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Add another Edmonton big event; ITU World Triathlon Cancelled

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From organizers of the ITU World Triathlon

With the health and safety of our athletes and community our top priority, and based on the directive from Alberta Canada’s chief medical officer of health, the organizers of the 2020 World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton are announcing that the Grand Final that was scheduled for August 17-23, in Edmonton, Alberta will unfortunately not take place in 2020.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw clarified this Thursday, saying: “mass gathering restrictions currently in place also apply to all summer events or festivals in Alberta.

Those restrictions prohibit gatherings of more than 15 people and require people gathered in groups of fewer than 15 to maintain a distance of two metres from one another”.

The Edmonton organisers, Triathlon Canada and World Triathlon want to share their deep disappointment that this event will not be able to take place as planned, despite all efforts from all the parties involved, but absolutely understand that the  current global situation with the COVID-19 outbreak make it impossible for the event to happen at this stage.

World Triathlon, along with the Edmonton Organizing Committee, the City of Edmonton and all stakeholders and the community partners  will continue to work closely together to find new options for the event to take place in the future, when it is safe to do so.

Our hearts and thoughts remain with our many front-line workers and those affected by this global crisis.

Updated summer rules for gathers over 15 cancels most events till September.

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Stars and RCMP chopper combine to rescue fallen ice climber

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From Alberta RCMP media relations

Rocky Mountain House RCMP assist in ice climber rescue

On Jan. 15, 2021 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain House RCMP received a dispatch of a fallen ice climber who was in need of medical assistance. A SOS beacon was received locating the fallen ice climber at the south end of Abraham Lake. Reports indicate the climber fell approximately 12 meters.

RCMP, EMS, Search and Rescue (SAR), STARS air ambulance and Alstrom Helicopters assisted in the rescue. The 28 year old injured male was long line rescued from his location by Alstrom Helicopters, with the assistance of Rocky Mountain House SAR. STARS was waiting nearby and further transported the injured male to a Calgary hospital.

The rescued male suffered serious but non life threatening injuries as a result of his fall.

Everyone who assisted in this rescue should be commended for their professional, swift and incredible work. Well done!

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Oilers place goalie Mike Smith on long-term injured reserve

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Mike Smith on long-term injury reserve, and have re-assigned Olivier Rodrigue to the club’s taxi squad, pending quarantine protocols. 

Edmonton announced both transaction on Friday, but did not elaborate on Smith’s injury.

Smith was supposed to start Thursday’s game at home against the Vancouver Canucks but was declared inactive, forcing Mikko Koskinen into back-to-back starts. 

Smith and Koskinen were expected to split duties in the Oilers net this season. Edmonton re-signed the 38-year-old Smith to a one-year contract in the off-season. 

Rodrigue had been with the Graz99ers of the Austrian National League.

The 20-year-old Rodrigue was drafted 62nd overall by Edmonton in 2018.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published January 15, 2021.

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