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Attempted Robber learns not to mess with patrons at the Blackfalds Motor Inn

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Blackfalds RCMP lay charges following robbery attempt

On Nov. 1, 2019 the RCMP took one male into custody following an attempted robbery at the Blackfalds Motor Inn.  The male is facing several criminal code charges and the investigation into the incident continues.

At 12:42 a.m., the RCMP responded to a 911 call that a male fired a shot in the bar and that he was being held by bar patrons after he attempted to rob the bar.  Responding officers took the adult male into custody and launched an investigation.

It was determined that one shot appears to have been fired, but not towards any person.  Another shot from the gun was discharged during a struggle for the gun.  Nobody in the bar was injured from either of the gun shots.

27-year-old Ryan Allan Bell from Red Deer is charged with 14 criminal charges, most being firearms related.  They include discharge firearm while being reckless, careless use of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.

He remains in custody and is next scheduled for court in the Provincial Court of Alberta in Red Deer on Nov. 7, 2019.

The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.

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Province announces a new High School for Blackfalds and plans for a new Middle School in Red Deer

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Minister LaGrange, Minister Panda and Minister Sawhney announce provincial school capital funding at Nose Creek School in Calgary.

From the Province of Alberta

Building schools for the future

Following through on its commitment to continue building new schools, the province has announced 25 new school projects.

The Budget 2019 capital plan supports 15 new schools, including brand new high schools in Calgary, Edmonton, Leduc, Blackfalds and Langdon. Six schools are slated for replacement and four will receive modernization or additions. Together, the 25 projects will receive $397 million.

“We made a promise to Albertans that our government will continue to build new schools, and we are doing exactly that. Through our significant investment in new schools, replacements, modernizations and infrastructure upkeep, our children will continue to learn in up-to-date and safe spaces. This will result in better success in our classrooms. The future is bright for Alberta students.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

“These 25 projects confirm our government’s commitment to continue to build schools across the province. Alberta Infrastructure will continue to deliver key infrastructure projects to build prosperity for Albertans.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

Budget 2019 also includes $1.4 billion over four years to continue work on previously announced school projects across Alberta, which includes $123 million for about 250 new modular classrooms to address the most urgent needs for additional space across the province. There are more than 60 projects underway in the province. Twenty-seven are expected to be open for the 2020-21 school year, and the remaining projects are in various stages of planning and construction.

The province will also provide $527 million to school divisions for plant operations and maintenance to support the day-to-day upkeep of school facilities. Additionally, $194 million will support the capital maintenance and renewal of existing school buildings through the Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal Program.

“I am pleased that the government chose to make this announcement here in Calgary-North East. Students and families in my community will be relieved to hear that they will be getting the new high school we have needed for a long time. I’m proud that this critical funding was included in Budget 2019, as this was one of my first and most important motivations for why I wanted to represent Calgary-North East at the legislature.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services and MLA for Calgary-North East

“On behalf of our students and the Calgary Board of Education, we would like to thank Minister LaGrange and Minister Panda for this important investment in school capital. We are pleased they chose to come to Calgary to make this provincial announcement and look forward to new CBE schools that will benefit students in north Calgary and in the growing community of Auburn Bay.”

Marilyn Dennis, chair, Calgary Board of Education

The 25 capital projects are:

Community School Authority Project Type/Name
*Beaumont Conseil scolaire Centre Nord (Greater North Central Francophone Education Region) new school (K-12)
*Blackfalds Wolf Creek Public Schools new high school (9-12)
Buffalo Head Prairie Fort Vermilion School Division Blue Hills Community School addition & modernization
Calgary – Auburn Bay Calgary Board of Education new elementary school (K-4)
Calgary – Auburn Bay Calgary Board of Education new middle school (5-9)
Calgary – north Calgary Board of Education new high school (10-12)
Carstairs Chinook’s Edge School Division Carstairs Elementary School addition
Cochrane Calgary Catholic School District new elementary/junior high school (K-9)
Condor & Leslieville Wild Rose School Division David Thompson solution modernization/replacement
*Edmonton – south east Edmonton Public Schools new high school (10-12)
Edmonton – Windermere-Keswick Edmonton Public Schools new elementary/junior high (K-9)
*Edmonton – Heritage Valley Town Centre Edmonton Catholic Schools new high school (10-12)
Edmonton – Windermere/Keswick Edmonton Catholic Schools new elementary/junior high (K-9)
*Fort Chipewyan Northland School Division Athabasca Delta School modernization/replacement
*Grande Prairie Peace Wapiti School Division Harry Balfour School replacement
*Langdon Rocky View Schools new junior/senior high school (7-12)
*Leduc Black Gold School Division new high school (10-12)
Legal Conseil scolaire Centre Nord(Greater North Central Francophone Education Region) new elementary/junior high school (K-9)
Morinville Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Morinville Community High School CTS modernization
Morrin Prairie Land School Division Morrin School replacement
Peace River Conseil Scolaire du Nord-Ouest(Northwest Francophone Education Region) École des Quatre-Vents replacement
*Red Deer Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools new middle school (6-9)
Smoky Lake Aspen View Public Schools H.A. Kostash replacement
*St. Albert St. Albert Public Schools Bellerose Composite High School addition & modernization
Whitecourt Living Waters Catholic Schools new elementary school (K-3)

