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Central Alberta is winning the battle. Just one active case of COVID-19 in Red Deer. Central Alberta COVID Update April 21

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Information from covid19stats.alberta.ca

Central Albertans are winning the battle against COVID-19.  Total cases in this area remains at 77.  People continue to recover bringing the number of active cases lower on a daily basis.

There is only 1 active case in the City of Red Deer today.  Of the 77 cases in Central Alberta only 7 are active!  The only fatality so far in Central Alberta was a woman in her 80’s from Camrose.

Here’s the Central Alberta breakdown.

  • Red Deer City – 32 cases – 1 Active – 31 Recovered
  • Red Deer County – 12 cases – 1 Active – 11 Recovered
  • Wetaskiwin City – 7 cases – All Recovered
  • Mountain View County – 5 cases – All Recovered
  • Settler County – 4 cases – 3 Active – 1 Recovered
  • Lacombe County – 3 cases – All Recovered
  • Ponoka County 2 cases – 1 Active – 1 Recovered
  • Lacombe City – 2 cases – 2 Recovered
  • Camrose City – 2 cases – 1 Recovered – 1 Death (Woman in her 80’s)
  • Beaver County – 2 cases – 2 Recovered
  • Camrose County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Windburn County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Vermilion River County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Kneehill County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Clearwater County – 1 Case – Recovered
  • MD of Wainwright – 1 Case – Active

The following graph shows the number and ages of Albertans who have been hospitalized, who have spend time in Intensive Care, and also the number and age of those who have died.   Just 3 people under 60 years old have died to this point in time.

Here are the total numbers for the province.

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Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson announces he’s not running for re-election next fall

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Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says he won’t seek re-election next fall.

Iveson, who is 41 and was first elected mayor in 2013, says in a social media post that he had only ever hoped to serve two terms in the position.

He says it’s an “incredible honour, and a humbling duty” to serve as mayor of the Alberta city.

Iveson adds that he will spend his final year on city council working to help Edmontonians affected by COVID-19 and deal with the economic challenges that come with the pandemic.

He says he’s also working to deliver a city budget this fall that will attract jobs, tackle systemic racism, and deliver more low-cost housing. 

Iveson has been a member of Edmonton city council since 2007 and is currently the chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors’ Caucus. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

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Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

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EDMONTON — Indigenous illustrator Kyle Charles says hundreds of people have reached out to congratulate and thank him for his creations in a new Marvel anthology that tells the story of an Aboriginal mutant.

Marvel Entertainment, the biggest comic book publisher in the world, hired the 34-year-old from Edmonton to be one of the artists for Marvel Voice: Indigenous Voices #1. 

Since its launch last week, people from around the world, including many Indigenous youth, have contacted him about how much they appreciate the content he has brought to a mainstream platform, Charles says.

“I’ve even had young people reach out for advice,” Charles, surrounded by Marvel memorabilia and old comics, says in an interview in his home studio northwest of the city. 

“They tell me they’re working to get sober and … I just tell them, ‘Hey, like, we all deal with the same thing, so I want you to just trust yourself and know your own past and remain strong in that pursuit.'”

Needing to remain strong is something the member of the Whitefish Lake First Nation understands well. He had a difficult childhood, got caught up with the wrong crowd in his late teens, and spent almost a decade homeless.

The lessons he has learned help him understand the struggles Indigenous youth go through. He hopes the Aboriginal characters in the anthology will help create an understanding that anyone can be a hero despite human flaws.

“It’s important for anybody living in Canada or the U.S. to have proper cultural representation. For a long time, native people didn’t have that, because they’re not in any kind of spotlight or on any kind of platform. They’re just in the background. I think something like this pushes us forward.”

Charles illustrates a story in the anthology featuring Dani Moonstar, who possesses the psychic ability to telepathically create illusions of her opponents’ fears or wishes. 

Moonstar of the Cheyenne Nation “faces the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutant-kind,” says Marvel’s official description.

Charles says the strong and resilient Indigenous women in his life, including his girlfriend, his mother, and his ‘”Coco,” or grandmother, remind him of Moonstar.

“My Coco is dying of cancer right now but she’s the strongest person I know,” he says.

“Doctors say she should be in palliative care, but they can’t figure out why she has no pain … She should be struggling, and she’s not. She’s still going to dinner with my mom and showing up for bingo night,” he laughs.

That’s just how Indigenous women are — calm and capable of overcoming any obstacle — Charles says, and that’s what he hopes young women reading the story and looking at his illustrations take away from Moonstar’s tale.

“Entertainment and creative fields have that power to inspire people, to maybe change the way they think about themselves, or help them understand the world around them.

“I hope (women) get inspired or they feel empowered. I hope they get whatever they need out of it, even if it’s just to escape.

“The most important thing to me is (them) … seeing this and saying, ‘That’s me. I am that character.'”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Fakiha Baig, The Canadian Press

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