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Around Red Deer May 12th – 14th…..

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1:02 pm – Red Deer RCMP continue their ramped up efforts to arrest people wanted on outstanding warrants and patrolling targeted areas of the City for suspicious vehicles or activity. As a result, well over a dozen arrests have been made over the past 10 days, including the arrest of a man in a stolen truck with a loaded rifle inside. Read More.

9:56 am – Street sweeping continues in Sylvan Lake today. Find out where.

9:48 am – On May 3, 2017, Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie was joined by nine Grade 6 students from École Lacombe Upper Elementary School, Terrace Ridge School, Lacombe Christian School, Father Lacombe School and College Heights Christian School for the annual “Mayor for a Day” program at City Hall. Read More.

9:43 am – Trash To Treasure Week is now underway in Lacombe. Read More.

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9:40 am – Street sweeping resumes in Lacombe today. On Country Ridge Cl, Garden Rd, Fairway Dr, Northstar Dr & Eagle Rd. Don’t forget to move your vehicles!

9:35 am – The City of Lacombe has provided an update on the progress of the Main Street project currently underway. See it here!

9:29 am – It’s gardening season in Blackfalds! Construction of a new Community Garden is now underway in the Pine Crescent area. Read More.

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9:22 am – Tomorrow is a chance for you to take the kids out to see some cool, large equipment up close. On Saturday, May 13 between 10 am – 4 pm in the Crossroads Church parking lot, it’s the 2nd Annual Touch A Truck event. Members from Penhold Fire Department will be on site with their trucks. $5 a carload gets you in and with so much to see and do this event has something fun for everyone.

9:10 am – Charges have now been laid in an armed robbery on Broadway Avenue in Blackfalds on May 1st. 18 year old Connor Buyar of Lacombe, 18 year old Nicholas Gibson of Red Deer and a male youth from Blackfalds have all been charged in the incident.

9:02 am – Red Deer County and Innisfail Co-op Green Way have partnered once again to offer a Rental Sprayer Program. Read More.

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8:58 am – Just a reminder to local motorists of the Roundabout construction taking place at Gasoline Alley. It’s at the intersection of Laura Avenue and Lantern Street. Read More.

8:50 am – Lots going on at Westerner Park this weekend! The Red Deer Bike Swap, Deja Vu Kids Spring Sale and the Carswell Collectibles Antique Show! Read More.

8:40 am Numerous events and activities are going on throughout the City of Red Deer over the next few days. Looking for something to do? Check them out here!

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8:28 am – On Saturday, May 13, the Red Deer Kings Volleyball program will receive a prestigious honour when eight of its recent teams (1999/2000 – 2006/2007), as well as former player, Gavin Schmitt, will be inducted into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Hall of Fame. During his time at RDC, Schmitt led the Kings in kills and kills per game, and he hit the last ball to win the national title during the team’s eight-in-a-row run.

8:13 am – They will be cutting the ribbon at the new NexSource Centre in Sylvan Lake tonight at 6:00 pm! Although it’s already been open to the public, the facility will feature many free events to the community over the next three days (May 12, 13 & 14). Read More.

8:00 am – Today marks the official Grand Opening of the new Runway Extension at the Red Deer Regional Airport. A special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at the Airport at 11:00 am with Deron Bilous, Alberta’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade. This project is the largest infrastructure project in the airport’s recent history.

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Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury starts moguls World Cup season with gold

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Ruka – Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury has started the moguls World Cup season right where he left off.

Kingsbury won a gold medal at the first moguls World Cup event of the season on Saturday. After earning silver at the Beijing Olympics he finished the last freestyle skiing season with three consecutive World Cup wins.

The 30-year-old from Deux-Montagne, Que., reached the top of the podium on Saturday with a score of 84.50. Japan’s Ikuma Horishima earned silver with an 80.48 and Australia’s Matt Graham took bronze with an 80.12.

Kingsbury had the final run of the day and was surprised when he heard his competition’s scores.

“They were lower than what I expected but I just had to stick to my game plan, do what I wanted to do,” said Kingsbury. “It’s nice that I was able to improve my scores from the Final 1 to the super final.”

