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Central Alberta teacher charged with sexual assault



From Carstairs RCMP

Didsbury RCMP charge teacher with sexual assault offences

A 54-year-old male is facing charges after a complaint was made to the Didsbury RCMP on March 11, 2019 concerning an alleged sexual assault.

Henry John Paulgaard of Didsbury, Alta., has been charged with:

  • Sexual Interference
  • Sexual assault

He has been released from custody on a promise to appear with condition and will be appearing in Didsbury Provincial Court on March 25, 2019.

As this matter is now before the courts no further comment will be provided.

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RCMP arrest four in major drug investigation




From Red Deer RCMP

Red Deer RCMP seize drugs, guns and cash in major multi-agency bust

Red Deer RCMP, along with other police agencies, arrested four people and laid 17 charges following a multi-agency investigation, which led to a series of drug seizures in Red Deer, Calgary, Rocky Mountain House and Carstairs. 

Red Deer RCMP began their investigation into drug trafficking activity in Red Deer in March, 2019, and that investigation quickly led to ties with drug trafficking activity in surrounding communities. The Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section unit collaborated with Calgary Police Service, Rocky Mountain RCMP and Didsbury RCMP to execute a series of coordinated search warrants on June 7, 2019. 

As a result of those search warrants, the following were seized by police:

In Red Deer:

·         306 g cocaine

·         10 fentanyl pills

·         $17,270 Canadian currency 

In Calgary: 

·         825 fentanyl pills

·         75 Oxy pills (counterfeit)

·         1.465 kg cannabis

·         609 g cocaine

·         19 g fentanyl powder

·         521 g of methamphetamine

·         254 grams of MDMA

·         1.78 kg of suspected phenacetin (Super Buff)

·         Rifle

·         Shotgun

·         $48,800 Canadian currency

In Rocky Mountain House:

·         $4,070 Canadian currency 

In Carstairs: 

·         $4,100 Canadian currency

·         104 g cannabis

·         26 g fentanyl

·         32 g methamphetamine

·         16 g crack

·         16 g heroin

·         Rifle

·         Shotgun

“This is a significant drugs seizure for Red Deer and Central Alberta,” said Superintendent Gerald Grobmeier, Officer in Charge of the Red Deer RCMP. “This seizure was the direct result of a coordinated effort across partner agencies, which demonstrates the effectiveness of shared intelligence between police agencies. We’re all working toward the same goals of crime reduction, and we see many of the same repeat offenders crossing jurisdictions, so it’s imperative that we work smarter than the criminals.”

As a result of the coordinated efforts of this investigation, four individuals were arrested and 17 charges were laid:

Robert Leslie Amency (45) of Calgary has been charged with:

·         Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x5)

·         Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling

·         Possession of stolen property over $5000

·         Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon (2)

Robert Amency remains in custody after a judicial hearing and will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on July 4, 2019. 

Michelle Florence Geeregat (32) of Sylvan Lake has been charged with:

·         Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking 

·         Possession of stolen property under $5,000

Michelle Geeregat was released from custody after a judicial hearing and will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on June 27, 2019. 

Andy Lau (21) of Calgary has been charged with:

·         Possession of a controlled substance

·         Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking

·         Possession of stolen property over $5000

·         Trafficking of a controlled substance

Andy Lau was released from custody after a judicial hearing and will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on June 27, 2019. 

David Arthur Callan (61) of Rocky Mountain House is facing two charges, including:

·         Trafficking of a controlled substance

·         Possession of stolen property under $5,000

David Callan was released from custody after a judicial hearing and appeared in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on June 19, 2019.

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Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, and Red Deer County team up with City of Red Deer to attract employers




A joint communication from the Town of Blackfalds, the Town of Sylvan Lake, the County of Red Deer, and the City of Red Deer

Regional Approach to Economic Development Revealed

A new Regional Labour Force Profile has been developed for central Alberta as a collaborative effort by the Town of Blackfalds, the City of Red Deer, Red Deer County, the Town of Sylvan Lake and the Province of Alberta – Ministry of Labour and Immigration.

Labour Force Profile

The profile will provide superior labour force information to businesses that are considering growth, expansion, or new development or markets, as well as to prospective entrepreneurs and companies thinking of locating in or starting up in the region.

We can better support and encourage appropriate workforce development intiaitives when we work together. In this case each of the four communities contributed $4,000 to the project to match the funds secured through the provincial Labour Market Partnership Program (LMP).”Jennifer Hartigh, Project Lead

Having accurate and up-to-date labour information is often a key factor when new employers are choosing locations, or when existing employers want to expand. We’re pleased to be able to partner with municipalities to help provide this critical intelligence for central Alberta as part of our commitment to create jobs and expand our economy.”
Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

The area that the four communities represent accounts for 226,396 Albertans, 68% of whom are of working age. This Regional Labour Profile is an important resource to help the region continue to grow, and sustain both the businesses, and families, that call this region ‘home’.

Please refer to the attached Regional Profile for detailed information.


  • In 2018, Economic Development Officers from the communities of Blackfalds, Red Deer, SylvanLake and Red Deer County approached the provincial Ministry of Labour to partner on a project resulting in the creation of a Regional Labour Force Profile. The communities were lacking in- depth and current data to share with businesses interested in expanding or diversifying or for investors, educational institutes, and entrepreneurs to use in creating and forecasting business plan development.
  • In late 2018, the Ministry of Labour awarded an LMP grant to the Town of Blackfalds, as the project leader and administrator.
  • Each partnering municipality contributed $4,000 toward the project, and by doing so was able to leverage $31,250 in LMP funding from the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada.
  • Data for the Regional Labour Profile was acquired from several sources, including: 2001 to 2016 federal Census from Statistics Canada, the Canadian Business Registry – 2013 and 2018, SuperDemographics 2018 from Manifold Data Mining Inc., EMSI Analyst 2018 Q3, and local municipal census data as available. Consultation with relevant stakeholders also informed the information included in the Regional Labour Profile.
  • Conversations with representatives from Olds College, Red Deer College, Burman University, Express Employment, and Manpower were used to confirm the skills and labour data acquired, and also to uncover opportunities to develop new programming to meet the needs of the regional business community.

Region At A Glance

  • The region accounts for 226,396 Albertans, of whom 68% are of working age (15 to 64).
  • Residents have an average employment income slightly lower than the provincial figure (-4%); however, more than half of the population between the ages of 25 to 64 has completed some form of post secondary education.
  • The regional economy, which grew by 5% between 2013 and 2018, sustains over 119,000 jobs. The region boasts a higher participation and employment rate compared to the rest of the province.
  • When looking at the number of jobs versus the number of workers in the region, a large surplus of workers was found within the following occupational groups:
  • o trades,
    o transport and equipment operators
    o management,
    o education,
    o law, social, community and government services.
  • Residents with the skills and talent to work in these occupations may work outside the region. Conversely, the region has a gap of approximately 270 workers to support natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations. This gap is likely filled by workers coming in from outside of the region.Attached you will find the Regional Labour Profile. For local profiles, contact the municipalities directly.
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