1:15 pm – Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Advisory for Red Deer and the surrounding area. Meteorologists say conditions are favourable for the development of funnel clouds this afternoon. Read More.
11:10 am – The property tax payment deadline in Innisfail is coming up on June 30th. Read More.
11:03 am – There was some special recognition for Innisfail’s CAO Helen Dietz this week. Find out why and what else happened at Council June 12th.
10:57 am – Development should occur on the Old Hotel site in downtown Sylvan Lake on or before November 15th, 2018. Find out what else happened at Sylvan Lake Town Council this week.
10:49 am – The Centennial (50) Street railway crossing in Sylvan Lake is closed today until 8:00 pm to complete rail crossing repairs. Read More.
10:04 am – Red Deer RCMP have two men in custody after a failed armed robbery attempt at one gas station early this morning was followed minutes later by an armed robbery at gunpoint at a second gas station. Details Here.
9:51 am – Ron Orr, MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka, provided Lacombe City Council this week with an update on activities at the most recent session of the Alberta Legislature. Find out what he told them!
9:44 am – The RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime Section executed a search warrant on a rural property located east of Highway 2 and just north of Didsbury, on June 8, 2017. One male suspect was arrested at the scene and criminal charges are pending. Read More.
9:39 am – A 17 year old Youth has been charged in connection with a stabbing at a residence on the Montana First Nation June 9th. Read More.
9:29 am – With Canada Day celebrations approaching, Lacombe County reminds all residents that a fireworks permit is required if you wish to sell, purchase or set off fireworks within the province of Alberta. Read More.
9:20 am – Downtown Red Deer is a busy place today! Get rid of those wet weather blues by taking in some live music at the Alexander Way Parklet today from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Also today, the ATB Financial Downtown Farmer’s Market runs rain or shine on Little Gaetz Avenue from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Read More.
8:47 am – Road construction, sidewalk repair and the Downtown Farmer’s Market today will result in some road closures for Red Deer drivers to be aware of. Click here for Details.
8:37 am – Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, will make remarks at the Alberta Pork Congress tonight at 6:00 pm. The event is taking place June 14th and 15th at the Westerner Park Harvest Centre in Red Deer. Click here for more details on the Alberta Pork Congress.
8:25 am – Red Deer Public School is moving forward in its Truth and Reconciliation journey and will raise the Alberta, Treaty Six, Treaty Seven, and Métis Nation flags today. By raising the flags and having them on permanent display in front of the school district office, officials say they are acknowledging the traditional lands the school district is on, honouring the First Nations and Metis people, as well as recognizing the history and treaties of this area. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The Flag Raising Ceremony starts at 11:00 am.
8:14 am – It’s a Grade 9 Farewell at École Mother Teresa School in Sylvan Lake this evening. It’s a night dedicated to celebrating the school’s graduating Grade 9 students. There will be speeches, stories and a slide show to showcase student transformations, as well as some local talent too. All are welcome to join this special celebration in the gymnasium from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
8:09 am – Staff and students at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School in Red Deer will look back on the 2016-2017 school year today and say farewell to their graduating students and staff that are leaving the school. This event will take place in the gymnasium from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
8:02 am – The wet weather has forced officials with St. Elizabeth Seton School in Red Deer to postpone their Track and Fun Day today. However, the BBQ previously planned will still go ahead.
Canada signs $20B compensation agreement on First Nations child welfare
OTTAWA — The federal government says it has signed a $20-billion final settlement agreement to compensate First Nations children and families harmed by chronic underfunding of child welfare.
The Assembly of First Nations and plaintiffs in two class-action lawsuits agreed to the deal, which also accounts for the government’s narrow definition of Jordan’s Principle.
Indigenous Services Canada says the settlement is the largest in Canadian history.
The $20 billion accounts for half of an overall $40-billion deal that aims to reform the child-welfare system, including five-year funding for the First Nations Child and Family Services program.
The deal must still be approved by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and Federal Court.
The court had dismissed Canada’s application to review two human-rights tribunal orders around child welfare and Jordan’s Principle, which is meant to eliminate jurisdictional squabbles in paying for services for First Nations kids.
AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse says in a statement she is proud of this “historic milestone” for First Nations children and their families.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2022.
