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The 4th Line hockey podcast heads out for another shift

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Hockey season is upon us, which makes this a great time to introduce you to Carl Landra and Joel Schnell, co-hosts of The 4th Line Podcast.

The 4th Line follows the weekly happenings in the NHL. It is the creation of a couple of friends who wanted to make a show that they would love listening to. Though they live in Calgary, neither is a Flames fan: Landra cheers for the Colorado Avalanche, and Schnell supports the Toronto Maple Leafs. In addition to listening to their show, check out the website for an active blog that brings in writers from North America and Europe to write about hockey.

Fans of the Red Deer Rebels and other Western Hockey League teams may also enjoy The 4th Line’s spinoff show, The 4th Line WHLCast, another member of the Alberta Podcast Network. Landra hosts that podcast with Seattle’s Andy Eide and Calgary’s Ryan Pike.

Landra and Schnell are very passionate about hockey, without being overly reverent, as you’ll be able to tell from their answers:

  1. What will people get out of listening to your show?

    A. The 4th Line Podcast has a no-finesse take on the NHL. In typical 4th-line fashion, we do whatever it takes to bring the best podcast. While our listeners will get our thoughts on the latest NHL news, we bring a a variety of games and regular segments that keep things fresh and fun.
  2. How did you and your co-host meet?
    A. We met over a game of poker — Carl in a Blue Jays hat, Joel in a Yankees hat. To quote Carl: “Sorry, I can never be friends with a Yankees fan.” Over 10 years later, he might be wrong.
  3. Why do you think people enjoy podcasts?
    A. Podcasts are a way to always be learning, gaining knowledge, expanding your understanding, and having a laugh. With a wide range of podcasts available, there is always something for everyone.
  4. Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents that may surprise your listeners?
    Archery. Maybe that’s surprising?
  5. Q. What’s on your music playlist right now?
    A. Usually something country. A mix of Eric Church and Jason Aldean is a good start.

    Q. If you could have any guest on your show, who would you choose?
    A. Alexander Ovechkin would be great to have on the show. To know the stories behind the Stanley Cup celebration, if he can even tell them, would be a great thing to bring our listeners!
  6. What has been your favourite episode so far and why?
    A. Our Captain’s Royal Rumble episode was a turning point for us. It solidified for us that what we were doing resonated with our listeners, even if some people didn’t enjoy it.

 

Be sure to connect with The 4th Line on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! Find The 4th Line and The 4th Line WHL Cast, along with dozens of other shows, at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

About Alberta Podcast Network

The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

  • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
  • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
  • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.

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Bail hearing continues today for teen accused in Calgary officer’s hit-and-run death

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CALGARY — A bail hearing for a teen accused in the hit-and-run death of a Calgary police officer will continue today.

The hearing began Tuesday for the 18-year-old accused, who was 17 at the time of the offence on Dec. 31. 

He has been charged with first-degree murder and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. 

Police have said Sgt. Andrew Harnett was hit and dragged while attempting to stop an SUV after noticing its plates didn’t match its registration. 

Harnett died later in hospital. 

Police allege the accused youth was driving the SUV and a 19-year-old man was a passenger in the vehicle. 

The 19-year-old has also been charged with first-degree murder. 

Prosecutor Doug Taylor told the court Tuesday that he plans seek an adult sentence for the youth if he’s convicted, which would be life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 10 years. 

He later told reporters why the Crown is opposed to the suspect’s release. 

“Simply put, the Crown’s position is that the young person ought to be detained for both the safety and the protection of the public and to maintain confidence in the administration of justice,” Taylor said. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021 

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Alberta long-term care residents remain priority in looming slowdown of COVID vaccine

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says residents in long-term care and supportive living facilities will remain the priority as the province grapples with a looming slowdown in COVID-19 vaccine supply.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says health officials may also have to rebook vaccination appointments for those getting the required second dose.

Hinshaw made the announcement just hours after the federal government said there will be no shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine next week and reduced shipments for about three weeks after that.

The slowdown is due to Pfizer retrofitting its Belgium-based plant in order to ramp up production down the road.

Hinshaw says Alberta has 456 new cases of COVID-19, with 740 patients in hospital.

There are 119 patients in intensive care and 1,463 people have died.

“This is frustrating, but the factory issues in Belgium are out of our control,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro said in a release Tuesday.

“We will continue to use what we have to protect as many Albertans as possible. And we will continue to inform Albertans of any changes to our vaccination plans.”

Alberta recently finished giving first doses of vaccine to all residents in its 357 long-term care and supportive living facilities.

“These are absolutely the highest-risk locations, and people who live in these facilities are the most vulnerable to severe outcomes,” Hinshaw told a virtual news conference.

“Two-thirds of all our (COVID-19) deaths have been in long-term care and supportive living facilities.”

Alberta has given 90,000 first doses of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to those in the high priority cohort: those in the care homes and front-line health-care workers.

Canada was to get more than 417,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week and next, but will now get just over 171,000 this week and nothing the following week.  Both vaccines require two doses weeks apart for full effectiveness.

The delay has also forced the province to put off implementing the next phase of priority cases: Indigenous seniors over 65 and other seniors 75 and older.

Alberta remains under strict lockdown measures, which include a ban on indoor gatherings. Bars, restaurants and lounges can offer takeout or pickup service only. Retailers are limited to 15 per cent customer capacity, while entertainment venues like casinos and movie theatres remain shuttered.

The province relaxed some measure slightly on Monday. Outdoor gatherings can have 10 people maximum. Personal care services, like hair salons, manicure and pedicure salons and tattoo shops, can open by appointment only.

Hinshaw said it’s not clear when further restrictions can be lifted.

“Our health system is still under severe strain,” she said.

“This continues to impact our ability to deliver care, not only for COVID-19 but all the other health needs Albertans have.”

There were 11,096 active COVID cases Tuesday, about half the number recorded at its peak in mid-December.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2021.

Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

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