Alberta

Alberta, CanadaABAlberta Transportation
In total, Alberta's 2014 GDP amassed $364.5 billion in 2007 dollars, or $414.3 billion in 2015 dollars. In 2015, Alberta's GDP grew despite low oil prices; however, it was unstable with growth rates as high 4.4% and as low as 0.2%. Should the GDP remain at an average of 2.2% for the last two quarters of 2015, Alberta's GDP should exceed $430 billion by the end of 2015. However, RBC Economics research predicts Alberta's real GDP growth to only average 0.6% for the last two quarters of 2015. This estimate predicts a real GDP growth of only 1.4% for 2015. A positive is the predicted 10.8% growth in Nominal GDP, and possibly above 11% in 2016.

Grand Slam of Curling

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It was removed from the Grand Slam lineup starting in the 2015–16 curling season. ;Champions since 1986 The Colonial Square Ladies Classic is held annually in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has been held since 1981. It officially became a Grand Slam event in 2012. It was removed from the Grand Slam lineup starting in the 2015–16 curling season. The Elite 10 was introduced as a men's event in 2015, and added to the women's side in September 2018. The Elite 10 used a unique match play format, similar to skins curling. The event was dropped for the 2019–20 curling season.

Calgary

Calgary, AlbertaCalgary, ABCalgary, Alberta, Canada
According to a report by Alexi Olcheski of Avison Young published in August 2015, vacancy rates rose to 11.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2015 from 8.3 per cent in 2014. Oil and gas company office spaces in downtown Calgary are subleasing 40 per cent of their overall vacancies. H&R Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the 58-storey, 158,000-square-metre Bow Tower, claims the building was fully leased. Tenants such as Suncor "have been letting staff and contractors go in response to the downturn". Calgary was designated as one of the cultural capitals of Canada in 2012.

Edmonton

Edmonton, AlbertaEdmonton, CanadaEdmonton, AB
Edmonton was Nashville's first sister city and in 2015, the cities celebrated the 25th anniversary of their partnership. In 2014 and 2015, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean visited Edmonton during the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. At the Folk Festival, Mayor Dean addressed the crowd of 20,000 and together with civic and arts leaders, celebrated the 25th anniversary of our sister city twinning. In August 2015, more than 150 Canadians visited Nashville to attend native son Brett Kissel's Grand Ole Opry debut and to meet with Sister Cities representatives.

Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie, AlbertaGrande Prairie, ABGrand Prairie, Alberta
The President of the GPRC is Don Gnatiuk. * 2004 Royal Bank Cup. 2006 Ford World Women's Curling Championship. 2009 Players' Championship. 2010 Arctic Winter Games. 2011 Players' Championship. 2012 Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown (Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown). 2013 Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown. 2015 Canada Cup of Curling. 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Alex Zahara, actor. William Theodore deWit "Willie deWit", former professional and Olympic boxer. William Paul Young, novelist. Leslie Greentree, poet. Carolyn Dawn Johnson, country music singer-songwriter. Tenille Townes, country music singer. Viktor (Eric Thompson), professional wrestler.

Casey Scheidegger

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At the 2015 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts, she finally led her team to the playoffs, before she lost to Chelsea Carey. She was not as lucky at the 2016 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts where she was knocked out in the playoff qualifying game. Scheidegger won her first grand slam event at the 2017 Meridian Canadian Open, which was also the first major slam she played in. Later that month, at the 2017 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts, she made it all the way to the semifinal, where she lost to Chelsea Carey. Scheidegger and team played in the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, finishing the event with a 3-5 record.

Jennifer Jones (curler)

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On the World Curling Tour that season, the Jones team won 3 slams, the 2013 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Women's Classic, the 2013 Colonial Square Ladies Classic and the season ending 2014 Players' Championship. Jones began the 2014–15 curling season by winning the 2014 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic grand slam event. Later, Jones went undefeated in the 2015 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and represented Manitoba in the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which she won. She went on to represent Canada at the 2015 World Women's Curling Championship, where she won a silver medal after losing to Alina Pätz in the final.

