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When Sports Stopped – Timely new exhibit at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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New feature exhibit examines “When Sports Stopped.”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Albertans have been adapting to one change after another with little idea when things will return to “normal”. We are living through a historic time. It began with the closing of museums, schools and daycares – forcing families to stay home and employers to accommodate employees working from home. Soon after we saw the closure of businesses and non-essential stores – once more pushing us to stay home and stay safe. Then came the cancellation of sports – from minor leagues where our children competed, to the profeissional leagues suspending play. This was a shock to our systems as we were gearing up for NHL and NBA playoffs and MLB pre-season games.

“I was just about to return to work from my maternity leave when COVID struck and sports stopped. It made me stop and think about what other global events have caused sports to stop? If I was asking these questions then so were many other people.” Comments Breanna Suk, Collections and Exhibit Coordinator. “I came back to work in May with this exhibit already forming in my mind. It got pushed back as we had bigger priorities when I first returned, so seeing it all come together seven months later is a great feeling.”

This new exhibition examines the effects of global events from the Spanish Flu through both World Wars and right up to COVID had on sports. It may seem likely that the postponement of the Utah Jazz – Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game just minutes before tip-off due to Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID test and the subsequent suspension of many professional leagues was a new occurrence. This exhibit highlights multiple past occurrences where international events have brought a stop to sports.

This exhibition is expected to be on display in the museum’s main gallery starting November 20, 2020. Be sure to stop in and see it for yourself.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame provides a family-friendly, interactive experience. You will be surprised by what you discover inside! Have fun, laugh, play and discover Alberta sports heroes together. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta's sporting history. Our over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space includes a multisport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer; an adaptive sports area, including a 200 meter wheelchair challenge; a Treadwall climbing wall; the Orest Korbutt Theatre; the Hall of Fame Gallery; an art gallery displaying works by provincial artists, and much more. Our venue boasts a collection of over 17,000 artefacts of Alberta sports history and showcases many of these items in a number of displays. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame also offers an education program, group activities, and a unique environment to rent for your birthday party, special event, corporate reception or meetings.

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Judge to announce whether Calgary teen accused in officer’s death will get bail

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CALGARY — A judge will rule today whether a teen charged with first-degree murder in the hit-and-run death of a Calgary police officer will be granted bail.

The teen, who turned 18 earlier this month, was charged along with Amir Abdulrahman, 19, in the New Year’s Eve death of Sgt. Andrew Harnett.

He cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Police have said Harnett was hit and dragged while attempting to stop an SUV after noticing its plates didn’t match its registration. 

They allege the accused youth was driving the vehicle and Abdulrahman was a passenger. 

The Crown is opposing bail for the safety and protection of the public, and has served notice it will seek an adult sentence if the young man is convicted.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 28, 2021

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Former youth in care to lose benefits after top Alberta court sides with province

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s top court has lifted the suspension of a law that lowers the age at which young adults can receive financial and other benefits once they’ve transitioned out of government care. 

The United Conservative government announced in late 2019 that it would lower the cutoff age for the Support and Financial Assistance program to 22 from 24. 

A 22-year-old woman who had been in government care argued the withdrawal of support caused deep psychological harm that breached her constitutional rights to life, liberty, security and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. 

Last year, the Court of Queen’s Bench granted an injunction stopping the province from implementing the changes until the charter challenge could be heard, a decision which the government appealed. 

The Court of Appeal sided with the provincial government, saying the lower court judge failed to put a number of important factors on the scale in balancing the potential harm to the young woman against the public interest. 

However, the court urged the province to exercise care in dealing with such cases. 

“Any transition of these vulnerable individuals to a new program should be done with careful consideration to its impact on them, and with an eye to minimizing harm,” the judgment says. 

“The need for thoughtful transition is particularly acute during a time of social and physical isolation, as we are experiencing in this pandemic. I encourage Alberta to be responsive to this transitional need.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021.  

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