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2:44 pm – After nearly two years of collaboration, public consultation and review, the Lacombe Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) has been adopted by both councils. Read More.

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2:37 pm – Red Deer RCMP have one woman in custody and have recovered a stolen truck after an armed robbery at a convenience store shortly after 9 am this morning. Read More.

1:21 pm – Two Red Deer men are among 16 that were arrested between April 5th and June 1st of this year, facing a total of 56 child pornography related charges. Read More.

12:44 pm – Because of the hot, dry conditions, Lacombe County has issued a Fire Advisory. This means the County is asking that only necessary burning take place and that all conditions of valid burn permits are strictly adhered to. Campfires and burning barrels are currently allowed but may be restricted if conditions worsen. Read More.

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11:43 am – Westerner Park has been granted $245,000 as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and the organizaiton is in the process of completing the upgrades to the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system in the Stockmens Pavilion.

11:15 am – This year’s city wide spring cleanup program, Green Deer, was a success with volunteers from businesses, community associations, schools, clubs, churches, families and individuals coming together to clean up garbage in our city. Read More.

11:09 am – Whether you drive, walk, cycle or take transit, we all travel in Red Deer, and on Monday City Council will debate a plan that sets the stage for the future of how citizens move in Red Deer. Read More.

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10:59 am – Ponoka RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 25 year old man. Ryan Roman was last seen on July 4, 2017, at about 4:45 pm in the area of the Centennial Centre in Ponoka. He’s described as 5’8″ tall, 160 lbs, brown hair with shaved head, brown eyes and last seen wearing shorts and a black t-shirt. Read More.

10:34 am – The buzz is building around the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris at RDC. Find out the latest update on how construction is going at the impressive new facility!

10:25 am – Red Deer is one of four communities in the province where Law Enforcement officials arrested 16 men for alleged child pornography offences. Read More.

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10:07 am – It’s time to ride the Midway in Sylvan Lake! The Midway is in town from July 6th – 9th! Read More.

9:45 am – The Blackfalds Community Market is on today from 4 – 7 pm in the parking lot of the Multi-Plex. Read More.

9:20 am – Red Deer County is encouraging it’s residents to get to know each other through the Great Neighbours program. Read More.

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8:52 am – A Fire Advisory has now been issued for the Town of Rimbey and Ponoka County. Read More.

8:26 am – Red Deer RCMP continue to look for 15 year old Terrylle Rain, who was last seen in Red Deer on May 20th. Mounties say they would like to verify his well-being. Please contact Red Deer RCMP if you have information about his whereabouts.

8:12 am – Hot tunes and hot weather are planned for the Ross Street Patio today. Check it out from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. Read More.

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8:04 am – The Reining Alberta Summer Classic gets underway at Red Deer’s Westerner Park today. The event runs from July 6th – 9th inclusive. Read More.

7:49 am – Fire Advisories have been issued for many parts of Alberta’s west country, including the Town of Rocky Mountain House, the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, Clearwater County, the Village of Caroline and the Summer Village of Burnstick Lake. Details Here.

7:38 am – Environment Canada meteorologists have issued a Heat Warning for the Red Deer, Innisfail, Ponoka and Stettler areas today. Other regions to the south and east are affected as well. Details Here.

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Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury starts moguls World Cup season with gold

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Ruka – Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury has started the moguls World Cup season right where he left off.

Kingsbury won a gold medal at the first moguls World Cup event of the season on Saturday. After earning silver at the Beijing Olympics he finished the last freestyle skiing season with three consecutive World Cup wins.

The 30-year-old from Deux-Montagne, Que., reached the top of the podium on Saturday with a score of 84.50. Japan’s Ikuma Horishima earned silver with an 80.48 and Australia’s Matt Graham took bronze with an 80.12.

Kingsbury had the final run of the day and was surprised when he heard his competition’s scores.

“They were lower than what I expected but I just had to stick to my game plan, do what I wanted to do,” said Kingsbury. “It’s nice that I was able to improve my scores from the Final 1 to the super final.”

