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  • Edmonton’s International Cat Festival is BACK and better than ever, with even more activities and programming and YEG’s very own Instagram-famous Adventure Cat!

    The festival is the only event of its kind and is a massive celebration of cats, cat culture and cat people, created to raise money to help cats in need. The event was the first of its kind in Canada when it began in 2014, and today is the only event of its kind in Alberta.

    100% of ‘purr-ceeds’ from this year’s Edmonton International Cat Festival will be donated to 5 cat rescues: Little Cats Lost, Zoe’s Animal Rescue, SAFE Team Rescue, GEARS, and A Pet’s Pantry.

    Since 2014, the Edmonton Cat Festival has donated $81,000 to rescues helping improve the welfare of homeless cats, helping them find forever homes, and managing the wild cat population in the region.

    Activities you (and your cat of course!) can take part in include cat board games, paint-your-cat portrait sessions, kitty play pens, kitten mazes, mock cat show judging, a pop-up cat-themed escape room, cat yoga, giant cat puzzle challenges, cat LEGO, robo-cats, cat photo contest, a cat scavenger hunt and cat-themed Instagrammable Wall!

    50 cat vendors will also be on hand and you can take in some cat presentations including ‘Meowtains, Meowdeling and Meowdest Instagram Success: How I Made my Cat Semi-Internet Famous’ and ‘Good Night, Moon: How to Process Grief and Honour Our Pets Who’ve Passed On’.

    Click here for a full list of activities and programs.

    There will even be meet & greets with Edmonton’s own celebrity cat Suki the Adventure Cat(@sukiicat), who has over 1.4 MILLION FOLLOWERS WORLDWIDE! The Edmonton-based cat and her fur-pawrent will be doing two meet & greets with fans at the festival, along with an on-stage interview.

    Suki the Adventure Cat

    The 5th Edmonton International Cat Festival takes place in downtown Edmonton at the MacEwan Robbins Health Learning Centre 10910 104 Avenue, Saturday June 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Remember, 100% of proceeds from the event go to local cat rescues. This year’s goal is to take the total donated since 2014 from $81,000 up to $100,000!

    Tickets are $15 in advance (get them online here), $20 at the door.
    Kids 12 and under = FREE!

    Stay up to date on festival news and information and enjoy these photos from years’ past!

    Even more great photos can be seen here!


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    Alberta

    Everything you need to know to enjoy the long weekend in an Alberta park

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  • From the Province of Alberta

    Get ready to long weekend

    It’s time to kick off the summer camping season and for Albertans to get out and explore provincial attractions or simply travel to visit family and friends.

    Camping in Alberta Parks campgrounds is one of many options for Albertans this May long weekend.

    “Whatever it is Albertans choose to do this long weekend, our province has a wealth of unique experiences that support our economy, including camping in our provincial parks. Wherever the destination, government hopes people will have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable May long weekend.”

    Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks

    Below are a few tips and information to support a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

    Camping

    • We all share a responsibility to be courteous campers, which ensures campgrounds are enjoyable and safe for everybody.
    • General etiquette rules are:
      • Avoid excessive noise so that everyone can enjoy the peace and tranquility of parks.
      • Quiet hours are between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
    • Still looking for a campsite or a picnic area? Check out AlbertaParks.ca.

    Liquor in provincial parks

    • The previous liquor ban in select provincial parks is lifted; however, rules and regulations around campground quiet hours, excessive noise and appropriate behaviour continue to be in place and will be enforced.
    • Liquor consumption is restricted to registered campsites only.

    Fire bans

    • At this time, a fire ban is in effect throughout most of northern Alberta, prohibiting campfires, unauthorized burning and restricting the use of off-highway vehicles on public lands.
    • Fire bans outside of Alberta provincial parks are posted on AlbertaFireBans.ca Download the Fire Bans app before you head out.
    • Provincial parks-related fire bans, restrictions and associated advisories are posted on AlbertaParks.ca Fire Bans.

    Safety on the road

    • More collisions and fatalities take place on Alberta’s roads on long weekends than other weekends. To help travellers get home safely, traffic enforcement measures will be ramped up this May long weekend.
    • Alberta sheriffs will be working in integrated traffic units with RCMP to patrol provincial highways to target impaired drivers, aggressive and careless drivers, distracted drivers and speeders.
    • Drive for the conditions of the road (check 511 Alberta for latest highway conditions).

