Ebene Magazine – Quarantine – Rebekah McDonald on her family’s experience in Calgary


Rebekah McDonald knew that strict new travel restrictions would come in a few days. She was relieved that her 20-year-old son would be home a few days early on January 30th. Rebekah had helped set up the appropriate PCR test, and the family followed all the rules. She hadn’t seen her son for a while and was eager to meet him at the airport and bring him home. What she didn’t know was that the COVID traveler isolation centers were already operational and her son would be one of the first guests within hours.

Everything went well until the plane landed and all the other passengers passed by. Their son was not among them. It was then that Rebekah noticed that she received a notification from Facebook Messenger. Since her son left his phone plan in Arizona, this was his only way to contact her. He was arrested and they wouldn’t tell him why. The test was negative. The airline allowed him to fly. But the health officials at Calgary International Airport were not satisfied.

That was the beginning of a brief nightmare for the McDonald family. Looking back, there was a misunderstanding that could easily have been explained at the airport. It was not like that. Instead, a distraught mother worried about her son’s safety. The family spent two days trying to find answers. They found that the quarantine system the Public Health Agency put in place to protect Canadians from COVID-19 in the months that followed had somehow failed to communicate with the family and loved ones of those affected.

In the days after her son was released from the quarantine center, Rebekah heard that the federal government may be seeking changes. However, the RFI (Request for Information) issued by the federal government back in September states that the centers are expected to be in operation for 1 to 2 years. So far, the family has not heard whether they will be asked to pay for their son’s stay.

After 15 years as a television reporter for Global and CBC and as news director for RDTV at Red Deer, Duane set out as a visual storyteller in 2008. During this time he was fascinated by a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. That fascination led to Todayville, which launched in 2016.

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Football Team claims to have a shortlist of seven candidates for its new name.

Elk, Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements are listed as options in an online poll published Monday.

The CFL team dropped the name Eskimos last year. A similar decision by the NFL’s NFL team followed as pressure increased on teams to eliminate racist or stereotypical names.

The Edmonton poll, the second and final phase of the selection process, asks fans to rate the seven candidates from first to worst. The group that chooses the name will consider the results after completing the survey on Sunday.

The team said they received 14,833 submissions with 2,047 unique name entries in the first phase of the selection process.

The team has been known as the Edmonton Football Team or EE Football Team since the old name was dropped. The team’s logo still contains two Es.

AIRDRIE, Alta. – Ryan Straschnitzki says there is nothing better than the feeling of being back on the ice.

The former Humboldt Bronco junior hockey player, who was paralyzed from the chest down when a trailer blew through a stop sign into his team’s bus three years ago in rural Saskatchewan, has spent time on a pond behind the His family home to play sled hockey at Airdrie, Alta.

The wavy outdoor ice is no longer what he’s used to, but he says it’s a welcome change after COVID-19 closed hockey rinks and restricted the 21-year-old to training at home.

« It’s great. I mean every time you get on the ice, especially during COVID, is just a kind of blessing, » Straschnitzki told the Canadian press during a recent pond training session.

Since then Bus accident that killed 16 people and injured a dozen more, Straschnitzki focused on forming the national sled hockey team and winning a gold medal for Canada at the Paralympic Games

« It was canceled last year. It was canceled this year. So it’s just another year of training and I have to work harder than ever to be better prepared and hopefully win another championship.  »

It was difficult to get Straschnitzki to the pond. After putting him on his hockey sled, his family put him on a toboggan run and pushed him down a snow-covered hill and onto the ice.

His younger brother Jett, who plays junior hockey in Fernie, British Columbia, drove home four hours to ice skate with him for the first time in several years.

« I thought I could just as well go for the ride and see him on the ice, « he said.

Straschnitzki’s mother said it was heartwarming to see her whole family on the ice. Her oldest son remains positive, but the past year has been tough for him, she said.

« He doesn’t talk to us about it too much, but I’m sure it was a fight. It took him a long time to get to the pond with his family and neighbors, » said Michelle Straschnitzki.

« It’s not the same for him and he misses his teammates. He’s always training. He’s absolutely a Hercules when it comes to that. He just keeps going. »

« I’ll probably leave him and his brother out there. That’s how they always did it. »

« It never goes away. And I’ll just keep training and then see where it takes me. »

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