Valerie Sweeting

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The team would win the 2015 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts, earning the team a berth at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. There, Sweeting led her rink to a 9-2 round robin record, good enough for second place, behind Team Manitoba, skipped by Jennifer Jones. They would go on to lose to Manitoba in the 1 vs. 2 game, but rebounded in the semifinal, beating Saskatchewan (skipped by Stefanie Lawton), before losing to Jones again in the final. The team found less success in their next season.

Jessie Haughian

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The next season the team played in the 2013 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but missed the playoffs. The team played in the 2013 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic, Haughian's second career slam, where they again missed the playoffs. They played in the 2014 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts, missing the playoffs for the third time. The team fared better in the 2014-15 season. They did not make the playoffs at the 2014 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic, but won one WCT event, the 2014 Medicine Hat Charity Classic. At the 2015 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts the team finally made the playoffs, where they lost in the 3 vs. 4 game to Team Chelsea Carey.

Dawn McEwen

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McEwen with the Jones team won at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, earning the right to represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. There, they became the first and only women's team ever to go undefeated through the tournament, winning the gold medal. The team's success continued, winning the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and winning a silver medal at the 2015 World Women's Curling Championship. In the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, Team Jones lost in the semifinal to Rachel Homan, whose team would go on to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Jill Officer

In 2008, Officer, along with Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham and Dawn McEwen won the 2008 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and went on to win the 2008 World Women's Curling Championship. After a disappointing run at the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, the Jones team won the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and a bronze medal at the 2010 World Women's Curling Championship. At the end of the season, the team replaced Cathy Overton-Clapham with Kaitlyn Lawes at third. The Jones team won the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, representing Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and becoming the first women's team ever to go undefeated en route to their Olympic gold medal.

Kristie Moore

Moore and her rink of Blaine de Jager, Michelle Dykstra and Amber Cheveldale won the 2013 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The team represented Alberta at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and finished with a 1-10 record, in last place. Moore grew up in DeBolt, Alberta. She currently works as a massage therapist for Northwest Wellness Centre. She is married to Shane Wray and has three children. *

Kalynn Park

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She and Charley Thomas won the 2015 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials and represented Canada at the 2015 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. (skips marked bold) Park is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Athabasca University. She works as a Paralegal for Law Fifty One. She is the daughter of curler Kevin Park and was married to Brock Virtue. * Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship: gold (2015), silver (2014). Canadian Junior Curling Championships: bronze (2009). Curling World Cup profile. Linkedin profile. Curling World Cup profile. Linkedin profile.

Crystal Webster

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At the 2015 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the team had a pretty good week but lost the "C Qualifier" to Chelsea Carey. After the conclusion of the 2014–15 curling season, Webster announced she would be joining Tracy Fleury of Sudbury, Ontario. The team would have a 5-player roster due to work commitments. The team found success early, advancing all the way to the semi-final of the 2015 Tour Challenge Grand Slam. They finished the round robin with a 2-2 record with wins over Eve Muirhead and Kim Eun-jung, qualifying for a tiebreaker. The team stole the 8th end of the tiebreaker against Chelsea Carey and went on to defeat Sherry Middaugh in the quarter-final.

Rachelle Brown

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She played with Joanne Delanoy from 2008 to 2009, Diane Foster and Casey Scheidegger from 2009 to 2010 and for Bobbie Sauder and Dana Ferguson from 2010 to 2011. Brown played in her first provincial championships in 2011 with Ferguson, finishing fourth. She returned in 2012 with Sweeting, finishing 4th again. In 2013, the team missed the playoffs but were the champions at the 2014 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts. They represented Alberta at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, losing in the final. The team became repeat Alberta champions when they won the 2015 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Winnipeg

Winnipeg, ManitobaWinnipeg, CanadaWinnipeg, MB
In 2013, The CIBC Metropolitan Economic Activity Index rated Winnipeg's economy as fourth in a national survey of 25 city economies, behind Toronto, Calgary, and Regina. According to the Conference Board of Canada, Winnipeg was projected to experience a real GDP growth of 2 percent in 2014. Unlike most of Canada, the city experienced a decrease in unemployment in 2013, ending the year at a rate of 5.8 percent. As of 2010, median household income in the city was $72,050., approximately 416,700 people are employed in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.

