Magnitude 4.4 earthquake reported just north of Banff

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck only five kilometres north of Banff at 6:33 p.m. Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey. The earthquake struck at a depth of 17.3 kilometres, according to the U.S. agency. It is classified as a level-three intensity quake, signifying weak shaking that typically leaves no damage. Albertans who were in the Rockies during the shake reported feeling the “heart-stopping” tremors. In a tweet, Canmore Fire Rescue said the very large “boom” was felt in Canmore, Banff and Deadman’s Flats, with crews out investigating. More to come… jherring@postmedia.com Twitter: @jasonfherring Very large “boom” felt in Canmore, Banff and Deadman’s Flats. Our Engines are out investigating……. — Canmore Fire Rescue (@CanmoreFireRes) February 14, 2021

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Health specialist warns contagious variants pose new risks for dining out

More than love could spread this Valentine’s Day, warns an Alberta public health specialist, as local restaurants expect to be fully booked as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Dr. Hakique Virani said the romantic holiday might be important for local businesses but it runs the risk of bringing people from different households together, possibly spreading both COVID-19 and its more infectious variants. “It’s so disappointing that we are in a rush to reopen,” he said. “The narrative that we do this in the interests of small business survival is a bit disingenuous.” Restaurants and staff should receive financial supports to remain closed, Virani said, rather than taking on the risks of reopening in an effort to stay afloat. “Asking (restaurants)

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U of C joins trial of novel drug Metablok, hoped to reduce organ inflammation in severe COVID-19 patients

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News Author of the article: Jason Herring Publishing date: Feb 14, 2021  •  15 minutes ago  •  3 minute read Dr. Dan Muruve (left), chief science officer of Arch Biopartners, and Dr. Alain Tremblay, professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, are facilitating a Phase II human trial in Calgary for Metablok, a drug developed to combat organ inflammation often in severe cases of COVID-19. Photo by Submited A made-in-Calgary drug that researchers hope can treat organ inflammation is now being tested on local COVID-19 patients. The University of Calgary has joined a Phase II human trial of Metablok, a novel drug developed to combat inflammation of the lungs, kidneys and other organs

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COVID-19 Update: 305 new cases, 15 deaths | Newfoundland suspends in-person voting in Saturday’s election as cases skyrocket

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News Follow this story for COVID-19 news in Calgary throughout the day. Author of the article: Newsroom Staff Publishing date: Feb 13, 2021  •  3 minutes ago  •  7 minute read A masked pedestrian walks in downtown Calgary on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. My COVID Story: How have you been impacted by coronavirus? Postmedia is looking to speak with people who may have been impacted by COVID-19 here in

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U of C joins trial of novel drug Metablox, hoped to reduce organ inflammation in severe COVID-19 patients

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News Author of the article: Jason Herring Publishing date: Feb 13, 2021  •  26 minutes ago  •  3 minute read Dr. Dan Muruve (left), chief science officer of Arch Biopartners, and Dr. Alain Tremblay, professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, are facilitating a Phase II human trial in Calgary for Metablox, a drug developed to combat organ inflammation often in severe cases of COVID-19. Photo by Submited A made-in-Calgary drug researchers hope can treat organ inflammation is now being tested on local COVID-19 patients. The University of Calgary has joined a Phase II human trial of Metablox, a novel drug developed to combat inflammation of the lungs, kidneys and other organs —

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Godspell but not Grease: Choir director floored by religious-only allowances for singing 

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News ‘I can stand in a church and sing Godspell, but I cannot stand in a church and sing Grease, because COVID apparently knows the difference between religious music and non-religious music, and that is the circus of it all’ Author of the article: Brodie Thomas Publishing date: Feb 13, 2021  •  17 minutes ago  •  5 minute read Calgary choir director and small business owner Jamie Serafi, who runs Cool Choir — Calgary’s largest pop and rock choir — is upset at certain COVID rule relaxations that he says may be discriminatory. Photo taken on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia A Calgary choir director and small business owner is upset at certain

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Train derailment leaves 46 cars, two locomotives off the tracks near B.C. border

Forty-six train cars loaded with potash and two locomotives were involved in a train derailment just east of the B.C. and Alberta border Friday. Mounties said CP Rail alerted them to the incident, which took place at approximately 5:30 p.m. along Highway 3, west of Coleman at Crowsnest Lake. The highway and passersby were unaffected by the derailment. Both locomotives are in an upright positive and did not leak fuel or oil. No dangerous goods were involved, no injuries were reported, and no nearby structures were hit. Only 25 cars were originally reported as derailed, but that number was upgraded to 48 total units Saturday, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. “The first call (CP) gives us is

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Investigation underway after two pharmacies robbed on Saturday

Police are investigating after two pharmacies were hit by robbers on Saturday. Officers were first called to the Whitehorn Pharmacy, at 135 Whitefield Drive N.W., just before 10:30 a.m. They said it’s believed that two males were involved in the incident but fled the scene. Police officers remained on scene to speak with surrounding businesses. Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety was also called to assist the investigation. About an hour later, police were called to another robbery in downtown Calgary. A police spokesperson was unable to pinpoint the exact pharmacy but said it took place near the intersection of 11 Avenue S.E. and 11 Street S.E. There are a handful of pharmacies in the vicinity, including the Co-op Pharmacy

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Extreme cold warning again in place for Calgary

Just when you thought you could venture out with one less layer of clothing, Mother Nature turns down the thermostat. Calgary is again under an extreme cold warning from Environment Canada. The city was under an extreme cold warning for much of last week, until it was lifted on Friday morning as temperatures eased slightly. It is forecast to get as warm as -18 C on Saturday, but winds will make it feel more like -32 C. There is a risk of frostbite, so cover up if you head outdoors. The winds will make it feel closer to -41 C tonight as temperatures dip, and Environment Canada is warning that anyone can get frostbite within minutes in those conditions. Environment

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Train derailment leaves 25 cars off the tracks near B.C. border

An investigation is underway after a 25-car train derailment on Friday just east of the B.C. and Alberta border. Mounties said CP Rail alerted them to the incident, which took place at approximately 5:30 p.m. along Highway 3, west of Coleman at Crowsnest Lake. The highway and passerby was unaffected by the derailment. No injuries have been reported. CP Rail told RCMP no hazardous goods were involved. An investigation by CP police is underway. More to come… alsmith@postmedia.com Twitter: @alanna_smithh

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