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Get Ready for Rodeo, Untamed! CFR 46 just 1 day away!!

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From Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Are you ready? We are just one day away from the kick off of the 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo at Westerner Park! As a Rodeo Insider, you’ll be in-the-know all week long with event reminders & performance recaps hitting your inbox daily.

With just one day to shine up your boots, put the final touches on your theme day outfits, and plan your schedule accordingly – we’re excited to give you some key pieces of information before you buckle in for a week long celebration of the cowboy lifestyle!

Limited edition pins
Introducing our brand new CFR 46 collectable pins! With over 15 pins to collect during the week (that’s a total of 8 CFR event pins + 7 sponsor pins), we are thrilled to be bringing the pin trading tradtion back for our rodeo fans.Select pins will be available on-site each day in extremely limited quantities! Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and follow the hashtag #CFR46 to see where you can collect your pins each day.
Limited edition coozies
Keep your drinks cold with our new limited edition beer coozies! Shaped like a boot and bearing the CFR 46 crest, we’ll be giving them out at the Trade Show Pop-Up Café with the purchase of your beverage each day, until supplies last.
Pre-rodeo parties
Join us Tuesday to Saturday from 4 – 6:30 pm in the Parkland Pavilion for a
pre-performance wind-up party. Grab a cold one (or two), get decked out in our theme day swag, kick up your heels next to friends and take in the previous night’s performance highlights on our big screens!
Fill Your Boots

At the Canadian Finals Rodeo, we are focused on giving back wherever we can, and this year we need your help! We’ve partnered with The Mustard Seed to wrap up #Socktober the best way we know how.

Do your part by donating a pair of new, unused socks as part of CFR’s new#FillYourBoots initiative! 

Branded socks, courtesy of Lammles, will also be available for purchase on-site at the Official CFR Merchandise Shop within the CFR Trade Show. Help us ensure the comfort of our community’s most vulnerable this winter! For more information and donation details, click here.

Drink tickets
To help ensure your experience is a smooth one, we’ve created a drink ticket system that allows you to travel through CFR’s venues with your beer in tow! All bars on-site (excluding the Trade Show Cafe & Daily Buffetts) will require drink tickets for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.Drink tickets can be purchased using cash or card, and are valid from October 29 through to November 3 – so you can re-use them the next day!
Parking passes
Weekly parking passes allow you to come and go each day and are available for $56. Parking passes can be purchased until October 28 at the Tickets Alberta Box Office, or at the gate during CFR.Single day parking with one-time entry will be available at the gate for $10.
Click the banner above to learn more about our daily Lunch & Dinner Buffets!
We can’t wait to celebrate with you next week at the 46th edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
See y’all soon!

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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CRTC renews CBC licensing for another five years, tweaks its mandate

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By Sarah Ritchie in Ottawa

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Wednesday that it is renewing CBC’s licensing, with tweaks to its mandate that will make it spend money on programming produced by people with disabilities, Indigenous and racialized people and the LGBTQ community.

It’s also clarifying that it “expects the CBC to maintain local, regional and national news broadcasts in a crisis or emergency on all of its audiovisual and audio services.”

That’s in response to the broadcaster’s decision to replace local supper-hour and late newscasts across the country with its national programming in the early days of the pandemic.

CBC said at the time that it was dealing with staffing issues as some workers were off sick with COVID-19 and others were in isolation. The CRTC noted in its decision that the pandemic has increased demand for news, and “Canadians expect the CBC to disseminate and make available information in the event of an emergency.”

The CRTC is dropping the requirement for CBC to maintain minimum thresholds of local programming in urban markets where Canadians have multiple options, but it’s maintaining those thresholds in rural parts of the country.

The CBC asked to reduce the number of hours of local TV programming it needs to air per week in its English markets across the board, and to make that up in digital content.

The CRTC noted that actual hours of local programming on English TV stations dropped between 2014 and 2020, although they still meet the minimum requirements.

It said there is a higher risk that less local news would be broadcast in non-metropolitan markets if those requirements are dropped, naming “difficult access to high-speed internet” and “the lack of news bureaus in non-metropolitan areas” as reasons.

The commission says there has been a great deal of change in the media landscape since 2013, the last time the licence was renewed, and it’s making changes to the CBC mandate to align with that.

It’s setting out new rules to ensure the difference between news and information programming and “branded content” or advertising is clearly distinguished.

CBC will need to submit new reports to the CRTC on a range of topics including workforce diversity, privacy issues and perception and consultation.

The CRTC decision also noted the CBC’s digital streaming services for audio and video didn’t exist, or didn’t exist in their current form, when the last licensing agreement was made.

“As part of its proposal, the CBC requested that it be able to count hours of content exhibited on some of its (digital media broadcasting undertakings) toward meeting its overall content exhibition requirements,” the decision said.

However, the commission is instead including that digital content in the broadcaster’s spending requirements on Canadian programming, giving the CBC the flexibility to count the cost of online content toward those quotas.

CBC and Radio-Canada’s president and CEO said the broadcaster welcomes the CRTC announcement.

“We’re pleased that the CRTC has, for the first time ever, recognized the significant contribution of our digital streaming services … to the Canadian content ecosystem,” Catherine Tait said in a statement on Wednesday.

The main outcomes covered by the mandate include programming for Indigenous Peoples and diverse Canadians; creating and supporting access to Canadian content; ensuring access to local, regional and national news and information; accessibility of content; and accountability and transparency to the public.

Licences for radio, TV and multiplatform content in both English and French are valid until August 2027.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 22, 2022.

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Cineplex introduces $1.50 booking fee for online ticket purchases

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TORONTO — Moviegoers could be paying a little extra for a seat at a Cineplex theatre this summer.

Canada’s largest film exhibitor says it has introduced a new $1.50 booking fee that applies to each ticket purchased through its mobile app and website.

The move comes as Cineplex representative Sarah Van Lange says the company looks to “further invest and evolve our digital infrastructure,” including website upgrades.

However, not everyone will have to pay the new service charge.

Cineplex Inc. says purchases made in-person at the box office, ticket kiosks, or concession stands will not be subject to the fee, while members of the Scene Plus rewards program will pay a reduced $1 per ticket.

Members of CineClub, the company’s monthly subscription program, will have the fee waived.

Service charges are a long-standing practice in the entertainment industry where concerts, live theatre and sporting events all add some form of a “convenience fee” to collect more revenue.

When Cineplex first introduced online ticket sales years ago, it charged a similar processing fee for each ticket. Eventually it eliminated the charge around the same time it began encouraging moviegoers to buy tickets in advance instead of waiting in line at the box office.

More recently, Cineplex has dabbled in other upcharge experiments that included charging an extra $2 for “prime seats” at a few of its busier theatres. It also tacked on an extra $1 to reserve seats at showings of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 2017.

In the United States, most of the largest theatre chains already charge a fee for online ticket purchases.

Earlier this year U.S. chain AMC Theatres went a step further when it began testing “variable pricing” for tickets to the anticipated DC Comics movie “The Batman.” The new cost added around US$1.50 to each ticket in some cities.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2022.

David Friend, The Canadian Press

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