3:10 pm – Good news to pass along regarding a missing Red Deer man. RCMP say 37 year old Michael Ginter has now been located. Mounties thank the public for their assistance.
3:05 pm – In response to citizen concerns, Lacombe City Council has approved amendments to the Nuisance Bylaw to regulate multi-day garage sales within the city and to provide enforcement on a complaint basis. Read
3:00 pm – Lacombe City Council has accepted City administration’s recommendation to extend the expiration time for the urban hen licenses issued in 2017 to December 31, 2018. Read More.
2:54 pm – In an effort to provide consistency and formalize how public inquiries made to elected officials are processed, Lacombe City Council has approved a Citizen Request and Response Policy. Details Here.
2:43 pm – Game Changers Canada Presents Summer Clash Against Cancer on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in the Stockmens Pavilion at Western Park. It’s an official community event for the Alberta Cancer Foundation with 5% of overall ticket sales (Minimum of $4,000) to benefit the Central Alberta Cancer Centre in Red Deer. The $20.17 general admission bleacher tickets along with the remainder of the non-VIP tickets will be available to the public this Friday, June 16th starting at 10am through ticketsalberta.com or by calling 1-866-340-4450.
1:46 pm – Registrations are now being accepted for the 9th Annual Berry Architecture Community Wellness Ride taking place on August 19th, 2017 in Red Deer. The event is in Support of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)-Central Alberta Region and Central Alberta Brain Injury Society (CABIS). The registration fee is $25.00 and minimum pledge amounts are required based on the distance being ridden. Click here for more info or to register.
1:22 pm – Red Deer RCMP are investigating the theft of a fifth wheel trailer from a locked compound in Queens Business Park the evening of June 3rd. Details Here.
12:59 pm – A new financial framework that will help guide The City in making decisions about its finances was approved by City Council on June 12th. Read More.
11:22 am – At Monday night’s regular City Council meeting, Council formally adopted the High Intensity Residential Fires (HIRF) response time guidelines for Red Deer Emergency Services. What does this mean for you? Find out here.
11:09 am – Stettler RCMP are reminding Central Alberta drone users to know how to operate them properly, safely and legally. Details Here.
11:02 am – Five people from Red Deer have been arrested after being spotted in a stolen vehicle in Olds on June 5th. Read More.
10:31 am – Red Deer RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify the man who committed two armed robberies at knifepoint over the weekend and has been linked to a third robbery last week. Read More.
10:25 am – Road construction continues in Red Deer today with the Timberstone neighbourhood among the areas affected. Read More.
10:18 am – Students registered in Ecole Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School’s Chamber Ensemble program will present their final performance of the school year tonight. This recital starts at 7 pm and will feature everything from flute and tuba duets to the Percussion Ensemble performing on trash cans! Admission is free and refreshments will be served following the recital.
10:10 am – The Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools is holding it’s Reading College Kick-Off BBQ at RDC tonight. This means all Reading College students and their families can learn more about the program and transportation information. It runs from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Bruin’s Lounge at RDC.
10:03 am – Athletes will be honoured for their accomplishments at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School’s special Athletics Banquet being held in the school gymnasium tonight. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m.
9:17 am – Red Deer’s Maryview Elementary School will celebrate the past year together at a fun Year-end Sundae Party this evening. Officials say School Council will provide ice cream sundaes and other treats for students and their families at this outside event which runs from 6-7 pm.
Update 23: Northwest Alberta wildfires (June 20 at 4 p.m.)
Hot, dry conditions with strong winds create challenges for firefighting.
June 20, 2019
As fires spread in Mackenzie County, approximately 200 additional people evacuated on Wednesday from the area north of Highway 697, south of the Peace River and west of Steep Hill Creek, also called Range Road 164.
More than 700 evacuees from the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement can return home today. Additional information for residents is online at https://www.facebook.com/paddleprairie
Approximately 8,500 people are still under evacuation orders.
The following communities issued mandatory evacuation orders this week:
- Beaver First Nation – Boyer River (No. 164) and Child Lake (No. 164A)
- Dene Tha’ First Nation – Bushe River (No. 207)
- Mackenzie County
- The Rocky Lane and High Level area north of the Peace River, south of Highway 58, west of Range Road 150
- The Hamlet of La Crete
- Range Road 164 to Range Road 150, south of the Peace River, north of Highway 697
- Peerless Trout First Nation – Trout Lake community and high-risk persons in the surrounding area.
The following communities remain on evacuation alert and should be ready to leave quickly if the situation changes:
- High Level
- Mackenzie County
- Area west of Range Road 164, south of the Peace River to Township Road 1010, and the Machesis Lake campground
- Bigstone Cree Nation 166 A, B, C and D
- Chuckegg Creek wildfire, southwest of High Level, is about 330,000 hectares.
- Jackpot Creek wildfire, north of Lutose, is about 77,500 hectares.
- McMillan Wildfire Complex located in the Slave Lake Forest area, is more than 276,800 hectares.
- Check Alberta Emergency Alerts for more detailed and frequently updated information.
- People driving in fire-affected areas should carry enough fuel, as it may not be readily available.
Visit alberta.ca/emergency for detailed and frequently updated information.
