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Around Red Deer April 25th…..


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1:44 pm – RCMP are hoping you can help them identify a man accused of robbing the Canadian Tire Gas Bar in Red Deer April 23rd. Read More.

12:42 pm – The Government says Albertans will save money with instant rebates at stores for energy-efficient home products, with a new retail campaign that’s running from April 28th to June 11th. Read More.

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12:13 pm – Red Deer County Council has given First Reading to it’s 2017 Tax Rate Bylaw which proposes a 0% Tax Rate increase this year. County residents now have until May 8th to make comment on the bylaw. Read More.

11:59 am – Red Deer’s Sheraton Hotel will be the site of a “Motion Rehab Expo” from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 26th. Motion Rehab Expo is an educational and networking event for occupational and physical therapists in the Red Deer area. This event offers therapists, who assist Albertans with physical disabilities and those requiring physical rehabilitation, the ability to trial and learn more about the latest rehab mobility and seating products available to ensure that their clients’ clinical needs are supported by the best technology.

11:46 am – RCMP are looking for a missing Rocky Mountain House woman. Read More.

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11:39 am – Certain Red Deer intersections will soon be issuing warning tickets to local drivers if they speed through those intersections. Read More.

11:31 am – RCMP are looking for a man accused of cashing a fraudulent cheque in Stettler April 12th. Can you identify him?

11:21 am – Grade 8 Boys singles and doubles will be playing in the Badminton city finals at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School in Red Deer from 4 – 8 pm today!

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11:13 am – Have a child entering Kindergarten this fall? Families are invited to participate in a rainforest adventure at the Parkland Mall and meet community partners that will help your child’s school readiness skills for Kindergarten. All children registered for Kindergarten in 2017 at either Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools or Red Deer Public Schools are invited to attend and receive a free learning bag. Parents of students attending St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Blackfalds are also invited to attend this event as well. Plan at least two hours for all activities. It runs from 1-7 pm today.

10:55 am – The Town of Sylvan Lake is asking residents to keep off the Town’s sports fields and baseball diamonds for now until the weather improves. Read More.

10:45 am – Lacombe County is hosting another District Ratepayer Meeting this evening. This is the fourth one in a series of five. Tonight is with Division 6 Councillor Keith Stephenson from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Rainy Creek Hall.

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Nova Scotia mass shooting inquiry identifies many RCMP failings, recommends overhaul

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TRURO, N.S. — The public inquiry into the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia issued its final report today, saying the many failings in the RCMP’s response should lead to an overhaul of the national police force.

The seven-volume report from the Mass Casualty Commission says an external review of the RCMP is needed, and the federal public safety minister should then identify responsibilities that could be better handled by other policing agencies.

The three-member commission found the Mounties failed to notice years of warning signs about the killer, who fatally shot 22 people — including an RCMP officer — on April 18-19, 2020.

The inquiry heard the 51-year-old denture-maker disguised himself as a police officer and drove a replica police cruiser during a 13-hour rampage that ended when he was shot dead by two RCMP officers at a gas station north of Halifax.

The report also draws links between the shootings and the killer’s mistreatment of women, particularly his spouse — whom he isolated from her family and assaulted for many years.

The commission says the first step in preventing mass violence is recognizing the danger of escalation inherent in all forms of violence, including gender-based, intimate-partner and family violence.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2023.

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Ex-priest, 93, acquitted of assaulting girl at residential school decades ago

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WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg judge has acquitted a now-retired 93-year-old priest of assault after a residential school survivor accused him of forcing himself on her more than 50 years ago. 

Victoria McIntosh testified she was assaulted by Arthur Masse in a bathroom of the Fort Alexander Residential School north of Winnipeg sometime between 1968 and 1970.

McIntosh and Masse were the only witnesses who testified in the two-day judge-alone trial earlier this month. 

Manitoba Court of King’s Bench Justice Candace Grammond said in her decision today that she believed McIntosh was assaulted, but couldn’t determine beyond a reasonable doubt that it was Masse who did it. 

McIntosh, who had about a dozen supporters with her in court, clutched a sweater a family member made for her and stared at the floor as Grammond read her analysis. 

Masse stared straight ahead while the decision was being read. 

The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program has a hotline to help residential school survivors and their relatives suffering trauma invoked by the recall of past abuse. The number is 1-866-925-4419.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 30, 2023. 

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