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2:51 pm – Three men face several charges after a series of crimes in and around Red Deer this month. Read More.

2:41 pm – Did you miss the City’s 2018 Budget Open House at Festival Hall on Wednesday night? You can still provide your thoughts through an online survey. Details Here.

12:52 pm – Red Deer City Council has thrown it’s support behind local Canada 150 projects. Read More.

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10:28 am – ASIRT is investigating a complaint against Red Deer RCMP where a 32 year old man allegedly suffered a broken leg while in police custody. Read More.

10:19 am – The Federal and Provincial Governments have announced $535 million in joint funding for 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects throughout Alberta. Some of it is in Central Alberta. Read More.

10:04 am – Do you have a child entering Kindergarten this fall? You will want to attend this event then at the Parkland Mall.

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9:56 am – Registrations are now open for The Comfortec Red Deer Duathlon! It’s a premium run-bike-run race event taking place at the Penhold Regional Multiplex and in the beautiful Red Deer County countryside, on the morning of Saturday, July 8, 2017. Click here to Register or Read More!

9:44 am – RCMP are looking for a Town of Didsbury truck that was stolen from the Town’s Public Works yard on Wednesday. Read More.

9:39 am – Road construction will be taking place in Lacombe next week. Read More.

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9:32 am – Maskwacis RCMP continue to investigate the homicide of an 18-year-old Maskwacis man which occurred shortly before 2:00 a.m. on the morning of Monday, March 27, 2017. On that date, Maskwacis RCMP Detachment members responded to a report of three men having been hurt at a disturbance which took place at a residence in the Samson Cree Nation town-site. Police quickly located the three injured men after arriving on scene, however, one of the men succumbed to his injuries. The deceased man was identified as 18-year-old Lynden Thom.

9:16 am – The sound of music continues at RDC today with another day of The Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts! Hundreds of students from both Red Deer school divisions are performing! Read More.

9:01 am – District Ratepayer Meetings are getting underway in Lacombe County. The first one happens tonight.

  • Division 7 Councillor Dana Kreil – April 20, 7-9 p.m. at the Lacombe County Remote Shop West (Rainy Creek Road, 1/2 a mile west of Range Road 2-5)

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8:47 am – Street sweeping continues in the Town of Innisfail today. The following streets are due for a sweep:

– 42 St. from Highway 2A to Highway 54
– 50 St. from Lakewood Dr. to 60 Ave.
– 60 Ave. from 50 St. to 42 St.

8:41 am – Lacombe’s 20 minute makeover goes today! Read More.

8:35 am – Lacombe Police are looking for suspects after two armed robberies in the community last weekend. Can you identify them?

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8:25 am – Ag Market Development has been identified as a strategic priority in Red Deer County. Offer your thoughts at a Public Info Gathering Session being held at the County office from 3-5 pm today. Details here.

8:20 am – Street sweeping resumes in the Town of Blackfalds today. Here are the streets scheduled to be swept:

Park St. East of 2A
Parkview Cl.
Pondside Cr.
Portway Cl.
Pembrooke Court
Pinnacle Cl.
Paramount Cr.
Palisades St.
Parkridge Cr.

8:13 am – A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for Springbrook. Read More.

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ZZ Top: Bearded bassist Dusty Hill dies in his sleep at 72

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HOUSTON (AP) — ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, one of the Texas blues trio’s bearded figures, died at his Houston home, the band announced Wednesday on Facebook. He was 72.

In their post, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard said Hill died in his sleep. They didn’t give a cause of death, but a July 21 post on the band’s website said Hill was “on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue.”

At that time, the band said its longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, would fill in on bass, slide guitar and harmonica.

Born Joe Michael Hill in Dallas, he, Gibbons and Beard formed ZZ Top in Houston in the late 1970s.

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Access requester told to wait five years for public health agency head’s email, texts

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OTTAWA — A requester seeking access to a week’s worth of emails and messages from the head of a federal agency embroiled in controversy has been told to wait five years or more for a response under Canada’s information law.

The applicant recently asked the Public Health Agency of Canada for emails, texts and messages that president Iain Stewart had sent or received from June 14 to 21.

The Access to Information request was prompted by curiosity about Stewart’s refusal to provide a House of Commons committee with unredacted documents about the firing of two scientists, which touched off a battle with Speaker Anthony Rota.

The Canadian Press granted the requester anonymity because they are concerned about the possible implications of publicity for their employment as an Ontario public servant.

Under federal access law, agencies are supposed to answer requests within 30 days or provide reasons why more time is needed.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently informed the applicant that an extension of up to 1,950 days — over five years and four months — would be required. It said the request involves a large number of records, the original time limit would unduly interfere with agency operations and another government institution must be consulted.

The Public Health Agency had no immediate further comment.

The requester and experts in freedom of information said the lengthy extension defeats the purpose of the access law.

“Transparency is only a lame catchphrase,” said the applicant, accusing the agency of obstructing access to the records.

“Justice delayed is justice denied.”

The requester has complained to the federal information commissioner — an ombudsman for users of the law — in the hope she will remedy the delay.

“She has the chance to take bold action and finally hold federal bureaucrats to account — especially on such a pressing issue of public interest.”

Fred Vallance-Jones, an asssociate professor of journalism at University of King’s College in Halifax, said the extension amounts to “something like eight months of additional time for each single day of messages, which seems absurd on its surface.”

“It’s important to note that Stewart is a very senior official, and there is every expectation that his communications would be preserved and accessible,” Vallance-Jones said.

“Access to information loses any meaning if information cannot be retrieved in a reasonable amount of time and I think that is doubly true for people at this level who should be able to anticipate such requests.”

When Sean Holman, who studies the history of freedom of information, first saw the extension notice, he thought: “This must be a joke.”

“This is nothing but delaying access to effectively deny access and another example of how the Trudeau government has broken the Liberals’ election promise to be open by default,” said Holman, a journalism professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

The latest extension comes shortly after New Democrat MP Charlie Angus learned it could take the Justice Department more than six years to process his request for documents related to a new regulator that will handle child pornography and exploitative material.

The federal government is currently reviewing the Access to Information Act and how it is administered.

In a submission to the review, the group World Press Freedom Canada said federal institutions have little incentive to abide by reasonable time-frames.

“There is no clear limit to the length of extensions they can unilaterally invoke, and blowing past deadlines has no material consequences. The playing field is tilted in their favour.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 28, 2021.

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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