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.
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.
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.
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.
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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