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2:01 pm – RCMP are investigating the theft of a large amount of heavy steel tubing at Alberta Industrial Metals last weekend. Read More.

1:25 pm – RCMP are investigating after some overnight vandalism to the site of the 50th Street water main repair project. Read More.

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12:43 pm – Although Red Deer building permit values are down overall on the year, residential and commercial sector permits so far this year are holding their own compared to values in 2016. Read More.

12:35 pm – The gymnasium at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre in Red Deer is closing for renovations starting Monday, May 15th. Read More.

12:30 pm – There’s an Emergency Preparedness Family BBQ at the Library Learning Centre in Innisfail tonight! Read More.

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12:26 pm – To celebrate the Grand Opening of the NexSource Centre, users are eligible to purchase either a six-month or annual pass at 50% off the regular rate! Pass sale is from Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 28, 2017.

12:22 pm – The Town of Sylvan Lake has been issued an extension by Alberta Environment & Parks, which allows the Town to follow the terms and conditions of an existing approval to operate the Sylvan Lake Wastewater System – 2nd Extension, until May 1, 2018.

12:20 pm – Street sweeping continues in Sylvan Lake today. Read More.

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12:13 pm – Trash to Treasure Week begins in Lacombe tomorrow! Read More.

12:11 pm – Residential street sweeping continues in Lacombe today on Sandstone Ave, Blackstone Ave, Hangingstone Dr, Hathaway Lane, Coventry Lane, Dickens Lane and Petticoat Lane.

12:09 – Refurbishments are now done at the outdoor tennis courts in Lacombe! Read More.

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11:57 am – Red Deer County crews are continuing their work on roadside weeds and other vegetation. Read More.

11:55 am – Red Deer County wants to make sure you’re prepared for an emergency. Check out these tips to keep you and your family safe!

11:49 am – Lacombe County will be hosting a two-day voluntary farm vehicle safety check on May 30th and 31st at their new public works shops located in the east and west sides of the County. The purpose of this check is to increase both the safety and the awareness of the local agricultural industry as it relates to vehicle safety. Read More.

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11:42 am – Red Deer RCMP are looking for two male suspects after an attempted armed robbery in a downtown parking lot next to the Tennis Bubble. Read More.

11:39 am – The Abbey Centre in Blackfalds is going Solar! Read More.

11:31 am – Red Deer College Motion Picture Arts graduate, Carlee Ryski, won Best Performance by an Alberta Actress at The Rosies held in Edmonton at the end of April. The annual gala for the Alberta Film & Television Awards brings out Alberta’s brightest stars and industry professionals to honour and celebrate the year’s best in production. Over 50 Rosie Awards were presented, recognizing excellence in all aspects of Alberta’s screen-based content. Read More.

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11:25 am – Street sweeping continues in Penhold today:

  • Lucina Street
  • Maplewood Boulevard
  • Healey Street
  • Henderson Crescent

9:32 am – A motion by the Board of Trustee of Red Deer Public Schools to advocate for a single publicly funded education system has been supported by a vote of 4 to 3. Read More.

9:22 am – Carter Brouilette of Sylvan Lake, a Grade 10 student at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School in Red Deer received the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. He is one of four students in Alberta to receive this prestigious award this year. The Duke of Edinburgh Award program is the world’s leading youth achievement award. The premise behind this award is that not all learning happens in the classroom. The award program honours students that show commitment and achievement to a variety of activities of their choice.

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9:13 am – Leona Staples has been appointed as a member and designated as chair of The Board of Governors of Olds College for a term to expire on May 8, 2020. Also, Donna Maxwell has been appointed as a member of The Board of Governors of Olds College for a term to expire on May 8, 2020. Mark Kaun has been reappointed as a member of The Board of Governors of Olds College for a term to expire on July 7, 2020.

9:05 am – Red Deer Rebels athletic therapist Josh Guenther has resigned due to personal reasons. Guenther was with the Rebels for the 2016-17 season. Read More.

8:43 am – Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, will make remarks at the Alberta Municipal Enforcement Association’s annual banquet and awards ceremony in the Monaco room at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer tonight at 5:00 pm.

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8:37 am – The Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division will recognize the service of it’s staff, inductees and staff accomplishments with appropriate gifts and awards at their annual Celebration of Excellence tonight at 5:00 pm.

8:32 am – Grade 8 Badminton players from St. Francis of Assisi Middle School in Red Deer will compete at the CWAJHAA’s being held at the school from 4 – 8 pm today.

8:27 am – Hundreds of Grade 5 boys from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools and Red Deer Public Schools will gather together at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre for the annual Grow Boys event today. This full-day leadership conference (with assistance from students attending École Secondaire Notre Dame High School) helps to provide these students with an opportunity to discover, improve, and share skills in a variety of ways. This day provides sessions to support the happy, healthy growth and development of these students.

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8:12 am – RDC’s Be Fit for Life Centre is once again encouraging young girls to keep moving. The 14th annual Go Girl event at the Collicutt Centre today will promote health, confidence and physical activity to more than 600 Grade 5 girls in the Red Deer Public School District and Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

8:04 am – Today is the Grand Opening of the Glendale Science and Technology School’s Escape Rooms.  Students in grade six at Glendale have designed and built two locked rooms. Testing is complete and they’re ready to open! You can sign up for either “The Cargo Hold” or “Space Lab” or both! Click here to sign up!

