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Lacombe pays tribute to long-time former Mayor and MLA Judy Gordon

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The City of Lacombe sends sincerest condolences to the family of former mayor Judy Gordon – who honourably served the City of Lacombe as mayor for three terms.

Gordon also served the citizens of Lacombe as the MLA for the former riding of Lacombe- Stettler for three terms.

During her third term as mayor, Gordon was present when the former Town of Lacombe became Alberta’s 17th City in 2010.

“I feel really good about it, and I feel that this is a very positive move for Lacombe. Over the years, we will certainly see the benefits of moving to city status,” Gordon told the media at the time.

Gordon started her first term as mayor in 1989, serving until 1993. In the lead up to the 1989 election, Gordon told the Lacombe Globe, “I want to be the mayor of Lacombe. I believe I have the time, knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to lead the town into the 90s.”

In 1993, Lacombe’s mayor was elected as MLA and was reelected to the Legislature in 1997 – winning the seat with a wider victory margin.

Gordon won a landslide reelection campaign in 2001, before retiring from provincial politics in 2004.

Even though Gordon no longer wanted to commute to Edmonton, she was keen to continue to serve the residents of Lacombe – running and winning the mayor’s seat once again in the 2005 Municipal Election by a plurality of 41 votes.

Gordan would win her third term of mayor in 2007 by acclamation – before announcing her retirement in 2010.

The City recognizes Gordon for her years of service to this community and region, along with her remarkable dedication to Albertan democracy.

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mayor Gordon,” City of Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey said. “Judy served the community with distinction for her entire career, inspiring many others to serve. I always admired her can-do approach to municipal politics and appreciated her insight.

“Lacombe continues to be a shining example of success due to her work as mayor. I know I speak on behalf of Council and the City of Lacombe when I say she will be dearly missed.”

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Calgary to host Edmonton Stingers, two other teams for BCLA group-stage games

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Calgary will host the third window of group stage games for the upcoming Basketball Champions League Americas.

The BCLA features 12 teams from seven countries in the Americas competing over four months for a berth in the 2023 FIBA International Cup.

The four games in Calgary, which will be held March 14-16 at the WinSport Arena, mark the first time Canada has hosted the league.

The Canadian Elite Basketball League champion Edmonton Stingers will play a pair of games over the window, facing Puerto Rico’s Cangrejeros on March 14 and Nicaragua’s Real Estelí on March 16.

Cangrejeros and Real Estelí will face off March 15.

The BCLA begins Dec. 13 with Edmonton travelling to Nicaragua to begin pool play.

The other teams in the competition are: Quimsa (Argentina); Boca Juniors (Argentina); Obras (Argentina); São Paulo (Brazil); Minas (Brazil); Flamengo (Brazil); Bigua (Uruguay); Nacional (Uruguay); and UdeC (Chile).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2021.

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Oilers cancel practice after defenceman Cody Ceci placed in COVID protocol

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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Cody Ceci has been placed in COVID-19 protocol.

The team said it cancelled practice Tuesday for “precautionary reasons.”

Edmonton has also placed veteran defenceman Duncan Keith on injured reserve after he suffered an upper-body injury against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 23.

Keith, 38, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 games with the Oilers this season.

Edmonton has recalled Markus Niemelainen from the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

The Oilers (15-5-0) are set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2021.

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