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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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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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