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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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Trudeau’s Online News Act has crushed hundreds of local Canadian news outlets: study

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From LifeSiteNews

By Clare Marie Merkowsky

Trudeau’s Online News Act, framed as a way to support local media, has hurt small media outlets while giving massive payouts to legacy media, a study has found.

According to a new study, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Online News Act has successfully crushed local media outlets while mainstream media has remained relatively unaffected.  

According to an April study from the Media Ecosystem Observatory, Trudeau’s Online News Act, also known as Bill C-18, has caused a 84 percent drop in engagement for local Canadian outlets, as Big Tech company Meta – the parent company of Facebook and Instagram – has refused to publish links to Canadian news outlets on their platforms.  

“We lost 70 per cent of our audience when that happened,” Iain Burns, the managing editor of Now Media Group, which manages news posts for outlets serving smaller communities, revealed. He further explained that he experienced a 50 percent loss in revenue following the move. 

“We’re not the only ones. Many, many outlets are in this situation,” Burns added.

The Online News Act, passed by the Senate in June 2023, mandates that Big Tech companies pay to publish Canadian content on their platforms. While the legislation promised to support local media, it has seemingly accomplished the opposite.  

While Meta has blocked all news on its platforms, devastating small publishers, Google agreed to pay Canadian legacy media outlets $100 million to publish their content online. 

The study, a collaboration between the University of Toronto and McGill University, examined the 987 Facebook pages of Canadian news outlets, 183 personal pages of politicians, commentators and advocacy groups, and 589 political and local community groups.  

“The ban undoubtedly had a major impact on Canadian news,” the study found.  

“Local news outlets have been particularly affected by the ban: while large, national news outlets were less reliant on Facebook for visibility and able to recoup some of their Facebook engagement regardless, hundreds of local news outlets have left the platform entirely, effectively gutting the visibility of local news content,” it explained.   

However, LifeSiteNews has been relatively unaffected by the ban as viewership on its official Facebook page has remained relatively the same, similar to its Instagram account since most views already came from the United States.  

Similarly unaffected was Meta: “We find little evidence that Facebook usage has been impacted by the ban.”  

“After the ban took effect, the collapse of Canadian news content production and engagement on Facebook did not appear to substantially affect users themselves,” the study said.  

While local media outlets’ viewership has declined thanks to Trudeau’s new legislation, larger media outlets have thrived due to increased payouts from the Trudeau government.  

Legacy media journalists are projected to have roughly half of their salaries paid by the Liberal government after the $100 million Google agreement and the subsidies outlined in the Fall Economic Statement.  

Mainstream Canadian media had already received massive federal payouts, but they have nearly doubled after Trudeau announced increased subsidies for legacy media outlets ahead of the 2025 election. The subsidies are expected to cost taxpayers $129 million over the next five years.   

However, just as government payouts increase, Canadians’ trust in mainstream media has decreased. Recent polling found that only one-third of Canadians consider mainstream media trustworthy and balanced.   

Similarly, a recent study by Canada’s Public Health Agency revealed that less than a third of Canadians displayed “high trust” in the federal government, with “large media organizations” as well as celebrities getting even lower scores.  

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No accounts on $7.9 million dollar ‘Truth’ Fund

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From the Frontier Centre for Public Policy

By Blacklock’s Reporter

The First Nation prompted an international outcry in 2021 when it announced the discovery of 215 children’s graves hidden at the Kamloops Residential School. It said remains were found using ground penetrating radar.

Cabinet at the time lowered the Peace Tower flag at half mast for 161 days, approved $3.1 million for a national Residential Schools Student Death Register and another $238.8 million for a Residential Schools Missing Children Community Support Fund.

The Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations has confirmed it spent millions to uncover the “heartbreaking truth” of unmarked Indian Residential School graves in Kamloops, B.C. No remains have been recovered to date and no accounting of what became of the $7.9 million has been disclosed.

“The community had received $7.9 million for field work, records searches and to secure the Residential School grounds,” said Carolane Gratton, spokesperson for the department. “Details of initiatives taken by Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation are best directed to the community.”

The department has not released financial accounts under the Access To Information Act. The First Nation said in a statement it “continues to grieve children that are in our care and are focused on the scientific work that needs to be done” but would not discuss the $7.9 million.

The 2021 funding was to document the “heartbreaking truth,” according to a 2022 department briefing note. “Our thoughts are with survivors, their families and communities as the heartbreaking truth about Residential Schools’ unmarked burials continues to be unveiled,” said the note.

“Funding is available to support communities, survivors and their families on their healing journey through researching, locating and memorializing those children who died while attending Indian Residential Schools,” said the note Indian Residential School Sites: Unmarked Burials.

“If pressed on Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Kamloops Indian Residential School site, the Government of Canada has provided $7.9 million over two years to the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation to support the community in conducting this important work,” said the note.

The First Nation prompted an international outcry in 2021 when it announced the discovery of 215 children’s graves hidden at the Kamloops Residential School. It said remains were found using ground penetrating radar.

Cabinet at the time lowered the Peace Tower flag at half mast for 161 days, approved $3.1 million for a national Residential Schools Student Death Register and another $238.8 million for a Residential Schools Missing Children Community Support Fund. The Fund expires in 2025.

“I think Canadians have seen with horror those unmarked graves across the country and realize that what happened decades ago isn’t part of our history, it is an irrefutable part of our present,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

No remains have been recovered at the Kamloops site to date. A Senate committee in a 2023 report described questions regarding documentation of the 215 graves as “Residential School denialism.”

“Denialism serves to distract people from the horrific consequences of Residential Schools and the realities of missing children, burials and unmarked graves,” said the Senate Indigenous peoples committee report Honouring The Children Who Never Came Home. It recommended “the Government of Canada take every action necessary to combat the rise of Residential School denialism.”

Published with kind permission from Blacklock’s Reporter. First published here.

Blacklock’s Reporter (founded October 2012) is an Ottawa-based Internet publication covering Canadian government administration.

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