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2:47 pm – Imagine if every Canadian did three things for their neighbourhood, their nation, and their world this year. With Canada celebrating its 150th year of Confederation in 2017, Red Deer Mayor, Tara Veer, has accepted the challenge placed by Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, to do “Three Things for Canada”. Read More.

1:08 pm –  Lab results from Health Canada have confirmed that drugs seized in Red Deer in March were a mixture of Carfentanil, fentanyl and caffeine, making this the first known seizure of the deadly opioid Carfentanil in the Red Deer area. Read More.

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12:56 pm – The Town of Sylvan Lake will celebrate it’s annual summer fair this weekend. 1913 days starts on Friday! Read More.

12:54 pm – Paving work will result in some road closures in Sylvan Lake tomorrow. Read More.

12:43 pm – Police in Lacombe are looking for suspects after some recent graffiti incidents. Read More.

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11:59 am – Lacombe Police say thefts appear to be on the rise in the community. Read More.

11:45 am – High School students can check out their career options at a Career High School Info session at the Penhold Regional Multi-Plex today. Read More.

11:15 am – Find out what Alberta’s new requirements are for children in car seats and booster seats. Read More.

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11:07 am – Red Deer’s School and Playground Zone times are set to change starting August 1st. Read More.

11:02 am – Red Deer City Councillor Lawrence Lee was elected on Sunday to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) board, which develops policy and advocates in the interests of municipalities to the federal government. Read More.

10:55 am – The Town of Blackfalds is gearing up for “Blackfalds Days” later this month. Find out more.

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10:46 am – Ponoka RCMP have arrested 37 year old Mark Carr in connection with an alleged sexual assault on June 2nd. Read More.

10:32 am – Landscaping work will result in some road closures from 39th Street to 37th Street on Red Deer’s south hill on Tuesday. Read More.

10:19 am – Grade 5 students at Red Deer’s St. Teresa of Avila School in Red Deer will perform songs they have learned this school year in a band concert in the gymnasium starting at 1:00 pm. While band and choral students from Ecole Secondaire Notre Dame High School in Red Deer will share their musical talents at a concert at the Red Deer College Arts Centre tonight at 7:00 pm.

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10:04 am – St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Blackfalds will benefit from a Provincial Grant to help build a playground at the new school set to open this fall! Read More.

9:50 am – An Edmonton-based, door-to-door sales company must pay $15,000 for three tickets it received from The City of Red Deer for operating without a business license. Read More.

9:24 am – Red Deer College celebrated its 53rd Convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 2nd. More than 580 out of 1,900 eligible graduates crossed the stage to celebrate their achievements. Three special award recipients were also recognized. Dr. Bernie Pauly was presented with an Honorary Degree. Red Deer College Foundation Outstanding Student Award was presented to Ben Fleury for his leadership and commitment to RDC. The Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level) was presented by Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red DeerMountain View to Kelsie Bakker. Bakker had the highest academic standing of all RDC students this year, as she completed the final year of her diploma-level post-secondary program in Business Administration.

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9:05 am – You can help support the United Way of Central Alberta by dining out at some local restaurants! Read More.

8:50 am – A Rimbey resident has won the lottery after buying a Western 649 ticket in Red Deer! Read More.

8:38 am – Visitors to the Red, Deer, Lacombe and Stettler areas will now be able to get tourism information in more innovative and easier ways. It’s all thanks to some new grants being offered by the provincial government. Read More.

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8:28 am – Red Deerians are taking part in the Commuter Challenge this week. It’s a week-long event that takes place during Canadian Environment Week from June 4-10, 2017 and features free transit services! Read More.

8:13 am – The City of Red Deer is honouring seniors in our community by offering free admission and discounted monthly passes to City recreation facilities this week. It’s Senior’s Week! Details Here.

8:07 am – The Town of Sylvan Lake and the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to host a Customer Service Workshop from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the NexSource Centre today. It’s a great opportunity for business owners, managers and front line staff to learn how to improve the level of customer service in your business. Details Here.

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People planning to attend AIDS conference in Montreal still struggling to get visas

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MONTREAL — International AIDS organizations say people from Africa, South America and Asia who are planning to attend a major AIDS conference in Montreal are still struggling to get visas from the Canadian government.

The groups say a growing number of activists — including some who were scheduled to speak at the conference which begins at the end of the month — are having their visa applications denied, often on the grounds that the Canadian government doesn’t believe they’ll return home after the event.

Tinashe Rufurwadzo, the director of programs, management and governance at Y+ Global, an international organization of HIV+ youth, said the chair of his organization’s board and another of its employees, who are based in Malawi and Kenya, are among the young activists who have been denied visas to attend the conference.

He said both have travelled extensively to speak at AIDS-related events.

“Personally, I’m sick and tired of seeing young people from Africa mostly portrayed on PowerPoint slides as pictures, as photos on banners, as footnotes on case studies. Why can we not have them at conferences to share their lived experiences of what exactly is happening?” he said in an interview Friday.

Rufurwadzo said representatives of populations most at risk of HIV — such as people who inject drugs, transgender women, sex workers and gay men — need to be able to participate, as do adolescent girls, who are increasingly affected by HIV.

If people from the most affected countries aren’t able to attend, he said he doesn’t know how realistic the learning at the conference will be.

