — The four positive COVID-19 tests that interrupted the men’s world curling championship are considered “false positives” from potentially contaminated samples, according to the World Curling Federation.

The men’s championship concluded late Sunday night with Sweden’s Niklas Edin winning a record fifth world men’s title.

No games were played Saturday because four participants, including one from a playoff team, tested positive for the virus in “exit” tests before leaving Calgary’s curling bubble. 

None had symptoms of the illness.

All have tested negative in multiple re-tests since then, the WCF said Monday in a statement. All tests were conducted via PCR throat swabs.

“According to Alberta Health, PCR testing remains the gold standard for COVID-19 testing,” the WCF said. “Very rarely, there are occurrences through sampling or testing processes when samples may become contaminated and a false positive may result.

“Following an investigation over the weekend, it appears that this may have occurred in this case and follow-up testing was undertaken.”

All athletes and personnel considered close contacts of the four underwent testing Saturday with all results negative. 

Every playoff team member was tested before and after each game Sunday with those results also negative, the WCF said. Hotel staff were also tested Sunday and cleared.

“With the original four positive test results now deemed as false positives, the integrity of the Calgary bubble remains intact,” the WCF declared.

“The change also allows international athletes who were considered close contacts, and who would have had to remain in isolation in Calgary for 14 days, will now be able to depart Calgary.”

The fifth of seven events in Calgary’s curling hub, the Humpty’s Champions Cup, gets underway Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

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Pulling the plug: Edmonton Folk Music Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

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EDMONTON — Despite Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s hope that the COVID-19 vaccine will allow summer events like the Calgary Stampede to go ahead, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has been cancelled

The festival says in a statement that without full vaccination, people won’t be entirely safe from the spread of COVID-19. 

It says that with virus variants and an uncertain vaccine rollout, the impossibility of social distancing at the outdoor festival could lead to community spread.

Kenney has said that two-thirds of the population should have a vaccine shot by the end of June and things should begin to feel back-to-normal.

He says the Stampede, which is held in early July, along with sporting events and other festivals will be possible.

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival says it will continue to offer online content and, if small gatherings are permitted, it hopes to add some community engagement.

“With so many variables at play, the complexity of planning and delivering a festival of our size makes it impossible to move forward in our usual manner,” the statement said Monday.

“As profoundly disappointing as this news is, we believe this is the only safe way forward. The safety of our patrons, volunteers, and artists was of paramount importance in coming to this conclusion.”

The annual four-day festival in the city’s Gallagher Park usually attracts thousands of music fans and boasts approximately 2,700 volunteers.

Alberta introduced new health rules last week, closing restaurants to in-person dining and further reducing customer capacity at retail stores in response to rising COVID-19 numbers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

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