The Canadian Press
Putin declares victory in embattled Donbas region of Luhansk
POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday declared victory in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, one day after Ukrainian forces withdrew from their last remaining bulwark of resistance in the province.
Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin in a televised meeting Monday that Russian forces had taken control of Luhansk, which together with the neighboring Donetsk province makes up Ukraine’s industrial heartland of Donbas.
Shoigu told Putin that “the operation” was completed on Sunday after Russian troops overran the city of Lysychansk, the last stronghold of Ukrainian forces in Luhansk.
Putin, in turn, said that the military units “that took part in active hostilities and achieved success, victory” in Luhansk, “should rest, increase their combat capabilities.”
Putin’s declaration came as Russian forces tried to press their offensive deeper into eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian military confirmed that its forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk on Sunday. Luhansk governor Serhii Haidai said on Monday that Ukrainian forces had retreated from the city to avoid being surrounded.
“There was a risk of Lysychansk encirclement,” Haidai told the Associated Press, adding that Ukrainian troops could have held on for a few more weeks but would have potentially paid too high a price.
“We managed to do centralized withdrawal and evacuate all injured,” Haidai said. “We took back all the equipment, so from this point withdrawal was organized well.”
The Ukrainian General Staff said Russian forces were now focusing their efforts on pushing toward the line of Siversk, Fedorivka and Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, about half of which is controlled by Russia. The Russian army has also intensified its shelling of the key Ukrainian strongholds of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, deeper in Donetsk.
On Sunday, six people, including a 9-year-old girl, were killed in the Russian shelling of Sloviansk and another 19 people were wounded, according to local authorities. Kramatorsk also came under fire on Sunday.
An intelligence briefing Monday from the British Defense Ministry supported the Ukrainian military’s assessment, noting that Russian forces will “now almost certainly” switch to capturing Donetsk. The briefing said the conflict in Donbas has been “grinding and attritional,” and is unlikely to change in the coming weeks.
While the Russian army has a massive advantage in firepower, military analysts say that it doesn’t have any significant superiority in the number of troops. That means Moscow lacks resources for quick land gains and can only advance slowly, relying on heavy artillery and rocket barrages to soften Ukrainian defenses.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made capturing the entire Donbas a key goal in his war in Ukraine, now in its fifth month. Moscow-backed separatists in Donbas have battled Ukrainian forces since 2014 when they declared independence from Kyiv after the Russian annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. Russia formally recognized the self-proclaimed republics days before its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.
In his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged the withdrawal, but vowed that Ukrainian forces will fight their way back.
“If the command of our army withdraws people from certain points of the front where the enemy has the greatest fire superiority, in particular this applies to Lysychansk, it means only one thing: We will return thanks to our tactics, thanks to the increase in the supply of modern weapons,” Zelenskyy said.
Since failing to take Kyiv and other areas in Ukraine’s northeast early in the war, Russia has focused on Donbas, unleashing fierce shelling and engaging in house-to-house combat that devastated cities in the region.
Russia’s invasion has also devastated Ukraine’s agricultural sector, disrupting supply chains of seed and fertilizer needed by Ukrainian farmers and blocking the export of grain, a key source of revenue for the country.
In its Monday intelligence report, Britain’s defense ministry pointed to the Russian blockade of the key Ukrainian port of Odesa, which has severely restricted grain exports. They predicted that Ukraine’s agricultural exports would reach only 35% of the 2021 total this year as a result.
As Moscow pushed its offensive across Ukraine’s east, areas in western Russia came under attack Sunday in a revival of sporadic apparent Ukrainian strikes across the border. The governor of the Belgorod region in Western Russia said fragments of an intercepted Ukrainian missile killed four people Sunday. In the Russian city of Kursk, two Ukrainian drones were shot down, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
In other developments:
— Ukrainian soldiers returning from the front lines in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region — where Russia is waging a fierce offensive — describe life during what has turned into a grueling war of attrition as apocalyptic.
— Two Russian airplanes departed Bulgaria on Sunday with scores of Russian diplomatic staff and their families amid a mass expulsion that has sent tensions soaring between the historically close nations, a Russian diplomat said.
Associated Press journalists Maria Grazia Murru and Oleksandr Stashevskyi contributed from Kyiv, Ukraine.
Follow AP’s coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine
Francesca Ebel, The Associated Press
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