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3:26 pm – Poshika Dhingra from Red Deer was one of eight young leaders from across Alberta that received a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal at Government House in Edmonton today. Read More!

3:09 pm – Red Deer RCMP say the death of a man found in an alley near 55th Street this afternoon is not considered suspicious. Read More.

11:03 am – Innisfail RCMP have made multiple arrests over the past week, including that of a Red Deer man and seized stolen property in the process. Property included trucks, trailers and firearms.

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10:38 am – Some fun events coming up in and around the Town of Innisfail over the next couple of weeks. Read More!

10:27 am – Heads up Red Deer drivers, Alberta Transportation will be paving on 2A north of 11A and south of Red Deer until August 19th. Paving will take place during the day and evening and there will be lane closures.

10:16 am – Some central Alberta families are among 52 being recognized from across the province with Century Farm and Ranch Awards on Thursday, July 27th. Read More.

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9:27 am – Sunshine, warm temps and live tunes on the Ross Street Patio from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm today! Read More.

9:14 am – A preliminary report on a standalone shelter will be released early by The City of Red Deer after the Province of Alberta announced potential funding for the planning and development of temporary shelter services last week. While the full study is not yet complete, a decision to release a preliminary report was made by City Council Monday night because of tight provincial timelines that call for Expression of Interest (EOIs) to be submitted by August 11, 2017. Read More.

9:00 am – Full implementation of automated traffic enforcement at select intersections in Red Deer will be delayed after City Council decided to modify the timeframe from August 11 to November 1, 2017 to start issuing violation tickets. There will also be an increased focus on public education so that citizens and drivers understand the expanded program before they get a ticket in the mail. Read More.

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8:52 am – There are some road closures to avoid in Red Deer today. Details Here.

8:42 am – Parkland Mall is seeking artisans running home-based businesses for the 6th annual Mall Street Market between October 20th and 22nd. Chosen vendors will have floor space to display and sell unique, handmade goods at the Mall. Interested parties can apply online before August 15th and chosen vendors will be notified by August 18th. Read More.

8:26 am – Red Deer’s Poshika Dhingra will receive a Queen Elizabeth ll Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal at Government House in Edmonton today. The ceremony to celebrate the citizenship and volunteer service of youth leaders from across Alberta will start at 2:00 pm and be hosted by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell. Read More.

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CP NewsAlert: Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor back in Canada after detention in China

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Two Canadians who were imprisoned in China for nearly three years are home.

Video from CTV shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeting Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on the tarmac at the airport in Calgary early this morning.

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Last-minute Fajardo TD gives Roughriders 31-24 victory over B.C. Lions

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VANCOUVER — A last-minute touchdown by quarterback Cody Fajardo gave the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 31-24 road victory over the B.C. Lions on Friday.

Fajardo scored on a quarterback sneak on third down with two seconds left on the clock, clinching a back-and-forth game between the two sides.

Damon Webb poured salt in the Lions’ wounds, recovering a fumble by B.C. wide receiver Lucky Whitehead and darting into the end zone for a touchdown as time expired.

Fajardo threw for 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception on the night, completing 24-of-31 attempts. Kicker Brett Lauther had four field goals for Saskatchewan, including a 49-yard bomb in the first quarter.

Lions quarterback Michael Reilly had 259 passing yards, and made good on 23-of-34 attempts, including a pair of touchdown passes to Whitehead.

The win gives Saskatchewan (5-2) sole possession of second place in the West Division and snapped a three-game win streak for the Lions (4-3).

The Riders were first on the scoreboard when Lauther made a 38-yard field goal 5:52 into the game.

B.C. was quick to respond. Reilly connected with wide receiver Bryan Burnham on a 28-yard pass on the next play, then followed it with a short toss to Whitehead.

The speedy Florida Atlantic product evaded several Saskatchewan defenders and streaked 47 yards down the sideline for his first touchdown of the night.

Whitehead leads the CFL in receiving this season with 665 yards in seven games.

A solid Lions defence kept the Riders frustrated and pinned in their own territory for much of the first half.

Lauther kept Saskatchewan within striking distance, booting a 49-yard field goal to close out the first quarter and a 28-yard kick early in the second.

Reilly struggled at times to connect with his receivers across the first half.

But with less than a minute to go in the second frame, the veteran QB narrowly avoided a sack, then got a running pass off to Jevon Cottoy for a 26-yard gain. He then sent an 11-yard dish to Whitehead to set up a first-and-goal, then once again found Whitehead in the end zone for B.C.’s second major of the night.

Jimmy Camacho made the converts on both plays and the Lions took a 14-9 lead into halftime.

A 21-yard pass from Fajardo to Kyran Moore put the Riders in good position early in the third, but B.C.’s Jalon Edwards-Cooper spoiled the ensuing touchdown attempt, knocking down a pass before it reached the hands of Mitchell Picton as he waited in the end zone.

Saskatchewan settled for yet another Lauther field goal, this time from 30-yards out.

B.C. responded with a field goal of its own, a 32-yard kick by Camacho.

Saskatchewan caught a big break in the final minutes of the third when Whitehead fumbled a punt return, giving the Riders the ball at the Lions 48-yard line.

Minutes later, Fajardo blasted a 23-yard pass to Ricardo Louis in the end zone, giving the Riders their first touchdown of the night 13:16 into the quarter. Saskatchewan was stymied on the two-point conversion attempt, though, keeping the score 18-17.

The strike was Louis’ first in the CFL. The 27-year-old wide receiver is playing his first season in the league after spending three years with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.

Down a point heading into the final frame, the Lions refused to relent.

About four minutes into the quarter, Reilly made an 11-yard run to give his side a first down at Saskatchewan’s 31-yard line. Ed Gainey tripped Burnham in the end zone on the next play and the pass interference created a first-and-goal opportunity for the Lions.

Reilly handed the ball off to Shaq Cooper and the running back snuck across the goal line for the touchdown. B.C. went up 24-18 after Camacho made the convert.

Camacho later missed a 43-yard field goal attempt.

Edwards-Cooper came up big once again with three minutes left in the game, intercepting a long pass from Fajardo along the sidelines, but the Lions couldn’t whether the Riders’ final push.

The Lions will face a tough test on Oct. 1 when they host the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Saskatchewan will visit the Calgary Stampeders the following night.

NOTES: Saskatchewan defensive back Ed Gainey returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injured toe. … The Lions gave out 10,000 orange shirts with a reimagined logo by Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt to mark the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2021.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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