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83 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Central Alberta

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With 92 active cases and 83 diagnosed in just the last week (July 10-16), the Central Alberta Region has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 numbers in mid July.  Since the pandemic began, 187 Central Albertans have been diagnosed.

In Central Alberta the County of Settler has seen the largest increase.  Here’s a list

Central Alberta Communities – Active Cases

  1. Settler County – 12
  2. Drumheller – 9
  3. Red Deer – 8
  4. Ponoka County – 7
  5. Kneehill County – 7
  6. Red Deer County – 5
  7. Lacombe County – 5
  8. Paintearth County – 5
  9. City of Camrose – 4
  10. Camrose County – 4
  11. Beaver County – 4
  12. Two Hills County – 4
  13. Mountain View County – 3
  14. Ponoka County – 3
  15. MD of Wainwright – 2
  16. Flagstaff County – 2
  17. Minburn County – 2
  18. Town of Olds – 1
  19. Vermillion River County – 1
  20. Special Areas 4 – 1
  21. Brazeau County – 1

The new positive cases are affecting younger people than previously.  The 20 to 30 and the 30 to 40 age groups are by far the most affected in mid July.

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Alberta Liberals appoint John Roggeveen as interim party leader

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CALGARY, United Kingdom — Alberta’s Liberals have appointed a Calgary lawyer to hold the party’s top job months after the resignation of its former leader. 

The party issued a statement saying its board of directors named John Roggeveen to the role, but offered few other details. 

The party, which currently holds no seats in the provincial legislature, has been without a leader since November when David Khan stepped down to pursue a job in his previous field of law.

Roggeveen, too, is a lawyer by trade, most recently practising privately in Calgary. 

Liberal Party President Helen Mcmenamin describes him as “the ideal candidate” for the role, citing “years of political experience and a deep commitment to building the Party and serving Albertans.”

Roggeveen says it’s an honour to take the party reins and is pledging to bolster its presence in the province’s political landscape. 

“Good policies are one of the strengths of our party, but good organization will be the foundation for successfully implementing them,” he said in the statement. “My focus will be on creating a stronger organization so that the Alberta Liberals will be a force in the next election.”

The Liberals were once the province’s official Opposition, but after a high of 32 seats in 1993, the party suffered from ups and downs until it fell to third-party status in the legislature in 2012.

It secured a seat for only one member in 2015 and was shut out of the legislature entirely during the most recent election in April 2019.

Saturday’s statement neither specified the expected length of Roggeveen’s stint as party leader nor spelled out the process for choosing a permanent successor.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021.

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Wayne Middaugh leads Howard rink to victory in its opening game of Tim Hortons Brier

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CALGARY — It was a triumphant return to the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier for Wayne Middaugh.

With Glenn Howard ailing, Middaugh led Howard’s Wildcard 3 team to a 9-5 win over Gregory Skauge of Northwest Territories in the opening game of the tournament for both rinks Saturday.

Middaugh originally joined Howard’s rink last month as a fifth but was forced into action after Howard suffered broken ribs in a snowmobile accident.

A broken leg derailed Middaugh’s competitive playing career in January 2016 when he was Howard’s vice at the time.

Middaugh was on crutches at the Brier that season to help the team from the coaching bench.

Middaugh last actively played in the Brier in 2013.

A Canadian Curling Hall of Famer, Middaugh has won Brier and world gold medals at three different positions.

He and Howard won a world title together in 2012 with a different lineup.

On Saturday, the Wildcard 3 team cemented its win with three in the ninth end.

In other action, New Brunswick’s James Grattan defeated Mike McEwen (Wildcard 1) 6-3, Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs got past Yukon’s Dustin Mikkelsen 11-3 in eight ends and Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson edged Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher 5-4.

Two more draws were scheduled for later Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021.

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