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More Smoke Expected Wednesday, Live Music & Westerner Days!

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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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Statistics Canada reports merchandise trade deficit $160 million in December

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Ottawa – Statistics Canada says the country posted a merchandise trade deficit of $160 million in December as both exports and imports fell compared with November.

The result followed a revised deficit of $219 million for November compared with an initial reading for the month that showed a $41 million deficit.

Statistics Canada says exports in December fell 1.2 per cent in the month to $63.0 billion. Energy exports fell 7.6 per cent to $14.3 billion, while exports of farm, fishing and intermediate food products dropped 9.9 per cent to $5.3 billion.

Meanwhile, imports dropped 1.3 per cent in December to $63.1 billion as imports of consumer goods fell 6.4 per cent to $12.1 billion and motor vehicles and parts dropped 6.0 per cent to $9.9 billion.

In volume terms, total exports in December rose 0.9 per cent, while import volumes fell 1.9 per cent.

For the whole of 2022, Statistics Canada says the country posted a merchandise trade surplus of $20.1 billion, up from a surplus of $4.6 billion in 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2023.

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German court rejects climate lawsuit against automaker BMW

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BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by environmental campaigners seeking to force automaker BMW to stop selling vehicles with combustion engine by 2030.

The group Environmental Action Germany, also known by its German acronym DUH, argued that manufacturers such as BMW pose a threat to people’s right to property, health and life if they continue making vehicles that produce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Munich regional court ruled Tuesday that while the plaintiffs’ arguments couldn’t be dismissed from the outset, “at present there is no threat of illegal encroachment” of their rights.

Judges noted that German and European lawmakers, spurred partly by a 2021 ruling by Germany’s top court, have taken numerous measures to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord. As such there was no absence of laws that would warrant civil action against BMW “at last not at this time,” they said.

The Munich-based automaker welcomed the ruling, saying efforts to cut emissions should be determined by democratically elected parliaments, not in the courts.

DUH said it was satisfied the court had recognized the permissibility of their lawsuit in principle. It plans to appeal the ruling.

The group said vehicles sold by BMW in 2021 were responsible for more emissions of planet-heating carbon dioxide than countries such as Finland or Portugal produce in a year.

A similar lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz was rejected by a German court last year and the appeal is pending.

A third lawsuit, against energy company Wintershall Dea, is scheduled to be heard in August.

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