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TC Energy says it won't be participating in Stampede events this year, cites safety concerns

CALGARY – A major corporate sponsor won’t be participating in the Stampede this year, citing safety concerns for staff.

TC Energy says in a statement while it has a long-standing relationship with the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, this year will be a little different.

“While we will continue our financial support for certain Stampede events, we will not be participating in those events this year, from both a brand and a hosting perspective,” it said.

“This is a difficult decision for us but we believe it is the prudent one. Safety is our primary value and nothing is more important than the health, wellness and safety of our people and the communities where we live and work.”

The company says it, like many other Albertans, is eager to return to normal but it must remain vigilant in its own safety protocols.

“Participating in Stampede events could create unnecessary health and safety risks for our people and business partners.”

-with files from Taylor Braat