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1:44 pm – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer – Mountain View joined an all-party delegation in Washington from May 1-4. The meetings were broad in range but were primarily focused on issues relating to industry, science, and technology. Among the key items discussed were trade issues and how it affects industries on both sides of the border. Dreeshen and his colleagues met with Senators, Members of Congress, and various government and agency officials in this regard.

1:39 pm – The Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation has committed $10,000 in funding that will go towards a Mental Health First Aid program at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS). This training course will continue to help staff provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Read More.

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10:31 am – Good news to pass along regarding a missing Ponoka woman. RCMP say 22 year old Nikita Rabbit has now been located safe.

10:27 am – The City of Red Deer wants you to know the risks during Emergency Preparedness Week. Read More.

10:26 am – The Town of Innisfail is marking Emergency Preparedness Week with numerous events and activities. Read More.

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10:12 – Street sweeping resumes in the Town for All Seasons again today. Read More.

10:10 am – Attention Sylvan Lake gardeners! A Community Garden Meeting is taking place at the Sylvan Lake Family And Community Centre from 7:00 – 8:30 pm tonight. Read More.

10:02 am – Residential street sweeping continues in Lacombe today. Details here.

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9:54 am – It’s Emergency Preparedness Week. Officials with the Town of Blackfalds want to make sure you and your family are prepared. Find out here.

9:44 am – Residential sweeping will continue in Red Deer today on Grey Routes in the following neighbourhoods: Morrisroe Extension, Morrisroe, Sunnybrook, Anders Park, Anders Park East and Anders South. Click here for details.

9:33 am – So who’s responsible for mowing in Red Deer County? Find out here.

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9:08 am – Blackfalds RCMP have recovered some stolen property that includes an urn with cremated ashes inside. Read More.

8:47 am – A 33 year old Stettler man is facing charges after he was seen fishing from a small boat on Buffalo Lake on Saturday. Fish and Wildlife officials say fishing season is currently closed due to fish spawning and not opening until May 15th. Mounties remind the public that Impaired Driving laws also pertain to boats, off highway vehicles and any other recreational vehicles.

8:19 am – Grade 9 Badminton players from St. Francis of Assisi Middle School will be competing at the CWAJHAA’s today!

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8:11 am – In support of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, Grade 4 and 5 students at École Mother Teresa Catholic School in Sylvan Lake will observe today what happens when things go wrong for a distracted student involved in a parking lot collision. The mock incident takes place at 12:00 p.m.

8:04 am – RDC is excited to host students from across Western Canada, who will be attending the annual Alberta Band Association Provincial Festival of Bands from May 8 to 13 and May 15 to 18. About 7,000 Junior, Senior and Community Band students will participate in 10 days of performances, clinics and sight-reading activities.

7:59 am – Some Red Deer Public elementary school students have the chance once again to perform with a professional orchestra tonight! Show times for Choir Kids are 6:00 and 7:30 pm at the New Life Fellowship Church at 20 Kelloway Crescent.

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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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