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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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Alberta eyes business eviction protection tied to COVID-19 economy lockdown

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EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says legislation is coming to address those businesses facing eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenney says details are coming next week, but adds the province is “looking closely” at a recent eviction ban imposed in British Columbia.

Earlier this week, the B.C. government announced it was imposing new rules on landlords who are eligible for federal rent relief but don’t apply for it and try to evict tenants for lack of payment.

Those landlords will not be allowed to evict such tenants through to the end of the month, when the federal rent relief program is set to end.

Kenney says he is hesitant to bring in a blanket ban, given that there may be legitimate reasons to evict a tenant, but says Alberta is taking action and commercial landlords need to “get with the program.”

Kenney also announced a new $200-million program to provide small- and medium-sized businesses with up to $5,000 each to help them reopen following government-imposed lockdowns to battle the pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020

The Canadian Press

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Torch passed at Hockey Canada, Davidson reflects on move to Own The Podium

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CALGARY — Melody Davidson says she’s received a few text messages telling her “I didn’t see this coming.”

After more than a quarter century as a coach, manager and mentor in women’s hockey domestically and internationally, Davidson is taking her skills to summer sport with Own The Podium.

Davidson was the chief architect of Canada’s back-to-back Olympic gold medals in women’s hockey in 2006 and 2010 as head coach and manager.

She shifted out of coaching, but continued to manage the national squad that claimed gold again in 2014, and silver in 2018.

OTP is bringing the 57-year-old from Oyen, Alta., on board as a summer-sport high-performance adviser.

“I just feel right now I’ve got more to give,” Davidson told The Canadian Press on Friday.

“This is a tremendous opportunity. Going to be a steep learning curve for sure. I feel like it will be great to re-energize me.”

Own The Podium provides technical expertise to national sport organizations.

OTP also makes funding recommendations directing $70 million annually in Sport Canada money to winter and summer Olympic and Paralympic sport based on medal potential.

Davidson has worked with Hockey Canada over 28 years, first as a volunteer and contract coach before becoming a full-time employee in 2005.

She’s involved in men’s hockey too as a consultant for the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg Ice, and was previously an assistant coach in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Davidson stepped back from managing the national women’s program in 2018.

She continued as head scout while mentoring Gina Kingsbury, a woman she coached to a pair of Olympic gold medals and who took over for her director of national women’s teams.

Davidson felt ready to do something different. She wasn’t sure what that was. The COVID-19 pandemic that shut down hockey and travel in March gave her time to take stock.

OTP had openings on its summer-sport, high-performance staff this year. David Mirota left for the Canadian Olympic Committee and Jean-Philippe Lavoie headed to Wheelchair Rugby Canada.

OTP wanted team-sport expertise in its next hire.

Eight teams and five para-teams have qualified so far for the Tokyo Games postponed to 2021 because of the pandemic.

“It’s like the perfect storm,” Davidson said. “As I started to think about what could be next, post-Olympics Own The Podium usually has some movement. Maybe this is the time?

“They posted the high-performance adviser job with a sole focus on team sport. I’m thinking ‘is this ever going to happen again?'”

Davidson’s OTP portfolio will include men’s and women’s rugby and basketball, as well as men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and rugby.

She’ll work with all team sports, however, according to OTP summer-sport director Mark Hahto.

“There are so few people in the sport system that can boast her level of excellence,” Hahto said. “I’ve always thought having a person like her on the summer staff would be a game-changer to be frank. Her innate knowledge of team sport is profound.”

Davidson’s last day with Hockey Canada is June 30. She’ll transition to OTP the following day. She’d like to stay involved in hockey and continue to serve on the International Ice Hockey Federation’s women’s committee if she can.

Davidson was the IIHF’s lead coaching mentor between 2010 and 2014 in a program to improve international women’s hockey.

“I don’t feel like I’m done with hockey,” Davidson said. “Maybe I am because this may take me down a totally different road.”

The move to OTP takes Davidson back to her roots in some ways. She was a recreation director before her hockey career.

“Multi-sport is where I came from. I was small town. I played sports. I coached all of them,” Davidson said.

“I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to get back into multi-sport and especially, hopefully, leave an impact on Canadian sport and not just hockey.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020.

Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

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