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2:44 pm – – Red Deer College has been recognized for its excellence in marketing initiatives. RDC’s Marketing & Communications department recently received a bronze Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR). This award was received for the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris Case for Support. The awards are given each year, with judging conducted by industry experts and was presented last week at the annual NCMPR conference, held this year in Charleston, South Carolina.

1:21 pm – The City of Lacombe is poised for new growth with a diverse range of development choices after approving the recently amended Henner Heights Outline Plan. The plan covers 217 acres near the Burman University Campus bounded by C&E Trail to the east, Lake Barnett to the west, Highway 2 to the north, and Henner’s Pond to the south.

1:11 pm – The City of Lacombe has announced which projects will receive Recreational and Cultural grant funding in 2017. They include $3,000 for YU-Turn for an Indoor Mini-Stick Rink, $1,000 for a Youth Event at Lacombe Days, $700 for family badminton at the Lacombe Rotary Daybreak Club and $548 for the Lacombe Historical Society for their Heritage Gardening Project.

9:42 am – Lacombe County has their Draft Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw open for public viewing and feedback over the next week. Read More.

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9:33 am – On November 2nd, 2016, Blackfalds RCMP received a complaint of suspicious Halloween Candy that was thought to cause a child to get sick. Mounties had this candy sent to the RCMP laboratory and requested to have it tested. Results returned from the lab stating that “no drugs or common poisons were detected in the pieces of candy.” 

9:23 am – Some flooding and ice build up have forced the City to close some of the trails around Red Deer. Read More.

9:09 am – The fishing season is now underway and a few Central Alberta Lakes now have harvesting opportunities available for the first time in many years. Find out which ones!

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Boy killed in Brampton fire called 911 to report that he was trapped

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BRAMPTON, Ont. — The mayor of Brampton, Ont., says one of the three boys killed in a house fire Thursday called 911 to report the blaze, but firefighters couldn’t get there in time to save the children.

Patrick Brown says the boy told the emergency dispatcher that he was stuck in the house.

Brown says it only took six minutes for fire trucks to reach the burning house, but by then, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

The boys, who have not been publicly named, but who were aged nine, 12, and 15, died after being taken to hospital.

The local fire department and Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating.

Peel Police Const. Akhil Mooken said Thursday that a mother left her home that morning to drop a younger child off at school, and returned to find the house engulfed in flames.

It’s one of five fatal fires across Ontario that have together claimed 15 lives so far this month.

The Office of the Fire Marshal, which is tasked with investigating such fires in the province, said the numbers of both fatal fires and deaths have dipped compared to January of last year, but there are significantly more deaths than in January 2020.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

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Alberta RCMP investigating after child found wandering on highway near St. Paul

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ST. PAUL, ALBERTA — Alberta RCMP say they are investigating after a child was found wandering on a highway near a town northeast of Edmonton earlier this week.

Police in St. Paul say in a news release that they received a report about the child at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

They say a concerned motorist found the child on Highway 881 near Township Road 582 and brought the child to the RCMP detachment.

Police say they have started an investigation and are looking for dashcam footage from the area on Tuesday morning.

Earlier this week, St. Paul Education issued a statement on its website saying it was investigating after kindergarten student remained on a bus after it was returned to the driver’s yard following morning drop off.

They say the child left the bus and found their way to a road in a rural area, where a concerned citizen intervened and took the child to the RCMP.

“Drivers are trained to do a mandatory walk through of their bus to ensure it is empty before leaving it,” said the statement from board chairwoman Heather Starosielski and Glen Brodziak, superintendent of schools. “Our initial review indicates this was not done.”

They said the driver has been removed from his duties pending an investigation.

The statement said schools also typically call home to confirm any student absences.

“Our normal procedure is for schools to start to make in-person phone calls at 8:45 a.m. each day beginning with the youngest children first,” it said. “The delay in noting the absence was in part due to the large number of absences that day in the school as a result of several buses not running due to varying road conditions.”

The statement said the school division is reviewing its transportation practices as well as its student absence reporting process.

“We will also fully co-operate should there be an RCMP investigation,” it added.

They said they are thankful for the safe return of the child and the quick response from the concerned citizen.

Environment Canada shows the temperatures in the area hovered around -24 C on Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

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