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Police investigating after 2 toddlers drown at Maskwacis

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Maskwacis RCMP investigate deaths of two children

Samson Cree Nation, Alta. – The Maskwacis RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) is investigating the deaths of two toddlers which occurred on July 16, 2019.

At 6:44 p.m., the RCMP responded to a call for assistance about two missing children.   The children were subsequently located by the family in a body of water on the property belonging to the family.  Efforts were made on scene to resuscitate the children prior to EMS arrival.  The children were transported to the hospital where they were determined to be deceased.

Investigation into the cause of this incident remains ongoing by the Maskwacis GIS with the assistance of the Major Crimes Unit. Preliminary information reveals no indication of criminality in relation to this occurrence. The RCMP can confirm that these children were siblings.

“This is an extremely tragic incident and the outcome of the search for these children was not what we hoped for” says Inspector McLaren, Officer in Charge of the Maskwacis RCMP.  “Right now a family, and the whole community, is in shock and mourning and we hope that their privacy will be respected.”

Further information will not be available.

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Alberta’s “Fair Deal Panel” in Red Deer tonight

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Fair Deal Panel town hall set for Red Deer

Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel will hold its second open town hall meeting in Red Deer on Dec. 9.

The Fair Deal Panel is consulting Albertans on how best to define and secure a fair deal for the province. They’re exploring ideas that give the province a bigger voice within the federation, increase power over areas of provincial jurisdiction and advance vital economic interests.

The Red Deer town hall will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westerner Park Prairie Pavilion. Seating capacity is limited so participants should register to attend.

Albertans are encouraged to attend local town hall sessions and share their vision of how Alberta can achieve a fairer deal. Additional town hall locations and dates are being confirmed.

All Albertans will have the opportunity to provide their input online and through other forms of direct feedback as the panel conducts its public consultations until Jan. 30, 2020. More information on how to participate is available at www.fairdeal.ca.

In addition to receiving input from Albertans, the Fair Deal Panel will consult with policy experts and undertake research to inform its recommendations. The panel will complete its report to the government by March 31, 2020.

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Sheldon Kennedy joins Education Minister Adriana LaGrange at Eastview Middle School to announce Respect In School program

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Minister LaGrange, Sheldon Kennedy, trustees, student leaders and staff from Eastview Middle School

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Supporting safe and respectful learning

School leaders and staff will now have access to more resources for the prevention of bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools.

Government is providing a grant of $300,000 per year over four years to support the Respect in School program, which educates school system employees on their responsibilities to ensure students are safe from abusive situations.

“All students deserve a positive and caring learning environment. With this grant, we are following through on our commitment to support safe schools that protect students against discrimination and bullying. I encourage all school leaders and staff to complete the Respect in School training for the benefit of our children.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

The Respect in School online training, offered in English and French, will educate teachers and other school staff, bus drivers, parent volunteers and student leaders about how they can prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in their schools.

“We are proud to stand alongside Alberta Education who, through their leadership, is making the safety and well-being of our kids their top priority. Respect in School will give school leaders the confidence to step up and step in when situations arise and help create safe and respectful learning environments for all students.”

Sheldon Kennedy, co-founder, Respect Group Inc.

Through its online training programs, Respect Group Inc. has certified more than 1.2 million people across Canada to recognize and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination.

“As a district we recognized increasing concerns for mental health and wellness. As we developed our Valuing Mental Health initiative, one of the key elements for prevention and promotion was the district-wide implementation of Respect in School. Each of our staff members goes through the training to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. By educating our school staff on the prevention of these issues, we build a culture of respect across our school community.”

Nicole Buchanan, chair, Red Deer Public Schools

Albertans dealing with bullying or other issues that may be affecting their mental health can access supports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including the Mental Health Helpline (toll-free at 1-877-303-2642), the Bullying Helpline (toll-free at 1-888-456-2323), Bullying Helpline Chat, and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).

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