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3:07 pm – Red Deer is one of five communities throughout Alberta this summer that will host an Open House to gather feedback on Condominium Governance issues in the province. It will take place July 25th from 4 – 8 pm at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Read More.

3:00 pm – Lacombe Police are looking for a suspect after a break and enter and vehicle theft in the community Wednesday morning. Read More.

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11:53 am – The official re-opening of Red Deer’s Discovery Canyon, a Canada 150 legacy project, will take place on Friday, July 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details Here.

11:46 am – The results are in, and it’s good news. In all homes where the indoor air was sampled, the chemicals that were tested for were not detected. This indicates the former Montfort landfill is not impacting the indoor air quality of adjacent homes in the Highland Green area. Read More.

11:00 am – The Innisfail Public Library is celebrating today with a Co-op Community Spaces $25,000 cheque presentation. It’s for the Town’s Co-op Community Spaces Keyhole Garden. The presentation is today at 4:30 p.m. Read More.

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10:43 am – The Blackfalds Community Market runs today from 4- 7 pm in the Multi-Plex parking lot. Read More.

10:31 am – Red Deer County’s Tech Rescue teamed with the Innisfail Fire Department on Wednesday, July 19th to remove 4 floaters from the Red Deer River after a medical emergency.

10:24 am – Red Deer County will be holding numerous Household Hazardous, Paint & Electronic Waste Roundups next month. Details Here.

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10:14 am – A 43 year old Red Deer man and 36 year old Red Deer woman are facing multiple charges after being arrested at a rural property in the Markerville area Wednesday night. Read More.

9:52 am – Red Deer RCMP are looking for a suspect accused of trying to defraud a local jewellery store last week by using I.D. and credit cards stolen from a Calgary woman this month. Read More.

9:39 am – Red Deer RCMP have released where you can expect to see photo radar throughout the city this month. Locations include Playground Zones on Allan St, Roland St, Ramsay Ave, 59th Ave, Oak Dr, 60th St, McLean St, Dempsey St & Pamely Ave. Traffic corridors: 39th St, 32nd St, 40th Ave, 50th Ave, 30th Ave, 22nd St, 49th St & 19th St. Construction Zones: 65th St, 40th Ave & Taylor Dr.

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9:24 am – Get around Red Deer today without getting stuck in traffic tie-ups. Here’s where the road and trail closures are.

9:17 am – Blackfalds RCMP are looking for a suspect after two shots from a shotgun were fired at a residence and vehicle in the driveway early Wednesday morning. It happened around 6:45 am with a witness spotting a man take-off from the scene in a small, black SUV. Police believe it was a targeted attack and don’t feel the public is at risk.

9:03 am – There were fewer total building permits in Red Deer in June compared to June of 2016 but year-to-date residential and commercial permits are still keeping pace with last year. Read More.

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8:58 am – The Bard on Bower features a live theatrical performance of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” tonight. It takes place on the Bower Ponds stage from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. Read More.

8:47 am – Smokey air and smokin’ tunes on the Ross Street Patio from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in downtown Red Deer today. Read More.

8:16 am – A thick layer of forest fire smoke from B.C. continues to linger in much of Alberta today, including the Red Deer region. Read More.

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Liberals withdraw bill’s assault-style firearm definition, promise more consultation

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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have withdrawn an amendment to their gun bill aimed at enshrining a definition of banned assault-style firearms.

They cite “legitimate concerns” about the need for more consultation on the measure.

Opposition M-Ps and some firearm advocates applauded the move, while a prominent gun-control group calls it a victory for misinformation about the now-pulled amendment.

The government’s guns bill introduced a controversial new definition of an assault-style weapon and the amendment would have defined what kind of firearms should be banned in Canada and added dozens of new semi-automatic rifles and shotguns to the list.

Opponents said the measure unfairly targeted many commonly used rifles and shotguns.

The Liberals were also under pressure from many of their own members to change or withdraw the definition of guns being banned.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in a written statement posted to Twitter that the government had committed to coming up with “a clear, standard definition of what constitutes an assault-style firearm.”

He says this is an emotional issue, and Canadians are counting on us to get it right.

Mendicino adds more discussions, including with Indigenous communities, are crucial.

MPs from all three main opposition parties expressed relief that the amendment was withdrawn, though the Liberals were still under heavy criticism for trying to push it through in the first place.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre declared his party’s efforts to be the sole reason the Liberals pulled the amendment.

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Michigan man says son, 6, ordered $1K in food from Grubhub

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CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man says he was left with a $1,000 bill after his 6-year-old son ordered a virtual smorgasbord of food from several restaurants last weekend, leading to a string of unexpected deliveries — and maybe a starring role in an ad campaign.

Keith Stonehouse said the food piled up quickly at his Detroit-area home Saturday night after he let his son, Mason, use his cellphone to play a game before bed. He said the youngster instead used his father’s Grubhub account to order food from one restaurant after another.

The boy’s mother, Kristin Stonehouse, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grubhub has reached out to the family and offered them a $1,000 gift card. The company also is considering using the family in an online promotional campaign, she said. Grubhub officials did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking comment.

Keith Stonehouse said he was alone with his son while his wife was at the movies when Mason ordered jumbo shrimp, salads, shawarma and chicken pita sandwiches, chili cheese fries and other foods that one Grubhub driver after another delivered to their Chesterfield Township home.

“This was like something out of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit,” Keith Stonehouse told MLive.com.

He added: “I don’t really find it funny yet, but I can laugh with people a little bit. It’s a lot of money and it kind of came out of nowhere.”

Keith Stonehouse said his son ordered food from so many different places that Chase Bank sent him a fraud alert declining a $439 order from Happy’s Pizza. But Mason’s $183 order of jumbo shrimp from the same restaurant went through and arrived at the family’s house.

Stonehouse said it took the arrival of a few orders of food for him to realize what was going on. By that time, there was nothing he could do to stop the orders from coming.

Kristin Stonehouse told the AP that Mason is extremely intelligent and has been reading since he was 2 1/2 years old.

“He’s very smart,” she said. “He’s not your average 6-year-old.”

She said her husband had just used the Grubhub app on his phone to order dinner before she left and probably just left the app open. She said her son took the phone, hid in the basement and proceeded to order his feast.

She said she and her husband had a talk with Mason on Sunday morning and told him what he did was akin to stealing.

“I don’t think he grasped that concept at first,” she said.

To drive the point home, she and her husband opened up Mason’s piggy bank and pocketed the $115 he had gotten for his birthday in November, telling him the money would go to replenish their accounts. That didn’t seem to faze the boy.

“Then he found a penny on the floor and said he could start all over again,” she said.

Keith Stonehouse said most of the food went into the family’s refrigerators. He said he also invited some neighbors over to eat some of it.

He said he’s heard of things like this happening to other parents, but not at the level he experienced last weekend. He recommends making sure important apps are not readily available for children to click on when they’re using a parent’s phone. He said he’s changing his password.

“I knew this could happen, but you just don’t think your kid is going to do something like this. He’s definitely smart enough, I just didn’t expect it,” Keith Stonehouse said.

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