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2:41 pm – Red Deer RCMP have arrested and charged 19 year old Jacob Conrad Courtemanche in relation to a home invasion in the Morrisroe neighbourhood on April 25th that sent one man to hospital with serious injuries to his hand. Read More.

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1:23 pm – After being reported missing and then located by Red Deer RCMP, 15 year old Terrylle Rain has again been reported missing. Please contact Red Deer RCMP if you have information about his whereabouts. Terrylle Rain is described as Aboriginal, 5’6” tall, slim build, short brown hair and brown eyes.

1:15 pm – Burn permits have been reinstated for Red Deer County today. However, landowners are urged to exercise caution in case winds pick up again. Burn permits are required for all prohibited debris within the County.

10:37 am – Camping season is well underway in Central Alberta, with Westerner Park getting into the spirit by hosting the Southside RV Centre Spring Event today through Sunday, May 28th! Read More.

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10:13 am – The City of Red Deer has provided an update on power restoration and clean-up efforts after Wednesday’s wind storm. Details Here.

10:11 am – Innisfail Town Council awarded on Wednesday night, the removal and disposal of sludge from the former wastewater lagoon. The move is part of a multi-year plan to reclaim the lagoon. Find out what else happened at this week’s Council Meeting.

10:07 am – Road closures are in place throughout Innisfail today. Read More.

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9:58 am – Sylvan Lake Town Council wants to know what it’s options are to address concerns about the community’s Visitor Pay Parking program. Find out what else happened at Sylvan Lake’s Town Council meeting this week.

9:46 am – Many parts of Red Deer and other surrounding communities were without power for parts of their afternoon and evening on Wednesday due to the wind storm. Today is now a day of cleanup for many communities, including Red Deer and Sylvan Lake where the town is offering free branches and tree drop-off at the Waste Transfer Site until June 2nd. Some power outages remain in the region today. Click here for details.

9:12 am – Two people were taken to hospital for precautionary measures after a two vehicle crash near Alix on Sunday, May 21st. Bashaw RCMP say it happened at the intersection of Highways 601 and 12 when a southbound pick-up truck on HIghway 601 proceeded after a stop sign into the path of a westbound car on Highway 12. Both occupants of the car were taken to hospital while the three occupants of the truck were not hurt. A 38 year old woman driving the truck has been charged.

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9:02 am – École Secondaire Notre Dame High School is turning 20 years old. So the school is celebrating with a birthday party to mark this milestone from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m at the school today! Read More.

8:41 am – Students at Red Deer’s St. Martin de Porres School are busy with numerous activities and events today. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 are taking part in “CREATE” (Children Regularly Engaged Actively to Excel) which includes things such as making prayer beads, juggling, art, puppetry, costume makeup, Lego car racing, cats cradle, finger knitting, ukulele, cooking, zumba, poetry and more. Also, Grade 4 students will visit seniors at the lodge and interview them in regards to the pioneer days, while the School will also host a “Welcome to Kindergarten event tonight. Elsewhere, St. Teresa of Avila School will hold it’s Annual Spring Musical this year, “The Granny Awards,” a production based on an award show for fairytales. Over 100 students are involved with 70 choir members and 30 cast members performing on stage.

8:13 am – It’s a busy day for many local schools today as a Bike Rodeo focusing on bicycle safety is taking place for Grade 2 and 3 students at G.W. Smith Elementary School from 9:15 – 11:45 am. Elsewhere, G.H. Dawe School’s “Roots of Empathy” program will have it’s year-end party in the Library starting at 10:30 am, while a used book sale and swap continues at Normandeau School during the lunchtime break.

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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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