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UPDATE: Body of 19 year old recovered from Sylvan Lake

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UPDATE #3 August 22

At 6:35 p.m. today, the body of the 19-year-old male was located and recovered from the lake. The male was located in close proximity to the location identified as the last known point of sight.

The RCMP extends a thank you to all the agencies and citizens who provided support during this search.   Family, friends and members of the public have been deeply affected by this tragic event.

There is no further update anticipated.

 

UPDATE #2 August 22, 4:15 PM

Sylvan Lake RCMP respond to drowning

This morning the RCMP worked with partner agencies searching the lake for the male.  Efforts included the RCMP, Sylvan Lake Fire Department, Red Deer County Search and Rescue and Alberta Environment and Parks.

The RCMP recovered the objects that the males were on – they were not inner tubes, but rather they were objects similar to round inflatables.

 

The Central Alberta Rescue Diving Society, Underwater Recovery Team will be assisting in the search late this afternoon.

Efforts will continue into this evening, as weather permits.

 

UPDATE #1

August 21, 2019

Sylvan Lake RCMP respond to possible drowning

Sylvan Lake, Alta. – Just prior to 9:00 p.m., the search for a male who is likely the victim of a drowning was suspended for the evening due to lighting conditions. Agencies including the RCMP, Red Deer County Fire Department, Sylvan Lake Fire Department and Fish & Wildlife will be back on the water early tomorrow morning to continue the search.

Information obtained indicates that two adult males were on inner tubes when a wave knocked both off their tubes.  One male was helped out of the water by other citizens who were close by on a dinghy.  They were unable to locate the second male.  Following that, one of the occupants of the dinghy, a child, swam to shore for help.  At no time were any children needing rescuing.

Several people offered assistance on the water to locate the male, and the RCMP appreciates the efforts of all involved.

From earlier today

Sylvan Lake RCMP respond to possible drowning

Sylvan Lake, Alta. – This afternoon at 3:35 p.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to Sylvan Lake for a report of a possible drowning.

A male in his early 20’s fell into the water while on an inner tube and did not resurface.

RCMP with Sylvan Lake and Red Deer County Fire Departments have been conducting searches but the male has not been located.  The RCMP helicopter has also been deployed.

Boats remain on the lake with people actively searching.  There is no further information available at this time.

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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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