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Alberta Parks’ online campsite reservations open Feb. 4.

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  • From the Province of Alberta

    The 2019 camp down is on

    Alberta Parks’ online campsite reservations open Feb. 4. 

    Campers can start booking their Alberta Parks provincial summer camping experience online Feb. 4.

    Starting at 9 a.m., campers can log on to reserve.albertaparks.ca to book their group camping areas. Comfort camping reservations open Feb. 11 at 9 a.m., while individual campsite reservations for the May long weekend start Feb. 19.

    New this year is Kananaskis backcountry camping reservations which open Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. Combined with additional individual, group and comfort camping options, Alberta Parks is offering more than 650 new online booking options.

    “Albertans continue to flock to our online reservation system with their sights set on connecting with the great outdoors and evenings relaxing around the campfire. This year, we’re pleased to expand our reservation offering to include Alberta’s magnificent backcountry.”

    Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

    Staggered reservation times by region for individual campsites on Feb. 19 are:

    • South region at 9 a.m.
    • Kananaskis Country at 11 a.m.
    • Central region at 1 p.m.
    • Northwest/east regions at 3 p.m.

    Reservations made for individual campsites are 90 days out from the booking date.

    In 2018, the reservation system processed 164,101 individual campsites, 3,251 group camping areas and 3,638 comfort camping units. The 2018 total exceeded the previous year’s online reservation tally of 163,780 and set a new record for annual bookings.

    In the fiscal 2018-19 year, government is investing $38 million in provincial park upgrades, expansions and modernizations as part of its $239-million, five-year commitment under Budget 2016. Improvements to the provincial parks system include access for persons with disabilities, new and improved boat launches, facility upgrades and maintenance to popular amenities like picnic tables, fire pits and washrooms.

    Quick facts

    • The RAP system added seven campgrounds combining 457 individual sites, five comfort camping units, eight new group camping areas and 17 backcountry campgrounds with 206 (permit) sites this year.
    • Backcountry reservations are campground-specific only, not site-specific, meaning people who book into the campgrounds can select a vacant site upon arrival.
    • Comfort camping units are shelters that come in a variety of styles, such as a yurt or canvas-wall tent, and include amenities like beds, table and chairs, cookware, utensils and power.
    • Alberta’s RAP system has nearly 600,000 account users.
    • There are about 250 provincial campgrounds with more than 14,000 campsites in the Alberta provincial parks system.
    • The RAP system allows online booking for 88 provincial campgrounds (the remaining provincial campgrounds are first come, first served), 162 group camping areas and 64 comfort camping units.
    • The online system is mobile-friendly, so people can book campsites on their mobile devices.
    • To make an online reservation, set up an account or update your existing account in advance of the reservation days, visit Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca.
    • Camping in Alberta remains an affordable family fun option; there are no new camping-related fee increases in 2019. Alberta Parks last introduced minor fee increases in 2016.


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    Advanced polls are open and voting is underway!

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  • From the Government of Alberta

    Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer, Glen Resler, confirms that advance polls are now open.  Advance poll locations are available throughout the province from Tuesday, April 9 to Saturday, April 13.

    Advance poll locations are available to all eligible electors and for the first time are providing a ‘Vote Anywhere’ service, whereby electors can receive the ballot for their electoral divisions, at any location.

    Information about the locations and their hours of operations can be found on Where to Vote cards mailed to electors, in local newspapers and on www.elections.ab.ca.

    Eligible electors are Canadian citizens who reside in Alberta and are at least 18 years of age or older on Election Day.

    To be added to the list of electors, an elector may register at an advance poll or on Election Day by providing authorized identification containing their name and residential address.  A list of authorized identification is on our website: https://www.elections.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/Authorized-Identification-Poster.pdf

    The ‘Vote Anywhere’ service is only available at the advance polls.  Electors voting on Election Day, must vote at their assigned voting location.  Election Day is Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

    For more information about the provincial general election visit www.elections.ab.ca, call toll free at 1-877-422-VOTE (8683) open weekdays from 8:15 am to 8:00 pm and weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on voting days from 8:15 am to 8:00 pm, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Elections Alberta is an independent non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.


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    RCMP officer shoots man near Eckville. ASIRT investigating

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  • From Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)

    Investigation continues into RCMP officer-involved shooting

    On April 6, 2019, at approximately 8:15 a.m., RCMP were advised of an Eckville, Alberta location where stolen oilfield property might be found.

    An RCMP officer responded to the reported location at the rear of a strip of businesses on the north side of Eckville.

    The officer found four vehicles at the location. As the officer was checking the vehicles, he located a man who appeared to be sleeping in a Ford F250 truck and made cursory observations of the interior of the vehicle. The officer returned to his police vehicle and checked the licence plate number, which came back registered to a different vehicle. The officer requested assistance to his location, placed a spike belt and returned to his police vehicle to await assistance.

    While the officer was waiting for assistance, a confrontation occurred that resulted in the officer discharging his service pistol.

    The man sustained a single gunshot wound that resulted in serious, but not life-threatening injuries. He was treated on scene by EMS, transported to hospital and admitted. He remains in hospital.

    The Ford F250 was determined to have been stolen approximately 5 days earlier from Saskatoon and the licence plate was also determined to have been stolen.

    With the investigation underway, ASIRT will not make any further comment until the matter is concluded.


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