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2:00 pm – An unexpected mechanical failure has caused the waves at the Collicutt water park to be off for the next four to six weeks for repair. Read More.

1:58 pm – The Westerner Days Fair & Exposition parade will take place in downtown Red Deer on Wednesday, July 19th, resulting in multiple road closures and traffic detours, along with transit disruptions. Find out more and check out the map Here!

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9:46 am – Phase 1 upgrades at the Innisfail Town Office are almost done! Find out the latest update on where things are at by clicking here!

9:41 am – Please be advised of a temporary road closure in front of Bilton Welding & Manufacturing properties on 37 Street in Innisfail between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19th.

9:05 am – Red Deer road crews are making hay while the sun shines. Avoid traffic delays by knowing where today’s road and trail closures are. Details Here.

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8:58 am – The City of Red Deer has provided an update on the construction work taking place at the 67th Street / Johnstone Drive Roundabout and Orr Drive Roundabout. Read More.

8:49 am –  The City of Lacombe is committed to budgeting tax dollars effectively on what matters most to residents by seeking their input on key municipal services via the 2017 Citizen Budget Survey. It runs from July 17th to August 4th. Details Here.

8:34 am – Downtown Red Deer is the site of the 5th Annual Peavey Mart Barn Dance tonight. It’s a free, outdoor, all-ages concert that runs from 5-9 pm on Little Gaetz between 49th St and Ross St. Read More.

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8:26 am – Take a break or enjoy your lunch with some live music on the Ross Street Patio from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm today! Read More.

8:18 am – Today is day two of the Provincial 4H Dairy Show at Westerner Park in Red Deer. It runs until tomorrow, Wednesday, July 19th. Read More.

8:09 am – A Special Air Quality Statement has been issued for the Red Deer Region on Wednesday. Environment Canada meteorologists expect more forest fire smoke from B.C. to arrive in the area starting overnight. Read More.

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NewsAlert: CFL players turn down new collective bargaining agreement with league

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TORONTO — CFL players have rejected the new collective bargaining agreement with the league.

According to the source, CFL players voted against ratifying the tentative deal reached Wednesday between the league and CFL Players’ Association.

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The Canadian Press

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Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

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TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger’ after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades.

Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if China invaded. “That’s the commitment we made,” he added.

The U.S. traditionally has avoided making such an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan, with which it no longer has a mutual defense treaty, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity” about how far it would be willing to go if China invaded. The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which has governed U.S. relations with the island, does not require the U.S. to step in militarily to defend Taiwan if China invades, but makes it American policy to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and to prevent any unilateral change of status in Taiwan by Beijing.

Biden’s comments drew a sharp response from the mainland, which has claimed Taiwan to be a rogue province.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to Biden’s comments. “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

He added, “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests, and we will do what we say.”

A White House official said Biden’s comments did not reflect a policy shift.

Speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said any effort by China to use force against Taiwan would “just not be appropriate,” adding that it “will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.”

China has stepped up its military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years aimed at intimidating it into accepting Beijing’s demands to unify with the communist mainland.

“They’re already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers that are undertaken,” Biden said of China.

Under the “one China” policy, the U.S. recognizes Beijing as the government of China and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, the U.S. maintains unofficial contacts including a de facto embassy in Taipei, the capital, and supplies military equipment for the island’s defense.

Biden said it is his “expectation” that China would not try to seize Taiwan by force, but he said that assessment “depends upon just how strong the world makes clear that that kind of action is going to result in long-term disapprobation by the rest of the community.”

He added that deterring China from attacking Taiwan was one reason why it’s important that Russian President Vladimir Putin “pay a dear price for his barbarism in Ukraine,” lest China and other nations get the idea that such action is acceptable.

Fearing escalation with nuclear-armed Russia, Biden quickly ruled out putting U.S. forces into direct conflict with Russia, but he has shipped billions of dollars in U.S. military assistance that has helped Ukraine put up a stiffer-than-expected resistance to Russia’s onslaught.

Taipei cheered Biden’s remarks, with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou expressing “sincere welcome and gratitude” for the comments.

“The challenge posed by China to the security of the Taiwan Strait has drawn great concern in the international community,” said Ou. “Taiwan will continue to improve its self-defense capabilities, and deepen cooperation with the United States and Japan and other like-minded countries to jointly defend the security of the Taiwan Strait and the rules-based international order, while promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”

It’s not the first time Biden has pledged to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack, only for administration officials to later claim there had been no change to American policy. In a CNN town hall in October, Biden was asked about using the U.S. military to defend Taiwan and replied, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”

Biden’s comments came just before he formally launched a long-anticipated Indo-Pacific trade pact that excludes Taiwan.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed Sunday that Taiwan isn’t among the governments signed up for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which is meant to allow the U.S. to work more closely with key Asian economies on issues like supply chains, digital trade, clean energy and anticorruption.

Inclusion of Taiwan would have irked China.

Sullivan said the U.S. wants to deepen its economic partnership with Taiwan on a one-to-one basis.


Miller reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

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