Michelle Englot

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Englot returned once again to the Hearts in 2008. Englot played through adversity, having lost her father immediately before the tournament began. As a mark of respect all the teams wore green ribbons. (Green is the provincial colour of Saskatchewan). She finished with a respectable 5–6 record in front of a home town crowd. Englot went 0–3 at the 2009 Olympic Pre-Trials, eliminating her from qualifying for the main event. Englot would once again represent Saskatchewan at the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, where her team finished round robin play with a 5–6 record.

Saskatoon

Saskatoon, SaskatchewanSaskatoon, SKSaskatoon, Canada
The following bridges cross the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon (in order from upstream): Construction of Saskatoon's ring road, Circle Drive, began in the mid-1960s (after first being proposed in 1913), and was completed on July 31, 2013 with the opening of the $300-million South Circle Drive project. The Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway have connections to Saskatoon. Both railways operate intermodal facilities and trans-load centres; while Canadian National Railway also operates an automotive transfer facility. Saskatoon is a stop on The Canadian passenger transcontinental rail route operated by Via Rail.

Shannon Kleibrink

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For the 2012/2013 season, Kleibrink will add Kalynn Park to her lineup at second position. Kleibrink's longtime third Amy Nixon decided to leave and form her own rink. Bronwen Webster will move up to play third and Chelsey Matson will remain at lead. Park joined the team at the end of the 2011/2012 season, playing in one tournament, the 2012 Victoria Curling Classic Invitational, at the third position. For the 2015/2016 season, Kleibrink has added Sarah Wilkes and Alison Kotylak to her team. After the 2017-18 Season Kleibrink announced her retirement Kleibrink works as the general manager for Nustadia Recreation Inc. She is married to Richard Kleibrink and has two children. *

Leslie Wilson-Westcott

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The team played in the 2015 Canada Cup of Curling, going 1-5. When McDonald retired from competitive curling in 2015, the team was taken over by Michelle Englot. In their first season together, the Englot rink won the 2017 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and went all the way to the final of the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, after finishing the round robin in first place, with a 10-1 record. The team would lose in the final against Team Ontario, skipped by Rachel Homan. Their successful season qualified the team for the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, but they would have less success there, finishing with a 2-6 record.

Renée Sonnenberg

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Sonnenberg was asked to be the alternate player for Team Alberta (skipped by Kristie Moore) at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, following losing to Moore in the final of the 2013 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts. In 2014, she was also asked to be the alternate player, this time for the Valerie Sweeting team. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Sonnenberg coached the Danish national team. Sonnenberg and her team qualified to play in her first Olympic Trials by qualifying out of the 2013 Olympic Pre-Trials tournament, giving her the right to play in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials.

Lethbridge

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Braman Furniture, which has locations in Manitoba and Ontario, was headquartered in Lethbridge from 1991–2008. Lethbridge serves as a hub for commercial activity in the region by providing services and amenities. Many transport services, including Red Arrow buses, four provincial highways, rail service and an airport, are concentrated in or near the city. In 2004, the police services of Lethbridge and Coaldale combined to form the Lethbridge Police Service. Lethbridge provides municipal water to Coaldale, Coalhurst, Diamond City, Iron Springs, Monarch, Shaughnessy and Turin.

Lori Olson-Johns

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Lori Olson-Johns (born Lori Olson, November 24, 1976) is a Canadian curler from Edmonton, Alberta.

Raunora Westcott

With Spencer, she won the 2011 DeKalb Superspiel, the 2011 Interlake Pharmacy Classic, the 2012 MCT Championships and the 2013 DeKalb Superspiel. They played in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials, where they won just one game. Westcott joined up with her junior skip (now named Kristy McDonald) in 2014, playing lead. The team played in the 2015 Canada Cup of Curling, going 1-5. When McDonald retired from competitive curling in 2015, the team was taken over by Michelle Englot.

Russia

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The Russian central bank announced plans in 2013 to free float the Russian ruble in 2015. According to a stress test conducted by the central bank Russian financial system would be able to handle a currency decline of 25%–30% without major central bank interference. However, the Russian economy began stagnating in late 2013 and in combination with the War in Donbass is in danger of entering stagflation, slow growth and high inflation.