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Smokey Air, Mountie Injured In Cruiser Ramming & 4H Dairy Show

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2:49 pm – Alberta Health Services has issued advisories for all zones saying that air quality is expected to vary for the coming days and potentially, weeks due to the B.C. Wildfires. Read More.

2:37 pm – Red Deer RCMP are searching for a suspect who rammed a police car while driving a stolen truck early this morning, resulting in minor injuries to a Red Deer police officer. Read More.

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10:21 am – Grants have been awarded to 16 organizations across Alberta to support voluntary restorative justice programs, including at the John Howard Society of Red Deer, the Innisfail Restorative Justice Society and Three Hills and Area Restorative Justice Society. Details Here.

9:50 am – Red Deer County will begin accepting Business License applications on July 17, 2017. This means all existing and new businesses are afforded the opportunity to register their business prior to December 31, 2017, at no cost. Read More.

9:29 am – A 17 year old Maskwacis youth is facing charges after a vehicle owner was thrown from a moving truck bed while trying to stop it from being stolen in Wetaskiwin on Saturday. Read More.

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9:15 am – Road and trail closures to make note of in the City of Red Deer today. Details Here.

9:08 am – The Provincial 4H Dairy Show is getting underway at Red Deer’s Westerner Park today. It runs from July 17th – 19th. Read More.

9:00 am – Meteorologists with Environment Canada have issued a special air quality statement for all of southern Alberta, including the Red Deer region. Smoke from forest fires in B.C. and southern Alberta is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. 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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have withdrawn an amendment to their gun bill aimed at enshrining a definition of banned assault-style firearms.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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