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Premier Kenney to deliver COVID-19 update as Alberta deals with test shipment delay


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EDMONTON — Premier Jason Kenney will deliver a COVID-19 update today as the province grapples with an unexpected delay in the delivery of millions of rapid antigen tests.

Kenney said last week that the tests — coming from the federal government and a private supplier — would arrive this month and would help underpin a plan to keep schools safe for returning grade-school students and staff.

Alberta has already received one million tests and about 13 million more were scheduled to arrive in January.

However, Health Minister Jason Copping announced Wednesday that most of the federal shipment has been delayed and the private supply is facing supply chain bottlenecks.

Alberta has seen a recent explosion of COVID-19 cases that has reduced testing to high-priority cases while COVID-related hospitalizations have grown.

There are more than 61,000 active COVID-19 cases in the province but Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, has said reduced testing capacity means the true number of infections is likely 10 times higher.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2022.

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Transportation Safety Board investigating helicopter crash in central Alberta

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CAMROSE, Alta. — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is investigating a helicopter crash in central Alberta on the weekend.

The government agency says a Bell 206B helicopter crashed near Camrose on Sunday.

It says a pilot and three passengers were on board. 

RCMP say officers from the Killam-Forestburg detachment, as well as paramedics and firefights, were called to the crash.

Mounties say three of the four people on board were taken by ground ambulance to area hospitals.

A fourth occupant was airlifted to an Edmonton hospital.

Neither the RCMP nor the TSB would describe the severity of the injuries, and did not identify the people who were on the helicopter. 

The Transportation Safety Board says it is gathering information and “assessing this occurrence.”

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Running back James Wilder Jr. signs one-year extension with Edmonton Elks

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks signed running back James Wilder Jr. to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Wilder, who was scheduled to hit the free-agent market next month, racked up 996 total yards and three touchdowns in 2021.

The Florida State product finished third in CFL rushing yards (770) last season and was named the Elks’ most outstanding player.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2022.

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