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Celebrate all things feline on ‘Caturday’, June 1st!

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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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    Four Races = Four Podiums for Central Alberta’s Parker Thompson in Busy Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend

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  • CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK – TORONTO, ONTARIO

    From Parker Thompson Racing

    Thompson boldly kicked off the new race season in Canada this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 21-year-old competed in four races as part of two different series that joined the annual Victoria Day Speedfest weekend at the Toronto area racetrack. In those four races, Thompson earned four podiums. In the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC), he dominated the weekend, taking the Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Speedstar Motorsport to two overall victories. In the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Thompson earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish in two tightly contested races. 

    The performance puts an exclamation mark on what has been a commanding start to Thompson’s 2019 season. Thompson has been racing south of the border since March when the Indy Pro 2000 season commenced in St. Petersburg, Florida. He joined Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA shortly after. Thompson is in contention for championship titles in those two series. After this weekend, he is set up to challenge for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and CTCC championship titles as well. In this calendar year, Thompson has already raced 12 times within the four series. In those races, he has 10 podiums and 5 wins.Racing two series in one weekend presented a unique opportunity for Thompson.

    “I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with two great teams in SCB Racing and Speedstar Motorsport. Sports GT racing is still very new to me. With some great people behind me though, we’ve managed some great results. We have a great chance to contend for two championships here in Canada. Speedstar Motorsport has proven great results in international series as well. I’m excited about future possibilities that exist with that team and their partners.” – Parker Thompson


    Canadian Touring Car Championship

    Driven by Thompson, the #1 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Speedstar Motorsport and New Roads Automotive Group, dominated both CTCC races on the weekend. With future endeavors in other series on the horizon, Thompson and the team had a watchful eye on the SRO GT4 America’s races that also took place as part of the Victoria Day Speedfest weekend. Running cars identically classed to Thompson’s Audi R8, the GT4 America’s series features drivers from around the globe and participation from a variety of manufacturers.

    In the Speedstar Motorsport / New Roads Automotive Group Audi R8, Thompson marked a lap time that bested not only all CTCC competitors, but all GT4 America’s entrants as well. In fact, the 1:23.332 that Thompson posted is faster than any GT4 lap on recent record at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

    “We’re racing guys over in the SRO GT4 America’s paddock. We’re comparing and making sure we’re faster than all the manufacturers over there. The Speedstar Motorsport / New Road Automotive Group #1 Audi R8 was on rails all weekend long. It’s amazing to drive for this team. Thank you to everyone who came out from New Roads Automotive Group and Audi Uptown.” – Parker Thompson.


     

    Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada

    As expected of the popular one-make series, the opening races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada were tightly contested. An incident in Saturday morning’s qualifying cut the session short, leaving multiple drivers unhappy with their starting positions for race one. Thompson would start in second position. Over the course of the race he applied good pressure on leader, Jeff Kingsley, but was not able to execute a pass. The two crossed the finish line with a comfortable margin over 3rd place Marco Cirone.

    The starting line-up for race two put Thompson in the fifth position. Intense battles with Marco Cirone, Jeff Kingsley, and Patrick Dussault saw Thompson make his way up to second position. Heavy rain would fall, ending the race before he had any chance to challenge for the lead. The excitement of Thompson’s dramatic performance was tempered somewhat post-race when he was penalized one position for making a pass outside of track limits. The final result was third place.

    After combining point totals for both races, Thompson holds second place in the overall championship standings, just one point behind race 2 winner Roman DeAngelis. The two drivers are also first in second in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA standings. Having shared the track for six races so far this year, Thompson and DeAngelis are demonstrating the tight competition that the GT3 Cup series is renowned for.

    Photo credit SCB Racing

    MAY 24 – 26, 2019 – INDY PRO 2000 Race 4 & 5 – Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, IN
    JUN. 02 – 03, 2019 – CTCC Race 3 & 4 – Calabogie Motorsport Park – Ottawa,
    JUN. 08 – 09, 2019 – GT3 CUP CANADA & USA – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – Montreal

    About Parker Thompson

    Red Deer, Alberta native Parker Thompson is regarded as one of Canada’s premiere racing drivers. He started racing karts at age 8 and his natural talent and competitive drive quickly elevated him to international level competitions. By age 13 he was ranked 3rd in the world in Rotax Max karts. Now 21 years old, Parker continues his successful career racing on the Road to Indy, and in multiple sports car series.

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    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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