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Fire Advisories, Heat Warnings & Kim Mitchell In Red Deer

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3:48 pm – Officials with Westerner Park in Red Deer have announced that Kim Mitchell, the iconic Canadian rocker, will co-headline the second night of Westerner Days alongside Chilliwack on Thursday, July 20th. Mitchell will replace Kenny Shields and Streetheart who recently had to cancel their entire 2017 tour due to illness.

12:19 pm – Some road closures to make note of in Sylvan Lake over the next couple of days. They include a southbound lane closure along 46 Street between 47 Avenue & 49 Avenue on July 7. Also, Lakeshore Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, July 7 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM for a special event, but remains open for pedestrians. Finally, 37 Street will be closed on Saturday, July 8 from 4:00 PM until 10:00 PM for a special event.

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12:08 pm – After years of planning and development, an entrepreneurial Lacombe area family and a Red Deer-raised, award-winning California architect have launched an innovative residential community in Lacombe County. Read More.

12:01 pm –  Lacombe County Council has adopted revisions of two of it’s most important documents that will provide guidance on how the County will develop over the next decade. Details Here.

11:51 am – The Abbey Centre Super Kids Triathlon in Blackfalds takes place on Saturday, July 8th! Click Here to register or find out more!

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11:37 am – The Benalto Fair & Stampede continues today through Sunday (July 6 – July 9) It’s the 100th anniversary of the Pro Rodeo! Read More.

11:09 am – A Red Deer couple plan to enjoy their future very much after winning $726,341 on the June 2nd Lotto Max draw. Robert Mansell couldn’t believe his good fortune and says “We’re going to pay off the house and the rest of our bills,” adding “We also want to go on a holiday, and I’ll probably buy a new truck and trailer.” Mansell purchased his winning Lotto Max ticket at Shoppers Drug Mart, located at 7 Clearview Market Way in Red Deer.

10:58 am – 30 year old Cheyenne Ashley Yellowface faces 16 charges in connection with an armed robbery at the Mac’s convenience store on Jewell Street in Red Deer shortly after 9 am on July 6th. Read More.

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9:10 am – From Art Exhibits, to live music and dancing, there’s lots going on in and around Red Deer over the next few days. Click Here to check out the City’s Community Events Calendar!

9:03 am – Tickets are on sale now for Red Deer County’s 2017 Rural Beautification Tour. The tour takes place on Wednesday, July 26th and departs from the Cross Roads Church. There will also be a pickup location in Innisfail. Tickets are only $30 each, with cash, debit, or cheque accepted for payments.

8:53 am – Avoid traffic tie-ups in Red Deer over the next few days by knowing where the road closures and traffic disruptions are. Details Here.

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8:47 AM – Ponoka RCMP are thanking the public for their help in finding 25 year old Ryan Roman who was previously reported missing.

8:40 am – Red Deer RCMP are looking for four or five suspects in a stolen Buick Lucerne after they robbed a man at gunpoint in a convenience store parking Thursday afternoon. Details Here.

8:25 am – The Comfortec Red Deer Duathlon is a premium run-bike-run race event taking place at the Penhold Regional Multiplex and in the beautiful Red Deer County countryside, on the morning of Saturday, July 8th. To register or find out more, click here!

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8:15 am – Get into weekend mode by enjoying some live music on the Alexander Way Parklet in downtown Red Deer today! 11:30 – 1:00 pm. Read More.

8:03 am – Fire Advisories remain in place for many parts of Alberta as conditions dry up under the current heat wave of sorts. Advisories are in place for Lacombe County, Ponoka County, Town of Rimbey, Town of Rocky Mountain House, the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, Clearwater County, Village of Caroline and the Summer Village of Burnstick Lake. Read More.

7:49 am – Today is day two of Heat Warnings being issued for Red Deer and surrounding areas. We’re expecting a High of 30 this afternoon. Read More.

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Poilievre among those marching with soldier charged for criticizing vaccine mandates

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By Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre joined the final leg of a march led by a Canadian soldier charged for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements that has sparked promises⁠ — and fears — of a new wave of protests in the capital.

James Topp was charged in February with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline for comments made while wearing his uniform, and has since been leading a four-month march to the capital from Vancouver.

His march has been supported by many of the same figures involved in the “Freedom Convoy” that snarled downtown Ottawa for weeks until police used force to end what they and the government described as an illegal occupation.

His arrival in the capital and promises of a new round of protests starting Canada Day have set residents on edge. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and the city’s interim police chief, Steve Bell, have promised to crack down on any illegal activity.

Poilievre walked alongside Topp for about half an hour after the two met in the parking lot of a strip mall west of downtown Ottawa shortly before noon, where hundreds of people had gathered to see the army reservist.

Video of the meeting shows Poilievre citing to Topp a famous quote by then-prime minister John Diefenbaker about being a “free Canadian” when the latter signed the Canadian Bill of Rights in 1960, before expressing his opposition to vaccine mandates.

