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This Calgary Company’s Relaunch will Help you Relax at Home or in the Office

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As Alberta moves into Phase Two of its provincial relaunch plan, those who suffer from chronic inflammation, body and joint pain are relieved to be back on the phone with their massage therapists. After several months of blanket closure throughout the massage industry, clinics across Calgary are beginning to open their doors again, now operating under updated health guidelines mandated by the Government of Alberta.  

Your Health Span, a local wellness and spa service, has recently reopened for business after nearly three months of closure. 

Jill Burk launched Your Health Span in 2007 when her own practice began to take off, and it was time to expand and bring together a team. Founded with a focus on convenience and accessibility, Your Health Span is a mobile service that caters to the busy, the working, and those with limited personal mobility. “Our service is great for people who are less mobile,” says Burk, “we work with people in their homes and offices, seniors and veterans affairs, and people in hospitals and care centers.” The service also offers direct client insurance billing for the most hassle-free experience, from start to finish. 

Your Health Span officially shut their doors on March 14, but even with the COVID-19 closures restricting business over the last few months, Jill remains grateful for her team and their loyal clients. “We are really blessed,” she says, “we’re going to come out of this far stronger than when we went in.” 

The services offered by Your Health Span include a number of massages, rituals and treatments designed to relax, restore and heal. According to Burk, their most popular services include their basic massage and their unique cannabis treatments, which feature THC and CBD massages. 

The Canazen Massage is the only one of its kind in the city, using THC-infused oil to promote injury recovery and pain management as well as “the best night’s sleep you have ever had”. The CBD Massage is designed to alleviate the mental and physical symptoms of stress, anxiety and tension to leave clients completely refreshed. 

As a locally owned and operated business, your Health Span supports others in the community by featuring a number of local skincare, aromatherapy and pain relief products in their online shop. Burk encourages others to support local wherever possible as well, especially as Calgary communities and businesses begin to recover and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19.  “When you support local,” she says, “you’re supporting a family in need. Lets keep it in the community!” 

Your Health Span is now open and taking appointments by phone. For more information, visit www.yourhealthspan.ca

 

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Alberta Liberals appoint John Roggeveen as interim party leader

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CALGARY, United Kingdom — Alberta’s Liberals have appointed a Calgary lawyer to hold the party’s top job months after the resignation of its former leader. 

The party issued a statement saying its board of directors named John Roggeveen to the role, but offered few other details. 

The party, which currently holds no seats in the provincial legislature, has been without a leader since November when David Khan stepped down to pursue a job in his previous field of law.

Roggeveen, too, is a lawyer by trade, most recently practising privately in Calgary. 

Liberal Party President Helen Mcmenamin describes him as “the ideal candidate” for the role, citing “years of political experience and a deep commitment to building the Party and serving Albertans.”

Roggeveen says it’s an honour to take the party reins and is pledging to bolster its presence in the province’s political landscape. 

“Good policies are one of the strengths of our party, but good organization will be the foundation for successfully implementing them,” he said in the statement. “My focus will be on creating a stronger organization so that the Alberta Liberals will be a force in the next election.”

The Liberals were once the province’s official Opposition, but after a high of 32 seats in 1993, the party suffered from ups and downs until it fell to third-party status in the legislature in 2012.

It secured a seat for only one member in 2015 and was shut out of the legislature entirely during the most recent election in April 2019.

Saturday’s statement neither specified the expected length of Roggeveen’s stint as party leader nor spelled out the process for choosing a permanent successor.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021.

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Wayne Middaugh leads Howard rink to victory in its opening game of Tim Hortons Brier

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CALGARY — It was a triumphant return to the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier for Wayne Middaugh.

With Glenn Howard ailing, Middaugh led Howard’s Wildcard 3 team to a 9-5 win over Gregory Skauge of Northwest Territories in the opening game of the tournament for both rinks Saturday.

Middaugh originally joined Howard’s rink last month as a fifth but was forced into action after Howard suffered broken ribs in a snowmobile accident.

A broken leg derailed Middaugh’s competitive playing career in January 2016 when he was Howard’s vice at the time.

Middaugh was on crutches at the Brier that season to help the team from the coaching bench.

Middaugh last actively played in the Brier in 2013.

A Canadian Curling Hall of Famer, Middaugh has won Brier and world gold medals at three different positions.

He and Howard won a world title together in 2012 with a different lineup.

On Saturday, the Wildcard 3 team cemented its win with three in the ninth end.

In other action, New Brunswick’s James Grattan defeated Mike McEwen (Wildcard 1) 6-3, Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs got past Yukon’s Dustin Mikkelsen 11-3 in eight ends and Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson edged Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher 5-4.

Two more draws were scheduled for later Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021.

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