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Around Red Deer April 27th…..

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11:21 am – Good news to report regarding a missing woman from Rocky Mountain House. RCMP have located Beancia Smallboy, safe and well, and are no longer seeking any assistance in finding her.

10:04 am – Trustees with the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division received an update this week on their District’s Capital Projects. Administration is working on organizing a meeting with Alberta Education to determine the full scope of work for the St. Pat’s Modernization Project, it’s timelines and delivery method. Modernization work is complete at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School in Innisfail and the school is expected to move into these new spaces at the end of June. At the moment, the fire alarm safety devices are being tested and verified. At St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Blackfalds, the second floor is nearing completion and work is progressing on the main floor.  The exterior landscape work will begin shortly, as well as the hardwood floor installation in the gymnasium. The school is scheduled to be completed at the end of May. At École Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sylvan Lake – Modular Relocation, tenders have closed on this project and RDCRS is waiting for the successful bidder from Alberta Infrastructure. At St. Elizabeth Seton School in Red Deer – Modular Relocation, this project is currently out for tender. Finally, at Father Henri Voisin School in Red Deer – Modular Addition, ABC School has indicated that construction will begin in June on the modulars.

9:50 am – The Town of Innisfail is honouring it’s Volunteers tonight! A Volunteer Appreciation Night is taking place at the Town’s Library Learning Centre from 6 to 9 p.m.

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9:42 am – Lacombe County’s series of District Ratepayer Meetings continues tonight:

  • Division 3 Councillor Barb Shepherd – April 27 @ Lakeside Hall

9:36 am – They’re sweeping the streets in Lacombe today as well. Residents are advised that City crews are sweeping the ditches on Hwy 2A this morning, starting at the north end and working their way south. The curb lane will be closed in sections as work progresses.

9:29 am – Street sweeping is underway in Blackfalds today:

Churchill Place
Chinook St
Charlton Ave
Camille Gate
Cyprus Road
Ponderosa Ave North of Pine
Colman Cr.
Pioneer Way North of Colman
Mitchell Cr.
Murphy Bay
Maclean Cl.

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9:22 am – Red Deer County and the Town of Penhold have partnered to create an Intermunicipal Development Plan. This document will provide the Town and County with a comprehensive long range land use plan that will assist in future development within the boundaries identified by the two municipalities. Read More.

9:05 am – Red Deer County is hosting another Ag Market Development Public Info Gathering Session at Fensala Hall from 7 – 9 pm tonight. Read More.

8:59 am – High School students from both the Red Deer Public School District and Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division will be taking part in a big Drama Festival over the next few days. The Zone 4 West High School Drama Festival is being hosted by Hunting Hills High School from Thursday, April 27th – Saturday, April 29th.  Over 20 plays from Central Alberta schools – most of them student directed – celebrate the performing arts by sharing their work in festival. Two plays will be selected to represent the Zone at the Provincial High School Festival in May at RDC. Plays start at 6:00 pm on April 27 and 28; Noon on April 29. Admission is $5 at the door.

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8:40 am – Grade 7 Boys singles and doubles will be playing in the City finals at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School from 4 – 8 pm today!

8:32 am – Students at Red Deer’s Fairview Elementary School will learn today how much money they’ve raised by selling raffle tickets this month for the Red Deer Health Foundation’s NICU and Pediatrics Unit!

8:22 am – A Regional Skills Competition is taking place throughout the day at Red Deer’s École Secondaire Notre Dame High School today. The Career and Technology Studies competitions will include baking, electrical installations, hairstyling and welding.

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Impaired drivers in Alberta to face larger fines and lose vehicles for up to 30 days

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From the Province of Alberta

Tough, swift penalties for impaired drivers

The Provincial Administrative Penalties Act empowers police to get impaired drivers off the streets immediately.

Starting Dec. 1, police will be able to administer stricter impaired driving penalties on the road, while most first-time impaired driving charges will be handled quicker outside of court through SafeRoads Alberta. Impaired drivers could face larger fines and lose their vehicles for up to 30 days.

SafeRoads Alberta, a new adjudication branch, will allow drivers to pay their fees online, request more time to pay their penalty, or dispute their Immediate Roadside Sanction or vehicle seizure.

In the most serious cases, including repeat offenders and impaired driving causing bodily harm or death, individuals will still receive criminal charges on top of the other penalties.

Quick facts

  • Under the new impaired driving laws, significant penalties will be handed out roadside, getting impaired drivers off the streets immediately. Stronger penalties for impaired driving include:
    • Fines of up to $2,000
    • Vehicle seizure up to 30 days
    • New mandatory education programs for repeat offenders
    • Mandatory ignition interlock for repeat offenders
  • New zero-tolerance consequences for novice drivers and commercial drivers will also be introduced.
  • The Alberta Transportation Safety Board will finish hearing cases submitted before Dec. 1 and is expected to wrap up operations by March 31, 2021

Response from MADD to New Alberta approach to penalties for impaired drivers

Alberta’s New Sanctions Will Reduce Impaired Driving and Save Lives

New sanctions and penalties going into effect in Alberta on December 1 will reduce impaired driving, save lives and make roads safer, says MADD Canada.

Alberta’s Provincial Administrative Penalties Act introduced several new measures to combat impaired driving. They include: additional fines for drivers in the warn range (.05% and .08% BAC) and for new drivers who violate the zero alcohol and drug requirement; a new zero alcohol and drug requirement for commercial drivers; and a new Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS) program for certain impaired drivers over the legal limit of .08% BAC.

“When we look at ways to deter impaired driving, make roads safer and save lives, provincial administrative sanctions such as these are among the most effective,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “We are pleased to see these changes coming into effect and thank the Government of Alberta for its leadership.”

The new IRS program is similar to programs in British Columbia and Manitoba, which provide an administrative option for sanctioning certain impaired drivers over the .08% BAC limit. In Alberta, those penalties include: a 15-month licence suspension, a 30-day vehicle impoundment, increased fines, ignition interlock requirements and remedial education requirements.

“This kind of administrative sanction option for certain impaired driving offenders provides a way to get them off the roads quickly while ensuring they still face strong consequences for their actions,” said Mr. Murie. “Most importantly, these programs save lives. Similar measures introduced in British Columbia have helped reduce alcohol-related crash deaths by 50%. That is hundreds of lives saved.”

It is important to note that the IRS program is not an option for all impaired drivers. It does not apply to repeat offenders or to impaired drivers who cause bodily harm or death; those offenders will continue to face Criminal Codecharges.

IRS programs also ease the burden on court and police resources, Mr. Murie noted, which ultimately helps the Criminal Code impaired driving charges that are laid proceed through the courts in a more timely fashion.

MADD Canada supports all provinces having immediate roadside sanction programs. It is a key recommendation in MADD Canada’s latest impaired driving policy recommendations: The Top 10 Report: Provincial/Territorial Recommendations to Minimize Impaired Driving and Support Victims.

 

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NewsAlert: Juno Awards move show date to May 16, 2021 amid COVID-19 pandemic

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TORONTO — The 2021 Juno Awards are moving to May to mark their 50th anniversary.

Organizers behind Canada’s biggest night in music say the celebration is being pushed to a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The televised show will take place on May 16, 2021, about a month and a half after its original planned date in March.

Allan Reid, head of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, says the plan will allow for “unique outdoor programming.”

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2020.

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