*Design funding

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North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System named Public Works Project of the Year

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North Red Deer Wastewater System

From The City of Lacombe

North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System receives 2019 APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award

The North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission (NRDRWWSC) is pleased to announce that the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Alberta Chapter’s Project of the Year Award, for Projects over $10 Million, at the 2019 APWA Excellence in Public Works Conference and Tradeshow, held in Red Deer from October 7- 9, 2019.

The APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/ engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.

Designed by Stantec, the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System promises a cleaner future for communities in central Alberta. Completed on time and on budget, the project incorporates innovative approaches and leading-edge technologies to provide a modern wastewater solution for 25,000 residents living in central Alberta, and protect the sensitive watershed that supplies drinking water for 150,000 Albertans.

Commissioned in April 2018, the transmission system pumps wastewater to the state-of-the-art regional treatment plant in Red Deer. The project consists of a 28 kilometre pipeline, one odour management facility and two major lift stations.

The City of Red Deer Wastewater Treatment Plant also received extensive upgrades in order to accept wastewater from the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System. The upgrades significantly increased the capacity of the plant, as it now services a population of over 150,000 people.

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“The APWA Alberta Chapter was pleased to present the project of the year award to the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission. It is always great to see commissions like this work collaboratively together to tackle a big project like this. Congratulations!”  – Peter McDowell, Past President, American Public Works Association Alberta Chapter

“I was pleased to accept this award on behalf of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission. Completed on time and on budget, the wastewater transmission system is a great, forward-thinking project that ensures our members have access to safe, reliable and effective waste water treatment services for the foreseeable future.”  – Ken Wigmore, NRDRWWSC Chair

“I would like to thank the Alberta Public Works Association for recognizing this project’s success. Our communities are stronger when we work together to solve regional issues and this is a perfect example of how partnering builds success.”
– Mayor Richard Poole, Town of Blackfalds, NRDRWWSC Vice Chair

“The City of Lacombe, along with our partner municipalities, are thrilled to be recognized once again for this progressive project. The wastewater transmission system provides for much-needed long-term sustainability in addressing the critical wastewater needs in our region, and supports development in our fast-growing communities.”  – Mayor Grant Creasey, City of Lacombe, NRDRWWSC Director

“Lacombe is fortunate to work with great contractors, consultants, and regional partners. It’s exciting to be recognized as leaders in public works, because it shows we are working hard to make sure taxpayers are getting value for their money.”
– Matthew Goudy, Chief Administrative Officer, NRDRWWSC

“The North Red Deer Regional Wastewater system highlights the importance of strong relationships between municipal neighbours, and shows what can be accomplished when all levels of government work together. This line makes life better for residents and businesses in central Alberta, and we are honoured for our role on this APWA Project of the Year.”  – Reeve Paula Law, Lacombe County

“We are honoured to be recognized as a part of this community partnership project that has a significant impact on Red Deer and region. This project is a strong example of how financial and environmental sustainability can be achieved through intentional partnership.”  – Mayor Tara Veer, City of Red Deer

“The north leg of the central Alberta Regional Wastewater System is a project that has made a significant impact on the communities it serves, with enhanced wastewater treatment and improved water quality. Stantec is proud to have worked alongside our partners and the local municipalities that have championed this celebrated project. While the recognition from our peers is something we are all proud of – at the end of the day, the safe, reliable system that will serve residents for the next 25 years is an achievement we truly cherish.”  – Todd Simenson, Vice President, Regional Leader (Alberta North & Territories), Stantec

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