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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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NewsAlert: CFL players turn down new collective bargaining agreement with league

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TORONTO — CFL players have rejected the new collective bargaining agreement with the league.

According to the source, CFL players voted against ratifying the tentative deal reached Wednesday between the league and CFL Players’ Association.
 

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Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

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TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger’ after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades.

Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if China invaded. “That’s the commitment we made,” he added.

The U.S. traditionally has avoided making such an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan, with which it no longer has a mutual defense treaty, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity” about how far it would be willing to go if China invaded. The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which has governed U.S. relations with the island, does not require the U.S. to step in militarily to defend Taiwan if China invades, but makes it American policy to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and to prevent any unilateral change of status in Taiwan by Beijing.

Biden’s comments drew a sharp response from the mainland, which has claimed Taiwan to be a rogue province.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to Biden’s comments. “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

He added, “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests, and we will do what we say.”

A White House official said Biden’s comments did not reflect a policy shift.

Speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said any effort by China to use force against Taiwan would “just not be appropriate,” adding that it “will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.”

China has stepped up its military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years aimed at intimidating it into accepting Beijing’s demands to unify with the communist mainland.

“They’re already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers that are undertaken,” Biden said of China.

Under the “one China” policy, the U.S. recognizes Beijing as the government of China and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, the U.S. maintains unofficial contacts including a de facto embassy in Taipei, the capital, and supplies military equipment for the island’s defense.

Biden said it is his “expectation” that China would not try to seize Taiwan by force, but he said that assessment “depends upon just how strong the world makes clear that that kind of action is going to result in long-term disapprobation by the rest of the community.”

He added that deterring China from attacking Taiwan was one reason why it’s important that Russian President Vladimir Putin “pay a dear price for his barbarism in Ukraine,” lest China and other nations get the idea that such action is acceptable.

Fearing escalation with nuclear-armed Russia, Biden quickly ruled out putting U.S. forces into direct conflict with Russia, but he has shipped billions of dollars in U.S. military assistance that has helped Ukraine put up a stiffer-than-expected resistance to Russia’s onslaught.

Taipei cheered Biden’s remarks, with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou expressing “sincere welcome and gratitude” for the comments.

“The challenge posed by China to the security of the Taiwan Strait has drawn great concern in the international community,” said Ou. “Taiwan will continue to improve its self-defense capabilities, and deepen cooperation with the United States and Japan and other like-minded countries to jointly defend the security of the Taiwan Strait and the rules-based international order, while promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”

It’s not the first time Biden has pledged to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack, only for administration officials to later claim there had been no change to American policy. In a CNN town hall in October, Biden was asked about using the U.S. military to defend Taiwan and replied, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”

Biden’s comments came just before he formally launched a long-anticipated Indo-Pacific trade pact that excludes Taiwan.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed Sunday that Taiwan isn’t among the governments signed up for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which is meant to allow the U.S. to work more closely with key Asian economies on issues like supply chains, digital trade, clean energy and anticorruption.

Inclusion of Taiwan would have irked China.

Sullivan said the U.S. wants to deepen its economic partnership with Taiwan on a one-to-one basis.

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Miller reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

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