When Topp says he wants the reinstatement and reparations for anyone who lost their job because of vaccine mandates, Poilievre said: “Everybody who lost their job simply because of a COVID mandate should be restored to their job, no question about it.”

The two also spoke about the divisions within Canada, with Poilievre saying: “People are desperate for hope … I think it’s time to put this country back together, and heal the wounds and reunite our country.”

The two were then followed by about 200 supporters, many of them carrying Canadian flags and some sporting camouflaged backpacks and other gear, as they walked down the sidewalk of a major street for about half an hour before Poilievre left.

Poilievre’s appearance with Topp comes as the presumed Conservative leadership front-runner has been accused of unabashedly cozying up to anti-vaccine protesters and other groups associated with the “Freedom Convoy.”

Topp has said he has no plans to lead an occupation of the capital, and invited Ottawa police to work with him to facilitate his march through the city to the National War Memorial.

However, an organizer for a group calling itself Veterans 4 Freedom said in a recent video posted to YouTube that it plans to set up a semi-permanent camp east of Ottawa called “Camp Eagle” and hold events in the city all summer.

While police have since managed to prevent similar protests from taking over the city, stopping planned demonstrations from getting out of hand during Canada Day is likely to be complicated by the presence of thousands of people celebrating the holiday.

The charges against Topp relate to two videos posted online in the winter in which the army reservist appears in uniform criticizing vaccine requirements for military personnel and other federal employees.

Canadian Armed Forces members are severely restricted in the comments they can make while in uniform, particularly when it comes to criticizing government policies, in large part to protect the military from any perception of politicization.

His lawyer has argued such restrictions should not apply to policies that affect Armed Forces members personally.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said police are taking their responsibility to keep people safe during Canada Day celebrations “very seriously,” while Ontario Premier Doug Ford called on those intending to protest in Ottawa to respect the law.

“Folks, be considerate this weekend, you’re going to Ottawa, be considerate. It’s Canada Day, we’re Canadians, just everyone have a good time, a safe time, stay healthy and safe and spend time with your families,” Ford said.

Ford said he is disappointed to see such protests return to the capital.

“I’m all for peaceful protests and you can demonstrate, but no shenanigans this weekend, just be peaceful and let the people of Ottawa enjoy their weekend,” he said.

“Honestly, we shouldn’t even be going through this. It’s disappointing, but it is what it is.”

More than two dozen Conservative MPs hosted Topp and other leading figures in the Freedom Convoy on Parliament Hill last week, posing for pictures, promising their support and listening to a lecture on the purported dangers of COVID-19 vaccines.

Health Canada says only vaccines that meet strict safety, efficacy and quality standards are approved for use in the country, and the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines continue to outweigh the risks of the disease. About 85 per cent of Canadians have received at least one dose.

Topp told the MPs that he was marching in part to get all vaccine mandates repealed, as well as to demand the reinstatement of anyone who lost their job because of such a requirement and compensation for wages lost.

At the same time, he and the others raised the spectre of civil war in describing the state of the country.

“We won’t be intimidated by any group that plans to disrupt the celebrations,” Mayor Jim Watson said during a briefing earlier this week. “We’re prepared and we will not tolerate any illegal activity by anyone.”

Bell said police are prepared for a number of different scenarios, and will respond quickly to any illegal activity, including efforts to set up structures such as stages.

In late April, the Ottawa Police Services Board approved a request from Bell to appoint up to 831 RCMP officers to help with the Rolling Thunder motorcycle events, and made those appointments valid until July 4.

The city is warning that vehicles will be ticketed and towed if they’re found violating no-stopping zones, although the full extent of the areas that will be off limits has not been determined.

Many Ottawa residents remain angry at how the city and police handled the “Freedom Convoy” protests, with several community groups banding together to launch a citizens’ inquiry into how that protest was handled.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2022.

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Calgary Stampede receives $10M from federal government to aid recovery from pandemic

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Calgary – The Calgary Stampede has received more than $10 million from the federal government to help it bounce back after last year’s event was scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A report to the city this week showed the Stampede had an operating loss of $8.3 million in 2021.

Last year’s Stampede ran at half capacity because of COVID-19 public health measures and was cancelled all-together the year before.

Daniel Vandal, the federal minister for Prairies Economic Development Canada, says the money aims to support a full-scale Stampede to deliver the “authentic western experience” this year.

He says it would also help to reignite Alberta’s visitor economy.

The 2022 Stampede is set to run from July 8 to 17.

“Festivals large and small were hard hit during the pandemic,” Vandal said in a news release. “They are events where families and friends come together and take in the exciting atmosphere.

“The tourism industry is facing a strong comeback providing quality jobs across the country, showcasing stunning landscapes and offering exciting experiences right here in Alberta.”

The federal government also provided about $1.8 million for four other tourism projects in southern Alberta: Charmed Resorts, Cochrane Tourism Association, Heritage Park and Tourism Calgary.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2022.

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