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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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Canadian women’s hockey team holds Calgary “bubble” camp

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CALGARY — The Canadian women’s hockey team has opened a 35-player camp in a Calgary “bubble.”

The 14-day camp is the first physical gathering of national-team players in months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hockey Canada invited 47 players to Calgary, but 12 won’t participate because of school commitments “and other reasons,” the organization said Monday in a statement.

Captain Marie-Philip Poulin, veteran forwards Natalie Spooner, Brianne Jenner and Laura Stacey and defenders Laura Fortino and Laurianne Rougeau were among the 35 who arrived Sunday in Calgary.

Forwards Rebecca Johnston and Sarah Nurse were among the dozen who didn’t.

National team players have skated and trained this winter in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary hubs with access to Hockey Canada skills coaches. 

“We recognize it has been a challenge for our players, coaches and support staff, but we have made tremendous gains through our resiliency and strength,” said Gina Kingsbury, director of women’s national teams with Hockey Canada. 

“We stress to our athletes about controlling what they can, and that has been shown in their individual work, off-ice training, weekly ice sessions and staying committed through our virtual connections.”

Hockey Canada received clearance from the Alberta government to hold the camp, which is closed to the public.

“We are able to hold our camp in a safe and secure bubble,” Kingsbury said. 

The 2020 women’s world hockey championship in Halifax and Truro, N.S., was postponed to April 7-17, 2021 because of the pandemic.

Twenty-two players named to the 2020 world roster were invited to camp, as well as 18 veterans of the squad that won an Olympic silver medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.

Seven games against the U.S., including a five-game Rivalry Series, has been Canada’s only international competition since finishing third in the 2019 world championship in Finland.

The 2019 Four Nations Cup in Sweden was cancelled because of a dispute between the host team and its federation.

Troy Ryan of Spryfield, N.S., returns as Canada’s head coach for a second year. Doug Derraugh, Kori Cheverie, former national-team player Vicky Sunohara and goalie coach Brad Kirkwood are his assistants.

The reigning Olympic and world champion United States held an evaluation camp Oct. 25-31 in Blaine, Minn.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021.

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Public opposition growing: Petitions against Alberta coal mines top 100K signatures

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Public opposition to the Alberta government’s plan to expand coal mining in the Rocky Mountains appears to be growing.

More than 100,000 signatures have been collected on two petitions opposing the move, one addressed to the federal government and one to the province.

A Facebook site called Protect Alberta’s Rockies and Headwaters has more than doubled its membership over the last week to more than 10,000 people.

An environmental review into one coal project has received more than 4,000 statements of concern from members of the public. 

Government documents that have surfaced show three more recreation areas in the mountains and foothills are surrounded by coal exploration leases — for a total of eight.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021.

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