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Around Red Deer June 1st – 4th…..

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10:51 am – RCMP have wrapped up a multi-pronged property crime investigation in Red Deer. Read More.

10:45 am – Red Deer’s Westerner Park is a busy hive of activity over the next several days. The Southside RV Centre Spring Event continues until Sunday, while the RDC Convocation Ceremonies take place on Friday, June 2nd. Meantime, the West Central 4H Regional Horse Show runs June 2 – 4, while the Red Deer 4H Beef Show runs June 2 – 5. Read More.

10:36 am – From Art Shows, to Live Theatre, a downtown Scavenger Hunt and fundraising Walks for Muscular Dystrophy and Arthritis, there’s lots going on in Red Deer over the next several days. Details Here.

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10:26 am – STARS Air Ambulance helicopters can now land at the Hospital in Didsbury! Read More.

10:19 am – Red Deer’s Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray Park and the Recreation Centre outdoor pool open for the season today! Read More.

10:16 am – A Boil Water Advisory is in place for several addresses on Red Deer’s South Hill near Taylor and 32nd Street. Read More.

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10:07 am – Tips from the public have helped Red Deer RCMP make several arrests in our city over the past week. Read More.

10:01 am – École Camille J. Lerouge School Grade 9 students are working in conjunction with Kevin Traptow, owner of the “Cool Beans Coffee Company” to launch an initiative called “Pay Ahead for Daily Bread.” The aim of the project is to encourage Red Deerians to pre-pay for various food or drink items at the Cool Beans Coffee bus so that when someone in need stops by the coffee shop, there is a cup of warm coffee or a small snack available for them to have free of charge. On Friday, June 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Grade 9 students will be at Cool Beans Coffee Company to serve coffee and lunch to its patrons while encouraging the citizens of Red Deer to “Pay Ahead for Daily Bread.”

9:46 am – The Aboriginal Voices on Housing Network (AVOHN) is excited to launch the findings of its Gap Analysis on Housing supports for Aboriginal people in the city of Red Deer. The report entitled Red Deer Aboriginal Housing Gap Analysis: Towards an Aboriginal Strategy on Housing, is having an official launch at the Snell auditorium on June 2nd from 2:30 – 3:30. The launch includes representatives from 4 levels of government and will include a presentation by the researcher, Linda Many Guns of the University of Lethbridge, on her findings and recommendations.

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9:32 am – On May 31st, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry Science and Technology, for which Red Deer – Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen serves as Vice Chair, tabled its report on the state of Canada’s manufacturing sector. The report, titled The Canadian Manufacturing Sector: Urgent Need to Adapt, included an overview of the issues currently facing the manufacturing industry. According to the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the industry has seen a notable drop in employment over the past decade.

9:25 am – Heads up Red Deer drivers! There will be some road closures throughout the city this weekend to be on the lookout for. One for Saturday’s Market and the other for the Hudson’s Heart project on Sunday. Details Here.

9:17 am – Red Deer College invites central Albertans to celebrate the best films of the year at Film Works 2017. This annual event features films created by RDC’s latest student actors, directors, cinematographers and all-around filmmakers. Show times are 7 pm on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd at the Welikoklad Event Centre.

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9:03 am – RDC grads will celebrate their achievements at the 53rd Annual Convocation Ceremonies at the Parkland / Prairie Pavilions in Westerner Park on Friday, June 2nd!

8:52 am – Grade 6 – 9 students from St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School in Red Deer will perform what they have learned this school year in a year-end band concert. It’s from 7 – 8 pm at the school tonight!

8:27 am – Students at Annie L. Gaetz Elementary School in Red Deer will take some time today to enjoy a Bike Roadeo. This means all students will bring their bikes and ride through a course. Elsewhere, the Lindsay Thurber Choral Music Program presents One World, One Song. It’s their year end choir concert with tickets available at the Lindsay Thurber bookstore or at the door for $10. On Friday night, Hunting Hills High School has their 9th Annual Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Art programs show. This runs from May 24 – June 17, with the opening reception on June 2nd.

