11:37 am – Heads up Sylvan Lake drivers! Some Road Closures throughout town today. Read More.
10:42 am – Red Deer County construction crews are busy with numerous capital projects this year. Here’s the breakdown.
10:36 am – Red Deer RCMP are searching for 35 year old Quentin Lee Strawberry, who is wanted on warrants for armed robbery with a firearm, assault with a weapon and forcible confinement. Read More.
10:17 am – Have you seen 37 year old Michael James Ginter? RCMP would like to confirm his well-being. Read More.
10:09 am – Red Deer students are among an estimated 33,000 in Alberta that take public transit to school, that will benefit from provincial funding being obtained through an Act to Reduce School Fees. Read More.
10:00 am – National Blood Donor Week is typically a time to celebrate donors across the country. This year, however, Canadian Blood Services is focused on a critical need for blood donations and is urging Canadians to make an appointment right away to donate before July 1. Here’s how you can help.
9:38 am – Good news to report regarding a missing Red Deer woman. Mounties say Sherry Lynn Wahobin has now been located and RCMP are thanking the public for their assistance.
9:28 am – Lacombe County Council has approved a new policy regarding the use of surveillance cameras in the County office and at shop facilities. Find out what else happened at Council on June 8th!
9:18 am – St. Elizabeth Seton School is inviting you to their Father’s Day Fun Run this upcoming Sunday, June 18th at Kin Kanyon to raise money for a new school playground. Read More.
9:00 am – A small business resource centre in Olds will benefit from nearly $60,00 in provincial funding announced on Sunday. Read More.
8:47 am – Three people are facing forcible confinement and weapons charges after Mounties conducted a search warrant at a Didsbury residence June 8th. Read More.
8:29 am – A 29 year old Maskwacis man is dead after a single vehicle rollover in Wetaskiwin County on June 8th. Read More.
8:21 am – Lots of fun events at Red Deer’s Hunting Hills High School this week. It’s the school’s Last Week Bash, so there will be activities such as a dunk tank, slip and slide, freezies, food trucks and dress up. Meanwhile, the Kiwanis Gallery in the lower level of the Downtown Public Library will be the site this week for an Art Exhibit from Lindsay Thurber students. The show will feature the work of this year’s IB and AP Art graduates.
8:08 am – After 10 months of hitting the books hard, Kindergarten students at École Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sylvan Lake will have their graduation ceremonies today! Elsewhere in the Red Deer Catholic Regional School District, Grade 9 students at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School in Red Deer will get a visit from officials with Careers – the next Generation today. The students will get information on various occupations, employability skills, high school opportunities and career paths.
7:55 am – Some road closures for local drivers to be aware of in south Red Deer today. Read More.
The Latest: Congressman braces for threat against Capitol
WASHINGTON — The Latest on a possible threat against the Capitol (all times local):
A former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee who was among those briefed about a possible new threat against the Capitol says lawmakers are braced for it.
Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas says he thinks “we’ll see some violence.”
The threat appears to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory promoted by QAnon supporters that former President Donald Trump will rise again to power on Thursday, which is March 4, the original presidential inauguration day.
But unlike on Jan. 6, the Capitol is now fortified against intrusions. McCaul says there’s razor wire and a National Guard presence that weren’t at the Capitol on Jan. 6 so he feels “very confident in the security.”
McCaul warns there could be another diversionary tactic — much like the pipe bombs discovered at the political campaign offices on Jan. 6 appeared to be an attempt to lure law enforcement away from the Capitol ahead of the insurrection.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A POSSIBLE THREAT AGAINST THE CAPITOL:
Law enforcement is on high alert around the U.S. Capitol after intelligence uncovered a “possible plot” by a militia group to storm the iconic building again, two months after a mob of Donald Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory.
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The Associated Press
‘A frightened workforce’: Union worries as Olymel reopens after COVID-19 shutdown
RED DEER, Alta. — Some employees of a pork processing plant in central Alberta that shut down after a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility are afraid to go back to work, the union president says.
Olymel’s facility in Red Deer was shut down Feb. 15 because of the COVID-19 outbreak that claimed three lives and infected 515 workers.
The company announced late Wednesday it had been given approval to gradually reopen by Alberta Health. Slaughter operations are scheduled to resume today and cutting room operations on Friday. The plant processes about 10,000 hogs per day.
UFCW 401 president Thomas Hesse said he received no word from the company that the plant was reopening.
“Obviously the bottom line for Olymel is they’re just putting pigs ahead of people,” Hesse in an interview Wednesday.
“What you’ve got is a frightened workforce. There’s this enormous amount of fear and anxiety, and now a layer of grief on top of that, and they expect employees to jump to attention and parade back to work.”
The union represents about 1,800 workers at the plant.
Hesse said the union interviewed between 600 and 700 workers who indicated they were afraid to return to work. He said that wasn’t done by Olymel, Alberta Health Services or Occupational Health and Safety.
Hesse said he expects some workers will take advantage of their right to refuse unsafe work.
“I have no confidence in the safety of the workplace,” he said.
Olymel said the reopening will come with a number of strict measures. Alberta Health experts will be on site when operations resume and will offer rapid testing. The company said 1,370 employees at the plant have been tested since Jan. 1.
The company says it has added more space to the facility to enhance physical distancing.
Additional staff have been assigned to monitor and enforce the updated measures, Olymel said. Employee groups have been recalled to take part in training sessions covering all implemented health measures, adjustments and the action plan developed for reopening.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021.
— By Bill Graveland in Calgary
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