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Dozens of COVID-19 cases at Maskwacis


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After weeks of lower case numbers, Covid-19 seems to be on the upswing in Central Alberta Zone.  In the last week 95 new cases were reported in the entire region.  37 of those cases are in the Maskwacis area.

While Edmonton continues to lead the province with over 1,000 active cases, Central region has a total of 109.


The numbers in Red Deer are up as well.  After many days in the single digits, there are now 22 active COVID-19 cases in the city.

The following information is the latest from the province regarding specific municipalities in Central Alberta.  These numbers aren’t updated as quickly as the total numbers so there are still a few cases here which are actually now recovered.  This list shows 9 cases which are now recovered.Central Alberta Communities – Active Cases

  1. 37 – Wetaskiwin County (Maskwacis)
  2. 22 – Red Deer
  3. 10 – Lacombe
  4. 8 –  Stettler County
  5. 8 – Mountainview County
  6. 7 – Lacombe County
  7. 4 – Special Areas 2
  8. 4 – Red Deer County
  9. 3 – Beaver County
  10. 2 – Olds
  11. 2 – Wetaskiwin
  12. 2 – Sylvan Lake
  13. 2 – Drumheller
  14. 1 – Ponoka County
  15. 1 – Paintearth County
  16. 1 – Camrose
  17. 1 – Brazeau County
  18. 1 – Lloydminster
  19. 1 – Paintearth County
  20. 1 – Provost County
  21. 0 – Camrose County
  22. 0 – Clearwater County
  23. 0 – Flagstaff County
  24. 0 – Kneehill County
  25. 0 – Minburn County
  26. 0 – Starland County
  27. 0 – Special Areas 4
  28. 0 – Two Hills Country
  29. 0 – Vermillion River County
  30. 0 – MD of Wainwright


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Unveiling Red Deer Polytechnic’s New Brand – Watch Live

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The wait is finally over, and Red Deer Polytechnic is thrilled to unveil our new brand to all those who care deeply about our institution. The public is invited to view the livestream of the event, so they can enjoy this historic moment as we all celebrate our institution’s future.

Red Deer Polytechnic has opted to invite the public to a livestream event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have determined that a livestream is the best option to safely celebrate this day with the large number of people who care deeply about the history and future of our institution. A recording of the event will be available online, so people will have the opportunity to view it as their schedules permit.



Red Deer Polytechnic Board Chair Guy Pelletier

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Suspect in Innisfail armed robbery spree turns himself in

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News Release from Innisfail RCMP

Innisfail RCMP respond to armed robberies – UPDATE 3 – suspect arrested

This past weekend, RCMP were kept busy responding to multiple complaints of armed robberies.  On Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m., RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a business on 50 Street. A suspect entered the business, disguised with a balaclava and carrying a weapon. The suspect demanded cash from a customer and from the store employee. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and fled on foot. Despite a thorough, coordinated search of the area, the suspect was not located.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at 1:40 a.m., RCMP were dispatched to another report of a robbery from the same business. A suspect entered the business, disguised with a black face mask and carrying a weapon. The suspect demanded items from the same cashier. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and cigarettes. The suspect forced the cashier in to the back office, and the suspect attempted to destroy the video surveillance system. The suspect then fled on foot.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at 9:20 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a third robbery complaint at an address on 46A Street. A suspect armed with a weapon attempted to steal a vehicle from a victim but was unsuccessful. At 9:24 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a business on 42 Avenue for a similar complaint. The victim reported that a suspect who was carrying a weapon tried to steal the victim’s truck. When the suspect was unsuccessful, he fled the area on foot.

Police officers from Innisfail, Red Deer City, and Blackfalds RCMP detachments, as well as the RCMP Police Dog Services and the RCMP Emergency Response Team conducted an intensive search for the suspect.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., the suspect turned himself in to Innisfail RCMP and was arrested without incident.

Cyrus Jason Boysis (26) of Innisfail, Alta. has been charged several offences including:

  • Robbery with a firearm (x5)
  • Forcible confinement
  • Disguise with intent to commit an offence (x3)
  • Pointing a firearm (x3)
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x5)
  • Mischief under $5000

After a judicial interim release hearing, Boysis was released to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on September 27, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

Innsifail RCMP believe this suspect was responsible for all four incidents. There is no further concern for public safety at this time. Innisfail RCMP’s General Investigation Section is continuing with the investigation.

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