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Impaired drivers in Alberta to face larger fines and lose vehicles for up to 30 days

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From the Province of Alberta

Tough, swift penalties for impaired drivers

The Provincial Administrative Penalties Act empowers police to get impaired drivers off the streets immediately.

Starting Dec. 1, police will be able to administer stricter impaired driving penalties on the road, while most first-time impaired driving charges will be handled quicker outside of court through SafeRoads Alberta. Impaired drivers could face larger fines and lose their vehicles for up to 30 days.

SafeRoads Alberta, a new adjudication branch, will allow drivers to pay their fees online, request more time to pay their penalty, or dispute their Immediate Roadside Sanction or vehicle seizure.

In the most serious cases, including repeat offenders and impaired driving causing bodily harm or death, individuals will still receive criminal charges on top of the other penalties.

Quick facts

  • Under the new impaired driving laws, significant penalties will be handed out roadside, getting impaired drivers off the streets immediately. Stronger penalties for impaired driving include:
    • Fines of up to $2,000
    • Vehicle seizure up to 30 days
    • New mandatory education programs for repeat offenders
    • Mandatory ignition interlock for repeat offenders
  • New zero-tolerance consequences for novice drivers and commercial drivers will also be introduced.
  • The Alberta Transportation Safety Board will finish hearing cases submitted before Dec. 1 and is expected to wrap up operations by March 31, 2021

Response from MADD to New Alberta approach to penalties for impaired drivers

Alberta’s New Sanctions Will Reduce Impaired Driving and Save Lives

New sanctions and penalties going into effect in Alberta on December 1 will reduce impaired driving, save lives and make roads safer, says MADD Canada.

Alberta’s Provincial Administrative Penalties Act introduced several new measures to combat impaired driving. They include: additional fines for drivers in the warn range (.05% and .08% BAC) and for new drivers who violate the zero alcohol and drug requirement; a new zero alcohol and drug requirement for commercial drivers; and a new Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS) program for certain impaired drivers over the legal limit of .08% BAC.

“When we look at ways to deter impaired driving, make roads safer and save lives, provincial administrative sanctions such as these are among the most effective,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “We are pleased to see these changes coming into effect and thank the Government of Alberta for its leadership.”

The new IRS program is similar to programs in British Columbia and Manitoba, which provide an administrative option for sanctioning certain impaired drivers over the .08% BAC limit. In Alberta, those penalties include: a 15-month licence suspension, a 30-day vehicle impoundment, increased fines, ignition interlock requirements and remedial education requirements.

“This kind of administrative sanction option for certain impaired driving offenders provides a way to get them off the roads quickly while ensuring they still face strong consequences for their actions,” said Mr. Murie. “Most importantly, these programs save lives. Similar measures introduced in British Columbia have helped reduce alcohol-related crash deaths by 50%. That is hundreds of lives saved.”

It is important to note that the IRS program is not an option for all impaired drivers. It does not apply to repeat offenders or to impaired drivers who cause bodily harm or death; those offenders will continue to face Criminal Codecharges.

IRS programs also ease the burden on court and police resources, Mr. Murie noted, which ultimately helps the Criminal Code impaired driving charges that are laid proceed through the courts in a more timely fashion.

MADD Canada supports all provinces having immediate roadside sanction programs. It is a key recommendation in MADD Canada’s latest impaired driving policy recommendations: The Top 10 Report: Provincial/Territorial Recommendations to Minimize Impaired Driving and Support Victims.

 

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NewsAlert: Juno Awards move show date to May 16, 2021 amid COVID-19 pandemic

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TORONTO — The 2021 Juno Awards are moving to May to mark their 50th anniversary.

Organizers behind Canada’s biggest night in music say the celebration is being pushed to a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The televised show will take place on May 16, 2021, about a month and a half after its original planned date in March.

Allan Reid, head of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, says the plan will allow for “unique outdoor programming.”

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2020.

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