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Edmonton Elk CFL team – one of the possible new names for the franchise

Known for generations as the Eskimos, that moniker was ditched last year as being offensive to Inuit people.

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A tree. A dog. A bird. Just some of the finalists in the names for the the Edmonton team in the Canadian Football League.

Known for generations as the Eskimos, that moniker was ditched last year as being offensive to Inuit people.

Now the team has released the seven potential names for the squad to be called.

The final decision rests on a vote from the fans.

Here’s are the finalists, with descriptions provided by the team:

Edmonton Elk: A stoic sentinel stands watch over the rugged wilds of northern Alberta: the mighty Elk. With antlers raised, dignified and proud, the bull Elk is forever ready to face all challengers. Quietly confident, just like Edmontonians. When called upon, they dig in their hooves and heave their bulk to assert their dominance within the herd and beyond. Always driving forward, always striving for greatness.

Edmonton Evergreens: Majestic in stature and mighty in stance. The evergreen stands as a symbol of our city’s rugged and enduring nature. Always green, always reaching for the sky. Even through the harshest of elements. And like its namesake, our football club’s winning roots run deep in Edmonton. Ardent fans that stand as tall as a forest, strongest together, forever cheering ”Go Evergreens go!”

Edmonton Evergolds: Ours is a legacy of victory unmatched by any CFL franchise of the modern era. 14 golden championship rings. Each a symbol of the grit, drive and determination it takes to be #1. We are the gold standard in Canadian football. Much like the loud and proud faithful fans who fill our stadium are the Green & Gold standard. They demand one outcome and only one team can deliver it: The Edmonton Evergolds. The pursuit of Grey has never looked more golden.

Edmonton Eclipse: Edmontonians aren’t afraid of the dark. We spend over two-thirds of our winter days immersed in night. It builds a special breed of fan. And a special brand of football club. A team of the fastest, most fearsome players to ever set a cleat on the gridiron, always ready to knock our opponents’ lights out. When you enter our yard, don’t be afraid of the dark. Fear the Edmonton Eclipse.

Edmonton Elkhounds: Bold and spirited, the Elkhound is an ever loyal and fearless guardian. Bred for hunting, this four-legged dynamo’s bark is as fierce as its bite, known to intimidate big game and worthy opponents. Like Edmontonians, Elkhounds excel in cold weather and tense situations.

Edmonton Eagles: Powerful. Fast. Nimble. Words often used to describe one of the most tenacious raptors in North America. And words that just as accurately reflect Edmonton’s football club. These golden eagles are born to soar and their gold pays respect to our outstanding championship history. In Edmonton, our Eagles are golden, and you can see them in our blue skies and on the turf as our Edmonton Eagles.

Edmonton Elements: In Edmonton, our football universe is composed of four elements. Earth. The 110 yards of turf we vow to protect and conquer. Wind. The will to win that hits our foes like a force of nature. Water. The sweat we shed to earn the extra yard. Fire. The burning passion that fuels our pursuit of the Grey Cup. That’s what we’re made of. The question is, do the other teams have what it takes to brave the Edmonton Elements?

You can vote on the name on the team’s website.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.

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The Alberta government’s new vaccine mandates for businesses, entities and events are in effect.

Each organization must follow one of two options: implement the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 42-2021.

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.

The REP allows operators to avoid the majority of public health restrictions with the implementation of a proof of vaccination program, although vaccine requirements for staff are at the employer’s discretion. Face mask mandates are still required in all indoor spaces.

The program doesn’t apply to those under 12 years of age and businesses that need to be accessed by the public for daily living purposes, including all retail locations. As well, employees, contractors, repair or delivery workers, volunteers or inspectors will be permitted access to spaces without requiring a vaccine passport.

To enter spaces participating in the REP, adults need to provide valid photo identification that matches their paper or digital vaccine record showing name, vaccine type and date of administration. From now until October 25, proof of partial vaccination (one dose) will suffice, however after that date, proof of full vaccination (two doses) will be required. Those under 12 will only need to show vaccination paperwork.

Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities that don’t implement the REP will be limited to one-third capacity of their fire code occupancy and attendees must be in household cohorts or with up to two close contacts if they live alone.

Outdoor events and facilities have no capacity restrictions, but attendees must maintain a two-metre distancing between households.  

Restaurants that don’t follow the REP cannot offer indoor dining, and outdoor dining will be limited to six people per table from one household, and liquor sales will have to end by 10 p.m. with consumption cut off by 11 p.m.

Retail, shopping malls and food courts aren’t eligible for the REP, therefore will be reduced to one-third capacity of fire code occupancy and are required to stop all in-person dining, switching to take out only.

Indoor private social gatherings will be permitted for those that are vaccinated to a maximum of two households up to 10 (vaccine eligible) vaccinated people. There are no restrictions for children under 12. For those who are unvaccinated, indoor social gatherings are not permitted.

Private outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 200 people who are socially distanced.  

Churches will be limited to one-third of fire code capacity and masks and social distancing are still mandatory in places of worship.

Employees are mandated to work from home unless their physical presence is required for their duties.

Proof of vaccination will not be required to enter a polling place for Monday’s federal election although physical distancing, masking and other transmission reducing measures will be in place.

For more information on the Restriction Exemption Program, click here.   

Risdon is a reporter at the Western Standard
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Hockey arena backs down on banning unvaccinated kids

Within hours of the Western Standard posting the exclusive story, Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy.

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Public pressure has brought minor hockey out of the penalty box in Cochrane.

Following an exclusive story by the Western Standard on Saturday, along with mounting pressure from the community, a Cochrane sports facility has revamped its vaccine passport policy.  

The Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and Hockey Alberta were not mandating a vaccine passport system, but Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) announced it would be requiring proof of vaccine status for anyone 12 and up.

Within hours of the story being posted, CMHS President Cory Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy with this statement: “Youth between the ages of 12 (vaccine eligible) to 18 years of age are exempt from the REP vaccination requirement to enter the facility for the purpose of participating in a youth organized sport organization. Examples include (but not limited to) Cochrane Minor Hockey, Ringette, Cochrane Minor Soccer, Lacrosse, Cochrane Figure Skating Club, Comets, Junior Lifeguard Club, etc.”

Although youth may access the facility without being vaccinated, all adult spectators, coaches, volunteers and organizers of any youth activity “must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to SLSFSC premises.”

“Although this helps our kids get on the ice in Cochrane, it’s still an issue at lots of other facilities, especially in larger facilities in Calgary and Airdrie,” Oaten said.

Oaten, who works in the insurance industry, points out the “huge liability issue” this poses to his and other sports organizations.

“Originally, Spray Lakes pushed us to collect this medical documentation from our members,” he said.

The CMHA board consists of 18 volunteer members.

“They can’t put those expectations on a board of volunteers. It’s a big legal issue for us,” Oaten said, adding he and his board refuse to take responsibility for requiring proof of vaccine or the collection of their members’ private medical information.

Oaten was informed the SLSFSC will now have its own security checkpoints set up in the facility and will take responsibility for checking the vaccine status of anyone 18-plus entering the building.

Oaten anticipates families will still pull their kids from hockey and other sports programs as those who remain unvaccinated will not be permitted in the facility to accompany their child.

Hockey Alberta stated on their Facebook page they are working with the Alberta government on how last Wednesday’s announcement will affect hockey for Alberta players. Oaten has asked his members to hold off on making a decision to pull their child from the program until Hockey Alberta comes forward with their updated season plan.

The Western Standard reached out to the SLSFSC for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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