    Fish and wildlife

    • Increased enforcement on our highways, waterways, public lands and in our parks will help responsible Albertans enjoy the long weekend safely.
    • In addition to protecting fish and wildlife and managing human/wildlife conflicts, fish and wildlife officers will be protecting the landscape and waterbodies, including monitoring random camping, boating and off-highway vehicle use.
    • Ensure you know the fishing regulations and the hunting regulations.

    Bear safety

    • Albertans can do their part to avoid human-bear conflict. Be bear and cougar smart. Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
    • When travelling in bear country, keep dogs on a leash, travel in groups and make noise whenever possible.

    Impaired driving

    • Arrive alive! Any form of impaired driving is unacceptable and dangerous, and puts everyone on Alberta roads at risk.
    • Impaired driving from alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction injures or kills thousands of Albertans every year.

    Museum and historic sites

    • Alberta’s historic sites, museums and archives are open for the summer with new programs and experiences.
    • People can purchase an Experience Alberta’s History Annual Pass and get unlimited access to all provincial historic sites and museums for one year from date of purchase.

    Recreation on public land

    • Conditions on the May long weekend are typically very wet due to spring rains, melting snow and frost, making the land more susceptible to significant damage from recreational activities.
    • Be aware of regulations around motorized recreation and non-motorized recreation on trails and in waterways. Wheeled and tracked vehicles are not permitted to be operated or parked on the bed, shore and/or in the water of Alberta’s streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands.
    • Damage or loss to public land (i.e., dumping of garbage, abandoned vehicles, sign removal, gate removal) needs to be reported to the Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.
    • Camping is limited to a 14-day stay on public land.
    • Respect the land and know the rules and regulations around random camping on public lands.


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    Alberta

    New Provincial Government says NO Liquor Bans in Provincial Parks

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  • From the Province of Alberta

    Liquor ban quashed and rules relaxed

    Liquor constraints will be relaxed in Alberta starting this May long weekend.

    Premier Jason Kenney and Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon are pushing back against the excesses of the nanny state and the ‘War on Fun.’ Beginning this May long weekend, the liquor ban imposed on eight remaining provincial parks will be lifted. Moving forward, this government is committed to remove unnecessary red tape for festival organizers hosting events in municipalities and provincial parks. Relaxed liquor regulations will also extend to select provincial park day use area picnic sites later this summer.

    “It’s time to lift prohibition-era restrictions around liquor consumption in Alberta and give responsible adults the freedom to act responsibly. This is part of our plan to take bold, decisive steps to reduce regulatory burden on business and not-for-profit festival organizations. We will take Alberta from being the most over-regulated to the freest economy in Canada.”

    Jason Kenney, Premier

    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis regulations have been clarified to allow event organizers the flexibility to serve drinks where they see fit on festival grounds. Albertans will be able to responsibly enjoy the environment festival organizers wish to create. The same strategy is being applied to festivals and events in provincial parks by making approvals for liquor licences less restrictive.

    This May long weekend, the liquor ban will be lifted at Aspen Beach, Miquelon Lake, Garner Lake, Dillberry Lake, Pigeon Lake, Whitney Lakes, Jarvis Bay and Wabamun provincial parks. There is no ban in place in Alberta Parks’ other provincial campgrounds.

    Historically, there has been a liquor ban only over the May long weekend and only in select provincial parks.

    “The vast majority of Albertans who enjoy our provincial parks do so responsibly. We should not punish the majority of responsible campers through liquor bans because of the past behaviour of a few bad characters.”

    Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks

    Rules and regulations around quiet times, excessive noise and appropriate behaviour continue to be in place and will be enforced as they are in Alberta Parks’ other campgrounds. Enforcement staff will shift their focus from enforcing the previous liquor ban to addressing negative behaviour. Liquor consumption in provincial campgrounds is restricted to adults and in campsites only.

    Relaxing liquor constraints in municipalities and provincial parks is a commitment under government’s Red Tape Reduction strategy and a change to make the lives of Albertans better.


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