It was Kingsbury’s 10th career victory in Ruka, Finland. He has now reached a World Cup podium 145 times in his storied career.

Now in his 12th season on the World Cup circuit, Kingsbury said that he’s as motivated as ever.

“I’m always excited for the first race of the season. So I’ve never had a problem with motivation, really,” said Kingsbury. “I want to be there. I want to be the last guy to go. I want to be in those positions. I want to feel nervous.”

Gabriel Dufresne of Joliette, Que., was the only other Canadian to advance past the qualifiers. He finished 11th with a score of 75.24.

Elliot Vaillancourt (Drummondville, Que., 18th), Kerrian Chunlaud (Sainte-Foy, Que., 22nd), Alexandre Lavoie (Quebec City, 23rd), Daniel Tanner (Calgary, 33rd) and Julien Viel (Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que., 38th) were all eliminated in the qualification rounds, as were Laurianne Desmarais-Gilbert (Sainte-Adèle, Que.) and Maïa Schwinghammer (Saskatoon), who just missed making the top 16 in the preliminaries and moving on to the first elimination round.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2022.

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Reducing funding for RCMP on the table for Saskatchewan amid firearm buyback debate

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REGINA — Saskatchewan says it would consider reducing its funding for the RCMP if the force was to help the federal government with its proposed firearms buyback program.

Public Safety Minister Christine Tell says all options are on the table, signalling the province will not help Ottawa collect guns it has banned.

“We as a province fund the RCMP to a tune of 70 per cent, so it could even get more interesting,” Tell said Thursday.

The Saskatchewan Party government said it is pushing back to protect law-abiding firearms owners from what it views as federal intrusion on its provincial autonomy.

Under Ottawa’s proposed firearms buyback program, it would be mandatory for people to have their assault-style firearms rendered inoperable or have them discarded. That could also include centrefire semi-automatic rifles or shotguns designed to accept a detachable magazine that can hold more than five cartridges.

In response, Saskatchewan has introduced its own firearms act to forbid municipalities and police services from receiving federal money to help confiscate firearms.

The proposed law says a municipality, police service or board would have to get written approval from the province’s public safety minister before agreeing to support the federal buyback program.

It also states that Saskatchewan’s chief firearms officer would enforce which federal agent can or cannot confiscate firearms in the province.

“These legal firearm owners are not the ones committing the crimes,” Tell said.

The legislation was tabled Thursday, months after Tell wrote a letter to Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, the head of Saskatchewan’s RCMP. It stated that the province would not support the Mounties using provincially funded resources to help confiscate firearms.

Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick have sent similar letters to their RCMP forces. They have joined Saskatchewan in asking Ottawa to not use up “scarce RCMP and municipal resources” for its buyback program.

In October, Blackmore said Mounties are service providers, not decision-makers, and any decisions over the buyback program are between the federal and provincial governments.

“As the service provider, we would be the individuals that get our information from them,” Blackmore told The Canadian Press.

That includes if additional resources would be needed by RCMP once the buyback program rolls out.

“It would depend on the level of expectation, and what that looks like, and what the involvement is if there are additional resources,” Blackmore said.

The specific role of the RCMP and the details surrounding the buyback program have not been determined.

On Friday, the Saskatchewan RCMP said it will continue to prioritize front-line services and the safety of communities is its highest priority.

The Saskatchewan Firearms Act also calls for helping firearm owners get fair market value for guns collected through the buyback program and would require all seized firearms to go through forensic and ballistic testing.

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, which advocates for hunters and the protection of the province’s hunting heritage, praised the proposed act, saying it would mitigate the “draconian” federal legislation.

There are approximately 115,000 licensed firearms owners in Saskatchewan, 75,000 of whom may be penalized under the federal government’s policy. That’s about 10 per cent of Saskatchewan’s adult population, the province said.

Saskatchewan’s NDP Opposition has stood united with the government to denounce the program.

“It does not strike the right balance for Saskatchewan,” justice critic Nicole Sarauer said last week in the legislature.

“These amendments are overbroad and capture rifles that have legitimate uses for both hunters and producers in Saskatchewan.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2022.

Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press

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