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Albertans Pay Tribute To Jim Prentice


By Sheldon Spackman

Calgary’s Southern Jubilee Auditorium was the site on Friday to a State Memorial for former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. Prentice perished in a plane crash near Kelowna, B.C. on October 13th, along with three others, including the Father-In-Law to one of his daughters.

Family, friends and colleagues of Prentice all paid tribute to the former Premier, MP and business leader, including from Alberta’s Lieutenant-Governor, the Honourable Lois Mitchell. Mitchell described Prentice as a “great Albertan and a great Canadian”, adding “he had the ability to see the best in the people around him” and “a man who reached great heights in the fields of business and public service and left a very meaningful legacy in both worlds.”

Current Premier Rachel Notley described Jim Prentice as “a remarkable Albertan whose contributions will long benefit every citizen of this province”, adding “in the rough world of politics, it is a reminder to us all, to never lose sight of the humanity, the dedication and the contribution of every colleague.”

Prentice’s daughter Cassia shared her thoughts on her father on behalf of the family and said her father was “so much to so many and he was absolutely everything to our family”, adding “his life was lived as a pledge to his parents, one of integrity, kindness, hard work and community.” Cassia also spoke of her admiration for her father, saying “I was so proud to walk into a room with my father.” Cassia also took time to honour her Father-In-Law Dr. Ken Gellatly as well and said “the tragedy remains impossible to believe.”

The Honourable Chuck Strahl shared his thoughts on Prentice, saying Jim always seemed to live out the expression “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Stephen Harper paid tribute to Prentice, saying “Jim was a dedicated, knowledgeable and respected politician” and “his decency made a difference.” Harper also noted that “we gave the hardest assignments to the people that were best able to handle them and Jim was always one of those people.” Harper ended his tribute by saying “in his long public service career, Jim always gave Canada and Alberta his very best and that is how he deserves to be remembered.”

Prentice was 60 years old and is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karen and his three daughters and two grandchildren.

You can watch the full State Memorial by clicking this link:


12 rifles including semi-automatic seized in Clearview Ridge



From The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Large Cache of Guns Seized in Red Deer

More than a dozen firearms, some of which were stolen, have been recovered by ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime and gang team.

On September 11, 2019, ALERT executed a search warrant at a home in the Clearview Ridge subdivision. Red Deer RCMP provided assistance with the short-term investigation that began just weeks earlier.

Once inside the home, investigators seized:

  • 56 grams of cocaine, worth an estimated $5,600;
  • 12 rifles, including one semi-automatic rifle;
  • two handguns;
  • a sawed-off shotgun;
  • a prohibited magazine; and
  • more than 9,000 rounds of ammunition.

A preliminary check found that four of the weapons were reported stolen after a break-and-enter in Three Hills, Alta., in August. All the firearms seized will be submitted for forensic analysis and ballistic testing to determine if they were used in any criminal activities.

ALERT alleges that the home’s residents were involved in firearms and drug trafficking.

Two people were arrested when the search was carried out. Zane Middlemiss, a 26-year-old man, and Sage Sunderwald, a 21-year-old woman, have been charged with a total of 80 firearm- and drug-related offences.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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Red Deer cyclist killed on Highway 2… Edmonton driver charged



From Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP investigate fatal collision with cyclist on Highway 2

On Sept. 14, 2019, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Blackfalds RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a cyclist at Highway 2 between Highway 11 and 32nd Street overpass near Red Deer.

Preliminary investigation revealed a SUV was travelling southbound on Highway 2 near the overpass when it collided with a cyclist.

The 32-year-old male cyclist from Red Deer was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Edwin Aklamanu (36) of Edmonton has been charged with failure to provide a breath sample causing death and operation while impaired causing death and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on Oct. 16, 2019.

Blackfalds RCMP along with a RCMP Collision Analyst continue to investigate. The name of the deceased will not be released.

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september, 2019

tue06augAll Daysun29sepHot Mess - Erin Boake featured at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery(All Day)

sun22sep2:00 pm4:00 pmVinyasa with a View2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MT Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, 120 College Circle Event Organized By: Lululemon Red Deer