7:54 am – The G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be closed today from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to a private function. The facility will reopen to the public at 4 p.m. Read More.

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Canada signs $20B compensation agreement on First Nations child welfare

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OTTAWA — The federal government says it has signed a $20-billion final settlement agreement to compensate First Nations children and families harmed by chronic underfunding of child welfare.

The Assembly of First Nations and plaintiffs in two class-action lawsuits agreed to the deal, which also accounts for the government’s narrow definition of Jordan’s Principle.

Indigenous Services Canada says the settlement is the largest in Canadian history.

The $20 billion accounts for half of an overall $40-billion deal that aims to reform the child-welfare system, including five-year funding for the First Nations Child and Family Services program.

The deal must still be approved by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and Federal Court.

The court had dismissed Canada’s application to review two human-rights tribunal orders around child welfare and Jordan’s Principle, which is meant to eliminate jurisdictional squabbles in paying for services for First Nations kids.

AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse says in a statement she is proud of this “historic milestone” for First Nations children and their families.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2022.

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Putin declares victory in embattled Donbas region of Luhansk

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POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday declared victory in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, one day after Ukrainian forces withdrew from their last remaining bulwark of resistance in the province.

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin in a televised meeting Monday that Russian forces had taken control of Luhansk, which together with the neighboring Donetsk province makes up Ukraine’s industrial heartland of Donbas.

Shoigu told Putin that “the operation” was completed on Sunday after Russian troops overran the city of Lysychansk, the last stronghold of Ukrainian forces in Luhansk.

Putin, in turn, said that the military units “that took part in active hostilities and achieved success, victory” in Luhansk, “should rest, increase their combat capabilities.”

Putin’s declaration came as Russian forces tried to press their offensive deeper into eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian military confirmed that its forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk on Sunday. Luhansk governor Serhii Haidai said on Monday that Ukrainian forces had retreated from the city to avoid being surrounded.

“There was a risk of Lysychansk encirclement,” Haidai told the Associated Press, adding that Ukrainian troops could have held on for a few more weeks but would have potentially paid too high a price.

“We managed to do centralized withdrawal and evacuate all injured,” Haidai said. “We took back all the equipment, so from this point withdrawal was organized well.”

The Ukrainian General Staff said Russian forces were now focusing their efforts on pushing toward the line of Siversk, Fedorivka and Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, about half of which is controlled by Russia. The Russian army has also intensified its shelling of the key Ukrainian strongholds of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, deeper in Donetsk.

On Sunday, six people, including a 9-year-old girl, were killed in the Russian shelling of Sloviansk and another 19 people were wounded, according to local authorities. Kramatorsk also came under fire on Sunday.

An intelligence briefing Monday from the British Defense Ministry supported the Ukrainian military’s assessment, noting that Russian forces will “now almost certainly” switch to capturing Donetsk. The briefing said the conflict in Donbas has been “grinding and attritional,” and is unlikely to change in the coming weeks.

While the Russian army has a massive advantage in firepower, military analysts say that it doesn’t have any significant superiority in the number of troops. That means Moscow lacks resources for quick land gains and can only advance slowly, relying on heavy artillery and rocket barrages to soften Ukrainian defenses.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made capturing the entire Donbas a key goal in his war in Ukraine, now in its fifth month. Moscow-backed separatists in Donbas have battled Ukrainian forces since 2014 when they declared independence from Kyiv after the Russian annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. Russia formally recognized the self-proclaimed republics days before its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

In his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged the withdrawal, but vowed that Ukrainian forces will fight their way back.

“If the command of our army withdraws people from certain points of the front where the enemy has the greatest fire superiority, in particular this applies to Lysychansk, it means only one thing: We will return thanks to our tactics, thanks to the increase in the supply of modern weapons,” Zelenskyy said.

Since failing to take Kyiv and other areas in Ukraine’s northeast early in the war, Russia has focused on Donbas, unleashing fierce shelling and engaging in house-to-house combat that devastated cities in the region.

Russia’s invasion has also devastated Ukraine’s agricultural sector, disrupting supply chains of seed and fertilizer needed by Ukrainian farmers and blocking the export of grain, a key source of revenue for the country.

In its Monday intelligence report, Britain’s defense ministry pointed to the Russian blockade of the key Ukrainian port of Odesa, which has severely restricted grain exports. They predicted that Ukraine’s agricultural exports would reach only 35% of the 2021 total this year as a result.

As Moscow pushed its offensive across Ukraine’s east, areas in western Russia came under attack Sunday in a revival of sporadic apparent Ukrainian strikes across the border. The governor of the Belgorod region in Western Russia said fragments of an intercepted Ukrainian missile killed four people Sunday. In the Russian city of Kursk, two Ukrainian drones were shot down, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

In other developments:

— Ukrainian soldiers returning from the front lines in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region — where Russia is waging a fierce offensive — describe life during what has turned into a grueling war of attrition as apocalyptic.

— Two Russian airplanes departed Bulgaria on Sunday with scores of Russian diplomatic staff and their families amid a mass expulsion that has sent tensions soaring between the historically close nations, a Russian diplomat said.

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Associated Press journalists Maria Grazia Murru and Oleksandr Stashevskyi contributed from Kyiv, Ukraine.

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Follow AP’s coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

Francesca Ebel, The Associated Press

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