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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Liberals withdraw bill’s assault-style firearm definition, promise more consultation

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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have withdrawn an amendment to their gun bill aimed at enshrining a definition of banned assault-style firearms.

They cite “legitimate concerns” about the need for more consultation on the measure.

Opposition M-Ps and some firearm advocates applauded the move, while a prominent gun-control group calls it a victory for misinformation about the now-pulled amendment.

The government’s guns bill introduced a controversial new definition of an assault-style weapon and the amendment would have defined what kind of firearms should be banned in Canada and added dozens of new semi-automatic rifles and shotguns to the list.

Opponents said the measure unfairly targeted many commonly used rifles and shotguns.

The Liberals were also under pressure from many of their own members to change or withdraw the definition of guns being banned.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in a written statement posted to Twitter that the government had committed to coming up with “a clear, standard definition of what constitutes an assault-style firearm.”

He says this is an emotional issue, and Canadians are counting on us to get it right.

Mendicino adds more discussions, including with Indigenous communities, are crucial.

MPs from all three main opposition parties expressed relief that the amendment was withdrawn, though the Liberals were still under heavy criticism for trying to push it through in the first place.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre declared his party’s efforts to be the sole reason the Liberals pulled the amendment.

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Michigan man says son, 6, ordered $1K in food from Grubhub

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CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man says he was left with a $1,000 bill after his 6-year-old son ordered a virtual smorgasbord of food from several restaurants last weekend, leading to a string of unexpected deliveries — and maybe a starring role in an ad campaign.

Keith Stonehouse said the food piled up quickly at his Detroit-area home Saturday night after he let his son, Mason, use his cellphone to play a game before bed. He said the youngster instead used his father’s Grubhub account to order food from one restaurant after another.

The boy’s mother, Kristin Stonehouse, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grubhub has reached out to the family and offered them a $1,000 gift card. The company also is considering using the family in an online promotional campaign, she said. Grubhub officials did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking comment.

Keith Stonehouse said he was alone with his son while his wife was at the movies when Mason ordered jumbo shrimp, salads, shawarma and chicken pita sandwiches, chili cheese fries and other foods that one Grubhub driver after another delivered to their Chesterfield Township home.

“This was like something out of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit,” Keith Stonehouse told MLive.com.

He added: “I don’t really find it funny yet, but I can laugh with people a little bit. It’s a lot of money and it kind of came out of nowhere.”

Keith Stonehouse said his son ordered food from so many different places that Chase Bank sent him a fraud alert declining a $439 order from Happy’s Pizza. But Mason’s $183 order of jumbo shrimp from the same restaurant went through and arrived at the family’s house.

Stonehouse said it took the arrival of a few orders of food for him to realize what was going on. By that time, there was nothing he could do to stop the orders from coming.

Kristin Stonehouse told the AP that Mason is extremely intelligent and has been reading since he was 2 1/2 years old.

“He’s very smart,” she said. “He’s not your average 6-year-old.”

She said her husband had just used the Grubhub app on his phone to order dinner before she left and probably just left the app open. She said her son took the phone, hid in the basement and proceeded to order his feast.

She said she and her husband had a talk with Mason on Sunday morning and told him what he did was akin to stealing.

“I don’t think he grasped that concept at first,” she said.

To drive the point home, she and her husband opened up Mason’s piggy bank and pocketed the $115 he had gotten for his birthday in November, telling him the money would go to replenish their accounts. That didn’t seem to faze the boy.

“Then he found a penny on the floor and said he could start all over again,” she said.

Keith Stonehouse said most of the food went into the family’s refrigerators. He said he also invited some neighbors over to eat some of it.

He said he’s heard of things like this happening to other parents, but not at the level he experienced last weekend. He recommends making sure important apps are not readily available for children to click on when they’re using a parent’s phone. He said he’s changing his password.

“I knew this could happen, but you just don’t think your kid is going to do something like this. He’s definitely smart enough, I just didn’t expect it,” Keith Stonehouse said.

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