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Rebels Release Schedule, County Paving, Stolen Saddles

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3:05 pm – A man and woman from Calgary have been charged after Innisfail Mounties were notified on Saturday, June 24th that there may have been stolen property being sold by two people at the Innisfail Auction Mart. Innisfail RCMP, Nanton RCMP and the RCMP livestock section working in partnership were able to identify and arrest a male and a female suspect. Approximately $19,000 in saddles that had been stolen from a ranch near Okotoks were recovered and returned to the owner, who was happy to have them back.

1:28 pm – The Red Deer Rebels have released their 2017 – 2018 schedule and it starts with a home game against the Edmonton Oil Kings on September 23rd. Read More.

10:51 am – A walking trail in the Michael O’Brien Wetland near 55 Street will close this week for Electric Light & Power to prepare for power line work in the area. Read More.

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10:06 am – Officials with Lacombe County have received an application to rezone some land for a recreational development. The development proposal includes a driving range, 12-hole golf course, 100 recreational vehicle seasonal campsites (including two 384 square foot washrooms), 104 vehicle parking spaces and an 80,000 square foot storage lot.  However, no subdivision is being sought in this proposal and an open house is slated for July 6th. Read More.

9:45 am – A busy summer of road and highway paving is underway in Red Deer County this year. Read More.

9:30 am – Enjoy the sunshine with some live tunes on the Ross Street Patio from 11:00 – 1:30 pm today! Read More.

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8:48 am – Grade 2- 5 students in an after school music enrichment program at G.H. Dawe Elementary School in Red Deer will take to the stage today to put on a Pop-Up Percussion performance. The show will mark the conclusion of the pilot phase of the student’s Education and Outreach program Music + Explorers. The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra continues to seek additional funding to help keep the program going and growing.

8:30 am – Students at École Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sylvan Lake will put their talents on display today during EOLR’s Got Talent! This means students will perform before the entire school in the Gathering Area. Families are welcome to attend but due to the large number of talented students, a portion of the performances will take place in the morning from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and then start again at 1:00 p.m.

8:20 am – Kindergarten to Grade 5 students at Red Deer’s Father Henri Voisin School will participate in the annual Track and Fun Day. Students will focus on a variety of track events and fun activities to promote physical fitness. The day will also include traditional Aboriginal activities which will allow students to learn about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures and sporting events.

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TC Energy shuts down Keystone pipeline system after leak in Nebraska

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CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. says it has shut down its Keystone pipeline after a leak in Nebraska.

The company says it has mobilized people and equipment in response to a confirmed release of oil into a creek, about 32 kilometres south of Steele City, Neb.

TC Energy says an emergency shutdown and response was initiated Wednesday night after a pressure drop in the system was detected.

It says the affected segment of the pipeline has been isolated and booms have been deployed to prevent the leaked oil from moving downstream.

The Keystone pipeline system stretches 4,324 kilometres and helps move Canadian and U.S. crude oil to markets around North America.

TC Energy says the system remains shutdown as its crews respond and work to contain and recover the oil.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2022.

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Advocate asks AFN chiefs to ensure $40B settlement deal leaves no child behind

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By Stephanie Taylor in Ottawa

A First Nations child welfare advocate on Wednesday implored chiefs to ensure “no child is left behind” in a landmark $40-billion settlement agreement with the federal government.

Cindy Blackstock delivered the message to an Assembly of First Nations gathering in Ottawa, after being invited to take the stage by Cindy Woodhouse, regional chief in Manitoba who helped negotiate the agreement, which had been thrown into question since being rejected by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

The AFN, representing more than 600 First Nations across the country, had asked the tribunal to approve the settlement deal, which would see the government spend $20 billion to compensate families and children for systemic discrimination in the Indigenous child welfare system. It would also spend another $20 billion on making long-term reforms.

Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Caring Society who first lodged the complaint at the heart of the issue, raised concerns that the agreement wouldn’t provide $40,000 in compensation to all eligible claimants, which is the amount the tribunal ruled they should get.

“We can make sure that in our First Nations canoe of justice, no child has to see their money go away and no child is left behind in justice,” she said Wednesday.

“We are capable of that.”

Following the tribunal’s decision in October, the federal government filed for a judicial review of some parts of its decision.

Endorsing the settlement agreement loomed as one of the biggest items on the assembly’s agenda, with chiefs being asked to vote on what the organization should do next.

The chiefs had been preparing to vote on conflicting resolutions, with one asking them to support the final settlement agreement, while another sought to see the organization not appeal the tribunal decision and renegotiate the deal.

But on Wednesday, further talks between both sides took place, assisted by former senator and judge Murray Sinclair, who helped the AFN, federal government and lawyers for two related class-action lawsuits reach the $40-billion agreement in the first place, which was formally announced in January.

Chiefs ultimately voted late Wednesday against re-entering negotiations but to instead support compensation for victims outlined in the agreement and “those already legally entitled to the $40,000 plus interest under the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal compensation orders.”

It also included a provision that AFN leaders must regularly return to chiefs to provide it with progress updates and “seek direction” from chiefs on implementing the final agreement.

Many chiefs thanked Blackstock, who was greeted with applause after further agreement was met and said she was honoured to see people come together for children harmed by Ottawa’s discrimination.

“We have had too many apologies, we’ve had too many compensation deals, we’ve had too many kids hurt. And this has got to be it,” she said.

She added more discussion on the long-term reform part of the deal would be presented to chiefs on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the assembly heard from sisters Melissa Walterson and Karen Osachoff, plaintiffs on the case, about the impact the foster care system had on their lives.

Osachoff said she had been in the child welfare system since she was born and didn’t have a chance to grow up with her sister.

“Had it not been for the ’60s Scoop and the child welfare (system), her and I would have grown up together.”

She said she understands why the tribunal characterizes those like her as “victims,” but told chiefs to instead think of them as survivors.

“I am not a victim and our claimants are not victims.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2022.

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