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Royal Tyrrell Museum opens new stomping grounds

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From The Province of Alberta:

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology’s 1,300-square-metre expansion offers visitors enriched experiences and services.

Come and get up close and personal with the Albertosaurus in the new Learning Lounge – an interactive exhibit and discovery area. The Learning Lounge features a life-sized bronze Albertosaurus skeleton and hands-on activities about Canada’s first known carnivorous dinosaur. The addition also includes improved spaces for education programs, meetings and conferences, and visitor amenities.

“When you drive into Drumheller, you enter an entirely different world. It sparks your imagination, and it is a magical place for children to experience. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is one of Canada’s most visited museums and I’m so proud that the Government of Alberta has invested in its future.”Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

“Our government is proud to support the Royal Tyrrell Museum, as it provides opportunities for curious minds to learn about paleontological history and Alberta’s rich fossil heritage. I am thrilled that this investment has allowed the museum to expand its facility, reaffirming its leadership in paleontology and creating greater opportunities for all Canadians to learn about our prehistoric past.”Pablo Rodriguez, federal Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology expansion project is an important example of government’s investment in key infrastructure that supports Albertans’ quest for information and brings our history to life. Infrastructure projects like the museum addition are crucial for supporting Alberta’s job creators and helping to grow our economy so we can build a prosperous future for all Albertans.”Prasad Panda, Minister of Alberta Infrastructure

“The Royal Tyrrell Museum provides a unique and valuable experience to all people lucky enough to visit. We are proud to be the home of such a wonderful cultural gem, and this new expansion will pay dividends to all people fortunate enough to visit for decades to come.”Nate Horner, MLA Drumheller-Stettler

The $9.3-million museum expansion was funded by the Government of Alberta ($5.7 million) and the Government of Canada ($3.6 million from the Department of Canadian Heritage).

Quick facts

  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology welcomes over 430,000 visitors per year from across the province, nation and around the world.
  • Since opening its doors in 1985, the museum has welcomed more than 13 million visitors.
  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum houses one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs and is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of paleontology.
  • Joseph Burr Tyrrell discovered Albertosaurus on Aug. 12, 1884 while mapping coal deposits in the Drumheller area.
  • Albertosaurus sarcophagus was the apex predator in Alberta 72.5 to 68 million years ago.
  • Although it lived earlier in time, Albertosaurus is closely related to T. rex.

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Canadian women's under-18 hockey roster announced for cancelled world championship

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CALGARY — Hockey Canada named its roster for the world under-18 women’s hockey championship even though the tournament was cancelled.

Jade Iginla, daughter of Hockey Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla, was among the three goaltenders, seven defenders and 13 forwards named to the Canadian team Thursday.

The Jan. 8-15 championship in Sweden was called off Dec. 24 because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus.

The International Ice Hockey Federation was criticized for cancelling the women’s under-18 championship a second straight year while the men’s under-20 championship in Alberta was about to get underway for a second year.

The junior men’s championship in Edmonton and Red Deer halted after four days because of rising numbers of infections.

The IIHF indicating it would try to hold the junior men’s championship later in 2020 puts the organization under pressure to do the same for the under-18 women.

“Our disappointment of not competing in the championship this month does not overshadow the dedication and hard work our athletes and staff put in to be ready to compete,” said Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada’s director of operations.

“It is crucial for the development of these athletes, as well as the growth of the women’s game, to be able to hold this tournament, and we remain hopeful there is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents and represent Canada on the world stage in the near future.”

Holly Abela, Avi Adam, Jocelyn Amos, Jordan Baxter, Madison Chantler, Tessa Holk, Emerson Jarvis, Reichen Kirchmair, Alex Law, Emmalee Pais, Karel Prefontaine and McKenna Van Gelder join Iginla at forward.

Maya D’Arcy, Brooke Disher, Piper Grover, Tova Henderson, Sarah MacEachern, Alyssa Regalado and Sarah Swiderski round out the defence. Hailey MacLeod, Lucy Phillips and Mari Pietersen were the goaltenders selected.

Olympic gold medallists Vickie Sunohara (2002, 2006) and Tara Watchorn (2014) were named assistant coaches to Howie Draper of the University of Alberta Pandas.

Hockey Canada also announced the women’s world championship roster after the 2020 tournament in Nova Scotia was cancelled, in order to recognize the effort of making the team.

Canada’s under-18 team won gold in 2019 in Obihiro, Japan in a 3-2 overtime win over the United States, but lost 2-1 in OT to the Americans in the following year’s final in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The 2021 and 2022 championships in Linkoping and Mjolby, Sweden, were then cancelled. Canada has won five gold medals in the history of the tournament.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2022.

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Edmonton Elks sign Canadian receivers Smith, Jones to extensions

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks signed Canadian receiver Tevaun Smith and Mike Jones to one-year extensions Thursday.

The two were scheduled to become free agents Feb. 8.

Smith, of Toronto, had 27 catches for 324 yards last season, starting 10-of-13 games with Edmonton.

Jones, also of Toronto, registered 29 catches for 394 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games with Edmonton in 2021.

Jones spent his first four CFL seasons with Hamilton and has accumulated 130 receptions for 1,866 yards and six TDs in 69 regular-season contests.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2022.

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