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Happy Halloween! Province gives the go ahead for Trick or Treating

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From the Province of Alberta

Halloween

  • Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is not cancelling Halloween.
  • Outdoor Halloween activities are lower risk and supported by public health.
  • A new tip sheet online will help Albertans of all ages enjoy a safe and healthy Halloween.
  • Printable posters will let people know if you are handing out treats.

For more information and to find the printable posters go to Alberta.ca/Halloween

If you want to know what the province says about Trick or Treating this year watch this video starting at the 9:40 mark.

From trick-or-treating to the double feature picture show, you can enjoy your favourite Halloween activities safely by taking some simple precautions. Leave the terror to monsters, ghosts and evil clowns – not the pandemic.

Trick or treating

Don’t go trick-or-treating if feeling ill, even if symptoms are minor

Choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn underneath – make sure you can see and breathe comfortably

Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat with your family or cohort, remain within your community, and stay 2 metres apart

Avoid touching doorbells or railings: call “trick or treat” from 2 metres away, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces

Wash hands and disinfect packages before eating candy

Handing out candy

Don’t hand out candy if feeling ill or isolating

Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose and mouth

Ask trick-or-treaters to knock or call out instead of ringing the doorbell

Use tongs to hand out pre-packaged candy to avoid handling treats

Find creative ways to maintain distance from trick-or-treaters:

Hand out treats from your driveway or front lawn, if weather permits

Set up a table or desk to help keep yourself distanced

Make candy bags and space them out on a table or blanket; don’t leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy

Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods

Halloween parties

Stay home if feeling ill, even if symptoms are mild

Spend time with people you know – the smaller the group the better

Choose games and activities that don’t use shared items and allows people to stay 2 metres apart

Don’t share drinks, food, cigarettes, vapes or cannabis

Host your party outdoors, if weather permits. If you must stay indoors:

  • reduce your gathering size
  • choose a location that allows for physical distancing between people from separate families and cohorts
  • provide hand sanitizer

Wash or sanitize your hands often

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Men sentenced for killing grizzly, threatening witness at Alberta hunting camp

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EDMONTON — Alberta Fish and Wildlife says two men have been fined $22,000 for the illegal killing of a grizzly bear that also led to an assault.

Officers say in a statement that they received a report about the death of the bear on Nov. 5, 2018.

The person who reported the killing also reported being assaulted and threatened.

Officers say it all took place at a random hunting camp in the Indian Graves area in southern Alberta.

An investigation determined that two days earlier the grizzly bear had been feeding at a meat pole, where the two men had hung deer carcasses they had hunted.

The investigation found that the men decided to shoot the grizzly when it returned later that evening.

“When the other campers asked why the shot was fired, the suspects told them that it was just a warning shot,” said the statement on the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Facebook page.

“The following morning, the witness who reported the incident to fish and wildlife officers found a dead grizzly near the meat pole site.”

The witness collected evidence from a trail camera and took photos of the bear and vehicles at camp.

Officers said the men assaulted the witness when they saw him taking the photos and tried to force him to give up his cellphone password by threatening him with an axe.

“The other campers intervened and convinced the suspects to return his cellphone and let the witness go,” said the statement. “Other campers from nearby camps also witnessed the assault.”

Officers went to the scene and interviewed the suspects — one of whom confessed to his involvement in killing the grizzly and showed officers where the carcass had been dumped.

The officers collected evidence at the scene and said they found no grounds for self defence.

Jeffrey Edison Hambrook pleaded guilty in January to hunting out of season, assault and uttering threats. Gary Edgar Gilson pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife, theft under $5,000 and uttering threats.

Both men were given a one-year conditional sentence and a three-year hunting suspension.

They were fined a total of $22,000 for killing the bear and for unlawful possession of wildlife.

Grizzly bears are listed as threatened in Alberta.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020.

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FC Edmonton names Alan Koch coach of Canadian Premier League club

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EDMONTON — FC Edmonton has hired Alan Koch as head coach and director of football operations of the Canadian Premier League club.

Koch replaces Jeff Paulus, who resigned in September.

Koch coached FC Cincinnati from 2016 to 2019 during which time the club transitioned from the United States League to Major League Soccer.

He was named USL coach of the year in 2018 when the Cincinnati topped the table with a 23-3-8 record. But the club went 6-22-6 in its inaugural MLS season.

He coached the USL’s Colorado Springs Switchbacks to a 2-7-7 record in 2020 before resigning.

The South African emigrated to Canada in 1990 for a soccer scholarship at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.

Following a pro career that ended in 2001, Koch coached his alma mater for seven seasons.

His time at SFU included four conference championships and appearances in the NCAA Division 2 semifinals in 2012 and 2013.

Koch became head coach of the USL’s Vancouver Whitecaps2 in 2015.

He was the first coach to offer Edmontonian and current Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davis a pro contract.

“I left Canada to gain additional professional experience, but am incredibly excited that this opportunity allows me to further my career while staying close to family,” Koch said Tuesday in a statement.

“The Canadian Premier League is a welcome opportunity for Canadian players and coaches, and I will work relentlessly to help FC Edmonton achieve its goals.”

FC Edmonton did not advance beyond the first stage of the summer’s Island Games with an 0-6-1 record.

The Charlottetown tournament was the stand-in season for one disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had the privilege of talking to a lot of great candidates for the position,” FC Edmonton owner Tom Fath said.

“But in the end, coach Koch’s mix of professional coaching experience, winning track record, business understanding, and wide soccer network made him the clear choice to lead us into the future.

“We spoke extensively about everything the club needs to change in order to win. Alan understands it and is up for the challenge.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020.

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