3:01 pm – A Didsbury woman is facing drug charges after Innisfail RCMP conducted a traffic stop on June 15th. A search of the vehicle revealed several small zip-lock bags of a substance believed to be cocaine, methamphetamine and a scale. Mounties in total seized 32 g of cocaine and 16 g of methamphetamine.
12:59 pm – This year the Red Deer Catholic Regional Education Foundation has raised $50,000 to fund 16 schools and two Division projects. In addition to funding these projects, the Catholic Education Foundation will award $2,500 in scholarships to five students in the fall of 2017.
12:52 pm – It’s a very busy weekend in the Town of Innisfail. The Rotary Parade, Innisfail Pro Rodeo, 9th Annual Softball Tournament, Legion Pancake Breakfast and Co-op Beef on a Bun. Read More.
12:48 pm – Due to the annual Innisfail Dolphins Swim Meet, a schedule change will be in effect at the Innisfail Aquatic Centre from 3 p.m. June 16 to 6 p.m. June 17. Read More.
12:40 pm – It’s Sylvan Lake Block Party Day tomorrow. A BBQ will be held outside the NexSource Centre starting at 11:30 am. Details Here.
12:29 pm – The Town of Blackfalds is excited to announce that the Wadey Visitor Information Centre is officially open for business Saturday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. Check out all the work that has gone into transforming this historical building! Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening on July 1 as part of Blackfalds’ #Canada150 celebration !
12:22 pm – Today marks the start of Blackfalds Days! Enjoy the many activities planned for the Town’s annual family & community party! Details Here.
12:16 pm – Penhold Town Council has approved a request from the Penhold & District Optimist Club to hold a Charity Check-Stop August 12th to raise funds to continue supporting youth programs within the Town and schools. Find out what else happened at Council this week.
11:57 am – “Olivia” is Alberta’s top baby name from 2016. It’s been the top name for girls three years in a row now. “Liam” came in as the top boys name from 2016. Also for the third year in a row. Read More.
11:43 am – Charges have now been sworn against the two men who robbed and attempted to rob two Red Deer gas stations in the early morning of June 14th. Read More.
11:35 am – The City of Lacombe’s Recreation and Culture Manager Sandi Stewart joined Chris Ross, Vice Chair of the Lacombe & District Recreation, Parks & Culture Board at the Gord Bamford House on June 14th to present a $2,000 Recreation and Culture Grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Lacombe & District Director Crystal Zens and her staff for their new Match Recreation Room and Activity Centre. Read More.
9:36 am – The 70th Annual Highland Games are all set to go at Red Deer’s Westerner Park on Saturday! Read More.
9:33 am – The Investor’s Group Walk for Alzheimers and Red Deer Walk for ALS are among the many activities taking place throughout Red Deer this weekend. Find out what else is going on!
9:20 am – Enjoy Swing Dancing? Stop by Cool Beans downtown tonight at 7 pm! Read More.
9:15 am – There’s Live Music at the Alexanderway Parklet today! Set the tone for your weekend! Details Here.
9:08 am – Red Deer RCMP have arrested 35 year old Quentin Lee Strawberry after locating him at an apartment in south Red Deer the afternoon of June 15th. Read More.
9:02 am – RCMP are investigating after a small ultralite airplane went down near Ponoka on Thursday. No injuries were sustained by the pilot and lone occupant on board. The matter is still under investigation and information will be released as it becomes available.
8:53 am – RCMP have charged a male driver after a two-vehicle crash near Rimbey on Wednesday that sent one person to hospital via Stars Air Ambulance. Read More.
8:41 am – There was a heavy and armed Red Deer RCMP presence at an apartment building on the 5100 block of 37 Street Thursday afternoon as police worked with an unfolding incident. Read More.
8:32 am – Road construction and the Public Market on Saturday will mean some road closures and other traffic disruptions in Red Deer over the next few days. Read More.
8:06 am – St. Elizabeth Seton School in Red Deer invites you to their Father’s Day Fun Run this upcoming Sunday, June 18th at Kin Kanyon to raise money for a new school playground. This 3 or 5 kilometre run/walk will start and end at Kin Kanyon (33 Street & 47 Avenue) at 10:00 a.m. rain or shine. For more details, click here. To register, click here.
7:57 am – There are Canada 150 Celebrations taking place at Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer today. Officials say students have filled out why they love Canada, decorated trees with maple leaves and laid out flags. There will be a BBQ and an all Canadian play-list to listen to.
7:46 am – It’s an Elementary Sports Day at École Mother Teresa School in Sylvan Lake today. The annual event is for students to participate in a variety of Track events and team-building activities on the field behind the school. Meanwhile, all are welcome to come out and cheer on Aquathon participants at St. Patrick’s Community School in Red Deer (which includes teachers as well as students). Participants will run 1 mile, swim 300m, and run another mile in this 7th Annual Aquathon competition.
Liberals withdraw bill’s assault-style firearm definition, promise more consultation
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.
Michigan man says son, 6, ordered $1K in food from Grubhub
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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