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2:50 pm – RDC is inviting you to become part of the College’s history and legacy by contributing to the new “Paving Our Future Campaign”. Proceeds raised go towards construction of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Read More.

11:49 am – Red Deerians are being encouraged to stay off the City’s Ball Diamonds and Sports fields. Find out why.

10:27 am – Three men and a woman have been arrested after a stolen truck that fled police crashed into the front steps of a home in Red Deer’s Clearview Ridge early this morning. Read More.

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10:16 am – Two people have died and another person seriously injured after a two-vehicle crash in the Didsbury area Thursday afternoon. RCMP say it happened around 4:00 pm on Highway 2A near the intersection of Township 292. A pick up truck and car collided resulting in both the car’s occupants being fatally injured. The driver of the truck, a man believed to be in his 40’s, was taken to hospital in Calgary by STARS air ambulance.

10:00 am – The Innisfail Trade Show goes tonight and tomorrow! Stop by the Arena from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Organizers describe it as an amazing event this year; combined with Taste of Innisfail!

9:44 am – The following streets are scheduled to be swept in the Town of Innisfail today:

51 Ave. from 42 St. to 40 St.
50 Ave. from 42 St. to 40 St.
43 St. from 50 Ave. to 49 Ave.
44 St. from 50 Ave. to 48 Ave.

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9:36 am – District Ratepayer meetings continue throughout Lacombe County this weekend.

  • Division 4 Councillor Paula Law – April 21 & 22 @ Lacombe Trade Show
  • Division 5 Councillor Ken Wigmore – April 21 & 22 @ Lacombe Trade Show

9:30 am – Lacombe residents have a chance to have coffee with Council tomorrow. Give the City your thoughts on how to move forward. Read More.

9:22 am – Art lovers will want to check out the Encore Arts Sale & Celebration of Creative Expression at the Lacombe Memorial Centre over the next two days. Read More.

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9:12 am – Blackfalds annual Community Cleanup gets underway tomorrow! Read More.

9:08 am – More street sweeping will take place in Blackfalds over the next couple of days:

FRIDAY APRIL 21
Cedar Square
Cedar Cr.
Crimson Court
Coachman Way
Cambridge Cl.

SATURDAY APRIL 22
Indiana St
Moore St
Lansdowne South
Lorne Ave
Minto St
Schular Ave
Shull St
South St

9:00 am – Check out Lacrosse action in Blackfalds this weekend! The first annual {RILEY} CAMPBELL CUP. Honoring Riley Campbell, this is the season opener for Junior ‘A’ Western Canada lacrosse teams. It debuts this seasons teams, players, and talent as they play off for the cup. Details here.

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8:50 am – Phase I of the Infrastructure Project in Penhold will begin the week of April 24th. The scope of work for phase one is the water feeder main tie in for the new reservoir in Oxford landing. Minor traffic disruptions may occur on Oxford Blvd during this project. Information will be posted as it becomes available. The expected completion date for this phase is May 26/17.

8:31 am – Water service has been restored to the Hamlet of Springbrook. However, there may be brief interruptions or low pressures as EPCOR flushes the system. This means the Alberta Health Services Boil Water Advisory is still in effect until further notice for Springbrook. Read More.

8:24 am – A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for Red Deer’s Central Park Subdivision. Details here.

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CFL leaves door open for Argos' quarterback Bethel-Thompson playing in East final

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TORONTO — The CFL has left the door open to McLeod Bethel-Thompson playing in the East Division final Sunday.

The Toronto Argonauts starting quarterback was held out of practice and sent home Friday after attending the Toronto Raptors 97-93 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

That violated the CFL’s COVID-19 protocol, which would’ve normally meant Bethel-Thompson having to quarantine for four days and provide two negative tests before being able to resume team activities.

But Toronto hosts the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the conference final Sunday afternoon at BMO Field.

The CFL announced Friday afternoon Bethel-Thompson will be allowed to play Sunday if he produces negative COVID testing following a 48-hour quarantine at his residence.

Argos Dexter McCoil, Charleston Hughes, Llevi Noel and Jeff Richards also attended the basketball game and will be subject to the same requirements as Bethel-Thompson.

Toronto (9-5) finished atop the East Division standings to secure home-field advantage for the conference final.

Bethel-Thompson was 7-2 as Toronto’s starter this season.

Both the Argos and Raptors are owned by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment.

If Bethel-Thompson can’t play, Antonio Pipkin will start for Toronto on Sunday.

The six-foot-three, 225-pound Pipkin started Toronto’s season-ending 13-7 home loss to Edmonton on Nov. 16, completing 10-of-22 passes for 111 yards and an interception while rushing for 78 yards and a TD on nine carries.

Video of Bethel-Thompson holding his infant daughter at the NBA game was carried on the Argos’ Twitter account Thursday night but was no longer available Friday.

But it was present long enough for Hamilton receiver Brandon Banks to notice.

“Wow when I tried to go to raptors game the @cfl told me I couldn’t go!” Banks tweeted. “I ain’t snitching but shit fishy ! #Protocol #tier1.”

Bethel-Thompson also appeared on TSN’s broadcast of the Raptors-Bucks game.

TSN is the CFL’s broadcast partner.

“So lemme get this straight,” TSN’s Kayla Grey, who interviewed Bethel-Thompson during the broadcast, tweeted Friday. ” … a starting quarterback goes on a national broadcast to promote an East Final that he is now forced to miss because the league is forcing him to quarantine for going to a game to promote said East Final?

“Baby what a mess.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2021.

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Canada buying up to 1.5 million courses of oral antiviral drugs to fight COVID-19

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OTTAWA — Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi says Canada has signed agreements to buy up 1.5 million courses of oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19.

The government has signed up for an initial one million courses of antiviral treatment, once Health Canada endorses their safety and efficacy.

Pfizer submitted a request for Health Canada approval earlier this week.

Canada has also purchased 500,000 courses of Merck’s oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19, with the option to purchase another 500,000 once Health Canada approves the drug.

The drugs are designed to block the enzyme essential for viral replication.

Merck’s clinical trial showed a 50 per cent reduced risk of hospitalization or death compared to placebo patients with mild or moderate COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2021.

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