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BA.2 variant now the predominant COVID strain in Alberta: Hinshaw

BA.2 variant now the predominant COVID strain in Alberta: Hinshaw

Approximately 60 per cent of all COVID-19 cases identified through PCR testing in the province are the Omicron variant BA.2, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Wednesday. However there is no evidence that it causes more severe outcomes, despite a higher transmission rate.
Report examines food insecurity during pandemic, outlines recommendations

Report examines food insecurity during pandemic, outlines recommendations

“There is no one solution that will solve hunger and inequitable globe, national and regional food systems. Rather, progress will require multi-pronged solutions that occur across various jurisdictions and scales.”
Live classical music returns to the Bow Valley

Live classical music returns to the Bow Valley

"It's exciting to be playing for live audiences again. Live streaming was a necessary tool and it provided access throughout the pandemic. There's no replacing the emotional exchange that occurs between artist and audience during a live performance."

COMMENTARY: Lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic

Since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, we have all learned a great many things. We learned to bake bread, sew masks, use videoconferencing not only to get through our workday but also to maintain connections with friends and family.
National park town to investigate outdoor heating options for ped zone patios

National park town to investigate outdoor heating options for ped zone patios

“Just even the idea of blankets is a concern; imagine chicken wings, goopy sauce, wipe, wipe and then sharing it with the next person. You can’t wash an electric blanket, you can’t sanitize it,” she said.
Alberta to end fuel tax as pump prices reach all-time high

Alberta to end fuel tax as pump prices reach all-time high

The province is set to temporarily lift the fuel tax, which costs consumers 13-cents per litre at the pump.
Kenney's plan to stop municipalities imposing COVID-19 health rules 'heavy-handed'

Kenney's plan to stop municipalities imposing COVID-19 health rules 'heavy-handed'

“It seems like a short-term political calculation that could influence long-term governance decisions at the municipal level. It is cause for concern, and we worry that it may set a dangerous precedent."
Visitor paid parking rates status quo for now

Visitor paid parking rates status quo for now

“We encourage any pricing adjustments to be carefully held in balance with achieving the aims of better managing traffic congestion, while resisting the temptation to escalate fees based on the belief that visitors will continue to pay whatever price is charged."
Banff restaurateur calls for 'level playing field' for pedestrian zone

Banff restaurateur calls for 'level playing field' for pedestrian zone

“I know there is always going to be competition, but my concern is this isn’t really a competition that’s equal to everyone … we’ve all had a really, really difficult time and I just want the playing field to be level.”
BLLT focuses on rebuilding year-round tourism

BLLT focuses on rebuilding year-round tourism

“First and foremost, what we really want to do is rebuild year-round demand,” said Nancy DaDalt, director of visitor experience for BLLT