- Wildfire smoke is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility at times.
- Parts of northwestern Alberta are under special air quality statements.
- Visit FireSmoke Canada for information and resources about smoke from wildland fires.
- Evacuees should check alberta.ca/emergency for updates on evacuation payment eligibility.
- You may qualify for the evacuation payment if you:
- were living, working or vacationing in the affected area
- were forced to leave due to an evacuation order
- paid for most of your costs to evacuate
- were forced to leave your residence (primary, working or vacationing) due to a mandatory evacuation order.
- Albertans who qualify will receive $1,250 and $500 for each dependent child under 18 living in the same home when the evacuation order was given.
- Apply online through the MyAlberta Evacuation Payment application using a smartphone, device or desktop. Interac e-transfers may take 24 hours to process.
- If you need help applying, contact Alberta Supports to find the nearest centre: Toll-free: 1-877-644-9992 (Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) In-person: Find an Alberta Supports Centre.
- More than 11,700 individuals have received evacuee support totalling close to $11.9 million.
Reception and call centres
- All evacuees need to register with an evacuation reception centre even if you have found alternate accommodations.
- Reception centres may assist evacuees in person and/or by phone.
- Mackenzie County evacuees must register at Fort Vermilion – Mackenzie County Office, 4511 46 Avenue, 780-927-3718.
- Evacuees from Trout Lake and high-risk persons in the surrounding area of Peerless Trout First Nation must register their location with Jennifer Auger, 780-649-6553, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you evacuated to Edmonton, register at Edmonton Super 8 Hotel, 16818 118 Avenue.
- The Government of Alberta contact centre is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call 310-4455.
- Most home and tenant insurance policies provide coverage for living expenses during an evacuation.
- Evacuees should retain all of their receipts for food, accommodation and other related expenses to provide to their insurer.
- Albertans can contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada at 1-844-227-5422 or by email at email@example.com. Information about insurance coverage is available online at ibc.ca/ab/disaster/alberta-wildfire.
Evacuees can find tips on re-entry by visiting https://www.alberta.ca/emergency.aspx. Information includes making sure all your utilities are working, cleaning up and how to deal with door-to-door salespeople offering services and insurance.
Justice and legal matters
- If you have an appointment with a probation officer in an evacuated area, report to the community corrections office nearest you. Please call 780-427-3109 (to call toll-free, first dial 310-0000) for information.
Boil water advisory
- A boil water advisory is in place for Meander River (Dene Tha’ First Nation).
- Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour help line at 1-877-303-2642, the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322, or Health Link at 811.
Donations and volunteers
- Check the Mackenzie County Facebook page for an up-to-date list of donations needed and drop-off locations.
- There have been reports that local residents in High Level are being solicited by email or phone for donations in support of firefighters or affected residents. Do not share your personal information with them or donate money.
- When asked for donations (either over the phone, through an email, or in person), ask the canvasser for identification or printed information about the charity.
- If you have concerns about the activities of a charitable organization including its fundraising practices, call Service Alberta: 1-877-427-4088.
- Mail and parcel delivery in certain communities has been affected by the wildfires.
- Canada Post has contingency measures in place to serve residents of these communities.
- Check the Canada Post website for updates.
Other income and social supports
- Evacuees who receive Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped or Income Support benefits by cheque should contact their worker to make arrangements to receive it.
- Call Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Friday if you:
- need information on other social supports
- are a contracted service provider, family member or individual needing assistance through the Persons with Developmental Disabilities program
- Evacuees in need of financial assistance for immediate needs can apply for an Income Support program emergency needs allowance. This benefit may cover your accommodation, clothing and other urgent needs. Please call 1-877-644-9992 for more information.
- For information on child intervention and child care, call 1-800-638-0715.
- Employment insurance: evacuees can visit Service Canada online to apply at www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html. Use code 4812014812201900.
Health card, driver’s licences, ID cards, birth certificate
- To get a replacement Health Care Insurance Card call 780-427-1432 or toll-free at 310-0000 and then 780-427-1432 when prompted. Your Alberta Personal Health Card can be mailed to a temporary address.
- If driver’s licences, identification cards, and/or birth certificates were left behind during the evacuation, replacement cards and certificates can be ordered free of charge at a registry agent.
- You can call 310-4455 for more information – Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
ASIRT and RCMP investigate arrest of a man at EIA and subsequent incident and restraint.
June 20, 2019
Edmonton – On June 18 at approximately 7 p.m., the Edmonton International Airport Detachment responded to a call for service in relation to a male in distress in the airport parkade.
During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that the 41-year-old male from Edmonton was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. He was taken into RCMP custody and transported to the airport detachment. While in custody, the male became extremely agitated and the responding members were required to restrain him and take him through the airport to a police vehicle for transport to an Edmonton hospital.
During transport, an incident arose that required RCMP to stop roadside to subdue the male, resulting in a Conducted Energy Weapon being deployed. Edmonton Police Service responded to assist, along with EMS. Once the situation was under control, members were able to continue transport the hospital.
The investigation into this incident continues by both the RCMP and Alberta Serious Incident Response Team. No further information will be made available by RCMP.
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