It was Kingsbury’s 10th career victory in Ruka, Finland. He has now reached a World Cup podium 145 times in his storied career.

Now in his 12th season on the World Cup circuit, Kingsbury said that he’s as motivated as ever.

“I’m always excited for the first race of the season. So I’ve never had a problem with motivation, really,” said Kingsbury. “I want to be there. I want to be the last guy to go. I want to be in those positions. I want to feel nervous.”

Gabriel Dufresne of Joliette, Que., was the only other Canadian to advance past the qualifiers. He finished 11th with a score of 75.24.

Elliot Vaillancourt (Drummondville, Que., 18th), Kerrian Chunlaud (Sainte-Foy, Que., 22nd), Alexandre Lavoie (Quebec City, 23rd), Daniel Tanner (Calgary, 33rd) and Julien Viel (Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que., 38th) were all eliminated in the qualification rounds, as were Laurianne Desmarais-Gilbert (Sainte-Adèle, Que.) and Maïa Schwinghammer (Saskatoon), who just missed making the top 16 in the preliminaries and moving on to the first elimination round.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2022.

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Reducing funding for RCMP on the table for Saskatchewan amid firearm buyback debate

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REGINA — Saskatchewan says it would consider reducing its funding for the RCMP if the force was to help the federal government with its proposed firearms buyback program.

Public Safety Minister Christine Tell says all options are on the table, signalling the province will not help Ottawa collect guns it has banned.

“We as a province fund the RCMP to a tune of 70 per cent, so it could even get more interesting,” Tell said Thursday.

The Saskatchewan Party government said it is pushing back to protect law-abiding firearms owners from what it views as federal intrusion on its provincial autonomy.

Under Ottawa’s proposed firearms buyback program, it would be mandatory for people to have their assault-style firearms rendered inoperable or have them discarded. That could also include centrefire semi-automatic rifles or shotguns designed to accept a detachable magazine that can hold more than five cartridges.

In response, Saskatchewan has introduced its own firearms act to forbid municipalities and police services from receiving federal money to help confiscate firearms.

The proposed law says a municipality, police service or board would have to get written approval from the province’s public safety minister before agreeing to support the federal buyback program.

It also states that Saskatchewan’s chief firearms officer would enforce which federal agent can or cannot confiscate firearms in the province.

“These legal firearm owners are not the ones committing the crimes,” Tell said.

The legislation was tabled Thursday, months after Tell wrote a letter to Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, the head of Saskatchewan’s RCMP. It stated that the province would not support the Mounties using provincially funded resources to help confiscate firearms.

Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick have sent similar letters to their RCMP forces. They have joined Saskatchewan in asking Ottawa to not use up “scarce RCMP and municipal resources” for its buyback program.

In October, Blackmore said Mounties are service providers, not decision-makers, and any decisions over the buyback program are between the federal and provincial governments.

“As the service provider, we would be the individuals that get our information from them,” Blackmore told The Canadian Press.

That includes if additional resources would be needed by RCMP once the buyback program rolls out.

“It would depend on the level of expectation, and what that looks like, and what the involvement is if there are additional resources,” Blackmore said.

The specific role of the RCMP and the details surrounding the buyback program have not been determined.

On Friday, the Saskatchewan RCMP said it will continue to prioritize front-line services and the safety of communities is its highest priority.

The Saskatchewan Firearms Act also calls for helping firearm owners get fair market value for guns collected through the buyback program and would require all seized firearms to go through forensic and ballistic testing.

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, which advocates for hunters and the protection of the province’s hunting heritage, praised the proposed act, saying it would mitigate the “draconian” federal legislation.

There are approximately 115,000 licensed firearms owners in Saskatchewan, 75,000 of whom may be penalized under the federal government’s policy. That’s about 10 per cent of Saskatchewan’s adult population, the province said.

Saskatchewan’s NDP Opposition has stood united with the government to denounce the program.

“It does not strike the right balance for Saskatchewan,” justice critic Nicole Sarauer said last week in the legislature.

“These amendments are overbroad and capture rifles that have legitimate uses for both hunters and producers in Saskatchewan.”

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

Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press

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