3:58 pm – There’s a freestyle competitions in Blackfalds tonight (Fri, Jul 14)! It runs from 7 – 10 pm at All Wheels Park. Read More.
3:48 pm – Taylor Drive in Red Deer is scheduled to be closed to traffic from 19 St. to south of Highway 2 on the evenings of July 14 – July 17. The closures will be in effect each night, weather permitting. Read More.
3:25 pm – Alberta Anglers are being requested to voluntarily restrict angling activities to early mornings because of significantly low river flows and higher-than-normal water temperatures so fish experience less stress. Read More.
3:18 pm – The north Red Deer RCMP detachment located at 6592 58 Avenue will be closed to the public for a few hours the morning of Monday, July 17 while final renovation items are completed on the front counter customer service area.
3:12 pm – Red Deer RCMP continue to locate and arrest people in stolen vehicles, in the midst of break and enters, and those wanted on outstanding warrants or breaching court-imposed conditions, thanks to reports from the public and the RCMP’s continued focus on targeted patrols in crime hot spots and checks to ensure people are complying with their court-imposed conditions. Details Here.
3:01 pm – Out and about this weekend? Make sure you know where the road closures are in Red Deer so you don’t get delayed! Details Here.
2:55 pm – A 57 year old woman is dead after a single vehicle rollover southeast of Rocky Mountain House on Thursday morning. Read More.
10:02 am – From live theatre to art activities and a Roundup Run, find out what’s happening in Red Deer this weekend! Read More.
9:48 am – Enjoy live Shakespearean performances at the “Bard On Bower” at Bower Ponds tonight (Fri, Jul 14) and tomorrow night (Sat, Jul 15) 7:00-9:30 pm. Details Here.
9:39 am – Enjoy a drink or some snacks while Swing Dancing at “Cool Beans” from 7 – 9 pm tonight! Details Here.
9:31 am – Start your weekend off on the right note by taking in some live tunes at the Alexander Way Parklet from 11:30-1:00 pm in downtown Red Deer today! Read More.
9:22 am – A Canadian Gospel Music Celebration continues at Red Deer’s Westerner Park today (Fri, Jul 14) and tomorrow (Sat, Jul 15)! Read More.
9:07 am – If you plan to enjoy some time outside today, be sure to apply the sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated. Especially if you’re going to be in the Three Hills – Drumheller region. That and other areas of southern Alberta are under a Heat Warning today. Details Here.
Statistics Canada reports merchandise trade deficit $160 million in December
Ottawa – Statistics Canada says the country posted a merchandise trade deficit of $160 million in December as both exports and imports fell compared with November.
The result followed a revised deficit of $219 million for November compared with an initial reading for the month that showed a $41 million deficit.
Statistics Canada says exports in December fell 1.2 per cent in the month to $63.0 billion. Energy exports fell 7.6 per cent to $14.3 billion, while exports of farm, fishing and intermediate food products dropped 9.9 per cent to $5.3 billion.
Meanwhile, imports dropped 1.3 per cent in December to $63.1 billion as imports of consumer goods fell 6.4 per cent to $12.1 billion and motor vehicles and parts dropped 6.0 per cent to $9.9 billion.
In volume terms, total exports in December rose 0.9 per cent, while import volumes fell 1.9 per cent.
For the whole of 2022, Statistics Canada says the country posted a merchandise trade surplus of $20.1 billion, up from a surplus of $4.6 billion in 2021.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2023.
German court rejects climate lawsuit against automaker BMW
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by environmental campaigners seeking to force automaker BMW to stop selling vehicles with combustion engine by 2030.
The group Environmental Action Germany, also known by its German acronym DUH, argued that manufacturers such as BMW pose a threat to people’s right to property, health and life if they continue making vehicles that produce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Munich regional court ruled Tuesday that while the plaintiffs’ arguments couldn’t be dismissed from the outset, “at present there is no threat of illegal encroachment” of their rights.
Judges noted that German and European lawmakers, spurred partly by a 2021 ruling by Germany’s top court, have taken numerous measures to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord. As such there was no absence of laws that would warrant civil action against BMW “at last not at this time,” they said.
The Munich-based automaker welcomed the ruling, saying efforts to cut emissions should be determined by democratically elected parliaments, not in the courts.
DUH said it was satisfied the court had recognized the permissibility of their lawsuit in principle. It plans to appeal the ruling.
The group said vehicles sold by BMW in 2021 were responsible for more emissions of planet-heating carbon dioxide than countries such as Finland or Portugal produce in a year.
A similar lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz was rejected by a German court last year and the appeal is pending.
A third lawsuit, against energy company Wintershall Dea, is scheduled to be heard in August.
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