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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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Canadian champ Kerri Einarson leads the way at Grand Slam of Curling event

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CALGARY — Reigning Canadian women’s champion Kerri Einarson is off to a 3-0 start at the Grand Slam of Curling’s Humpty’s Champions Cup.

The Manitoba rink beat Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa 8-2 in the second draw on Friday.

After six draws at the event, Einarson is the lone women’s rink at 3-0.

Manitoba’s Tracy Fleury and Scotland’s Eve Muirhead lead Pool B at 2-0.

Fleury edged Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones 7-6 on Friday morning, while Muirhead beat Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni 9-3.

On the men’s side, Canadian champ Brendan Bottcher of Alberta tops Pool B at 2-0. Bruce Mouat of Scotland leads Pool A at 2-0.

The event is the first of two Grand Slams at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre, which already has hosted the Canadian men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships as well as the men’s world championship.

The women’s world championship, with Einarson representing Canada, will close the Calgary curling bubble next month.

The Slam events feature 12 of the top men’s teams and 12 of the top women’s teams from around the world.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021.

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Alberta's Kenney sowing distrust with misleading COVID-19 anecdotes, statements: NDP

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition says Premier Jason Kenney is sowing distrust by recounting misleading anecdotes to illustrate COVID-19 policy decisions.

“I think this is about trust. I think this is about telling the truth,” NDP critic Sarah Hoffman said Friday.

“I think we’ve seen many examples where the premier tries to bolster his own narrative.

“This is a trend of being dishonest, and I think it really does call into question what trust and confidence we can have in the things the premier says and does.”

Hoffman’s comments came a day after Kenney’s office confirmed the United Conservative premier “misspoke” when he used an anecdote about a super-spreader birthday party in Athabasca as a key driver of recent soaring COVID-19 rates in the town north of Edmonton.

Kenney used the party as an example of how super-spreaders are not necessarily driven by in-school transmission but by social gatherings.

“Apparently the virus had a 100 per cent attack rate at that birthday party. All of the kids who came to that birthday party got sick,” Kenney said Monday. He repeated the same information at a news conference again Tuesday.

An official with Alberta Health later said there was no data to suggest there had been an outbreak from a children’s party in the community.

Athabasca Mayor Colleen Powell said the publicity the community of 13,000 people has received since the premier’s comments is not the kind it wants.

“Why are you saying these things when you don’t know?” Powell asked in an interview.

“I had a couple of people get in touch with me (asking) who held the party. News spreads like wildfire.”

Just over 100 people, including students and a dozen staff, from three different schools in Athabasca tested positive for COVID-19 and its variants.

Kenney’s spokesperson, Jerrica Goodwin, responded Friday in a short statement.

“The premier was using the very real example to illustrate a point of the serious nature of COVID-19 and ease of transmission. As we’ve acknowledged, he misspoke on the specific location,” said Goodwin.

“All the NDP’s ridiculous criticism shows is that they can only attack and criticize.”

Kenney has used anecdotes before to illustrate the rationale for COVID-19 policy decisions taken by his government.

In late November, he cited an impromptu encounter with a food court kiosk owner — a refugee from Venezuela — as an example of the devastating impacts that COVID-19 health restrictions can have on businesses.

“She came up to me, and she broke down in tears in front of me saying, ‘Sir, I put my entire life savings as a refugee into this business. We’re struggling to pay the bills. If you shut me down, I’m going to lose it all, everything, and I’ll be in abject poverty,’” Kenney recounted at the time.

When reached later by a reporter, the owner, Carolina De La Torre, said Kenney accurately recounted her core concerns of balancing health and the economy. But she dismissed the colourful drama, saying she did not cry and did not approach him, rather it was Kenney who approached her.

Earlier this week, the premier came under criticism for challenging a radio host for saying Kenney once downplayed COVID-19 as the flu, telling the host he had never done so.

Hansard, the official record of house debate, recorded Kenney calling the virus “influenza” multiple times during debate on May 27, 2020.

In late February, just before Kenney’s government released its first COVID-era budget, he announced that due to oil and gas revenues the revised forecast deficit for the 2020 fiscal year would be about $14 billion — a third lower than expected.

Treasury officials refused reporter requests to confirm the accuracy of that figure and, two days later, the budget revealed the 2020 deficit forecast was $20 billion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021.

— With files from Fakiha Baig in Edmonton

Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

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