Around Red Deer April 11th…..
2:07 pm – The 13th Annual RDC Fine Wine & Food Tasting is coming up this month! Read More.
12:14 pm – RDC is now accepting applications for a new Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate. Read More.
10:33 am – The Town of Sylvan Lake has released it’s annual Spring and Summer Community Guide. Read More.
10:26 am – The pools at the Dawe will soon be temporarily closed for annual maintenance. Read More.
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10:23 am – Street Sweeping Scheduled in Innisfail for Tuesday, April 11:
53 Ave from 42 St to 37 St
41 St Crest
39 St Crest includes 38 St Close
41 St from 52 Ave to 53 Ave
40 St from 2A to 53 Ave to 40 St Close
38 St Crest
37 St from 52 Ave to 54 Ave
36A St to 54 Ave
36 St to Margot Close
10:18 am – Street sweeping continues on these streets in Blackfalds today:
Westbrooke West of Westridge
10:14 am – From Mike Yargeau, Penhold town council: Council passed the 2017 taxation bylaw Monday night. Residents should see a 2-4% decrease in their final tax bill!
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10:08 am – Red Deer County is now funding an RCMP enhanced policing position. Read More.
9:52 am – Red Deer County is preparing for a Community Well-Being Survey Open House later this month. Read More.
9:32 am – Unattended cooking led to a house fire at a home on McCullough Crescent in the Morrisroe neighbourhood in Red Deer on April 9th. There were no injuries & the Red Cross is assisting the residents. Damage is estimated at $80,000.
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9:23 am – The Red Deer Catholic Regional School District has made some changes to it’s screening process for allowing outside presenters in their classrooms. The changes have been spurred by a controversial presentation that was made by Red Deer & Area Pro-Life in a Grade 10 classroom at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School last month. “With more careful screening practices, our administrators will ensure the contents will be the most suitable for our students. We apologize for any issues this particular presentation may have caused for our students,” said Chairperson, Guy Pelletier of Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools’ Board of Trustees.
9:04 am – Traffic stops in Rocky Mountain House over the past week have resulted in RCMP arresting several people and seizing numerous guns. Read More.
8:56 am – The Alberta government has proposed more changes to Bill 8, An Act to strengthen Municipal Government. Read More.
Alberta United Conservatives win majority government, NDP makes inroads in Calgary
The Canadian Press has projected a United Conservative Party majority government in Alberta.
Leader Danielle Smith and her party rode a wave of rural support to victory, but the NDP made inroads in the traditional conservative stronghold of Calgary.
UCP Leader Danielle Smith won her seat in Brooks-Medicine Hat and other key cabinet members were also returned, including Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, Agriculture Minister Nate Horner, Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson and Affordability and Utilities Minister Matt Jones.
NDP Leader Rachel Notley won her seat in Edmonton-Strathcona for a fifth time and her party was on track to sweep the capital.
No election winner had been called more than two hours after polls closed at 8 p.m. Elections Alberta said in a statement it was moving as fast as possible.
“We are not seeing any issues at this time, but understand that people are keen to see the results,” said Elections Alberta in a statement.
“Processing the votes takes some time. The hand count of today’s ballot is occurring.”
To win, the NDP needed to flip 20 seats in the 87-seat legislature and early results showed promise in multiple Calgary constituencies outside of traditional UCP core support in the south end of the city.
UCP cabinet heavyweights in the city were facing stiff challenges from the NDP, including Justice Minister Tyler Shandro in Calgary-Acadia and Health Minister Jason Copping in Calgary-Varsity.
Calgary cabinet minister Nicholas Milliken, responsible for mental health and addiction, was defeated in Calgary-Currie by the NDP’s Janet Eremenko.
Smith’s two deputy premiers were also in tough against Notley’s crew: Kaycee Madu in Edmonton-South West and Nathan Neudorf in Lethbridge-East.
The UCP was seeking a second mandate while the NDP was fighting to regain the majority government it lost to the UCP in 2019.
Voter turnout was expected to be strong, given advance polls set a record of 758,540 votes cast, eclipsing the previous record of more than 700,000 in 2019.
The campaign took place alongside a record-breaking spring for wildfires in Alberta. Ten communities were under evacuation orders Monday.
Elections Alberta set up alternate voting locations for those displaced. Evacuation was added as an eligible reason to vote by special ballot and mobile voting stations were placed in evacuation centres.
To win, the NDP would have to continue its dominance in Edmonton, flip the majority in Calgary and hope for some help in smaller cities, while defeating scores of UCP incumbents including cabinet ministers.
The UCP won 63 seats under then-leader Jason Kenney in 2019 to 24 for Notley’s NDP in the 87-seat legislature.
Polls suggested the UCP should continue its near total domination in rural areas and smaller centres, giving it a cushion of up to 40 or so seats to reach the 44 needed to form a majority government.
The month-long campaign was dominated by the economy and health care.
Albertans are struggling with high costs for consumer goods, a shortage of family doctors and long waits in emergency rooms.
Smith promised to keep Alberta the lowest tax regime in Canada.
Her government, she said, would introduce a law to mandate a referendum before any personal or corporate income tax hikes. There would also be tax changes to benefit those making more than $60,000 a year, at a cost of $1 billion annually to the treasury.
The NDP promised to maintain Alberta’s status as Canada’s lowest tax regime. It pledged to end the tax on small businesses and raise the corporate income tax to 11 per cent from eight per cent, which it said would help pay for investments in health and education while keeping the books balanced and maintaining the lowest corporate rate in Canada.
The NDP also promised legislation to counteract UCP policies that hiked the cost of utilities, auto insurance, a range of fees and tuition.
Both leaders promised to preserve the publicly funded health system while creating more primary care teams — physicians accompanied by related specialists such as nurses and therapists — so more Albertans are able to access a family doctor and not clog emergency wards for care.
Polls showed trust was a key issue, with Notley viewed more favourably than her party and vice versa for Smith.
Smith was dogged during the campaign by past comments she made comparing those who took the COVID-19 vaccine to credulous followers of Adolf Hitler. A report also came out mid-campaign from the province’s ethics commissioner that concluded Smith undermined the rule of law by pressuring her justice minister to end the criminal court case of a COVID-19 protester.
The future isn’t clear for Jennifer Johnson, the winning UCP candidate in Lacombe-Ponoka.
During the campaign, Johnson apologized for comments last year comparing transgender students to feces. Smith has said Johnson would not sit in the UCP caucus because of the remarks but later said, when asked about Johnson, that she believes in redemption and second chances.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2023.
Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
CP News Alert: NDP Leader Notley wins seat in Edmonton-Strathcona
EDMONTON — Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley has been re-elected as the legislature member for Edmonton-Strathcona.
The Canadian Press
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