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UPDATE: highway 9 now open – Oyen RCMP investigate multiple vehicle collision on Highway 9

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UPDATE #4

August 21, 2019

Oyen RCMP investigate multiple vehicle collision on Highway 9

Oyen, Alta. – Highway 9 at Range Road 72 remains closed.  Crews are continuing to clear the collision scene which includes the recovery of the dangerous goods contained in one of the semi trucks.  The road blockage is still expected to last until approximately 12:00.

Three people involved in this collision were confirmed deceased on scene.  Two people were critically injured and transported via air ambulance to area hospitals.  Eight other people were injured and either treated on scene or transported to local hospitals.

Through the night, several RCMP detachments were involved in managing this incident, including Coronation, Redcliffe and Hanna.  The RCMP collision analyst attended.  Support for people involved in the crash was received from the Victim Services Unit, including the use of the Oyen Legion.

The investigation into this collision remains a lengthy process given the nature of the crash scene.  It is anticipated that it will take several weeks for the collision analyst to complete the investigation.  If there is an update to be provided at that time, the RCMP will provide an update.

UPDATE #3

August 21, 2019

 

Oyen RCMP on scene of multiple vehicle collision on Highway 9

Oyen, Alta. – Highway 9 at Range Road 72 remains closed while crews continue clearing the collision scene.  Hazmat teams will be attending the scene later this morning to assist with the clean-up.  Based on the complexity of the clean-up, the road blockage is expected to last until approximately 12:00 noon.

Traffic on Highway 9 is being re-routed eastbound to Highway 884 and westbound to Highway 41.  Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

Additional updates will be provided once details are confirmed by investigators.

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UPDATE #2

August 20, 2019

 

Oyen RCMP on scene of multiple vehicle collision on Highway 9

Oyen, Alta. – Shortly after 8:00 p.m. this evening, the fire was extinguished at the collision scene, and the RCMP collision analyst is on scene to conduct an examination and investigation.

It is confirmed that 10 vehicles were involved in the collision; seven passenger vehicles and three semi truck units.

While the collision analyst is expected to take approximately three more hours, there will be a further delay while vehicles are towed and the highway is cleaned.  It is anticipated that the road will remain impassable until early tomorrow morning.

This remains an active investigation.  A confirmation in relation to the number of people injured and/or deceased will be provided tomorrow. No further information will be provided this evening.

 

UPDATE #1

August 20, 2019

Oyen RCMP on scene of multiple vehicle collision on Highway 9

Oyen, Alta. – The RCMP are requesting that any witnesses, or people involved in the collision, or people requiring assistance in relation to the collision, to attend the Legion in Oyen.  Food is available at the Legion, as well as Victim Services Unit members and RCMP.

Preliminary reports indicate that there were approximately 12 vehicles involved in the collision, some of which are semi tractor trailer units.  One of the semi trucks was hauling fuel and the fuel ignited, causing several vehicles to catch fire.  A second semi was hauling butane.  The collision area is consumed with flames.

There is no confirmed information available in relation to the number of injured people and/or fatalities.

The RCMP anticipate that it will be several hours before support units will be able to access the collision scene to do an examination.

As more information is confirmed, the media will be updated.

 

Aug. 20, 2019

Oyen RCMP on scene of multiple vehicle collision on Highway 9

Oyen, Alta. – Oyen RCMP are currently on scene of a collision involving multiple vehicles on Highway 9 at Range Road 72 between Chinook and Cereal, Alberta which occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m.

RCMP are asking motorists to avoid the area or expect delays. Traffic on Highway 9 is being re-routed eastbound to Highway 884 and westbound to Highway 41.

No further information is available at this time. An update will be provided.

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Statistics Canada set to reveal new data on poverty rates

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OTTAWA — Statistics Canada will lay out today how many Canadians live below the country’s low-income threshold as part of an updated portrait of poverty.

The results will be closely watched today by the federal Liberals, who have touted their work on reducing the number of people living in poverty since 2015.

The poverty figures for 2018 will be the most recent available and are key benchmarks to track the government’s anti-poverty strategy.

Today’s release will have an added twist: the statistics office will also unveil proposed changes to how it calculates the poverty line, including how the revised formula would affect the numbers from the last several years.

Experts have said the changes would likely increase the number of Canadians regarded as living below the official poverty line.

The Market Basket Measure, as it is known, calculates the minimum a person or family would have to earn to afford a basket of goods and services needed to reach a modest or basic living standard.

However, the made-in-Canada measure hasn’t been updated since 2008, and doesn’t include things like the cost of wireless services.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2020.

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CRA puts focus on paper returns as tax-filing season opens

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OTTAWA — The Canada Revenue Agency is sending an unlikely message to kick off tax season: Paper-filers, we have not forgotten you.

Despite a years-long push to have more people file taxes online because it’s generally faster and easier, many Canadians still prefer putting pen, or pencil, to paper.

The people who prefer paper to online are getting particular attention because they tend to be Canadians whose tax files are needed to send them essential benefit payments.

There are seniors who need old-age security, parents eligible for the Canada Child Benefit and first-time filers who might be eligible for a new benefit for low-income workers.

Because of that, the CRA has made changes to the paper tax booklet to further simplify language, add notes about new benefits for the 2019 tax year, and include a checklist so nothing gets missed.

Frank Vermaeten, the CRA’s assistant commissioner, says the agency wants to make sure those who prefer paper are still comfortable using it amid wider pushes to electronic filing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2020.

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