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2:22 pm – RCMP are asking for your help in finding 16 year old Nadia Gursky. She was last seen in Red Deer on April 25th and Police wish to verify her well-being. Nadia Gursky is described as white, 5’6” tall, 165 lbs, long curly red-blonde hair and hazel eyes. If you know where she is, contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

1:45 pm – RCMP are looking for three young male suspects after a man was robbed at gun-point in Blackfalds early this morning. Read More.

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1:41 pm – Repairs begin today on the City of Lacombe’s outdoor Tennis Courts. Read More.

10:44 am – The Town of Innisfail’s Movers & Groovers Adult Walking Group will run at the Innisfail Arena for six weeks starting Monday, May 1! Read More.

10:41 am – Large item pick-up begins in the Town of Innisfail today! Read More.

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10:34 am – Sylvan Lake’s Annual Spring Clean-Up is now underway. Pitch-In Week runs from May 1 – 7. Read More.

10:23 am – Blackfalds Annual Municipal Census begins today! Read More.

10:17 am – A number of Free activities are available for youth in Penhold this week. Check out the Town’s Facebook Page for more information. Details Here. 

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10:04 am – An unfounded bomb threat shut down Red Deer’s Collicutt Centre on Sunday night. Read More.

9:58 am – The careless disposal of oily rags has been identified as the cause of a house fire in Red Deer’s Morrisroe neighbourhood on Friday. Read More.

9:35 am – The Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division is re-evaluating it’s process for third party classroom presentations, after a controversial one from Red Deer & Area Pro-Life that was presented to Grade 10 students at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School last month. This means a new guiding set of procedures is now being developed so teaching staff can be provided clear direction on how they will be involved before, during and after any presentation to ensure the integrity of the lesson. In the meantime, any future presentations will be vetted until these procedures can be formally included in the division’s Administrative Procedures.

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9:21 am – A Red Deer man is facing charges after RCMP arrested a man attempting to use a slip tank from another vehicle to pump gas into what turned out to be a stolen truck. 30 year old Kyle Earl Harstad of Red Deer has been charged.

9:09 am – Lacombe County is allocating it’s 2016 Budget Surplus of $1,447,110.46 to it’s Bridge Reserve, Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve and Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve. Each will receive $480,000. The remaining $7,110.46 will remain in unrestricted surplus.

8:59 am – Officials with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools are asking students, parents and guardians to recognize and Thank all School Bus Driver today. It’s School Bus Driver Appreciation Day! Elsewhere, at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School, Badminton teams will play against each other with the top two teams moving onto provincials on Friday, May 5.

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8:44 am – Elementary students in the Red Deer Public School District have a chance tonight and next Monday, May 8th to take part in Choir Kids at the New Life Fellowship Church on Kelloway Crescent. Choir Kids is a unique program for elementary students to rehearse and perform with a professional orchestra. This event showcases the Division’s amazing music and choral programs and provides great exposure to a new realm of music. Students have the opportunity to collaborate and perform with peers, other teachers and professional musicians! Read More. 

8:32 am – Seven students from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School will be moving onto the Skills Alberta Competition on May 10 and 11 in Edmonton. The 2017 Regional Skills Competition was on April 27, 2017. The following students are the winners in the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) areas: In BakingKeana Fraser, Grade 12 won silver and is going onto provincials. Electrical Installations, Adam Holmes, Grade 11 won bronze, Shawn Rowland, Grade 11 won silver and is going onto provincials & Jared Wilkens, Grade 10 won gold and is going onto provincials. In Hairstyling Junior, Hailey Foster, Grade 11 won bronze, Allie Bradford, Grade 10 won gold and is going onto provincials. In Hairstyling IntermediateKenzie Armitage, Grade 12 won silver and is going onto provincials. In Welding, Jessica Wohlgemuth, Grade 12 won gold and is going onto provincials.

8:08 am – A Red Deer man and woman were arrested at a Markerville campground April 27th and charged with being in possession of a stolen truck, other stolen items, stolen I.D. and weapons. The pair are due in Red Deer court May 2nd. Read More.

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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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