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Police Service Dog “Hoss” locates woman in distress in Alberta wilderness


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News Release from Sundre RCMP Southern Alberta District Media Relations Officer Corporal Tammy Keibel

Sundre RCMP respond call of individual thought to be in medical distress in back country

On Nov. 25, 2021, at approximately 7:13 a.m., Sundre RCMP responded to a call of a person possibly in medical distress in the Forestry Trunk Road area.

Sundre RCMP responded and located the vehicle belonging to the person at approximately Marker 61, abandoned.

The RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) was called in to assist and arrived on scene at approximately 11:45. At noon, approximately 15 minutes after starting to track, the person, a female in her 50’s, was located by PDS approximately one kilometer into the woods at a higher elevation.

The female was able to walk out with assistance from police. She was then transported by police to a local hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Police Service Dog “Hoss” is a 6-year-old German Shepherd who is from the RCMP breeding program in Innisfail, Alta. In addition to tracking and arresting criminals, K-9’s with RCMP PDS, are trained in search and rescue operations, as well as drug or explosives detection.


Alberta reports three cases of new COVID subvariant, more hospitalizations, deaths

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EDMONTON — Alberta Health says it has detected three cases of the BA. 2 variant and reported its second-highest rate of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

The province says there were 1,418 hospitalizations Wednesday, a day after it broke its record with 1,443.

There were 1,309 people with the disease in non-intensive care and 109 patients in ICUs across the province.

The province also recorded 22 additional deaths, bringing the total to 3,505 since the pandemic began.

Alberta Health did not say when the three Omicron subvariant cases were detected.

Federal health officials say so far, 51 such cases have been detected throughout Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2022.

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Elks sign all-star receivers Bowman, Arceneaux, three others

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks signed former all-star receivers Adarius Bowman and Emmanuel Arceneaux on Wednesday.

The Elks also added veteran receiver Caleb Holley, defensive back Matt Elam and defensive lineman Daniel Ross. 

Bowman returns to the franchise after a five-year absence.

The 36-year-old is a three-time all-star, earning the honour in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 while he was playing in Edmonton.

Bowman helped Edmonton win the 2015 Grey Cup.

His 2016 season was one of the best in team history, with Bowman completing 120 receptions for 1,761 yards and nine touchdowns in 17 games.

Arceneaux, 34, is a two-time CFL all-star, and last played in the league in 2019, suiting up for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. 

He last played for the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League.

Best known for his time with the B.C. Lions, Arceneaux has 578 receptions in the CFL for 8,418 yards and 57 touchdowns.

Elam and Ross have both had brief stints in the NFL.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2022.

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