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.
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:
Ponderosa Ave North of Pine
Pioneer Way North of Colman
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.
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.
Canadian Press NewsAlert: documents show Biden plans Day 1 order nixing Keystone XL
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transition documents suggest president-elect Joe Biden plans to block the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in the White House.
The documents, seen by The Canadian Press, include a to-do list dated Wednesday that includes rescinding the construction permit signed by predecessor Donald Trump.
Campaign officials promised in May that if elected, Biden would cancel the controversial cross-border project, but the timeline was never clear until now.
The pipeline expansion would ferry up to 830,000 additional barrels a day of diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Some 200 kilometres of pipe have already been installed, including over the Canada-U. S. border, and construction has begun on pump stations in Alberta and several U.S. states.
Biden was vice-president in 2015 when President Barack Obama initially rejected Keystone XL for fear it would worsen climate change. Trump approved it again in 2019.
The Canadian Press
Starbucks temporarily shuts NYC stores over protest fears
NEW YORK — Starbucks closed some New York City stores on Sunday “out of an abundance of caution” as cities across the U.S. braced for protests and potential unrest ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Starbucks spokesperson Jessica Conradson said the Manhattan stores were expected to reopen Monday.
The Seattle-based company said it went ahead with the temporary closures because many people working in the stores live outside of Manhattan and might’ve gotten stuck from getting home if protests were to break out and disrupt transit service.
Some darkened stores had signs noting their temporary closure.
There were no major protests in New York City on Sunday. Public officials have said there are no specific, credible threats to the city stemming from the election or the violence Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. The NYPD said it has increased security around certain government locations in the city as a precaution.
At the state capitol in Albany, it was a quiet day despite fears stoked by warnings of an armed protest, with a smattering of counter-protesters outnumbering Trump supporters.
The Associated Press
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