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Royal Alberta Museum Opening this Fall

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The exact opening date is still TBD, but when the Royal Alberta Museum launches this fall, it will be the largest museum in western Canada.

At 419,000 square feet, its new location in the Edmonton Arts District is double the size of its old digs in Glenora, where the RAM existed peacefully for most of its half-century history.

The $375.5 million upgrade includes an open lobby, two new 30,000-square-foot exhibition halls devoted to Alberta’s natural and human history, an interactive children’s gallery, a bug wing with live critters, and a space devoted solely to the Manitou Stone, a sacred meteorite whose display remains controversial. (A 24-person indigenous advisory panel—including representatives of the Treaty 6, on whose original land the museum is built—have consulted extensively on the new RAM.)

When visiting this fall, pay attention to the building’s architectural flourishes: The grand, free-standing staircase in the lobby was inspired by Alberta’s Maligne and Johnston canyons; the interior walls are mapped with the North Saskatchewan watershed; and rooms are named after provincial parks. A 12,000-square-foot special exhibition gallery will launch its first show in spring 2019

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Alberta confirms two patient deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant at Calgary hospital

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EDMONTON — A health official says two patients at Calgary’s Foothills hospital have died from the Delta variant of COVID-19 — and one had been fully immunized.

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the two patients, a man and a woman, were in their 80s, had significant co-morbidities and likely acquired the virus in the hospital.

One patient had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine, while the other had not been immunized.

They were among 23 hospital patients and staff who became infected with the Delta variant, one of the variants first identified in India.

Health experts have stressed that it is still possible to contract COVID-19 even with full immunization, but that the chances of severe outcomes drop significantly with vaccination.

The Delta variant is being watched carefully in Alberta, given it is now the dominant strain in the United Kingdom and, with its rapid transmission, is threatening plans there to reopen the economy and lift health restrictions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 17, 2021.

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Head coach Dave Dickenson rounds out his Calgary Stampeders staff for upcoming season

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CALGARY — Head coach Dave Dickenson rounded out his Calgary Stampeders staff for the 2021 season Thursday. 

Bob Slowik joins the Stampeders as a defensive assistant while T.J. Vernieri has been added as offensive assistant. Slowik served as the Montreal Alouettes’ defensive co-ordinator in 2019 while Vernieri spent two years as a receivers coach at Lycoming College, a Division III school in Williamsport, Pa.

Prior to coming north, Slowik spent over 20 years coaching in the NFL, including a combined 10 seasons as a defensive co-ordinator with the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos.

The remainder of Calgary’s coaching staff consists of: special-teams co-ordinator/assistant head coach Mark Kilam; offensive co-ordinator/offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco; defensive co-ordinator Brent Monson; quarterbacks/running backs Marc Mueller; defensive backs coach/CFL draft co-ordinator Dwayne Cameron; defensive line coach Corey Mace; and receivers coach Marquay McDaniel.

“I am very excited to add Bob and T.J. to our coaching staff, they’re certainly a study in contrasts,” Dickenson said in a statement. “T.J. is an eager young coach just getting his feet wet in professional football and Bob certainly has a wealth of knowledge after more than three decades of coaching in the pros and college.

“This is a terrific opportunity to bring new ideas and voices into our coaching group and I know they will both be great additions to the team.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 17, 2021.

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