From Westerner Park
“A Very Acoustic Christmas” with George Canyon presented by Real Country 95.5
Join us on December 3rd, 4th or 5th for “A Very Acoustic Christmas” with George Canyon and a Christmas buffet dinner by Red Deer Catering.
Treat your office, friends, or family cohort to an intimate, socially distanced Christmas party.
The night will begin with cocktails at 6:00 pm, followed by a festive dinner buffet served by Red Deer Catering at 7:00 pm, and live entertainment to follow.
Drink tickets can be pre-purchased through Tickets Alberta and a cash bar will be available on-site serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Enjoy some Christmas cheer while celebrating the year you have made it through!
3 shows – Thurs, Dec 3, Fri, Dec 4 or Sat, Dec 5, 2020
Marquis Room, Harvest Centre, Westerner Park
Doors: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Entertainment: 8:00 pm
Tickets – $89.95 each (Dinner, taxes, and service fees included)
Tickets will be sold in tables of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and assigned a dedicated table.
When you arrive, Westerner Park will check you in, give you your pre-purchased drink tickets and direct you to your table.
Purchase your tickets through TicketsAlberta.ca or call 1.866.340.4450
Health and safety is our top priority. To ensure the comfort of our guests, staff, and performers, and to reduce the spread of COVID-19 we have implemented several measures and precautions including:
- Limiting ticket sales to a maximum of 95 per night and hosting the event in a venue with 9,400 sq ft of space, a pre-COVID capacity of 400
- Tickets will be sold to cohort groups and assigned a dedicated table to ensure proper social distancing
- Staff and guests will be required to wear a mask upon entering and when moving around the venue
- Hand sanitizer station at entries and high touch areas
- Enhanced cleaning procedures, including documentation of cleaning schedule
- All Westerner Park staff, volunteers, and contractors are required to follow the AHS guidelines
- If you are feeling unwell, have symptoms, traveled outside of Canada, or have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 please contact TicketsAlberta and do not attend the event.
Westerner Park follows the guidance documents on Alberta Biz Connect and implements measures that comply with public health requirements to reduce the risk of COVID-19 among staff, volunteers, and guests.
We follow the direction and best practices of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Alberta occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation protocol for respiratory viruses in the workplace as well as the best practices of the International Association of Fairs and Exposition and the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exposition.
Alberta Health Services encourages all Albertans to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance, and resources
CRTC renews CBC licensing for another five years, tweaks its mandate
By Sarah Ritchie in Ottawa
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Wednesday that it is renewing CBC’s licensing, with tweaks to its mandate that will make it spend money on programming produced by people with disabilities, Indigenous and racialized people and the LGBTQ community.
It’s also clarifying that it “expects the CBC to maintain local, regional and national news broadcasts in a crisis or emergency on all of its audiovisual and audio services.”
That’s in response to the broadcaster’s decision to replace local supper-hour and late newscasts across the country with its national programming in the early days of the pandemic.
CBC said at the time that it was dealing with staffing issues as some workers were off sick with COVID-19 and others were in isolation. The CRTC noted in its decision that the pandemic has increased demand for news, and “Canadians expect the CBC to disseminate and make available information in the event of an emergency.”
The CRTC is dropping the requirement for CBC to maintain minimum thresholds of local programming in urban markets where Canadians have multiple options, but it’s maintaining those thresholds in rural parts of the country.
The CBC asked to reduce the number of hours of local TV programming it needs to air per week in its English markets across the board, and to make that up in digital content.
The CRTC noted that actual hours of local programming on English TV stations dropped between 2014 and 2020, although they still meet the minimum requirements.
It said there is a higher risk that less local news would be broadcast in non-metropolitan markets if those requirements are dropped, naming “difficult access to high-speed internet” and “the lack of news bureaus in non-metropolitan areas” as reasons.
The commission says there has been a great deal of change in the media landscape since 2013, the last time the licence was renewed, and it’s making changes to the CBC mandate to align with that.
It’s setting out new rules to ensure the difference between news and information programming and “branded content” or advertising is clearly distinguished.
CBC will need to submit new reports to the CRTC on a range of topics including workforce diversity, privacy issues and perception and consultation.
The CRTC decision also noted the CBC’s digital streaming services for audio and video didn’t exist, or didn’t exist in their current form, when the last licensing agreement was made.
“As part of its proposal, the CBC requested that it be able to count hours of content exhibited on some of its (digital media broadcasting undertakings) toward meeting its overall content exhibition requirements,” the decision said.
However, the commission is instead including that digital content in the broadcaster’s spending requirements on Canadian programming, giving the CBC the flexibility to count the cost of online content toward those quotas.
CBC and Radio-Canada’s president and CEO said the broadcaster welcomes the CRTC announcement.
“We’re pleased that the CRTC has, for the first time ever, recognized the significant contribution of our digital streaming services … to the Canadian content ecosystem,” Catherine Tait said in a statement on Wednesday.
The main outcomes covered by the mandate include programming for Indigenous Peoples and diverse Canadians; creating and supporting access to Canadian content; ensuring access to local, regional and national news and information; accessibility of content; and accountability and transparency to the public.
Licences for radio, TV and multiplatform content in both English and French are valid until August 2027.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 22, 2022.
Cineplex introduces $1.50 booking fee for online ticket purchases
TORONTO — Moviegoers could be paying a little extra for a seat at a Cineplex theatre this summer.
Canada’s largest film exhibitor says it has introduced a new $1.50 booking fee that applies to each ticket purchased through its mobile app and website.
The move comes as Cineplex representative Sarah Van Lange says the company looks to “further invest and evolve our digital infrastructure,” including website upgrades.
However, not everyone will have to pay the new service charge.
Cineplex Inc. says purchases made in-person at the box office, ticket kiosks, or concession stands will not be subject to the fee, while members of the Scene Plus rewards program will pay a reduced $1 per ticket.
Members of CineClub, the company’s monthly subscription program, will have the fee waived.
Service charges are a long-standing practice in the entertainment industry where concerts, live theatre and sporting events all add some form of a “convenience fee” to collect more revenue.
When Cineplex first introduced online ticket sales years ago, it charged a similar processing fee for each ticket. Eventually it eliminated the charge around the same time it began encouraging moviegoers to buy tickets in advance instead of waiting in line at the box office.
More recently, Cineplex has dabbled in other upcharge experiments that included charging an extra $2 for “prime seats” at a few of its busier theatres. It also tacked on an extra $1 to reserve seats at showings of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 2017.
In the United States, most of the largest theatre chains already charge a fee for online ticket purchases.
Earlier this year U.S. chain AMC Theatres went a step further when it began testing “variable pricing” for tickets to the anticipated DC Comics movie “The Batman.” The new cost added around US$1.50 to each ticket in some cities.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2022.
David Friend, The Canadian Press
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