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More Money For Schools, Robbery Arrests, Severe T-Storm Watch!

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2:38 pm – A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for the Rocky Mountain House – Caroline region. Read More.

2:31 pm – Blackfalds resident Natasha Regnier was shocked when she scanned her lottery ticket and won $100,000 on the March 1st Western Canada Lottery Corporation EXTRA draw. Read More.

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1:28 pm – A number of recent arrests in Red Deer involved suspects fleeing police at high rates of speed; fortunately, no injuries resulted from those acts. Read More.

1:13 pm –  Red Deer County Council has approved the recommendation to update the Community Services strategic plan. This will review the County’s role in important areas such as recreation, libraries, housing, transportation and family and community support services. Results from the survey held this spring will be used to prioritize new programming.

12:56 pm – Heads up Sylvan Lake drivers! There’s a pair of road paving projects underway in the Town for All Seasons to make note of. Details Here and Here.

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12:34 pm – Red Deer County has a new Fire Smart Specialist. Find out who it is.

12:01 pm – RCMP have arrested and charged a third person in the robbery and attempted robbery of two gas stations in the early morning hours of June 14th in Red Deer. Read More.

11:46 am – Meteorologists with Environment Canada have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Red Deer area and other regions to the west, north and northwest. Details Here.

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11:30 am – The Alberta Government has announced that an additional $75 million will be invested into school district’s across the province for the 2017-2018 school year. Both the Red Deer Public and Red Deer Catholic Divisions will receive over a million each. Read More. Click here for the list of Classroom Improvement Fund Grant Recipients.

11:18 am – The annual Mayor’s Garden Party in Red Deer is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28th from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Park. Read More.

10:09 am – The City of Red Deer has provided an update on construction taking place in the Riverlands neighbourhood. It’s a water trunk realignment project on 45th Street. Officials say you can expect to see other construction activity in the area picking up in mid-July that will continue for most of this year and next. Work will include:

  • Utility work along Alexander Way and the riverfront portion of 45 Street
  • Road construction on the riverfront portion of 45 Street
  • Site preparations for plaza spaces and Alexander Way

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9:38 am – Check out some live tunes on the Ross Street Patio today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Read More.

9:34 am – Road construction continues throughout many parts of Red Deer today. Find out where.

9:08 am – Members from the Olds and Didsbury RCMP detachments responded to a report of a crashed plane at the Didsbury/Olds airport around 10:40 am June 19th. Local EMS and fire were also dispatched to assist. Read More.

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9:00 am – St. Elizabeth Seton School in Red Deer raised $1,300 in their Father’s Day Fun Run this past Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Kin Kanyon for a new school playground! Read More.

8:45 am – Red Deer RCMP are proud to announce that Corporal Karyn Kay has been recognized by the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police for her outstanding service, and in particular for the work she leads with Red Deer youth who are at risk of becoming involved in criminality. Read More.

8:38 am – Parents/guardians and grandparents of students at École Mother Teresa School in Sylvan Lake are invited to join the school community in the Fine Arts Room to celebrate their middle school students at a special Year-end Awards ceremony! It runs from 6 – 8 pm.

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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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