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  • 2:20 pm – The ECHO Lacombe Association is proud to announce $4,400 in funding support for Neighbourhood Life’s ‘coffee bike’. The coffee bike is available free of charge for those looking to host block parties, as well as select community events. All coffee supplies will be donated by Good Neighbour Coffee. The group seeks to improve the quality of life within Lacombe by fostering a collaborative environment focused on cultivating innovation, nurturing a business-friendly culture, promoting sustainable growth and creating a safe, inclusive, vibrant and healthy community.

    1:47 pm – Red Deer residents are reminded that property tax bills for 2017 are due on Friday, June 30th. Read More.

    1:38 pm – The City of Red Deer is offering youth unlimited rides on Red Deer Transit and unlimited access to all City recreation facilities all summer long with the Rip ‘N Rec Summer Pass. Read More.

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    10:05 am – The Red Deer Rebels have announced that Assistant Coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux has left the team to take a job as Associate Head Coach of the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League. Meanwhile, the Rebels have hired Brett Anderson as an Assistant Coach. Brett was Director and Head Coach at the Ontario Hockey Academy in Cornwall, Ontario last season. Read More.

    9:52 am – Sylvan Lake’s Dog Park is closed temporarily for Foxtail removal. Read More.

    9:08 am – Ponoka RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 13 year old male. James Rain was last seen in Ponoka at approximately 8:00 pm June 24th. He is believed to be in the Wetaskiwin area. He is described as 5’2 in height, 155 lbs pounds in weight, Brown hair and Brown eyes.

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    9:00 am – Red Deer road closures to make note of today. Read More.

    8:46 am –  Ponoka RCMP are actively searching for five suspects after two people were restrained and robbed early Saturday morning. Read More.

    8:40 am – Charges have been laid against a 25 year old man accused of killing his mother on the Ermineskin First Nation in 2015. Read More.

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    8:30 am – Father Henri Voisin Elementary School in Red Deer will celebrate the accomplishments of it’s students at their Year-end Awards Ceremony today. This event will be held in the gymnasium from 12:45 – 1:45 pm.

    8:15 am – It’s Kindergarten Orientation night at the new Don Campbell Elementary School in Red Deer’s Inglewood neighbourhood. It runs from 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm. Meanwhile, all Gr. 1-5 families from Don Campbell Elementary are invited to attend a school tour which will be available to all families this evening. It’s a drop-in event that runs between 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

    7:55 am – The state of local emergency has been lifted in Red Deer as power has been restored to nearly all residents, returning Electric Light & Power to regular operations. However, Parks crews will continue restoration of City parks and trails in the coming weeks and potentially into the fall. Read More.

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    New Provincial Government says NO Liquor Bans in Provincial Parks

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  • From the Province of Alberta

    Liquor ban quashed and rules relaxed

    Liquor constraints will be relaxed in Alberta starting this May long weekend.

    Premier Jason Kenney and Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon are pushing back against the excesses of the nanny state and the ‘War on Fun.’ Beginning this May long weekend, the liquor ban imposed on eight remaining provincial parks will be lifted. Moving forward, this government is committed to remove unnecessary red tape for festival organizers hosting events in municipalities and provincial parks. Relaxed liquor regulations will also extend to select provincial park day use area picnic sites later this summer.

    “It’s time to lift prohibition-era restrictions around liquor consumption in Alberta and give responsible adults the freedom to act responsibly. This is part of our plan to take bold, decisive steps to reduce regulatory burden on business and not-for-profit festival organizations. We will take Alberta from being the most over-regulated to the freest economy in Canada.”

    Jason Kenney, Premier

    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis regulations have been clarified to allow event organizers the flexibility to serve drinks where they see fit on festival grounds. Albertans will be able to responsibly enjoy the environment festival organizers wish to create. The same strategy is being applied to festivals and events in provincial parks by making approvals for liquor licences less restrictive.

    This May long weekend, the liquor ban will be lifted at Aspen Beach, Miquelon Lake, Garner Lake, Dillberry Lake, Pigeon Lake, Whitney Lakes, Jarvis Bay and Wabamun provincial parks. There is no ban in place in Alberta Parks’ other provincial campgrounds.

    Historically, there has been a liquor ban only over the May long weekend and only in select provincial parks.

    “The vast majority of Albertans who enjoy our provincial parks do so responsibly. We should not punish the majority of responsible campers through liquor bans because of the past behaviour of a few bad characters.”

    Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks

    Rules and regulations around quiet times, excessive noise and appropriate behaviour continue to be in place and will be enforced as they are in Alberta Parks’ other campgrounds. Enforcement staff will shift their focus from enforcing the previous liquor ban to addressing negative behaviour. Liquor consumption in provincial campgrounds is restricted to adults and in campsites only.

    Relaxing liquor constraints in municipalities and provincial parks is a commitment under government’s Red Tape Reduction strategy and a change to make the lives of Albertans better.


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    WATCH: ‘ExecuTrek’ takes business leaders on a tour of Canada’s largest military training event

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  • CFB Wainwright- May 14, 2019

    I was fortunate recently to take part in the Canadian Forces Liaison Council’s (CFLC) ‘ExecuTrek’ to see Exercise Maple Resolve in Wainwright, AB.  There were about 80 of us;  business leaders from the region, some of my fellow Honorary Colonels from across the west, and a group of International Studies students from Simon Fraser University in BC. We travelled in a Hercules aircraft from Edmonton International. From there, buses took us to see everything from battles to briefings.

    The scale of Maple Resolve is quite extraordinary.  Approximately 5,500 soldiers, 250 actors, contractors and consultants are on site at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre at Wainwright, AB. Every asset in the field, from tank to LAV to every weapon, every soldier, has sensors attached.  Every metric is captured on each and every asset;  if a gun is only accurate at 300 metres, then a shot from 400 metres will fail, etc. etc.  If wounded, a soldier is assessed a 3 hour window in which to get medical attention. If they don’t receive it, they become a casualty.  Computer modelling allows every activity in the operation to be easily recreated and reviewed in real time.

    Canadian Army soldiers serving with 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (CMBG) based at the Edmonton Garrison and in Shilo, Manitoba will train with elements of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the British Army, the French Army, the United States (U.S.) Army, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, and U.S. Marine Corps.  There are more than 900 soldiers from the U.S. Armed Forces, about 150 soldiers from the British Army, and 40 soldiers from the French Army. There are a number of US Blackhawk helicopters from the Colorado National Guard being used for medical air support.

    As the premier Canadian Army training event of the year, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 19 is a proving ground for soldiers in the contemporary operating environment.

    During the exercise, soldiers will test their ability to integrate with Allies, non-governmental organizations, and host nation forces as they hone their skills within a realistic, complex and challenging environment. The exercise, designed and developed by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, provides Canadian Army soldiers, leaders, and other Canadian Armed Forces personnel a unique opportunity to enhance their combat readiness.

    A wide variety of tactics, weapons, simulation technology, armoured fighting vehicles, and aircraft are used within a realistic, evolving and challenging operating environment. This exercise puts elements of our Canadian Armed Forces and our allies together in the most realistic setting possible short of an actual deployment.

    CMTC’s mission is to design and deliver full-spectrum, immersive, joint and collective training events for the Canadian Armed Forces in a complex Contemporary Operating Environment in order to certify High-Readiness forces. In conjunction with the Royal Canadian Air Force, CMTC is a focal point in the Air Land Integration of the CAF. While major exercises are conducted within the Wainwright training area, support to exercises and training is exportable to any location, and CMTC frequently deploys in support of exercises around Canada and the world.

    CFLC ExecuTrek program brings together business leaders to experience, firsthand, Reservists training for domestic and international response. The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) mandate is to build diverse relationships that promote the value of reservists to Canadian communities and to improve understanding and support for the military.

    “As Alberta Chair for Canadian Forces Liaison Council it was a privilege to host business leaders at our CFLC ExecTrek Maple Resolve, says Carolyn Patton.” Alberta Chair of Canadian Forces Liaison Council.

    It was an exceptional day to experience, firsthand, CAF members training for domestic and international supportReservists are an incredible resource of talent and bring a wealth of experience, professionalism, and leadership to many organizations. Our guests truly got to see them in action, up close and personal. Our community, workplaces and country are the beneficiaries of their well respected training. Many thanks to 3rd Canadian Division and the staff and leadership at CMTC Wainwright. I mentioned to the business leaders, when you see a Reservist thank them for their service. Better yet, hire them!”

    Carolyn Patton – AB Chair CFLC

    There is more information about Exercise Maple Resolve here.

    For more information about the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, click here.

    Here are links to several videos from Exercise.

    Here are a few photos from the day.

     

    Lloyd Lewis is Honorary Lt. Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment and serves on the Board of the AB Chapter of the CFLC. He is President of Todayville, a digital media company based in Alberta.


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