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2:50 pm – Red Deer RCMP are hoping you can help them find 35 year old Nadia Bull. She was last seen in Red Deer on May 12. RCMP believe she may now be in the Rocky Mountain House area, and wish to verify her well-being. Read More.

11:53 am – The Innisfail Farmer’s Market is back for another season! Read More.

11:48 am – Food Truck Thursdays are back for another season in Sylvan Lake! Read More.

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9:16 am – Red Deer RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate 13 year old Jayden Lafferty. He was last seen in Red Deer on April 19 and RCMP wish to verify his well-being. Jayden Lafferty is described as Caucasian, 5’3” tall, 105 lbs, Wavy light brown hair and Blue eyes. If you have been in contact with Jayden Lafferty or have information on his whereabouts, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

9:07 am – Red Deer College celebrated two events on Wednesday, May 17th. The Learning Pathways in Central Alberta Memorandum of Understanding signing and the 2017 Community Awards. In the afternoon, representatives from RDC and seven local School Divisions gathered to celebrate the ongoing partnership created through Learning Pathways in Central Alberta, a Memorandum of Understanding between the eight organizations. Later in the evening, community members, alumni and distinguished guests gathered to celebrate two deserving individuals and one community partner at the 2017 Community Awards ceremony. Alfio Truant was awarded the G.H. Dawe Memorial Award for his commitment to community and leadership. The Distinguished Alumnus Award went to Rod Kennedy for his personal and professional achievements, as well as public service. The Community Partner Award was presented to seven central Alberta School Divisions, in recognition of their collaborations with Red Deer College in promoting high school completion and the transition to post-secondary learning.

8:59 am – Rocky Mountain House RCMP are hoping you can help them find 24 year old Waylon Frencheater. Read More.

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8:33 am – Arson charges have been laid against 39-year-old Denis Fortin in connection with an apartment fire in Ponoka on May 1st. Read More.

8:24 am – The Alberta government has announced $54.2 million in funding this year for improvements to campgrounds, new picnic tables and improved infrastructure. In Central Alberta, Jarvis Bay Provincial Park will receive some campground upgrades, while Fish Lake Provincial Park will see campground upgrades and an expansion. Read More.

8:05 am – It’s a busy day at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School in Red Deer. A representative from Red Deer College Career Services will be presenting to Grade 8 students. Information will include what it is like to be a college student, what kind of careers going to college can help them achieve, and how to work towards getting to the college level. Also, Presenters from the University of Calgary Let’s Talk Science Team will be presenting to Grade 6 students. Students will have an opportunity to participate in various hands-on crime lab activities during this session.

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Ottawa raises $8.9 billion for 5G wireless licences in 3,500 MHz spectrum auction

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The federal government says it raised $8.9 billion in a licence auction for a key band of 5G wireless spectrum in results announced this afternoon.

Canada’s Big Three wireless companies led the pack, grabbing hundreds of licences for the 3,500 MHz band of airwaves.

As well as Rogers, Bell and Telus, carriers gaining licences include Videotron, Xplornet and SaskTel.

Freedom Mobile, the country’s fourth largest cell service provider, chose not to participate in the auction amid a takeover deal of its parent company Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers that has yet to be approved by regulators.

The United States held a similar auction last year, raising US$4.5 billion ($5.6 billion) in net proceeds. Ottawa’s $8.9 billion far outstrips the $3.5 billion raised in a 2019 spectrum auction for a different, less desirable wireless band. 

In total, 1,495 out of 1,504 available licences were awarded to 15 Canadian companies, including 757 licences to small and regional providers across the country. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 29, 2021.

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Canada's Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens capture bronze in women's pair

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TOKYO — Canada has its first rowing medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Victoria’s Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens of Surrey, B.C., took bronze on Thursday in the women’s pair with a time of six minutes 52.10 seconds.

The 2018 world champions finished behind the gold-medal winning duo of Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler of New Zealand (6:50.19) and the Russian Olympic Committee’s Vasilisa Stepanova and Elena Oriabinskaia (6:51.45).

Conlin McCabe of Brockville, Ont., and Kai Langerfeld of North Vancouver, B.C., were the other Canadian rowers in a final Thursday, finishing fourth in the men’s pair on the 2,000-metre course at Sea Forest Waterway.

Canada’s women’s eight will race for a gold Friday.

The country’s rowers are looking to rebound after a disastrous showing at the 2016 Rio Games that saw the program secure just one medal.

The Canadians qualified 10 boats for Tokyo — the most since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta — and have a gender-neutral team for the first time in their history.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 29, 2021.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 28, 2021.

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