While those whose applications are denied will be able to attend the conference virtually, Rufurwadzo said that won’t allow the same level of participation. He also said young people, especially those from rural areas, may not have consistent access to the internet.

Last week, almost 250 organizations from around the world sent a joint letter to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser calling on him to take action to ensure participants can attend the International AIDS conference.

Aidan Strickland, a spokesman for Fraser, said in response to earlier questions from The Canadian Press that the department has been working closely with event organizers and that applications “have been assessed in a timely manner.”

“While we cannot comment on the admissibility of any particular individual, we can say that, in general, all visitors to Canada must meet the requirements for temporary residence in Canada, as set out in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act,” Strickland said in an email. “All applications from around the world are assessed equally against the same criteria.”

Javier Bellocq, an Argentine who runs a community journalism project called the Key Correspondent Team which focuses on people living with HIV and high-risk groups, said from the stories he’s heard, it seems like each Canadian consulate is applying different rules.

In some places, he said, applicants have been required to pay for medical examinations as part of the visa process.

“The conference, in theory, arranged with the Canadian government that there will not be medical examinations, but there are, there are many medical examinations.”

Of a group of 40 Argentines, including Bellocq, who are planning to participate in pre-conference activities, only two have received visas so far, he said.

Tumie Komanyane, who runs programs for international NGO Frontline AIDS in South Africa, said groups she works with were planning to help more than a dozen young people attend the conference, but decided not to even bother applying for 10 visas after the first four applications were rejected.

Komanyane said she’s aware of other young people from the region, including some who had scholarships to attend the conference funded by the Canadian government, who have had their visa applications denied.

“It’s incoherent,” she said in an interview Saturday. “With the strides that Africa is making in the HIV field, all the lessons and evidence that could be coming from the beneficiaries directly is going to be lost.”

While she works with young people, she said, she doesn’t want to speak for them.

“They have agency, they have voice, and they shouldn’t be represented by people like me. They should be able to go and share what this work means for them,” she said.

Bellocq said he’s not worried about himself, noting the Argentine passport is relatively powerful and he’s a professional who has been travelling internationally form more than 30 years. But he worries about people  from countries with less passport privilege and members of marginalized groups who are at high risk of HIV.

With pre-conference events starting in just over three weeks, he said, “time is not on our side.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2022.

Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press

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Blue Jays deal with 2 losses to Rays, off-field personal matters

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TORONTO — Back-to-back losses in a doubleheader paled in comparison to off-field concerns for the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Francisco Mejia had a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the fifth to lead Tampa Bay to an 11-5 rout of the Blue Jays hours after Isaac Paredes and Wander Franco each had a solo home run as the Rays won the first game 6-2.

Toronto first base coach Mark Budzinski left the second game early, with manager Charlie Montoyo repeatedly leaving the dugout for the clubhouse during the game. Bench coach John Schneider filled in as manager during Montoyo’s brief absences.

The Blue Jays closed their clubhouse after the game and cancelled their post-game media availabilities.

“As many of you are aware, Mark Budzinski left early in the game tonight,” read a statement from the team. “He is dealing with a personal matter and Charlie and our coaches are with him.

“Out of consideration for Bud, we ask that you please respect his privacy at this time. Thank you.”

The Blue Jays also had a scary moment in the second inning of the first game when starting pitcher Kevin Gausman took a sharply hit ball off of his right ankle.

He lay prone on the turf in front of the mound as catcher Gabriel Moreno completed the play. After the out trainers came to examine Gausman on the field before helping him to the clubhouse.

His X-rays came back negative and Montoyo said between the games that the pitcher had a contusion.

“Just like everybody else, I was hoping that it wasn’t anything worse than a contusion and that’s what had happened and that’s good news,” said Montoyo, who said Gausman would be considered day-to-day.

Paredes added a three-run homer and an RBI double in the late game as Tampa (42-36) earned back-to-back wins.

Starter Drew Rasmussen allowed two runs — one earned — on five hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. Reliever Dusten Knight allowed three runs over 2 1/3 innings and Ralph Garza Jr. earned the win, pitching scoreless ball the rest of the way.

Bradley Zimmer had a two-run homer for Toronto (44-35) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added a solo bomb.

Thomas Hatch (0-1) coughed up 10 runs on 12 hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Gage, Sergio Romo, Tim Mayza and Adam Cimber came on in relief, with Gage allowing a run.

Tampa had lost four straight heading into Saturday’s doubleheader, including losses in Toronto on Thursday and Friday.

“That was an exciting day. We had to find a way to bounce back, we did,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “It kind of all came together for us through the course of a long day.

“It’s tough to win both games of a doubleheader, so really proud and impressed with the guys.”

EXTRA HELP — Casey Lawrence was recalled from triple-A as the 27th man for both games of the doubleheader. He pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief in Saturday’s first game, allowing six runs to take the loss. Relief pitcher Max Castillo was sent down to triple-A between games to make space for Hatch on Toronto’s roster.

PIRATES TRADE — The Blue Jays announced a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda during the first game of the doubleheader. Toronto sent cash considerations to Pittsburgh in return. Righty Julian Merryweather was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

UP NEXT — Ross Stripling (4-2) will start for Toronto in the finale of the rare five-game series against Tampa Bay. Shane Baz (0-1) will take the mound for the Rays.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2022.

John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

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