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Lacombe County Council Approves Funding Requests But Some Denied

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By Sheldon Spackman

Numerous funding requests have been approved by Lacombe County Council this month, at least to some degree but some other noteable ones have not.

Those include one from Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Lacombe and District for $50,000 to assist with paying down the mortgage of their recently acquired building in Lacombe. The other, a request from Stars Air Ambulance requesting funding in 2017 of $2.00/capita or $20,624, based on the current County population, which was defeated.

However, most others were approved at their most recent regular meeting. The Town of Blackfalds requested $294,000 in funding for their Blackfalds Community Hall Expansion Project. This amount was based on 18% County resident usership of the facility. Part of the expansion will permanently house the Blackfalds Parent Link Centre. Lacombe County approved the funding request to a maximum of $250,000, funded through the Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Other funding applications were approved for operating support of Historical, Cultural, Tourism & Visitor Information Facilities & Services. This policy was developed to provide financial support to community organizations that preserve and promote the history and heritage of Lacombe County, as well as promote tourism. Those beneficiaries include:

  • Mirror & District Museum Society $ 22,365.51
  • Alix Wagon Wheel Museum $ 3,800.00
  • Blackfalds & Area Historical Society $ 10,000.00
  • Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce $ 12,500.00
  • Lacombe Regional Tourism & Marketing Assoc. $ 43,878.00
  • Lacombe & District Historical Society $ 33,475.00
  • Bentley Museum Society $ 10,000.00.

These requests total $136,018.51.

Elsewhere, Council also approved the provision of in-kind gravel base and site work for the Lacombe
Athletic Park Association exterior basketball project to a maximum of $ 44,078.66.

Finally, Lacombe County has allocated $50,000 in the 2017 Budget to distribute to community groups- and municipalities to help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary next year.

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Canadian swimmer says she was drugged at world championships

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Canadian swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey says she was drugged on the final day of the world aquatics championships and suffered a rib sprain and a concussion.

Harvey said in an Instagram post that there is a four-to-six hour window where she has no recollection of what happened, and that she remembers waking up with the Canadian team manager and doctor by her bedside.

She also posted photos of bruises on her body.

Montreal’s Harvey competed in the women’s 200-metre individual medley at the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, finishing eighth. She also earned a bronze medal in the women 4×200-metre freestyle relay after swimming in the preliminaries.

“We are aware there was an incident the night before departure from Budapest,” Swimming Canada spokesman Nathan White said in an email to The Canadian Press. “As soon as team staff became aware, Mary received excellent medical treatment from our team physician on site, and was cleared to travel home.

“Staff have been in contact with Mary since her return and we are offering her support. We continue to gather information on the situation, and the file has been forwarded to our independent Safe Sport officer.”

Harvey said she debated on whether to write her post, but said “these situations sadly happen too many times for me to stay silent.”

“I’m still scared to think about the unknowns of that night,” she wrote. “I’m still in a way, ashamed of what happened, and I think I always will be. … But I won’t let this event define me.”

The 22-year-old Harvey competed for Canada in last year’s Tokyo Olympics. She’s scheduled to swim in this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 6, 2022.

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Montreal Alouettes fire head coach Khari Jones, defensive co-ordinator Barron Miles

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MONTREAL — Danny Maciocia is returning to the CFL sidelines.

The Montreal Alouettes GM assumed interim head-coaching duties with the CFL club Wednesday after the club fired head coach Khari Jones and defensive co-ordinator Barron Miles.

Noel Thorpe returns to the franchise as defensive co-ordinator and defensive backs coach.

Maciocia made the move with Montreal (1-3) on a bye week. The Alouettes return to action July 14 hosting the Edmonton Elks.

In a statement, the Alouettes said Maciocia will serve as head coach until the end of the ’22 season.

“This kind of decision is always difficult to make, but we felt that we needed to make it early in the season while there is still time,” Maciocia said. “We want to thank Khari Jones and Barron Miles for their work, and wish them the best in the future.”

Maciocia’s decision to let Jones go wasn’t entirely a surprise. It was former Alouettes GM Kavis Reed who promoted Jones to head coach from offensive co-ordinator when the club abruptly announced just before the ’19 season that Mike Sherman was longer the head man.

The amiable 51-year-old Jones posted an 18-18 regular-season record over two-plus seasons with the Alouettes, who’d reached the playoffs during Jones’ first two years but were eliminated in the East semifinal.

Montreal finished third in the East Division last season with a 7-7 record before losing to Hamilton 23-12 in the opening round of the conference playoffs.

The Alouettes were 10-8 in 2019. It was the franchise’s first winning campaign since 2012 and first playoff appearance since 2014 and secured Jones a three-year extension.

Maciocia was named Alouettes GM in 2020 but before that had served as the head coach of the Montreal Carabins from 2011-19, winning a Vanier Cup in 2014. Over nine seasons with the Carabins, Maciocia compiled a 57-16-0 record.

Maciocia also has CFL experience as a head coach with Edmonton (2005-08), winning a Grey Cup in ’05. He also served as an assistant with Montreal (1997-2001) and Edmonton (2002-04).

Thorpe returns with the Alouettes for a third time. He began his CFL coaching career with Montreal in 2002, winning a Grey Cup with the Alouettes after spending six seasons with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser.

Thorpe won a Vanier Cup with UBC in 1997.

Thorpe coached special teams and defensive backs with Montreal from 2002-07. He returned in 2013 as the club’s defensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach, positions he held through 2017.

He also served as a defensive backs coach, special-teams co-ordinator and assistant head coach with Edmonton (2008-10) and also worked as a defensive co-ordinator with the Ottawa Redblacks (2018-19).

Thorpe has a history with Maciocia. The two worked together in Edmonton in 2010 as well as the Carabins in 2011-12 when he served as the university team’s special-teams co-ordinator.

Thorpe also spent the ’21 season as Edmonton’s defensive co-ordinator. But after the team hired Chris Jones as head coach/GM, the franchise announced Thorpe would not be retained.

Thorpe, a Vancouver native, rejoins the Alouettes after helping the Birmingham Stallions win the USFL championship.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 6, 2022.

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