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Quarantine – Rebekah McDonald on her family’s experience in Calgary


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Rebekah McDonald knew strict new travel restrictions were coming in just a few days.  She was relieved her 20 year old son would be coming home January 30, a couple of days ahead of time.  Rebekah had helped arrange for the appropriate PCR test and the family was following all the rules.  She hadn’t seen her son in some time and she was anxious to meet him at the airport and bring him home.  What she didn’t know was the Traveler COVID Isolation Centres were already operating and within a few hours her son would be one of the first guests.

All was going well until the plane landed and all the other passengers walked past.  Her son wasn’t among them.  That’s when Rebekah noticed she was getting a notification from Facebook messenger.  Because her son left his phone plan behind in Arizona, this was his only way of contacting her.  He was being detained and they wouldn’t tell him why.  The test had come back negative.  The airline allowed him on the flight.  But health officials at the Calgary International Airport were not satisfied.

That was the beginning of a short nightmare for the McDonald family.  In retrospect there was a misunderstanding which could have been easily explained at the airport.  It wasn’t.  Instead a distraught mother worried for the safety of her son.  For two days the family struggled to find answers.  They found the quarantine system set up by the Public Health Agency over the proceeding months to protect Canadians from COVID-19, had somehow neglected to think of communicating with the family and loved ones of those affected.

Here Rebekah explains the situation in her own words.

In the days following the release of her son from the quarantine centre, Rebekah has heard the federal government might be looking to make changes.  However the RFI (Request for Information) issued by the federal government back in September states the centres are expected to be in operation for 1 to 2 years.  So far the family has not heard if they’ll be asked to pay for their son’s stay.


After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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CPL Roundup: Cavalry extends undefeated streak with 2-1 win over Pacific

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CALGARY — Cavalry FC kept its spot atop the Canadian Premier League standings with a 2-1 win over Pacific FC on Thursday. 

Daan Klomp opened the scoring for Cavalry (12-5-8) in the 6th minute and David Norman Jr. doubled the lead with a goal in the 71st. 

Sean Young scored in the 89th for Pacific, who sit in second spot with a 12-7-6 record.

Pacific’s Callum Irving stopped two of the four shots he faced while Cavalry ‘keeper Marco Carducci conceded the lone on-target shot the visitors managed across 90 minutes of play. 

Cavalry is undefeated in six outings, with a 3-3-0 record across the stretch. 

Each side has three games to play in the regular-season schedule. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2021. 

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Regulator lays charges against Tidewater Midstream for acidic water release

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CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid charges against Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. for a release of acidic water in west-central Alberta.

The regulator says the release occurred in Oct. 2019 at Tidewater’s Ram River sour gas processing plant near Rocky Mountain House. 

It says the acidic water flowed into a nearby creek.

Calgary-based Tidewater has been charged with 10 violations under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, including releasing a substance to the environment that caused or may have caused an adverse effect. 

The regulator also alleges that Tidewater failed to report the release of the acidic water as soon as possible, and failed to take all reasonable measures to repair and remedy the spill.

Tidewater is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 8 in Rocky Mountain House.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 21, 2021.

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