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3:49 pm – Lots going on around Innisfail over the next several days. Read More!

3:44 pm – Following several months of construction, the new entrance to the renovated/expanded Administration Office in Innisfail is now open! Town officials thank you for your patience as they begin to settle into their new surroundings.

3:35 pm – The Town of Innisfail’s FCSS department has a limited number of Westerner Days tickets to give to low-income families in Innisfail. The tickets are being offered on a first-come-first-serve basis to those who meet an established income threshold. For details, please contact Karen Bradbury, Community and Social Development Co-ordinator, at 403-227-3376, or at [email protected]

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3:27 pm – Child minding services are coming to the NexSource Centre in Sylvan Lake this Labour Day long weekend. Read More.

3:01 pm – $22,500 has been awarded to five rural Red Deer County cemetery boards for Capital Projects. Read More.

2:47 pm – The official Grand Re-Opening of Red Deer’s Discovery Canyon takes place on Friday, July 21st at 11:00 am! Read More.

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2:40 pm – Mayor Tara Veer and staff from the City of Red Deer want to Thank residents for their patience with the June 20th windstorm cleanup. See More.

2:23 pm – The parade may be over but there are still some road and trail closures Red Deerians need to be aware of to avoid traffic delays. Read More.

2:18 pm – On July 14th, Blackfalds RCMP received a report of a motorcycle taken from Cedar Square in the Town of Blackfalds. Can you identify the suspect? Read More.

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2:04 PM – Bard on Bower returns to the stage tonight with a live performance of Anthony & Cleopatra from Prime Stock Theatre between 7:00 – 9:30 pm. Read More.

1:58 pm – Shop at the ATB Financial Downtown Market today while listening to live tunes on the Ross Street Patio. Might as well grab some supper while you’re there! Details Here.

1:51 pm – Grab some fresh, locally grown produce at the ATB Financial Downtown Farmer’s Market today! It runs from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Read More.

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1:36 pm – Today is day 1 of the Westerner Days Fair & Exhibition at Red Deer’s Westerner Park. Around 100 thousand people are expected to pass through the gates during the five day event from July 19th – 23rd. Details Here.

1:30 pm – Today is the third and final day of the Provincial 4H Dairy Show at Red Deer’s Westerner Park. Details Here.

1:24 pm – Forest fires in BC are generating huge amounts of smoke over western Canada. This smoke will cross the Rockies throughout the day today and is already in the Red Deer region. Read More.

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CP NewsAlert: Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor back in Canada after detention in China

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Two Canadians who were imprisoned in China for nearly three years are home.

Video from CTV shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeting Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on the tarmac at the airport in Calgary early this morning.

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Last-minute Fajardo TD gives Roughriders 31-24 victory over B.C. Lions

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VANCOUVER — A last-minute touchdown by quarterback Cody Fajardo gave the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 31-24 road victory over the B.C. Lions on Friday.

Fajardo scored on a quarterback sneak on third down with two seconds left on the clock, clinching a back-and-forth game between the two sides.

Damon Webb poured salt in the Lions’ wounds, recovering a fumble by B.C. wide receiver Lucky Whitehead and darting into the end zone for a touchdown as time expired.

Fajardo threw for 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception on the night, completing 24-of-31 attempts. Kicker Brett Lauther had four field goals for Saskatchewan, including a 49-yard bomb in the first quarter.

Lions quarterback Michael Reilly had 259 passing yards, and made good on 23-of-34 attempts, including a pair of touchdown passes to Whitehead.

The win gives Saskatchewan (5-2) sole possession of second place in the West Division and snapped a three-game win streak for the Lions (4-3).

The Riders were first on the scoreboard when Lauther made a 38-yard field goal 5:52 into the game.

B.C. was quick to respond. Reilly connected with wide receiver Bryan Burnham on a 28-yard pass on the next play, then followed it with a short toss to Whitehead.

The speedy Florida Atlantic product evaded several Saskatchewan defenders and streaked 47 yards down the sideline for his first touchdown of the night.

Whitehead leads the CFL in receiving this season with 665 yards in seven games.

A solid Lions defence kept the Riders frustrated and pinned in their own territory for much of the first half.

Lauther kept Saskatchewan within striking distance, booting a 49-yard field goal to close out the first quarter and a 28-yard kick early in the second.

Reilly struggled at times to connect with his receivers across the first half.

But with less than a minute to go in the second frame, the veteran QB narrowly avoided a sack, then got a running pass off to Jevon Cottoy for a 26-yard gain. He then sent an 11-yard dish to Whitehead to set up a first-and-goal, then once again found Whitehead in the end zone for B.C.’s second major of the night.

Jimmy Camacho made the converts on both plays and the Lions took a 14-9 lead into halftime.

A 21-yard pass from Fajardo to Kyran Moore put the Riders in good position early in the third, but B.C.’s Jalon Edwards-Cooper spoiled the ensuing touchdown attempt, knocking down a pass before it reached the hands of Mitchell Picton as he waited in the end zone.

Saskatchewan settled for yet another Lauther field goal, this time from 30-yards out.

B.C. responded with a field goal of its own, a 32-yard kick by Camacho.

Saskatchewan caught a big break in the final minutes of the third when Whitehead fumbled a punt return, giving the Riders the ball at the Lions 48-yard line.

Minutes later, Fajardo blasted a 23-yard pass to Ricardo Louis in the end zone, giving the Riders their first touchdown of the night 13:16 into the quarter. Saskatchewan was stymied on the two-point conversion attempt, though, keeping the score 18-17.

The strike was Louis’ first in the CFL. The 27-year-old wide receiver is playing his first season in the league after spending three years with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.

Down a point heading into the final frame, the Lions refused to relent.

About four minutes into the quarter, Reilly made an 11-yard run to give his side a first down at Saskatchewan’s 31-yard line. Ed Gainey tripped Burnham in the end zone on the next play and the pass interference created a first-and-goal opportunity for the Lions.

Reilly handed the ball off to Shaq Cooper and the running back snuck across the goal line for the touchdown. B.C. went up 24-18 after Camacho made the convert.

Camacho later missed a 43-yard field goal attempt.

Edwards-Cooper came up big once again with three minutes left in the game, intercepting a long pass from Fajardo along the sidelines, but the Lions couldn’t whether the Riders’ final push.

The Lions will face a tough test on Oct. 1 when they host the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Saskatchewan will visit the Calgary Stampeders the following night.

NOTES: Saskatchewan defensive back Ed Gainey returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injured toe. … The Lions gave out 10,000 orange shirts with a reimagined logo by Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt to mark the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2021.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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