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2:39 pm – The north Red Deer RCMP detachment located at 6592 58th Avenue is now re-opened to the public after renovations were made to improve work flow at the front counter customer service area. Red Deer RCMP thank the public for their patience during the closure and welcome citizens back to the north detachment.

12:40 pm – Red Deer – Mountain View M.P. Earl Dreeshen will be speaking to Bill C-46 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) in the House of Commons today. The Bill deals with proposed changes to impaired driving laws. Dreeshen had originally spoken to the Bill on May 19th, but the House rose for the day and his time has been transferred to today. The speech will take place at approximately 1:15 PM Mountain Time and will be broadcast on CPAC and available online atwww.parlvu.parl.gc.ca

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12:34 pm – A Red Deer man faces trafficking charges after RCMP seized drugs, drug trafficking paraphernalia and weapons during a search warrant at a downtown apartment Friday night. Read More.

11:25 am –  The Government of Alberta has announced $37 million in Water for Life grants to build a wastewater line from Sylvan Lake to Red Deer! Read More!

11:17 am – Red Deer RCMP have arrested a man wanted in connection with the Knife-point robbery of a local taxi driver on February 2nd.

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11:07 am – Red Deer’s Spray Park and Outdoor Pool are set to open for another season on Thursday! Read More.

10:55 am – Heads up Lacombe County motorists! CP Rail has notified the County they are planning a number of closures of roads at crossings throughout the County over the next couple of weeks to facilitate upgrades and repairs to their rail line. Traffic will be detoured along local roads during the closure; watch for signs indicating the detour routes. Read More.

10:41 am – Penhold’s water reservoir project will proceed in mid-June and take approximately 12 months to complete. Find out what else Council was discussing at their latest meeting!

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10:21 am – Foreigner’s 10-city Canadian tour is set to perform in the ENMAX Centrium at Westerner Park in Red Deer on Friday, October 13th. Presale starts on Tuesday, May 30th at 10:00am by using the promo code TOUR40 at www.TicketsAlberta.com until Thursday, June 1st at 11:59pm. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 2nd at 10:00am at www.TicketsAlberta.com.

10:03 am – RCMP are warning Albertans about Binary Options Scams. Read More.

9:56 am – Red Deer Mounties say 20 year old Debra Goodrunning who was previously reported as missing, has now been found. Police are thanking the public for their help in finding her.

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9:45 am – A 56 year old Sylvan Lake man died on Saturday after the motorcycle he was driving, collided with a bridge near Little Smoky River. Read More.

9:35 am – Red Deer RCMP arrested a man who fled from the hospital while in custody Saturday morning. Read More.

9:26 am – RCMP are looking for a suspect or suspects who stole $20,000 worth of cigarettes and other items from the No Frills Gas Bar in Stettler May 3rd. If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call Stettler RCMP at (403)742-3382 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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9:17 am – RCMP are hoping you can help them identify a man accused of breaking into a vehicle in Stettler, stealing a wallet inside and using a credit card from the wallet to use at several local businesses. Read More.

8:55 am – All Grade 6-8 students from St. Matthew Catholic School in Rocky Mountain House will compete in Middle School track and field events at the Curtis Football Field today!

8:31 am – Grade 5 students at G.W. Smith Elementary School in Red Deer will attend Nature School at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre all week. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities.

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8:23 am – Grade 3-5 students at Ecole Barrie Wilson Elementary School in Red Deer will have a unique opportunity today to learn more about the human brain. The Central Alberta Brain Injury Society (CABIS) is coming to do their Brain Walk program, which is an interactive walk through the brain where students visit 10 different hands on stations over the course of an hour to learn about how different parts of the brain work. The purpose of the Brain Walk is to inspire the students to realize how important the brain is and what it can do, thereby developing a natural desire to protect the brain.

8:12 am – The Parkland Regional Library System headquartered in Lacombe, is among six regional library systems in Alberta that will share $10.7 million in one-time capital funding announced by the province on Friday, May 26th. In a release, Parkland Regional Library Director Ron Sheppard says “This funding is exceptionally good news. Parkland Regional Library’s headquarters has been in need of significant infrastructure upgrades for a number of years, and our ability to fund such a large-scale capital undertaking with our partner municipalities has been a challenge. We are very grateful the Alberta government recognizes the important role regional systems play in supporting library services for rural Albertans.”

7:56 am – Five Central Albertans will be recognized for their extraordinary volunteer efforts with a new National Award today. Four Red Deerians and one resident from Penhold will be among 45 people recognized at the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers Awards Ceremony in the Edmonton Federal Building’s Capital View Room May 29th. The award recipients include:

  • James A. Bourgoin, Red Deer
  • Robert Crites, Penhold
  • Beverley Hanes, Red Deer
  • Vincent Martin, Red Deer
  • Bobbi McCoy, Red Deer

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Canadian stage actor, director Martha Henry dies at 83 of cancer

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STRATFORD, ONT. — Canadian stage actor Martha Henry, a stalwart of the Stratford Festival, has died at age 83.

Festival organizers say Henry died just after midnight Thursday of cancer at her home in Stratford, just 12 days after gracing the stage for the last time.

Artistic director Antoni Cimolino says their “hearts are shattered,” and calls Henry “the most inspiring mentor and an unforgettable, original talent.”

Organizers say Henry spent 47 seasons at the southern Ontario theatre festival between 1962 and 2021, performing in more than 70 productions and directing 14 more.

The festival says Henry received her cancer diagnosis not long before the pandemic shuttered a 2020 production of “Three Tall Women.” When shows resumed this summer, Henry used a walker throughout rehearsal and early performances, but about a month into the run in September, she moved into a wheelchair.

Her final performance was on Oct. 9. The festival says the show was filmed and it hopes to secure the rights to share it publicly.

Cimolino praised Henry for working “tirelessly,” despite her illness.

“Her sense of responsibility to the theatre was so profound that it enabled her to endure pain and face down her terminal disease to complete an astoundingly truthful performance as a dying woman in ‘Three Tall Women,'” Cimolino said Thursday in a release. “Her life became art.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2021.

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CP NewsAlert: Alberta public inquiry finds no wrongdoing in anti-oilsands campaign

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s public inquiry into the role of foreign funding of campaigns opposing oilsands development has found environmental groups have done nothing wrong.

Inquiry commissioner Steve Allan says the groups behind those campaigns were within their free speech rights.

Allan also says the campaigns have not been unlawful or dishonest.

But Allan recommends a series of reforms to improve transparency in the charitable sector, as well as an industry-led campaign to rebrand Canadian energy.

The report finds that billions of dollars have flowed into Canadian environmental charities, but only a relatively small amount has been used for anti-oilsands campaigns.

It finds that, at most, foreign sources spent $3.5 million a year on such efforts.

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